Colin Kaepernick switches agents ahead of meeting with 49ers


It’s shaping up to be another interesting offseason for Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers quarterback has parted ways with XAM Sports, which has represented the veteran since the 2011 NFL Draft, the Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday.

NFL observers interpreted those statements as indications Garrett did not want to play for the Browns.

Garrett, however, told Fox 26 in Houston, “It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll play wherever they put me. … If you go in there with a mindset that you’re going to turn things around and you make that contagious and people start to believe in it, you can turn it into a winning program wherever you go.”

Don’t look for Garrett to be putting on the hat of the team that does end up drafting him, though. That’s because he won’t be in Philadelphia for the draft.

He told the Houston Chronicle that he’d rather stay home to celebrate the moment with all the people closest to him and that nothing will convince him otherwise.

“I’m staying at home,” Garrett said.

Rodgers came up big in his only Super Bowl appearance — and against the league’s top defense, to boot. The Steelers had the most sacks (48) of any team, boasted the NFL’s top-rated scoring defense (14.5 points per game) and had the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in safety Troy Polamalu.

Rodgers threw for 288 yards, becoming the first quarterback to eclipse 250 yards since Week 12 of the regular season, and threw no interceptions against a team that ranked fifth with 21. He Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China helped the Packers to a 31-25 win thanks to his three-touchdown effort.

Michael Floyd can’t even use mouthwash during home detention


Michael Floyd will need to abide by some strict restrictions as he serves his sentence for drunk driving.

The Chargers are switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense this year under Gus Bradley and Ingram is still listed as an outside linebacker on the Chargers roster, meaning he would get just over $14.1 million this year.

Ingram is only the seventh player in team history the Chargers have used the tag on, and the first since Vincent Jackson in 2011.

Ingram wrapped up a five-year rookie contract worth just over $16 million this season. He played sparingly as a rookie and missed most of 2013 with a torn ACL that also slowed him in 2014 before he finally had his breakout 2015 campaign.

The 6-2, 247-pounder is only 27 years old and could have been the most coveted free agent this year. He had 10 1/2 sacks in 2015 and followed that up with eight sacks last season to go with four forced fumbles.

The Chargers have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with Ingram or he would play 2017 under the franchise tag. The Chargers would like to keep Ingram paired with defensive end Joey Bosa, who was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10 1/2 sacks Where To Buy Cheap Jerseys in 12 games last season.

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: ‘Since I stopped drinking, it’s been a transformation’


Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said Tuesday that he has stopped drinking and attended alcohol rehab on an outpatient basis this offseason, ESPN.com reported.

Seferian-Jenkins, 24, said he quit drinking Jan. 21 and is focused on trying “to win one day at a time.”

“Knowing you need help and you don’t go get it, that’s the worst thing,” he told ESPN.com. “I was scared to get help. I was scared and embarrassed to tell people I have a problem.”

The cascade of events that led to this point: Seferian-Jenkins, while with the Buccaneers, was arrested on a DUI charge in September and, in the aftermath, a police video surfaced in which he makes crude remarks in the back of the police cruiser. The Bucs, who drafted him in the second round in 2014, waived him after the incident. The Jets took a chance on him, picking him up on waivers, but he continued to drink during the 2016 season and ballooned to 285 pounds, 25 over his roster weight. Finally, he sought help in January. In March, he was suspended for the first two games of the 2017 season under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

Although he had to return a portion of his signing bonus from his contract, Johnson clarified his departure had nothing to do with money. Nonetheless, he’s making the most of his free time now.

“They told me they wouldn’t trade me if I came back and stuff like that, but Liverpool Cheap Jerseys it wasn’t about that,” Johnson said. “It was about how I Miami Dolphins Cheap Jerseys felt.

“Retired life’s good, man. My schedule is freed up. It’s not entirely free because I’m doing a little work here and there independently, but it’s been good. I can’t complain. I’m spending time with my family, I’m going to move home soon, so it’s been good.”

Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro selection, finished his career with 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns — all Lions franchise records.

The Lions’ tight end need remains a substantial one


It’s highly unlikely that Charlton falls this far, but if so, he’d be a great fit for a 5-technique/strongside defensive end in Dan Quinn’s offense. The Falcons still need to retool their defensive line.

Finding a home for Jabrill Peppers isn’t easy, but from all I’ve heard, I’d be surprised if he wasn’t a first-round pick. The Saints leaving the first round with Jonathan Allen and Jabrill Peppers sounds awesome on paper.

Denver needs offensive line support, and even though it likely won’t land one of the top three offensive tackles, they can still get the best guard in the 2017 class. Lamp should be going some place in the top-25.

