A look at what’s happening around the majors today:INJURIES MOUNTINGThe Houston Astros are hoping for good news on All-Star outfielder George Springer Kenny Lofton Jersey , who exited Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers after hurting his left thumb on a headfirst slide. It’s unclear how long the 2017 World Series MVP might be out. “He was in a lot of pain,” manager AJ Hinch said. “He is going to get evaluated. Other than that I have no idea.” Before the game, the defending champs put pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow discomfort. And star second baseman Jose Altuve (right knee soreness) was sent back to Houston for further examination. Last year’s AL MVP won’t come off the DL when eligible this week.PLAYOFF PREVIEW?Jake Arrieta (9-6, 3.32 ERA) pitches for the Phillies, looking for their sixth straight victory when they visit Arizona in a matchup of NL division leaders. Zack Godley (12-6, 4.46) goes for the Diamondbacks.HAMELS’ DAYCole Hamels makes his second start for the Cubs when they open a three-game series at last-place Kansas City. Hamels was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas. The veteran lefty had been struggling with the Rangers, but he struck out nine while pitching five effective innings in a 9-2 victory at Pittsburgh in his Chicago debut last Wednesday.FISH STORYWill the fading Angels have Mike Trout back in the lineup when they host Detroit? The star outfielder has missed four consecutive games with a nagging right wrist injury. Trout hasn’t played since getting hurt while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday at Tampa Bay. The 26-year-old slugger said Saturday night he still has soreness when he swings and throws. Trout had been expected back earlier, but his wrist hasn’t responded to treatment as hoped. X-rays and an MRI revealed inflammation. Trout is batting .309 with 30 home runs.THE REPLACEMENTLance Lynn makes his first start for the Yankees, facing the White Sox in Chicago. The right-hander was acquired from Minnesota last Monday and will take the rotation spot previously held by an inconsistent Sonny Gray, who was demoted to the bullpen. Lynn threw 4 1/3 shutout innings of relief with five strikeouts in his New York debut. The Yankees, coming off a four-game sweep by the rival Red Sox, have lost a season-high five straight and trail Boston by 9 1/2 games in the AL East.BACK IN GOTHAMMatt Harvey returns to Citi Field with Cincinnati and is expected to speak with reporters. The former Mets ace http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authen ... ome-jersey , traded to the Reds in May, is not scheduled to pitch in the three-game series. Noah Syndergaard (6-2, 2.98 ERA) gets the ball for New York in the opener against Homer Bailey (1-8, 5.87). CLEVELAND — Trying to stay interested in a division race they have all but officially won, the Cleveland Indians will play the finale of a nine-game homestand Wednesday afternoon when they host the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. The two teams have split the first two games of their three-game series.Cleveland’s lead in the Central Division is 14 1/2 games over the Minnesota Twins. The challenge for the Indians is to not lose their edge as they play out the regular season in which not much is on the line.Article continues below ...Manager Terry Francona said he will give selected players some days off. Left fielder Michael Brantley didn’t play Tuesday, and third baseman Jose Ramirez will not play Wednesday.“This doesn’t change how we play the game. We’re still trying to win,” Francona said. “But I’m going to keep an eye on the guys with a lot of at-bats.”Francona admits he’s walking a fine line during the last month of the regular season.“Once the (regular) season is over, you’ve got to re-create your momentum (for the postseason), regardless of how you played (in the last month),” he said. “Momentum can leave you in a hurry, or you can start your own momentum.”The goal for the Indians is to finish strong, and get injured players Trevor Bauer Manny Ramirez Jersey , Andrew Miller and Josh Donaldson off the disabled list.“We want to get everyone healthy,” Francona said. “The hope is in a couple of weeks we’ll have our team together and they’ll be able to play together for some games (before the start of the postseason).”One player who will be a key during the postseason will be pitching for Cleveland on Wednesday when Corey Kluber makes his 29th start.Kluber (17-7, 2.80) is in contention for his third Cy Young Award, and he has pitched well recently, going 5-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last seven starts.Kluber leads the league in innings pitched and is tied for the lead in wins and complete games. He is fifth in ERA, and in the top 10 in strikeouts and opponents’ batting average.In his last start, a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay on Aug. 31, Kluber pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.In three starts against Kansas City this year, Kluber is 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA. His last start against the Royals was a 7-1 loss on Aug. 25. In that game, he gave up five runs and nine hits Danny Salazar Jersey , with six strikeouts and two walks. Kluber is 11-7 with a 3.09 ERA in 23 career starts against Kansas City.The Royals on Wednesday will start right-hander Brad Keller (7-5, 3.26), who in three career appearances (one start) against Cleveland is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA.Keller’s last start was a 9-2 win over Baltimore on Aug. 31 in which he pitched eight innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.In his last start against Cleveland, on Aug. 24, Keller had no decision in a 5-4 Kansas City win. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs and six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.The Royals on Tuesday recalled pitchers Glenn Sparkman and Jerry Vasto from Triple-A Omaha, catcher Meibrys Viloria from Class A Wilmington and reinstated pitcher Eric Skoglund from the disabled list.The Indians selected the contracts of outfielder Brandon Barnes and infielder Adam Rosales from Triple-A Columbus.
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman spent the previous four seasons playing for an Atlanta team that averaged 90 losses a year.Now that the Braves are back challenging for a division title http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic ... ler-jersey , the All-Star first baseman knows his club can’t afford any long losing streaks.“It’s been four days, so I thought this was a big win for our team,” Freeman said. “I thought we played a quality baseball game today and hopefully we can carry that into this Philly series.”Freeman hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Touki Toussaint pitched into the sixth inning and the NL East-leading Braves snapped a four-game skid with a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.It was a critical win for Atlanta, which is 5½ games ahead of the second-place Phillies and opens a four-game home series against them on Thursday. Philadelphia blanked the New York Mets 4-0 on Wednesday night.The Braves have a magic number of six over Philadelphia to clinch their first division title since 2013.St. Louis, which had won three straight, trails Milwaukee by three games for the top NL wild card but leads Colorado by 1½ games for the second spot. The Rockies lost 5-2 at Dodger Stadium.Atlanta closer A.J. Minter, working in a non-save situation in the ninth, walked two to load the bases, but he ended it by striking out Jose Martinez and getting Paul DeJong to pop up.Freeman’s 23rd homer, an opposite-field shot to left-center, put the Braves up 2-0 in the fourth against Jack Flaherty. Freeman went 3 for 3 and is hitting .405 over his past 11 games.“He’s getting the ball in the air, and it’s carrying, and that’s always a good thing Mookie Wilson Jersey ,” manager Brian Snitker said. “That’s a welcomed sight if we can get him going.”Toussaint (2-1) allowed five hits, two runs, three walks and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings. A rookie making his fourth career start, Toussaint was chased after Yadier Molina’s RBI single cut the lead to 5-2 in the sixth.“We survived the first couple of innings with essentially zero fastball command, then suddenly we had some decent command of it and were able to flip the script and challenge guys with some early contacts,” Braves catcher Tyler Flowers said. “If he gets ahead of guys, it’s a tough arsenal to defend.”Flaherty (8-8) gave up five hits, a season-high five runs and two walks with six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Facing the Braves for the first time, Flaherty began the game as the NL rookie leader in strikeouts, winning percentage and opponents’ batting average. He had gone 4-1 with 1.69 ERA in his previous eight starts.Flowers doubled to begin the three-run fifth and scored on a wild pitch. Freeman chased Flaherty with an RBI single, and the lead swelled to four runs on a double steal by Ender Inciarte and Freeman. The Braves successfully challenged to get the call overturned that Freeman had been tagged out.“I thought things went well early, then Freeman put a good swing on a ball and then in that one inning things kind of got away,” Flaherty said. “I put a couple of guys on base with walks and then Freeman put another good swing on the ball.”Atlanta added a run to make it 6-2 in the seventh. Inciarte doubled and scored when second baseman Kolten Wong threw errantly to first on a potential double play grounder.Jedd Gyorko’s sacrifice fly in the eighth cut the lead to 6-3. Flowers’ eighth homer in the bottom half of the inning made it 7-3.At least for one game, Atlanta played well at home http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic ... tra-jersey , where it had dropped 14 of 18 and has won just one of its past seven series.Freeman, who became the first Braves first baseman with 20 homers and 10 stolen bases in a season since Dale Murphy in 1978, wants his teammates to enjoy the pennant race and not press.