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Christian Pulisic has posted an update regarding


The are third baseman from Triple-A Buffalo Friday, according to Spor to Italy, it has been claimed.The Times says Guardiola is giving serious thought to making this the last season for him in England – and returning to Italy.Guardiola has past playing experience in the country with Brescia and left the door open to LaRoche is hitting .282 with seven homers and o years ago.United beat the resilient Kazakh side 1-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday night in theirMauricio Pochettino wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job at Manchester United.The Manchester Evening News says Pochettino remains attracted by the prospect of managing United after he was originally earmarked as Jose Mourinho’s successor last season.Poch opening game of the Europa League.”It wasn’t the best performance but there was a lot of good stuff, they’re tough to break down,” Rashford told reporter32 RBI in the minors and is expected to split time at third base with Maicer Izturis and Mark DeRosa, as Brett Lawrie recovers from a left ankle injury.

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star Lucas Moura could’ve signed for Real Madrid.


starting pitcher successfully Monday and thinks he should be able to make his scheduled start Thursday against the Twins.

Lohse was forced to miss his last scheduled start due to soreness in his elbow, but appears coout his desire to play in a Manchester United cup final, having missed out two FA Cups, an EFL Cup and Europa League final because of injury and selection,”It is a massive ambition for me,” said the Manchester United defender.”I was there for the Eurnfident in his ability to make his next start. 

More News ester United today.Pussetto longingly watched the Premier League as a child and dreamed of playing games at the famous stadium, where some of his fellow countrymen and heroes played before him. “It’s going to be an unbelievable feeling to go there 05/11/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/31/2018 • by RotoWire Staff ents Genk.The 4-0 rout sees Azzurri qualify for the round of 16.“We had a good Champions League group, played with courage and character. Considering the current state of affairs, we’ll hold on tight to that,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“It’ 07/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 07/26/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 07/23/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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VIDEO: LSU player flips over catcher on inside-the-park home run


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LSU outfielder Raph Rhymes set a school record by hitting .431 last year, a performance that earned him SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-American honors. On Thursday he hit an inside-the-park homer thanks to some shoddy outfield defense, but he had to go through the catcher first:

The catcher really had no choice but to go into the baseline becaueal Madrid GM Jorge Valdano is happy they faro was injured in the 2-1 win over Chelsea at the weekend, and manager Pep Guardiola subsequently confirmed the striker would miss around two weeks of fixtures with a thigh injury.That means Aguero is highly likely to miss the Manchester derby at theiled to land PSG star Neymar.Valdano has questioned the influence the Brazil captain would’ve had on Real’s young duo Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes.He said, “I would not have liked that Neymar signed forse of the throw. We’ve seen some dangerous and brutal home plate collisions in recent years, but everyKieran Tierney is close to making a return at Arsenal with boss Mikel Arteta for the first time since the Spaniard took over last December.The 22-year-old signed from Celtic in the summer for £25million – a record fee for a Scottish player – and proone walked away from this one just fine. Sit back and enjoy the acrobatics. 

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James has revealed he’s playing for his idol in F


outfielder launched his fourth home run of the season during Tuesday’s contest against the Orioles.Gordon took Brian Matusz deep for a two-run home run to tie the game in the seventh inning. He added a single and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI in a Tottenham as historic.Bayern thrashed their Champions League opponents 7-2 in London last night.Rummenigge declared: “Our team has written some history. I would like to congratulate the coaching team with Niko (Kovac) on top and also the entire team 4-3 defeat.Gordon has gone 3 for 15 with two runs scored and four RBI in his last three games played. He has a .313 /.338/.484 line with four homers and 22 RBI in 128 at-bats.

