The Saints and Pelicans ownership passed to Gayle Benson, who emphasized her commitment to both teams in an email sent to fellow NFL and NBA team owners.


NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday that Cleveland has engaged in a lot of conversations about the No. 4 pick, according to sources.

One decision-maker called the fourth-overall slot a pivotal point in the draft, which makes plenty of sense. No. 4 is exactly where quarterback-needy teams would effort to land in order to get ahead of the Broncos.

Aside from starter Cam Newton, the only other signal-callers on Carolina’s roster are Garrett Gilbert and Taylor Heinicke. Combined, they have thrown exactly one NFL pass. That attempt belongs to Heinicke, who threw one pass for the Texans in relief of  T.J. Yates against the Steelers in December. On the second drive of his career, Heinicke suffered a head injury as he was sacked and had to be taken off of the field.

Meanwhile, the Saints will look to build on the success of last year’s draft, which produced cornerback Marshon Lattimore, running back Alvin Kamara, free safety Marcus Williams and offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk, among others.

But Loomis understands this time around has unique challenges, especially when considering the Saints currently have just a first-round pick (27th overall) and a third-round pick (91st overall) within the top 100.

Witten’s $4.7M contract bonus wasn’t paid to him prior to retiring, per Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan.

After the Cowboys selected him in the third round of the 2003 draft, Witten became one of the most consistent tight ends in the league. He was named to 11 Pro Bowls and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2007 and 2010.

Witten retires having set Cowboys franchise records in receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448). He’s also one of the most prolific tight ends in NFL history. According to Pro Football Reference, only Tony Gonzalez has more receptions and yards, while Witten’s 68 touchdowns put him at sixth-best for the position.

There’s no questioning Witten’s production over his career, but he Buy Cheap Jerseys Online was showing clear signs of a decline in recent seasons. He hadn’t cracked 1,000 yards receiving Best Place To Get Cheap Jerseys since 2012, and his 560 receiving yards in 2017 marked his lowest total since his rookie year.

Hamstring strain lands Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko on DL


The St. Louis Cardinals placed Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day disabled list and recalled prospect Harrison Bader from Triple-A before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

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Gyorko left Monday’s game in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring. Greg Garcia will fill in at third base.

We don’t have a clear answer, Green said.

Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fifth and an RBI double in the third to help the Rockies win for the 10th time in their last 16 games at Petco Park. Blackmon and LeMahieu added back-to-back solo homers in the ninth — the fourth already for Blackmon this season.

Mitchell (0-1) gave up five runs, eight hits and three walks. He failed to strike out a batter.

He wasn’t sharp, Green said. He couldn’t find his curve. He had chances to minimize innings and escape out of innings and he didn’t do it.

All of this has unquestionably worn out Beckham’s welcome with parts of the Giants organization.

Various coaches and players have spoken with Beckham about his behavior, but nothing has changed. At the NFL owners meetings Sunday, Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters he wouldn’t rule out a Beckham trade. One day later, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Beckham will not set foot on a field without a new contract extension agreed to—with the Giants or any team.

Beckham is currently set to play for roughly $8.5 million this season, according to Spotrac, which is a paltry sum for a player of his skill level. A renegotiated contract likely would give him a salary comparable to those of Brown ($17 million per year), Mike Evans ($16.5 million) Rugby Cheap Jerseys and DeAndre Hopkins ($16.2 million).

Teams have to decide whether Beckham is stable enough to warrant that kind of deal, especially considering the type of draft-pick capital they’ll have to give up to acquire Raiders Cheap Jerseys him. As of now, plenty of teams seem to think he is indeed worth both.

It’s not so much the fans; Beckham’s highlight-reel catches are always worth second and third looks.


It debuted as it remains: an impossible dream, the utopian pursuit of “get it right” perfection through highly subjective second opinions, which few wanted and football never needed.

