McCarron technically should have been a restricted free agent with the Bengals this offseason because of his number of accrued seasons.

He filed a grievance against the Bengals, claiming that they shouldn’t have placed him on IR in his rookie season. He won.

That gave teams another starting quarterback option in free agency. And McCarron, who showed promise in 2015 filling in for an injured Andy Dalton but hasn’t played consistently since, should come much cheaper than Cousins.

Unless the specific contract terms make this a friendlier deal for the Bears, this looks like a very aggressive deal from Pace.

This also adds to the allure of the top pitching options — both in the form of starters and relievers — as well as increasing the demand for the more favorable matchups. Here again, the supply of good spot-starting scenarios is reduced, increasing the price of the desirable options.

Looking ahead to the playoffs, the Jets will take a more conservative approach to Scheifele’s recovery from a recent upper-body injury. Sitting second, somewhat comfortably, in the Central, the Winnipeg club has the luxury of resting their top center while skating Bryan Little (or maybe shifting Blake Wheeler back to the middle) on the top line for now. Scheifele’s fantasy managers may want to move some players around in the meanwhile.

Coach Guy Boucher speaking to Stone’s absence with a leg injury: It could be short, it could be a little longer, it could be very long.

It’s a high bar, but I never have to wonder if I have seen what it takes to achieve it. My mouth has a mind of its own, so when a draft prospect makes a play that is deserving, the cuss words just come tumbling right on out.

Hell, I would have never guessed he was listed at 344 pounds from watching his tape. The way he carries that weight and how he moves around on the field suggested to me he was a much lighter dude. Keep in mind that Suh weighed closer to 300 pounds when he was coming out at close to the same listed height. Vea damn sure looks pretty fast on film at that weight, so I didn’t care very much what his 40-yard dash time was. But he ran a 4.98 at the combine.

While much of his success in the games I watched was largely due to brute strength, Vea also showed he could win with finesse too.

Imagine trying to pass block against a guy who had previously used a hump move to knock you on your ass, then ran over you and your home boy with a bull rush, only to see him hit you with a quick arm over when you finally set for power.

The list below tracks all prominent, fantasy-relevant trades during the 2017-18 offseason.

Check back for frequent updates. Trades are listed in reverse chronological order.
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Feb. 22: After falling out of favor in Tampa, Dickerson landed in Pittsburgh, where he’ll take over as the primary left fielder (at least against right-handed pitchers). It’s no worse a hitters’ environment for him than in Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field, and while his OPS declined in every month last year, Dickerson could yet provide some cheap power to deep-mixed and NL-only teams.

Robert Bortuzzo, Ivan Barbashev, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues, who are uncertain what got them going.

I’m not actually sure, Bortuzzo said. Everyone knows they have to bring it every night. I’m not sure what the pinpoint was for elevating our play, but we have done it.

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Corey Perry and Derek Grant scored for the Ducks, who lost their third straight. John Gibson stopped 18 shots.
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Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo is also a parent who lives Parkland, Florida. Two weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Luongo has another message: I want the [students] to keep fighting. And I want everyone to pay attention.

The 19-year-old from Omsk, Russia, had nine points in three games, including five goals, pushing a personal points streak to Josh Doctson Youth jersey 13 games and taking over the league lead in goals. Sokolov played two-and-a-half seasons with the Sudbury Wolves before joining Barrie in January. He has 48 goals on the season, including 28 goals in 26 games for the Colts. He was a seventh-round pick by the Minnesota Wild in 2016.

My second-favorite matchups involve two lottery teams that are both playing good offense and not a lot of defense. Neither team should be good enough to consistently blow out the other, which will help players on both sides get a chance to shine against lesser competition than normal. It’s a win-win, even if the teams themselves tend to lose and lose.

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Hopefully he can do the same thing he did last year and enter the offseason where he can have a big, long contract. But selfishly, I’m happy he’s back here. Moose is such a fun personality to have around. He’s such a talented hitter, that he’s a great presence to have in our lineup, especially from the left side.
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Dec. 13: Kinsler’s move to the Angels gives him a better chance at a rebound in fantasy, as he could lead off a strong lineup that includes Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons. It’s bad news for Miguel Cabrera’s rebound prospects back in Detroit, as the Tigers’ lineup will be rather weak. Read more from Tristan H. Cockcroft.

