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When it comes to fixing the catch rule, it appears that the NFL didn’t go back to square one. However, the league apparently has decided to put the bus in reverse.

“We worked backward,” NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent told Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “We looked at plays and said: Do you want that to be a catch? And then we applied that to the rule.”

So what changes could be made?

“Slight movement of the ball,” Vincent said. “Going to the ground, it looks like we’ll reverse that,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey, it looks like that’s going to be eliminated. And we’ll go back to the old replay standard of reverse the call on the field only when it’s indisputable.”

That last line is interesting,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, but not the actual standard. “Indisputable visual evidence” of an error became “clear and obvious evidence” of a mistaken call. The bar,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, to say the least. Recently,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, the NFL changed the language of the process for overturning a ruling on the field,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, however, should have been no higher or lower.

in the first year that the league office had final say over replay review,The reality is that, the man for whom the procedure was created — Dean Blandino — left the NFL for FOX. His replacement,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, often struggled to apply the proper standard in 2017, Al Riveron, overturning decisions regarding the catch rule based not on deference to the ruling on the field but a fresh, frame-by-frame look at the play.

In Super Bowl LII,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, based on the standard he used during the season,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, Riveron upheld a pair of Eagles touchdowns that,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, quite possibly would have been overturned.

The best solution to the catch rule would be to exempt entirely from replay review the third element,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, which requires the player to have the ball for some amount of time before it officially becomes a catch. Since that’s a subjective decision, it should be treated the same as judgment calls like pass interference.

Any proposed rule changes by the NFL’s Competition Committee will be subject to approval by all owners, with at least 24 required to vote in favor of the alteration. If not enough get behind a given proposal, nothing will actually change.
The Raiders missed out on signing Ryan Grant. The former Washington receiver visited the team's Alameda training complex, $5 million deal with Indianapolis., but left without a contract and ultimately chose to sign a one-year

but are undeterred in their quest to upgrade the receiver corps.,The lost that one

hoping for steady production and quality locker room leadership in the exchange.,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey,They already signed Jordy Nelson and let Michael Crabtree walk

creating a spot in the position group.,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey,Cordarrelle Patterson was traded to New England on Sunday

no matter.,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,The Raiders tried to fill it with Grant. No go

They hosted veteran Eric Decker on Tuesday,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey, a player the Jaguars released Tuesday morning., according to multiple reports. They also declared interest in Allen Hurns

N.C.,Hurns listed the Raiders among interested teams – he said there were 10 in total – in an interview with KFNZ radio in Charlotte

000-yard season to his credit – his biggest year came with now-Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson as Jacksonville's O.C. -- and two relative down years since. Injuries have also played a part in that.,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey,Hurns has a 1

Decker had a stellar four-year run with Denver and the New York Jets,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey, and could be a productive No. 3 option in Jon Gruden's offense.,Womens Cam Newton Jersey, but was less effective during two seasons in Tennessee. The 31-year old has experience in the slot

something clear from his past and willingness to add Nelson as a major contributor. ,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,Gruden doesn't mind working with veteran receivers

they could also look for a receiver in the NFL draft.,Womens Walter Payton Jersey,Even if the Raiders don't land a veteran receiver

Isaac Whitney and Keon Hatcher are also on the roster.,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey,Amari Cooper will remain the No. 1 option. Seth Roberts has $4.45 million guaranteed in 2018. Johnny Holton
How highly do the Patriots value their mid-round draft picks? We'll find out as the run on NFL free agents continues this week.

they'll have to factor into that decision what they will be giving up. Money and cap space matter . . . sure. But there is draft capital at stake. ,If Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio plan to make any signings from outside the organization

and the decision-makers at One Patriot Place may be reluctant to give that up. ,The Patriots are currently projected to land two third-round compensatory picks in 2019 after losing both Malcolm Butler and Nate Solder in free agency. There's real value there

