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Odell Beckham Jr. trade signifies a complete Giants rebuild

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The once-proud Giants are now the team with eight wins in two years and a roster that indicates it’s not going to get much better in the immediate future. They are in a position quite familiar to the Browns — desperately in need of a savior quarterback and a complete rebuild.

If this trade did anything for the Giants, it made them pick a side. There is no more straddling the line of restocking on the fly or trying to compete. They saw what happened last season (5-11) when they chose the latter. The Giants are now rebuilding, even if it’s a year too late.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

It raises so many questions, such as: Why didn’t they go in this direction last year with a new head coach, new general manager, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and a 37-year-old quarterback coming off a 3-13 season? Why didn’t they trade Beckham before signing him to a then-record deal for a wide receiver? Now, the Giants wasted a year and will incur a $16 million dead money hit this season adding to their already substantial total. They also paid Beckham $21.5 million for 12 games last season. And, finally, is GM Dave Gettleman really the right man to be tasked with this massive overhaul?9

Gettleman and the Giants surely had their reasons. Beckham butted heads with management on several occasions last year, once when he participated in an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Lil Wayne, and again when he talked too much publicly about his quad injury. And maybe there was more. But Beckham was a player loved in the locker room and with an unquestioned work ethic. He was a difference-maker when he was on the field. Now, he’s gone and the masses don’t seem pleased. The reaction to their franchise isn’t going to be an easy one for ownership to stomach.

Gettleman received a first-round pick (No. 17 overall), third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers in return for Beckham. Peppers was a key. The Giants insisted he should be part of the deal, according to a source. He was a first-round pick two years ago and they viewed him as such. It helped them close this often controversial chapter in their history, which was filled with more noise than victories.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

But the snap-response to it all was not so positive for Gettleman and the Giants. Sources around the league texted me reactions such as “Maybe if the [first-round pick] was higher” and “Seriously?” and “That is nothing.” They didn’t see the tremendous value for such a special talent.

How Mike Trout could wind up with Bryce Harper in Philly

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The ink is barely dry on Bryce Harper’s contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, and Mike Trout is under contract with the Los Angeles Angels for the next two seasons, but everyone already is talking about what might happen after the 2020 season. That’s when Trout can hit free agency and sign with the Phillies, teaming up with the player he was so closely linked with back in 2012, when both were hotshot rookies.cheap nfl custom jerseys

Consider some of the comments after Harper’s 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies was announced:

Jeff Passan, ESPN.com: “The deal is mutually beneficial. Philadelphia adds a middle-of-the-order bat to a lineup that already includes the homegrown Rhys Hoskins and a pair of dangerous trade acquisitions: catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura. It gets to sell tickets and sponsorships around Harper. And because the deal’s average annual value is $25.4 million, it gets flexibility to spend more in coming offseasons and not run the risk of exceeding the luxury-tax threshold. In other words: Yes, an outfield with Harper and Philadelphia-area native Mike Trout is realistic.”9
Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic: “So, $330 million was the magic number. The average fan probably sees no further than that total. The average Phillies fan likely is salivating, knowing Harper’s relatively low AAV will give the team greater room under the luxury-tax threshold and enable it to pursue other expensive players in the future — most notably Mike Trout if he becomes a free agent after the 2020 season.”

Joe Sheehan’s newsletter: “There’s no need to be coy; Mike Trout is scheduled to reach free agency at the end of the 2020 season, and he plays for a team that has made the postseason once in his seven full seasons, one that is unlikely to get to October in 2019.”cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Then came the hammer, from Harper himself during his introductory news conference in Clearwater, Florida, on Saturday: “I’m making 26 [million] a year. That’s going to be able to bring some other guys in as well to build up this organization. There’s another guy in about two years that comes off the books. We’ll see what happens with that.”

If that sounds like a recruiting pitch for Trout, well, that’s exactly what it was. Harper even said he consulted with Trout during his free-agent process. Of course, there is no guarantee that Trout reaches free agency. The Angels remain hopeful about signing him to a mega-extension, although if that happens it likely won’t happen until next offseason. On Friday, the day after Harper’s agreement with the Phillies broke, Trout remained mum on his future, saying his focus is on getting ready for the season.

After combine, Broncos still have to decide if they see QB of future in this draft

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But in the weeks to come, they still have to decide if quarterback is still high on their list of draft priorities, and whether they think any of the quarterbacks in this draft can help them fill out what is still an unfinished long-term plan at the position.

