Richard Sherman says NFL players ‘have to be willing to strike’ for better pay. Would they?

If NFL players want the kind of money their counterparts in the NBA or MLB are getting, or things like guaranteed contracts, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says they’re going to have to strike in 2021 when the current labor deal lapses.

Sherman was asked about it before the ESPYs on Wednesday night:
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If we want as the NFL, as a union, to get anything done, players have to be willing to strike. That’s the thing that guys need to 100 percent realize.
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The OT was picked by the Ravens 23rd overall in the 2009 NFL draft out of Ole Miss. He went on to compete in every single game for the first five years of his career. While in Baltimore, Oher never missed a game due to injury, and walked away with a Super Bowl ring for the 2012 season.

It wasn’t until he signed with the Titans in 2014 that things started to change. Oher initially signed a four-year contract with the team, worth $20 million. Oher had his first incomplete season in Tennessee, only suiting up for 11 games that year. He finished the year on IR thanks to a lingering toe injury.

After a short stint with the Titans — who released him in early 2016 — Oher made his way to the Carolina Panthers. There, he once again played a full 16-game season in 2015, and earned a new three-year, $21.6 million deal because of it. The Panthers protected their investment, with a potential out in 2018 that would turn his latest deal into a two-year contract worth $12.25 million.

That option seemed more and more likely after a 2016 season that resulted in only three starts for Oher before eventually being placed on IR. The left tackle developed concussion-like symptoms ahead of the Panthers’ Week 4 contest against Atlanta. He never returned to the practice field, and after his return timetable wasn’t predictable, the team decided they needed to fill his roster spot.

Brown’s Browns are set for the first step of a revival

Browns head coach Hue Jackson confirmed second-year quarterback Cody Kessler will begin the team’s training camp as its starting quarterback.

Now, Brown’s Browns are set for the first step of a revival. The young executive is building from the trenches outward, ensuring a bright future on both the offensive and defensive lines. Keeping his quarterbacks upright will give the offense room to improve. Producing a play-busting push up front will help cover up the deficiencies that burn through the rest of the defensive depth chart.

A defense ranked 29th and 27th in yards allowed per play in 2015 and 2016, respectively, now boasts a handful of potential All-Pros and the depth to avoid the blowouts that marred last season. The question is whether that will make a notable difference in 2017, or if the team’s continued lack of an offensive identity will just turn a string of 27-10 losses into 21-10 losses.

This movie came out in December 2000, a year and a half after the U.S. won the Women’s World Cup. The date is important*, because four months after Buddy’s team wins the state championship, there’s another Women’s World Cup. In the Air Bud Cinematic Universe, the “every four years” World Cup time frame doesn’t exist. You could argue that the filmmakers took artistic license, but this seems a bit much.

The movie is indeed set in 2000, because I double-checked the small print on a spinning newspaper transition.

Anyway, at the 2001 Women’s World Cup final, the United States and Norway have gone on to a penalty shootout to decide the champion. Briana Scurry — who, in real life, made a crucial save for the U.S. in the 1999 final’s shootout — gets injured, leaving everyone worried until the camera pans over to Air Bud, who substitutes for Scurry and clinches the match for the U.S. with his own save.

Odell Beckham Jr. says he wants to be the highest-paid player in the NFL

Odell Beckham Jr. signed the richest NFL shoe deal with Nike this offseason at $25 million and is now eyeing another big deal. This time, he wants to be the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Beckham made his announcement via Uninterrupted in a nearly three-minute video:

Beckham’s inspiration for wanting to be the highest-paid player stems from feeling that football has become more of a job rather than something he just loved to do.
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It’s like the elephant in the room, and you don’t want to talk about it, Beckham says. But I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’m like, ‘No, I’m going to … there’s no need to not talk about it.’

DeMaurice Smith, the president of the players’ association, told the Washington Post in January that the union was working toward a proposal for a less punitive approach from the NFL.
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I do think that issues of addressing it more in a treatment and less punitive measure is appropriate, Smith said. I think it’s important to look at whether there are addiction issues. And I think it’s important to not simply assume recreation is the reason it’s being used.

Even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinks the league should soften its views on marijuana use. Jones might have had Rolando McClain, Demarcus Lawrence, and Gregory available to play last season if the rules were relaxed.

The trauma NFL players’ bodies endure on game days has been compared to being involved in a car accident every single week. There’s no question that chronic pain is an issue in the NFL. The responsible course of action is for the league and the players’ association to work together to explore every possible solution, including marijuana.

Russell Westbrook walks ball up court, forgets to dribble

Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook earned himself a starring role on #Shaqtin’ with a mind-boggling travel vs. the Warriors on Wednesday night.

Westbrook caught an inbounds pass from Victor Oladipo and . . . started walking, truly walking, the ball up the court.

The officials couldn’t ignore this one. Somehow, Westbrook didn’t seem to think he had committed a violation. That’s as good as the six steps.
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Russ was walking to the bench later in the second half as Golden State opened a big lead on OKC. The Dubs won 121-100. That gave him time to reflect on his triple-double, which also included 10 turnovers.

These were invaluable in explaining the story of the first Indian player drafted to the NBA. They also were a filmmaking risk: Singh could have failed, and the story would have had little value.
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I just thought there was something so unbelievable to unpack in that story line, Ratner said. What a story line, especially understanding basketball’s place in India and what that could mean for the globalization of the NBA and basketball as a sport. I said to (Gackowski), let’s do this. Let’s go to Ballo Ke, where Satnam was born, and let’s go back there with him and see what the differences are there and let’s go to Florida IMG, and let’s see. This could end with him not making it. This could end with him making it. But it’s a hell of a journey.

The journey is Singh’s alone. That point is hammered out in a documentary that does not bother in naming any other Indian basketball players, including Sim Bhullar. Bhullar, a 7-5 center from Canada, became the first player of Indian descent to reach the NBA, during Singh’s final season at IMG.