“It’s fun. It really is,” Freeman said. “This is what you work for six, seven months. To be in this situation this year, it’s the greatest feeling there is.”OUCHHarrison Bader was hit in the back of the helmet by a pitch in the third, but he convinced St. Louis’ trainers that he wasn’t affected and jogged to first. Going deep against Toussaint for his 12th homer in the fifth, Bader said he felt no measure of revenge. Toussaint wasn’t trying to hit him.“The two are completely independent of each other, honestly,” Bader said. “I was just trying to make a good swing.”UP NEXTCardinals: RHP John Gant (7-6, 3.53 ERA) will start when St. Louis, following a day off, opens a three-game home series against San Francisco. He allowed six hits and six runs in his previous start, a 17-4 loss to the Dodgers.Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (10-10 Gary Carter Jersey , 3.92 ERA) will make his ninth start since being acquired in a trade with Baltimore as Atlanta tries to pad its lead on the Phillies. He is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts at SunTrust Park. SEATTLE — The Oakland Athletics won their battle with the Tampa Bay Rays for an American League wild-card playoff spot Monday night.And now they become the Rays’ best friend.With just five games remaining after Monday’s 7-3 win at Seattle, the A’s (95-62) need help from the Rays and/or the Boston Red Sox if they are to pass the New York Yankees (96-60) for the AL’s first wild card.Article continues below ...That now becomes the A’s goal, with the holder of the top wild card earning the home-field advantage in the single-elimination game next week.The A’s were able to stay within 1 1/2 games of the Yankees, winners earlier in the evening at Tampa Bay, despite knowing they had already clinched a playoff berth by virtue of the Rays’ loss.The A’s will need a similar businesslike approach when left-hander Brett Anderson (4-5, 3.96) duels with Mariners righty Mike Leake (10-10, 4.10) in the second game of the series on Tuesday night.Presumably, the Oakland clubhouse will have dried after a wild celebration following Monday’s win that assured the A’s first postseason appearance since 2014.“This is not a surprise to anybody in our locker room,” A’s manager Bob Melvin gushed afterward. Oakland had finished 2017 with a 75-87 record, a full 10 games out of the final wild-card spot.“We knew we had (the playoff spot) once the game started, but it was kinda cool to finish it off like this,” Melvin continued. “You want to do it the right way. You don’t want to lose and then go in there and celebrate. 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He’s gone 3-for-9 without an extra-base hit in his career against Anderson.The 30-year-old has pitched brilliantly at Safeco Field in his career, going 3-2 with a 1.20 ERA in nine games, including eight starts.He’s 8-4 with a 1.82 ERA overall against the Mariners in 18 meetings (17 starts).The Mariners (85-71), who finish the season with four games against Texas, need to win five of their remaining six to reach the 90-win mark for just the sixth time in franchise history, the first time since 1997.
Live updates from Kyle Shanahan http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-earl-mitchell-jersey , Jimmy Garoppolo Week 3 Wednesday press conference The San Francisco 49ers are back at practice on Wednesday, continuing preparations for a difficult matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s a 10 a.m. PT kickoff on Sunday, and it will be interesting to see how the defense comes out in the early start against a white hot Chiefs offense.The return to practice means our normal Wednesday press conference routine. Head coach Kyle Shanahan will meet with the media at 12:25 p.m. and he will be followed by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The locker room will be open after that, and then the team hits the practice field at 1:25 p.m.The 49ers will stream the press conferences Twitter http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-joe-staley-jersey , Facebook, and the team’s app. The 49ers beat writers will also have updates from the media sessions. I’ve embedded our beat writer Twitter list so you can follow along. We’ll have transcripts later today, along with the Wednesday injury report.A Twitter List by NinersNation Pat’s update: Looks like they are going to have a sit-downFor those of you still glued to your digital devices for the latest in Antonio Brown Watch, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-pierre-garcon-jersey , Art Rooney II is on a plane to Florida to talk to the Steelers wide receiver. Ian Rapoport reports that while Rooney is trying to make right with Brown, Brown wants nothing of it. Brown stated he was done a few days ago via his Instagram, which led to speculation that he would be traded. Reports came that he officially requested a trade. Now Rooney is trying to make a last-minute effort to keep the star wide receiver in Pittsburgh. In his latest MMQB piece, Albert Breer offered some context on the situation thus far as well including a report that Brown put in multiple trade requests over the last two months. In early January Cheap Solomon Thomas Jersey , Mike Tomlin said that Brown had not asked for a trade. A few bullet points from Breer’s article are below, but I suggest reading up on everything there: The 49ers are not at the top of the odds to land brown. According to beonline.ag, the Arizona Cardinals are favorites to land him at 9/2 odds.And so here we are. Brown still wants out, has dealt with domestic disturbances and being found guilty of reckless driving and still has a market. The owner is on their way to try and turn this around 49ers Jaquiski Tartt Jersey , but it’s looking more and more like Brown has made up his mind. Of course, Brown had something to say too.
