Today is 20th anniversary of Manning-Leaf draft

Twenty years ago today, the Colts chose Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick. In hindsight, the choice of Manning over Ryan Leaf seems incredibly easy.
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Manning is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a record-setting career, and Leaf long ago entered the biggest-busts-in-history conversation after starting only 21 career games and going 4-17.
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But the choice was harder than it now seems, said Bill Polian, the Colts General Manager in 1998.

There are a lot of people now who have amnesia, Polian said, via Clark Judge of the Talk of Fame Network. It was a much tougher choice than people now believe.

It’s college football, Bowles said. He’s an emotional guy. I’ve seen [Terrell Owens] do a lot of things. I’ve seen worse than that.

Players get excited when they play. That’s kind of the way they are.

Bowles said Womens Pekka Rinne Jersey Jets fans approach him every day with suggestions of whom they should get at quarterback.

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Broadway Joe is not walking through that door 鈥?but Broadway Baker just might.

Although the extent to which Brady wants a new deal remains be vague at this point, and possibly a point of variance between what was said on NFL Network and what was written about it on NFL.com, the reality is that Brady is grossly underpaid. At $14 million in salary for 2018 and 2019, Brady currently makes $4 million per year less than Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Setting aside the rookie quarterbacks who have yet to get a second contract, Brady makes less than every starting quarterback not named AJ McCarron.

So does he want a new contract? The truth may be that he thinks he shouldn’t have to want one. It arguably should be obvious at this point that the greatest quarterback in NFL history 鈥?arguably the greatest player of all time at any position 鈥?needs an adjustment to his deal.

Despite the low salaries this year and next year (he also has per-game roster bonuses of $1 million each year), Brady’s current deal averages $20.5 million per year, and that’s still well behind the current market maximum of $28 million, paid to a guy who has never won a playoff game.

Cardinals-Cubs game postponed because of poor weather

The series opener between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed because of poor weather.
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With light snow falling and the temperature around 30 degrees, Monday night’s game was postponed about six hours before the Patrick Peterson Jersey scheduled first pitch. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 21.

Gyorko, who hit 20 homers last season, has been sidelined since April 2. Gregerson was injured in spring training.

Burke has not been given anything, as she has worked her way through the ranks, first finding acclaim on Liberty games on MSG years ago. It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t played in the NBA; she has shown her skills for years, going rung by rung, and now, if Van Gundy or Jackson move on, she should transition from the sideline into one of the top game-analyst seats in the sport. It is an easy call.

Authentic Youth Ron Greschner Jersey As mentioned above, ESPN+ began on Thursday at $4.99 per month, which the company has presented as a very big deal. It is a process that ESPN needed to begin, but with so much focus put on it, ESPN will have to make sure there is no confusion with it or with it being mostly ignored by sports fans, despite the resources ESPN has poured into it.

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The Patriots, who have picks 23 and 31 in the first round, are on the hunt for another QB to groom as Brady’s eventual successor after trading away Jimmy Garoppolo. The dual-threat Jackson would be a changeup from the flat-footed Brady, but he did play in an offense similar to the Patriots’ at Louisville.

Jackson may have hurt his draft status by not running the 40 at the combine or Louisville’s Pro Day. There were reports that some teams had asked Jackson to work out as a wide receiver, though he denied them, and analysts have (controversially) wondered if he can transition to being a pro QB.

Perhaps that’s just setting it all up for the Patriots to steal the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner as Brady’s eventual replacement 鈥?with the MVP’s endorsement locked up.

Panthers bidder Alan Kestenbaum on site today

While NFL owners are wrapping up their meeting in Orlando today, one of the guys trying to join their club is in Charlotte.
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Via Kelsey Riggs of WCNC, Canadian steel magnate Alan Kestenbaum is touring the Panthers facilities at Bank of America Stadium today, the first bidder for the team to do an in-person site visit.

The interest in the team has clearly ramped up in recent days, and it’s likely that Jerry Richardson’s choice will be known in the next few weeks.

The Rams can pair him with Aaron Donald on what could be one of the league’s most dangerous fronts, but there’s nothing long-term about their investments.

