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of dollars Anders Nilsson Jersey and made a commitment they might Ben Heeney Womens Jersey regret by virtue of making a decision that Marquese Chriss Jersey ended up going strangely wrong in a good way last year and a second decision that was highly questionable this offseason. In the end, they're making a commitment to a player who the organization thought was closer to being released than playing a starring role this past season. 2014 Olympic Hockey Team USA Paul Martin Premier Women's Nike White Jersey: #7 Home General manager Ryan Pace & Co. declined Fuller's fifth-year option before last season, which was defensible given his status at the time. Fuller had been ineffective for the vast majority of his brief career, and he had missed the entirety of the previous season because of a knee injury that had defensive coordinator Vic Fangio questioning Fuller's desire to play. Given that any complications with the knee injury might have caused Fuller's fifth-year option for 2018 to guarantee if he couldn't pass a physical, you can understand why the Bears declined the option. Women's Game Lane Johnson Black Jersey: Alternate #65 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Nike The strangest thing subsequently happened: Fuller suddenly got both healthy and good. The former 2014 first-round pick played all 16 games and had his best season as a pro, knocking away 22 passes, second in the league behind Darius Slay. A guy who looked as if he were on his way out of Chicago suddenly looked like a building block for a burgeoning defense, but it's way too early to say that Fuller is a sure thing. One year of valuable play is incredibly helpful, but given how little the Bears thought about Fuller before the season, it would be foolish to drastically do a 180 and treat him like a No. 1 cornerback. The best thing to do would have been to franchise him, which would have guaranteed the Bears another year and allowed them to retain the leverage in negotiating a long-term deal. That would have cost $15 million. Instead, the Bears chose to hit Fuller with the transition tag, saving $2 million but allowing Fuller to negotiate with other teams and come up with a long-term offer that's designed to prevent the Bears from matching. Instead, Fuller went out and found a four-year, $56 million deal with the Packers that contains $18 million guaranteed. For one, the Bears immediately matched the deal, which is bizarre; they could have waited the full five days and tied up the Packers before accepting the offer. (If the argument is that they didn't want Fuller to twist in the wind, that's also silly since you can privately tell a player you're privately going to match and want to stick it to your division rival.) The $18 million guarantee sounds like a modest increase on the $13 million transition tag or the $15 million franchise tag and a great deal for the Bears; swapping $5 million in guarantees for the right to lock down Fuller for the next three seasons sounds like a great move. Unfortunately, the Packers didn't make it that simple. Reports suggest that Fuller will make $20 million in Year 1 of this deal and $29 million in Year 2, which is an enormous increase from the $10 million per year the Bears had previously been offering. The $18 million guaranteed number doesn't mean anything given the structure of the deal; the Bears might not have guaranteed that $9 million, but if it will cost them more money to cut Fuller in Year 2 than it would to keep him on the roster, he's not going anywhere. The cash flow of the deal suggests that's exactly the case, which amounts to something closer to a transition tag in 2018 and a guaranteed franchise tag in 2019 in lieu of a guaranteed franchise tag in 2018 and flexibility thereafter. Fuller's due $42 million over the first three years of this new contract, which is more than Casey Hayward got on his extension. It would be the third-largest three-year value for a cornerback in football after Josh Norman and Trumaine Johnson. Both of those players each had a lower percentage of their contracts guaranteed than Fuller. The Bears backed themselves into a corner and handed out a deal that represents the best-case development curve for Fuller to try to save $2 million up front. In the end, they're committed to paying Fuller like he's a Pro Womens Weston Richburg Jersey Bowl cornerback for two years just a year after thinking he was roster fodder. The top center left on the market, Jensen had been a college tackle and reserve guard for the Ravens before beating out Tony Bergstrom for the pivot after Jeremy Zuttah was traded, re-acquired, and released last season. His job got tougher when the Ravens lost both of their likely starting guards, including star Marshal Yanda, by the end of Week 2.Instead, Jensen put together an impressive season and ended up playing like one of the best centers in the league. The Bucs responded by giving Jensen a four-year, $42 million deal with $22 million guaranteed, the latter of which would be a record for a center if it's fully guaranteed at signing. As always, the issue is gauging one year of success versus a player's career. Jensen was a relatively anonymous guard. After one year of good football, the Buccaneers are making a bet that he'll continue to be one of the best centers in football. Sometimes, that works out, but the chances are always going to be greater that a player performing at a high level for a brief period of time takes a step backward (out of injury attrition or sheer regression to the mean) than a step forward. It's also a curious fit given that the Buccaneers had previously decided to move breakout guard Ali Marpet to center to try to get their best five linemen on the field. Now, they're presumably going to move Marpet back to guard, where he lost a year of development time, in advance of the final year of the his deal. Tampa needed offensive line help, but this is an extremely aggressive maneuver from a team that has made a habit out of signing quality free agents and getting less out of them than we would have expected.

