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outfielder got the Mariners off to a good start Monday against the Padres, as he clubbed a soleir support of coach Marcelino.Marcelino survived intense sack talk in January to lead VCF to Champions League qualification and the Copa.Alemany said, “It’s a bet of the club, of everything (in reference to the continuity of Marcelino). I am very hao home run to lead off the game. Bay ultimately went 1 for 4 in the game with a walk and two runs scored in a 9-0 win.

Bay is now hitting .245 on the season, witanta just weeks into his contract.The 34-year-old was a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce in the summer and put pen to paper on a one-year deal at the Serie A club on August 9.According to many reports in Italy, Skrtel has decided to end his currenh five home runs and 12 RBI in 102 at-bats. His .786 on-base plus slugging percentage is his best mark since 2009. 

Despite Bay providing an unexpected boost, the team is , as Bay has a big-time platoon split. Bay has a .954 on-base plus slugging percentage against left-rpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has won an England recall.The Sun reports the Liverpool star is finally back to full fitness after seeing last campaign wrecked by a knee ligament injury.And he has been drafted straight back into the Three Lihanded pitchers, but that number tumbles to .588 against righties.

“I think we want to put everybody into a position to succeed,” manager Eric Wedge told the Seattle Times Tuesday. “Obviously, I like him better against left-handers, but I like the way he competes against righthanders. He’s getting better and better with that.”

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ter United defender Marcos Rojo’s move to Everton.


catcher continues to search for different methods to break out of his season-long slump, according to .com. On Saturday, Montero tried positive self-talk and was telling everyone it was about to be “Miggy Time.”

Unfortunately, Montero had just a single in Saturday’s game against the Marlins and is batting .184 on the season.

“He’s been battling,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “We’re going to get him going, he’s going to get it going. You start to analyze things, you pretty much cover it A to Z and it gets tough. You have to go up there and not be over-thinking the situation. If you do, it makes it tough, you analyze things you don’t need to analyze.”

More News 12/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff utch great Wim Kieft has warned Tottenham fans not to get carried away with new signing Steven Bergwijn.The purchase from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City last week.But Kieft argued in De Telegraaf: “Bergwijn is just 22 04/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff season. Over the past year, Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool into what many believe to be the best team in the world.They’re miles ahead of every other team in the Premier League and possibly even in Europe. Liverpool pretty much already have 04/11/2018 • by RotoWire Staff en Pienaar feels Ademola Lookman is set for a big season ahead.Pienaar insists Lookman can have a big future at Goodison Park.“I am looking forward to Lookman getting more game time and developing as a player because he is a really exciting young p 04/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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Just because: The Hanshin Tigers vs. Colonel Sanders


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First, the decidedly “apropos of ies.Newcastle have immediately sent out feelers for potential managerial candidates after announcing Rafa Benitez is leaving the club.TMW says Gattuso is on their shortlist, though is yet to hear from Toon reps.While in charge of Milan, Gattuso was lnothing” backstory … Back in 1985 the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League won their loop’s equivalent of our World Series (the Japan Championship Series). According to timeless lore, fans of the newly minted champions celebrated by gathering on the Ebisubashi Bridge in Osaka and calling out each player’s name. In keeping with obvious common sense, when each player’s name was called, a fan who at least vaguely resembled that player jumped into the Dotonbori River. 

Anyhow, cosmic affliction was set in motion when the name of American-born first baseman Randy Bass was intoned. You see, no one in attendance quite looked like Mr. Bass. Lucky-happily, there was a nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken dining establishment, and said establishment had on its premises a statue of Colonel Sanders, America’s favorite member of the landed gentry.

These being ebullient Tigers rooters and these also being streets of fire, the mob set upon the statue of Colonel Sanders because of its unassailble resemblance to Mr. Bass. As you’ll soon see, both were bearded men of Western extraction …

Mr. Bass’s half of the photo is more critical of his performance than himself.The United legend is now tasked with leading his beloved club in his first full season as manager.Solskjaer knows there will be a lot of expectation and pressure from fans and pundits.But he believes is helpfuly captioned so as to prevent any (quite understandable) confusion.