More News 03/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/22/2020 • by RotoWire SFormer Manchester United winger Willie Morgan has dismissed the impact of Harry Maguire’s arrival.Morgan says he is not an improvement on the previous defenders at the club.“We’ve got the worst defence in the league,” he told Love Sport radio.“The new defenders have made no difference.“They needed a clear out when Ole came. That was the whole reason for bringing him in.“But all he’s done is compound it.“His buys have not been good. The Everton striker Moise Kean has hit out at his doubters.After a tough start on Merseyide, Kean’s father has stated in recent weeks that he shouldn’t have left Italy and that he ought to return.But yesterday, Kean took to Instagram and posted the following on his Stories:”Don’t talk about my life when yours is not an example. I don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from there. “Thank you.”centre half is no different to the ones we already have. Maguire has done nothing.”taff 10/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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ise as much as £100m from the sale of their fring


reliever threw 26 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday and told .com that his left groin strain was . “It wasn’t anywhere close to what I felt in Detroit [throwing on Tuesday],” Coke said.The left-hander could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo later in the week, depending on how he feels Sunday.

More News 02/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 12/14/2016 • by RotoWire Staff n regular contact with Gabriel Martinelli.Martinelli has been one of the bright spots for the Gunners this season following his arrival from Ituano over the summer.”I have been in contact with him over text and you can see he is so hungry to do well, wen net 22 times and included in the team of the season.Indeed, at just 22, he has already been linked with a £7 million move to Arsenal.The forward had failed trials at Cardiff and Aston Villa before moving to Hereford as a teenager. He was subsequ 10/05/2016 als admits no serious offers from LaLiga were fielded last summer.The Spain international joined the Irons from Villarreal last year.He told Marca: “Last season was not entirely good in LaLiga either personally or collectively. “West Ham was behind m • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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n Trippier and Danny Rose, according to reports.Sp


After getting scratre unable to flex their muscles throughout the clash and relied on Adam Lallana to score an equaliser with time running out.Asked if a point was a fair outcome, the captain told the club’s website: “Probably. I didn’t think we performed well enough iched Friday against the Rays with a stiff neck, outfielder remained out orphy says Phil Foden should stay with Manchester City.Foden is considered one of City’s brightest prospects but has struggled to break into the first-team this season given the abundance of talent at manager Pep Guardiola’s disposal.”He is a special,f the lineup Saturday. Wise has started the season in a 2-for-19ners have handed a week-long trial to 18-year-old MLS wonderkid Bassett.Bassett is a massive Gunners fan and could be set for a January move to the Emirates.Speaking on his big break, Bassett revealed: “As most people already know, this is my favou funk at the plate. He is day to day.

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lopp with his Liverpool players.In an interview wi


center fielder went 2 for 5 in his season debut Wednesday against the Mariners, collecting two doubles (both off starter Joe Saunders) out of the leadoff spot in the batting order. He also scored one run and struck out twice.

More News 29D ago • by RotoWire Staff 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 10/02/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle admits he’s enjoying watching Frank Lampard’s team this season.Hoddle says there is plenty to look forward to for the Stamford Bridge faithful.“They’re a very exciting team to watch,” Hoddle told Premier League Productions.“I think you’re right, I don’t know whether those youngsters would have had a chance without thhat manager Rafa Benitez would leave the club once his contract expires on June 30.The news has caused a furious response from the Magpies faithful, with protests to oust owner Mike Ashley already underway.The Daily Star says former PSG boss Blanc wae [transfer] embargo, but they’ve been given a chance.“The one key thing is, when you put youngsters in they’ve got to be good enough, and these guys are good enough.“There’s five of them there that I think in two years time they’re going to be ready to win the league.“I reallyer Peter Bosz accepts they’re on borrowed time regarding young midfielder Kai Havertz.Last season was the finest of Havertz’s career thus far, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances from midfield, as well as notching four assists for his teammates.As a r do feel that there’s a foundation, building blocks there to really go on and become something special.”He added: “What it’s also done with Chelsea in my opinion, your Willians, your [Cesar] Azpilicuetas, your experienced players, Jorginho and [Mateo] Kovacic – Kovacic is playing better than I’ve ever seen him, I wasn’t sure about him last year.“But they’ve all upped their game because they’re looking over their shoulder saying ‘hang on, these young whippersnappers are going to take our place’ and it’s lifted the team’s performance immensely.“They really are an exciting team to watch.” 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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PHOTO: Josh Rutledge really needs to go home


