Super Bowl 51 MVP Tom Brady still feeling ‘young’ in wake of Patriots’ latest title

Hours after winning a record fifth Super Bowl — and winning it the mind-boggling way he and the Patriots did — Tom Brady didn’t sound like his list of things to do in the NFL has been exhausted quite yet.

After the obligatory awkward photo op with commissioner Roger Goodell to begin the Super Bowl MVP’s traditional Monday-morning news conference, the New England quarterback exuded his typical positive outlook as he contemplated what comes next.

“When you really start thinking about it, your head will start spinning.”

While Garoppolo “tries” to ignore the speculation, his mother is part of the reason he “can’t do it completely.” He said she and his father are too excited about their son’s NFL standing not to keep their eyes on the reports.

“She’s all over that stuff … she could be your assistant,” Garoppolo told Schefter. “(My parents) know what to hit me with and what to keep quiet. The know me so well, they know what I’d like to hear and what I don’t need to hear. There’s a couple slip-ups here and there, not gonna lie.”

Schefter of course asked Garoppolo about his potential trade destinations. Chicago he grew up in the Windy City suburbs and went to college at Eastern Illinois is one of them.

“It’s hard to say,” Garoppolo said when asked what it’d be like to return to the area as a Bear. “I really don’t know how it’d feel.”

His answer was similar for the other locations: “I know it’s a very cliche answer. I’ve only been in Foxborough, so I don’t know anything different in the NFL yet.”


The Browns traded the No. 2 pick to Philadelphia last year

The Cowboys are clear Super Bowl contenders in 2016, but don’t expect them to be in the running for the “offseason Super Bowl” award by being a player in free agency.

No team in the NFL has more invested in the top of their roster than the Cowboys, and no team pushed more money off from 2016 to try to compete. There is little to be gained by releasing players outside of Tony Romo, whose release would free up $5.1 million, so restructures will be the name of the game.

Restructuring Tyron Smith has become an annual event, and expect Travis Frederick to join that party this year. Extending Jason Witten would also help their cap situation and should be considered. Those moves should give Dallas a chance to consider re-signing Terrance Williams, Terrell McClain, Barry Church and Brandon Carr, all scheduled for free agency this offseason.

Pro: The Browns traded the No. 2 pick to Philadelphia last year, traded the No. 4 pick to Buffalo in 2014 and traded the No. 6 pick to Atlanta in 2011. Cleveland also has that No. 12 pick, so this is another opportunity to stock-pile talent.
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Con: It’s always a good idea to have more draft picks, but in those three instances, the Browns have become more recognized for the player that was drafted in that spot, whether it was Carson Wentz (2016), Sammy Watkins (2014) or Julio Jones (2011). That would be amplified if the No. 1 pick the Browns let get away becomes a star.

Elite Youth Washington Redskins Jersey Pro: Trubisky waited his turn at North Carolina, and he finished with 30 TDs and just six interceptions. Trubisky played his high school ball in Mentor, Ohio, and is a life-long Browns fan. He wants to go to Cleveland, and that’s going to evoke comparisons to Bernie Kosar. Is Trubisky the Browns’ quarterback savior?

Reggie Wayne on Patriots signing bonus: ‘They told me to keep it’

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Reggie Wayne was not a Patriots wide receiver very long — 11 days in 2015, to be exact — but there was one unsolved mystery regarding his one-year, $2.8 million contract.

Wayne’s deal included a $450,000 signing bonus, but no one knew what happened to the nearly half a million when he and the team mutually agreed to part ways.

Traditionally, the Steelers have always had difficulties with the salary cap, but a commitment to younger talent in recent years has changed their fortunes. They should be right in the middle of the NFL with about $35 million in cap room before they begin to sign extensions and free agents.

That is a far cry from the days when the Steelers would spend the next three weeks restructuring player contracts for cap relief at the expense of future cap flexibility.

You be the judge. Sporting News found the leaked Super Bowl commercials for 2017 ahead of the big game. T-Mobile, Tide, KFC, Audi, Ford, Nintendo, Kia, Budweiser — they’re all here. There will be no Doritos ad this year, though, as the company ended its streak of hilarious Super Bowl commercials.

