Robert Quinn felt shocked, betrayed by trade to Dolphins

As the Rams shake things up in L.A., adding big-name pieces as they pursue big-time results (on the field and at the cash register), they’ll be forced to make tough decisions about some of the players who were perceived to be key components of the team. This year, defensive end Robert Quinn and linebacker Alec Ogletree — supposed cornerstones of the team’s defense — was abruptly and unceremoniously traded.

He’s now an East Coast guy. And, perhaps more importantly, a no-state-income-tax guy. That alone will let him keep 13.3 cents from every dollar he earns.

Seattle is retooling its roster, and its biggest need is the secondary, where more turnover after Richard Sherman’s release is likely. Still, the Seahawks’ offensive line is far from a completed unit, and Williams would give them an upside guard who potentially can play either tackle spot down the road.

The fit makes too much sense. The Cowboys don’t want to keep Dez Bryant much longer, and they need a big-bodied outside receiver for the future. Sutton is a worthy first-round pick and can complement, then replace, Bryant.

The Lions are clear in their desire to upgrade their rushing attack this offseason, but they haven’t finished the job. Guice, the draft’s second best running back, would give this team the difference-maker its group of rotational backs doesn’t offer.

“He has to get healthy and stay healthy,” Gruden said. “We need him to be the player he was the first two years. I’ve said it earlier. We’re going to make him the main vein of our passing offense and move him around a lot. . . . We are really excited about him. I think he’s entering the prime of his career.”

Gruden coached Tim Brown for five seasons of Brown’s Hall of Fame career, and Gruden sees similarities.

“I said it when he came out of Alabama, that he reminded me of a young Tim Brown,” Gruden said. “He has that type of game speed. He’s elusive, and has a wide range of routes he can run. He’s flexible. It’ll benefit him to stay healthy and stay in the same system for a few years. If he does that, great things are ahead.”

That’s a lofty comparison for a player who needs to get back on track.bills_066

Arthur Blank: “No need to worry” about Matt Ryan extension

Falcons owner Arthur Blank is about to write a very large check to Matt Ryan. But it’s worth remembering that Blank also receives many much larger checks, so perhaps that’s why he’s so calm.

Blank told Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he wasn’t panicked at all about the pace of the negotiations with the former MVP quarterback.

The end result is Kidd-Gilchrist standing around the perimeter, scrounging on cuts, offensive boards, and manic transition sprints. No one guards him.

That does not make Kidd-Gilchrist useless. The Hornets have generally played better, even on offense, with Kidd-Gilchrist on the floor. He is a plus defender across four positions, even if he hasn’t developed into the unshakeable stopper we all envisioned. He has hit 47 percent of shots between 10 and 16 feet from the hoop, a solid number.

But those shots aren’t worth enough to matter. The damage Kidd-Gilchrist inflicts on Charlotte’s spacing — and his presence as a safe hiding spot for sieves — outweighs the occasional midrange swish and all his expert mooching. He would be a more interesting player if Charlotte gave him a little added on-ball responsibility — even some touches at the elbow.

Butler told Sports Illustrated that he wanted to ask Belichick or defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to explain why, after playing every snap of the AFC Championship Game, he didn’t play a single snap on defense in the Super Bowl.

“There was times when I was on the sideline and I just wanted to go up and say to Belichick or Matt Patricia and just say, ‘Is this how we’re gonna end this?’ I grew up in the Patriots system and I’m a man of God. I respect my authority and I just couldn’t ask them for something they didn’t want to do. I just was doing my job. I was close to going up there and saying what I wanted to say to Matt or Belichick, but I just stayed in my lane and just did my job. And I really wanted to go ask him, but I didn’t,” Butler said.bills_054

Ziggy Ansah in Ghana, won’t be at Lions workouts Monday

The Lions will start their first offseason work since hiring Matt Patricia as their head coach on Monday and one of the team’s top defensive players is not expected to be there.

Ansah hasn’t signed the tag, and remained in his native country of Ghana for a family obligation while the team reported for voluntary workouts on Monday. But it didn’t sound like anyone was concerned about a potential holdout.

Wood announced the Lions had the NFL’s biggest year-over-year attendance increase last season, which included six standing-room-only games at Ford Field. He joked with Patricia that the goal was eight this upcoming season, which the coach quipped, “More than eight,” drawing a large cheer from the crowd.