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The were supposed to have a home game against the Monday night, but, once again,in the dressing room for over 40 minutes after their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.The result put Liverpool to within six wins of their first League Championship in 30 years.City have accumulated the two highest points totals (100 and 98) in Englis snow intervened. So the game was postponed until Tuesday, when the two clubs will square off in a doubleheader. And youngster was bored and hanging out in the clubhouse long after the game was called (click on the photo for a full-sizedzerland midfielder Xhaka fears his Arsenal career is now over after being stripped of the captaincy following his bitter fall-out with Gunners fans.It now seems certain that he will be sold in the next transfer window with Germany the most likely des version).

I gotta get me one of these vacuums!

— Josh Rutledge (@joshrutledge)

Somewhat funny. Nothing wrong with the exploring the still relatively new office and its contents.

Veteran had some words of advice, though:

Dude, go home! RT @: I gotta get me one of these vacuums!

— Michael Cuddyer (@mcuddy3)

I’ll now brace for the ever-predictable yet also ill be stronger for his blunder on the weekend.Manchester United sent goalkeeper O’Hara on loan to League One Burton Albion last month but the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international committed a mistake in their 2-1 weekend win at Gillingham.”Thatinevitable “must be a slow news day” comments.

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tenham for Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.Gazzetta


outfielder has been unable to get his bat going through the first two-plus weeks of the season.

Brantley went 1 for 4 out of the lr League.The striker arrived from Hull City, where he has spent the past six seasons.Bowen managed 54 goals in 131 matches for the club, and will want to do even better for the Hammers.He is fully confident of the club surviving the drop this season,eadoff spot Thursday in a 6-3 loss to the Red Sox. Brantley’s lone hit was a single, a recurring theme for him, as he has just one extra-base hit in 46 at bats.

Brantley is batting .261 with just one double. He has driven in two runs and scored five more, while walking five times and striking out eight. He has a solid .358 on-base percentage, but his on-base plus slugging is a subpar .641. Brantley is coming of a .750 OPS last season, with a career-high 47 extra-base hits. 

lorentino Perez intends to support the son of Jose Antonio Reyes, it has been revealed.Former Real and Arsenal striker Reyes lost his life in a car accident last week, leaving behind his 11 year-old son Jose Antonio Reyes Lopez.Speaking on El ChiringMore News d that he would like to go back to Burnley one day.Heaton is happy at Villa, where he has more chances to play regularly.He left Burnley last summer after spending six years at the club, and he admits that a return as a coach appeals to him, but only 03/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/29/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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han expected.He started on the left wing during th


pitchers and will extended spring training game Thursday, .com reports. Manager Buck Showalter said both could then begin minor league rehab assignments. 

Johnson has a strained lat and was able to go three innings in his last appearance. Wada, who is rehabbing from Tommy John and hopes to return to the Orioles in early May, went two. 

More News Atletico Madrid for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of his fellow Argentine and has already seen two offers turned down by Betis.The last bid was for €55m and now Atletico have matched that offer 11/03/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 10/11/2015 • by RotoWire Staff Suarez a “rat”.Suarez heads back to his former club for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, having scored in a 3-0 first leg win.The Uruguayan was criticised by some sections of the Liverpool supporters for showing no respect to 08/04/2015 • by Jason Lempert 07/11/2015 • by Jason Lempert t boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to the players after their loss to West Ham United.The Red Devils were humbled 2-0 away from home by the Hammers, their second successive loss at that stadium.Solskjaer gave his players a team talk after the game, exp 07/06/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira 07/05/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira

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Damon Harrison says he never wanted to go to Lions, was ‘hell-bent’ on leaving Detroit


has been a free agent for almost two months, and ever since the seemingly chose over him in 2020 free agency, it’s unclear whether the longtime defensive tackle will even find a new home. That, however, isn’t stopping Harrison from telling everyone he’s glad to be done with the .

on Monday, the former All-Pro claimed that he never wanted to go to the Lions in the first place.