Maybe the Jets love two quarterbacks and think the

Giants will draft Nelson. If so, they'll be OK. I don't recall a team ever saying privately or publicly that it loved three or more franchise quarterbacks in a given draft, and if the Jets loved three different passers, there's a decent chance one of them would have fallen to No. 6. You can certainly understand this Jets move, but it might not be enough of a measure for the Jets to get the guy they want. Youth Jose Barea Swingman Navy Blue Adidas Jersey: NBA Dallas Mavericks #11 Alternate The Texans needed to upgrade their secondary this offseason. Problem solved. After re-signing Johnathan Joseph and adding Aaron Colvin from Jacksonville, the Texans finished out their spending spree by adding Mathieu after he became a salary-cap casualty in Arizona. Mathieu's one-year deal comes in at $7 million, which is down toward the bottom of the top 10 on a one-year salary for free safeties. Limited Men's Cameron Jordan Olive Jersey: NFL Nike New Orleans Saints #94 2017 Salute to Service At his peak in 2015, Mathieu was a ball-hawking force of nature, capable of shifting between free safety and serving as a slot cornerback from snap to snap. The former LSU star picked off five passes, made 11 tackles for loss and knocked away 17 passes in 14 games before suffering his second torn ACL in three years. Since then, Mathieu has suited up far more frequently like a pure free safety, and the production hasn't been there. Over 26 games during 2016-17, the Honey Badger recorded just two interceptions, nine tackles for loss and eight pass breakups. Interceptions can be totally random from year to year, and I think there's plenty of upside in targeting a guy with Mathieu's football instincts, especially given that he's still just 25 years old. The Texans are already deep at corner with Colvin, Joseph, Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson, so Houston might very well just stick with Mathieu as a full-time safety and use him and Andre Hal as interchangeable players inside and outside the box. The downside here Authentic Matt Benning Jersey for the Texans is that they didn't get any additional years on the end of the contract. If Mathieu recovers his form, the Texans will happily take his return to form, but Mathieu will be in line to pick up a big free-agent deal after the season. Houston might not have had the opportunity in negotiations, but this would be a better contract for the Texans if they had the option of keeping Mathieu around through 2019. ESPN's win expectancy and expected point metrics basically say Blount was an anonymous back in 2017. You figure Blount was supposed to serve as a hammer near the goal line, a logical Authentic Matt Calvert Jersey role given that he scored 18 touchdowns for the Patriots in 2016, but he was among the worst goal-line backs in football last season. Blount carried the ball 12 times inside the 5-yard line and scored just once, the worst ratio in the league for any back with five tries or more. The Alex Chiasson Jersey other Philly running backs scored on four of their seven attempts. Twelve carries isn't enough to base a meaningful sample on, so I'm not suggesting that Blount is a terrible goal-line back, but just that he had an ugly season as the hammer in 2017. Before 2017, Blount had converted 42.4 percent of his 66 goal-line carries into scores, which was narrowly above the league average of 38.4 percent. Blount also offers virtually nothing as a receiver and was on the field for just 15 third-down snaps as a pass protector, so all of his value is tied up in what he does with the ball in his hands as a runner. Given that Blount had to wait until May to sign a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the Eagles last year, it's a bit of a surprise that the 31-year-old got a raise to a sign a one-year, $2 million deal with the Lions that could Womens Mike Green Jersey rise to $4.5 million with incentives. Blount should be an upgrade on Ameer Abdullah in short-yardage situations, but his role on a team that loves to throw the ball and create mismatches with its backs in the passing game is murky beyond that. Once one of the best centers in football, Sullivan saw his value sapped by injuries by the end of his time in Minnesota. The Notre Dame product missed all of 2015 while undergoing a pair of back surgeries and then failed to make a dreadful Vikings offensive line in 2016, leading to his release after no team wanted to trade for his contract. Sullivan then spent the year as a backup in Washington before following Sean McVay to the Los Angeles Rams, where he played well and stayed healthy on a one-year, $999,999 deal. In response to Sullivan's first healthy season as a starter since 2014, the Rams had to go all the way up to $7.5 million per year to keep Sullivan on a two-year, $15 million pact. Their logic, understandably, is that Sullivan helps set the protections for Jared Goff and is familiar with McVay's scheme. At the same time, though, didn't we just spend all of last season hailing McVay as an offensive wunderkind? Can't he teach another center the scheme? Even if it's effectively a one-year deal, isn't that several million dollars the Rams could apply elsewhere on the roster given the 32-year-old's health history? And if that's what other teams around the league were offering, why didn't those teams think he was worth much more than the minimum in 2016 or 2017? The Rams didn't have to make a long-term commitment on this deal, but it's still an extremely aggressive bet on a player nobody was betting on over the past few seasons. cheap jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys from china cheap jerseys from china

Trade: Raiders deal WR Cordarrelle Patterson to Patriots

Patterson strangely comes home again as part of this deal, given that the Vikings drafted him with a pick they acquired from the Patriots in a famously one-sided deal. The picks Minnesota sent to New England turned into Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan, Josh Boyce, and a selection the Pats used to trade for LeGarrette Blount. The Patriots then used Collins to trade for a draft pick from the Browns, which they used as part of the package to grab Brandin Cooks. Men's Columbus Blue Jackets #34 Josh Anderson Reebok Navy Blue Third Premier NHL Jersey Despite a promising end to his rookie season, Patterson never emerged as much more than a return man and occasional target on screens for the Vikings. He moved to the Raiders in 2017 and lasted one year before this deal. Patterson certainly has the speed to serve as a downfield weapon, but the Tennessee product has averaged a mere 10 yards per reception as a pro, ranking 106th among the 109 wideouts with 100 catches or more over that timeframe. He also has six touchdowns as a runner and is a useful threat on the jet sweep. Patterson's role has instead been as a kick returner, where he has been very effective over his career. Patterson has five kick return touchdowns over his career, all of which came in Minnesota. He'll take over as the primary kick return man for the Patriots given that Dion Lewis left for the Titans in free agency. The problem with this move is that there just aren't many opportunities for kick returners to make their mark under the modern league rules, especially on a team that produces as many long offensive drives as New England. The Pats have returned only 57 kickoffs over the past two years, less than two per contest. Patterson is one of the league's best kick returners, but at a salary of $3 million, will he really have enough opportunities as a return man to justify his salary? That $3 million salary isn't guaranteed, so it's entirely possible that the Pats bring Patterson to camp and decide he's not worth Authentic Ian Mahinmi Jersey the investment. They didn't give up very much, reportedly swapping the fifth-round pick they acquired from the Browns (through the Chiefs) for one of Oakland's five sixth-round selections, which will at least give the Oakland staff a reasonable shot at a bathroom break during the sixth round. Oakland probably was thinking about cutting Patterson, so while it spent $5.6 million on the 27-year-old in 2017 and didn't get much, this was better than nothing. Stigmatized as the one defensive lineman in football the Eagles don't want to keep on their roster, the productive Curry was underrated by traditional metrics last season. He had only three sacks, but he tied Chris Long for the team lead with 18 quarterback knockdowns, which are usually a better predictor of future sacks than sacks themselves. (A pass-rusher with 18 knockdowns will usually generate about eight sacks.) The concerning thing, perhaps, is that Curry has a track record of underperforming those totals; while he racked up nine sacks on 11 knockdowns in 2014, the Marshall product has turned 45 knockdowns into only nine sacks over the three ensuing seasons. Bucs general manager Jason Licht has a long history of negotiating contracts that keep his team's cap clean and not drafting edge rushers, so Curry should Authentic Kenta Maeda Jersey be no exception to those rules. The three-year, $27 million deal Curry signed has $11.5 million guaranteed, and it wouldn't be shocking if all of that came due in Year 1 of the deal. Tampa desperately needed edge rushing help, so even if Curry produces a season like the one we saw last season, he would represent a much-needed piece of the puzzle for Tampa. The Colts were always going to be likely to trade out of the third spot, given the presence of Andrew Luck and the likelihood that another team would want to move up for one of the quarterback prospects in this year's draft. The dream would have been a haul with multiple first-round picks, but unless the Colts were willing to wait until the draft and run the risk of not getting an offer at all, this was the next-best thing. Indy moves down three spots in the first round, which isn't much given that it should be in the market for a player like Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, who could still be there at No. 6. In return, the Colts get three second-round picks, two this year and Authentic Brendan Shanahan Jersey one in 2019. Each should fall in the top half of the draft. By the Chase Stuart chart, the Colts got nearly two dollars to one on their money. It's an aggressive trade from the Jets, but it might not be aggressive enough. Moving up to No. 3 puts them ahead of the game, given that there were likely a handful of teams who would have been in the running to move ahead of them and draft a quarterback with the Colts' pick. With one of the thinnest rosters in the league, it has to hurt to trade away four high-draft picks as part of this deal. It will be disastrous if the Jets make this deal and don't come away with a franchise-altering player. The problem is that the Jets are presumably trading up to grab a specific quarterback and can't do that at three. There's certainly a chance that the Jets end up with their pick of the passers if Nelson, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and NC State pass-rusher Bradley Chubb come off the board with the top two picks, but free agency suggests that the Browns are going to take a quarterback first. There's certainly a chance the Giants take a passer with the second overall pick, too.

