How Vikings ‘$64,000’ QB question could affect the Jets

No one in the NFL has a more interesting quarterback decision this offseason than the Vikings.
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Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford are all scheduled to become free agents on March 14. All have merit as a starting quarterback in the NFL. But all come with huge questions, something Vikings coach Mike Zimmer addressed Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Jackson is one of the biggest wild cards heading into April’s draft, with no one really knowing where he might go. In our mock drafts here at, we have him going all over the place, from as high as 15th overall (to the Cardinals) to as low as 28th overall (to the Steelers).
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Nothing ground-shaking, yet, in a matter of just two minutes and at minimal expense, local TV had turned Andy Greene from just an earnest veteran hockey player who wears No. 6 while skating beneath a helmet, into a fellow we now kinda, sorta know, a guy we suspect is worth our rooting interest.

That’s all it took and often all it takes to produce good TV and good vibes. And it was a good use of time often filled and killed as dead time.

At halftime of Northwestern-Penn State, four on-site Big Ten Network analysts appeared on a courtside set to talk things over. Is there a greater inducement to turn the channel than to see Authentic Mookie Betts Jersey and hear four people prepared to preview the next game or break down the first half?

Sure, when there’s five instead of four.

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Today’s panel includes ESPN Fantasy’s André Snellings and Kyle Soppe, as well as DFS expert Renee Miller.

Trumaine Johnson received the franchise tag in each of the last two years, making it unlikely the Rams would be able to hammer out a deal in the 2018 offseason. That was bad news with Kayvon Webster going down with an Achilles injury late in 2017, leaving the Rams with little cornerback depth.

They solved the problem by brokering trades with the Chiefs and Broncos to land Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib two of the NFL’s best cornerbacks.

Which players should you build around and which players should you fade in DFS as we tip off tonight’s NBA action? Our experts have the answers.

There are a lot of reasons to lock in George tonight. First, he comes at a mid-tier salary at a position that’s one of the more difficult to fill tonight. He’s also been as consistently good as almost anyone, filling the stat sheet in multiple categories on a regular basis.

I felt it midway through the season last year, Judge said Wednesday, via But it came down to,’Can you play?’ And I could play…. If I was able to play, I was going to go out there and be ready for my team.

Cleveland has committed about $20 million or so to cornerbacks today, but it’s unclear whether the Browns have found an upgrade on Taylor.

QB AJ McCarron, Bills Grade: C+ After the much expected dalliance between McCarron and Hue Jackson never came to fruition in Cleveland, the former Alabama star was left frantically searching for a seat in the NFL’s version of musical chairs.

The last spot left standing with a viable path toward a starting job was in Buffalo, where the only guy left on the depth chart was Nathan Peterman.

McCarron is overrated by virtue of having not played much over the past two seasons, but he is certainly an upgrade on Peterman.

For a team that spent months privately pining about how badly it wanted a traditional quarterback in lieu of the talented passer it had in Tyrod Taylor, the 6-foot-4 McCarron is about as tall as viable passers come.patriots_004

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Those extra goals or that extra misconduct penalty could be the difference in your league between glory and defeat.
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The Denver offer carries the largest payout through the first year and the largest through three seasons, while matching the Jets’ offer for the highest annual average ($30 million). It also returns Cousins to the market after only four seasons instead of five, giving him an earlier shot at yet another big payday. Denver is also a place where my client can provide the clear difference between a losing season and a winning one, as outlined in this recent analysis.

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Oh, why not. Following up Thursday’s remarkable 35-save effort in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the 25-year-old stopped 50 of 52 shots in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Not bad at all. Seven games into his NHL career (four of them taking place two years ago), Gibson doesn’t seem the least bit bothered by his own lack of experience or that he’s competing for the team allowing a league high in shots against per game. Consider giving him a whirl in daily fantasy play.

Arrieta’s creatively structured contract pays him base salaries of $30 million, $25 million and $20 million through 2020. He can opt out of the deal after 2019, and the Phillies have the ability to void the opt-out and exercise a two-year option that could keep him with the organization through 2022.