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But for now, the Rams are loading up after trading for cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Keith Hernandez Authentic Jersey Aqib Talib.

Suh had also visited the Saints and Titans, but called off a trip to see the Raiders. The Jets pulled their offer before it got to this point.

The league is still investigating Panthers owner Jerry Richardson’s alleged workplace misconduct, but otherwise the news seemed good for him.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said owners got a presentation from the Panthers on the sale of the team, and described the interest in the team as unprecedented.

The previous record for a sale of an NFL team was the $1.4 billion the Bills fetched in 2014, and early estimates on the Panthers sale put it in the $2.5 billion range. One bidder is in Charlotte today, and Goodell said that the hope remains a buyer will be able to be ratified at the May meeting in Atlanta.

The restricted free agent wideout has taken his third visit, as he met with the Saints Saturday, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

He has also met with the Colts and Ravens.

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Allen, in particular, feels like an intriguing personality fit to go with his impressive physical skills.

Shurmur said at the league meetings that Allen is tough and competitive, which are traits that I admire in a quarterback. Shurmur admitted he’s had more exposure to Allen than any of these QBs.
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And Allen at the NFL combine in early March clearly felt Shurmur was a great fit for him: I’d want to play for him because he just had this kind of silent vibe to him, Allen told the Daily News. He was kind of reserved, and at the same time I can feel his presence and understand how much he loves football, how much he knows football.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: Dorsey will owe the football gods quite an offering if he winds up with the quarterback of his choice and Barkley, who’s almost universally regarded as the draft’s best player and perhaps the perfect guy 鈥?see Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Mark Jackson Youth jersey Elliott, et al. 鈥?to relieve pressure on a sidekick like Allen.

Despite Cousins’ play, the team has managed a 28-35-1 record under its current head coach.聽

Gruden can’t be expected to retain his job if Washington produces another middling record, especially with improved quarterback play.聽
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While recent drafts suggest most teams are not locked into the idea of drafting running backs early, there’s also evidence of teams aggressively moving up to select a special, franchise-changing player, regardless of position.

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Despite his pectoral injury at the Combine, Price should be either a late first-round pick or an early second-round pick. The Vikings could use Price at either guard spot, reuniting him on the line with his former Buckeyes teammate in center Pat Elflein.

The Patriots lost Nate Solder in free agency, and it would be surprising if they didn’t draft a top offensive tackle in the draft. McGlinchey should remind them of Solder 鈥?an oversized left tackle with some movement issues but an overall strong pedigree.

Johnny Manziel: Mom’s tearful talk ‘really hit home,’ led to turnaround

Johnny Manziel credits a wake-up call from his mother as the inspration for his recent turnaround.
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During a Wednesday interview with ESPN, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback opened up about his struggles with substance abuse and how the negative effect it had on those most important in his life motivated him to make a change.

Manziel performed at Texas A&M’s pro day on Tuesday with all 32 NFL teams present. While he is still pushing for an NFL comeback, he will make good on his contract with the CFL if no options come from his workouts.

Manziel’s rights are currently held by the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and he has already committed to play in the Spring League, a developmental league in Austin, Texas, beginning this month.

The main thing that everyone knows at the Combine is that you want to run fast, Igwebuike told Sporting News. That’s the one thing that can kind of surprise people, shock people to boost yourself. Speed is one of the major determiners of being successful.

Igwebuike proved that by running a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, the fifth-fastest time among safeties. It was part of an impressive performance to follow the display of skills he showed off over the last four years at Northwestern.

Igwebuike (6-0, 205 pounds) totaled 324 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and seven interceptions over four seasons, including 108 tackles as a junior in 2017. He has a reputation as an in-the-box safety who can play near the John Jerry Womens Jersey line of scrimmage, but he believes he can play up to three positions in the secondary for a NFL team.

We played left and right safety at Northwestern, so I played high and low just depending on the play, Igwebuike said. I feel like those are obviously two things I can play. I also want to go for a nickel position which, is more toward the box but outside more like a corner guarding slot receivers. That’s something wanted to showcase and show that I have the speed and agility to do well.
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Igwebuike’s reputation as a tackler is well known, and with that speed he could be a value pick on Day 2 or Day 3 of the draft who blossoms into a productive NFL player.