Yet, the game-wrecking, escalating lunacy persists. FOX, in its NFL pregame show Sunday, should’ve seized the tape of last week’s reversed-possession Jets “TD” — among dozens of gripe-free, reasonable TD calls that would have went unchallenged and uninspected prior to replay — to allow Mike Pereira, former head of NFL officiating and now a FOX replay inspector, to provide some practical sense and history to the senseless impracticality of replay rules.

Harrison developed a reputation as a dirty player while playing safety for the Chargers and Patriots, and that led to multiple fines that totaled more than $200,000. He was suspended for one game in 2002 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jerry Rice, and again in 2007 for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He still finds ways to stir it up as an analyst.

It’s his reputation within the league as a complainer and instigator that has heated up after battles within the NFC East.

Vikings: The Vikings have quickly moved on from Adrian Peterson, drafting FSU RB Dalvin Cook at No. 41 overall, in the second round. Cook averaged 142.1 yards from scrimmage per game in college. They also added OL help with Ohio State center Pat Elflein in the third round. He was a high school wrestler — just like Vikings coach Mike Zimmer — and moved from right guard to center as a senior when the Buckeyes needed help at the position. So he might be slotted as a guard for the Vikings, having played left guard.

Patriots: Fortunately, they don’t have a ton of needs, because they had no first- or second-round picks. In the third round, the Patriots went small school, picking Youngstown State DE Derek Rivers and Troy OT Antonio Garcia. Rivers had 41 career sacks at Youngstown, but faces a large leap in level of completion. Garcia is considered a project LT prospect.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said following Pittsburgh’s 23-20 comeback win he did not have an update on Shazier. He did say the 25-year-old linebacker was “receiving the necessary medical attention.”

NFL Media reported Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert took a police Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys escort to the hospital. The team was told Shazier has a spinal contusion with some swelling is involved. They won’t know more until the swelling goes down, but it is encouraging news for Shazier. Former Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox had a similar injury in 2002 and missed just Cheap Baseball Jerseys China one game.

NFL trade deadline: Jimmy Garoppolo trade the biggest risk of Bill Belichick’s career


The Patriots stunned the NFL by trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers, placing complete faith in Tom Brady’s extraordinary ability to stave off Father Time.

New England received a second-round pick from the 49ers for Garoppolo, who had been seen as the heir apparent to Brady after being selected by the Patriots in round two of the 2014 draft and significantly impressing in the two starts he made last season when their future Hall of Fame starter was suspended.

Indiana second-year forward Domantas Sabonis, coming off a personal-best 22 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, had a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 12 Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA rebounds. He finished with a career-high 16 rebounds in addition to 12 points and five assists.

Sabonis was actually sick the previous day.

“I laid in bed and tried to recover and get ready for today,” he said. “I’m just coming out there and proving to people that I can play.”

Pacers coach Nate McMillan was particularly pleased with his team meeting the per game goal of 25 assists.

“We want that ball moving,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is create other opportunities to where we get open looks as opposed to contested shots. If we’re dishing out Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys 25 assists or more, everybody is touching the ball and it’s very difficult to defend that type of movement.”

Fournette has been slowed this summer by a nagging foot injury


Peterson threw down the gauntlet leading up to the game by saying, “Going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them.”

Saints coach Sean Payton likely was not pleased with Peterson’s challenge issued to a Vikings defense that ranked third in the league last season. And how much of an opportunity will Peterson actually have to “stick it” to the Vikings when, at 32, he’s probably the Saints’ third best back behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara? This is hardly the first time Peterson has made inflammatory — or shall we say stupid — comments.

Peterson last year talked about how bored he was in Vikings OTAs and training camp after he had played only one game in 2015 due to the repercussions from child abuse charges. And he added that he could retire from his then-$12 million job due to this imposition of having to sit in meetings and attend practices.

