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Still unsigned, Willie Snead attending start of Saints offseason workouts: source

Some New Orleans Saints players have shared on social media their excitement for the start of offseason workouts this week.

But, one player whose attendance remained a question was wide receiver Willie Snead. A restricted free agent, the Saints offered Snead the lowest tender with a $1.907 million contract for next season, but he has yet to sign it.

The organization opened itself up to this possibility when it released veteran left guard Josh Sitton. Nelson can slide into the spot with the potential to provide Pro Bowl and All-Pro performances for the next decade.

Micah Kiser’s numbers are eye-popping and highlight a player who routinely tracks the ball and makes plays when it matters. He has a relentless motor that keeps him active in all phases and will endear him with NFL coaches who love toughness and hustle. A limited athletic skill set makes specific matchups worrisome, but Kiser’s thumping attitude is built for the NFL.

Two bad right knee injuries cannot be overlooked by NFL teams. Shaun Dion Hamilton has not been able to test for teams and needed to show his range and athleticism. Fundamentally, Hamilton is very solid and well-coached. An instinctual player who can drop into coverage and play in traffic. Despite not being the best prospect at the position, Hamilton has been able to earn playing time in a star-studded defense throughout his career at Alabama. Teams will fall in love with his IQ and leadership skills.

Josey Jewell is an ode to the throwback linebacker in playing style despite a frame that doesn’t quite match. He lives near the ball and racks up tackle after tackle, an encouraging sign that highlights his instincts and competitiveness. Jewell will struggle when isolated against above-average athletes in space and will have to rely on tape study to compensate.

Fitzpatrick is most comfortable covering the slot, and Washington traded last year’s nickel corner, Kendall Fuller, to the Kansas City Chiefs as part of the Alex Smith deal. The 21-year-old former Alabama defender can be an interchangeable piece as a safety, cornerback or nickel linebacker.  

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Brewers’ Yelich expected back against Reds

Christian Yelich will be back in the starting lineup for Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon when the Brewers wrap up their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park.
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Yelich was activated from the disabled list Tuesday night but did not appear in the Brewers’ 2-0 victory. He had been sidelined since April 5 with a strained oblique, an injury that brought a fantastic start to a screeching halt.

He has a 2/3 record with a 3.72 ERA in nine career starts against the Reds, and went 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four starts against Cincinnati last year.

Driving out again, it was remarkably bad, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. It’s just the right thing to do. It’s not about just getting games in. You want to be able to play the game on a major league-caliber, championship-caliber level.
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Yesterday’s game, we were fortunate actually that it was played in its entirety, because that’s why we won that game, based on how badly the conditions were by the end of the game, et cetera. So we’ll take it, but I’m glad that the decision was made this way today.

Five other major league games were postponed Sunday — White Sox at Twins, Angels at Royals, Blue Mark Glowinski Jersey Jays at Indians and the Yankees-Tigers doubleheader in Detroit — running the season total to 21. That is baseball’s highest number through the end of April since there were 26 in 2007.

It was the second postponement of the Cubs’ first homestand after their home opener against Pittsburgh was pushed back a day by snow.

If it was up to me, no one would play north of Atlanta or east of Colorado in the first few weeks, but that’s not going to happen, Braves reliever Peter Moylan said.

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The Braves chased Jose Quintana in the third on their way to a 10-2 lead. But the Cubs went ahead to stay with nine runs in the eighth on just three hits, taking advantage of five walks, two hit batters, an error and a wild pitch.

the Denver Broncos are expected to be in the market for a quarterback during the 2018 NFL draft.

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His production hasn’t been the same over the past three years, however, averaging just 678 yards per season. He missed 10 games due to injury during this stretch and totaled just 17 touchdowns.

This caused plenty of speculation about Bryant’s future with the team considering his exorbitant cap hit.聽

Womens Alexander Radulov Jersey The Cowboys added receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson in the offseason, and while the team said at the time they weren’t replacing Bryant, per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, it appeared to be the beginning of the end for him.

We’re going to be grinding it out and trying to determine what is in the best interest of our business, executive vice president Stephen Jones said of the receiver in February, per Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram.