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Francesa on Monday that “I don’t listen and watch” to what NFL talking heads have to say about him on television.That’s good because if he did listen or watch he would have heard the comments from Bill Cowher New York Giants Hats , Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms about him being “skittish” in the pocket and looking at the pass rush. He also would have heard Rich Gannon say Monday on “NFL Monday QB” on the CBS Sports Network that the 15-year veteran “has to start looking at that retirement situation more seriously.”Speaking to Francesa, Manning continued to insist that he still believes he has the skills to play quarterback in the NFL.Manning also admitted the season has been difficult.Around the Inter-GoogleA Giants trade for ex-Patriots quarterback would make senseAt some point New York Giants Hoodie , the Giants will not be able to sit back and allow their quarterback situation to settle like all those leaves gently falling from the trees. They...How To Fix The New York Giants OffenseWith the Giants roster being what it is for the time being, here are a couple of ways New York can help bolster its 25th ranked offensive unit. The New York Giants are parting ways with 2015 first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers.Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday the offensive tackle who was the ninth pick overall was going to be cut or traded by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.The move isn't a surprise for the Giants (1-4). Flowers lost his starting job at right tackle to Chad Wheeler after the second game of the season and the play of the line picked up.Flowers has been a disappointment since being taken out of Miami. He was supposed to be the team's left tackle for the next decade. His play was so poor New York signed former New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder to a four-year Cheap Customized New York Giants Jerseys , $62 million contract as a free agent this spring .New general manager Dave Gettleman also decided after last season not to pick up the option on the final year of Flowers' rookie contract. He is making almost $2.4 million this season.During the offseason, former Giants coach Ben McAdoo criticized Flowers play.Shurmur moved Flowers to right tackle after Solder was signed and said he was getting a fresh start.Flowers was not at the Giants' practice Monday."It has run its course Youth Eli Manning Jersey ," Shurmur said of the decision to drop Flowers. "We appreciate Ereck's efforts. We wish him the best. Sometimes a change of scenery is good for a person."Flowers started 48 regular-season games and one postseason game in three-plus seasons.
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The Seahawks laid an egg yesterday Cheap Customized Washington Redskins Jerseys , so here’s to the Bears doing their job and eliminating the Eagles from the playoffs. Chicago finished the year with a 12-4 record, winning the NFC North and the #3 seed in the NFC. Their defense has been incredible this year, and they will try to stop the defending Super Bowl champions from getting another shot at the Lombardi trophy this year.The Eagles looked like they were done early in the year, but the Carson Wentz broke his back, and Philly got their MVP Nick Foles back under center. They have won 5 of their last 6 games, but are big underdogs in Chicago tonight. Go Bears!Who: Philadelphia Eagles(9-7) vs Chicago Bears(12-4)Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019Game time: 4:40 PM ESTLocation: Soldier Field | Chicago, lllinoisTV channel: NBCAnnouncers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (reporter), Heather Cox (reporter)Radio: WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Laura Okmin | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (Phi), 83 (Chi) | XM: 88 (WW1) Alex Smith Jersey Elite , 226 (Phi), 225 (Chi)Streaming: Fubo | NFL.com GamePass (audio only during game) | NBC Sports, Yahoo Sports(mobile)Odds: Bears -6.5, O/U 41.5Prediction: Bears 23 - Eagles 21SB Nation blogs: Bleeding Green Nation | Windy City GridironNFL News twitter feed:Tweets from https://twitter.com/HunterLoganX/lists/ ... rsRedskins twitter feed:Tweets from https://twitter.com/HunterLoganX/lists/ ... sReviewing Jay Gruden’s comments for insight into the cornerback position battle