Month: March 2018

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for life without Ryan Shazier.

Pittsburgh agreed to terms on Sunday with free-agent linebacker Jon Bostic on a two-year deal.

Bostic played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017, registering 97 combined tackles, three passes defensed and one sack. The linebacker has played for three franchises ( Bears, Patriots, Colts) since being drafted by Chicago in the second round of the 2013 draft.

The Lewis signing was the shrewder move between the two because of his dynamic skill set. Tennessee needed elusiveness in the backfield to pair with Derrick Henry, and Lewis brings that and more. According to ESPN’s Mike Clay, Lewis led the league in yards after contact per attempt, and Henry finished third.

At just $19.8 million over four years, Lewis was a terrific value. His quickness in open space and talent as a receiver are top-notch and will complement the numerous possession receivers the Titans employ. His health has been an issue in the past, but the 27-year-old has stayed athletic and bouncy despite lower-body injuries.

When you look at the five-year, $60 million deal the Browns gave to Kevin Zeitler (who has never made All-Pro or even the Pro Bowl) in 2017, you understand the value Norwell would find on the open market.

The Ravens gave Grant $29 million over four years with a $10 million signing bonus and $14.5 million guaranteed at signing, a serious deal for a guy who hasn’t made it to 1,000 yards after four seasons in the league.

That’s not a 1,000-yard season; it’s 1,000 yards over his entire career.

Grant has upside, but this was a situation where a desperate Jerseys For Cheap Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys Ravens team probably needed to look into the trade market or wait to add someone when teams make veteran cuts in June.

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Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah’s 2017 stat sheet was surprisingly good, featuring 12 sacks after just two in 2016.

The film didn’t necessarily back up those numbers, as six of the sacks came in two games against poor competition. Nevertheless, the Detroit Lions did the right thing in franchise-tagging him.

Ansah showed an uptick in effectiveness this year, even if he wasn’t as impressive as he was in his first three seasons. The dearth of edge-rushers in the free-agent market and even in the 2018 draft class means there will continue to be interest in the position. The Lions still need an edge-rusher even with Ansah on the roster, so losing him would have created an impossible hole to fill.

The money the Packers spent was especially notable. They dropped $30 million over three years for Graham, and Wilkerson, looking to rehabilitate his image after a tumultuous stint with the New York Jets, signed a one-year deal worth up to $8 million. The Packers also tried to lure Chicago Bears star cornerback Kyle Fuller with a four-year deal worth $56 million, but it was matched by the Bears within hours.

Green Bay still has significant work to do to solidify a roster with zero proven cornerbacks and after losing franchise stalwart Jordy Nelson. The future looks much more promising, though, now that the front office seemingly understands the stakes of having a talent like Rodgers.

They aren’t the only team that has been connected to the Nebraska product, as Dianna Russini of ESPN reported the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks were interested, while Jane Slater of NFL Network cited a source who said Suh was set to visit the New Orleans Saints.

One look at Suh’s resume explains why multiple teams are interested in him heading into the 2018 campaign. In addition to the Pro Bowls, he has three first-team All-Pro selections and the 2010 Associated Press Rookie of the Year on his list of accomplishments as a consistent playmaker on the defensive side.

He entered the league in 2010 as the No. 2 overall draft pick and Fashion Online Shop Cheap Jerseys dominated from the start with 10 sacks as a rookie. He tallied 36 sacks in five seasons with the Detroit Lions and then posted 15.5 sacks Giants Cheap Jerseys in three years with Miami.

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Report: Pryor visiting Seahawks, Wilson among recruiters

Free-agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor may be interested in reuniting with one of his former clubs.

Pryor will reportedly visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who also reports that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is doing his best to recruit the wideout.

Seattle acquired Pryor, still a quarterback at the time, from Oakland in the spring of 2014 for a seventh-round pick.

Since entering the league in 2013, Mathieu has only once played a full 16-game season. Beyond his injury concerns, there’s reason to wonder whether he can be an elite defensive player again.

But if Mathieu doesn’t work out, the Texans won’t be saddled with a costly, multiyear deal. Thus, signing him is well worth the gamble for Houston.

The release came Saturday because $2.5 million of his 2018 base salary would have been guaranteed if he was on the roster Sunday.

Williams, 6-foot-2, 313 pounds, is a bit undersized for the nose tackle position, which may have hurt his ability to get off blocks.

The Titans finished fourth in run defense, and Williams played 32 percent of the defensive snaps (11 starts).

Suh played under Titans defensive line coach Terrell Williams in Miami for the past three years.

The Titans will now need to add more defensive line depth, but they had enough cap space to make the Suh move before releasing Williams and veteran defensive lineman Karl Klug this weekend.

The Panthers are surging towards a playoff seed with an offense Direct Cheap Jerseys that posted 36 goals in nine games, powered by the dynamic line of Dadonov, Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad. Assuming the Panthers are no fluke, we’ll probably want Custom Cheap Jerseys a piece of this line. Barkov is the most over-appreciated, underrated player in the NHL, so he’s probably off the board. If it’s between Dadonov and Bjugstad, I’m taking Dadonov. He has double the power play points (12) of Bjugstad, and according to Natural Stat Trick, he leads the Panthers at 3.54 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5, through 58 games.

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Daniel Murphy takes first on-field BP of spring

Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy didn’t experience any issues during his first on-field batting practice of the spring on Saturday.