Barkley’s positional versatility is singularly impressive among the running backs in this class, and it would be the same in most draft classes. He can run inside and outside with tremendous speed, lateral agility and acceleration. As a receiver, he can line up anywhere from offset in a Pistol formation to the slot to outside鈥攈e has the potential to be the NFL’s best receiving back since Le’Veon Bell rounded out his skill set. As a direct-snap running quarterback who finds himself behind the center from pre-snap movement, Barkley can also create explosive plays. It’s easy to see why some would tout him as a truly great back, and in many aspects of his play, he is just that.

Bert Whigham, who has been training Barkley this year at Tom Shaw Performance in Florida, set the bar fairly high regarding his client’s professional prospects, comparing him to another player Whigham has trained.

New ‘Bus’ for Steelers? Leighton Vander Esch’s next stop could be Pittsburgh

The last notable Bus associated with the Steelers was Jerome Bettis.
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That could be changing in April’s NFL Draft.

Leighton Vander Esch does not share the same nickname with the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, but the Boise State linebacker’s family actually owns a bus. That’s right 鈥?a 40-foot coach that can sit 30 passengers, complete with a mini-kitchen, tables and televisions. And just like the Jerry Mobile that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones brings to NFL happenings, there’s no mistaking who is connected with this vehicle.

The bottom line is that the Ravens needed a backup quarterback, and they didn’t have a ton of cap space or viable options. Griffin accepted a contract worth not much more than the veteran minimum. (The extra benefit is that Griffin could be used in a change-of-pace Wildcat-style package, if the Ravens would choose to do that.)
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Whatever the reason for adding Griffin, the status of Flacco can’t be overlooked. The price for winning Super Bowl XLVII included a market-value contract for Flacco, backloaded in a way that required a restructuring two years ago. Now, Flacco has a salary of only $12 million but, due to payments previously made, a cap figure of more than twice that. Cutting him would trigger more than $28 million in dead money.

After giving up the triple to Goldschmidt, the 31-year-old left-hander retired 17 of his final 18 batters.

The Giants’ best scoring chance off Godley came in the fifth, when Buster Posey reached on a fielder’s choice and went to third on Brandon Crawford’s one-out single. But Godley got Hunter Pence to pop out to first and Gregor Blanco on a grounder to second.

He did everything we needed him to do on a night when we might’ve been a little short in the bullpen, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

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Cowboys’ pre-draft visitors include top defensive tackles

The Cowboys (almost) always show their hand in their pre-draft visits.

In the past 13 drafts, the Cowboys’ first-round choice has made a pre-draft visit except for Morris Claiborne in 2012. So it’s a safe assumption that Dallas’ first-round pick will come from one of the prospects it hosts at The Star.

Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley, Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea and Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne are among the names on the list to watch because of the positions they play. (It’s no wonder the Cowboys sent a large contingent, including head coach Jason Garrett, to Alabama’s Pro Day.)

But the Cowboys view Payne and Vea as three techniques, which is one of the most important positions in Marinelli’s defense. It’s the position Warren Sapp played during his Hall of Fame career with Marinelli as his position coach in Tampa.

Since the Cowboys switched to the Tampa 2 in 2013, Jason Hatcher has come the closest to being a dominant three technique for them. He had 11 sacks — the most for a Cowboys’ defensive tackle since Randy White had 12.5 in 1984 — as well as 33 quarterback pressures. Hatcher left for Washington in free agency in 2014.

The Cowboys would love to find a three technique to disrupt things inside, and Vea and Payne could be just that.

One of the items — a diamond ring for which Brees paid $8.18 million — allegedly appraised for only $3.75 million.

Moradi’s lawyer contends that nothing improper occurred.

“Drew Brees aggressively purchased multi-million dollar pieces of jewelry,” Eric M. George told TMZ. “Years later, claiming to suffer ‘cash flow problems,’ he tried to bully my client into undoing the transactions. . . . Mr. Brees’s behavior and his belief that he was wronged because the jewelry did not appreciate in value as quickly as he hoped both demonstrate a lack of integrity and contradict basic principles of both economics and the law.”la_kings_002

Panthers spoil Bruins’ bid for top seed in East

The Bruins didn’t seem like the team with the most to gain until it was too late Sunday night.
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Game Kids Reggie White Jersey Roberto Luongo came off the bench to shut down Boston in the third period, and the Florida Panthers dashed the Bruins’ hopes of getting the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win.