Recent Patriots third-round picks include Derek Rivers, Joe Thuney, Tony Garcia, Jacoby Brissett,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan. ,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, Vincent Valentine,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, Geneo Grissom

it's worth noting how comp picks are assigned. ,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey,Before we get into how the Patriots might lose those third-round comp picks if they remain active in free-agency

The compensatory-pick formula the league uses has never been published, playing time and other factors -- and then picks are issued to teams who have lost more (or better) free agents than they acquired. Only free agents whose contracts have expired (not players who've been released) qualify for the compensatory-pick formula. , but we know the basics. It's based on free agents lost and free agents acquired in a given year by a particular team. The level of those players is taken into consideration -- based on salary

and he has the Patriots down for two third-rounders in 2019 and nothing else. ,OverTheCap.com's Nick Korte is the best in the business when it comes to predicting how many picks teams will land based on their free-agent losses and acquisitions

That may sound surprising given the Patriots lost Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola in addition to Butler and Solder, according to Korte. The Adrian Clayborn signing (given a sixth-round value by OTC) cancelled out the Amendola loss (sixth-round value). The Matt Tobin signing (seventh-round value) cancelled out the Lewis loss (sixth-round value). And the Jeremy Hill signing (seventh-round value) cancelled out the Johnson Bademosi loss (sixth-round value). , but that's the way the formula broke

despite being lower-value moves? Here's how OTC describes the process. (Free agents who qualify for the comp-pick formula are known as Compensatory Free Agents or CFAs.),Why do Tobin and Hill cancel out Amendola and Lewis

1. A CFA gained by a team cancels out the highest-valued available CFA lost that has the same round valuation of the CFA gained.



the CFA gained will instead cancel out the highest-available CFA lost with a lower round value.,2. If there is no available CFA lost in the same round as the CFA gained

3. A CFA gained will only cancel out a CFA lost with a higher draft order if there are no other CFAs lost available to cancel out.

That final point is key. An example? The Seahawks recently signed CFA Jaron Brown, a seventh-round value. The only Seahawks "CFAs lost" available to cancel out the move were Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, those moves still will cancel each other out. ,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, both fourth-round values. Even though there's a three-round difference between Brown and Richardson,Womens Drew Brees Jersey, per Korte's projections



the Patriots may want to tread lightly when it comes to signing free agents who will qualify toward the comp-pick formula. They could lose out on the third-rounders they've received for Solder and Butler even if they sign a lower-value free agent.,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey,With that in mind

Players like Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro or Raiders linebacker NaVorro Bowman would count toward the comp-pick formula. Would their value to the team be such that losing a 2019 third-round pick wouldn't matter to the Patriots? Or would their comp-pick impact hurt their chances of being picked up in New England? My guess would be the latter.

meaning the Patriots could theoretically make a splash by signing Ndamukong Suh or Eric Ebron and they'd retain their comp picks.,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey,The good news for the Patriots is that re-signing their own players -- like offensive tackles LaAdrian Waddle and/or Cam Fleming -- doesn't impact the comp-pick setup. Neither does signing players who've been released

Given the Patriots made just four draft picks last year,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, it would come as little surprise if retaining those picks weighed heavily on Belichick and Caserio's decisions as they move through the remainder of the offseason., and since comp picks can be traded now (that rule was changed last year)
The Florida Panthers will try and stay in touch in the race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot when they play the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night at Bell Centre in Montreal.

The Panthers (35-27-7) were five points behind the New Jersey Devils, who hold the second wild-card position entering play Sunday night.

Florida's playoff drive stalled Saturday with a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Forward Vincent Trochek said the Panthers can't afford to take any teams lightly at this time of the season. The Oilers are 13th in the Western Conference and the Canadiens (26-34-12) are 13th in the Eastern Conference.

" Trocheck told the league's website. "I don't think we're pleased with (Saturday),adidas Wayne Gretzky jersey,"When we play the way we can, the way we played. I think we should beat that team. If we play our game, we win a lot of games, we would. It's just a matter of coming to every game like it's a playoff game. Can't let off the pedal at all."