Keeping professional athletes and entertainers in financial

check is unlike any other type of investment planning, says Blazer's former BCM colleague. Because professional athletes often come into wealth very quickly and at a young age, they sometimes give advisers like Blazer significant authority over their finances. "My take was always a lot of things would be done on a handshake basis, as in, 'I've got your back, you've got my back, let's move forward,' " the former colleague says. Men's Adidas New Orleans Pelicans #9 Rajon Rondo Authentic Navy Blue Road NBA Jersey As a result of that trust, clients would grant Blazer power of attorney to make decisions on their behalf, or they would pre-sign bank authorizations, making it easier and faster to take care of any issues that came up. That sometimes meant assuming clients' risks. According to court documents, Blazer once signed on as a guarantor on a Mercedes-Benz lease for Southern Mississippi tight end Shawn Nelson weeks before he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills. When Nelson defaulted in 2011 -- at the end of his 17-game NFL career -- he and Blazer were on the hook for nearly $100,000. Another time, he co-signed on a $50,000 loan for the rapper Tyga, known as much for his music as for Jeremiah Attaochu Youth jersey his former relationship with "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star Kylie Jenner. One investor in BCM, Robert Wilson, had Tyga as a client. Tyga, whose real name is Michael Stevenson, and Blazer were sued in 2013 when the rapper defaulted on the loan. Athletes and high-profile clients often look for "the next big thing" that could be very lucrative, Blazer's former colleague says: "Nobody wanted to do vanilla. Over time, the ideas keep getting a little more exotic." Blazer had his sights on the silver screen, and he wanted his clients to go along. "He said, 'If I can get them to invest in these movies, and these movies take off, they're going to tell everybody else, 'Hey, we can get you guys in Hollywood,' " the Blazer associate says. "He thought it was sexy." Blazer's foray into movies began in 2009, after a business partner introduced him to an actor and a producer -- not named in a court record that references the meeting -- pitching an idea for "Mafia the Movie." The producer persuaded Allen Barbre Jersey Blazer to raise money for that movie, as well as a project called "Sibling," which later became "A Resurrection." As the fundraising demands kept getting bigger, Blazer struggled to draw interest in the project, the associate says. Blazer started to get desperate. So, after one NFL client, unnamed in an Securities and Exchange Commission complaint, turned Blazer down in October 2010 to fund one of his films, Blazer took matters into his own hands. He used a copy of his client's signature to authorize five bank transfers totaling $450,000; the money would be moved into an account to make "Mafia the Movie." Blazer also made a $100,000 transfer from the NFL client into an account for "Sibling," according to court records. It would be about two years before the client realized what had happened and threatened to sue Blazer if he didn't return the $550,000. Blazer returned the money -- by forging another client's signature and abusing his power-of-attorney privileges to transfer $600,000 from that client's accounts, according to records. Blazer used the extra $50,000 taken from the second client to invest in a country music management venture. In January 2013, Blazer took an additional $50,000 of that client's money for the music project. In total, between October 2010 and January 2013, Blazer took $2.35 million from five clients to invest in movie and music projects, court documents state. According to court documents, Blazer returned just $790,000 to clients he defrauded. "Mafia the Movie" was never released in theaters. It was retitled "Mafia" and went direct to DVD in 2013. "A Resurrection" was released in March 2013 and bombed, costing an estimated $5 million to make and grossing just $10,730 in the United States, according to The site gave the film four stars out of 10. One reviewer wrote that it was a "safe PG-ish film" for fans of the supernatural but not a convincing horror movie: "The suspenseful and dark atmosphere make the film a nice movie to watch with your grandmother or someone who doesn't like other more gory horror films but it is also a film that could have been better in so many ways." Outside the Lines reached out to several of Blazer's clients and some of their attorneys, but most declined to comment. One, Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung, exchanged a few text messages about his dealings with Blazer but declined to go into detail. "I didn't move money into his movie. He stole it and forged documentation," Okung wrote. In a May 2016, Blazer was quoted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as calling the episode a "miscommunication that got out of control" and saying athletes can have a "selective memory" about their financial decisions. But he'd later confess to a judge that he had invested clients' money without their authorization. cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china