The Bruins trailed Tampa Bay by a point heading into the regular-season finale but couldn’t top a Panthers team that was eliminated from postseason contention Saturday.

Trailing 3-1 heading into the third, Boston made a furious surge, outshooting Florida 26-6 but only scoring once.

Pastrnak scored a power-play goal at 9:54 of the third. Pastrnak led the Bruins with 35 goals and had a career-high 80 points.

It has been a tough schedule for us but that’s not an excuse, Pastrnak said. The last few weeks have not been our best.

Dadonov put the game away when he scored an insurance goal with 1:49 remaining.

Would have been easy for them to come and in and shut it down but it’s a competitive league, Bruins forward Brad Marchand said.

Boston had been unbeaten in regulation over its last 11 home games and had beaten Florida in 12 of 13 overall.

Boston lost in the first round last year to Ottawa in six games after failing to make the playoffs the two previous seasons.

Marchand failed to score in the Bruins’ final six games, and David Krejci has one goal in 16 games. … Borgstrom scored his first career goal. … Florida D Keith Yandle tied his career high with his 48th assist.

Despite being Charles Hudon Authentic Jersey unable to reach an agreement before the start of free agency, Dimitroff is confident the Falcons will get the deal done soon.

With agents, we’re very mindful: We don’t want to muddy the waters,” Dimitroff said. Ultimately … [Ryan’s] a team guy. There’s no illegalities about talking to Matt Ryan myself or Dan Quinn. Of course we’ve had a talk here or there about the future. But as far as getting involved and trying to push wedges into a negotiation, no, because we have a good working relationship with Tom Condon and CAA. So I’m not concerned about that.

As far as the discussions with Matt, again Matt knows what this team is about and he knows what he can do for this team at a number of levels. He knows that he’s right up against a third contract in the NFL, and those are big contracts and significant discussion points. And he’s very aware of that. And he’s aware of everyone on the team being aware of it. He doesn’t want to be a distraction. That’s him. Ultimately, he’s a team guy through and through. Again, hopefully we can move through this and get this done.”

Hamels pitches Rangers to 4-1 win over A’s

Joey Gallo didn’t see much of a reason to celebrate becoming the 11th fastest player in major league history to 50 home runs.
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A few of his Texas teammates thought differently and repeatedly pelted the first baseman with wadded balls of napkins as he spoke with reporters.
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Gallo connected on a 2-1 pitch from Kendall Graveman (0-1) in the second inning. Gallo, who also went deep on Sunday, moved past Frank Robinson, who reached 50 homers in 213 games.

This is a special talent, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. This guy has the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark in all directions. Last year when he made the strides to take some pitches, take his walks, really has helped him continue to grow to be a more complete hitter.

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We’re going to do what Cousins does best,聽Zimmer said, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Ben Goessling. He’s the most important player, really, on the offense, so we have to figure out what he does best, what he feels comfortable with and kind of go from there.聽

The organization didn’t stop once it handed a three-year, $84 million contract to its new quarterback. General manager Rick Spielman also signed Sheldon Richardson to fill the defense’s hole at 3-technique.聽

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鈥婣s he continues on the road to recovery, the Eagles remain unsure whether or not Wentz will be ready for Week 1. Even if he is, Philadelphia will reportedly have him playing much more cautious then a he has in his first two NFL seasons.

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Howie Roseman Says Nick Foles Will Have ‘High Price Tag’

It’s nearly April and the Super Bowl MVP hasn’t yet been traded.
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In any normal circumstance, that sentence would deserve a hearty duh! from anyone within earshot. But this isn’t any normal circumstance. The Eagles have Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and if all goes well, they’ll be placing him back on the bench in favor of Carson Wentz when the season begins in September.

While the Eagles have fielded phone calls about trading Foles, they haven’t yet pulled the trigger.

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The worst-case scenario is here for Indy, and there’s no getting around it.