The Panthers will be looking to get their power play going against the Canadiens.

though,Florida was 0 of 6 on the power play Saturday. Give the Oilers credit, because they own the best penalty killing in the league on the road.

that's what happens. Could be goofy bounces or whatever,"We had many chances to go up 3-1 and we didn't," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said to NHL.com. "When you let teams stick around like that, and they tie it up. It's a different game after that."

Defenseman Alex Petrovic missed his second game with a lower-body injury against the Oilers. He is day to day.

" Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo told NHL.com. "Disappointed with (Saturday),"A lot of important hockey ahead of us here, but we've got some big games coming up on the road this week. So we've got to forget about it and just get back to what we do best."

are coming off a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday,The Canadiens, their sixth loss in their past seven games (1-4-2). It was the 11th time the Canadiens have been shut out this season, meanwhile, a franchise record.

The Maple Leafs had 89 shot attempts against the Canadiens,adidas Gordie Howe jersey, getting 49 on goal. Canadiens rookie goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 45 saves.

but he might as well have been speaking about the last few months: "We played a decent road first period, slow to defend,adidas Jimmy Howard jersey,Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry summed up what went wrong for the Canadiens in the game,adidas Frans Nielsen jersey, but it was an unacceptable second period. We were slow to get to spots, bad gaps,Authentic Henrik Zetterberg jersey, and then I don't know if we got lazy or what it was," he said, the list goes on, according to NHL.com.

Canadiens coach Claude Julien is looking for his team to bounce back from an awful second period Saturday.

" he told the team's website. "At one point,Authentic Frans Nielsen jersey,"The second period was unacceptable in my book. The lack of focus, you've got to understand that a game is 60 minutes long, the lack of effort and everything else,adidas Henrik Zetterberg jersey, not 20 or 40. We played 20 and we just kind of disappointed everybody in the second period.

"It's disappointing because I thought we've been making some good strides,Authentic Jimmy Howard jersey, but we took a real step backwards with that second period. We can't accept that kind of effort."

injured reserve); defensemen Shea Weber (foot, day to day); Rinat Valiev (lower body, day to day); and Andrew Shaw (head, Victor Mete (finger, day to day) and forwards Ales Hemsky (upper body, injured reserve); Max Pacioretty (knee, out for the season), day to day); David Schlemko (lower body,Authentic Gordie Howe jersey,The Canadiens' injury list remains a long one: goaltender Carey Price (concussion, day to day); Phillip Danault (headaches,Authentic Wayne Gretzky jersey, day to day).
Anquan Boldin played three seasons with the Ravens,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, catching 186 passes for 2, starring in the Ravens’ Super Bowl run after the 2012 regular season and becoming quarterback Joe Flacco’s most trusted target.,645 yards and 14 touchdown receptions

He knows plenty about the Ravens’ newest receiver addition, too. Boldin was a teammate of Michael Crabtree for two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

“I think he’ll be a reliable receiver for Joe,” Boldin said before Saturday night’s Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game at Royal Farms Arena.

who signed a three-year deal with the Ravens on Friday about 24 hours after his release by the Oakland Raiders,Boldin and Crabtree, were 49ers teammates during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

a guy that can really catch the ball. I think you’ve seen from his production the last three years in Oakland how productive he can be. They’re getting a good player.”,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, competitive guy, he’s a crafty guy,” Boldin said. “I had a chance to play with Crab for two or three years out in San Francisco. Like I said,“They are getting a very competitive guy, a veteran guy

allowing the receiver to sign with another team if he so chooses.,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, 37,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey,hasn’t played since the 2016 season with the Detroit Lions. He signed with the Buffalo Bills in late August last year,Boldin, but he retired just two weeks later to focus on humanitarian efforts. The Bills recently relinquished Boldin’s rights

but he still works out every day and he’s been training draft prospects getting them ready for the NFL. He claims he hasn’t thought about whether he could play again,Boldin said his current work with the Players Coalition takes up much of his time, but he has little doubt that he could.

