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Should the Seahawks trade Earl Thomas? A look at the pros and cons


It’s all about the draft picks they might be able to get for Thomas,nfl authentic jerseys cheap the money they wouldn’t have to pay him and the potential for the situation to go south if, hypothetically, they were to hang onto Thomas but weren’t able to reach an agreement on a new deal this offseason.

The Seahawks are without picks in the second and third rounds, having given them up in their trades for Sheldon Richardson and Duane Brown, respectively. After their first-round pick, No. 18 overall, they aren’t scheduled to choose again until No. 120, and of their eight selections in all, six are between the fifth and seventh rounds.

The Seahawks are especially low on draft capital at a time when their roster needs an infusion of young talent as badly as it has since the early years of the Pete Carroll-John Schneider regime. There’s still a very solid core of players to build around, but consider all of the recently created holes.

Cornerback is a big one following Sherman’s release. Defensive line is another. Seattle traded one starter (Bennett), lost another in free agency (Sheldon Richardson) and a third (Cliff Avril) might never play again because of a neck/spine injury. The career of strong safety Kam Chancellor also is in jeopardy because of a neck/spine injury.

And that’s just on defense. The Seahawks also have lost two offensive starters in free agency — tight end Jimmy Graham and No. 2 receiver Paul Richardson. They’ve made moves aimed at replacing those players, but their offensive line is still in need of an upgrade or two.

Though trading Thomas would create another void and even further diminish the talent on Seattle’s defense, it could bring back valuable picks that would help the Seahawks as they try to reshape their roster.

Thomas’ contract is a main part of this equation. He’s entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million extension signed in 2014 and has threatened to hold out if he doesn’t get an extension. It’s presumed that Thomas, who turns 29 in May, wants a deal that either matches or tops that of Kansas City’s Eric Berry,nfl jersey wholesale the NFL’s highest-paid safety at $13 million per year.

There’s no question Thomas is every bit as good if not better than Berry. But giving big-money extensions to players approaching or over 30, with injuries starting to mount, is a risky proposition. The Seahawks have two fresh reminders of that with Bennett and Chancellor, and Thomas’ next deal could be the most expensive of the three.

Braves reassign top prospect Ronald Acuna to minor league camp

The Atlanta Braves have reassigned top prospect Ronald Acuna to minor league camp in a move that likely allows the organization to gain an extra year of contractual control over the outfield phenom.

The Braves will have to keep Acuna, 20, in the minors until April 13 in order to limit his service time for 2018 and prevent him from becoming a free agent until 2024. Acuna, who has been Atlanta’s best player this spring,nfl football jerseys cheap would have hit free agency a year earlier had he made the Braves’ Opening Day roster.

Acuna was one of six players reassigned to the Braves’ minor league camp and likely will start the season at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he batted .344 with nine home runs in 54 games last year.

“We feel like it would probably be best overall, from a philosophical standpoint, to give him more development time,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “There’s no manual on how to handle a player’s development. They’re not all the same.”104

Although the move was expected, Acuna entered Monday leading the Grapefruit League with a .432 batting average and also had four home runs, 11 RBIs and four stolen bases in 16 spring training games. He also had 19 hits, a .519 on-base percentage and a .727 slugging percentage in spring training.

“Our No. 1 priority is going to be the development of each player because you want them, when they’re up here, to stay up here for long, productive careers and hopefully not have the yo-yo of going up and down,” Anthopoulos said.discount nfl football jerseys

A native of Venezuela, Acuna batted .325 with 21 homers, 82 RBIs and 44 stolen bases across three minor league levels in the Braves’ system last year.

“We said we would keep an open mind, but what we did talk a lot about was he ran through the minor leagues last year,” Anthopoulos said. “Having more development time, no one’s ever been hurt by that.”

Acuna also was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League last year, becoming the youngest player in league history to receive the award. He recently was rated as baseball’s No. 1 overall prospect by ESPN’s Keith Law, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

Big $5 million payday keeps Eli Manning, Giants bound together

This is the day that the marriage between Eli Manning and the New York Giants officially gets renewed. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback earns his $5 million roster bonus Sunday just for being on the 90-man roster.

The bonus was guaranteed as long as Manning was on the roster Sunday,nfl jerseys cheap authentic the fifth day of the new league year, a source familiar with his contract said. The Giants’ starting quarterback would’ve had to be cleared off the roster by 4 p.m. ET Saturday not to earn the bonus. That did not happen, and was not expected to.

The $5 million will be paid out to Manning on Wednesday, according to the terms of his current contract.92

The Giants and their new regime committed to Manning immediately after new coach Pat Shurmur was hired. Shurmur said the 37-year-old quarterback has several good “years” remaining.

The veteran is looking to have a bounce-back season under Shurmur, who is known for his work with quarterbacks and worked magic with Nick Foles, Sam Bradford and Case Keenum in recent years. Keenum threw 22 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in a career year with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.

The Giants’ renewed commitment to Manning began with the hiring of general manager Dave Gettleman before the end of the season. nike nfl jerseys cheap Gettleman has a previous relationship with the quarterback, and was impressed by his performance in a late-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

That helped convince the Giants that Manning still had something left in his arm and body.

Manning should benefit from the Giants’ focus this offseason on the offensive line. They spent $62 million on left tackle Nate Solder to protect his blind side. The Giants also signed guard Patrick Omameh from the Jacksonville Jaguars and tendered center Brett Jones in an effort to solidify their line for the upcoming season.

