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Falcons QB Matt Ryan to get $100 million guaranteed

Quarterback Matt Ryan has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons, and sources tell ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the deal will make Ryan the first NFL player to earn $30 million per year.

The deal includes $100 million guaranteed, sources said.

Mr. Kelly, for his part, is sanguine about how little control he has over how the president chooses to spend his time. At a breakfast event last week for Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, Mr. Kelly marveled that Mr. Trump had spent a long time the day before on the phone with Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots coach, talking about the status of Tom Brady, the star quarterback, according to two people familiar with his remarks, one of whom was present.

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Pick Nos. 43, 63 and No. 95 give the Patriots a ton of flexibility. For their top second-rounder, of the players mentioned above, Rudolph and Hubbard are most likely to be available. Stanford safety Justin Reid, South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert and Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington also would be solid picks.

The next question becomes whether Wilson will go year to year at that point, like Kirk Cousins did in Washington. Under that scenario, Wilson would make $36.41 million (a 20-percent raise) in 2021. Come 2022, the Seahawks would have to decide whether to tag him again, at a 44-percent raise, or let him enter free agency.

The tag in 2022 would equate to $52.43 million for one year.

The NFL draft came and went with Earl Thomas remaining a Seattle Seahawk.

New Indians OF Melky Cabrera heads to extended spring training

Veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera will report to extended spring training after signing a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday the 33-year-old Cabrera will spend approximately 7-to-10 days at the team’s complex in Goodyear, Arizona, before joining a minor league team.

The Indians are 13th in the AL in runs scored and Cabrera could give their struggling offense a boost. The switch-hitter batted .285 with 17 homers and 85 RBI in 156 games last season for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.

So far in the series, Brewers pitchers have done their part but haven’t gotten enough offensive support to add up to wins.

“We’ve pitched well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Thursday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “The numbers will tell you throughout the course of the season we’ve pitched well — like we pitched well last year. I think it will continue.

“That’s the foundation of this, that we pitch well and prevent runs. So continuing that puts us in a good spot for sure.”

Hayes figures to bolster the depth of a Georgia defensive line that returns both starting defensive ends from last year’s team in Tyler Clark and Jonathan Ledbetter.

“To go out there and have a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth was big for myself,” Graveman said.

Fister was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings while throwing 105 pitches. He was out since April 10 with a right hip strain.

As Fister was activated, Texas placed Adrian Beltre on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Starting SS Elvis Andrus and 2B Rougned Odor are already on the DL.

“You don’t want the main guys going out that way,” Andrus said. “But at the same time, it’s a good time for the young guys to step up.”

Banister plans to primarily play Kiner-Falefa at third in Beltre’s absence.

Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar lead finalists for Selke Trophy

The Blazers downplayed the matchup issue. They noted that they held New Orleans to 98.6 points per 100 possessions, a mark that would have ranked dead last in the regular season, and that Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum won’t miss everything for an entire half again.

Fair. But New Orleans was plus-12 in 32 minutes with Mirotic and Davis on the floor, and it scored about 107 points per 100 possessions in that time — a solid mark that could have been even better. Portland’s options are limited.

Ed Davis played his usual fierce two-way game and is quicker than Nurkic. Zach Collins had a solid postseason debut, including three minutes as Portland’s nominal center in the third quarter. Collins in that stint defended Mirotic, so Aminu could chase Davis.

Couturier is a first-time nominee and finished third in plus/minus at plus-34. He is trying to join Bobby Clarke and Dave Poulin as Flyers who have won the award.

The winner, based on voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20.

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier will not play in Wednesday night’s Game 4 at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins due to a lower-body injury, coach Dave Hakstol said.

In Couturier’s absence, the Flyers plan to move Nolan Patrick up to center the top line between Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.

Couturier had to be helped off the ice at the team’s practice on Tuesday after a collision with teammate Radko Gudas, who was moving backward and didn’t see Couturier.

“One thing about him is he’s not afraid to try things and really apply it. That’s something that’s rare. A lot of guys want to stay in their comfort zone.”

Mitchell grins. He’s heard this plenty of times from Bryant, a 32-year-old former University of Utah guard who has earned a reputation as a developmental guru, having groomed Gordon Hayward into an All-Star before Hayward departed for Boston in free agency.jets_012

Doug Pederson: Safe To Say Nick Foles Will Be With Eagles For Start Of 2018 Season

Eagles HC Doug Pederson tells ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that it is now safe to say Nick Foles will be in Philadelphia for the start of the 2018 season.

Earlier in the day, Pederson told reporters that he believes Foles would be fine returning to a backup role, despite leading the team to a Super Bowl victory a few months ago.