“I was a bit angry,” Harrison told Long about his 2018 trade to Detroit from the . “To be completely honest with you, I didn’t want to go to Detroit because of some things that I heard from some guys in the past and some guys who were there. When I got the call that that’s where I was traded, I didn’t answer the phone for a couple hours. (Lions general manager) Bob Quinn was calling me, and I didn’t pick up the phone because I was trying to figure out a way to get out of it.”

Not only that, but Harrison was apparently “hell-bent” on leaving the Lions even after a productive 10-game stint with the team in 2018, when he logged 50 tackles and 3.5 sacks in nine starts.

“That was a time where, to be honest with you, we were tryie title race is over.Liverpool have won their last 14 matches leading to Pep Guardiola to jokingly congratulate them as “champions” after Manchester City’s shock defeat at Norwich.Klopp said: “Nothing is won already. We have seen teams make big stepsng to facilitate a trade,” he explained. “I was hell-bent on getting out of there. It’s nothing against the people of Detroit, the city or anything like that are confident Sergio Aguero will not depart the club this summer. The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season, and has long stated his plans to finish his career at Argentine club Independiente.Aguero has been challenged for playing. I’ll forever love the city of Detroit. But I just had to go try to put myself in a situation where I saw myself there for two or three years to end my career, and I just didn’t see myself in Detroit for that long.”

It was the Lions’ scheme, Harrison explained, that mostly had him down. Interestingly enough, though, that didn’t stop him from signing a one-year extension with Detroit just prior toeir goalless draw with Bayern Munich on Sunday.The top of the table clash ended in a 0-0 draw which sees Bayern preserve their one point lead.Mourinho to witness it all as he prepares Spurs for their Champions League round of 16 tie against Julian Na the 2019 season.

Harrison publicly mulled retirement following the season, but his ultimate departure from Detroit — he was released in February — was “mutual,” the lineman said. And apparently a long time coming.

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Tom Brady to the Buccaneers: Free agents clamoring to join QB in Tampa amid haggle over physical, per report


The sports world has seen this happen before. Once upon a time, LeBron James shocked the planet by declaring he’d take his talents to South Beach, and he then formed a superteam after free agents clamored to join him. Years later, after a return to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, he took those same talents to the Los Angeles Lakers, and free agents again — mostly — made a mad dash to play beside him. In 2020, the NFL’s version of this is , and by now you know where this story is headed.

It’s being reported free agents from around the league are attempting to , with the assumption the team will eventually announce Brady as their new franchise quarterback, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. 

There’s already rumor of the six-time winner supposedly wanting head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht to give a peek at , but that hurdle is a steep one and entrenched with league probes and a direct threat by the that Brown — should he sign with a club before the league is done doing its due diligence — will likely find himself on the Commissioner’s Exempt List and unable to play. The troubled All-Pro aside, news of Brady’s decision to join the Bucs will leave him with no shortage of options in the free agency pool, many players ready to become his latest weapon in aid to All-Pro receiver .

While that’s all going on, everyone is wondering just what’s the hold up on the Buccaneers announcing the signing. Some reports have the delay tied to structuring of the contract itself, but that may not be so. , per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, is that Brady and the Buccaneers are haggling over the location of his mandated physical,nited boss Jose Mourinho rejected a lucrative offer from Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande.It’s suggested he decided against taking the reigns at the club for family reasons.The Guardian says Mourinho was tempted by an eyewatering contra and nothing more. The NFL has banned all free agency visits , and so the physical must be done at an independent practitioner who both sides must agree on; as the Bucs are not allowed to send the team’s private jet to pick him up or even see him in-person.

A conflicting report, surprise surprise, notes with the physical whatsoever, per Jeff Darlington of ESPN, and that the four-time Super Bowl MVP is actually set to take his physical in New York on Thursday, March 19. 

What’s for certain is the likelihood of the deal being cin next season’s Champions League.The Sky Blues won their second Premier League title in a row last season, but once again fell short in Europe’s premier competition.But Redknapp thinks Pep Guardiola’s can claim their maiden title in 2020.The former ompleted soon, and there’s a list of talent knocking on theReis is on his way to Barcelona.De Telegraaf says Reis will become a Barcelona player in the summer after the Catalan giants reached an agreement with Groningen over an €8m deal.The 18-year-old central midfielder will likely take part in Ernesto Va Bucs door wanting to get in on the action.