Gronkowski has battled injuries throughout his career, most recently a concussion in the AFC Championship Game. But reports have indicated his consideration of retiring may have more to do with being burned out emotionally than anything physical. Gronkowski has said that he saves the money he makes from the Patriots, so he could afford to retire, and he has other options, including acting and pro wrestling.

The report also says that Belichick has had some frustrations with Gronkowski and has questioned whether he’s fully committed to Belichick’s way of doing things.

If Gronkowski wants to keep playing, but not for Belichick, a trade could make sense for all involved. But the Patriots would surely want something significant in return for Gronkowski, and any team trading for him would need an assurance that he’s committed to continuing to play.

If Gronkowski is healthy and ready to go, he remains the best tight end in the NFL. His situation will bear monitoring until we have a definitive answer about his future.bills_042

The hometown newspaper here, the Augusta Chronicle, identified him as “a Texan” in Friday’s editions. 

That’s old news, though. Do a search for the word “hate” and “Patrick Reed” on Twitter, and the results are jarring. Twitter is never a good place to measure humanity’s real take on anything, but try doing the same thing with McIlroy or Spieth or any of the other top players, and the results are quite different. The Telegraph of Great Britian once declared him ” the most hated player in golf ,” and there is evidence to support the claim.

He certainly believes that he’s going to win on Sunday, and after watching him for three days, it’s hard to make a compelling case that he won’t. His most brilliant shot of many came in setting up that eagle on No. 13, when he hit a low-riding 4 iron into a perfect spot on the green.

McIlroy found the azelas trying to make that shot. Rickie Fowler landed in the water with his approach. Reed sank his eagle putt, pumping his fist as the ball hit the bottom of the cup. It was a brilliant moment that kept in him total control of this tournament.

And most of the fans had already turned and walked away.

After retiring, he worked on Vikings radio broadcasts for four seasons. and also was the Denver Broncos’ general manager in 1981 and 1982.

“We are saddened to hear of the loss of Grady Alderman,” Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement. “His impact on the Vikings was threefold — as a great player, as a member of the front office and as a member of our radio broadcasts.

“Grady epitomized the Vikings work ethic on the field as a Pro Bowl offensive tackle in the early days of the franchise and was a foundation piece for the success of the 1960s and 1970s.”

The Gophers baseball team won two games against Penn State, 7-6 and 17-2, on Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. The series was moved from Minneapolis to a neutral site to escape the cold weather, but the cold still affected this series.bills_006

Calais Campbell says Jaguars are starting ‘back at zero’

The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be in a strange position next season; one that they are not accustomed to. After how well they played in 2017, they are going to be among the favorites to win the AFC in 2018. But Calais Campbell thinks the team needs to approach the season like any other.

He thinks they need to act like it’s another year with little to nothing expected of them.

Losing five of their past six games, the Sharks aren’t exactly charging into the postseason. Still, we’re giving Peter DeBoer’s squad a slight edge over the Anaheim Ducks, based on their averaging 3.56 goals per game since March 1. As such, the forward duo of Joe Pavelski and San Jose newbie Evander Kane packs a solid fantasy punch, along with power-play-mate Logan Couture. Running hot, Pavelski appeals in particular as a proven playoff performer following his 14 goals and nine assists in 24 games two years ago.

Landon Collins and Damon Harrison, too.

Giants safety Landon Collins said any issues from last season with cornerback Eli Apple – including calling him a “cancer” for his locker room behavior, for which he apologized the next day – are now part of a forgettable past.

“We buried the hatchet a while ago,” Collins said. “That’s my guy, that’s my brother. I’m always going to have his back and wrams_061e know what we have to do. We know what kind of caliber player he is, we know what caliber player I am and we’re just trying to get to work and make this season go. I’m glad to see him back. He’s a great corner. He is very smart, I love that he comes up and lays the boom on guys and he’s a great coverage guy. We need him and we’re glad to have him back.”

The Giants have promised a clean slate for Apple and his position coaches – Lou Anarumo and assistant Deshea Townsend – praised the 2016 first-round pick’s skill set last week.

He’s recorded double-digit sacks in three straight seasons.