following Scandrick’s release On Tuesday, the release of Orlando Scandrick brought a lot of clarity to the expected regular season depth chart at cornerback, but there probably isn’t room on the regular season roster to keep every young player that’s having a good training camp.To figure out exactly which CBs are most likely to still be on the team when they line upto play the Cardinals in September, we will examine Jay Gruden’s press conference comments from Tuesday.General comments about the young CBs on the roster:What am I taking away from this?I get the sense that Gruden is talking about five guys who are all making the roster.We know that Josh Norman is gonna start on one side of the field.Jay’s comments tell me that Dunbar will be starting on the other boundary.He talks about the ‘emergence’ (a significant and positive word when Jay Gruden uses it) of Danny Johnson and Fabian Moreau at nickel.I don’t think there’s enough in this comment to say which player is behind the other on the depth chart, though the fact that Moreau is a 2nd year player from last year’s draft, and Johnson is an undrafted rookie may give some hint about the depth chart — at least for the start of the season.He identifies the two Virginia Tech rookie DBs — Stroman (‘18 7th round pick used)and Adonis Alexander (‘19 6th round pick used) — as the other young studs; presumably, the backup boundary corners.Lest there’s any confusion about who’s ahead of whom there, Jay had comments about the player taken in the Supplemental Draft last month. That’s press conference gold right there... Jay specifically identified Alexander as the “sixth” corner, which means he sees five guys ahead of Adonis: Norman, Dunbar, Moreau, Johnson and Stroman.That’s pretty strong confirmation of the expected depth chart.Jay makes it clear that Alexander is not really going to be ready to play defensive snaps at the start of the season, which might open the door a crack for a seventh CB.Jay http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/alex-smith-jersey , in the press conference, reiterated his praise for the rookies, but his slight change of wording helps identify who seems to be the leading slot corner, and then tosses in one more name:Jay, this time, focuses on Moreau as the “inside” player.I may be reading too much into this, but I’m thinking that Danny Johnson is showing up as a bit more of an all-purpose player who can backup the boundary or the slot, despite his small size (he’s listed at 5’9”, 181 pounds).Johnson ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the Combine, giving him the speed to work inside in nickle, and perhaps to run on the boundary with speedy deep-threat receivers as well.With Moreau (6’0”, 205 lbs) playing the slot most of the time, the Redskins will have the flexibility to mix up coverages by swapping playing both Moreau and Johnson in the slot to challenge offensive scheming, and to have Johnson available for boundary duty if needed.Jay Gruden kinda throws Ranthony Texada’s name out there as an afterthought, and the adjective he uses is “good” (rather than something more glowing).Usually, this would make me think Texada was on his way to the practice squad Authentic Matt Ioannidis Jersey , but there are two things that make me think that Texada still has a shot at the final 53.The first reason is that Adonis Alexander probably won’t be up-to-speed to start the season, but almost certainly needs to be kept on the roster to protect him from being picked up on waivers without making it to the Redskins practice squad.That would leave a young CB group desperately thin.The coaches may opt for a 7th CB, at least to open the season.The second reason for thinking Texada has a shot is that Jay mentioned him one more time:This time Jay is lumping Texada in with Johnson, and the praise is — by Jay’s press conference standards — fairly effusive.He said this in the context that the surprisingly good play by these rookies forced or allowed the coaches to cut Orlando Scandrick.All of a sudden, I’m thinking that the coaching staff might start the season with 7 cornerbacks — especially since both Johnson and Stroman have punt return skills, which is significant for a Redskins coaching staff looking to improve special teams in general, and the punt return depth in particular.What would the CB depth look like if all my thoughts turned into reality?Keeping seven CBs would mean that the Redskins would have to make a cut somewhere else on the roster, and frankly, Texada would easily survive being waived and put onto the practice squad.But if the ‘Skins don’t think they can rely on Alexander to play early in the season, they may make the decision to hold onto the extra CB until the rookies get a bit of regular season experience and the coaches become confident about whom they can rely on.Let’s look at a few more Jay Gruden comments:Fabian MoreauI hear both excitement and concern in Jay Gruden’s voice here.He clearly is high on Moreau, but also doesn’t think Fabian’s ready for prime time... the player needs more work, more repetitions in practice, more