” Boldin said. “If I wanted to,“Definitely,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, I know I could.”

Ravens have unofficial Super Bowl reunion at Torrey Smith's annual charity basketball game

” Boldin said. “If I wanted to,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,“Definitely, I know I could.”

Boldin’s introduction before Saturday’s game drew some of the night’s loudest applause. He’s long been a fan favorite in Baltimore and Ravens fans still lament how he was traded to the 49ers after the Super Bowl season because the team was tight on salary cap space.

However,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, Boldin doesn’t spend a whole lot of time looking back.

but they do happen.”,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,” he said. “Whatever decision they made after that,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey, that was on them. I would have liked to end my career as a Raven,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey,“I feel like I was brought to Baltimore to do a job and I did the job, but things happen. That’s a part of the business. Those are the things that you don’t want to see happen
NEW YORK (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater is getting a fresh start in a new place that suddenly has a crowded quarterbacks room — and could be adding another signal caller soon.

The New York Jets signed the former Minnesota Vikings star to a one-year contract, making the deal official Sunday.

Bridgewater's signing comes a day after the Jets traded up to acquire the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft from the Colts — likely with the intention of assuring themselves of getting one of the top available quarterbacks. New York dealt its first-rounder — No. 6 overall — along with two second-rounders and next year's second-rounder for Indianapolis' top pick this year.

who will likely head into the offseason programs as the starting quarterback,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey,The Jets have re-signed Josh McCown ,Womens Drew Brees Jersey, but both he and Bridgewater are on one-year deals.

the focus next month in the draft will be on finding the future of the franchise. New York also has Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster, along with Joel Stave,So, but none appear to be viable candidates for the starting job — and their roster spots could be in serious jeopardy.

New York also announced the signings of former Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and former Redskins center Spencer Long, along with the re-signings of cornerback Morris Claiborne,On a busy Sunday, defensive lineman Mike Pennel and safety Terrence Brooks.

The 25-year-old Bridgewater could give McCown — and presumably whomever New York takes in the draft — a run in training camp if completely healthy. He's still looking to return from a serious knee injury in August 2016 that sidelined him for most of the past two years. He threw just two passes last season for the Vikings, including one that was intercepted.

"I'm excited about the direction we're headed in," Bridgewater told the Jets' website. "I'm excited to be a part of something that can be very special and I just look forward to getting to work with the guys and a great year."

but his career was thrust into uncertainty when he suffered a serious non-contact knee injury during a team practice the following summer. Bridgewater tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and dislocated the knee joint,Bridgewater was a first-round pick in 2014 out of Louisville and was largely considered a rising star at his position. He made the Pro Bowl after his second NFL season, along with other structural damage.

Bridgewater has thrown for 6,150 yards and 28 touchdowns with 22 interceptions and a 64.7 percent completion rate. He has also run for four touchdowns. Financial details were not immediately released,For his career, but it is believed to be worth $6 million — not including additional incentives.

The 26-year-old Williamson spent his first four NFL seasons with Tennessee and led the Titans in tackles in two of those years. He'll be the replacement at inside linebacker for 29-year-old Demario Davis,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, who led the Jets in tackles last year with a career season but signed with New Orleans as a free agent after he said New York never offered him a deal.

the Jets went with the younger Williamson,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, who has 11? sacks and 377 tackles with two interceptions and three forced fumbles. He was given a three-year,Instead,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, $22.5 million deal and will combine with Darron Lee to man the middle of New York's linebacker group.

Williamson was a fifth-round pick out of Kentucky in 2014. He became a starter for the Titans early in his rookie season and was a consistent playmaker during his four years with the team.

"I know the defense,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey," Williamson told the team's website of the Jets' 3-4 defensive alignment. "They have great guys up here that can play. This defense is hungry. You have young guys on it who are talented and I feel like I'm going to fit right in. I just have to get in and learn the playbook and get to work."