THE BIGGEST SCANDAL to ever rock college basketball

traces its beginnings to a low-budget, sci-fi horror flick that tanked at the box office in 2013. "A Resurrection" starred B-list celebrities Mischa Barton and the late Michael Clarke Duncan and was about a boy named Eli who wanted to avenge his brother's death. Never saw it? Well, not many did. And because of that, the college basketball world has been turned upside down. As it turns out, a small-time Pittsburgh financial adviser named Marty Blazer helped finance "A Resurrection," using money from some of his clients, including professional athletes. Some of those clients had no idea the money they'd given to Blazer would fund his Hollywood dream. Youth Game Linval Joseph Purple Jersey: Home #98 NFL Minnesota Vikings Nike Blazer's attempt to cover his losses from the film, along with another movie and a country music venture, landed him as the catalyst in an FBI investigation that might actually make a great movie one day, one featuring envelopes stuffed with cash, covert meetings in parking lots and Las Vegas hotel rooms, and coaches in high-profile programs caught on tape scheming to pay top recruits. Authentic Men's Jim McMahon White Road Jersey: NFL Mitchell and Ness Chicago Bears #9 Throwback The ending to the real-life tale remains unknown, but as of early March, 10 people had been arrested, 10 coaches or athletic department staffers had lost their jobs or been suspended, six players had been suspended or temporarily held out, and the entire NCAA basketball apparatus hung in limbo. The federal investigation also has opened the way for possible NCAA violations at more than three dozen schools, including many of the nation's top-ranked programs, sources with knowledge of the FBI investigation have told ESPN That Marty Blazer could bring down the NCAA basketball system is ironic to me. Almost comical," says one sports agent who once worked with Blazer and spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he didn't want his name associated with the case. "A multibillion-dollar system, brought down by some nickel-and-dime financial guy in Pittsburgh. He wasn't a big name. He's going to bring down March Madness?" Blazer's attorney, Martin Dietz, declined to comment when reached by Outside the Lines, and Blazer isn't talking, either. Because of his movie-funding gambit, Blazer agreed in 2016 to settle Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that he defrauded five clients out of a total $2.35 million. He also Dexter Fowler Authentic Jersey faces sentencing on criminal charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making false statements and documents. The charges typically carry a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison, but combined could total a maximum 67 years. ESPITE A FLASHY career of courting professional athletes, Blazer, 48, is described by friends and associates as a simple, family-focused man who never ventured far from western Pennsylvania. He goes by Marty, although his full name is Louis Martin Blazer III. He didn't stray far for college, studying industrial management, finance and economics at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. He passed two licensing exams in 1992 and would spend 12 years working as a financial adviser at a Smith Barney brokerage and investment firm. In 2007, property records show, Blazer and his wife built a two-story home in Clinton, Pennsylvania, tucked into the cul-de-sac of a developing subdivision. Pittsburgh attorney Anthony Patterson, whose family has been friends with the Blazers since about that time, says Blazer rarely talked about work, his athlete clientele or even sports. "I think he was a sports fan in a different sense. Obviously he was involved, but he wasn't the guy that you'd go over to his house and watch a Jay Bouwmeester Womens Jersey football game with," Patterson says. "That was never something that we did. ... He knew a lot of the guys and probably represented a lot of them, and I think he watched the games by himself." Hanging out in bars and clubs to woo clients was his job, not representative of his personality, according to an associate who spoke with Outside the Lines only on the condition of anonymity. For a while, Blazer wooed wealthy clients well. In 2008, when he formed a financial services and investment advising company called Blazer Capital Management (BCM) on Pittsburgh's South Side, he brought several pro athlete clients from his time at Smith Barney, according to a former colleague who spoke only the condition D.J. Humphries Womens Jersey of anonymity. The company was promoted as a "premier personal services advisory firm" that catered to pro athletes, entertainers and others with high net worth. Blazer, who did most of the recruiting and client management, initially drew clients from a smattering of standout Pittsburgh-area high school stars-turned-pros, as well as top players for the University of Pittsburgh. A former colleague at BCM recalls the clientele as a mix of unknown rookies and big-name players spread all over the country -- all in professional football. "All of the clients seemed to really like him," says the former colleague. "He had a certain amount of charisma to be able to do that. ... Todd Davis Authentic Jersey I never saw an unhappy client." But there were at least some unhappy clients, even dating to Blazer's work at Smith Barney. Most notable was former 49ers and Jets running back Kevan Barlow. Barlow complained to a regulatory agency in 2011 that Blazer misappropriated $4 million of his money from 2001 to 2009. The dispute was settled in 2012 after the brokerage firm paid Barlow $850,000, even though Blazer had blamed the losses on his former client's spending habits, which he described as reckless, in a statement to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.,101094