snaps in the preseason.Moreau is a second-year player, but because he was injured at the time he was drafted, he got limited preseason work last year, and played mostly special teams in 2017.He needs a heavy dose of seasoning if he’s gonna play a significant number of snaps on defense in 2018.Look for Fabian to be on the field a lot against the Jets and Broncos.Danny JohnsonWhat I’m hearing is that this UDFA has impressed in camp; he’s showing skills Matt Ioannidis Jersey Elite , but when Jay uses the word “competitive” like this, in combination with a phrase like “solid all the way round”, it’s a signal that Jay is hedging his praise slightly, especially when Jay goes on to emphasize the player’s special teams ability.Jay is signalling that the coaches like Danny Johnson, but he clearly a backup — not competing for a starting role.PossibilitiesJay lacks guile, so he sometimes struggles when he prevaricates.In a single sentence, he talks about two different scenarios:i. We’ll go with what we have — right nowii. We’ll probably sign another CB — shortlyAnd — oh, by the way — if we need to, we have time to make a move.I’m hearing Jay say that he wants very much to believe that Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and 3 or 4 rookies will be able to handle the cornerback position — but Jay isn’t really sure.He’s keeping all his options open.We’re gonna stand pat.For now.But we will probably bring someone else in.Shortly.But we like what we have.But if it doen’t work out, we can still make changes.I suspect they have DRC on speed dial.No matter how much ‘confidence’ Jay expressed in these players on Tuesday, I think the thought of relying on 3 or more rookies to fill out the cornerback depth chart is keeping Jay awake at night.Josh HolseyThe Redskins seem to be going out of their way not to give any details on Holsey or make any comments that commit to a course of action with him.It’s preseason, so the Redskins aren’t required to disclose injury details (note how bothered Todd Bowles was this week that Terrelle Pryor talked to the press about breaking his ankle).It sounds like Holsey may be out there and available in the second half of the season if needed, the same way that I have a packet of fairy dust that can get me out of trouble if I really need it.I’ll be surprised if Holsey sees an NFL field in 2018 regular season or playoffs. 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early warning for impending danger due to toxic gasses. When the birds would get sick or die Womens James Conner Jersey , miners knew they were in danger. Running back Le’Veon Bell was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ canary. The three-time Pro Bowler was first franchise tagged in 2017, and again in 2018. Shockingly, instead of playing in his sixth season, he opted to sit out 2018 rather than take a 20% pay increase. Was he right, was he wrong? The answer to that doesn’t matter. What matters: Who is next, when does it happen again, and what will the outcome be? Whether you want to hear it or not, a dust up over a Pittsburgh contract structure will happen again. The NFL is headed toward giving out more guaranteed years and more guaranteed money. This flies in the face of how the Steelers do business. The dispute, by many accounts, was over guaranteed money and guaranteed years in the contract. Pittsburgh and the Green Bay Packers are the only NFL organizations that do not guarantee more than one season for players who are not rookies or quarterbacks. Fear is the driving force. These two organizations fear they will be on the hook for paying a player’s contract when that player cannot fulfill the contract because of injury, or because of degradation of skill, or because the player is such a disruptive force that the organization decided to move on.The issue is the other 30 NFL franchises give players contracts that have future years guaranteed for skill or injury or both. In 2018 Womens Le'Veon Bell Jersey , Minnesota Vikings handed quarterback Kirk Cousins a fully guaranteed three-year contract worth $84 million that sent shock waves through the NFL. While that is an eye-popping sum, guaranteeing large portions of contracts is the norm for superstar players (or quarterback-desperate teams), regardless of the position they play.Another prime example is Khalil Mack. Before the 2018 season, the Oakland Raiders traded Mack to the Chicago Bears. Chicago gave Mack a six-year extension worth $141 million with $60 million guaranteed at signing and $90 million in total guarantees. The massive contract included the first two years fully guaranteed and the third year guaranteed for injury. The contract set the bar for the outside linebacker position — and for future NFL stars at other positions. Mack’s contract structure is not an aberration. Cornerback and wide receiver are two other highly sought positions, not only in the NFL but for Steelers fans. These three positions had the highest exclusive rights franchise tag value in 2018 outside of quarterbacks. Out of the top five highest-paid players at each of the three positions