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What has been the biggest head-scratching move?

Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears. A lot of what the Bears did seemed to fall into the "egregious overspend" basket. They guaranteed two years to kicker Cody Parkey, for goodness' sake. But the big one for them was Robinson, who is getting $15 million fully guaranteed this year and $3 million more fully guaranteed in 2019 after a season in which he tore his ACL in Week 1. Robinson was a very good player for Jacksonville three years ago, and it's possible the receiver market pushed his price this high, but it's an Curtis Samuel Jersey eye-popper either way. Elite Men's Jerome Brown Black Alternate Jersey: NFL Nike Philadelphia Eagles #99 Vapor Untouchable KC Joyner, NFL writer: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Minnesota Vikings. Over the past two seasons, Richardson ranked 139th among defensive linemen in ESPN Stats & Information's disrupted dropback percentage metric. Rewarding this caliber of production with a one-year, $8 million deal is the definition of head-scratching. Men's Adidas Toronto Raptors #43 Pascal Siakam Authentic Black Alternate NBA Jersey Mike Sando, senior NFL writer: Weston Richburg, C, San Francisco 49ers. Nothing against Richburg, who could be a good addition. The move was a head-scratcher because it forced out Daniel Kilgore, whom the team signed to an extension last month, holding him up to the rest of the locker room as a leader and building-block player. Aaron Schatz, Julius Erving Womens Jersey editor-in-chief of Football Outsiders: Danny Amendola, WR, Miami Dolphins. How do you give $12 million over two years to your fourth wide receiver? Do you know how often a team actually gets real usage out of four receivers? Last year, only two teams had more than 30 receptions from four different wide receivers (Oakland and Tampa Bay), and only four other teams had more than 21 receptions from four different wide receivers. The signing will look better if one of the other wide receivers suffers a serious injury, but in general, WR4 is a position you fill with a mid-round draft pick. Field Yates, NFL Insider: Miami's composite offseason. Where, exactly, are the Dolphins heading? The team seems to devise a blueprint before abruptly scratching said blueprint within a few years. While the value of culture cannot be overlooked within an NFL team, it's hard to say what the Dolphins are angling toward. True blue-chip talent departed this offseason in Ndamukong Suh (cut), Mike Pouncey (cut) and Jarvis Landry (traded), and while Miami spent aggressively at some spots (such as wide receiver), the team doesn't strike me as improved at this point. Graziano: The Colts' trade with the Jets for three extra picks to move down in the draft. Disclaimer: I don't tend to like free-agent signings very much. They leave me cold. For instance, Nate Solder was a signing that will help the Giants, but the cost was insane. Trumaine Johnson improves the Jets, but they spent so much. Same is true for Kirk Cousins, Jerick McKinnon or basically any of the Bears' moves. So let's tip the cap here to the Colts, who badly need to reconstruct their roster depth and just added three second-round picks (two this year, one next) by moving down only three spots at the top of the first round. Nice to have the third overall pick and not need a quarterback. Joyner: The Vikings signing Kirk Cousins. Famed Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi once said there is no price that is too high to pay for a franchise quarterback, so forget the big price tag for Cousins. Only Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matt Ryan have posted a higher total for yards per attempt on vertical passes (aerials thrown 11 or more yards downfield) than Cousins over the past two years. This downfield prowess could be the push Minnesota needs to get back to the Super Bowl. Sando: The Saints re-signing Drew Brees. With much of the focus on Cousins commanding a guaranteed contract, New Orleans retained a future Hall of Fame QB under team-friendly terms, freeing up resources to address other areas. Schatz: The Colts' trade with the Jets. The Jets overpaid even on the traditional draft value chart, and they massively overpaid according to any modern analytical draft value chart. And given the need for quarterbacks at the top of the draft, that No. 6 pick will still turn into Bradley Chubb, Saquon Barkley or Quenton Nelson -- the same players the Colts would have been choosing among at No. 3. Yates: The Rams trading for Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. In a time when cornerbacks are coveted and paid substantially Damian Jones Jersey on the open market, Los Angeles acquired a pair of potential Pro Bowlers for modest draft-pick compensation commensurate with their on-field abilities. While each has had some combustible moments on the field, the talent is undeniable and the Rams are confident such behavior won't repeat itself in L.A. PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- Tony Romo fell apart on the back nine and made his PGA Tour debut with a 5-over 77 in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback shot even par on the front nine before a bad stretch of three bogeys and a double-bogey toward the end of his round. He was Reggie Miller Womens Jersey 14 shots behind Brice Garnett, the early leader, who opened with a 63. Romo started his round off with back-to-back bogeys on the first two holes but then made birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. He answered a bogey at No. 7 with a birdie on No. 8 and finished the front nine at even par. To start his back nine, Romo made a putt of at least 25 feet to make par but had difficulties on holes Nos. 13-16. 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There's a group of star veteran centers already