Dec. 9: Stanton’s arrival clutters the Yankees’ outfield, but also strengthens an already-stout lineup. Gleyber Torres now has a clear path to winning the second base job. Full fantasy spin.

That’s not an awful contract by any means, and while the Bills were impressed with rookie Dion Dawkins last season, Buffalo could have kept Glenn on the left side and installed Dawkins as an upgrade over Jordan Mills at right tackle. Their new quarterback might have appreciated having Glenn around.

Bennett had a rather quiet start to his career as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

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What’s Shazier’s prognosis? Shazier started rehab days after undergoing surgery, and he’s been healthy enough to make it to the team’s practice facility for meetings. He’s still very much a part of the Steelers, even if he never takes the field again.

But that’s not out of the question. Shazier told Nix his goal is to get back on the field and to become a Hall of Famer. Shazier’s father said he believes his son will play again.

Except for quarterbacks, if you ask a player at the NFL Combine which position he’s best at, he’ll tell you that he’s versatile and will play wherever a team wants him. Fitzpatrick does the same, but there are enough hints that he’s most comfortable at nickel corner.

Authentic Mens Eddie Giacomin Jersey I asked Ronnie Harrison, who played safety in Tuscaloosa alongside Fitzpatrick for their three years, if Fitzpatrick stood out particularly at one position.

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But in the 2012 season, he broke out in Tampa, where he had nine sacks, 34 tackles, and three forced fumbles.

He signed with the Seahawks the following season and has been a staple on the defensive line ever since. His sack numbers have been pretty consistent aside from the 2016 season where he played just 11 games.

NBA All-Star 2018: Predictions for East, West reserves (and this year’s biggest snubs)

The only real problem I had with the way the NBA All-Star starters vote turned out last week was the placement of Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins over the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns. I thought the final frontcourt spot in the East was a tough call between Joel Embiid (who has missed nine games) and Andre Drummond, but given the way the two teams have played lately, Embiid was the right call.

Wild card: Draymond Green, Warriors. Whether Green makes the team will be the big question in the West — he would have to beat out Damian Lillard, Nikola Jokic and DeAndre Jordan. Green averages only 11.3 points, and he is making 31.2 percent his 3s, but he averages 7.9 rebounds and 7.6 assists. As the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, he is vital to the Warriors’ defense, which ranks fifth. He gets the nod.

It makes some sense based on where the Hornets stand for general manager Rich Cho to consider a serious shakeup. Charlotte is seven games under .500 (18-25, 11th in the Eastern Conference) with a team payroll north of $115 million, and not much will change financially next season. It’s difficult to cut that kind of check when the Hornets are heading toward the lottery for the second consecutive season after a 48-34 finish in 2016.

As is his scheme-changing ability to shoot efficiently off the dribble. Over three seasons, he’s averaging 1.045 points per possession over 242 pull-up attempts, per Synergy. This season, he ranks in the 96th percentile nationally and is converting 54.9 percent of his attempts. He’s also made 16 unassisted 3s this season, per Hoop-Math. That puts him on a pace similar to Markelle Fultz (the pre-broken jump shot version).

Still, Brunson doesn’t grade out as more than a second-round pick on our recent draft board because he lacks the type of athleticism that makes one confident he’ll be able to create his shot against elite NBA length. He will also likely struggle on the defensive end where his steal and block indicators aren’t exciting, and his size is a limitation. There’s some low probability starter upside with Brunson, but his most likely path is as a long-term backup.

The All-Star break is over, and we’re back to games that count in the NBA. There are slightly more than seven weeks left in the season, and much is at stake ‘ playoff seeding for the top teams, playoff spots for the mediocre, lottery jockeying for the wretched.