Every conversation with Augie Garrido felt like a master class

Take, for instance, the night of Wednesday, June 25, 2008, sitting somewhere down the first-base line at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. The then-Texas Longhorns head coach was watching two teams that weren't his team play for a national championship. As he explained what was happening on the field before him -- the keys for either Georgia or his alma mater, Fresno State, to win the title -- he pointed with fingers decorated by College World Series championship rings of his own, two of his five. Men's Nike Limited Tyus Bowser Baltimore Ravens Black Jersey: NFL 2016 Salute to Service #54 "Forget defensive positioning and pitch calls, forget all of that," he preached, pausing to stare deeply into the dugouts. "Show me who is loose. Show me who is tight. These are kids, teenagers. These coaches, they haven't been in this position before. Watch everyone's faces and their body language after the first hit, after the first run is scored, after the first time the shortstop throws a ball away into the damn grandstands. Give me that information and I will know in an instant who is going to win this thing." On Thursday afternoon, the faces and psyche of the game Garrido loved were all too easy to read. They were crushed by the news that the sport's all-time wins leader had died at 79, after suffering a massive stroke over the weekend. Less than a month ago, he had joined fellow college baseball Mount Rushmore member Skip Bertman for an entertaining, emotional reunion in Baton Rouge. Augie told stories. He laughed. He flashed his famous sun-baked smile. He was entirely too alive then to be gone now. This was the man who, as a kid, found his motivation in the form of doubt. Born Feb. 9, 1939, in Vallejo, California, the son of August Edmun Garrido Sr., a man of too many jobs. August Sr. picked peaches and plums at a quarter per box alongside his wife, Lois, then worked as a parts manager at the Mare Island Shipyard, and then worked all night running the community center of their government-projects neighborhood. August Sr. coached the sports teams, and his loyal ball and bat boy was little Augie, eventually growing into the star of the community center's teams and catching the hard criticism of the head coach that came with it. As Augie approached high school graduation, his father presented him with great news. He had landed his son a job at the marina. He knew his child dreamed of college and a career in coaching, but, he explained, that's not what Garridos do. They get jobs and pay the bills. His son was not pleased. He was, in fact, seething. "Why had I worked so hard at school and at baseball?" he asked 50 years later. "To not go to college? Really?" The kid applied the work ethic learned from his father to prove him wrong. He earned his diplomas by diving into the teachings of great philosophers, and he earned the starting job in right field at Fresno State by diving into the teachings of Stan Musial and Ted Williams. In 1959 he led the Bulldogs to Omaha as the team's best hitter and slugged them into the College World Series semifinals. But after a hitless game with a couple of miscues in the field, Garrido blamed himself for Fresno State's loss to eventual champion Oklahoma State. That takes us back to that night in 2008, outside Rosenblatt Stadium prior to the game, for another master class. "You see this spot right here?" he said, pointing to nondescript concrete slab in the ballpark parking lot, only a few paces from the iconic The Road To Omaha statue. "In 1959 this was a curb. Our bus, just an old school bus, was parked right here. I made my whole team sit and wait while I sat on this curb and cried my eyes out. Just sobbing while they watched me. It was the darkest moment of my life. When I finally got on that bus, I looked at this ballpark and said, 'Guess what, you son of a b----, I'll be back to settle this.'" There, in the middle of a parking lot while thousands of fans streamed around him, Garrido recalled his early life's story. He talked about six years playing in the minor leagues, all while working on advanced college degrees so he could one day coach and teach. He threw himself into the Bible and into "Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success." But as he moved up the coaching ladder from San Francisco State to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to Cal State Fullerton, he found his motivation by keeping his mind on the shipyard. "People are motivated by fear. Not fear like, 'I'm going to beat you up if you don't do this,' but fear of failure. It's the great internal battle every athlete and coach has to fight. ... 'Does the fear of failure motivate you to do whatever it takes not to fail, or does that fear cause you to fail?' I'm talking about baseball here. But I'm also talking about life." He won at both, his fuel to do so a sometimes volatile, often confusing mixture of fun, tough love and outright anger. Even during his greatest moments, the seething lurked just below the surface. In 1979 he led then-upstart Fullerton to its first CWS championship. Garrido celebrated by leaving the stadium and Braden Holtby Authentic Jersey walking out to the curb where he'd wept exactly two decades earlier. "I pointed down at the curb, I jumped up and down on it, and I yelled, 'I gotcha!'" On June 9, 2003, now at Texas, his Longhorns defeated Florida State in the Tallahassee Super Regional to clinch a trip to Omaha, Jake DeBrusk Jersey his 11th. It was also his 1,428th victory, setting the all-time record for a college head coach, a mark he would eventually extend to 1,975. During the postgame celebration, he paused and pointed to the heavens with the same snarl he'd aimed at the Omaha curb. This finger was aimed at Augie Sr., shouting, "I told you so!" The shipyard, his father, lost ballgames, concrete curbs -- whatever Garrido's motivations were, no matter how odd, they worked. He built an empire in Fullerton, winning three College World Series titles and rising to supplant USC's Rod Dedeaux as the game's West Coast kingpin. He then committed college baseball blasphemy, leaving California for its longtime CWS archrival state, Texas. In Austin he revived one of the game's signature programs, reaching Omaha eight times and winning twice, all while employing a decidedly West Coast style of baseball. Former players have always spoken of Garrido with reverence and just enough respectable fear. His roster of best friends included everyone from Kevin Costner to George W. Bush to members of Rosenblatt Stadium's grounds crew. They rallied to his side during his poorly handled dismissal from Texas in 2016, and Thursday they rallied together to deal with his death. cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china wholesale jerseys