Anyhow, these wilding Tigers fans on those aforementioned streets of fire, plucked the good Colonel from his moorings and tossed him into the river, whereupon he sank to the murky depths. Meanwhile, the vengeful spectral presence of the actual Colonel Sanders looked on with mounting contempt. As the story goes, he declared from beyond the grave that thentus midfielder Claudio Marchisio told Paul Pogba he was wrong to quit Turin for Manchester United.Pogba opted to make the move back to Old Trafford after four successful seasons with Italian giants Juve, rejoining United in a club-record £89million Hanshin Tigers would never again win the Series until their fans made redress for befouling his graven image.

For the next quarter century or so, the Tigers failed to win another championship and often finished in last or next-to-last place in the standings. And then finally, in 2009, after several failed attempts at Colonel retrieval, …

Rescue! No more shall the Colonel rest in the briny deepness like a forgotten Spanish galleon! Possible absolution!

As it turns out, though, the Tigers still haven’t won the series since the Colonel was fished out of the Dotonbori. Some might wield this fact as evidence there was never any curse. Right-thinking types, however, will point to it as evidence the Colonel continues to smolder from his heavenly rocking chair and has not yet decided to show mercy.

As for the statue, grainy YouTube footage, which is nothing if not admissible and incontrovertible evidence, suggests . 

Worth noting is that , which in that sense makes it no different from or .

So what have we learned today? This …

(Wink of CBS eye: , for reminding us of this gripping tale)

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United are pushing to complete a loan deal for fo


backstop had another powerful performance on Wednesdaattacker Xherdan Shaqiri.Xhaka has offered to give up the role to Shaqiri if that is the reason behind his self-imposed international exile.”If the captain’s band really is the problem, then we can sit together at one table,” he said.”We are grown upy during an 11-3 drubbing of the Giants. Arencibia homered for the 10th time thisNathan Broadhead is in line for a new deal at Everton.The Daily Mail says Broadhead is in-line for a new contract at Everton before being loaned out this summer .Broadhead, 21, has emerged as a breakout star of pre-season after being handed an opportunity by Marco Silva.He was named under-23 Player of the Season last term.The young attacker made his debut two years ago in enal defender Calum Chambers is determined to be a first-choice for manager Unai Emery.The England international has begun the season impressively.He said, “I think to establish yourself here, you need to play week in, week out. It’s the same at everthe Europa League. season. 

The catcher went 2 for 5 in the game and took starter Ryan Vogelsong deep for a two-run shot in the second inning. He added a single and scored twice in the game. Arencibia is batting .236. 

The 27-year-old had been 0 for 12 in his previous three games. He’s up to 10 homers, 20 RBI and seven doubles. 

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second baseman has returnenal legend Ian Wright is baffled by the decision of Laurent Koscielny to refuse to be part of the club’s US tour.The 33-year-old was due to fly out to the USA with thr Mark Noble says they should be going for the top six.Pellegrini said, “I never say what our team target is for the season. I think though, that if pundits have those feelings, maybe it is because the team is showing in games, we are able to do thate rest of the squad on Thursday but the club announced that the defender would not ed to the team’s lineup Tuesday against the Pirates. 

Weeks will bat seventh for the second straight start. He received a routine day off Monday. He’s struggled this season, hitting just .181/.302/.276 in 127 at-bats. 

More News 07/24/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/20/2017 • by RotoWire Staff to action after 18 months out injured.The Dutch international had spent two-and-a-half years on loan at PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie. His last appearance, however, came in a 0-0 draw with Groningen on May 6 2018, as he skippered PSV to the title. 07/19/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/18/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/14/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/08/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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ys Claudio Bravo could yet stay next season.Bravo


infielder went 3 for 4 with two doubles in Wednesday’s win over Cincinnati.Carpenter scored a run and knocked another one in. He’s getting at-bats at third base with David Freese in a tough slump, but with the way he’s hitting — .283/.349/.475 following his latest effort — he’s all but guaranteed to keep getting everyday at-bats.

More News key to Arsenal signing Dani Ceballos.The Arsenal-news-Dani-Ceballos-midfield-anarchist-cause-havoc-against-Tottenham.html”>Daily MailArsenal-news-Dani-Ceballos-midfield-anarchist-cause-havoc-against-Tottenham.html”> says Unai Emery’s side were only 04/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/01/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/01/2020 • by RotoWire Staff e by watching videos of former United hero Patrice Evra has recalled the day he was “betrayed” by Ed Woodward.Evra was primed to leave the club in 2014 after a dismal season under David Moyes.The former France international, who confirmed his retirement on Monday, had finished er Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Gilmour is the talk of the town after a man-of-the-match performance in Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Liverpool.Fabregas publicly praised the Scottish midfielder after his perfor 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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Pereira admits he prefers to play in a more advanc


The have made a change to their starting rotation. Manager Bo Porter has removed Brad Peacock and sent him to the bullpen. The team hasn’t decided who will replace him Thursday against Detroit, though CBS Sports Baseball Insider Danny Knobler on the matter. 

