49ers free agency: San Francisco has the cash, QB options it needs for a turnaround

“Everyone knows that 鈥?you need a quarterback to be consistently competitive,” he said. “That’s what everybody is looking for, coaches and personnel people. That’s where it starts.”
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With the Falcons, Shanahan has a general manager in Thomas Dimitroff who got him exactly what he needed, whether that meant drafting players such as Jake Matthews and Tevin Coleman or signing players such as Gabriel, Mohamed Sanu and Alex Mack.

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“John is a guy with whom I’ve developed a relationship over the years,” Shanahan said of Lynch. “He’s a guy who lives and dies football. He’s a very smart guy.”

Just four years ago, the 49ers were coming off their third NFC championship game appearance in as many seasons. They looked poised to be one of the dominant teams of the decade.

Since then it has been nothing but chaos in San Francisco, and three different head coaches combined for just 15 wins from 2014 to 2016.

With a new general manager and head coach in place, the 49ers are optimistic that they can fix their mess. And with nearly $80 million in cap room, they have the potential to make big changes in a hurry.

Here’s a breakdown of the 49ers’ offseason options.

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A restructure converts base salary, which counts in full against the cap, into a signing bonus that’s split equally among the remaining years of the contract. Teams can create big cap room with restructures, but they add massive amounts of dead money to future years.

And while restructures are exactly what has gotten Dallas into trouble with the cap, they’ll be a necessity this year.

The two most logical candidates for contract restructures are left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick 鈥?Dallas can create around $7.5 million in cap room with Smith and $10.5 million with Frederick. Those two moves would put the Cowboys under the salary cap and allow them to carry Romo’s large cap charge into the regular season if they want to trade him then.

She eventually landed on a lighted stage where she performed complicated dance routines while singing her biggest hits.

Rumors had been swirling that Lady Gaga wanted to perform from the roof of NRG Stadium.

Game Kids Kiko Alonso Jersey There were also rumors that Gaga was going to make a political statement during the show, speaking out against President Donald Trump’s travel ban. That didn’t happen.

Just in case, Fox Sports elected to have a five-second tape delay during the halftime show to be prepared for any possible snafus.

The practice has been popularized ever since the Janet Jackson debacle at Super Bowl 38.

Whitney Mercilus Youth Jersey Pryor’s value in free agency is probably not going to be as much as the value of the franchise tag, but given all the cap space the Browns have and the lack of talent on their team, they should not worry about the one-year price of a tag for Pryor. His track record is not strong enough to commit a big, long-term contract, so in that respect, the tag is the proper option here.

He knows pitching the ninth is a different animal.

There were questions heading into this spring about whether the team should try to move him back into the rotation or to leave him in the bullpen. However, pitching coach Larry Rothschild maintained that they envisioned him to still be a starter.

He’s maintained the mentality that he wants to start, Rothschild told the New York Post. And that’s what we prefer.

Severino impressed enough to avoid a demotion to the minors and he made the rotation as the team’s No. 4 starter. However, he’s looked more like the team’s No. 1 this year.

When asked about how he鈥檚 throwing, Betances plays modest.

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Warren, on the other hand, is more than ready to brag. Whether it be Betances鈥?99-mph fastball or deadly hook, his stuff mesmerizes Warren.

He鈥檚 just straight up nasty,he said, with an appreciative tone.

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Houston has a reliable workhorse in Lamar Miller

When Watson eventually takes over, he’ll be surrounded by plenty of quality weapons to succeed. DeAndre Hopkins struggled to do anything with Osweiler last year, but he remains one of the league’s premier receivers, just two years removed from a 111-catch, 1,521-yard campaign. He’s the kind of No. 1 receiver you can build the passing game around. The jury is still out on two 2016 picks: first-rounder Will Fuller and Braxton Miller (former Ohio State QB), but both men have untapped potential.

In the running game, Houston has a reliable workhorse in Lamar Miller, who rushed for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns last season. However, he struggled while playing through injuries and needs someone who can spell him during games. The Texans addressed that issue with third-round rookie D’Onta Foreman, a 233-pound bruiser who should be an upgrade over Alfred Blue as the change-of-pace back.

Fitzpatrick was replaced behind center by Geno Smith and then Bryce Petty during an ugly season that saw him throw six interceptions in a single game. The journeyman QB went 3-8 as a starter, completed less than 57 percent of his passes, and threw only 12 touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions in his 12th season as a pro.