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Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, whom Sullivan said is like a son, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame when he’s done playing. Sullivan said Fitzgerald is another complete receiver who does everything well. Sullivan also coached former Rams receiver Isaac Bruce during Bruce’s final season, in San Francisco.

I love the guy. Was he ever that fast? He was a 4.5 guy, Sullivan said of Bruce. He’s one of the top five receivers in the history of the league. He was very sudden, very quick, very elusive, good skills running with the ball. Was he super-fast? No. But he played faster than anyone and was never caught.

No rotation, no problem as Rockies continue to lead NL West

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Despite consistently possessing one of the best lineups in MLB, Colorado has been unable to break the hump during the last decade, and contend for a meaningful postseason run.

The Rockies beat the Reds 12-6 Friday to improve to 27-16 on the season while leading the competitive National League West. Alexi Amarista led Colorado with three hits, a home run and four RBIs.

The one exception to the warm welcome was a not-so-subtly placed ad for throwback White Sox jerseys.
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Whether intentional or not — it’s much more fun to assume the ad’s placement was a conscious decision made by someone within the White Sox organization — the throwback jerseys symbolize the beginning of the end for Sale’s career in Chicago, when he cut up all of the team’s throwback uniforms before a game last season because they were uncomfortable to wear.

Sale was traded last December in a deal that sent four players, including highly regarded infield prospect Yoan Moncada, to the White Sox.

With the Astros lineup being as deep as it is, Gonzalez has seen the majority of his at-bats in the seventh spot. There, he’s batting .339/.412/.678 with five home runs and five doubles. He’s thriving in that spot, where he’s sometimes followed by either Alex Bregman or Jake Marisnick, who are also having good seasons. Marisnick and Bregman have both driven Gonzalez in four times when batting behind him.

Alex Smith knows the Chiefs are replacing him

nike_chargers_223When the Kansas City Chiefs traded up to No. 10 to select Pat Mahomes II in the 2017 draft, it felt familiar to Alex Smith. It was clear the Chiefs were preparing to move on from Smith, much like the 49ers did with Colin Kaepernick back in 2012.

“There is a little similarity,” Smith said while speaking at a community event on Wednesday. “I’m an older quarterback, and they drafted a kid that’s coming in young and they’re looking to develop.”

Roger Goodell insists that Thursday night games are better than other games, “almost by every barometer.

“On safety, and we’ve been tracking this every year, there has not been any, any indication or facts or anything else that would indicate the level of injuries are up on Thursday night,” Goodell said in January on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

But players don’t agree. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said the turnaround for Thursday night games is “terrible.”

“We played, got home at like 1 o’clock in the morning something like that on Monday, and then you got to play again,” Sherman said. “I mean, congratulations NFL, you did it again. But they’ve been doing it all season so I guess we’re the last ones to get the middle finger.”

If the modified overtime rule does pass, as it is expected to, there will be more ties. But it’s unlikely to have any measurable positive impact on player health and safety.

Cowboys cornerback Nolan Carroll arrested on DWI charge

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The veteran cornerback, who signed with the Cowboys as a free agent in March, was arrested Monday on a DWI charge.

Even though general manager Dave Gettleman has told reporters Oher has been working out on his own, the 30-year-old hasn’t participated in any of the team’s voluntary offseason program in Charlotte, including the OTAs that started Tuesday.

Oher was accused of assaulting an Uber driver April 14 in Nashville and given a citation. He has a June 6 court date to address that charge.

Even though both sides have indicated Oher has a place on the team, Carolina recently signed free agent left tackle Matt Kalil to a five-year, $55.5 million deal. That addition likely means Oher will have to battle for the right tackle position against Daryl Williams and Taylor Moton if he clears concussion protocol.

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The biggest question mark with this group is where second-round pick Dion Dawkins fits as a rookie. If the Bills are not comfortable letting him play right tackle immediately, he’ll slide to right guard, opposite Pro Bowler Richie Incognito and in between Eric Wood (center) and Jordan Mills (right tackle).

Gale Sayers, Dwight Clark bring brutal toll of football closer to home

Because we know more today than we ever have, so many people who read about Gale Sayers and Dwight Clark over the weekend found themselves scrutinizing their stories of disease, pain and mortality for an answer to the obvious, inevitable question.

They found that Clark himself, and Sayers’ family, looked for the same answer. It’s the one people no longer are naive enough not to expect.