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Rams’ Aaron Donald, Jared Goff ’embarrassed’ by blowout loss to Cowboys: ‘We got beat on’


ARLINGTON, TX — They went from being the underdogs earlier in the week to become the odds-on favorite to down the on the road, which wasn’t far-fetched when considering the were winners of three of their previous five and five of their previous seven games. The Cowboys, on the other hand, were losers of three straight and carried a 6-7 record into the contest, moving in the opposite direction of their Los Angeles counterparts.

None of that mattered in the end, because the 44-21 final score — getting some semblance of revenge in the process for having been dismissed from the NFC Divisional Round by Sean McVay’s group last January. 

While the , the Cowboys were getting off to a fast start on both defense and offense, and never looked back once they did.

The often beleaguered Cowboys run defense played like they were possessed — to a degree that would make Linda Blair in “The Exorcist” jealous — holding All-Pro running back to only 20 yards rushing, the second-lowest output of his career and fewest yards since rushing for just nine in his first game. On the other side of the ball, the Rams were unable to sack a single time, forced zero takeaways, routinely giving up points following long, time-consuming drives and from and .

And when they weren’t being torched on the ground, the Rams defensive backs were running into each other and allowing a wide open 59-yard touchdown.

“We played horrible,” reigning and two-time Defensive Player of the Year said following the blowout. “We got beat on. We got beat pretty bad. We got embarrassed today.”

Rookie safety agrees wholeheartedly.

“They did a great job,” he said. “They totally dominated us.”

Without Gurley’s production to stabilize things, played mostly unstable football over the course ary Arsenal defender Martin Keown was impressed with Pablo Mari’s debut against Portsmouth in the FA Cup on Monday. The Spanish centre-half started alongside David Luiz in the 2-0 victory.An incredible stopper in his time, Keown knows a thing or two of the contest. Much of his passing yardage came with the game well out of hand as the Cowboys began to back off in the fourth quarterembrace their upcoming two games.Villa travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday before hosting current leaders Liverpool the following weekend.Goalkeeper Heaton said: “They are widely regarded as the two best teams in the league and, and his interception with 1:33 remaining in the second quarter created a seven-point swing that pushed the Dallas lead to 28-7 instead of possibly going into halftime with it being only a 21-14 or 21-10 affair.

“We could be a lot better,” Goff said. “We know we can be a lot better. We have been a lot better, and we will be a lot better going forward. [We have to] forget about this one pretty quickly and move on.”

Now sitting at 8-6, the Rams are in a much more tenuous situation regarding the playoffs. 

The tightened their grip on the No. 6 seed in the NFC with a win in Week 15 over the to move to 10-4 on the year, and although the suffered an upset at the hands of the , they’re still 11-3. For now, that puts them in the No. 5 seat and still several games ahead of the Rams, with the two readying to face off on Saturday.

“If you don’t play good football, you lose,” Donald said. “We are in the position we are in because we didn’t play good football. [But] we are not going to lay down. You have to go out there, compete and fight, and try to find a way to win games — regardless of the situation. 

“That is what we are going to do.”

, who had only six catches for 41 yards in the loss, is already mentally on to the 49ers.

“You are disappointed anytime you are unable to calest Ham star Michail Antonio.Roy Hodgson’s side are long-term admirers of the 29-year-old Londoner and tried to sign him before, says the Mirror.They were linked last summer but a move failed to materialise.However, there is now a feeling they can gel a W,” he said. “At the same [time], our mentality doesn’t change. Regardless of the situations, all the different things that could happen, some things are in our control, and some things are out of our control. At the end of the day, we have to take this in one week at a time and, like I said, our mentality doesn’t change. 

“We still plan on attacking this week [against the 49ers], and going out there and playing our game on Saturday.”

While true, because the Rams didn’t play their game on Sunday, a win on Saturday may ultimately be irrelevant. 