“I think that being 6-10, you evaluate every position,” Elway said at the combine. And as for this year’s draft class behind center, Elway added: “We’re still in the process of studying them. We’ll keep looking at them. I think that there are a lot of people excited about next year’s class. But we’re going to spend the time on this year’s class and see where we come out on that. I think there’s some good players in this draft too.”nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

The Broncos have the framework of a trade in place for Joe Flacco to be their starting quarterback. That deal, for what is expected to be one of their two fourth-round draft picks in exchange for Flacco, 34, will become official on or shortly after March 13 when the new league year begins.9

Elway has also said his “preference” would be that last year’s starter — Case Keenum — stays (if Keenum is willing to take a pay cut) to be Flacco’s backup. Keenum is set to earn an $18 million base salary at the moment and is guaranteed, whether he’s on a roster or not, $7 million of that base salary.

Making Flacco the Broncos’ starter and trying to keep Keenum might well say everything about what Elway really thinks about this year’s draft class of quarterbacks, and what he thinks about the ability of any of those quarterbacks to move into the lineup quickly.

It was clear as the combine drew to a close that, no matter how optimistic the league’s talent evaluators are about Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins — the top two quarterbacks in this draft — most in the league do not think either player is as NFL ready as Baker Mayfield, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft, was a year ago.

In the end, the Broncos are in need of solution that goes beyond Flacco and Keenum. They do not have a quarterback on their current roster they selected in the draft, as none of the five Elway has selected since being hired in 2011 remains with the team. But to use a premium pick on a quarterback the organization isn’t totally sold on, or isn’t up to the challenge, is no solution either.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“We’re going to do everything we can, at every position, to get back to playing the way we need to play,” Elway said. “That includes quarterback and every other position on the field.”

The unbearable hope — and inevitable pain — of supporting England at a World Cup

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“You’ve got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. OK?,” said a senior member of the squad this week. “I don’t want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic. It’s going to be all right in the end.”

Yes, it’s time for another England World Cup campaign, and it doesn’t matter that the senior member of the squad is Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, or that he happened to be talking about the Brexit negotiations, now into what seems like their ninetieth year, and with no end in sight.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

An English World Cup campaign will almost certainly include a meltdown, and there will be panic, and introspection, and calls for something, anything, to be done to — or by, or for — somebody. But it’s going to be all right in the end. It’s just that as with Brexit, nobody knows when the end will be or whether any of you old enough to be reading this will live long enough to see it.9

England’s two friendly victories this past week, against a poor Nigeria team and a workmanlike Costa Rica, allowed the nation (or the nation’s football commentators, at least) to accentuate the positive. The thumping header with which Gary Cahill opened the scoring against Nigeria got them excited about set pieces; more ominously, it earned Cahill the man-of-the-match award. The willing, likeable but tortoise-paced centre-back is not the recipient one might have been hoping for in a home game against Nigeria, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling all up the other end.

In the game against Costa Rica, TV pundit and former England manager Glenn Hoddle enthused about the left-footed full-back Danny Rose putting a left-footed cross into the penalty area from the left side of the pitch. “Lovely to see,” said Hoddle. “Natural.“cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Nothing came from the cross and if you have a season ticket at Rochdale, you’ve probably seen something similar in every home game this season but keep it to yourself. England need to keep morale high and if that means praising an international footballer for kicking the ball with his stronger foot, then so be it. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic.

Bregman hit in 1st appearance since surgery

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On the morning of his spring debut Saturday, Alex Bregman woke up early because of a nightmare about being hit by a pitch.

Hours later, as Houston’s third baseman prepared to take the field against the New York Mets following his recovery from surgery on his right elbow, he was still thinking about his dream. He asked a teammate to borrow a guard to cover his other elbow.

The move proved fortuitous: On his third and final plate appearance, Bregman was plunked by Jeurys Familia on the protected elbow. Infield prospect Alex De Goti, who provided the guard, became Bregman’s hero.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“De Goti saved my life today or else I would have been on the shelf for a minute with the other elbow,” Bregman said laughing.

Bregman was limited early this spring after having arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in January. He said after the game that both elbows were OK, but that the surgically repaired one felt better than the other, which was bruised from the pitch.

“I’m fine,” he said. “Other elbow’s good. This one is sore.”10

He walked on his first two plate appearances. Bregman started at third base but didn’t see any action on the field with Justin Verlander giving up just two hits in three innings.

“I got to throw the ball across in between innings,” Bregman said.