The stretch run is upon us, and as we look Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jersey at where teams sit currently in our Power Rankings, we’ll also examine what ought to be their mission for the post-All-Star stretch.
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Get clutch. The Heat have played more close games than any team this season, and for much of their year, the record in those games was impeccable ‘ 22-11 in games that were within five points in the final five minutes, with a net efficiency of plus-19.7. In their last eight, however, they’ve fallen apart. Their margin has been just minus-2.6, but they have lost seven of those eight games. In the clutch, they’ve fallen apart, scoring just 95.7 points per 100 possessions and allowing 106.4, a net rating of minus-10.7.
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Keep Blake Griffin healthy. It’s understandable that coach Stan Van Gundy is under pressure to earn a playoff spot, and though Griffin has struggled in eight games in Detroit (he is shooting 40.6 percent), riding him down the stretch is Detroit’s best bet to get them there. But Griffin has been injury prone, and the Pistons will need him to be healthy past just this year. It’ll be tempting to up his minutes in the final weeks of the season, but the Pistons should resist that.

One of his character flaws is he has this passive-aggressive bent that he gets into and he’s also moody, which maybe that’s the same thing, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on The Dan Le Batard Show Wednesday.
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And he gets in these sort of moods, we’ve seen this for years, and he’s in a mood right now and he’s depressed because of the state of the roster.

More specifically, James is reportedly unhappy with how he and Thomas are playing together.

They don’t play together at all on the court, Windhorst said. A couple days ago our stats and information group sent me that Isaiah was shooting less than 20 percent on passes from LeBron, so LeBron’s throwing him passes and Isaiah’s making none of them.

Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey lobbies for Le’Veon Bell to get paid

Discussions regarding Le’Veon Bell’s extension aren’t gaining momentum, so a veteran voice in the Steelers’ locker room is speaking out.
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With talks involving a long-term contract seemingly stalled, the star running back got some support from center Maurkice Pouncey, who shared his thoughts on Instagram and vowed to call the front office if terms weren’t met by the time free agency begins.

Earlier this week at the the NFL Scouting Combine, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team has spoken to Bell’s reps to try to figure out common ground for a long-term deal. Colbert added that the Steelers are eager to reach a negotiation by March 6, which is the last day teams can designate a franchise player.

James had a jaw-dropping, behind-the-back dribble in traffic that went between Tristan Thompson’s legs before he scored and was fouled. James looked up and watched the replay before shooting his free throw, but he didn’t know all the details of the play until halftime.

One of my guys from the NBA showed me and I was like, `OK, yeah, that’s probably one of the best plays I’ve had in my career, he said.

The Cavs played without starting guard J.R. Smith, who was suspended one game by the team for detrimental conduct. Smith attended the team’s morning shootaround, but coach Tyronn Lue indicated something happened after the workout that led to the one-game ban. Lue expects Smith to practice Friday and play Saturday against Denver.
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When Jones was asked if Bryant’s contract would be reconstructed or if the team will cut Kevin Faulk Youth jersey him, Jones remained tight-lipped on the terms of any contract negotiations.

The reason we don’t discuss contract is that it is implies there is an issue with the contract, Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That is not fair to imply that there is anything until we sit down and announce we have done something one way or another. It takes two. It takes him and us to do anything with his contract. I’m going to leave it at that. You have asked me as I sit here do you want him on the team next year, and my answer is yes.

Jones said the Cowboys and Bryant will be meeting soon, likely before the start of free agency on March 14. Even thought the topic of the meeting will be money (and possibly a paycut), Jones doesn’t believe that there will be any bad blood since the pair are close.

I have had a lot of business with Dez over the years, Jones said. And I have been very involved with not only his contract negotiation but in many cases, his other personal business. It’s just not awkward at all to visit. We plan on visiting with him about his business. We are both very comfortable, being very candid.

Sanders turns 31 in March and is coming off an ineffective season hurt by a midseason ankle injury.

Denver could be doing a complete reboot of its passing game, from quarterback to its two familiar starting wideouts. Thomas wasn’t great in 2017 with some shaky QB play, but he can still be an effective possession guy at age 30. It’s more likely the Broncos cut their No. 2, instead.
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Denver keeping Thomas means not keeping Sanders.