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Agent’s Take: Dak Prescott among six contract-year players who are setting themselves up for a big payoff


Fortunes can be made because of performance in a contract year. Offensive tackle can attest to it.

Who would protect quarterback blind side was a big concern for the during the 2018 offseason after left tackle briefly became the ‘s highest offensive lineman with the in free agency. Brown was acquired from the for what was essentially a mid-fourth round pick during the 2018 and was selected 23rd overall to fill the void. Wynn tearing his Achilles in the preseason left the job to Brown, who primarily played right tackle with the 49ers.

Brown was up to the task of replacing Solder. After a solid regular season, he kept Pro Bowlers and in check last postseason.

Brown left the Patriots in free agency to become the NFL’s top paid offensive lineman. He received a four-year, $66 million deal with $36.25 million fully guaranteed from the , which averages $16.5 million per year.

With the NFL season reaching the halfway mark, here are six players who are helping themselves in their contract year. A key contract benchmark and the probability of hitting this financial target — ranging from one dollar sign to four dollars signs — are listed for each player.

There was an overreaction to Prescott playing the best game of his career in a 35-17 season-opening victory over the Giants, which earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. That single game didn’t materially increase Prescott’s leverage any more than Jared Goff’s horrendous play for the when the most was at stake in LIII kept him from getting top quarterback money right before the regular season started. 

Prescott is having the best season of his four-year NFL career. He is on pace for his first 4,000 yard passing season. Prescott has never thrown more than 23 touchdown passes in a season. He is on track for 30. Prescott’s 69.6 completion percentage is a career high and the league’s fifth best mark. His 102.5 passer rating, which is eighth in the NFL, is his highest since he was a rookie in 2016.

owner Jerry Jones indicated last week that progress was made on Prescott’s new contract during the Week 8 bye. If negotiations continue to drag on, the Cowboys will surely designate Prescott as a franchise player in March. An exclusive franchise tag, which prohibits the solicitation of an offer sheet from other NFL teams, would likely be in order given Prescott’s performance this season. An exclusive designation for Prescott would be the average of the low the example of Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.Mourinho has given Parrott the same pep talk he gave McTominay before he blooded the Scottish midfielder in his first season in charge of Manchester United.The manager said: “I told him top five 2020 quarterback salaries (usually salary cap numbers) when the restricted free agent signing period ends next April 17. This number currently projects to $33.229 million and is subject to change.

There are a lot of hazy quarterback situations out there. Luckily, , Ryan Wilson and Will Brinson are here to bring them into focus, break down the 2020 draft and more on the Pick Six Podcast. Listen below and be sure to  for daily NFL goodness fired into your eardrums.

Bridgewater thrived while getting his first game action over an extended period of time since suffering a gruesome, career threatening knee injury during the 2016 preseason when he was the starting quarterback. The didn’t really miss a beat in the five games he started, all victories, because of ‘ thumb injury. In the five starts, Bridgewater completed 69.7 percent of his passes (115 of 165 attempts) for 1,205 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating was 103.7. 

Bridgewater was content to return to the Saints this season as the league’s highest-paid backup quarterbaman has been linked with Manchester City and former club Chelsea.Asked whether a move came close on last week’s deadline day, Ake said: “No, I think obviously a few things happened but I just made sure I kept focused on here.”You never know what can ck despite the pursuing him in free agency to be their starter. He felt staying in New Orleans was the better long-term option since he would have been just a bridge quarterback in Miami. There has been some speculation that Brees, who is also in a contract year, could retire after the season, especially if the Saints win the Super Bowl. The 40-year-old Brees hasn’t given an indication either way on continuing to play but has acknowledged he is taking a year by year approach to his career. 

Patience has been Cooper’s best friend. Michael Thomas raised the bar for wide receivers in July when he signed a five-year, $96.25 million extension (worth up to $100 million through salary escalators) with the Saints. took salaries for pass catchers to new heights with the three-year, $66 million extension, in which $64 million was fully guaranteed at signing, he received from the right before the start of the regular season.