RB Jerick McKinnon to San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers needed a replacement for lead back Carlos Hyde, and former Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon was looking for a destination where he'd be "the guy." Consider both sides satisfied after reportedly agreeing to a four-year, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey $30 million contract on Wednesday. Men's Adidas Brooklyn Nets #33 Allen Crabbe Swingman Gray Alternate NBA Jersey Though 5-foot-9, 212-pound McKinnon is a bit smaller than Hyde -- and not quite as effective a runner -- he's an elite athlete and a better receiver (which isn't saying much in this case). McKinnon has never exceeded 159 carries in a season (2016), and he's averaging 3.59 yards per carry, including 1.50 after contact, on 309 carries over the past two seasons. Those efficiency rates rank last and second-to-last, respectively, among 22 backs with 300-plus carries over the past two years. McKinnon's receiving volume has been terrific during the two-year span, but his efficiency there also has been weak. Since 2016, he's ninth at the position with 121 targets, but his 7.2 yards per reception ranks 25th among 30 backs with 75-plus targets during the two seasons. Elite Men's Mason Crosby Green Jersey: NFL Nike Green Bay Packers #2 Salute to Service Those numbers should be somewhat alarming after the team just made McKinnon one of the five highest-paid backs in the NFL. Of course, volume is what wins in fantasy football, and McKinnon's paycheck suggests he'll be the unquestioned lead back come Week 1. He'll need to fend off second-year back Matt Breida and Joe Williams, and the team could still add an impact back during the April draft. There's reason to worry about McKinnon's efficiency issues and the fact that he likely has a lower carry ceiling than most, but he's currently positioned for a role that would allow him back-end RB2 production. The long-rumored connection between the Vikings and Cousins came to fruition on Tuesday, when the two sides agreed to a fully guaranteed four-year, $86 million contract, per Adam Schefter. Cousins joins Minnesota following six seasons in Washington. Initially the backup to Robert Griffin III, Cousins took over as the full-time starter in 2015 and has posted three consecutive top-eight fantasy seasons. Cousins has ranked no lower than 12th in pass attempts, eighth in completions, 10th in yards, 13th in touchdowns, 10th in completion percentage and 11th in yards per attempt each of the past three seasons. He also added 13 touchdowns with his legs during the span, which trailed only Cam Newton (21) and Tyrod Taylor (14). Cousins put together a strong 2017 season despite struggling to connect with top wide receivers Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Terrelle Pryor Sr. and dealing with injuries to standouts Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson. His supporting cast in Minnesota will be significantly better. Wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs were both top-20 fantasy wide receivers last season and combined to handle 46 percent of the team's targets. Cousins will also have second-year Dalvin Cook in the backfield and Kyle Rudolph at tight end. Minnesota additionally has one of the league's best defenses, which might limit Cousins' second-half pass attempts but should shorten the field and allow more scoring opportunities. At worst, Cousins is a solid quarterback with a good group of assets in Minnesota. The Vikings' offense ranked ninth in the NFL in touchdowns per game (2.4) last season and should only be better with Cousins stepping in for Case Keenum. Cousins is a strong bet for another top-10 fantasy campaign, and he has top-five upside. The Bears entered the offseason with one of the league's worst wide receiver groups, but they changed the narrative quickly by signing Robinson to a reported three-year, $42 million contract. Robinson missed all of last season with a torn ACL but previously showed his massive upside with 80 receptions on 148 targets for 1,400 yards and Womens Ben McLemore Jersey a position-high 14 touchdowns in 2015. Robinson was fantasy's No. 6 wide receiver in what was his second NFL season. He did a significant portion of his damage deep downfield, as his 15.3 average depth of target (aDOT) was seventh-highest and his 17.5 yards per reception (YPR) sixth-highest at the position. Robinson's hefty touchdown total was fueled by 19 end zone Chuck Foreman Authentic Jersey targets (fourth-most) and a 10.7 OTD (third). That data is important as we try to understand why Robinson's production fell so far in 2016 despite his seeing more targets (149). Robinson was limited to 73 receptions for 883 yards and six touchdowns. He ranked second at the position in pass routes (665), sixth in targets, fifth in end zone targets (16) and sixth in OTD (8.2) but finished 25th in fantasy points. Robinson's aDOT fell to 13.3, his YPR to 12.1, his catch rate from 54 percent to 49 percent and his run after the catch (RAC) from 4.4 to 2.8, while the rate of balls directed at him that were off-target jumped from 23 percent to 28 percent. The big difference? A massive drop in production on the deep ball. On balls thrown 20-plus yards down field in 2015, Blake Bortles connected with Robinson on 15 of 43 targets for 591 yards and two touchdowns. In 2016, Robinson caught one of 24 targets for 24 yards and no scores. We talk often about statistical regression to the mean, but that's an all-timer of an overcorrection. One thing Robinson was never short on in Jacksonville was target volume. He enjoyed 8.0 targets per game as a rookie, 9.25 in 2015 and 9.31 in 2016. Considering Chicago's underwhelming group of pass-catchers, it's fair to assume that Robinson will handle nearly one-quarter of the targets in 2018. That would be enough to allow him strong fantasy production in what will likely be a pass-first offense under new head coach Matt Nagy. Nagy, of course, comes from the Andy Reid coaching tree, and Kansas City operated a pass-first offense during the two seasons Nagy served as offensive coordinator (2016-17). The big X factor for Robinson's production will be second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky. The 2017 second overall pick showed well despite a poor supporting cast and an ultra-conservative, uncreative offense as a rookie. He was effective overall and, perhaps more importantly as Robinson is concerned, did well throwing the deep ball (10-of-29 for 323 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions).