Houston’s best possibility to replace Peacock comes in , who would be on normal rest for Thursday if called up. He is 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA over six games and five starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City. 

is another option. He has better numbers than Lyles. He is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA over five appearances and four starts with the RedHawks, inclped when asked about possible transfers this month.United want to bolster their midfield options this month, with Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes keen on a switch to Old Trafford.A deal between the two clubs is being discussed today.When asked abouuding 23 Ks over 22 innings. 

The last options could come from the bullpen in long men or . Through 25 games, the Astros’ starters have the highest ERA in the majors at 6.34 and have pitched the fewest number of innings per start at 4.6. 

More News 04/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/19/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 12/07/2019 cker Lucas Ocampos.The Mirror says Blues boss Marco Silva wants to beef up his squad in general this summer.And Marseille winger Ocampos is the player he’s turned his attention to.The Argentine is thought to be avae has no agreement with Real Madrid.It’s been suggested in Holland that Van de Beek has agreed to move to Real at the end of the season for €55m.”These are rumors,” Van de Beek said when asked by Spanish journalists at yesterday’s Champions League ilable for around £15m, a bargain f • by RotoWire Staff 09/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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this week after growing tired of waiting for Real


reliever , who is thought to be in the mix for saves in the team’s unstable bullpen, was called upon to pitch the eighth inning with the Cubs up 6-2 against the Rangers Thursday. He responded with a 1-2-3 inning that included one strikeout.

Russell has surrendered just one hit and no walks in 5 1/3 scoreless innings this season while striking out seven batters.

More News 05/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 01/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/13/2017 of Jamaica internationally.Having recently penned a new five-year deal at Goodison Park, Holgate is now eyeing an England call-up to complete the jigsaw, despite being eligible for Jamaica.“My grandma and grandad are Jamaican, so it would be nice f • by RotoWire Staff 10/06/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 04/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 04/20/2016tuttering 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Dontesk ,but the point was good enough to see them qualify for last 16 knock-out stage of the Champions League as Groupseille are considering the sale of Boubacar Kamara.The France U20 World Cup defender is being scouted by AC Milan and has attracted enquiries from Chelsea and Manchester United this past season.L’Equipe says after missing out on Champions League qual C winners.A fact acknowledged by City boss Pep Guardiola who was simply content to have progresse • by RotoWire Staff

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ern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge regrets the


third baseman , on the 15-day disabled list with a lingering left quadriceps injury, began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa Sunday Elliot as a “real threat”.The lla midfielder Conor Hourihane enjoyed a dig at one doubter after defeat at Tottenham yesterday.After making his Premier League debut on Saturday, Conor Hourihane tweeted a fan who told him he’d never play in the top flight five years ago.In 2014, Ho16-year-old, signed from Fulham in the summer, made his first-team debut against MK Dons last month.Inglethorpe told The Athletic: “Harvey looked a real threat and is someond be “proud” to take the club captaincy.The midfielder was asked by Blick if he hoped to take the armband should Laurent Koscielny leave this summer.”Hoping for me is not the right word in this context. Would I be incredibly proud and would I like toe we were very fortunate to be able to recruiy. Stewart went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, a walk and an RBI. He is expected to take over at third base for the Cubs once he’s activated.

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are determined not to drop their valuation for Re


pitcher (1-2) rebounded from a pair of poor outings to begin the season, working eight innings to secure his 200th career win during Philadelphia’s 2-1 victory at Miami on Sunday. Halladay permitted only one run and five hits to become the 109th pitcher in history manager has been running the rule over his players in Austria this week.He said: “Fundamentally a good group. They all want to play – you can sense that. The process now is to understand them all as best we can as quickly as we can.”There’s been a b to reach the 200-win milestone — and first Phillie since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in 1978.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner worked efficiently against a punchless Marlins lineup that was missing Giancarlo Stanton, but still recorded a sarco Silva after signing a three-year contract with the Toffees.And he wants to make sure the club are aiming to qualify for Europe’s top competition.”I am excited to be here at one of the greatest clubs in England, really excited, I enjoy the place,eason-low two strikeouts while walking a batter. He trimmed his ERA from 14.73 to 7.63.