With the NFL announcing the 2018 preseason slate on Wednesday, it’s time to daydream of football games — however insignificant — returning gloriously to our lives.

Let’s take a gander at some of the better games on the preseason docket, which runs throughout August:

The right forearm that Collins broke in late December isn’t healing as quickly as hoped and might soon require surgery to plate the break again, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed of the situation.

If the two-time Pro Bowl selection does undergo a second procedure, Garafolo added, the recovery would be six-to-eight weeks before he can return to full football activity.

Mack, 27, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is due to make $13.8 million in 2018, per Spotrac. He’s in line to be one of the highest-paid defensive players in football, however, after being a three-time Pro Bowler, two-time first-team All-Pro selection and the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.

Kevin Patra of added that Mack “is likely seeking a contract that makes him the highest-paid edge defender in the NFL—a title currently held by Von Miller at just over $19 million per season.”

In 2017, Mack registered 78 tackles, 10.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
As Vic Tafur of The Athletic noted, the team’s next two weeks of camp are voluntary, as is the veteran minicamp that begins April 23. The June 12 minicamp is mandatory, however, and if Mack hasn’t signed a long-term extension by that point and doesn’t attend, a holdout could be on the horizon. rams_006

Back injury sends Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo to disabled list

The Chicago Cubs have placed first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day disabled list with a back injury.

The move is retroactive to last Friday as Rizzo has missed the team’s past three games and was slated to miss Monday’s home opener before it was snowed out.

The 28-year-old began experiencing tightness in the area going back to last Monday in Cincinnati. He played through the pain on Thursday before missing the next three games against Milwaukee.

Jamal Murray added 19 points and Wilson Chandler 13 for the Nuggets, who shot their second-best shooting percent (62.4) of the season.

“When the ball is moving around like it was tonight, and you’re able to shoot 62 percent, guys definitely made shots, but we passed up good shots to get great shots,” Malone said. “The offense was obviously firing on all cylinders tonight.”

Lou Williams scored 24 points to lead the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 17 rebounds, with Tyrone Wallace added 18 points and Tobias Harris had 16 for Los Angeles.

Leading 81-71, Barton hit a 3-pointer after the Nuggets grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds to ignite a 12-3 run that finished with Harris making the score 93-74 with 3:09 to play.

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Orioles: 1B Chris Davis didn’t play. He hasn’t been feeling well and hasn’t slept much, Showalter said.

Yankees: Didi Gregorius didn’t start for the first time this season. He got jarred on a headfirst slide home Friday night and is “a little beat up,” manager Aaron Boone said. Gregorius pinch-hit and stayed in at shortstop. He got a gift double in the 10th when CF Adam Jones lost his routine flyball in the sun. … C Gary Sanchez (leg cramp) got a second day off in a row.

Orioles: Return home to play Toronto on Monday. RHP Dylan Bundy has pitched well in two starts, getting no-decisions vs. Minnesota andbuccaneers_077 Houston. He’s allowed just one run in 13 innings, striking out 15.

Broncos acquire T Jared Veldheer from Cardinals for 6th-round pick

The Broncos have acquired offensive tackle Jared Veldheer from the Cardinals for a sixth-round pick, the teams announced Friday.

According to the Denver Post, the Broncos plan to use Veldheer at right tackle and 2017 first-round pick Garrett Bolles on the left side which means they will move Ron Leary to left guard.

Veldheer was a third-round pick by the Raiders in 2010 out of Hillsdale. He then became a free agent and signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Cardinals in 2014.

“We can’t anticipate them helping us,” Devin Harris said. “We dug ourselves into this hole; we’ve got to dig ourselves out.”

“We wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Gary Harris, who returned from an 11-game absence with 12 points. “If we win we’re in.”

Trail Blazers: Play Utah at home Wednesday night in their regular season finale.

Nuggets: Can end their playoff drought with a win at Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Logan, 28, will provide defensive line depth and become a top contender to start at nose tackle. The Titans needed more talent at the position following the releases of Karl Klug and Sylvester Williams earlier this offseason.

The move comes after the Titans missed out on signing Ndamukong Suh, who signed with the Los Angeles Rams after visiting Tennessee.