Value of versatile running backs

The debate raged for months in Minnesota: How much better, and how much more valuable, was Cousins Ian Kennedy Womens Jersey compared to Keenum? After all, Keenum led the Vikings to a 13-3 regular-season record and a run to the NFC Championship Game last season, all while compiling the NFL's second-best Total QBR (69.7). Nike NFL Jared Goff White Jersey Youth Limited: #16 Los Angeles Rams Road Vapor Untouchable We now have some preliminary data to start the comparison. The Vikings will guarantee Cousins $84 million over three years to secure his services. Keenum, meanwhile, agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos that would pay him $36 million, with $25 million of it fully guaranteed. Game Nike Men's Demaryius Thomas White Road Jersey: NFL #88 Denver Broncos In other words, Keenum was secured with less than a third of the guaranteed money it took to attract Cousins. Who would you rather have? Cousins at $84 million guaranteed or Keenum at $25 million? The conversation starts there. The two most lucrative free-agent running back contracts have gone to Jerick McKinnon (San Francisco) and Dion Lewis (Tennessee). Neither has a 1,000-yard rushing season to his name. The value of traditional between-the-tackles tailbacks has plummeted over the past decade. Instead, teams have shifted toward runners who are equally comfortable catching passes from either the backfield or even from the outside receiver positions. McKinnon caught 142 passes over the past four seasons for the Vikings, 94 of them in the past two. Lewis, meanwhile, caught 85 passes for the New England Patriots over the past three seasons. At the moment, McKinnon's average of $7.5 million per Randy Gregory Jersey season is higher than all but four running backs in the NFL. That list includes Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Le'Veon Bell, who is on a $14.5 million franchise tag, along with the Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman ($8.25 million) and the Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy Glen Rice Womens Jersey ($8.01 million). Lewis' average of $5 million is tied for ninth. Duke Johnson Jr. in passing situations. Moving forward, it shouldn't be much different. On Wednesday, the Browns agreed to sign Hyde, who provides the team with an upgrade on Crowell, who is expected to sign with the New York Jets. Hyde was a second-round pick by the 49ers back in 2014. He has operated as Jakob Poeltl Authentic Jersey San Francisco's lead back, when healthy, each of the past three seasons. "When healthy" has been key for Hyde, as he missed 14 games during his first three seasons before appearing in all 16 affairs last year. Hyde enjoyed the most efficient season of his career in 2015 when he averaged 4.6 yards per carry (2.1 after contact). Running less from the shotgun and seeing more in-box defenders last year, Hyde's YPC dipped to 3.9 (1.8 YAC), but his volume as both a rusher and receiver increased. Hyde ranked 11th at the position with 240 carries and fifth in targets with 87. Hyde was extremely busy near the goal line, ranking second in the NFL in both OTD (12.6) and carries inside the opponent's 5-yard line (16). He hit a career high with eight rushing touchdowns after scoring nine all-purpose touchdowns in 2016. In Cleveland, Hyde is a good bet to dominate the carries, but figures to see a dramatic drop in targets. Whereas Hyde saw 87 targets last season, Crowell posted totals of 49 and 42 over the past two seasons. With Johnson (93 targets last year) and now Jarvis Landry in the mix, Hyde simply won't be needed in the passing game as often as he was in San Francisco. He's best viewed as a fringe RB2 option in 12-team leagues, whereas Johnson -- a good bet for a slight dip in targets as the result of an improved supporting cast and regression-to-the-mean in the touchdown department -- is a safer RB2 option in PPR. When the Titans released lead back DeMarco Murray, it appeared 2016 second-round pick Derrick Henry was finally positioned for feature back duties. Instead, the team again clouded the backfield by adding one of the top backs available in free agency. Lewis, a fifth-round pick in 2011, struggled to make an impact because of injuries and a lack of opportunity with the Eagles and Browns, but finally exploded onto the NFL scene with New England in 2015. Lewis took his game to a new level last year, setting career highs in carries (180), scrimmage yards (1,110) and offensive touchdowns (nine). A terrific weapon as a receiver, Lewis also caught all but three of his 35 targets. Though he was only on the field for 385 snaps, Lewis finished as fantasy's No. 13 scoring running back and ranked fourth in fantasy points per snap. Over the past three seasons, Lewis ranks fourth in the NFL in both yards per carry (4.82) and yards after contact per attempt (2.33) among 63 backs with 200-plus carries during the span. The elephant in the room with Lewis is his durability, as he has appeared in only 54 of a possible 112 regular-season games during his seven-year career. He has never been on the field for more than 36 percent of his team's snaps in a single season, though he was active for all 19 of New England's games last year. In Tennessee, 5-foot-8, 195-pound Lewis will be the lightning to 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry's thunder. Both backs figure to play significant roles, with Henry leading the charge on early downs and short yardage, including the goal line, and Lewis playing a significant change-of-pace role with primary passing-game duties. The committee is sure to limit the upside of both backs, but with many NFL teams going the same direction, it's possible both Henry and Lewis will be starting fantasy options (think Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman). wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys china wholesale jerseys from china cheap jerseys cheap jerseys

Baffling questions in Arizona

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Womens Danny Green Jersey Keim has a lot of fans around the NFL who respect his work in digging the franchise out of a decadeslong competitive hole. But I'm having a hard time understanding what he and the franchise are doing this offseason or how in the world the Cardinals will be competitive in 2018. It doesn't take a football savant to question the team's plan at quarterback. There is no basis for counting on Sam Bradford, who aggravated his knee condition by taking a bad step in Week 1 last season and played only two quarters thereafter. Mike Glennon, meanwhile, bombed last season with the Bears in his best chance to establish himself as even a spot starter. Men's Reebok David Clarkson Authentic Navy Blue Third NHL Jersey: Columbus Blue Jackets #23 What does the agreement with Bradford, and the Cardinals' reported plans to also sign Glennon tell us? They better not be done looking for quarterbacks. But the most egregious gaffe, and Bobby Massie Jersey one that I don't think has generated enough national scrutiny, is the departure of safety Tyrann Mathieu. As a rule, NFL teams should never let themselves get into the position of parting ways with their best young talent. Mathieu has an injury history, but he rebounded last season to play 16 games. He is still 25 years old and is probably one of the Cardinals' three best players. ESPN's Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss noted that the Cardinals were in a tough situation with the monster contract Mathieu signed in 2016. If that's the case, then it's still on the team for writing a contract that couldn't sustain itself for two years. Maybe there's something we don't know about Mathieu's health. But if we have the complete information, well, the Cardinals botched their future with a transcendent player. It didn't get as much attention as some of the quarterback moves this week, but Solder's move from the New England Patriots to the New York Giants was a massive and multifaceted earthquake. (Can an earthquake have multiple facets? I say yes. Discuss.) Finding competent left tackles is one of the most difficult personnel assignments in football, and the Giants blew through the top of the offensive line market to get Solder. His annual average of $15.5 million is 17 percent more than the next-highest paid player at the position: Russell Okung of the Los Angeles Chargers ($13.25 million). Overall, the Giants are paying Solder $62 million over four seasons. Keep in mind that the Giants obliterated the market for a player who has never been elected to the Pro Bowl and who was reported to be considering retirement earlier this season. But the story isn't simply the massive offer it took to lure him. The Patriots are now without a true left tackle for the first time this decade. As ESPN's Patriots reporter Mike Reiss lays out, there are no obvious replacements on the roster. And with their spot at No. 31 in the draft, the Patriots will be limited in their opportunity to find a rookie who is ready to start right away. We often give coach Bill Belichick the benefit of the doubt when it comes to otherwise questionable personnel decisions. He has proven before that he usually knows what he's doing. But it could certainly be argued that left tackle is one position worth losing financial discipline for -- especially when your championship window is based on keeping a soon-to-be 41-year-old quarterback upright and healthy. The Patriots are going to have to find another left tackle, and the Giants' massive expenditure -- from a team that has the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, no less -- shows how hard that can be. For years, former NFL executive Joe Banner has preached that players should resist early contract extension offers. His theory makes sense: The open market or the franchise tag is the most direct path to a deal of maximum value. The risks -- an injury or NFL discipline -- are exaggerated, Banner has argued. The 2018 market has supported that viewpoint. Receiver Allen Robinson tore an ACL during his 2017 contract year, but the Chicago Bears signed him to an three-year contract worth $42 million. He'll earn an annual average of $14 million, just below the franchise number for wide receivers, and be back on the market when he is 27 years old. Center Weston Richburg, who missed most of 2017 because of a concussion, signed a quick five-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers that included $16.5 million in full guarantees. Pass-rusher Trent Murphy, who tore two knee ligaments last year and was hit with a four-game NFL suspension, got a three-year deal from the Buffalo Bills for $21 million. Bradford, who played six quarters last season because of a degenerative knee condition, will get $20 million from the Cardinals. The lure of early money Jabari Parker Authentic Jersey is understandable. In some cases, it's best for the player at that moment in his life. But those who push it off can be rewarded.,103252,104337