That last name should be recognizable for 1980s football fans, too. Igwebuike’s father Leo is a cousin of former Tampa Bay kicker Donald Igwebuike and also a second cousin of former Chiefs running back Christian Okoye, remembered as the Nigerian Nightmare.

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Yelich, Braun go deep in 9th as Brewers beat Cards 5-4

Ryan Braun walked away in the eighth and walked off in the ninth.
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Braun and Christian Yelich hit consecutive homers off Dominic Leone with two out in the ninth, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Dan Jennings (1-0) picked up the victory with a perfect ninth.

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It was just one of those games that got away, manager Mike Matheny said. I know it’s not going to happen very often with this group.

A playoff game right there, it looked like, Ramirez said. If you Brandon Moss Jersey can win the close games, it’s always good.

The Red Sox (5-1) are off to their best start since 2006. Three wins by one run seemed like blowouts compared to the latest victory.

We stole that one, honestly, manager Alex Cora said.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts threw out Justin Bour trying to score from first base, preventing Miami from winning the game in the 11th.

Mookie Betts singled off Tayron Guerrero (0-1) with one out in the 13th and advanced on a groundout. Following an intentional walk to Andrew Benintendi, Ramirez pulled a hanging slider over left fielder Derek Dietrich’s head.
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Ramirez, who played for the Marlins from 2006-12, hit a two-run homer Monday to help Boston sweep the two-game series.

NFL mock draft 2018: Which QB does Mel Kiper Jr. send to Jets

The Jets are obviously going to take a quarterback third overall in next month’s NFL Draft, now that they have traded up from sixth to third, in a deal with the Colts.
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It should have been a touchdown either way, James told the team’s official website on Tuesday. Whether it was the old rule, or this new rule. To reverse something on review it has to be clear cut. I feel like they didn’t do a good job on that. It’s nice to have the rule clearer.

Clarification is good for the officials. The past few years it’s been clear they don’t know what they are calling. Game-to-game you see a different catch that should have been ruled a catch, or a catch that wasn’t ruled a catch the week before. It’s good to have a little bit more clarification to make it easier for the officials to make the right call.

As long as the officials are calling it fair throughout, week-to-week, game-to-game, team-to-team. As long as it’s all called fair it works for me. It’s football. It’s never going to change. There is human error all over the place. To make it simpler for the officials is always good.

James’ catch was overturned after replay deemed he didn’t control the ball as he hit the turf, despite the TE crossing the end zone. The NFL eliminated the ‘going to the ground’ portion of the rule that frustrated so many players and fans.

Bailey suffered a broken jaw on both her left and right sides. Then, because she was having difficulty breathing from a swollen and constricted airway, she was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for further treatment. She was released from the hospital on Saturday, three days later.

Speed has been a staple of Pillar’s play for the better part of the past four seasons. In his first full campaign in 2015, he stole 25 bases. His totals dropped across the next two seasons, causing him to make it his mission this Nino Niederreiter Jersey past offseason to trim down in hopes of boosting his numbers again.

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We’ve got to find different ways to manufacture runs, Pillar said. And it’s not always going to be stealing bases, but it’s putting the thought of stolen bases in the catcher and pitcher’s mind.

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Cowboys’ Window of Opportunity Being Slammed Shut by Front Office Foul-Ups

A franchise quarterback playing under his rookie contract is the NFL’s most precious commodity. He’s a one-man solution to the two biggest problems facing every team: how to acquire a franchise quarterback (he’s already here!) and how to build around him (he’s on a cheap deal, so we can pay other guys!)
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Womens Sergei Nemchinov Jersey Teams with good young quarterbacks often fast-track their Super Bowl timetables to strike before that rookie contract expires and the bill for quality quarterbacking comes due. That’s why the Eagles were so daring in their trades and signings last year (and remain aggressive this offseason) and the Rams are assembling a Suicide Squad on defense. Affordable, effective young quarterbacks like Carson Wentz and Jared Goff provide a fleeting opportunity that the Eagles enjoyed last year, the Rams want to exploit this year and the Seahawks arefondly looking back upon.