Kenley Jansen calls it a slow start to the season.
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Safety in numbers has taken on a whole new meaning in the NFL this offseason. That’s because few zeroes are being dangled to the free agents playing the position. The safety market has proven soft even for a league in which teams are flush with salary-cap space. The most lucrative safety deal signed this offseason was Da’Norris Searcy Authentic Jersey Tyrann Mathieu’s one-year, $7 million pact with Houston, followed by other relatively modest contracts signed by New Orleans’ Kurt Coleman (three years for $18 million with $4.5 million guaranteed) and Pittsburgh’s Morgan Burnett (three years, $14.3 million, $4.3 million guaranteed).

Some of the biggest names still available, like Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Mike Mitchell, remain unsigned because of dissatisfaction with the money being tendered. Another one is Tre Boston, who understandably finds himself dumbfounded at what has unfolded. Boston thought he would be able to cash in after the best season of his NFL career; he posted career highs in tackles (79), pass break-ups (eight) and interceptions (five) last season with the Chargers.

Encarnacion’s inside-park HR highlights Indians’ 6-0 win

The Cleveland Indians loved the sight of 35-year-old Edwin Encarnacion chugging around the bases on his way to a standup inside-the-park home run.

I knew he had wheels, but … starter Mike Clevinger said with a laugh. You see something new every day.

I was too tired, he said. I just see the ball and when the ball go away from Upton, I said in my mind, `I’ve got to make it to the plate.’ It was a lot of running. But I like it. It’s good.

The most recent inside-the-park homer by the Indians was Naquin’s remarkable game-ending hit on Aug. 19, 2016, against Toronto.

That’s a lot of praise for Edwin, Naquin said. That man’s hit a lot of homers. It’s not easy to get an inside-the-park home run, so that obviously says Eddie’s running hard. He plays the game the right way and he showed up. You’re either going to have a triple or a homer in the books. Doesn’t matter how you get it.

Encarnacion was welcomed back to the dugout with high-fives and a teammate fanning him off with a towel.

Napoleon McCallum, a former Raiders running back and now the director of community development for Las Vegas Sands Corp., was sitting between the parties. As a fan of both sides of the table, McCallum made this meeting happen.

The Las Vegas side of the table was excited, though skeptical of the Raiders’ intentions. Prominent UNLV official Don Snyder, who had spent the past year as the school’s president, was in the room. Snyder has had a hand in some of Las Vegas’ most ambitious projects such as the downtown Fremont Experience and, more recently, the $470 million Smith Center for Performing Arts. He’s well-connected in town. This meeting was the first he was learning of interest from the Raiders. Everyone hoped this was the beginning of something special, but it was early in the game.

At the time, the Raiders’ focus remained on Los Angeles or finding a way to stay in Oakland. Davis didn’t want any news of the meeting at UNLV to damage those discussions. There were many other suitors, too. San Antonio was interested; so was Sacramento. Casual inquiries came from Calgary and Mexico. Among the primary candidates, Las Vegas was the long-shot bachelorette with a history of gambling.

At the other end of the table, across from Davis, was Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute. A former captain of the Harvard baseball team, Bernhard is forward-thinking, humble, witty and a leading authority on gambling.patriots_379

Matt Slauson visiting Lions on Friday

Free agent offensive guard Matt Slauson is visiting the Lions on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
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Slauson, 32, went on injured reserve with a biceps injury after seven games last season. He started all seven games at left guard.

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O’Donnell, 27, has averaged 44.9 yards per punt in four seasons in Chicago.

Tight end Eric Ebron is set for a visit with the Panthers on Friday and he reportedly has another visit lined up if he doesn’t strike a deal in Carolina.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Ebron has scheduled a visit with the Colts on Sunday. He’d join Jack Doyle, who led the Colts in receptions with 80 last season, at tight end in Indianapolis.

Schefter adds that Ebron will potentially visit the Patriots after that, but there doesn’t appear to be a date set for such a meeting. Tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t revisited his plans for 2018 since the Super Bowl, but, assuming he’s back, the Patriots could be looking for a change from Dwayne Allen at No. 2 anyway.

Ebron was released by the Lions on Wednesday before the fifth-year option on his rookie contract kicked in. As a result, he won’t count in the compensatory pick formula for any team that signs him.

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