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The odds of something happening aren’t in Darvish’s favor, the report says, but there is still a small chance.

Wednesday, March 14 DE DaQuan Jones, Titans Grade: C It’s a little shocking to see Tennessee hand out a contract to a player who has never been a member of the Patriots, but the Titans have made an exception for Jones, a homegrown product.

The 2014 fourth-round pick has rounded into his role as a solid run-stuffing interior lineman for the Titans, who have been far worse against the run without Jones on the field.

With Jones in the lineup, Tennessee has allowed 3.6 yards per carry and first downs on 19.6 percent of rush attempts.

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Jones even threw in a little bit of pass-rushing production last season, racking up 3.5 sacks, although a closer look suggests two of them would probably qualify as coverage sacks.

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The Raiders signed Marshawn Lynch out of retirement last year, but they were always expected to look elsewhere this season. Martin will have competition from Deandre Washington, who was drafted by the Raiders in 2016.

A sixth-round choice last year, he packed on nearly 20 pounds before his rookie season to handle the demands of an interior lineman.

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The veteran has expressed interest in playing a 13th season and the price tag will be modest.
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According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, the veteran cornerback has requested his release from the Cowboys.

It’s unlikely the Packers give Graham the three-year, $21 million pact they gave Bennett. The big hurdle is whether Graham would be willing to play on a short-term deal.

The Ravens, with a little more than $2 million in cap space, would need to make a few expected cuts to fit Graham. But with Benjamin Watson entering either free agency or retirement at age 37, there’s a void to reinstall pop at the position for Joe Flacco.

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Gay, who was due to earn $1.75 million this season, was informed that he will be released Wednesday when free agency begins but said he is looking forward to being on a new team in 2018.

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So which teams have made great signings and trades so far? Which players made out like bandits with their contracts? Although everybody is trying be a winner, history proves an open market is bound to create some losers, too.

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Bell has made it clear that he wants to stay with the only NFL team he’s ever played for:

I feel like the game is changing a lot, Evans told me during an interview session at the NFL Combine. Linebackers are now having to kind of walk out and line up on receivers and be able to have more versatility. I think that’s a good thing for a guy like me to be able to do so many, multiple positions. It just lets them know that they have a lot more chances to change up different schemes and be able to fit me in wherever they need me to fit in.

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I can show people that I have the hips and feet for corner, and I also have the IQ and the tackling ability of the safety, and I think that’s real important to show coaches when I’m out there doing my drills, he said at the combine. I think just going into the draft, just giving me a little bit of up. They know I can play multiple positions at a high level.

After the owners finished, Troy Vincent stood up. He was offended by McNair’s characterization of the players as inmates. Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL — during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word — he never felt like an inmate.

According to the report, McNair would end up apologizing to Vincent, and released a statement after the incident was made public.

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NFL owners have made it seem pretty clear they don’t want players protesting during the national anthem. With free agents on the market, and players about to be drafted into the NFL, it would be silly to assume that the same standards the owners believe in wouldn’t apply to them as well.

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The Cavaliers were coming off a four-game losing streak when they headed into their matchup against the Magic on Thursday, and down the stretch it could have been anyone’s game.

Cleveland was able to pull off the win, 104-103, despite blowing a 23-point lead in the second half. It was the second time in three games the Cavs blew a lead of 20 points or more.

“Right now we’re in Strugglesville,” LeBron James said, per ESPN. “But it felt like a win. We needed it. Definitely.”

Giordano and Monahan scored 61 seconds apart to put Calgary up 4-0 with 13:59 left and chase Johnson, who finished with 18 saves.

Hamilton then beat Robin Lehner with a shot inside the right post for a power-play goal with 1:21 left in the period.

Buffalo squandered a chance to win three straight at home for the first time since a 4-0 run in January 2017, and came out inexplicably flat two days after a 5-3 win over Toronto.

“It’s difficult to swallow,” coach Phil Housley said, by saying the Sabres failed to match the Flames intensity.