After battling injuries for part of the 2012 campaign, Halladay came under fire during a rocky spring that carried over into the season when he failed to complete more than four innings in his first two starts and allowed three homers. But he needed just 87 pitches (58 strikes) to complete Sunday’s outing — 12 less than his total frlback has underlined the importance of being capable of clinching the LaLiga Santander title, despite missing out on the Champions League and the Copa del Rey silverware this season.”It’s a very difficult moment for the whole team as we were very cloom his previous start that lasted just four innings.

Halladay will attempt to carry the momentum into his next projected start Friday against St. Louis, a team which tagged him for a 4.50 ERA in two games last season.

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oma signing Davide Zappacosta admits their opening


hit his second home run as part of a 2 for 5, two-run have seen popping up around Europe recently.The Nigerian striker moved to Club Brugge last summer after impressing at Serie B club Spezia.Okereke made his debut for Spezia as an 18-year-old on April 9 2016.Working with the club at the time was Atala, two-RBI day Sunday for the against Cincinnati.

Marte’s home run, a two-run shot, gave the Pirates an 8-6 lead heading into the ninth inning. They eventually held on to win 10-7. Marte has been sharp in the early going, with a .347/.385/.490 line in his first 52 plate appearances. Such play should entrench him at the top of the Pirates’ lineup.

More News 03/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff from Quique Setien’s debut as Barcelona coach to a guard of honour for Real Madrid and a new signing made by Sevilla.BARCELONA KICKOFF SETIEN ERA WITH WINQuique Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde in an unexpected managerial change at Barcelona this wee 12/16/2019 ictory over Manchester City.The Reds enter the November international break eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saw the reigning champions beaten at Anfield.While affording themse • by RotoWire Staff 10/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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ept they face having to sell Morgan Sanson on the


closer nailed down his third save to start the season Saturday at home against the Mariners. Reed went 1-2-3 in the ninth. 

Finishing his outing with two strikeouts, Reed needed just 14 pitches — 10 strikes — to finish off the Mariners. Reed has earned a save in all three Chicago wins this season and has yet to give up a hit with just one walk allowed. He has three strikeouts. 

More News 05/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff end Shearer says Guendouzi was a “warrior” in midfield with his team down to 10 men.On Match of the Day, he said: “When you consider they went down to 10 men, the change in attitude was incredible. “Guendouzi was magnificent in the second half, they midfielder will reach the half century mark if he appears in Thursday’s Euro2020 qualifier with Switzerland in Dublin.Speaking of the milestone, Hendrick said: “I always say as a kid my dream was to pull on the Ireland jersey and play for my country 05/16/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 05/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Fabio Capello has spoken of trying to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi for Juventus.Capello admits Juve made their attempt when Messi was 16.”There are categories and he, (Diego) Maradona and Pelé fall within that of geniuses, those who invent thing 04/14/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/08/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfielder was one of only five players to record a hit in Seattle’s season opener Monday night, finishing 1 for 4 during a 2-0 win over Oakland. Morse, who paced the majors with nine home runs in spring training, also struck out once during his first game with the Mariners after arriving in a trade with Washington this past offseason.

More News 05/29/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/11/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 06/10/2017 •n GM Beppe Marotta admits a deal for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is close.Eriksen is due in Milan today for an Inter medical.”We do not hide, you all know that we have been negotiating with Tottenham for some time. His contract will expire by RotoWire Staff has acquired exclusive rights in the country to football’s English Premier League, reports SportBusiness.The three-year deal covers the 2019-20 to 2021-22 seasons.Thai newspaper The Nation reported that TrueVisions will broadcast all 380 matches per 06/08/2017 er Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has dismissed talk of a Saudi-based takeover bid for Newcastle United.Jordan says he doubts Amanda Staveley’s latest attempt to buy Newcastle.He told talkSPORT: “Without getting into details I don’t think Mike ( • by RotoWire Staff 05/31/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 05/25/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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ers ahead of his return to Juventus.After a year w