The Jets have plenty of improving to do after a disappointing 5-11 season. Their rebuild has started with a focus on defensive improvements. One way to spark a turnaround would be getting Richardson back to his Pro Bowl form. If he can’t, he won’t have Marshall to take his frustrations out on anymore.yankees_1653_29916f092bd05332-180x180

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Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots

During a recent Congressional recess, she wore out the twenty-somethings in her office with 14 speaking events, 20 meetings, and six press conferences back home. She had to set aside three hours just to hit the grocery store because of all the fanfare she gets in the aisles.

According to court document, secured by The Reporter, Kaseberg wrote on the morning of Feb. 3, 2015:
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Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll.

Later that day, one of O’Brien’s writers submitted a joke that was used in a slightly modified form on the show that night that went:

Tom Brady said he wants to give the truck that he was given as Super Bowl MVP бн to the guy who won the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Which is very nice. I think that’s nice. I do. Yes. So Brady’s giving his truck to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

That, along with other examples submitted by Kaseberg’s attorneys, left U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino seeing enough to push the suit forward.

He did that while throwing to a receiving corps headlined by Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton.

It’s tough to put his bad team/good performance 2016 into words, but our very own Stephen White may have done it best with a recent tweetstorm that highlighted how Kaepernick is still a special quarterback.

The Browns probably have close to a 50 percent chance at a top-three pick — feel free to calculate for yourself … it’s not easy — but can’t pick any lower than fourth overall.

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It’s just one of those scars that you remember forever, and you’ve just got to move on,Freeman said. You can’t be salty and negative about it for the rest of your life. You’ve just got to ask how can I get better and get back there and take advantage of it. That’s all.

Antonio Brown wants offensive linemen in his TD celebrations now that it’s allowed

Antonio Brown has been flagged and fined for some memorable touchdown celebrations. Now that the NFL has relaxed its celebration rules, Brown’s wants to take advantage of that and celebrate with his offensive line.

I haven’t celebrated with (Maurkice) Pouncey in the end zone since he’s been here. (David) DeCastro, Brown said Wednesday. Some of the o-line guys, those guys be excited to score. I’m sure they’re tired when we score, they be trying to get off the field, but I think it’d give them another reason to be on the field.

Limited Womens Alfred Blue Jersey Simply iconic. It’s probably why Quinn and the Falcons play his music at practice.

2 Chainz is a real one when it comes to Atlanta sports fandom. He’s often courtside at Hawks games, which he has rapped about. He went to the Super Bowl, where he stayed true to Atlanta by posting a video of himself getting a police escort to the game while listening to Slippery by Migos.

Airports are some of the more interesting places on Earth. Despite being hotbeds for some of the best people watching in the world, you never know who you’re going to run into (especially in Atlanta). My colleague Jason Kirk and I shared a flight with Young Thug once.
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That’s also part of why the photo is good. Two of the more recognizable people in the city end up meeting at the airport, of all places. Even if it is in New York.

It’s a little thing, but it’s an Atlanta thing, because you can’t go to the airport without running into somebody.

Cubs win wild 13-inning game on walk-off error by Phillies

Elite Jake Fisher Jersey Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts as Kansas City’s leadoff hitter in an 8-3 loss to the White Sox. Merrifield saw his average drop to .222 on the season as the Royals have struggled mightily, going 9-18 so far and just 2-11 in the American League Central.

Elite Jimmy Smith Jersey Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper made a diving catch to rob Braden Shipley of a base hit in the third inning of Thursday’s win over the D-backs.

Harper went 0 for 3 in the game before leaving after striking out in the sixth inning with tightness in his groin. He is listed as day to day.

Ivan Nova wasn’t going to let the hitters steal the show Saturday. The Pirates right-hander tossed a complete game shutout of the Marlins striking out seven and giving up just three hits while walking none. More importantly, he did it with just 95 pitches.

As good as Bryce Harper has been this season, it’s hard to criticize him, but if he performs like he did Saturday more often he would certainly be the butt of some jokes. Harper went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Mets. He was 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position, striking out twice and grounding into a double play the third time.

Astros right fielder Josh Reddick may be a man known for long hair and occasional moonshots, but what often gets overlooked is his arm strength. That’s exactly what Oakland’s Chad Pinder did and he regretted it instantly.

UNC cornerback and draft prospect Des Lawrence also doubts size will impact Switzer’s ability to succeed.