The Lions’ tight end need remains a substantial one, and they’ll use a first-two round pick on the position. Njoku had an expectedly awesome NFL Combine, and if he’s available at 21, I’d be NBA Jerseys For Sale surprised if he wasn’t the pick.

The Rangers have the depth to replace Desmond in center field, as the Rangers won’t platoon outfielders as much as they did in the second half of the 2016 when they had Desmond, Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara and Carlos Gomez. Gomez is positioned to start the year in center with DeLino DeShields backing him up, while Mazara will play in left and Choo in right.

Hook up a PlayStation to the big video board in the stadium, and have the teams play as themselves in “MLB: The Show 17,” for PlayStation 4. You can do all sorts of things in it, like skip commercials and pitching changes. (Available March 28, exclusively for PlayStation 4.)

Orioles’ Adam Jones claims racist abuse at Fenway


Baltimore Orioles’ centre fielder Adam Jones claims he was racially abused by fans at Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park on Monday.

Jones made the allegations following the Orioles’ 5-2 win, which left them a game clear at the top of the AL East.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,” Jones told USA Today. “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.

“I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ball-park. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being.

“I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family. It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colours.”

“I think the most important currency to have nowadays is high-end prospects, and I think we — by everyone’s evaluation — have collected a number of those,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, via MLB Network. “So I think we can easily do that. It’s just, will we do that?

“I think we’ll stay engaged in the marketplace, and over time, if we do match up favorably with anybody where we can get what we want and they get what they want, then yes, we’ll NBA Jerseys Cheap try to pull something down.”

Quintana, who is signed over the next four years at a decently affordable $35 million, went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA and 181 strikeouts last season. Still just 27 years old, he is on the upswing of his career and would be a valuable addition for the Yankees in the competitive AL East.

Outfielder Clint Frazier or infielder Gleyber Torres are the Yankees’ top-ranked prospects. It would likely take one or both of them to snatch Quintana away from Chicago.

The question is whether or not they will be willing to meet the demand as the season draws near.

John Gibbons: Chris Archer should be suspended for throwing behind Jose Bautista


Rays ace Chris Archer stands accused of firing a purpose pitch that came too close for comfort behind Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.

That’s more than enough to warrant a suspension in the mind of John Gibbons, who called on MLB to follow a recent trend and step in to discipline such an action.

“I would expect there has got to be some kind of suspension,” the Blue Jays manager told reporters while discussing Archer’s alleged behavior Sunday afternoon following a 3-1 win. “The way they handle things now, the (Manny) Machado thing the other day, the ball was thrown behind him.

“Now, if the umpire had not issued a warning, OK, maybe he didn’t think something was wrong. Since he issued a warning, maybe he thought, ‘Ah, something’s not right here. If the umpire thinks something was issued for a reason, maybe he though there was some intent and that’s why I would imagine the league would step up like they do most of the time. I would be disappointed if they didn’t. They have to maintain that, whatever the word is, continuity.”

Smith already should have taken the early lead just by finding a bigger sucker than he had been a year earlier. Yes, it does make him the kind of executive who excels at putting out fires that he lit, and at this point the Texans deserve either better from him, or from a different general manager.

Smith, however, managed to keep a lid on Osweiler’s confrontation with Bill O’Brien long enough to find someone to take the quarterback off the Texans’ hands.

Of course, the Browns — and the rest of the league — might already have known all about it, and it was the public that was in the dark for more than two months. But it definitely looks better from Manchester United Cheap Jerseys the Texans’ standpoint to have kept it from being common knowledge that they didn’t just want to move on from the mistake of Osweiler and his contract, but had to — and as fast as possible.

players view a sacrifice fly as an intentional act — just like a sac bunt.


Washington fell behind after starting pitcher Tanner Roark gave up three runs in the fourth inning. The Phillies added another run in the fifth before the Nationals scored four Cheap UK Basketball Jerseys runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The game then went scoreless until the ninth inning when Harper sent a moonshot into another stratosphere.

The Nationals and Bryce Harper came to terms Saturday on a one-year extension of the right fielder’s contract, under which he will make $21.65 million in 2018. The extension marks the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player in MLB history.

The Nationals (23-12) appear to have a solid grasp on the NL East, even though it’s only mid-March.

In other words, again, players view a sacrifice fly as an intentional act — just like a sac bunt.

“When there is a guy on third with less than two out, I know I want to get the ball in the air. A base hit would be great, don’t get me wrong, but I want to get the run in,” said the Phillies’ Cameron Rupp. “I don’t understand why it wouldn’t count the same as a sac bunt. … I think it does need to be changed, 100 percent.”