Working his way back from offseason knee surgery, Murphy had only progressed as far as hitting in the batting cages.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen overhand pitching, so you want to reinforce that I can take it and there’s not going to be any discomfort — which there wasn’t, so that was, I think first and foremost, that was a really positive sign,” Murphy said.

Saturday also marked the first time center fielder Michael A. Taylor took batting practice on the field since being scratched from Monday’s lineup with side tightness.

“Body feels good,” Taylor said. “Starting to loosen up a little bit. Feel like I’m in a good spot.”

“I was talking with Bron. He sets a really great example for how to take care of yourself. I think physically we’re OK; I think mentally it’s easy to get tired right now,” Korver said. “It’s been a grind of a year. We’ve got to find ways to stay fresh. You’ve got to find ways to fill your cup. We’re all different, and we all have to find our own way to do that.”

Korver, like James, did not want to label the Cavs at the moment.

“It’s hard to gauge because we just have so many guys out,” Korver said. “We’re so low on big men right now. So when we’re small, they’re just kind of switching everything on us and we’re not able to — there’s not a lot of movement out there for us. That’s what makes basketball fun is when the ball is moving, bodies are moving and hopping.

Every game is important right now for the Kings, who have won five of seven and eight of 12 despite being embarrassed 7-2 in a loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at the Staples Center. Los Angeles is 1-0-1 against the Coyotes this season, losing 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 24 but beating them 6-0 on Feb. 3. The teams play against March 29 in Los Angeles.

“It was a good bounce-back game for us, and two points we really needed,” Toffoli said of the win over Vancouver. “It was huge. We focused on tonight (Monday) and now we’ve got to start worrying about tomorrow (Tuesday), and we’ll do that.”

Kings center Jeff Carter has four goals and two assists in eight Cheap Epl Jerseys Cheap Dri Fit Jerseys games since a Feb. 24 return from a 55-game layoff with an injured tendon in his leg. Carter has seven goals and 11 assists in 29 career games against Arizona.

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Sources: Shabazz Muhammad will sign with Bucks once he clears waivers

Shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad has agreed to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks upon clearing waivers, league sources told ESPN.

Milwaukee has waived guard Sean Kilpatrick to make room for the eventual signing of Muhammad, the sources said.

Aaron Gordon had 27 points and 13 rebounds to help Orlando end a seven-game losing streak. Nikola Vucevic added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and nine assists for the Magic, who rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation.

“Everybody played great defensively all night long,” said Gordon, who limited Pistons star Blake Griffin to 5-of-14 shooting and just 12 points. “That was one of the few times that we listened to a game plan. It’s good when it comes together and everybody’s on the same page. You come out with a win.”

Evan Fournier scored 17 points, including the first six in overtime when Orlando finally took control.

LeBron James was asked after the game if Smith’s absence had any emotional toll on the Cavs in the loss, and he replied, simply, “No.”

Lue said Smith would return to practice Friday and would be back in the starting lineup for Saturday’s home game against the Denver Nuggets.

Smith, 32, is averaging 8.3 points in 59 games (56 starts) this season.

“I thought we played with force. I thought we executed well. But that was Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys just one of those nights where you had great, great shot-making,” Boston Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys coach Brad Stevens said.

The Celtics made 54 of 87 shots (62.1 percent), their best shooting performance since hitting 60 percent against Orlando on Nov. 11, 2013.

Kyrie Irving led Boston with 34 points, making 13 of 18 shots overall and going 4-for-6 from 3-point range in the first three quarters. He and the rest of Boston’s starters let the Celtics’ reserves take it from there.

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Westbrook’s 43 points lead Thunder past Suns, 124-116

The Phoenix Suns have been real pests against Oklahoma City the last couple of seasons, beating the Thunder three straight times.

Russell Westbrook made sure it didn’t happen again.

“You know he’s going to bring it every night and that’s something our team should look at,” Booker said, “look for his passion for the game, how he cares about it and how he brings it every night, all 82 to 100 games, however many they play. He brings that energy. So I think us as a team know that and we try to go out and match that.”

Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren scored 19 apiece for the Suns, who broke their 10-game losing streak at Memphis on Wednesday night. Elfrid Payton had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Booker’s baseline 12-footer at the shot-clock buzzer put Phoenix up 115-114 with 2:37 to play and Alex Len hit one of two free throws to make it 116-114 with 1:40 to go.

Westbrook tied it on a driving layup with 1:32 left and made just his second 3 of the night to put the Thunder ahead for good, 119-116. He added two free throws and a breakaway dunk after that in his second-highest scoring game of the season.

“We executed well, took good shots and obviously Russell took over,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He was terrific.”

Currently riding a 14-game winning streak, their second of this season, the Rockets are relatively whole. Reserves Ryan Anderson (hip) and Brandan Wright (knee) will be unavailable against Boston, but Houston for the most part is healthy and playing with supreme confidence.

“Competition. When you’re competitive it doesn’t matter,” Paul said of what is continuing to push the Rockets. “You don’t need somebody else to get you going. We’ve got a lot of competitive people over here, whether it’s shooting games, whether it’s tic tac toe … we’ve got a competitive group. Who cares who we’re playing or what’s happening? We want to win.”

The Rockets would be wise to maintain that approach, for after the rematch Best Place To Get Cheap Jerseys with Boston, they face games at Oklahoma City and Toronto next week, against Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys whom Houston is 0-2. The Rockets’ recent road trip featured three victories but also ragged, inconsistent performances.

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