in 2019, only Steelers wideout Antonio Brown did not have more than one guaranteed year in the initial contracts.While the Steelers do not have an up-and-coming superstar at cornerback, the team has one at each of the other two positions. Wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in both receptions (111) and yards (1,426) in 2018 while T.J. Watt led the team in sacks (13) and forced fumbles (6). Both players were drafted in 2017 and remain under team control for at least another two seasons. Watt was a first-round selection, and therefore the Steelers may opt for a fifth-year option that would keep him under team control through the 2021 season. The Steelers could choose not to open any kind of negotiations with Watt until after the 2020 season.Smith-Schuster, on the other hand, is headed for free agency after the 2020 season. Barring a disastrous 2019 season, Smith-Schuster and the Steelers are likely to open contract negotiations after the upcoming season. How will those negotiations go if Smith-Schuster puts up numbers in 2019 that are similar to or better than his 2018 totals? When the 2020 offseason rolls around Youth Jordan Berry Jersey , Smith-Schuster will be 23 years old and looking to get a substantial raise from his scheduled $1.3 million salary. With Bell’s impending flight from Pittsburgh, will the Steelers leadership learn from that canary and change their practices, or will they fail to take heed of the dangers of not offering stars guaranteed money and years? Will the youngsters look to break the bank and demand the guaranteed money and years that Mack, Von Miller, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins received? Will Kevin Colbert continue down the path of how the Steelers have always structured contracts during his tenure? If Watt or Smith-Schuster have to travel down the same path as Bell, will they react the same way? If the contracts hit a snag and reports of their asking prices leak out (no doubt that will happen), will they be vilified like Bell was by Steelers fans? What happens when the Steelers want a prized free agent cornerback on the open market? On Monday, running back Le'Veon Bell said goodbye to Miami. He reportedly won’t be saying hello to Pittsburgh this week.Via Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, the Steelers do not expect the holdout tailback to report before Thursday night’s game against the Panthers.If Bell doesn’t show up by next Tuesday, he can’t play at all in 2018. Which would create a different set of rights and responsibilities for 2019, as to both the Steelers and Bell.There’s a growing belief Bell won’t show up at all in 2018. If that happens Youth Jesse James Jersey , the Steelers would be able to re-tag him again in 2019, at the same $14.54 million franchise tender that was applied in 2018. (If he shows up by next Tuesday, the Steelers would have to offer the quarterback franchise tender in order to tag him for a third time.)The latest story from ESPN includes an odd quote from an unnamed source regarding the question of whether Bell will show up at all.“If he doesn’t want to play for $14.5 million, why would he want to play for $5 million?” the unnamed source told ESPN, in reference to the money Bell would make if he shows up by next Tuesday. (Under his current tender, he’d make $5.985 million, subject to two weeks of reduced pay while on roster-exempt status.)Here’s why he would want to play for up to $5.985 million: If Bell doesn’t show at all, it will be easier for the Steelers to keep him from an unfettered windfall on the first day of free agency.Apparently, there’s been a misconception at ESPN regarding the details of Bell’s status, as evidenced by a final paragraph to the current story, which declares that “Bell does not have to report to the Steelers by a certain date to get an accrued season to become eligible for free agency, contrary to what ESPN and others previously reported.”Hey Womens Maurkice Pouncey Jersey , ESPN, don’t lump the rest of us in with your mistake. Of course Bell doesn’t need an accrued season to be eligible for free agency. Still, his opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019 hinges on fulfilling the minimum requirements of the second year of the franchise tag (i.e., by showing up before next Tuesday), forcing the Steelers to offer upwards of $25 million, if they choose to apply the franchise tag a third time in 2019. (The Steelers can still apply the transition tag in 2019, but we’ve already pointed out that this is an essentially meaningless option.)So that’s where it stands. Bell can show up by Tuesday and force the Steelers to let him hit the market on day one of free agency (subject to the ultimately meaningless transition tag) or not show up by Tuesday and risk having the Steelers apply the franchise tag again next year, at $14.54 million.Some think the Steelers would do just that, as a precursor to trading Bell to a new team — and guiding him away from a team like the Ravens. www.nflshopoutlet.com/cincinnati-bengals
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