Logan, whose best strength is his run-stuffing ability, will add to a strong Titans run defense that finished fourth in 2017. He ranks ninth among defensive lineman over the last five years with 31 tackles for loss on rushing attempts, according to Stats LLC.

Logan joined the Kansas City Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent last year after four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in 15 games, plus the playoff loss to the Titans, starting in 13 of them.buccaneers_018

NFL Draft rumors: Browns interested in pairing DE Bradley Chubb with Myles Garrett

The Browns hold a lot of power at this year’s NFL Draft, and they are exploring every option.

With the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks later this month, Cleveland has a number of different options. It appears targeting another edge rusher may be near the top of its list.

The Browns are exploring the possibility of selecting NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the first-overall pick to pair him with last year’s top pick — Myles Garrett.

Lovullo has 99 wins in his first 170 games and is trying to become the fastest active manager to 100 wins, which would eclipse Ron Gardenhire, who needed 173 games in 2002-2003 with Minnesota. Gardenhire now manages Detroit.

Diamondbacks: Claimed RHP Troy Scribner off of waivers from Anaheim and designated OF Jeremy Hazelbaker for assignment.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson (left hamstring strain) was assigned to Class A Palm Beach for a rehab assignment and is scheduled to pitch Saturday night.

Arizona RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 5.40 ERA) will face RHP Luke Weaver (1-0, 1.80 ERA) in the finale of a three-game set. A snow/rain mix is in the forecast.

“First day in his new room…with a bathroom. Praise God!”

Dr. Mark Urken, Head and Neck Surgeon at Mount Sinai West, confirmed in a statement that Kelly had left intensive care.

“Mr. Kelly continues to make solid progress in his recovery from extensive surgery for his oral cancer,” Urken said. “He has been moved out of the intensive care unit and made that transition by walking, on his own, from the unit to the inpatient floor where he will continue the next phase of care. He is still several days away from resuming swallowing and taking nutrition by mouth.”

“Things will get better and it starts with me,” Eichel said. “Everybody needs to look at themselves and figure out what they’re doing. Obviously, whatever I’ve been doing hasn’t been working. What we’ve been doing as a team hasn’t been working.”

While the Sabres are done, their AHL Rochester Americans affiliate qualified for the playoffs for the first time in four years. The Americans feature several Sabres prospects being counted upon to play in Buffalo full-time next season, including forward Alexander Nylander, defenseman Brendan Guhle and goalie Linus Ullmark.buccaneers_006

Lions sign veteran TE Levine Toilolo

The Lions are adding another veteran tight end to the roster, according to multiple reports, agreeing to terms with Levine Toilolo. He had visited with the team last week.

A fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2013, Toilolo has spent his entire five-year career with the Atlanta Falcons. The 6-foot-8, 265-pounder had his most productive season in 2014, catching 31 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns.

Give Manziel credit: It took him a couple years, but he finally seems to be taking the idea of a career in professional football seriously. Better late than never, I suppose. I’m sure it was a bit surreal returning to Texas A&M pro day four years after he did the same thing prior to the Browns selecting him 22nd overall. NFL Network’s James Palmer was in attendance at Manziel’s 2014 pro day, and he told me it remains one of the craziest events he’s ever attended. A DJ was spinning records, President George H.W. Bush made a surprise cameo and Manziel was absolutely lights out — a ball never touched the turf.

This second go-around was a far more low-key affair, and that’s clearly for the best, given the circumstances. And to answer your question: No, I don’t think he’s on a roster this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s over for JFF. A more realistic path: go to the CFL, do some damage, stay out of trouble (this is super important!) and then see if the NFL is ready to provide the chance to land a backup job somewhere. Remember, he’s still just 25 years old.

A lotta livin’ in that quarter century, of course.

Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal reports that things still aren’t completely settled between Belichick, Brady and Kraft even after their meeting. Bedard noted that the hope is that the meeting was a step in the direction.

Given all that we know about the tension that exists between Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero and the Patriots’ training staff, it’s possible that the issues will never be completely resolved. Brady’s TB12 Sports Therapy Center, which was co-founded by Guerrero, is located just outside Gillette Stadium. Players have reportedly been going there for treatment in increasing numbers, and there have been reports that they are being told to ignore instructions from the team’s training staff in favor of other workout and rehabilitation techniques.nike_broncos_060-500x500