In all, I spoke to an even dozen current and former ballplayers — Hall of Famer Tim Raines (76 career sac flies), Jerry Hairston Jr. (35 career sac flies) and Phillies slugger Tommy Joseph (six sac flies in 2016) also among them — and the jury is in: There is no reason that the sacrifice fly should be held against a player’s on-base percentage.

Former Bears LB Lance Briggs worried about CTE symptoms


Lance Briggs is retired now, but the former Bears linebacker knows the 12 seasons he spent in the NFL didn’t do his brain’s health any good.

In a recent video Briggs posted to Sqor, he opened up about the dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disease. More information about CTE has been made public in recent years, and Briggs is worried he might suffer from it at some point.

“CTE affects guys in a different way, and you start seeing it even in the practice of football. You get worried. I get concerned for myself. Even though I’ve never had any suicidal thoughts or anything like that, for it to happen to some great men and great football players, I know I can’t separate myself from that crowd,” Briggs said. “The good thing for me is, at least I don’t feel like I’m at a level where it’s dangerous or harmful for myself. But the stories, the things that you hear, that stuff can be scary.”

Stewart, who was an All-Star in 1989, was part of three World Series championship teams. He was on the Dodgers team that won it all in 1981 and then won a pair of titles with the A’s in 1989 and 1993. He joined the front office of the A’s in 1996 as an assistant to then-A’s GM Sandy Alderson, and held a similar position with the Padres.

Following coaching stints with the Padres and Brewers, he worked for a sports management agency and then became the Diamondbacks GM in 2014, a position he held until his firing in October of 2016.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said earlier this week he believes both groups are strong and will have sufficient financial resources to complete the sale and run the team effectively.

MLB is expected decide which bid will be accepted Design Cheap Jerseys before their next owners’ meetings in New York on May 17-18.

Baseball Prospectus’ 2017 PECOTA projections love Dodgers, still hate Royals


Baseball Prospectus has made headlines with its PECOTA projection system in recent years, most notably in the algorithm’s disregard for the Kansas City Royals.

That hasn’t changed in 2017, as the computer projects the Royals to be the worst team in the American League this season. But it sure does love the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The full PECOTA projections for the upcoming season were released Tuesday, and expectations are highest for the Dodgers, who are pegged for a 98-64 season. That’s five wins better than the top projected AL team, the Houston Astros at 93-69.

Dodgers fans have been waiting with bated breath for Roberts’ decision on Bellinger, who has taken the team by storm since getting called up earlier this season. Bellinger, who is slashing .303/.361/.576 with two home runs and five RBIs, had been filling in for Joc Pederson in left field.

With Pederson set to be activated Friday, Roberts was left with a tough decision on what to do with Bellinger. Originally, Roberts said he would send Bellinger back down to the minors, but he had already softened on that stance earlier this week.

With Gonzalez on the DL, Bellinger could carve out a regular role, whether it be in the outfield or a platoon situation with Gonzalez even after he returns from injury.

Gonzalez said Wednesday that he should have gone Cheap Jerseys Wholesale on the DL to start the season. He understandably wanted to maintain his streak, but it may be time for him to rest up and try to get back to full health.

Bellinger has proven he is willing, and more than capable, to fill in while he rests.

Miguel Montero appears to have cleared air with Cubs manager Joe Maddon


Harper’s 24 years old, with five seasons and an MVP award under his belt — and he hasn’t come close to peaking yet. Already, he’s one of five position players to wrack up at least 7 Wins Above Average in his age-22 season. The others aren’t special, just four inner circle Hall of Famers: Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Stan Musial and Eddie Collins.

A decade from now Harper might be one of the greatest players in baseball history. He could also be a broken-down bench player. It’s too early to tell one way or the other, but absolutely everything going his way with the Hall of Fame from here on out seems unlikely.

Miguel Montero and Joe Maddon look like friends again.

The Cubs catcher appears to have ended his beef with his manager. Montero was upset that Maddon didn’t play him much in the 2016 MLB postseason.

Montero was perturbed last year that Maddon didn’t tell him directly he would back up Willson Contreras in October. Montero still contributed to the Cubs’ World Series effort with a pinch-hit grand slam vs. the Dodgers’ Joe Blanton in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Montero is expected to split time with Contreras this season. Kyle Schwarber wants to be the Cubs’ long-term answer behind the plate, but he’s well on his way to becoming a full-time Cheap Jerseys And Jordans outfielder after suffering a severe knee injury last April.