Recalling LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant: football edition

As LeBron James’ high-scoring Cavaliers take on Kevin Durant’s high-scoring Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, we can’t help but recall the time high-scoring “Team Bron” topped high-scoring “Team KD” on a December night during the 2011 NBA lockout … on the football field. “LeBron’s Flag Football Classic” was played at the University of Akron in James’ hometown. Here are some highlights.

“The union has undergone a comprehensive review of rookie contracts and language in those contracts for this year,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told ESPN on Wednesday. “The CBA explicitly prohibits players from some of the language that we have seen the clubs attempt to impose in these deals. We are considering all of our options to protect the players and enforce the CBA.”

Some examples provided to ESPN include:

“Clauses that require players to submit to multiple offseason physicals at the team’s request — more than the two permitted under the CBA.

“‘Automatic repayment’ clauses that allow teams to Cheap Steelers Jerseys directly withdraw money owed for Cheap Softball Jerseys expenses such as fines, services and tickets from players’ paychecks.

“Language that forces prospective free agents to secure permission from their current clubs before their agents engage other teams in discussions during the pre-free agency ‘legal tampering’ period.”

The union sent letters to notify the NFL management council of the possible CBA violations. Collins said he doesn’t know “what’s going on with (Beckham) and the organization.” Collins, though, also stressed that he isn’t sweating Beckham’s absence, either.

“I talked to him and he says he’s good,” Collins said. “He’s working hard and doing what he needs to do for himself and getting ready for this season. He’s not taking any days off.

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Ravens lose Dennis Pitta to another hip injury

A hip injury suffered in the spring by an NFL player generally doesn’t warrant much attention. When the player is Dennis Pitta, though, that’s another matter entirely.

The Ravens announced Friday that their star tight end had suffered yet another hip injury during the day’s organized team activities, a devastating blow for a player whose career has been threatened by chronic hip issues.

Taylor was at McCoy’s charity softball game Sunday night, where the two freely discussed trying to get Maclin to the Bills.

“Today (Sunday) was the first day I seen Shady,” Taylor said, referring to McCoy. “We texted about it, but want to get Maclin’s number and try to reach out to him. Just to see what his thoughts, what is he thinking moving forward and try to get him here.”

Maclin and McCoy were teammates on the Eagles for six years and have remained close, with McCoy attending Maclin’s wedding recently. Aside from their friendship, McCoy has vouched on what a great teammate Maclin is.

Even though his production dropped last season due to an injury, Taylor seemed like he would be game to give Maclin a shot.

“Yeah, I was definitely surprised that it Denver Broncos Cheap Jerseys happened,” Taylor said of the Chiefs dropping Chinese Cheap Jerseys Maclin. “You don’t know the reasons, but what I know, from what I’ve seen from Jeremy Maclin, he’s definitely a great player. … I know some of our coaches have spent some time with him, as well. Would love to have a guy like him on our team competing and coming out and making plays for us.

“Especially means a lot to our wide receiver room, putting another veteran guy with a whole bunch of talent and still potential left to reach his best. I would love to have him.”

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Pete Carroll says Colin Kaepernick is ‘a starter in this league’

Friday afternoon, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll spoke about Colin Kaepernick’s visit with the team. Despite Kaepernick leaving without a deal, Carroll told reporters, “He’s a starter in this league.”

Carroll added, “We have a starter, but he’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine that somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”

Kaepernick visited with the Seahawks on May 24, along with one other quarterback on the same day a rally was held to support him. Carroll said it was an opportunity to get to know Kaepernick, while knowing what’s available to the Seahawks. “At this time, we didn’t do anything with him. But we know where he is, who he is, and we had a chance to understand him much more so.”

Maclin’s first year in Kansas City was a success, with 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. However, injuries plagued him throughout the entire 2016 season. Maclin appeared in 12 games, but groin injuries badly hurt his production. He finished the season with just 44 catches, 536 yards, and two touchdowns, all of which are the lowest numbers of his career (he didn’t play in 2013 due to a torn Achilles).

Releasing Maclin leaves the Chiefs pretty thin at receiver, with Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson on top of the depth chart. Outside of fourth-round draft pick Jehu Chesson, they didn’t make a serious effort to upgrade the position this offseason. Tight end Travis Kelce should easily lead the team Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys in receptions once again.

Maclin is still only 29, so it’s entirely possible he lands Cheap China Jerseys with another team in time for training camp. He’s certainly the most talented receiver available on the free agent market right now. However, he’s had a lot of injuries pile up over the years, so one has to wonder if Maclin’s best days are behind him.

“It is what it is. That’s the rule, and we’ll just have to deal with it.”

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski catches bouquet at wedding — then spikes it

No matter where he goes, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will catch something if you throw it anywhere in his vicinity. That includes wedding bouquets.

In a video sent to Barstool Sports, Gronk was seen catching the bouquet during a wedding on Saturday. And what does Gronk do after making a big catch? He spikes it, of course!

Patriots fans will likely be happy to see Gronkowski moving freely after he was forced to miss the latter portion of the 2016 season due to back surgery.