“New Orleans has no intention of trading Anthony Davis,” Woj said. “Boston’s uniquely positioned in that they have draft picks and young players and all the things — if a team was gonna trade Anthony Davis — all the things you’d want. But [the Pelicans] aren’t trading Anthony Davis… He wants to make it work in New Orleans. He wants to get into the playoffs.”

Woj also notes New Orleans wants to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins this offseason, and it would take a “radical change in direction” for the Pelicans to consider putting Davis on the trade block.

“The Brow” has been absolutely ridiculous in the month of January: 34.0 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals per game on 55.4 percent shooting from the field. He is still only 24 years old, and he is under contract through 2020-21 with a player option for that final season. It’s no surprise contenders would want a player of his caliber.

However, he has clearly expressed his desire to win with the team that took him No. 1 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. Not only that, but by the end of his current contract, he will be eligible for a supermax deal, giving the Pelicans a financial advantage over every other NBA team at the negotiating table.

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Isaiah Thomas has been at the heart of a lot of these problems, and his birthday on Wednesday caused some, uh, issues for the Cavs’ social media team. They wished him a happy birthday on Instagram, but knew they’d get hateful responses, so they disabled the comments section.

Of course, we won’t know for sure if James will leave the Cavs until this offseason. He’ll likely opt out of his contract no matter what since that’s what he’s done every year since leaving the Heat in 2014. He does this as a way to get a higher contract under the salary cap each season.

But the kid from Akron may end up deciding to stay in Cleveland, and all these rumors will be for nothing. But as of right now, it appears James is at least keeping his options open, and Philadelphia appears to intrigue him.

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Monroe is a good option for the Celtics in the paint as he could start alongside Al Horford and push Aaron Baynes to the bench. Or he could be a reserve as well, either way would work. With Monroe inside Boston could have a cure to one of their biggest problems this season which is their shooting percentage.

While Boston is tied for ninth in the league with a 36.8 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range, they are dead last in overall shooting percentage at 43.3 percent.

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That said, Gibson hopes his close friend doesn’t try to force his way back onto the floor. Gibson knows how much his team needs the All-Star to succeed in the long term, but he doesn’t want the pressure to return to jeopardize the future for either Butler or the Timberwolves.
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Yes, the Jets have a first-round consideration here, too, in Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick. There are some parallels with him being the next Darrelle Revis. He would give them a strong all-around corner and budding leader, and he would add to an impressive young back end with Adams and Maye.

Fitzpatrick might be too luxurious of a pick. Given the multiple needs and QB draft options, the Jets might be better off trying to trade out of No. 6. That would give them a chance to trade down to get Auburn’s Carlton Davis, Bowles’ potential Patrick Peterson-like true corner, in the first round. UCF’s Mike Hughes for now is a strong second-round target.

Maccagnan and Bowles are dealing with their version of a 10,000-piece puzzle. But they have an opportunity to come away with a pretty picture that rewards the Jets’ patience in them.

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DeFilippo will install more of a pure West Coast offense than Shurmur did, which plays into the favor of the top West Coast QB on the market, Kirk Cousins. With Alex Smith being traded to the Redskins and Blake Bortles being locked up by the Jaguars, Cousins to the Vikings has built steady momentum going into March.
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Although Keenum is the more athletic passer, a plus for DeFilippo, Cousins is a better executor of the scheme given his years with Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden. Cousins has played it in his entire career, while Keenum has gone through three different systems.

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Carroll was asked about where things stand with All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, who has one year left on his contract and floated the possibility of a holdout if he doesn’t get a new deal.
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Zimmer noted money as one of the primary areas of concern in the Vikings’ process of determining whom they will sign. The decision could cost the Vikings upward of $28 million to $30 million per year if they enter the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes in free agency. That figure might be lower if the Vikings stick with one of their current quarterbacks, but Zimmer does not want to sacrifice their strength, a defense that ranked No. 1 in the league in the regular season and allowed them to win close games. Overpaying for a quarterback could lead to an inability to grant contract extensions and bring in pieces to bolster the unit.