Carles Puyol fears repeat of 2012 Barcelona match against Chelsea

Former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol fears Chelsea could try and copy their 2012 blueprint for winning at the Nou Camp to again knock his former team out of the Champions League.

Barca host Antonio Conte’s Blues on Wednesday night in the second leg of their last-16 tie, having scored a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge three weeks earlier.

However Puyol, cheap nfl nike jerseys from china who won the competition three times, is mindful that Barca were also in charge of their two-legged contest six years ago only to be stunned by a 10-man Chelsea side who won 3-2 on aggregate.


Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, defending champions Barca went 2-0 up at the Nou Camp yet Chelsea, for whom John Terry had been sent off, fought back through goals from Ramires and substitute Fernando Torres to progress in a competition they would eventually win.

“The difference is that we lost 1-0 in London so we had to win,” explained Puyol. “We went out to attack and were 2-0 up, after that they made it 2-1. We did all we could to score another goal but Fernando scored the second on the counter-attack and eliminated us.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“Now I think Chelsea will play a similar game: very strong in defence and look for counter-attacks. For Barcelona, the advantage they have is that with the 1-1 draw they will go through with a 0-0.

“After the first leg I think Barcelona are the favourites but you can’t be sure. Chelsea have shown that they are a very organised team with clear ideas about how they want to play and players up front who are very dangerous and very quick.

How the Twins built their best possible offseason

Derek Falvey tore down walls when he took over the Minnesota Twins’ front office in the fall of 2016. On the fourth floor of Target Field, offices were taken apart and more cubicles were constructed to eliminate nfl nike jersey cheap barriers between departments and employees, to keep everybody working together.

Falvey and Thad Levine, his chief lieutenant, aimed for more collaboration, for more information. They have been very busy this winter, and their work has drawn much praise from rival executives. “They got a lot done and got better at low cost,” said one American League executive,44 who added that a case could be made that the Twins are the most improved team in baseball.

In the Odorizzi trade and in free-agent signings — which also included closer Fernando Rodney, lefty Zach Duke and pitchers Michael Pineda and Anibal Sanchez (who was released Sunday, at a cost of $625,000) — the Twins have landed two starting pitchers for this season, a middle-of-the-order hitter, two setup men and a possible closer for a grand total of $60 million.

To put that number into perspective: $60 million is what the Phillies paid for Carlos Santana alone, and it is $84 million less than the Padres’ eight-year investment in Eric Hosmer.

In keeping with Falvey’s aim to maintain payroll flexibility, only two of the contracts (Reed and Pineda) are for multiple seasons, so the Twins’ long-term risk for the roster upgrades is minimal.

Once Ervin Santana returns from a finger injury — perhaps after a missing a month of the season — he will join a rotation that includes Odorizzi, Lynn, Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson. The bullpen has more competition and more options than a year ago, cheap nfl jerseys china nike when the Twins sorted through 34 pitchers. An offense that led baseball in runs over the last two months of last season should be stout again, with Morrison hitting in the middle of an order fronted by Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer at the top and Byron Buxton, Eddie Rosario, Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler arranged below.

The Twins lost 103 games in 2016, the season before Falvey took over, and last year they went 85-77. When Falvey was with the Cleveland Indians, some of his peers there regarded him as a star front-office prospect, someone who would inevitably run a team with great success with his acumen and consistently cheerful and assuring demeanor.

The report of three years, $39 million for Richard Sherman may be “a mirage”

You know the drill by now. Player agrees to terms. Numbers get leaked to reporter who passes them along without scrutiny, analysis, or caveat. Real numbers come out later, nike nfl jerseys for cheap exposing that the initial number was a lie.

Multiple league sources, based on history and some of the details already emerging about the deal signed Saturday night by cornerback Richard Sherman in San Francisco, predict that the three-year, $39 million package first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media) is “a mirage.”

Already, signs are emerging that the deal may not be what it seems. Josina Anderson of ESPN tweeted on Saturday night that Sherman told her the deal is worth “up to $39.15 million.” The key words there are “up to,” because it implies a ceiling based on incentives and other payments tied to playing time or performance. Which means that Sherman’s base deal is lower than $39.15 cheap nike nfl jerseys china million.gettyimages-459771512-e1520776077386

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media has since posted the breakdown for the first year: $5 million signing bonus, $2 million base salary (there’s no mention as to whether it’s guaranteed, but as a practical matter it most likely is), $2 million in 46-man per-game roster bonuses, $1 million playing-time incentives, and a $3 million Pro Bowl incentive. (One source cautions that the “Pro Bowl” incentive may be an “All-Pro” incentive, which is harder to achieve since only two are selected for the entire league.)

Per Pelissero, if Sherman makes it to the Pro Bowl (or, possibly, All-Pro), $16 million of the deal becomes fully guaranteed over 2019 and 2020.

While those details aren’t nearly enough to show that the “three-year, $39 million”new nike nfl jerseys cheap  figure is a “mirage” (Pelissero may be trying to avoid committing NFL Media-on-NFL Media crime), it’s a strong clue that the contract isn’t what Rapoport reported it to be. Pelissero’s breakdown shows a maximum package of $13 million for 2018 (one third of $39 million), if Sherman dresses for all 16 regular-season games, achieves the total playing-time threshold, nfl jerseys nike cheap and make it to the NFC Pro Bowl team (or, possibly, the AP All-Pro team.)

Soon enough, the real numbers will emerge. And it could be the first example of what perhaps will be multiple instances of a common dynamic in the reporting of NFL contracts: In order to be buy nike nfl jerseys cheap first, reporters often will willingly be not entirely accurate.