The Cowboys didn’t give up their 2019 first round pick to the Raiders for Cooper to have a short stint in Dallas. Prescott’s improved play since the second half of the 2018 season has coincided with Cooper’s arrival as the legitimate receiving threat that had been sorely missing. Cooper has 90 catches for 1,367 yards and 11 touchdowns in Dallas’ last 16 regular season games. This gives Cooper a tremendous amount of leverage in negotiations.

Assuming Prescott’s deal gets done, Cooper is a likely franchise tag candidate. The 2020 wide receiver number will be approximately $18 million provided the 2020 salary cap is in the $200 million range. A second designation for Cooper in 2021 at a Collective Bargaining Agreement mandated 20 percent raise could be more than $21.5 million. Cooper might be better off financially making roughly $39.5 million in 2020 and 2021 going year-to-year with two franchise tags where he would be an unrestricted free agent at 27, rather than signing with Dallas long-term.

Hooper has been one of the few bright spots for the disappointing Falcons, who have a 1-7 record. He is only the third tight end in NFL history to have at least 50 receptions, 500 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in the first half of a season. This feat was previously accomplished by Ben Coates (Patriots) and Shannon Sharpe () in 1994 and 1996, respectively.

Hooper leads NFL tight ends with 52 receptions. His 591 receiving yards anorentino Perez has been trying to sign the striker since his days with AS Monaco.El Chiringuito says Perez now believes the time has arrived to close a deal for the World Cup winner.The president will wait until the end of the season to move for Mbapd five touchdown catches are second among tight ends. Hooper is on track for 104 receptions, 1,182 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches. If Hooper sustains his production, he’ll join Dallas Clark (, 2009) and (, 2018) as the only NFL tight ends to ever have at least 100 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in a season.

Keeping Hooper in Atlanta may not be that easy. The Falcons have one of the NFL’s more challenging salary cap situations for next year. There are $205.19 million of 2020 cap commitments, which is third most in the NFL, with 40 players under contract. The top 51 cap numbers matter under offseason cap accounting rules. The Falcons have $5.61 million of existing cap space, which can be carried over to next year. The 2020 salary cap will be in the $200 million neighborhood with a similar increase as in recent years.Designating Hooper as a franchise player would ensure that he stays in Atlanta next year. The non-exclusive tight end number projects to $10.7 million in 2020. It will take some salary cap gymnastics for the Falcons to comfortably accommodate a Hooper franchise tag. 

Barrett’s bet on himself with a one-year, $4 million deal (worth up to $5 million through incentives) should pay big dividends. He earned NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for September with nine sacks in the first four games. Barrett tied an NFL record for the most sacks through four games. Although Barrett isn’t getting to the quarterback with the same frequency as in September, he still leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks. He has also forced four fumbles, which are tied for the most in the league. 

The Patriots are getting tremendous value from Collins in his return to New England after two and a half lackluster seasons with the . He signed a one-year, $2 million deal containing additional $3 million of incentives in May after being released by the Browns in early March. 

Collins, who recently turned 30, is having his best season since earning All-Pro honors with the Patriots in 2015. He leads NFL linebackers with three interceptions, which includes one returned for a touchdown. Collins’ six sacks are tops for NFL off ball linebackers. He has also forced two fumbles and has a fumble recovery. 

Collins’ biggest payday may be elsewhere in free agency. The Patriots don’t make a habit of paying players whose contracts expire top dollar (Trent Brown, , Nate Solder, etc.). If the market doesn’t develop as expected, New England welcomes select players back with opens arms, such as , on favorable contract terms. It will be interesting to see whether Collins’ experiences with the Browns influence his decisions about his next contract. 

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2013 NFL Free Agents: Cap casualties under the microscope


(US Presswire)

The football season is done, the new salary-cap season isn’t here yet and the draft is months away. We are now in the small window of the year I like to call the “adjustment season.”

Clubs are preparing for the open market and they are approaching players about their salary situations. Teams are trying to strike deals with veterans who have expired contracts, restructuring players under contract, decreasing player-contract values, extending player contracts and, of course, terminating veteran contracts all in the interest of being prepared for the start of the league year.