on big deals and a series of promising younger players, such as Nick Martin and Pat Elflein, who figure to be due for big deals down Jeremiah Attaochu Authentic Jersey the line. There's not much in the middle. One exception could be Paradis, who has spent three years as a starter in Denver and played at a Pro Bowl level in each of the past two seasons. The 28-year-old is entering the final year of his current deal with the Broncos, which would open him up for a big deal to stay in Denver or leave in free agency next season. Nike Youth Kareem Martin Limited Olive/USA Flag Jersey - Arizona Cardinals NFL #96 2017 Salute to Service After locking up their building block on offense by signing Derek Carr last offseason, it's inevitable that the Oakland Raiders will make a similar move to secure their star pass-rusher. Mack is about to hit his fifth-year option campaign at $13.9 million. The Raiders could franchise him in 2019 for what likely will be a little more than $18 million, but if they don't come to a deal with Mack this offseason, they'll surely secure Pete Rose Jersey him next time around. Adjusting for inflation, Miller's six-year contract would translate to $130.6 million with $69.7 million over the first three years for Mack. I don't think he'll get that high, barring a Defensive Player of the Year-caliber season, but the Buffalo product should hit $20 million per season. One of the least-known huge contracts in the league, the Browns sent a third-round compensatory pick to the Patriots to acquire Collins, then handed him a four-year, $50 million deal to stick around in Cleveland. The Southern Mississippi product missed 10 games in 2017 with a concussion and a torn MCL. The Cleveland defense was worth minus-1.1 wins with Collins on the field for 310 snaps and minus-4.1 wins for 715 snaps without him, so while the Browns missed their star linebacker, it wasn't like they were great with him around. The signing of Norman after the Panthers released him from a franchise tag was seen as a coup for Washington, but it hasn't worked out that way. The D.C. pass rush has ranked third in pressure rate and eighth in sack rate over the past two years, but it was 24th in pass defense DVOA in 2016 before improving to sixth last season. Norman had four interceptions and two pick-sixes during his breakout season in Carolina, but he has just three picks in 30 games since arriving in Washington. Norman has been good, but the 30-year-old hasn't been the transformative player Scot McCloughan was hoping to add to his secondary at the time. The outspoken leader of the Jacksonville defense, Ramsey played remarkably well for a rookie cornerback in 2016 and was part of the best cornerback duo in football last season. The only question about Ramsey coming into the NFL was whether he would be a playmaker after intercepting just three passes at FSU, but the 23-year-old racked up four picks in addition to his 17 pass deflections in 2017. Ramsey isn't due for a new deal until 2019 at the earliest, but he's the position's best bet to garner a massive extension. Marcus Peters also might be in the running here. Berry bet on himself before the 2016 season and subsequently produced the best season of his career, forcing the Chiefs into an enormous extension. The second-largest safety contract at the time Berry signed his deal called for Devin McCourty to receive $29.9 million over three seasons. Most big contracts go to free safeties, but Reshad Jones plays a mix of both safety spots and is in second with $33 million over three years, while pure strong safety Kam Chancellor is in third at $31 million. The Seahawks are reportedly shopping their star safety for first- and third-round picks, but they have nobody who can replace the future Hall of Famer and Texas product in the lineup at free safety. There might not be another safety in football who can do what Thomas does at his best. Thomas turns 29 in May, but if he wants to continue his career, someone is going to pay him a Berry-esque sum to erase the deep middle of the field. If Thomas retires, Landon Collins would be another possibility. Hekker is almost universally regarded as the best punter in football, and this two-year extension came with four years already remaining on his current deal. It won't technically hit the books for the Rams until 2021. The Oregon State product is one of just a handful of players signed through the 2022 campaign. King, meanwhile, inherited the biggest three-year contract title after Dustin Colquitt's contract expired following the most recent season. The Raiders paid King $5.3 million during the 2016 season alone, which was more than Carr and Mack combined. The more subtle notes often spotted this year include #SFG, short for James' "Strive for greatness" mantra. The #Fab5 and #4HM nods call back to his lineup at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and the Four Horsemen of friends who were alongside him as he entered the league at 18. #RWTW is for the "Roll with the winners" slogan shared by his crew of close friends and business partners Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Paul Rivera and others. 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Assuming Bell stays healthy, the Steelers won't be able