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Part of it’s adjusting to the game speed of those guys, Patriots offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle explains. As much as you try to assimilate to that, you really can’t until you go against them, and that requires conditioning. Fourth quarter, guys have gone through three quarters of the ball game already, they’re starting to wear down already, they’re fatigued, and we’ve kind of reached that fourth quarter is our quarter. Instead of regressing or turning it down, we pick up the pace and we put it down to the metal.

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Teams have been able to bother Brady before, but we may have to go back all the way to Step 1 to understand why. If you want to sack Brady, your pass rush better be Hell on legs because when faced with an opportunity to make a play, Brady almost always does.

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Heat: James Johnson had 12 points and blocked two shots. … Dragic had nine rebounds and eight assists. … Miami finished with a 70-62 advantage in points in the paint. … Heat players wore black patches reading MSD in white to honor the victims of the shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Coaches wore Stoneman Douglas lapel pins with the school’s symbol, the head of an eagle. “It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization — we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women. … Such a tragic event, but we hear their voices loud and clear, and we are behind them.”

As of right now, I can tell you that the organization is conducting itself as if Leonard won’t be returning to the fold for the rest of this season. That’s not to say that’s what’s going to happen. But with each passing day, Leonard’s prospects for a return this season are diminishing significantly.

The notable example this year is Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterback the Patriots traded to the 49ers at midseason. Garoppolo’s going to get the same payout the rest of the Patriots get, because of a clause in the CBA that protects players like him.

If a player was on a Super Bowl team’s roster for at least eight games and isn’t on another team in the same conference at the time of the Super Bowl, he gets the full share that all of his ex-teammates get. Because the 49ers are in the NFC, Garoppolo is eligible to get paid big, and he’ll make either $56,000 or $112,000.

At his salary — and on this massive slate especially — I’m looking for 50-plus fantasy points. With Davis being an absolute beast without DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns averaging over 60 fantasy points per game vs. Houston this season, Nikola Jokic entering the break on fire, and even the dirt cheap Hassan Whiteside, who beats out Drummond in both player efficiency rating and usage rate in a great matchup for big men, out there tonight, Drummond is the odd man out for me.

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Mark said in the same article that it’s also having a negative impact on [the NHL], because 14 out of our 24 U.S. regional ratings are down. That’s a misuse of analytics. First of all, to look at a one week period during the course of the season … the Olympics are apples to apples. Our schedule is apples to oranges. You gotta say, ‘Who was playing, and when?’ Four of the teams that played are down, not meeting expectations this season: Chicago, Detroit, the Rangers and Buffalo. Five of the teams, we’re talking about a rating difference of two-tenths of a ratings point. That made no sense, said Bettman, who said there were also other factors at play.
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The Red Wings scratched veteran defenseman Mike Green for a fourth straight game with an upper-body injury, but he might play Saturday at home against Carolina.

If he’s healthy to play, he’ll play, Blashill said. There’s risk in playing and there’s risk in not playing. There might be teams that want to see him.

Rasmus Ristolainen scored early in the game to put the Sabres ahead and Robin Lehner finished with 35 saves, including some key ones in the extra period.

I know the fans love overtime, but that’s a lot of stress for the coaches, Sabres coach Phil Housley said. I think we were probably taking too much risk in overtime, but Robin bailed us out with a couple huge saves.

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The Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos and Bengals were awarded the highest picks at the end of the third round: Nos. 97, 98, 99 and 100, respectively. They were handed out based on the losses of Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye, Russell Okung and Andrew Whitworth in 2017 free agency.

Bender: He’ll get a tryout at some point, but after a two-year break it’s questionable whether he’ll ever get a chance to play outside of a preseason game. Manziel has a lot to prove just to get that opportunity.