Reuben Foster, LB, 49ers: Following a season-ending shoulder injury to Malcolm Smith, Foster was thrust into a starting role and made the most of it during the preseason. Foster was viewed as one of the most complete defensive players in the 2017 draft class after recording 115 tackles, with 13 for loss and five sacks, last season for Alabama. The 49ers offense will struggle this year, meaning Foster will have plenty of time to rack up the numbers that could earn him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars: The Jaguars are relying on him to be their workhorse back to take some pressure off beleaguered quarterback Blake Bortles. Fournette should get plenty of carries, assuming his foot injury doesn’t linger.

Myles Garrett, DE, Browns: As the top pick in the draft, Garrett will be in the spotlight all season long. He’s had an impressive summer and will look to continue that during Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys the regular season Cheap Nike Eagles Jerseys as the Browns try to climb out of the cellar in the AFC North.

The Knicks signed Tim Hardawaaaaait a minute, $71 MILLION?!


The Knicks drafted Tim Hardaway Jr. back in the first round in 2013. He was fine for a pick in the 20s as a single-minded wing scorer, with mixed results in his efficiency. Ultimately replaceable. So the Knicks used him in a draft-night trade in 2015 to get Jerian Grant, a point guard. A year later, the Knicks threw Grant into the pot for the Derrick Rose trade.

Hardaway’s a restricted free agent now, and New York decided to try to bring him back. That’s a little weird — you trade a player for low return (which you flip for a rental) and then chase the original player in free agency two years on? OK — but hey, circumstances change.

The Knicks offered Hardaway $71 million over four years.

Anthony is ready to move on and the Rockets are ready to take him. Daryl Morey is in the business of acquiring talent and figuring out how it fits later. If Anthony is on the market, he’ll be aggressive in his pursuit.

Plus, it seems Anthony is finally willing to move on. Whatever Cheap Jerseys Outlets went down between him and D’Antoni is under the bridge and down the river at this point. Things will work out. This trade appears to be happening, it’s just a question of when rather than if.

Noel is good and will make a pretty penny once Dallas gets around to signing him, or once Noel gets around to signing another team’s offer sheet. But he offers no lineup flexibility. That, and his restricted status, contribute to the slow burn of his free agency. If you’re signing Noel to a max deal (or anything close), you’d better be ready to give him 30 minutes a game. That’s 30 minutes without any scoring or shooting at one position, so you’d better have shooters elsewhere in your rotation or you are subjecting yourself Cheap Jerseys Sites to too limited an offense.

FSU showed off how many errors it could pull off in one play


LSU and Florida State continue to impress in the College World Series with the most white-knuckle baseball one can imagine. We’ve already witnessed dugout sit-ups in celebration of the Tigers’ first run, and here in the top of the sixth, things are very much getting weird yet again.

LSU carried a 5-1 lead into the top of the frame, when third baseman Josh Smith slipped a weak grounder to first, where all hell broke loose.

That didn’t go as planned, or at least not as Smith would have planned.

Smith indeed puts the ball in play, singling into right center. That scores Deichmann from second, but Smith got greedy in his base running, unwisely trying to stretch the play into a double.

Thing is, though, that Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie appears not to make the tag before Smith reaches base here. Smith somehow avoids Guthrie’s glove in his face on the slide, only getting tagged after touching the base with his left hand.

Unfortunately for LSU, this sort of play is not reviewable, despite the Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale fact that college baseball needs to implement video assist review on a larger scale. That’s gotta NFL Jerseys Free Shipping sting for Tigers fans.

Florida maintains a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

The Blues won the NHL’s eighth Winter Classic 4-1.


That’s right: The four winningest head coaches in NHL history all coached the St. Louis Blues at one time. None won the cup in St. Louis, but combined the group has won 17 titles.

For one day in January, all that was forgotten.

The Blues won the NHL’s eighth Winter Classic 4-1. It couldn’t have been scripted much better for the franchise or the league. Both overcame and outlasted Mother Nature, both put on a show for a packed house at an iconic baseball stadium and one of the game’s brightest stars, Vladimir Tarasenko, starred in the third period.

Tarasenko missed on a breakaway then ripped the post several minutes later in the third before capping off the weekend in style with two goals and a selfie with crazed Blues fans on what normally would be the home team’s dugout.