The Jets also addressed one of their other major needs by signing Long to a four-year deal worth $28 million.

Wesley Johnson was the starting center last season as the replacement for Nick Mangold, but struggled at times and is now a free agent. Long was a third-round draft pick out of Nebraska in 2014 and played both center and guard for the Redskins. He became Washington's starter at center early in the 2016 season after a season-ending injury to Kory Lichtensteiger.

" Long said. "It's definitely different having the ball in your hands. In the meeting rooms is where the big changes came because I grew so much mentally as a player when I had to learn the center position. Ever since then,"It took a lot of adjustment physically and mentally, I've been able to build on a solid foundation. I'm excited. I think my best ball is yet to come at that position."

though,The 27-year-old Long was limited to just seven games last season,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, as he dealt with injuries to both legs and needed surgery on his quadriceps tendon.

including a $3 million signing bonus. He was the team's top cornerback last season,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, to form one of the NFL's most promising secondaries., but will now combine with Trumaine Johnson,Claiborne rejoins the Jets on a one-year deal worth $7 million, who signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal earlier this week

back on a three-year deal worth $12 million,Pennel,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, was a key backup for Todd Bowles' defense last season. He had a career-high 35 tackles in 16 games.

who saw lots of playing time at safety and on special teams,Brooks,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after Week 3 with two interceptions against Miami. He signed a two-year contract.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- The third in a series of stories with Clemson receiver Deon Cain as the AP follows his journey to the NFL draft.

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relaxed and ready,Deon Cain, put on a strong showing for NFL evaluators at Clemson's Pro Day on Thursday.

the 6-foot-2, 202-pound receiver,Cain was grateful to work out on familiar ground in Clemson's indoor practice facility where he spent the past three years preparing to be a game-breaking wideout. Cain, said he thought he ran crisp routes and proved he was a reliable pass catcher.

He left the workout even more confident than at the NFL Combine he could make a long-term mark in the NFL.

''It was actually fun,'' Cain said. ''I was more in control because at the combine a lot of people want to grab you. It's a little bit more relaxing because you're at home in your environment. It was second nature to be here.''

And Cain moved with an ease among past teammates and friends he said he didn't always have at the combine. Not that it went poorly in Indianapolis two weeks ago - Cain stood on his 40-yard dash time of 4.43 seconds run there.

then watched Clemson's other participants and joked with former teammates like last year's starting quarterback Kelly Bryant and fellow receiver Ray-Ray McCloud,Cain took part in standing and vertical jumps, who also gave up his final year of college for the NFL - until it was time to catch passes.

he believed,Cain said what NFL evaluators wanted to see from him is more precise r outes off the line of scrimmage and more reliability at catching balls thrown his way. Both took place, on Thursday in front of a handful of teams on hand to watch.

linebacker Stephone Anthony,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey,Clemson's pro day is typically a must-attend for scouts in recent seasons when prospects like first-rounders like defensive end Shaq Lawson, receiver Mike Williams and quarterback Deshaun Watson went through drills.

most of the Tigers' expected headliners such as defensive linemen Christian Wilkins,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant - all projected as early round selections had they declared for the pros - were just watching workouts instead of taking part. All three chose to play another year with the Tigers and, with defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey,This time,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, could give Clemson four first-rounders in the 2019 draft - guaranteeing a huge crowd a year from now.

Cain felt ready for the jump after three seasons. He was a five-star find who transitioned from quarterback in high school to receiver in college. Cain tied for third on the team with five TD catches in 2015 as a freshman, tying the school freshman record of Sammy Watkins with five consecutive games with a scoring catch.

Williams,As a sophomore, Cain was dealing with his return from a failed drug test that got him sent home from the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Orange Bowl the year before. Cain finished with nine touchdowns, but often played a complementary role in a high-functioning offense with Watson,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, tailback Wayne Gallman and tight end Jordan Leggett.