Though Bregman declared his right elbow 100 percent, the 2018 All-Star Game MVP said he’ll need a few more games this spring before he’s where he wants to be.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“I’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready for the season, but I’ve got plenty of time,” he said.

Jose Altuve played second base for the first time this spring after serving as the designated hitter in his first two games. He is coming off surgery to repair a fractured kneecap.

The 2017 American League MVP doesn’t have a hit yet but walked twice in three plate appearances Saturday.

“I feel better than what I thought,” he said. “I’m really happy. I feel good. I feel like I’m where I want to be right now.”

Manager AJ Hinch was glad to see two of his stars back on the field and was encouraged by their work.

“Good, productive day,” Hinch said. “Just seeing them on the field together is nice. I like when our good guys play.”

Iguodala: Curry still ‘underrated,’ No. 2 PG ever

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Golden State superstar Stephen Curry has won two MVP awards and three NBA championships, but he is still “underrated,” according to Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala.

In fact, Iguodala believes that Curry is the second-best point guard of all time at this point in his career.

“I still think he doesn’t really get the respect he deserves,” Iguodala said after watching Curry drop 28 points in a 120-117 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. “Guys think he uses a lot of screens and guys think they can draw mismatches with him defensively, but he’s a real problem. I think I told [Kevin Durant], he said he missed me on the shot he took, and I said, ‘Y’all two are like Michael Jordan, there’s no such thing as a bad shot.’ That’s for real, and people don’t understand the presence they bring to the court. Especially on the offensive end.”

Iguodala, who later said that Magic Johnson is the best point guard of all time, does not think that Curry ever will get the respect he deserves.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“It is what it is sometimes,” Iguodala said. “But when you sit down and have serious conversations, that’s when you — he’s the second-best point guard ever — you argue that.”9

Curry took Iguodala’s comments in stride after helping the Warriors finish off a win at the end of a long four-game road trip.

“Every day he texts me when I wake up in the morning and tells me that same comment,” Curry said, with sarcasm. “I got some work to do to get to No. 1 apparently.”

Iguodala’s comments also gave Curry a chance to promote the tour he has set up for prospects who fly under the radar.

“Underrated.com,” Curry said after being told of Iguodala’s “underrated” remark. “Check out the tour. They’re in Philly today and tomorrow. I’m trying to share that with the world for sure. Underratedtour.com, sorry.”

Curry said he is not thinking about his own legacy at the moment, but his teammates already know the powerful force he has had on the game all over the world.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“Most important is [his] impact on the game of basketball,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “Have you been to a high school game or a middle school game — Mark Jackson said a few years ago, ‘Steph is ruining the game of basketball.’ We all was pissed off like, ‘What, what is he talking about?’ I went to some high school games, and I said I see what he’s talking about. He’s not talking about Steph per se that’s ruining basketball, but he’s making a lot of other people think they can do what he does. And it ain’t the case. And so organization good, game good, team good, but the game of basketball is really where he makes his hay.”

Arsenal ease past Bournemouth to keep hold of top four place

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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil marked his first Premier League start of 2019 with a goal and an assist as his side hammered Bournemouth 5-1 in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

The German attacking midfielder had not started a game for Arsenal since their 1-1 draw away to Brighton & Hove Albion on December 26 due to a knee problem, but showed no ring rust as he rattled home the first goal in the fourth minute.

He then turned provider for the home side in the 27th minute, drawing out Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc before playing a simple pass to allow Henrikh Mkhitaryan to fire into an empty net.10

Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi threw Bournemouth a lifeline shortly afterwards as he lost the ball on the edge of his own box to Dan Gosling, who squared it to Lys Moussett for a simple finish to make it 2-1.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

However, the revival was short-lived as Laurent Koscielny put Arsenal 3-1 up just after the break and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it four just before the hour mark, finishing a counter-attack by rounding Boruc and slotting the ball home.

Substitute Alexandre Lacazette completed the rout by scoring from a free kick 12 minutes from the end to hand Bournemouth their fourth defeat in their last five league games.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks still haven’t talked about new deal for QB

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As Russell Wilson heads into the final year of his deal, the Pro Bowl quarterback and the Seattle Seahawks have not engaged in a single contract discussion since the day they announced their last deal in 2015, league sources told ESPN.

Neither Wilson nor the Seahawks have mentioned to each other whether they are hoping to extend his deal or what a potential new contract would look like, according to sources.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

But Wilson’s deal, like others ahead, could be complicated because of the potential work stoppage that awaits the NFL in 2021.