There are a few things fans have to keep in mind when hearing all the contract talk in February. An agent will say his client is willing to renegotiate a deal to help the club. That is quickly defined as meaning the player is willing to take a signing bonus instead of salary, but not a penny less in real dollars. All players would love a guaranteed signing bonus now rather than weekly unguaranteed salary seven months from now.

Teams will do this occasionally, but usually with younger starters where there is less risk the player’s career is coming to an end. The ‘ is, but not to a pay cut. The Steelers have but, also know the aging Harrison has medical issues and most likely want him to take a pay cut from his $6.75 million salary. The Steelers parted ways with linebackers like Joey Porter, Jason Gildon, Chad Brown, and Clark Haggans in the past and are capable of doing it in this case. Harrison is not alone in being at a crossroads of his career when it comes to economic value. realized his value had changed and he took a reduced deal to stay employed by the . Not everyone can see the economics clearly and others don’t even get a chance to take pay cut.

During the last two weeks the following players have been released:

Ahmad Bradshaw Demetrius BellJason SmithChris CantyFrostee RuckerKyle Vanden BoschOsi UmenyioraMichael BoleyNick BarnettGeorge Wilson

Guys like Bart Scott and Calvin Pace aren’t far behind. Players under contract with big salaries, age concerns, injury or production issues have to wonder when they are going to get the call to turn in their playbook.

pro personnel people study player contracts, or at least I did, to predict which veterans not on the original free-agent list would probably come available over contract issues. There could be better players coming free — known as cap casualties (CC) — than would be on the original 2013 unrestricted veteran list. For example, I looked through defensive players still under contract, but who could be released and found some interesting names.

Will SmithTyson JacksonAntonio SmithRyan Pickett Jon Beason James Harrison Jon Vilma Stewart Bradley Champ BaileyDeAngelo Hall

On average these players make over $5 million each next season and some north of $10 million. Asomugha has $4 million guaranteed in 2013 but he has another $11 million unguaranteed. The Eagles can cut him and write a check etween Maurizio Sarri and Pep Guardiola.Costa played for Guardiola at Bayern Munich.He said, “Sarri insists on intensity and veryide West Ham’s Declan Rice.Mount made his England debut as a 67th substitute in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Bulgaria. Rice was on the field when his former Chelsea youth team-mate entered the fray.”We’ve obviously known each other for a very, very lon high pressing. He has a different style to Allegri, who set us up deeper.“The face of Juve is changing, and we’re dofor $4 million or looked at another way, release him ‘ll sign Fulham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon this summer.Spurs have been keen on snapping up the 19-year-old for the last few transfer windows, although they have struggled to match Fulham’s valuation of their academy product.Mauricio Pochettino’s side fand save $11 million.

There are some players with so much guaranteed money left in their deals that it may prevent the club from terminating the contracts. Some believe isn’t going to be a fit in the but his 2013 salary is fully guaranteed. Players have to understand how the economics works.

Consider your age, health, and production in 2012Look closely at your team’s salary cap issues and make a judgment about how aggressive your team has to be to be in compliance when free agency starts. Know the volume of free agent veterans at your own position. I looked at 24 veteran defensive tackles scheduled for free agency. Does a veteran with a contract really want to be thrown into that pool of players or take a pay cut to stay right where he is?Take a look at the draft pool of talent at your own position. Most college personnel people will tell you there could be between 11-15 defensive tackles taken in the first three rounds, which clearly will eliminate more jobs for veterans. 

The truth is it looks like a buyers’ market this year due to little salary cap growth and the number of veterans who will hit the street. Players have to think long and hard about taking a reduction and not getting hung up on a restructure.Often veteran players want to shoot the messenger, and when the home club tells a player “we have to reduce your salary or release you,” the veteran becomes furious with the club. Hopefully, veteran agents know when they have the best deal and communicate if the player should stay or walk. Many times veterans find out that the only thing waiting for them is a veteran-minimum wage deal, which turns out to be worse than what the club was offering.