That’s obviously probably a Nick question, Pederson said, per Zach Berman. But I know Nick and his mentality, and I think he’s fine with that. He understands it’s Carson’s team. He knew that last year. …Moving forward, I think he’s going to be OK.

I ran after the ball and I braced myself on the wall, had no clue the ball was fair, couldn’t hear anything, Upton said. (Mike) Trout was yelling but I couldn’t hear anything, so it was an inside-the-park home run.

I thought it was going to either hit in the stands or I was going to have a chance to catch it. The wind just swirls in the stadium. That’s just how it goes. Most balls that go foul end up drifting back a little bit. That one just came back more than usual.

Clevinger (1-0), a former Angels farmhand, scattered four hits and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings in his season debut.

They are leaning more towards the outside linebacker position, he said. They saw on my film that I can cover, so that kind of opened their eyes.

No matter which level he ends up playing in college, it’ll be at a well-respected academic institution.

My criterion is if the major fits, said Bohnenkamp, who carries a 3.9 grade point average. Whether it be environmental engineering or somewhere else in the engineering department. But it’s school-first for me. Schooling as in education-wise. That comes first.

Despite graduating in May, Bohnenkamp plans to spend much of the spring evaluation period at Lawrenceville, where his recruitment could begin to take off due to his impressive metrics and developmental upside.

Lawrenceville is where I want to be and I’m proud to have found my new home, he said. patriots_012

For a guy the Broncos might have considered cutting, though, a fifth-round pick a year from now is better than nothing.

Remember when McCarron was going to be traded to the Browns, and then when he was for sure going to sign with the Browns? But there went Smith to the Redskins, Tyrod Taylor to the Browns, Cousins to the Vikings, Keenum to the Broncos and Bradford to the Cardinals.

The starting jobs dried up in a hurry, save for the Bills, who ended up bailing him out. McCarron fought to be an unrestricted free agent. He gets his shot as a No. 1, but it’s probably the worst supporting QB situation of them all. He’s also not guaranteed to start over a drafted rookie, given his contract (two years and $10 million) is more like a backup’s.

What else can one say about the Seahawks? Earl Thomas is the last man standing in the Legion of Boom, and the defensive line rotation is without Michael Bennett. So far, Russell Wilson has not gotten line or receiving help (bye, Richardson; bye, Jimmy Graham) as even more of a burden falls on him to carry the offense and the entire team out of mediocrity.

Patriots: B+ Another former University of Washington star defender goes on the move this offseason, but unlike Marcus Peters, Shelton hadn’t quite hit the heights his prior team had hoped.

“Players after me will have to decide what they want to do,” Cousins said. “There is nothing I can pave unless other people come after me.

“We’ll have to look back and see how this league goes from here.”

Cousins said the fact that Minnesota bought in was a sign that the franchise was “all in” on winning. The Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship Game last year before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The fan base is hungry, Arrieta said. You see the Philadelphia Eagles win a Super Bowl, and it makes the other teams in the city that much hungrier to get to that level. I feel like we’re not far away. I think’rebuild’ is a loose term. A rebuild doesn’t mean you can’t win now. I intend to come in here and win right away, even though we are technically in a rebuild. And I think the other players agree with me. We intend to win — rebuild or not.patriots_012

That’s why Minnesota was awarded Super Bowl 52 in 2018, after all.

There will be early challenges, of course. Detroit ranked dead last in the NFL with 1,221 rushing yards as a team last season, meaning running back and interior offensive line likely will be offseason focal points. Key defensive contributors Ziggy Ansah, Tahir Whitehead and Haloti Ngata are set to become unrestricted free agents, with Ansah being a strong franchise tag candidate.

When the NFL considers sites for future Super Bowl locations, many requirements must be met by potential cities, their venues and their accommodations. Stadium quality is among the priorities, which is why all of the next four Super Bowls will be played in new or recently renovated stadiums.

With weather also being a factor when the NFL considers future Super Bowl locations, brand-new and climate-controlled U.S. Bank Stadium was the reason “Bold North” was possible. The league wanted to show off the impressive stadium during America’s most-watch sporting event.

Super Bowl 53 will take place at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a one-of-a-kind venue and home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

When he came to his senses a few years later, Kraft went hard after Belichick while he was with the Jets. Calling Kraft under the alias of “Darth Vader,” Parcells drove a hard bargain, demanding compensation Kraft was willing to give. Seven-going-on-eight Super Bowl appearances later, it was the best trade Kraft ever made.

Viewers will also get a kick out of seeing the late, great Stuart Scott and younger versions of Suzy Kolber, Chris Mortensen, Sal Paolantonio and other ESPNers. Speaking of media, ex-Patriots/Giants assistant Charlie Weis notes the “night-and-day” difference between Belichick and Parcells when it comes to dealing with reporters. Belichick, as we know, is horrible. But Parcells played the media like a fiddle in New York, New England and Dallas. They, in turn, shaped his legend.