Strief's retirement wasn't a surprise, since he

tore his ACL and MCL last year. He has also repeatedly expressed his confidence (and relief) that first-round draft pick Ryan Ramczyk is ready to take over his job. "I knew if I was at home watching TV and Drew was getting hit and I felt like I could've helped, I wouldn't have been able to live with myself," Strief said. "It's much easier knowing that there's someone there that's going to play at a high level for him. So this is all Ryan Ramczyk's fault." Youth Authentic Adidas Aaron Dell Camo Jersey - #30 NHL San Jose Sharks Veterans Day Practice Strief retires with one year and $4 million in salary and bonuses left on his contract. He also spent time Monday praising former Saints right tackle Jon Stinchcomb for being a mentor and former Northwestern coach Randy Walker, who recommended Strief to Payton in 2006 just two months before Walker's unexpected death. Women's Adidas Boston Bruins #67 Jakub Zboril Authentic Green Salute to Service NHL Jersey Strief wasn't on the Saints' draft board until Walker insisted that he would be a 10-year player in the NFL. Strief has talked before about how much it meant to him to prove his coach right. "It would be easy to say he 'overachieved' in his career. But I would say with his strength, his size, his experience and all of those things, he became one of the best right tackles in our game over the past five years. And consistent. You knew what you were getting," said Payton, who credited Strief for perfecting his craft and endearing himself to his teammates among many other positive traits. "He became an expert at that position." Strief, who was always a media darling in New Orleans, also injected plenty of humor into the 45-minute event, including self-deprecating comments about his unimpressive vertical and 40-yard dash times, plugs for the new brewery he co-owns, and lumping in his failed opportunity at a touchdown pass with his other most lasting memories. Strief said he felt "indebted" to Payton and Loomis for giving him the opportunity. He added that he never seriously considered leaving for any other teams when he had the chance -- even before he married a New Orleans native. Strief arrived in New Orleans months after Hurricane Katrina and got to be part of the rebirth of both the city and the team, which won its first Super Bowl in the 2009 season. "What's been special is I've gotten to be a part of not only this organization kind of growing to where it is today, but also this city," Strief said. "So it's very hard not to become attached to that." It was a close race between second-year quarterbacks Wentz and Jared Goff, and while Goff improved further overall, Wentz jumped into the elite quarterback conversation, which Radko Gudas Jersey is harder to achieve than simply crawling out of the hole Tim McCarver Jersey Goff was in as a rookie. Wentz had a passer rating of 110.3 when kept clean in the pocket, throwing 25 touchdowns, which ranked second in the league, despite Wentz missing the final three weeks of the season with a knee Josh Gorges Youth jersey injury. Wentz also was phenomenal on third downs, leading the league in big-time throw percentage (12.0 percent) and passer rating (125.0). As I understand it, the idea is to reconceptualize the third part. There would no longer be a distinction for players going to the ground. In its place would be a requirement to perform an act "common to the game" -- a "football move" -- that could apply both to players who are on their feet or falling. The idea makes sense in a vacuum. Fox Sports analyst Dean Blandino listened to numerous proposals during two separate efforts to rewrite the catch rule when he was the NFL's senior vice president of officiating from 2013 to 2017. Based on the clues Mara and others have provided, here's how Blandino said he would word the pending proposal: "If a receiver has control, has two feet or another body part down and then clearly performs an act common to the game -- and you define that act, whether that's reaching the ball out for additional yardage, whether it's tucking the ball away, whatever it is -- and he clearly performs that act common to the game, then any subsequent loss of control does not make the pass incomplete. First, it would mean that control, even for an instant, would count as a reception. There would be a fair number of "bang-bang" plays -- when the ball lands in the receiver's hand(s) but is immediately separated by a defensive hit -- to be ruled a catch. Would that look any better than an incomplete pass when going to the ground? "Control, two feet down and a big hit has to be an incomplete pass," Polian said. "Why? Because if those are complete passes, they will have to be considered fumbles. And we do not want more Tahir Whitehead Jersey fumbles. They cause melees. Players are out of control, diving for the ball. They're very difficult to officiate. We've done that for decades. Bang-bang plays have to stay incomplete passes. That's wholly my view." Actually, they already are. "Clear and obvious" is the precise mandate in the NFL rulebook. But everyone agrees that the competition committee must find a way to reinforce that requirement after a number of interpretative stumbles in 2017. "I would write the rule in such a way," Polian said, "that the last sentence or the last couple of sentences are, 'The replay official will not overturn any portion of the rule without complete and indisputable visual evidence.' I would underline the phrase 'will not.' It has not been emphasized enough. Give him his marching orders. Stay with the call on the field unless you have absolutely indisputable evidence.",106244