The last time Wilson and the Seahawks reached agreement on a contract came on July 31, 2015 — the day Seattle opened training camp.9

The sides could be hoping to be on a similar timeline this season — and Wilson has other business to tend to in the interim. He has spoken to the New York Yankees and plans to participate in their spring training, according to a source.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during his season-ending news conference that he and Wilson spoke about the quarterback’s future and that an extension this offseason is “very much in our plans.”

Said Wilson, one day after the Seahawks were eliminated by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC wild-card round: “To be the franchise quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks is a special thing, so we’ll see where that goes. I don’t like talking about my contract or anything like that, but I think good things will happen.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Wilson quickly answered in the affirmative when asked whether he’d be willing to play out the final year of his current contract, which would put him in position to go year-to-year on the franchise tag. He’s set to make $17 million in 2019.

“Oh yeah, if that’s what I’ve got to do,” he said. “It’s business and everything. I know essentially after the season, I could potentially be a free agent, that kind of thing. I don’t think that way. I see myself being in Seattle. I love Seattle, and it’s a special place for me.”

How Christian Hackenberg is trying to rebuild his career in the Alliance of American Football

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Hackenberg is constantly under pressure. Receivers have dropped passes and been slow on routes. His statistics — he has completed 24 of 58 passes for 189 yards, 1 rushing touchdown and 1 interception in two losses — aren’t good. He has thrown for less than half of the 393 yards that the league’s leading passer, Orlando’s Garrett Gilbert, threw for Sunday afternoon.

It has been rough, both from his own play and what has gone on around him. Of course, this is why Hackenberg is here as the quarterback for the winless Express in the nascent AAF. To prove he had conquered the throwing issues that plagued him with the New York Jets, turning a 2016 second-round pick into a player who has yet to take an NFL regular-season snap. To show that he can still play.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“I just view it as the chance. Right now it is the opportunity that’s at my door,” Hackenberg said last month, before his two woeful starts. “And I think as a player, as a person going through life, you can’t worry about the next chance or the chance that came before or what happened before.10

“If you’re worried about all that stuff you’re going to miss what’s standing there knocking in front of your face.”

He has shown improvement from his first week to his second week, but he’s a long way from where he wants to be — the NFL.

A little over a year ago, his throws lacked any control, and he needed to figure out why. During his exit interview with the Jets following the 2017 season, coaches said he had a significant flaw in his throwing motion. They didn’t know where it started. They didn’t believe it was fixable.

Hackenberg didn’t believe that.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“I’m a perfectionist when I think about things,” Hackenberg said. “If I can do this so many times in a row and then there are those three or four where it’s like, ‘Where did that come from?’ Why does that happen?

“I was searching and searching and searching for answers, coaches, and no one was giving me anything that necessarily worked.”

Drew Brees bonds with Jared Goff, but not ready to pass torch

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Drew Brees and Jared Goff were at the Pro Bowl together last year — a fate both would like to avoid this time around.

But it provided a special bonding opportunity for the quarterbacks, who will now square off when the New Orleans Saints play host to the Los Angeles Rams in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game (3:05 p.m. ET, Fox).new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Goff, 24, said he appreciated that Brees was willing to share insight on things like his warm-up routine and approach.

Brees, who turned 40 on Tuesday, said he was glad to have the chance to “pay it forward” after so many veteran quarterbacks helped him out early in his career — even though his Saints and Goff’s Rams seemed destined for this type of showdown for NFC supremacy.10

“Listen, I was a first-, second-, third-year player in this league at one point. And I had an incredible mentor in Doug Flutie in San Diego,” said Brees, who then went on a brief tangent on how Flutie “never got the respect he deserved” as “one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play professional football” across the NFL, USFL and CFL.

“And I’ve had other guys, too. I remember the Super Bowl run in ’09, having Trent Dilfer reach out to me, having Kurt Warner reach out to me — and throughout my career, especially early on in my career, I had a ton of guys that I would speak to. And I always appreciated that, I always felt like that made a difference.

“And I told myself at that time that hopefully I could play long enough to where there’s guys that start asking advice from me. And I want to make sure that I pay it forward just like those guys did.”

As for Goff, specifically, Brees said: “Oh man, he’s tremendous.“cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

“There’s not many guys that are just better pure passers/throwers,” Brees said. “You watch what they do with their offense, there’s a lot of moving parts, and I think he handles it very, very well. He creates great timing and rhythm in the passing game. And obviously he had a phenomenal season last year, but he’s had an even better one this year. The future is really bright for him.”