Early on in the documentary, there’s a revealing moment when Rodgers asks Belichick about his relationship with Parcells. “Friend, mentor, competitor,” murmurs Belichick.

Foles, up first during Monday’s Super Bowl MVP and winning coach press conference, wasn’t about to stir up any controversy.

“I’m not really worried about my future right now,” the QB said. “There will be a time and place to handle all of that. I’m excited for Carson Wentz coming back healthy. I get to work with him everyday. Dude’s a stud. I’m not thinking ahead. I’m living in the moment.”nike-youth-cardinals-019

The New England Patriots are built to win without Rob Gronkowski.

red_wings_012They proved this in 2017 by pulling off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to stun the Atlanta Falcons.

But when he’s on the field, as the Pittsburgh Steelers found out in Week 15, he turns the New England offense into a whole different beast. That’s a scary thought for the seven other teams still battling for their playoff lives — and a dilemma the Tennessee Titans have to figure out before Saturday’s Divisional Round showdown in Foxborough.

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Pittsburgh has more firepower on offense and should be more comfortable in Sunday’s frigid temperatures, but seven points may be a lot to give up against this talented Jaguars defense.

Hardest thing for New England to replace. I don’t think the Patriots’ win/loss record will be effected much by the loss of Julian Edelman, nor do I think it will lead to any sort of statistical decline for Tom Brady, even if it did during the seven-game stretch the team played without their slot machine (out with a broken foot then) in 2015. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’ll effect that team and its quarterback.

Just look at the two iconic Super Bowl catches Edelman made to help beat the Seahawks (he caught the ball while taking a kill shot from Seattle enforcer Kam Chancellor) and Falcons (he plucked a deflection off the ground). In both cases, Brady was on the biggest of stages, playing from behind, with very little margin for error. And yet, both times, he threw the ball right into traffic, because he trusted Edelman to come away with it. That’s a trust that’s not easy to come by and isn’t there by mistake.

Saints’ Marshon Lattimore gets ‘butt pick’ against Falcons

Mark Sanchez had the butt fumble. Marshon Lattimore now has the butt interception.

The Saints rookie cornerback recorded an improbable pick in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Falcons.

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The Patriots (11-3) had previously ruled out running back Rex Burkhead (knee) for Sunday’s AFC East tilt, but also will not have Chris Hogan or James White. Hogan (shoulder) and White (ankle). Both were declared inactive, though starting offensive tackle Nate Solder will play despite an illness.

“We can look at each other and know what we’re thinking,” said Gronkowski, who has 64 catches for 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns this season. “It definitely just doesn’t happen. I mean we’ve been playing for eight years but it just doesn’t happen because we’ve been playing for eight years. It’s happened because every time we go out on the practice field and we try to read each other. We try to feel out each other to know what kind of page we’re on and that’s what brings it to this level so far.”

Despite being questionable with a knee injury, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will play for the Bills (8-6) as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Browns fire GM Sashi Brown, Hue Jackson will return

The Browns have been struggling for quite some time as they are sitting at the bottom of the AFC North rankings with a 0-12 record so far this season, and Cleveland was 1-27 with Brown as GM.

Cleveland is expected to immediately begin its search for its ninth general manager since 1999.

Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens, back, (Q), 8:30 p.m. ET: Maclin was on the injury report because of his back earlier this season, and that issue has now resurfaced, at least as far as the injury report is concerned. Maclin was given Thursday off, a rest day sandwiched between two limited practice sessions. According to’s Jamison Hensley, there is no real reason for concern when it comes to Maclin’s status, with coach John Harbaugh citing his situation as one of resting a veteran player. It appears that Maclin is expected to play despite the questionable tag. Nonetheless, the Ravens face the Steelers on Sunday night, so fantasy players might want to have insurance ready in case there is a change in status.

The Browns are now all but certain to earn the No. 1 overall pick — the ESPN live probabilities gave them a 99 percent chance to do so following the 4 p.m. ET games — after they blew a 14-point lead against the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Houston Texans on Sunday.

But the 49ers’ win helped the Browns in another way as well: Since Cleveland owns the Texans’ first-round pick, that selection is now projected to improve since Houston lost a winnable game. Houston now has the sixth-best average draft slot, though it is worth noting that their average draft position is over seven. Still, the Browns are now in position to have two premium picks.

Each week, the Football Power Index (FPI) projects the order of next year’s draft by simulating the remainder of the season 10,000 times. Game probabilities are based largely on the model’s ratings for individual teams in addition to game location.