Cain led Clemson this past season with 734 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told scouts Cain is still learning as a receiver and has another, much higher level to reach.

'' Swinney said. ''I wish I could've kind of finished the race with him there,''I think Deon has the foundation he needs now to become an elite,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, great receiver,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, but he's ready to go and he's going to do well.''

Swinney said Cain will be a better pro than college player,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, ''because he's going to play pro ball longer than he's going to play college ball. His potential is really no limitation to it.''

Cain will keep working the next few weeks. He said his representatives have set up several meetings with NFL teams next few weeks. He'll most likely spend the draft at home in Tampa,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, Florida, unless his stock rises- projections range from the second to fourth rounds - that he'll be asked to the NFL draft in Dallas April 26-28.

''We'll have to wait and see,Womens Drew Brees Jersey,'' Cain said with a smile.
There was only one center scheduled to become a free agent the 49ers would have wanted over Daniel Kilgore, general manager John Lynch said Thursday.

But because the 49ers did not know a month ago if they would be able to get that player, they went ahead and re-signed Kilgore to keep him off the free-agent market.

Lynch said the 49ers' top two targets in free agency were center Weston Richburg and running back Jerick McKinnon. They negotiated against a handful of teams for the services of both players and finalized the deals on Wednesday at the opening of the free-agent signing period.

After the 49ers signed Richburg, the club worked a trade with the Miami Dolphins to send Kilgore to a team that needs a starting center.

do we play Weston at guard?" Lynch said. "Ultimately, once we decided to invest in someone,"We thought about, you put him at his best position. That happens to be his best position and center is Dan's best position,Womens Amari Cooper Jersey, too."

Kilgore signed a three-year,Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey,Just one month ago,Womens Joe Montana Jersey, $11.75 million with the 49ers with the expectation he would remain with the club that selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.

" Kilgore said on a conference call in mid-February. "I consider the Bay Area my second home. And to be able to extend my career wearing the 49ers jersey was special to me. This team heading in the right direction,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey,"I've been here for seven years,Womens Sean Taylor Jersey, I wanted to be a part of it."

The availability of Richburg changed the 49ers' plan, Lynch said.

Lynch said.. The team did not even place a call of interest to the agent of free-agent guard Andrew Norwell,Richburg was the only interior offensive linemen the 49ers pursued in free agency,Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey, who was not considered a fit for Kyle Shanahan's blocking scheme.

Lynch was asked if there was anything he would have done differently in his handling of the center position this offseason.

we asked ourselves that question,Womens Jerry Rice Jersey,"As we looked at this situation,Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey," Lynch said. "But I really don't think we could've. We are happy we were able to find a nice landing spot. He's a starting center for an exciting team."

who played 15 NFL seasons,Lynch, has made it a point to treat players as he would have wanted to be treated. He said the 49ers tried to do what was right for both sides.

They got little from the Dolphins in compensation for Kilgore. The 49ers sent Kilgore and the ninth pick of the seventh round (No. 227 overall) to the Dolphins in exchange for the fifth pick of the seventh round (No. 223 overall).

" Lynch said. "I think they really get that. That's one of our strengths,Authentic Amari Cooper Jersey, as far as the vibe we have going here. Yes,Authentic Joe Montana Jersey,"I think our players know we genuinely care of them,Womens Reuben Foster Jersey, actions have to reflect that. I will tell you, we left this in a really good place with Danny. We've had really good conversations with him all the way through it."

In other 49ers free-agent news . . .

the NFL Network reported. Lynch's defensive coordinator will be Vic Fangio,Authentic Sean Taylor Jersey, who coached him as a rookie with the 49ers. Lynch had 12.5 sacks in his first two seasons,Former 49ers defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Lynch is signing a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, 2.5 in his last two years. The 49ers made no effort to re-sign him.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers is losing his most prolific receiver but might be getting an upgrade at tight end.