The Cowboys finally added Joe Thomas the Packers backup linebacker, not the legendary Browns tackle on Tuesday night. And they did trade for fullback Jamize Olawale, which isn’t a bad move. But if a soon-to-be 29-year old with 631 career scrimmage yards and a special teamer are your biggest acquisition during the first week of free agency, you didn’t do much in that first week.

The other NFC contenders are either locked in an arms race or, in the Seahawks’ case, entering a full-fledged rebuild. The Cowboys, who are two seasons removed from winning 13 games and are fresh off of a 9-7 campaign that was less of a debacle than you may remember, are just spinning their wheels.

Lynch leaving, Bennett argues on The Ringer’s Bill Simmons Podcast , destroyed the team’s identity, because you Ethan Pocic Authentic Jersey need a rogue guy like Lynch and you don’t want a bunch of Russell Wilsons. You don’t want a whole bunch of Russell Wilsons, Bennett said via the Seattle Times . You gotta have three or four Marshawn Lynches on your team. At any moment, you never know what they’re going to do. Whether they’re going to come to work or dropkick the coach. You know, Latrell Sprewell. You just never know.

Uhhhhhh you actually DON’T want a Sprewell, who was a great player, but famously choked a coach. I mean, no one wants a player who chokes a coach. But Bennett has a legitimate point here: Russell is a vanilla-coated robot who does everything by the book, a guy who never lets his team get down and someone who is constantly, like Pete Carroll, optimistic. Lynch is the opposite. He likes to grab his junk leaping backward into the end zone when he’s already full aware he’ll be heavily fined and/or flagged for the act.

Jarvis Landry signed his franchise tender

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According to multiple reports, Landry has now officially signed the tender. That shouldn’t change much about the immediate plans for the Dolphins, however.

Giants co-owner John Mara said at the owners’ meetings in Orlando on Sunday that a new contract with Beckham will get done when it’s supposed to get done, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

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Heinz Field opened in 2001, replacing Three Rivers Stadium, the venue where the Steelers ed from 1970 through 2000. Which means that the Steelers already have spent more than half the time in Heinz Field that they spent at Three Rivers Stadium.

The No. 1 running back prospect didn’t work out at Penn State’s pro day after expecting to earlier in the day.

I woke up this morning and that was the game plan, Barkley said of working out, per ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg, but then when I realized there wasn’t a running backs coach here, I figured there was no point for me to run routes or do drills.

Lawrence and the Cowboys can also continue to talk about a deal that would run beyond the 2018 season. The deadline to get such a deal done isn’t until July 16, which leaves plenty of time for those conversations to take place.

Lawrence is one of threeers to receive the franchise tag so far this offseason. We’ll find out any others before Tuesday’s deadline to put the tag in place.

Report: Jets keep Morris Claiborne with one-year, $7 million deal

The Jets will keep Morris Claiborne, paying the cornerback $7 million in a one-year deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Claiborne, 28, and Trumaine Johnson give the Jets a nice cornerback tandem. Johnson signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal on Tuesday.

The receiver restructured his contract to remain with the Rams, Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. It came only a day after a report surfaced that the Rams hoped to trade Austin rather Boomer Esiason Authentic Jersey than release him.
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In 2016, Austin signed a four-year, $42 million extension through 2021. He had a $3 million base salary and an $8 million cap hit in 2018, and the Rams would have saved only $3 million with his trade or release.

Bonsignore reports that Austin’s $5 million roster bonus remains intact, but his $3 million base salary becomes entirely incentive based and the remaining years on the deal were eliminated.

Rapoport adds that the er who doesn’t get tagged is expected to hit the open market next week.

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Odell Beckham is a big-play receiver, he wants a new contract, and he has a tendency to cause his team headaches off the field. With the Giants not ruling out the possibility of trading Beckham, it鈥檚 worth remembering the last time a player who fits that description got traded.