to justify franchising him for a third time at a rate of nearly $21 million in 2019. The former second-round pick will either hit free agency or sign an extension with the Steelers, which should easily top McCoy's $27.3 million figure. The interesting question is whether Bell will set a running back record. Seven of the eight largest running back deals are dead and buried, led by the three-year, $42 million deal Adrian Peterson negotiated as part of a restructure from the six-year, $86.3 million contract he agreed on with the Vikings before 2011. They remain the only two deals to top $31 million over three seasons and did so by a considerable margin, topping $40 million. Women's Devan Dubnyk Premier White Reebok Jersey: NHL Minnesota Wild #40 Away Nobody in the NFL has a larger contract relative to the other players at his position than Juszczyk. The Harvard product is in line to make $15.5 million in the first three years of his deal when no other active fullback deal calls for more than $6.6 million over the same time frame. Given that the fullback continues to be de-emphasized in offenses in favor of a third wideout or a second tight end, it's unlikely that we'll see many enormous contracts at the position anytime soon. The two nine-figure contracts handed out to wide receivers under the current CBA are long gone, as Calvin Johnson has retired and Larry Fitzgerald is on a one-year, $11 million extension. Brown once had one of the biggest bargain veteran contracts in all of football, but after making $37.3 million over five years on his second deal, Brown got a huge raise to $17 million per year after the 2016 season. Meanwhile, there are six active deals within $2 million of one another toward the top of the charts: DeAndre Hopkins ($49 million), Brown ($48.9 million), Sammy Watkins ($48 million), Demaryius Thomas ($47.5 million), A.J. Green ($47.3 million) and Julio Jones ($47 million). Those numbers were left in the dust by Evans, whose five-year, $82.5 million deal was only a modest increase on the five-year, $81 million deal signed by Hopkins before the 2017 season. The difference is that Evans reportedly will take home $55 million over the first three years, $6 million more than Houston's star wideout. Beckham and his representation have made public proclamations about wanting to be the highest-paid player in the NFL. That's not going to happen, but it's likely that OBJ will end up with a huge deal courtesy of some inflated numbers at the end of the contract. In February, I suggested Beckham would sign a seven-year, $115 million deal with a $40 million signing bonus and $54 million due over the first three years. The recent video possibly depicting Beckham in a compromising situation in Europe could affect the negotiations, but the former LSU star remains the favorite to set financial records among wide receivers. Graham set the bar in 2014 and then became the first tight end to match it in 2018. The then-New Orleans Saints star signed a four-year, $40 million extension with the team in 2014 after losing his grievance to be treated like a wide receiver for franchise tag purposes. That deal paid him $30 million through three years. Last week, Graham followed up that contract by signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the Green Bay Packers, matching his annual average and three-year value from the previous contract. Gronk signed an extension two years into his pro career as a hedge against the back injury that cost him his final year at Arizona. The future Hall of Famer still might retire this offseason, but if he continues his career, it wouldn't be a Matt Judon Jersey surprise to see Gronkowski pick up a new deal next offseason handing him in excess of $10 million per year. If not Gronkowski, the next big deal is going to take a while, given that guys such as Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce are under contract through the 2021 Womens Charles Tapper Jersey season. By then, someone like Evan Engram might be in the discussion. To get Solder to leave the comfort of New England and head down I-95, the Giants had to reset the left tackle market. Trent Williams previously held both these marks at $13.6 million and $42.3 million, respectively. The leap from Williams' deal to Solder's would be like if Cousins picked up a three-year, $98.6 million deal from the Vikings. It's an enormous outlay from a team that desperately needed offensive line help for a tackle who has never been voted to a Pro Bowl during his seven years in the NFL. This is a two-player market, with Johnson at $30.8 million over three years, Rick Wagner at $29.5 million and nobody else over $22 million. Johnson was presumably paid with the intention of eventually moving over the former fourth overall pick to left tackle, but with Halapoulivaati Vaitai holding his own in the absence of Jason Peters, the Eagles might not mess with what worked and just keep Johnson on the right side for the foreseeable future. While players like Trent Brown are likely to sign extensions first, Lewan's teammate in Tennessee might be the right tackle with the best shot of topping Johnson's deal. The former eighth overall pick was named a first-team All-Pro during his rookie season, and Patrick Marleau Jersey while Mike Mularkey made sure to give Conklin plenty of help, the Michigan State product has allowed just 2.5 sacks during his first two seasons in the league. The torn ACL that Conklin suffered against the Patriots might complicate things, but he's on pace to be one of the best right tackles in football. Norwell's old center (Ryan Kalil) and new center (Brandon Linder) held these awards, only for free agency to wash the old marks away. Jensen has only one year as a center under his belt since high school, but the 26-year-old showed enough for the Ravens last year that Tampa Bay handed him an eight-figure annual salary. The 49ers clearly patterned Richburg's deal on former Kyle Shanahan-coached center Alex Mack, who got a five-year, $45 million deal with $28.5 million over the first three years. The Richburg contract added $500,000 per year for a five-year, $47.5 million mark with $30 million payable through 36 months.

NFL's highest-paid players at every position -- and who's up next

Every year, NFL free agency rewrites the financial record books of the NFL. The big news in 2018 was obviously the fully guaranteed, three-year deal Kirk Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings, but it was only one of a number of contracts that reset the salary structure at given positions over the past month. In fact, when you compare the deals to the previous highs at each spot in the lineup, Cousins' deal wasn't even the most dramatic contract of the offseason. Women's Adidas Premier Green Home NHL Jersey: Dallas Stars Customized Of course, what Cousins' contract put into context was the amount of filler that comes with most NFL deals. The five-year, $40 million contract Nigel Bradham signed to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles looked like top-tier money for a linebacker who doesn't rush the quarterback very frequently, but a closer look revealed that it was really a one-year deal for $6 million or a two-year deal for $14 million at most. You might have an idea of what a good number is for a quarterback like Cousins on a guaranteed deal, but what actually represents a significant outlay at guard or inside linebacker? And what happens when you strip out the team options tacked onto the end of most free-agent deals and extensions? Who actually has the biggest contract? Let's go position by position and compare financial apples to apples to get a sense of what the top of the market is at each spot on the field. For each specific position or archetype, I've included the largest annual salary on paper among active deals. I've also included the largest three-year value for a player at those same positions, which is a measure teams use to calculate the amount of money a player is likely to take home from a given deal. It considers the Julius Erving Jersey cash a player will actually take home over the first three years after he signs his extension as opposed to his cap hit or the amount of new money he received in the deal. I'll also name a player who I think is most likely to disrupt the salary structure at each position in the near future, either with a larger average annual salary, a larger three-year value on his contract or both. It's crazy to think that Cousins just made it to the top of the quarterback leaderboard, but by the end of the offseason, he might not even be No. 1. I fully expected Cousins to come away with a minimum of $90 million on his new contract, even if it had been fully guaranteed, but Cousins ended up settling for the largest annual salary of any quarterback in NFL history. Oh well. Annual average salary figures can be inflated by non-guaranteed base salaries late in contracts that don't ever have a prayer of being exercised, but with a fully guaranteed deal, Cousins is a significant exception to that rule. Stafford has now been able to extract three enormous contracts from the Lions, with each of the new deals being used to ease the cap pressure Mitchell Trubisky Jersey from the previous ones. His most recent extension lowered Stafford's cap hit in 2017 from $22 million to $16 million, but it came at an enormous cost. The former first overall pick has a contract that both guarantees him $60.5 million at signing and has roster bonuses in 2019 and 2020 that become fully guaranteed 12 months in advance. As a result, Stafford realistically has a four-year, $108.5 million deal before the Lions could give any thought to moving on from their longtime quarterback. The former Georgia star pushed the quarterback market way forward. Eli Manning set the bar for three-year money at $68.5 million in 2015, only for Andrew Luck to leap to $75 million the next year. Fourteen months later, Stafford pushed the bar significantly higher to that $87 million mark. The two quarterback contracts about to come down the pike are the extensions for Rodgers and Matt Ryan. It wouldn't be shocking if Ryan got the larger deal, if only because he's 2 years younger than Rodgers, but I do think Rodgers' status as a future Hall of Famer makes it more likely he'll end up with the larger annual average, though likely on a shorter contract. Those negotiations will be the first real sign of the Cousins effect and whether quarterbacks -- if not players at other positions -- will be able to sign fully guaranteed contracts. It wouldn't be shocking to see Rodgers sign a fully guaranteed, three-year, $90 million deal that would top both of the numbers above and make him the first $30 million-per-year player in league history. The running back market is unique in that so many of the largest contracts are in the past. Of the 20 largest three-year values for halfback deals since the current collective bargaining agreement was signed, 13 are no longer active contracts. Two are for draft picks, and when Saquon Barkley joins Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette in the league, he'll make it a third. There are just five veterans on non-rookie contracts in the top 20: McCoy, Jerick McKinnon (a staggering $22.8 million), Devonta Freeman ($22.1 million), Lamar Miller ($19.8 million) and Giovani Bernard ($15.5 million). Bell will make $26.7 million between 2016 and 2017 by virtue of the franchise tag, which contextualizes just how difficult it is for the Pittsburgh Steelers and their star back to find fair value on a long-term deal. If Bell were to sign a deal guaranteeing him $15 million per year, he would make $45 million over three years, nearly $18 million more than what McCoy racked up over the first three years of his extension. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys

Alex Cobb fills a hole as Orioles try to keep up in AL East

In the end, Alex Cobb got the contract everyone expected. He just had to wait a little longer than he would have liked. At the start of free agency, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs predicted Cobb would get a four-year, $60 million deal. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicted four years and $48 million. Sources report Cobb’s deal with the Baltimore Orioles will be four years at something close to $60 million. Nike Youth Ted Ginn Jr Elite White Road Jersey - New Orleans Saints NFL #19 Vapor Untouchable What’s interesting here is that Cobb cashed in on a long-term deal while Lance Lynn and Mike Moustakas, the two other prominent late signings, had to settle for one-year deals. Moustakas’ situation is easier to understand given the situation at third base across the majors, but on the surface, there isn’t much difference between Lynn and Cobb. Both are the same age (Cobb is a few months younger), both had solid results in 2017 coming off Tommy John surgery, and both project to similar WAR for 2018 -- 2.1 for Lynn via ZiPS, 2.5 for Cobb. Men's Adidas Golden State Warriors #9 Andre Iguodala Swingman Black Slate Chinese New Year NBA Jersey Yet Cobb gets C.J. Anderson Jersey $60 million and Lynn signed with the Twins for one year at $12 million (which at least allows him to re-enter free agency next season without being attached to draft-pick compensation). There are some underlying differences between them. While Lynn posted a 3.43 ERA with the Cardinals, his peripherals weren’t as good, reflected by his 4.82 FIP. Cobb, meanwhile, has had proven success in the American League East with the Rays, so it’s certainly understandable why Authentic Nic Dowd Jersey he would be a more attractive choice for the Orioles. How much will he help? Obviously, the Orioles needed rotation help. Before Cobb, the Orioles’ rotation depth chart listed Chris Tillman, coming off a 7.84 ERA, and Gabriel Ynoa, who had a 5.25 ERA at Triple-A. Cobb probably displaces Ynoa and completes a five-man group that also Authentic Yunel Escobar Jersey includes Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner. Now, strikeouts aren’t everything. But they’re almost everything. It’s very difficult to do what Cashner did last year with the Rangers, posting a 3.40 ERA while averaging just 4.6 K’s per nine innings. You can do it with good defense behind you, a high ground ball rate and a little luck, but those three aspects rarely line up in consecutive seasons. Of course, Cashner could up his strikeout rate. Cobb could rediscover his splitter/changeup, a pitch that wasn’t effective for him last year but was used with great success when he had a 2.82 ERA over 2013 and 2014. Tillman could be healthy. Bundy and Gausman may not have reached their full potential just yet. So the rotation may not be a disaster and could even surprise. Still, you wouldn’t predict this group to outperform the Yankees’ rotation. Which puts a lot of pressure on the offense. Do you see the Orioles outscoring the Yankees? If you go position by position, you’d give the Orioles the advantage only at second base with Jonathan Schoop over Neil Walker. You can dream on Chris Davis having a bigger year, but he’s now had two straight seasons of declining production and was terrible in 2017. Maybe Tim Beckham is better than Brandon Drury. Even shortstop is more of a toss-up than you may think. Can you tell Manny Machado from Didi Gregorius from their 2017 numbers? The Los Angeles Tyler Lockett Womens Jersey Dodgers suffered a significant injury when Justin Turner broke his wrist after being was hit by a pitch Monday night. Turner said the injury was a small nondisplaced fracture, and while the Dodgers didn’t report a potential timetable for his return, he’ll likely be out a few weeks and maybe until the beginning of May. The Dodgers have multiple options here in the meantime. Logan Forsythe likely slides over to third base, where he started 31 games last season. Chase Utley probably gets more playing time at second, at least against right-handers, but Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes can all play second as well. An Utley/Hernandez platoon at second seems like a strong possibility, especially since Matt Kemp has performed well enough in the spring (.317/.341/.659, four home runs) to not only earn a roster spot, but possibly start as the regular left fielder. With Turner out, the Dodgers may need Kemp’s power potential: Remember, this is a guy who slugged 35 home runs two seasons ago and 19 in 115 games with the Braves last season. Of course, the major concern is whether Turner’s injury lingers, as wrist injuries often do. While the Dodgers won 104 games in 2017, they weren’t necessarily an offensive powerhouse, ranking sixth in the National League in runs scored, a total lifted by the surprise performances of Bellinger and Taylor. Turner, however, was the team’s best all-around hitter, slashing .322/.415/.530 over 130 games with 21 home runs and 71 RBIs. If he hadn’t missed 19 games in May and early June with a hamstring issue, he may have finished in the top three of the MVP voting (he still finished eighth). Another concern for the Dodgers’ offense is the fact that Corey Seager has been handled carefully after playing through a sore right elbow in the second half last year, an injury that caused him to sit for 10 games at one point and sapped his power down the stretch. He didn’t require offseason surgery, but he has also played just 12 innings in the field so far and, for what it's worth, struggled at the plate, hitting .156 in 32 at-bats. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys

Rockets' James Harden leaves no doubt he's the NBA's MVP

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Pockets of fans in the electric Moda Center crowd serenaded Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard Womens Nicklas Lidstrom Jersey with MVP chants during his trips to the free throw line Tuesday night."They're supposed to do that, right?" James Harden said after scoring 42 points in the Houston Rockets' 115-111 victory that snapped Portland's 13-game winning streak. "Who cares?" Nike NFL Paul Richardson White Jersey Men's Game: #10 Seattle Seahawks Road Harden, the MVP runner-up for the second time a year ago, consistently has dismissed questions about the award this season. Frankly, as the Rockets cruise to the NBA's best record with Harden leading the league in scoring, there really shouldn't be any more questions at this point. Except maybe, will Harden join the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry as the only players in NBA history to win MVP in a unanimous vote? Women's Miles Wood Authentic Green Adidas Jersey: NHL New Jersey Devils #44 Salute to Service "That's the best offensive player I've ever seen," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said of Harden. "They're running guys to him and he just steps a little further back and makes a 3. The way he can pass and see the floor, get layups, floaters, maybe a lob, maybe out to the corner -- he has so many weapons, and now he's shooting those step-back 3s. A couple of crunch-time possessions against the Trail Blazers illustrated D'Antoni's point. On both occasions, Harden swished step-back 3s, which he has developed into arguably the most lethal weapon in the league today. On the first, which came with the Rockets clinging to a two-point lead with a little more than three minutes left, Harden passed up a good look after catching the pass at the 3-point line. He saw that Jusuf Nurkic was mismatched against him and was happy to invite the Blazers' big man to dance before drilling the step-back trey. "I was just trying to wait for the defender to make his move," said Torrey Smith Jersey Harden, who was 13-of-25 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. "Once he got to where he wanted -- or where I wanted him to be Bartolo Colon Jersey -- then I took my shot." The second was pretty much a dagger with 1:55 left, stretching the Rockets' lead to nine, although the Blazers rallied to make it a two-point game before Houston's final possession. Lillard, whom Portland purposely kept from switching onto Harden for much of the game, was hopeless to prevent another Harden step-back 3 from falling. For most players, a contested step-back jumper is the shot opponents hope to force. For Harden, who has created off the dribble for most of his league-leading 245 3-pointers this season, it's the shot that has allowed an established superstar to soar into another stratosphere. "No mortal can do that," D'Antoni said. "He does it. Hey, do it. It's amazing." Harden had a legitimate case for MVP last season, when Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook narrowly won after leading the league in scoring and joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. With all due respect to Lillard and the rest of the league's superstars, Harden has no serious MVP competition this season. "Nah," Chris Paul said. "I think that will take care of itself." The summer trade for Paul, who capped a 22-point, 8-rebound, 6-assist performance Tuesday night by draining a pair of free throws for the final points after Portland's furious comeback attempt, was a primary factor in the Rockets' rise from a solid second-round team to the potential wrecking ball of the Warriors' dynasty. Houston's front office did a phenomenal job of surrounding its co-superstars with role players who serve as excellent complementary pieces. But Harden is the guy who makes the Rockets go, and the fact that the 28-year-old guard took another significant leap forward this summer has fueled Houston's rise to the top of the Western Conference standings. The Rockets seem to have made it a mere formality that they'll march into the playoffs with home-court advantage throughout the postseason. At 57-14, they have built a four-game lead over the Warriors and the East-leading Toronto Raptors -- and Houston owns the tiebreaker over Golden State. Recent injuries to all of their All-Stars Patrick Chung Jersey probably have cost the Warriors any hope of catching the Rockets, regardless of Houston's results. But the Rockets, who have suffered a grand total of one loss since the All-Star break, haven't provided any chance to pull closer. If the Rockets were going to slip, this three-game trip against West playoff teams would have been the time. But Houston swept the New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves and Trail Blazers over a four-day span, with Harden knocking down crunch-time step-back 3s in each game to put the finishing touches on a few big wins and his MVP campaign.