Like the doctor at the Mayo Clinic said, ‘Yes, a part of this has to be on football,’ Sayers’ wife Ardie told the Kansas City Star about the cause of the dementia that became public in a story late Saturday night.

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Bouye had his breakout season in a contract year. Undrafted out of UCF in 2013, Bouye is heading for a huge payday after making 63 tackles with a sack and interception. He had a career-best 16 pass breakups and started to earn the reputation of a lock-down corner. Ramsey started all 16 games last season as a rookie, making 65 tackles with two interceptions and 14 pass breakups.

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The Jaguars also found a replacement for former linemen Luke Joeckel, who is now with the Seahawks, and Kelvin Beachum, who was cut loose last month. The Jags finalized a trade with Miami for left tackle Branden Albert.

There were no NFL head coaches present at the Tar Heels practice field

Trubisky threw about 50 passes during the session. While every throw didn’t connect, Trubisky feels confident he proved to NFL teams what they wanted to see.

Hopefully coaches can see that I can make all the throws and I’m confident in my ability, and hopefully I highlighted my teammates’ abilities as well, Trubisky said. So I thought we had a good day.

There were no NFL head coaches present at the Tar Heels practice field, and just two general managers — Pittsburgh’s Kevin Colbert and San Francisco’s John Lynch. The 49ers own the second overall pick in next month’s draft and are expected to take a quarterback.

Authentic Youth Eric Wood Jersey Trubisky is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft and many mock drafts do have him going second overall to the Niners.

The knock on Trubisky is a lack of experience with just 13 starts in one season as a starter. The 6-2, 222-pound Ohio native threw for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns with just six interceptions last season.
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The Browns went this route a year ago, and it was smart because they decided that they needed everything. Coupled with a housecleaning of veterans, they were really starting from square one.

Take Carson Wentz second overall? No, not when you had no one he could throw to and no one to protect him. Get a pile of picks back for him. When the dust settled, they had made 14 selections in all.

Nicely played. Just don’t do it every year, betting on those picks later and never making anything happen now.

Do they turn into Jimmy Garoppolo, as many are fantasizing? That’s up to the Patriots — not the Browns and their draft pick haul. Do they turn into the foundation for the next decade? Well, they won’t know until next year on the pick they got with Osweiler.

Seahawks’ Frank Clark insults reporter over domestic violence story

Earlier this month, Bleacher Report’s Natalie Weiner interviewed Greg Hardy about his domestic violence history and his potential return to football. While promoting the story, she also provided an additional link to a story she wrote as a Seahawks blogger a few years ago about Frank Clark and his history relating to domestic violence.

Somehow the older story about Clark made its way to the Seattle defensive end, and he fired back Tuesday night with a threatening tweet. The tweet was deleted, but not before Weiner took a screenshot of it and shared it to the public.

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Maybe pitchers were getting knocked out earlier because of a corresponding increase in offense

To completely blame Fox and Pace for Cutler’s steady Bears decline would be unfair. They were trying to make chicken salad. It was the previous administration that gave Cutler a sweetheart contract, making him unable to get cut for two seasons without massive salary cap implications.

The problem is that Fox and Pace failed to groom a young quarterback who could ultimately take Cutler’s place if things didn’t work out. None was selected in Chicago’s previous two drafts.
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This left the Bears desperate enough to give Glennon a bloated contract in a free-agent market once again lacking established talent.

Glennon’s deal will likely be structured in such a fashion that he could be released in 2018 or 2019 without a crippling cap hit if things don’t work out. His arrival also doesn’t preclude the Bears from using the draft’s No. 3 pick or their second-rounder on a developmental prospect, with the thinking Glennon could serve as a bridge until that quarterback is ready to play.

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Maybe pitchers were getting knocked out earlier because of a corresponding increase in offense; runs were up big time, and the average length of a start last season dropped to 5.6 innings, the lowest figure in the past 10 years. That’s not significantly outside the range of the previous nine seasons, however; starters averaged between 5.8 and 6.0 innings over that time.

Maybe, and this is more plausible, managers were more vigorously protecting their fragile assets and reducing workloads. That can at least explain the increase in starts of between 80 and 99 pitches.

Or maybe, managers weren’t going to allow lesser starters to be exposed and were more willing to mix and match earlier in games.