Switzer, who never missed a game in college, understands durability will always be a concern for someone his size. But he is sure it won’t be a problem, as is his higher-profile teammate, quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

“(His size) is not gonna matter,” said Trubisky, who might be the first quarterback selected this year. “That hasn’t stopped him this far. Nobody could cover him one-on-one. He’s definitely gonna translate to the next level.”

UNC cornerback and draft prospect Des Lawrence also doubts size will impact Switzer’s ability to succeed.

“He’s, if not the hardest worker, one of the hardest workers I have ever met in my life,” Lawrence said. “His will to be better and be the best is going to separate him. He’s quick, he’s fast, he can catch, he can go across the middle, he can do it all.”

Switzer won’t be having a big draft party this week, or going out and celebrating. He’ll be at home in Charleston, W.V., watching the draft with his mom, dad, four sisters and fiancée in his childhood living room.

He’s prepared to go anywhere from Round 2-7, but don’t expect him to play with a chip on his shoulder if he falls.

Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama: Robinson was once considered a lock for the first round, but will have to wait until the second round. The former Crimson Tide tackle could provide some versatility on the line as either a right tackle or even inside at guard. The Louisiana native looks the part at 6-6, 322 pounds and shouldn’t have to wait long to hear his name called Friday. nike_cardinals_1805

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NFL Draft 2017: Former Clemson receiver Germone Hopper wants one last chance

Authentic Kids Bashaud Breeland Jersey CHARLOTTE, N.C. Germone Hopper wants another chance.

After walking away from the Clemson football program last year, Hopper is hoping to draw at least one NFL team’s interest.

Listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds while at Clemson, Hopper caught 71 passes for 797 yards and six touchdowns over three seasons. If you don’t quite remember who he is, he’s the dude who juked Syracuse safety Antwan Cordy into viral Internet infamy in 2015.

I’m not going to lie, Samuel said about his time. I didn’t expect it. My times in training weren’t 4.31 or 4.3s at all. I know once I give my body the proper time to heal and rest I can pull off something like that.
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Samuel’s time raised his draft stock, but it also increased the gamble teams must take to get him. Which franchise is willing to do that in the first few rounds? He could be a luxury pick for a playoff contender, or he could be asked to contribute right away for a lower-tier team. Keep in mind Harvin was taken with the No. 22 pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. It’s a flashy pick.

That could apply even more in the NFL: Consider Harvin’s best season with Minnesota in 2011, when he had 87 catches for 967 yards and six touchdowns with 52 rushes for 345 yards and two scores. He added 624 total return yards and another touchdown That’s a decent path for Samuel in the NFL, given the correct landing spot.

Harvin checked in at 5-11 and 192 pounds before running a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Combine. Samuel had almost identical dimensions at 5-11 and 196 pounds, but he ran a 4.31 in the 40. That got lost because Washington’s John Ross ran a 4.22 just before Samuel.

Raiders’ move to Las Vegas gaining momentum as NFL owners schedule vote, reports say

It’s beginning to look like Las Vegas has a winning hand with the NFL.

It won’t be cheap — a Raiders relocation fee will range from $325 million to $375 million, MMQB.com reports — but a vote is scheduled for Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, according to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora.

He writes: The league is incredibly careful about if or when a matter this large gets before the entire caucus of 32 owners for a relocation vote, and the mere fact that a vote of that very nature is scheduled for Monday is further indication that the Raiders are on the move.

At the heart of the case, Hamid used a variety of schemes to under-report attendance from 2008-11 at Skybox on Sheffield, a rooftop club beyond the historic ballpark’s right-field wall.
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Vince Dunn Authentic Jersey According to the Tribune, Hamid sobbed as he apologized in court before his sentencing, calling Wrigley Field a very special place and the partnership with the team a dream opportunity. I betrayed the Cubs, he said.

The Cubs’ frequently contentious relations with rooftop club owners — which escalated after the Ricketts family bought the team — wound up in court in 2015. Skybox on Sheffield owners sued over plans to put up a huge video board in right field as part of Wrigley Field renovations because it and other signage would obstruct the rooftop club’s views of the playing field.

A federal judge refused to order the team to stop construction, and now Skybox on Sheffield — which calls itself Chicago’s Premier Luxury Rooftop on its website — promotes an experience more than just the game since it has no view of Wrigley’s infield.