If the above video is anything to go by, Gronk looks like he’ll be ready to make more catches — and spikes — by the start of the season, hopefully without ruining some poor bride’s bouquet.

McCown, who threw for 1,100 yards and six TDs last season, could start over Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg for the Jets, but that’s not exactly a high vote of confidence. McCown is 5-22 as a starter the past four seasons between stops with Chicago, Tampa Bay and Cleveland.
Flacco scale: 1/2 Flacco. McCown earned that with a career-high 457 yards in a 33-30 victory against Flacco and the Ravens on Oct. 11, 2015.

Kessler is in a three-way competition with Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer, and our gut feeling is this is the Week 1 starter. Kessler went 0-8 as the starter as a rookie. He should improve with better protection.
Flacco scale: 1/2 Flacco. To be the Flacco, you have Find Cheap Jerseys Online to beat the Flacco, and Kessler hasn’t done that in the AFC North yet.

“Most players will be here. Some wouldn’t,” said Cheap Zach Parise Wild Jerseys Collins, who is participating in New York’s offseason program. “It’s optional. If you want to be here, you do. If you don’t, you don’t.

“The way I look at it is … OBJ is not the only person not here. But it is what it is.”

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Steelers’ James Harrison submits third offseason drug test

James Harrison can’t seem to escape the NFL’s skepticism.

The Steelers linebacker on Tuesday shared a photo on his Instagram account of what he claimed was his sample for his third random drug test in as many months this offseason.

In the hashtags of his caption, Harrison appeared to say that he also was tested March 29 and April 27. Although the league can test players up to six times in an offseason under the collective bargaining agreement, the 14-year veteran believes he’s been unfairly singled out after being one of five players investigated by the NFL last year over an Al-Jazeera America report alleging PED use.

While his weight room videos of his superhuman strength raise questions, the 39-year-old maintains he doesn’t need PEDs to extend his all-time sack record with the Steelers.

Why he’s here: We lied. Prescott is the hardest quarterback to rank on this list. Is he too high? Too low? He went 13-3 as a starter as a rookie and learned what it takes in the postseason in a heart-breaking loss to the Packers. Prescott should continue to grow as Dallas’ next big-time quarterback.

Flacco scale: 3.5 Flaccos. We’ll give him that fourth Flacco if he wins a playoff game this season. For what it’s worth, Prescott had his best game of the season with 301 yards and three TDs against Flacco and the Ravens in 2016.

Taylor is still Buffalo’s quarterback, and he’ll be ahead of Cardale Jones and Nathan Peterman on the depth chart in 2017. The one concern with Taylor — who has put up 37 TDs and 12 INTs the last Discount Yankee Jerseys two years — is he hasn’t played a full 16 games as a starter and is just 14-14 in that stretch.

Flacco scale: Two Flaccos. Taylor took the lessons he learned as Find Cheap Jerseys Flacco’s backup from 2011-14 in Baltimore and put together solid back-to-back seasons with the Bills.

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Giants receiver Roger Lewis arrested, faces OVI charge

Giants receiver Roger Lewis was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly operating a vehicle while impaired, TMZ Sports reported.

Police pulled over Lewis in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, east of Columbus, claiming he was speeding and the windows in his vehicle were illegally tinted. TMZ reported that during the stop police say they smelled marijuana and that Lewis appeared intoxicated.

Police also found an unidentifiable liquid in Lewis’ car that was sent off to be tested. If it’s an illegal substance, Lewis could face more charges.

“I know he could help us out tremendously,” McCoy said, via ESPN.com. “I’ve been doing my recruiting already, and don’t be surprised if it happens.”

Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post reported Sunday the Bills are in “preliminary talks” to sign Maclin.

Though McCoy hinted he knew something everyone else wasn’t privy to yet, he backtracked just a touch, explaining that nothing is imminent with Maclin’s status.

“That would be cool to have another weapon on the offense,” McCoy Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys said. “But you never know. A lot of things would have to work out for that to happen. You know how the business goes.”

The Bills could use another wide receiver after losing Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin to free agency this offseason. Plus, Buffalo’s current projected starting wide receivers — Sammy Watkins and rookie Zay Jones — have injury concerns.

Even if the Bills lock down Maclin, it will tough for Kids Cheap Jerseys China them to upend New England in the AFC East.

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Christian Hackenberg hit reporters with bad passes during OTAs

The tight end the Jets really would love to see produce, however, is Jordan Leggett, the rookie fifth-rounder out of Clemson. At 6-5, 258 pounds, he’s another big body who can aid in both the running and passing game. With ASJ’s contract scheduled to expire after the 2017 season, Leggett has a chance to become New York’s No. 1 tight end for the future if he can prove capable.

The Jets’ obvious issue at tight end, in addition to inexperience, is depth. Brian Parker, Anthony Firkser, Eric Tomlinson and Jason Vander Lann fill out the position group going into training camp.