Foley made history in June when the NHL approved his bid to bring a franchise to Las Vegas, which to date had not permanently hosted a pro sports team.

The Golden Knights will begin play this fall in the privately-financed T-Mobile Arena, a $375 million facility fitted to host shows and concerts in addition to hockey year-round near the future site that will host the Raiders beginning in 2020. Though maybe not the driving force, the NFL’s interest in Las Vegas was sweetened by the city’s multimillion dollar contribution to build the stadium, taken from tourists in the form of hotel room taxes.

Foley, a billionaire businessman, said he was never approached by the Raiders or the NFL to join negotiations for relocation.

He welcomed and congratulated Raiders owner Mark Davis on the bid’s approval, adding, “It Nike NFL Jerseys truly is an exciting time to be from Las Vegas. There is only a select group of Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys cities in North America that are home to both an NHL and an NFL franchise and Vegas is now one of them.”

James Conner hurts shoulder as injuries mount for Steelers rookies


For the third time in as many days a Steelers rookie was injured during training camp.

Running back James Conner left Sunday’s padded practice with an injured left shoulder after what had been an impressive performance. Conner was one of seven Steelers players mentioned by head coach Mike Tomlin in his post-practice injury report.

Tomlin also mentioned linebacker Vince Williams, safety Mike Mitchell, cornerback Senquez Golson, tight ends Scott Orndoff and Xavier Grimble, and rookie linebacker Keion Adams. Tomlin said Orndoff was dehydrated and Grimble and Adams also had heat-related issues.

“I really feel this way especially in the last couple weeks, month, wow, I see the light at the end of the tunnel if you will,” Luck told reporters Friday. “And I truly feel in my mind, in my heart that I know I’m going to be better.”

Now, whether that means Luck is going to be ready for Week 1 Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China when the Colts play the Rams Sept. 10 remains to be seen.

The typical recovery time after labrum surgery can range anywhere from six to nine months. Luck had surgery in mid-January so he is approaching the timetable to be back, but with any injury and surgery like this, not to mention the value of Luck to the team, it may be prudent to let him come back later rather than sooner to extend his NFL career.

For now Luck will try to progress to working through a throwing motion, to throwing a tennis ball and eventually throwing a football. It’s a long process, but one that is infinitely worth it for the Colts’ franchise player.

Tom Brady at 40 by the numbers


Tom Brady, one of the most successful and enduring players in NFL history, turns 40 on Thursday.

A man synonymous with the New England Patriots, Brady has starred for the franchise since 2000, winning the Super Bowl on five occasions and being named Super Bowl MVP four times.

Here, we examine Brady’s storied career in Opta numbers as he reaches a major personal milestone.

7 – When he first plays this season, Tom Brady will become the seventh different quarterback age 40 or older to start at least one NFL game since the start of the 2000 season, and the first Patriot ever to do so.

4 – Brady has been named Super Bowl MVP on four occasions (2002, 2004, 2015, 2017), more often than any other player in NFL history. In fact, he’s one of just five players to be MVP more than once.

2 – He is one of just two people to win five or more Super Bowl rings as a player, along with Charles Haley, and the only player to win five playing for the same team.

“You’re not blind to it as a player,” Brady said. “It’s a contact sport and I think we all understand that. And there’s a lot of great benefits that football brings you. You certainly can be put in harm’s way.”

Deflecting the question was an obvious route for Brady to take due to the fallout that would occur if he told the truth. But his non-denial is just as bad, and he made it worse by saying it’s nobody’s business. Legally, it’s the NFL’s business because injuries must be reported.

His concussions are also the interest of other players looking to play in the NFL. Having someone with the prominence of Brady would have a huge impact in the way concussions Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys are viewed in football. A season two viewing of Netflix’s “Last Chance U” proves there’s a lot of progress to be made regarding concussions in this sport.

Brady calling his concussions a personal issue is a weak response to a Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys serious topic. The league won’t make progress on this issue until players acknowledge the severity of brain injuries.