Which team is the most improved after the first wave of free agency

Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: New York Jets. They landed the biggest prize on the free-agent cornerback market in Trumaine Johnson. They added Avery Williamson as a leader for the linebacker corps. They added Isaiah Crowell to their running back group. All upgrades. Now, to the matter of quarterback: Josh McCown isn't an improvement because he was already there. But the Jets' overall plan at the position is improved, as Teddy Bridgewater has more upside than anyone else the Jets had on Corey Dickerson Womens Jersey last year's roster, and trading up to the No. 3 pick in the draft means they're likely to add someone else who does, as well. Men's Mike Matheny Replica Cream Alternate Jersey: Majestic MLB #22 St. Louis Cardinals Cool Base KC Joyner, NFL writer: Houston Texans. The Texans ranked 29th in my blocking grades last season. They aimed to help solve this by signing three offensive linemen, the most valuable of which could be the highly versatile Senio Kelemete. They also added Tyrann Mathieu, who can play slot, outside cornerback or either safety position or even fill in as a speedy box linebacker. Youth Limited Mike Iupati Black Jersey: Rush Vapor Untouchable #76 NFL Arizona Cardinals Nike Mike Sando, senior NFL writer: Cleveland Browns. They had lots of room for improvement and should realize upgrades from multiple newcomers, especially at QB, which offsets Joe Thomas' retirement. However, NFL rosters are a little worse on the whole because so many depth players remain unsigned (free agents who have been added were signed at premium prices). Aaron Schatz, editor-in-chief of Football Outsiders: San Francisco 49ers. Richard Sherman should still be one of the top cornerbacks in the league if he's fully healed from Robert Parish Youth jersey his Achilles injury, and is a big improvement for a pass defense that was 28th in DVOA last season. Weston Richburg is a nice improvement in the middle of the offensive line, although I might have kept Daniel Kilgore around at guard instead of dealing him away afterward. Jerick McKinnon's flexibility and ability to catch passes will help him play a role similar to the running backs Kyle Shanahan had when he was in Atlanta. Field Yates, NFL Insider: Chicago Bears. It was sometimes painful to watch the Bears' offense last season without any weapons and perpetually struggling. Adding Allen Robinson on a three-year contract along with the signing of versatile and talented tight end Trey Burton should bring a smile to the faces of new coach Matt Nagy and second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Whether it comes to fruition on the field or not, expect an offseason worth of parallels drawn between Nagy's relationship with Trubisky and Rams coach Sean McVay's relationship with quarterback Jared Goff. Graziano: Patriots at left tackle. Look, you trust New England figures these things out, and we're not about to pick any of the other three teams to win the AFC East. But honestly, who's playing left tackle in New England with Nate Solder off to the Giants? Tom Brady will turn 41 before the season starts, and as brilliantly age-defying as he is, they still need to make sure he's protected. Joyner: Bills at quarterback. The only QBs on the roster are AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman, both of whom have third-string quarterback written all over them. Without a huge upgrade here, Buffalo's playoff streak will end at one season.Sando: Bills at quarterback. Moving up in the draft for a QB seems like a near necessity. Schatz: Bills at quarterback. Whomever Buffalo chooses in the first round of the draft instantly becomes the best quarterback on the roster. Honestly, if the Bills take a player at a different position, that player might still be the best quarterback on the roster. Yates: Colts at cornerback. This wasn't an area of major strength for Indianapolis in 2017, as veteran Vontae Davis was cut late in the year after a season-ending injury, and the team relied Womens Wilt Chamberlain Jersey mostly on a youth movement. Rashaan Melvin parlayed his surprising season into a $6.5 million deal from Oakland, leaving Indy with even more question marks at the position. After the Colts traded back to pick sixth overall in the upcoming draft, I'd expect many forecasters to peg Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward as their top selection Julien Davenport Authentic Jersey (if he's still available). Kirk Cousins' new contract with the Minnesota Vikings pushed top annual NFL quarterback salaries ever closer to the $30 million mark. Baseball has its $30 million men in pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, David Price and Max Scherzer, along with Jose Altuve and Miguel Cabrera. The NBA's $30 million club features LeBron James.A look ahead to the NFL quarterback market awaiting Cousins upon the conclusion of his landmark three-year, $84 million deal shows a path for him to surpass $35 million average per year (APY) with a few assists from his peers. It's no guarantee, but here's how it could happen in a reconfigured 2021 quarterback landscape, as seen through the eyes of league insiders. The Jets-Colts trade illustrates why the Browns are playing dangerously if they don't take the quarterback they want with the first pick. One more trade to the second spot from a team that wants a quarterback and the Browns suddenly would be left looking at the third potential quarterback if they go with another position with the first pick. That scenario works if and only if the Browns feel all three are rated equally. But that's an approach that could backfire if the Browns favor one of the three. The Browns have danced around the quarterback issue for decades, not taking one once with eight top-10 picks since 2008. They can pick the guy they want in this draft. They already have said he will wait and learn behind Tyrod Taylor. They have a chance to get another potentially great player at No. 4 -- perhaps even Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Dancing around this potential and this need would be a mistake. The Browns need to stay where they are and take their quarterback. -- Pat McManamon cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys

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their case as a playoff team, with Nathan MacKinnon willing them into the postseason. Which means we might be down to three teams for two playoff seeds -- the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings. And, based on my extensive experience playing musical chairs, that means one of them is going to miss out. I'm increasingly concerned that the Stars are going to be the team without a chair, staring at the Ducks and Kings comfortably seated in their playoff spots. The majority of Dallas' remaining games are on the road, where it is a completely different team. Too bad ... the Stars would have made for some fun playoff viewing. Nike Nick Perry Men's Green Limited Jersey: #53 NFL Green Bay Packers Tank Top Suit Through Sunday's game against the Winnipeg Jets, the Stars have a plus-12 goal differential this season, higher than the three teams on the Eastern Conference bubble. They have Tyler Seguin and his 38-goal season, and John Klingberg, who -- with a revelatory 59-point campaign -- has established himself as an elite point-producing defender. With them, plus wings like Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov, coach Ken Hitchcock has a compelling group. Youth New Jersey Devils #37 Pavel Zacha Reebok White Away Premier NHL Jersey If Dallas does miss the playoffs, some of it will simply be because of bum luck. Goalie Ben Bishop's injuries have been an issue. Martin Hanzal, a key offseason acquisition, has been a bust and limited to 38 games because of injury. Marc Methot, another key offseason pickup, has been limited to 28 games because of injury. But some of it has been of the Stars' own making, such as underwhelming play at even strength and digging holes they couldn't climb out of. Dallas is 2-20-2 when trailing entering the third period. And then there's whatever the heck happened with center Jason Spezza this season. But overall, this is a team that could be playoff caliber if it was at full strength and if everyone played to his potential. I wish that were the case for GM Jim Nill, who made several bold decisions to turn this team around Donnel Pumphrey Authentic Jersey and is someone I would have liked to have seen vindicated. At the very least, it would have been nice to see Seguin in the playoffs with the Stars, as he's played only seven postseason games for Dallas. Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: I'm such a sucker for the 2017-18 St. Louis Blues. I hate that there's a chance we won't see them in the postseason. Through the end of December this season, the Blues had led the Central Division for all but 10 days. Not only were they outperforming expectations -- remember, most people initially wrote off St. Louis this season because of its horrible injury luck -- but the Blues were a really fun team to watch. They were stingy on defense and stellar on offense, with one superstar line (Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko) that could go toe-to-toe with any great line in the league. And then it all crumbled. When we write the season obituary for the Blues, it will be easy to point to a six-game, 14-day slide leading up to the trade deadline that precipitated the surprising trade of Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets, and a midseason goaltending slump, as causes of their demise. But the biggest problem for the Blues is that they peaked too soon. I wish they were still playing like that team we saw in October and November. Then again, after Sunday's come-from-behind overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks -- which Tarasenko sat out with an upper-body injury -- the Blues have inched to within one point of the final wild-card spot. So maybe there's a chance for redemption after all. Chris Peters, NHL prospects writer: The Florida Panthers have made a valiant effort the over the past six weeks to get back into contention. The past two seasons have been tumultuous in South Florida, but it looks like Panthers coach Bob Boughner is getting things back on track. His team dug itself an early-season hole, and its late run might be too little, too late for a playoff spot this season. But this late push has to be hugely beneficial to the organization's psyche after some upheaval set the Panthers back a little bit. Since Jan. 30, the Panthers have the second-best record in the NHL. They're 16-5-1 over that span, second only to the Nashville Predators. They're not dead yet, but sitting five points out of Antoine Bethea Jersey a wild-card spot with 13 games to go feels a little steep, even given how well they've played down the stretch. The unfortunate thing is that the Panthers have finally gotten a pretty healthy season out of Aleksander Barkov. He is three games from equaling the most he has played in a season, 71 in 2014-15, and he already has 70 points, by far a career best. Meanwhile, center Vincent Trocheck continues to build up his game and has also set career highs with 28 goals and 66 points. Throw in Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov and Florida has four 20-plus goal Authentic John Klingberg Jersey scorers on its roster. Meanwhile, veteran goalie Roberto Luongo has given the Panthers good starts and James Reimer has gotten stronger between the pipes. All of Florida's core offensive players remain under contract for multiple years as well, plus the team likely will be able to add top prospects Henrik Borgstrom and Owen Tippett to its lineup next season. That all puts the Panthers in good position to stay in postseason contention for a while. They just need to make sure they have a better start next season. As we've seen, when they're on their game, they're a handful for anyone.

Don't miss it!' Aaron Judge plans to 'hunt mistakes' -- and make pitchers pay

Recently, he has replicated it well, smacking a trio of hard base hits in consecutive games this past weekend. If he keeps doing that, 2018 could be as good -- if not better -- for the reigning American Stefon Diggs Jersey League Rookie of the Year. Jaguars Official Jersey “That was the biggest thing, just hunting the mistakes,” Judge said. “Don’t try to go out there where the good pitch is. Try to hunt those mistakes that people leave out there -- because there’s a lot of mistakes over the middle.” According to ESPN Stats & Information, in 55 games from July 14 (the Yankees' first game after the All-Star break) to Sept. 12 last year, Judge hit .185 with 11 home runs and a .392 slugging percentage. In the next 16 regular-season games, he batted .385 and led baseball with 11 home runs and a 1.115 slugging percentage. Reebok NHL Youth Nicolas Meloche Blue Third Authentic Jersey - #59 Colorado Avalanche Of the 20 hits Judge amassed in those final 16 games of the regular season, 14 were off pitches located in the middle of the strike zone. Half of the hits in those locations were home runs. To new Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Judge’s ability to hunt mistakes this season will be a matter of timing. “When he’s on time, then he owns the strike zone. He controls the strike zone. And that’s when you’re not chasing pitches you shouldn’t,” Boone said. “For me, if he’s traveling on time, then he’s deadly. And that’s a challenge for all hitters -- to find that good timing. Once you have that, you’re able to hit mistake off-speed pitches. But more importantly, it’s easier to lay off pitches the pitcher wants you to chase.” Despite finishing the regular season with an American League-leading 52 home runs, Judge wasn’t quite a deadly hitter last postseason. He was mostly held in check in October, hitting .188 (9-for-48) with four homers, 27 strikeouts and a tame .500 slugging percentage. The playoffs notwithstanding, Judge rediscovered himself during the pennant chase because he wasn’t preoccupied with trying to crush sliders. “You’re never going to hit a good slider,” Judge said. “So for me, it’s about just focusing on my strengths -- and the bad [pitches]. I’m a baseball player, I’m an athlete, you’re going to hit those anyway. “So that’s kind of what I did the whole month of September. I just really focused back to my strengths and Doug Martin Womens Jersey what I do well. That helped me excel. Because then I started to see a lot more mistakes because people started to be more careful, and that’s when I’ve got to capitalize.” Opposing pitchers likely will be careful with him this season as Judge figures to bat second in a lineup that could include the speedy Brett Gardner ahead of him at leadoff, and then some combination of power hitters Greg Bird, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez behind him. With the threat of danger looming on deck and in the hole, pitchers can’t be too fine with Judge. Walk him, and a three-run homer with Gardner potentially also on base could be the result. “They’ve got all these guys around me that you don’t want to see them come up to the plate with runners on base,” Judge said. Look no further than Judge’s homer at Seattle last July 21 to see how successful he can be at “hunting” and hitting mistakes. The 437-foot shot nearly left Safeco Field, landing in a row of seats in the upper left-field bleachers. The blast -- with a 102.8 mph exit velocity -- had the Yankees’ Twitter account joking Judge “broke StatCast.” The biggest thing for me with off-speed pitches like that is if you see it kind of pop up, that’s the one you want to kind of go for,” Judge said, snapping his fingers near his ear, mimicking the release of a curveball. “The ones you kind of see them come up, it’s ‘Here we go. Don’t miss it!’” Lately this spring, Judge hasn’t been missing many baseballs. He had a pair of sharp base hits to the left side in Saturday’s game against the Mets. The next day, he hit his first homer of spring training. The liner to left came off a fastball in the middle of the zone, and landed on the balcony of an adjacent building. It was one bold sign that as Judge continues rounding into form following offseason shoulder surgery, his mistake-hunting philosophy could be the key to making him an even more dangerous hitter this year. Judge told reporters in Sarasota, Florida, before Wednesday's spring training game between the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles that he pitched O's shortstop Manny Machado on coming to the Alfred Blue Jersey Bronx. The All-Star infielder will be a free agent next offseason. "Adding him to our lineup that we already got would be something special," Judge told reporters. "I told him he'd look good in pinstripes." Judge's remarks did not go unnoticed by MLB, as the league issued a statement in regard to potential tampering. "We have been in contact with the Yankees. They communicated to us that Mr. Judge's off the cuff comments were not appropriate and not authorized by the club," the league said in its statement. "They will speak to him to make sure that this does not happen again." Judge said Thursday that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called him Wednesday night to tell him that "MLB is sensitive to that kind of stuff." Judge said the message sank in quickly, and that the phone call lasted about 30 seconds. "It was all new to me," Judge added. "Lesson learned."Judge also downplayed his pitch and said he now knows those talks are off limits. "It just kind of came up in passing," he said. "Now I know. You learn something new every day." cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china