The placed second baseman on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. The move was made retroactive to Sunday. Barney needed stitches on his left kneecap after suffering a laceration last week. He is expect.Foot Mercato says Mejbri was at Carrington yesterday for a United medical.A deal with Monaco is now expected to be settled, with the 16 year-old due to join United for €10m.Refusing to let him leave for free, ASM have held out for compensation gived to be sidelined for at least two weeks. “You take five stitches anywhere else on the body, he would’ve been playing,” manager Dale Sveum told .com. “It’s right on the middle of the kneecap and any time you bend it right now, it would rupture the stitches. It’s unfortunate. He’d be playing if it was on ted taking a close look at Birmingham City teen Jude Bellingham.United FA Cup winner Robins has been scouting Brum thoroughly as his Coventry side are ground-sharing St Andrews with Brum this term.And he can see why his old club are trying to buy the he shin or something like that. Unfortunately, it was right on the kneecGea has defended his inconsistent form.De Gea came in for some criticism last season, but the goalkeeper – who’s just signed a new contract – says he was happy with his performances.He told Sky Sports: “I think people, when they look back on last sap.”Brent Lillibridge started at second in the Cubs’ season opener against the Pirates in place of Barney.

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Ravens reportedly open to trading Hayden Hurst; here are five potential landing spots


Less than two years after drafting him 25th overall, the appear open to trading tight end , according to multiple reports, with a handful of teams already rumored to be after the South Carolina product.

The Florida Times-Union’s Eugene Frennette that the and are exploring pre-draft deals for Hurst, who “wants (the) opportunity to catch more passes.” Since then, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe has indicated “” the Ravens move Hurst this offseason, while CLNS Media’s Evan Lazar suggested Baltimore isn’t “actively shopping” the tight end but is “” ahead of free agency.

The reality is most take calls on most players; they just don’t advertise it. But Hurst is still a notable case in that the Ravens made him the first TE pick of the 2018 draft and saw Hurst more than double his rookie-year production in 2019. The 26-year-old also has two seasons remaining on the reasonable he signed coming into the .

The most logical reason for Baltimore fielding inquiries about Hurst may very well be the third-year reserve’s alleged desire for a larger role. The Ravens deploy multiple TEs regularly as part of their run-first offense, but Hurst trailed both and in targets and catches during quarterback breakout MVP campaign, making him something like the fifth option in the passing game. Hurst, of course, has also been lauded for his run-blocking abilities, but there isn’t necessarily a clear lane for him to up his 2019 numbers (30 catches, 349 yards) in the near future.

If Baltimore is, in fact, willing to deal the former first-rounder in 2020, here are five potential suitors:

It’s a safe bet they’re going to cut ties with , so they’ll be in the market for a TE. They’re also just one year removed from striking gold on another former Raven in . From Baltimore’s perspective, they’d be able to ship Hurst out of the conference. And Green Bay is loaded with 2020 draft picks.

There’s a reason Frennette reported the Jags are exploring a deal for Hurst. Their top two TEs right now are and . Jacksonville, of course, is also strapped for cash, but they’ve got some salary-saving moves on the way, and they’ll want to ensure whomees as coach by mutual consent.The Argentine took training on Monday before telling his players that he would be leaving his post.Pellegrino guided Leganes to 13th place in LaLiga Santander last season but the Madrid side are yet to win a league game ver is under center — likely — has more weapons.

They’ve been screaming for TE help ever since Rob Grodhury after defeat at Burnley.Chilwell travelled with the squad, but Choudhury did not. Rodgers was not clear about the reasons for their absence.”They weren’t available for training in the week in some of the important sessions that we had, and of cnkowski retired, and you just know Bill Belichick would love Hurst’s versatility. The only downside here is that as been suspended immediately because of coronavirus.The German Football League (DFL) said there were “suspicions of a coronavirus infection in the vicinity of several clubs and their teams and that further infections cannot be ruled out”.The DFL recthe Ravens aren’t going to want to aid New England in any way. The only way this one would work is if the Patriots blatantly and openly overpaid with an early draft pick.

Again, trading within the conference wouldn’t be ideal for Baltimore, but the Titans haven’t been averse to trades with other AFC teams in years past. And they could be on the lookout for younger TE help with about to enter his age-36 season with a high salary cap hit. Adding another middle-of-the-field target would help the whole offense.

is out after an injury-plagued close to his D.C. career, and Ron Rivera will be looking to bolster the supporting cast of young QB . He also long relied on the TE in Carolina, where was often featured as one of top targets. Another bonus: A deal here would, again, allow Baltimore to move Hurst to the NFC.