Watkins wasn’t a game-changer in his first season on the West Coast, but he added a valuable extra dimension to the league’s top-ranked scoring offense. He averaged more than 15 yards per catch, showcasing the skills that made him the first receiver taken in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Gibson had impressive stats for a middling Bridgeport Sound Tigers squad in the AHL this season. Of course, asking for any Islanders goaltender to contribute to your fantasy squad remains a tall order with this defense; Gibson had to make 50 saves to preserve a win against the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
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Frank Vatrano made his Florida Panthers debut on the second line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck, scoring a goal in the process. Vatrano is a goal scorer at heart and could surprise down the stretch run playing with such heady company. … The Chicago Blackhawks started experimenting with their defensive pairings during their California road trip at the start of the month. Out of that tinkering, Erik Gustafsson ended up being paired with Brent Seabrook for the past four games. The result has been two goals and four assists for the otherwise quiet defender. In fact, he even earned the top power-play duties on Sunday against the Boston Bruins and potted two assists with the unit in a 3-1 win.

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I felt like it was my first rookie game again, said Jennings, who was the Bucks’ first-round draft pick in 2009. Just to put on that jersey was a blessing, and I was just grateful.

Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 17 points, while Jarell Martin, Dillon Brooks and Ben McLemore scored 16 apiece.

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That’s a great play on his part, Mavs guard Wesley Matthews said.

With Kristaps Porzingis being the future of the Knicks, the front office’s entire focus should be surrounding him with the type of players who can maximize his potential on both ends of the court.
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Shattenkirk has been skating for a week now, and was off crutches from his mid-January knee surgery by Feb. 7. This certainly sounds like one of the shorter-term meniscus tears we sometimes see from players (Taylor Hall last year). We know Shattenkirk has been suffering from this injury all season, but he managed the pain with a cortisone shot to start the campaign (and posted 17 points in the first 18 games). He’s potentially returning to a torn-down Rangers roster, but one that can still put the puck in the net and ice a solid power-play unit. If he’s been skating for a week, hopefully watch for news of him practicing again with teammates in the next 10 days, at which point it’s time to scoop him up.

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I think he went into this game without committing an offensive foul, and now he’s got two in one game. He’s got to go downhill and attack and provide momentum.

In what is already all but a lost season for Dallas, those learning experiences are key for the player the franchise hopes will be the face of its next phase. The talent is there. The production and decision-making will catch up.

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Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo offered to help save Jason Kidd’s job, report says

Giannis Antetokounmpo reportedly was willing to try to save Jason Kidd’s job as Bucks coach.

Milwaukee abruptly fired Kidd on Monday afternoon. Kidd told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne he received a call from the Bucks’ star 23-year old forward shortly before the team notified him of the move.

Kidd told Shelburne that Antetokounmpo offered to call his agent as well as Milwaukee’s owner to lobby for Kidd to remain the team’s coach. Kidd declined Antetokounmpo’s offer, he told Shelburne.

“We believe that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our talented team towards the next level, bringing us closer to our goal of competing for championships,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a press release.

Durant said officials around the league regularly act the way Williams did.

Durant is a frequent critic of officials. After he was ejected in December, for example, he told reporters (per, “The refs run the game, so if they’re not feeling good today, they can just make any decision they want.”

Acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline, Kane has four helpers and five points in three games with San Jose. He also seven points (three goals, four assists) in a five-game scoring streak.

“He’s been great,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “He’s a world-class player. You add a world-class player to your lineup, it makes everybody better.”

Timo Meier, who is scheduled to play in his 100th NHL game, has three goals in his last five contests, and is one of 10 Sharks with at least 10 goals.

James Harden, who logged 22 points and eight assists in his second game back from a hamstring injury, stressed the significance of winning but also highlighted the prominence of playing together as a team.

“That’s what we’re rooting for,” Harden said. “It’s not going to be easy. Every single game, we’re going to have to take it for ourselves and not relax. It’s not about who we’re playing. It’s about us and each and every game getting better.”giants_154

Jaguars will not use tags on WR Allen Robinson

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His per-catch average also dropped by 5.4 yards from 2015 to 2016. Robinson had a fantastic training camp, however, and appeared poised for a big season in 2017 before his injury.

Last thing on the Redskins: While praise was universal for Chris Thompson (and I heard they are really high on Byron Marshall as well), the tone was less enthusiastic when discussing Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine. My expectation is that the first- and second-down running back for the Redskins is not currently on the roster. They’ll address the position in either the draft or free agency (or both), and I would be surprised if both Kelley and Perine were both on the Skins’ roster when the season starts. For what it’s worth, Isaiah Crowell was a name mentioned to me as someone who has fans in D.C.

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Cousins isn’t as good as Brees and Manning were at their peaks, but he is able to say that he’s hitting the open market injury-free. Cousins is one year removed from a season with a healthy Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in which he finished fifth in Football Outsiders’ passing DVOA and sixth in Total QBR. While he had more mediocre numbers last season — 18th in DVOA, 15th in QBR — it’s not hard to argue that Cousins is one of the top 15 quarterbacks in the league. He’s certainly in the top 20.