The return of the free-agent running back

Running backs were not an afterthought in the first 48 hours of free-agency negotiations. The head of the Backs Need Love Too committee, Todd Gurley, will take the small victory. "[The market] is changing, brother -- we're back," Gurley declared from the Pro Bowl. Not sure Gurley was hotly anticipating the free-agency status of Jerick Authentic Josh Bynes Jersey McKinnon, Dion Lewis and Carlos Hyde when he said that. But those guys did running backs everywhere a solid by landing multiyear deals worth between $5 and $7.5 million per year, despite failing to finish inside the league's top 10 in rushing. Dmitry Kulikov Authentic Jersey The numbers signal at least mild progress for a position that needs it entering future negotiations with stars such as Gurley, Le'Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott. Men's Adidas Philadelphia 76ers #0 Jerryd Bayless Authentic Royal Blue Alternate NBA Jersey An NFL agent who negotiated a sizable tailback contract this week said the positional market hardly felt as devalued as it has been perceived. "It was a good set of circumstances where you have a number of good players on the market with diverse skill sets and teams with cap space," the agent said. "Teams went into free agency with their guy in mind and what they were willing to spend. I'm pleased to see the group as a whole get an uptick." NHL Men's Chicago Blackhawks Big & Tall Logo T-Shirt - Yellow McKinnon's new four-year, $30 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers doubled that of Latavius Murray, who was the highest-paid back in last year's free-agency period at $15 million over three years. In Minnesota, Murray was the team's leading rusher ahead of McKinnon, who served mostly as a third-down back during his four years in purple. But McKinnon's versatile skill set -- 991 total yards on 201 touches last year, including 51 receptions -- drew interest from multiple teams hoping to fill a major need. The 49ers were prepared to make McKinnon their feature back. Now, he's the league's fourth-highest-paid rusher on a per-year average. His deal includes $11.7 million guaranteed at signing. Considering the draft class is loaded with good running backs, that is a strong number. McKinnon's per-year payout is nearly on par with that of Devonta Freeman ($8.25 million per year), despite the Atlanta Falcon gaining 1,928 more total yards over a four-year sample. The 49ers are moving on from Hyde, who did just fine with a three-year, $15 million deal (plus $1 million incentive) from the Cleveland Browns. Lewis parlayed a 940-yard rushing season with the New England Patriots into $20 million plus incentives over four years with the Tennessee Titans. These numbers won't turn back the clock to 2011, or even 2016 when Doug Martin received a $35 million deal. But the trio's potential average payout of $6.29 million per year is well above the top three backs from last year. Murray, Adrian Peterson and Eddie Lacy averaged $4.375 million annually on their 2017 deals, while Murray was the only one awarded a three-year contract. Peterson had to wait more than a month for a two-year pact from the New Orleans Saints, and Lacy's one-year agreement with the Seattle Seahawks included weight clauses. Both are free agents once again. This year's uptick can be traced to tailbacks in their prime finding teams that play to their strengths. Hyde runs well out of shotgun formations, which the Browns will certainly run with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. Lewis gains yards after contact. McKinnon's pass-catching ability should complement Jimmy Garoppolo well. The 49ers can line him up all Michael Roberts Jersey over the formation as a receiver. Isaiah Crowell, who signed for three years and $12 million, gives the New York Jets a power back for the cold. "Even if a guy's not an every-down back, if you're a team with running back as one of several needs, you'll spend good money for a player you know you can pair with a draft pick or another veteran in the backfield," said one NFL coach whose team was in the market for free-agent running backs. "The game has evolved," Gurley said. "You look at guys like Le'Veon. Back in the day, we used to be more run-run-run. Now it's kind of pass, and we want to get in on the fun, too." Make no mistake, Bell's negotiations with Pittsburgh this offseason will be a true barometer for the health of the position. Bell's franchise tag is worth $14.544 million, and he won't accept a long-term deal for less than that amount per year. But if San Authentic Mark Pysyk Jersey Francisco can pay a running back $7.5 million alongside fullback Kyle Juszczyk at $5.25 million per year, perhaps hope remains for the high-priced workhorse. "We do so much for an offense," Bell said in an interview last week. "We just want to be recognized for that work." The long-rumored connection between the Vikings and Cousins came to fruition on Tuesday, when the two sides agreed to a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 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.,100232