Martin’s hot-and-cold relationship with Dirk Koetter will end with the RB’s release at age 29. The Bucs were disappointed with his play post-suspension, and they’ll move on with Peyton Barber and/or others in the backfield.

That will be easier after last year’s 5-0 finish and the promise Garoppolo will be under center. Lynch has more flexibility to make moves this season than he did the year prior, but he’ll also face significantly greater expectations. The 49ers’ 2018 will be all about building a future around their new franchise quarterback. With a few shrewd signings, Lynch can ensure that future Elvis Dumervil Womens Jersey comes more quickly than anyone could have hoped.

And to bring it full circle, the player taken second overall, immediately after the first, the quarterback universally regarded as the next-best prospect, also never played a snap last season.

Keep all of these facts about the 2012 quarterback class in mind during the weeks leading up to the 2018 edition. The debate over who is the absolute best of this incoming class will only rage further, as will which quarterbacks belong in the elite group overall.
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Like with running back, it’s better for Cleveland to think supplemental than primary at wide receiver in free agency.

Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills said his answer is technique.

He’s not an overly appealing player to watch, but his role on this team comes with a high floor, so I’ll happily build around him on a night in which he faces the third worst rebounding team and one that ranks 29th in overall defense. Sure, his offensive role isn’t great, but his scoring average is up over 2.0 points per game for a second straight season and the talent around him allows him to play to his strengths (his average made shot is from 1.8 feet away). I’m viewing Adams as a double-double lock in Sacramento tonight with the potential for this game to be one of his top five of the season.

I love George as much as anyone, but his salary ($9,500 FD, $8,800 DK) is still inflated from when Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony were out. It’s a neutral matchup for George with the Kings from a DvP perspective, but Vegas expects an easy win for the Thunder in the lowest point total game on this slate.

“It’s definitely frustrating, I’m not happy with the loss,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “The players gotta realize that against a quick team they’re not gonna have as much time and space if you turn the puck over a couple of times inside their blue line.”

Vegas opened the scoring when Hyka, playing in just his third NHL game, scored his first career goal 2:29 into the game.

“I’m kind of still getting used to (the NHL), everything is faster compared to the IHL, but I play with two really good guys and they make a lot of things there for me and I’m just really happy I can play with them,” said the 24-year-old Hyka, about his linemates Cody Eakin and Ryan Carpenter.

After the request was sent, Skiba sent Manning an email saying “Let me know what your looking for I’ll try to get something down for you…,” according to the Post.

“2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” Manning allegedly responded from his BlackBerry. Then 17 minutes later, Manning wrote back to Zucker, saying: “Should be able to get them for tomorrow.”

This Super Bowl is primed for it.

“You have really good plays, you have bad plays and the bad plays had better not be so much better than the good plays,” Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler said. “The cornerback position is the toughest to play in football. It takes a strong amount of confidence. You have to be ready for anything physically and mentally. You’ve got to be a dog.”


The American women made it look easy against Finland in the semifinal, winning 5-0.

The puck drops at 11:10 p.m. ET tonight for one of the most anticipated hockey games of the year: USA vs. Canada for Olympic women’s gold. The U.S. is seeking its first gold since Nagano in 1998. Canada is seeking its fifth straight gold in this lopsided rivalry.
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The Blue Jackets (30-26-5) rediscovered their offensive attack two weeks ago in three straight games when they took at least 50 shots on goal but since then have fallen back into a familiar pattern of struggling to score goals.

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The lone goal came from winger Artemi Panarin, whose rising shot in the second period gave him 200 career points in the NHL.

The Lions and returning offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter have to be tired of Ameer Abdullah. Theo Riddick’s value remains capped as a receiving-only back. Now there’s a Lewis connection with former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia taking over as head coach.

Detroit has less salary-cap space ($44 million-plus) than the four teams above, but general manager Bob Quinn has made a solemn vow to finally fix the team’s running game and help Matthew Stafford. Getting Lewis would be quite the solution. Patricia also should know firsthand how complementary Lewis can be to a successful defense.

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