Washington moved on by acquiring Alex Smith for a third-round pick and Doug Gilmour Womens Jersey cornerback Kendall Fuller. With Jimmy Garoppolo’s new contract setting the bar high, you’ll forgive Cousins’ agent, Mike McCartney, for being gleeful about the concept of his free agency.

As of this past weekend, we learned that Cousins is down to a final four, but there are two teams that need him more than anyone else.

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Papa John’s and the NFL are ending their sponsorship deal.
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BREAKING: Papa John’s & the NFL have ended their sponsorship deal.

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Schnatter stepped down as the CEO Jan. 1 because of those comments.
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Anthony Davis is dominating the headlines right now for the New Orleans Pelicans — and for good reason — but he got good support from his perimeter guys on Wednesday. Jrue Holiday scored 25 points (11-18 FG, 1-3 FT) with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 3-pointers and 1 steal to lead the crew. Rajon Rondo had one of his good games with 13 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 3-pointer and 1 steal. E’Twaun Moore rounded out the solid backup with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 3-pointer.

Rudy Gay stepped it up in his third game back from his 23-game absence due to a heel injury. He scored 19 points with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 2 3-pointers and 1 steal in 24 minutes off the bench to lead the way for the San Antonio Spurs in a game where LaMarcus Aldridge went down with an ankle injury.

Finally, team interviews are the most important part of the process. While much is made of the NFL Draft process, at the end of the day, it’s a job interview. Production and college experience is equivalent to work history, and Combine testing is equivalent to GPA, but it’s the actual interview that can make or break a person getting the job.

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Off the bench, Buddy Hield scored 16 points with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 3-pointer. Even Kosta Koufos contributed 6 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 20 minutes of run.

The NFL Combine serves as an opportunity for NFL team executives to meet those prospects.

In their first game back from the All-Star break, Kerr tinkered with his starting lineup to generate an early spark. Backup center JaVale McGee, as ESPN reported beforehand, got the start in place of Zaza Pachulia.
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Coach felt like we needed more pressure at the rim to kind of open us up a bit on the wings and I thought Zaza handled it well, Durant said. He came in and played extremely hard. We’re going to need both of those guys. It doesn’t matter if they’re starting or coming off the bench. We’re going to need both of them to be solid and play good basketball.

The Titans have around $50 million in cap space, but I expect them to make several moves to find the right players at the right prices, rather than make one or two elite free-agency splashes. General manager Jon Robinson has had success with midlevel signings such as receiver Rishard Matthews, cornerback Logan Ryan and center Ben Jones. I’d expect a similar plan this offseason, seeking additions at receiver, running back, defensive back, guard and linebacker. The Titans do have to shell out some money to their own players — left tackle Taylor Lewan, for example — and could choose to re-sign others such as linebacker Avery Williamson, guard Josh Kline or defensive end DaQuan Jones. — Cameron Wolfe

Sporting News last year detailed how those decision-makers treat the NFL Combine. While the Underwear Olympics might be the highlights for viewers, teams will be more interested player interviews and physicals.

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Most of the Combine will take place behind the scenes in the form of prospect interviews and physicals. The on-field workouts will be televised by NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for those workouts.

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Nothing about the Patriots’ 10th trip to the Super Bowl is uncharted territory.

They’ve hoisted the Lombardi Trophy five times and they’ve even played the Eagles before, back in Super Bowl XXXIX.

They’re also expected to lose both offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to head coaching gigs after the big game, and they’ve even been through that in the past. It happened right after that Super Bowl win over the Eagles.

McDaniels is expected to take over as the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, while Patricia is headed for the Lions after the Super Bowl is over. There’s no question Bill Belichick can navigate the transition smoothly. After all, he lost offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to head coaching jobs back in 2005.

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“It’s super creepy,” I said. “Oh, god, she’s looking at me.”

“It’s got lasers in its eyes to detect faces,” Aaron said, as the robot spun its head in his direction. “It can see that my face is lined up with the lasers. It’s trying to see something.”

McDaniels should have accepted the Colts job for all of these very serious reasons. He will regret it when he’s in New England being chewed out by 40-year-old Tom Brady, and Seth Wickersham airs him out at some point if he ever becomes head coach.

This particularly was evident in the season’s two biggest games, when a running back who already is paid nearly 50 percent more than anyone else at his position — and is demanding even more — was outperformed by a rookie and played to a draw by a veteran who has been cut twice and is on his fourth NFL team.

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