The loss of D’Brickashaw Ferguson before last season (retirement) was followed by the release of franchise favorite Nick Mangold this year, raising more questions about the Jets’ offensive line than it has faced in years. But the position group as a whole does not look too bad entering 2017.

Expectations for the Jets in 2017 are not high and this won’t help.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg reportedly hit a couple members of the media with bad passes during recent organized team activities, according to Connor Hughes of NJ Advance Media.

“In the three media-open OTAs, Hackenberg hit reporters with passes twice,” said Hughes.

“When Hackenberg misses… he really misses. He threw just two interceptions in team drills, but nearly tossed six others. And I’m not talking about a receiver Liverpool Cheap Jerseys falling down. I’m saying the defender just dropped the ball. Other times, the wideout/running back/tight end was wide open, and Hackenberg sailed it over his head or bounced it to him. That can’t happen.”

The Jets selected Hackenberg in the second round of last La Galaxy Cheap Jerseys year’s NFL draft.

He’s expected to compete with Josh McCown and Bryce Petty for the starting job this season.

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Jeremy Maclin release proves it again: not personal, always business, never loyal

Jeremy Maclin begins this week of the NFL offseason without a job, and the league and its followers simply go on about their business. Which, for what it’s worth, includes players like Maclin being judged by the entire sport on whether they’re committed enough to attend voluntary offseason workouts.

Maclin participated in five of the Chiefs’ OTAs before they cut him late Friday, without him anticipating it and, by all accounts, without offering him a chance to restructure his contract in order to stay.

“I was actually at home on a Sunday night and I was watching SportsCenter, and Scott Van Pelt was doing his editorial,” Sarkisian said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. “That night was when CC Sabathia had decided to go to treatment before the Major League Baseball playoffs. I thought to myself, ‘Whoa, here’s somebody who is like me, who is in a very high-profile position in sports — ace pitcher of the New York Yankees — and was being relatively commended or almost celebrated for going to do what he did.’

“I knew I needed to [go]. I didn’t know how Troy Polamalu Cheap Jerseys to go about it. But that thing gave me a feeling of, ‘There’s a like person that is going to do this. I know I need to do it. Now The Best Cheap Jerseys how, what, when.’ So I made the decision to go do it. It’s been the best decision of my life.”

Since then, things have turned around for Sarkisian. He was hired as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Alabama just in time for the College Football Playoff title game. Even though the Tide lost to Clemson, he was still scooped up less than a month later as the Falcons’ new offensive coordinator.

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NFL free-agent rumors 2017: Adrian Peterson throws himself at Giants

Clearly, Adrian Peterson has a big thing for the Big Apple.

Here’s an excerpt from Carucci’s article:

But for me, the numbers do not count an ounce more than the information I glean from discussions I have each year with those who played along side or against the candidates, who coached or coached against them, who were general managers or scouts on the teams for which the candidates played or on opposing clubs.

“To be called inspirational is actually the most humbling thing that’s ever happened to me,” Shaw said in an unsteady voice (via ESPN.com). “To me, it’s inspirational when you face something that is not cool, something that scares you, something that can potentially bring you down, and you go right at it. To me that’s inspirational.

“So if that’s what I am doing, you can call me inspirational.”

Shaw, a special-teams performer and linebacker for the Titans from Cheap Jerseys For Kids 2010-2012, was diagnosed with ALS in 2014.

Fans at the downtown Nashville event greeted him Cheap Jerseys From China Free Shipping Wednesday with an ovation when, before the award was presented, he walked to the podium with Titans center Ben Jones.

After the two opened the envelope for the award, Jones handed it to him.

“There must be some problem with this,” Shaw said. “It says Tim Shaw.”

At that point, coach Mike Mularkey, GM Jon Robinson, owner Amy Adams Strunk and Titans Brian Orakpo, Delanie Walker, Jurrell Casey, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Succop, Brett Kern and Beau Brinkley joined him on stage and joined the thunderous applause from more 5,000 fans.

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he has responsibility to respond to Donald Trump

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is the only Hispanic head coach in the NFL, so he feels a responsibility to respond to the litany of comments made by president Donald Trump about Mexicans.

Despite suffering an ankle injury last season that required surgery, Lacy is currently running in a pool trying to get back to his best playing condition.

With NFL free agency fast-approaching on March 9, Lacy will become an unrestricted free agent if he doesn’t work out a contract with the Packers before that date.

Lacy, who rushed for just 360 yards and no touchdowns on 71 carries last season, is optimistic Green Bay will take him back next season.

“Talking to my agent, the Packers have been very vocal about having me back there,” Lacy said, via ESPN.com.

Still, right now, Lacy is just trying to Nike NFL Jerseys Supply focus on getting back on the field.

“I’m just trying to make sure whether I end up in Cheap NCAA Jerseys Green Bay or somewhere, I’m in the best shape or I’m in the best position I can be in personally, so when it’s time for me to contribute to whatever team that it is that they’re getting 100 percent of me,” he said.

Lacy rushed for over 2,300 yards and 20 touchdowns during his first two seasons in the NFL, but he has managed just over 1,100 yards and three touchdowns over his last two seasons.

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