The Green Bay Packers released veteran Jordy Nelson, the third-leading receiver in franchise history and one of Rodgers' top targets.

The Packers announced the move Tuesday, a day before teams can begin to sign free agents.

Nelson had 550 receptions and 69 touchdown catches in 10 seasons in Green Bay. But his production declined last season with Rodgers sidelined much of the year by a collarbone injury.

First-year general manager Brian Gutekunst called Nelson ''one of the great Packers who played here. He's everything you want a pro to be - and he'll be missed.

''I think Jordy is a really good player,Authentic Golden Tate III Jersey, and you certainly don't want to let him walk out the door. But this is a big puzzle,Womens Calais Campbell Jersey, we thought this was in our best interest. The best interest for our team moving forward.'', and there's kind of limitations. You can't keep everybody. As we went through this

Asked if the Packers offered Nelson the opportunity to come back in 2018 at a reduced salary,Womens Adam Thielen Jersey, Gutekunst said,Womens Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, we won't get into those kind of discussions.'', ''There were a lot of discussions that went on. In fairness to him

Nelson, was scheduled to earn $10.25 million this season and carry a salary-cap number of $12.52 million., who turns 33 in May

In a post on his Instagram account, to his consistent, Rodgers wrote that it was ''hard to find the right words today to express what '87' means to me. No teammate exemplified what it means to be a Packer quite like him. From living in (Green Bay) full time, his incredible contributions to the city, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business.'', state, and region

Asked if he talked to Rodgers about the decision,Womens Golden Tate III Jersey, Gutekunst replied,Authentic Calais Campbell Jersey, but not before.'',Authentic Adam Thielen Jersey, ''Talked to Aaron afterward. Had a conversation with him afterward

Nelson had 53 catches for 482 yards and six scores in 2017,Authentic Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, a year after winning Comeback Player of the Year honors. He had 97 catches on 1, rebounding from a knee injury that sidelined him the previous season.,257 yards and a league-best 14 touchdowns in 2016

Rodgers and Nelson had a chemistry built over their time as two of the longest-tenured Packers.

Nelson's release figures to foreshadow more moves for the Packers, who could use an upgrade at tight end. Jimmy Graham is one of the top free agents available on the market.

The Packers have Lance Kendricks at tight end, but Richard Rodgers is due to become a free agent.

Davante Adams, who has emerged as the No. 1 receiver, while Ty Montgomery might be used in more of a hybrid role after playing running back exclusively in an injury-plagued 2017 season., signed a contract extension last year. Randall Cobb remains on the roster
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Mike Smith made 28 saves, Johnny Gaudreau scored in the second period and the Calgary Flames edged the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 on Tuesday night to end a seven-game losing streak against their provincial rival.

It was a superb bounce-back performance for Smith in his second game after missing a month with a lower-body injury. Smith was beaten four times on 26 shots in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

who occupy the two wild-card spots in the Western Conference. The Flames began the night three points back of Los Angeles for third place in the Pacific Division.,Calgary (35-26-10) is two points behind Dallas and Colorado

Cam Talbot made 31 saves as Edmonton (30-35-4) had its three-game winning streak snapped.

McDavid could not solve Smith.,authentic Jeff Carter jersey,The most dangerous Oilers player all night was Connor McDavid,adidas Ryan Suter jersey, seven assists) and with 18 goals in his last 19 games. But despite a team-high five shots and several other setups,adidas Devan Dubnyk jersey, who entered on a seven-game point streak (six goals

only to be denied by the 35-year-old goalie.,Early in the third,authentic Ryan Suter jersey, McDavid swooped in alone on Smith,adidas Jeff Carter jersey, Smith acrobatically kicked out his pad to rob Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a one-timer after he was set up perfectly by McDavid. On that same shift

getting his arm on a shot from Ryan Strome after a bad bounce resulted in the Edmonton center having the puck alone in front.,Smith also made a highlight-reel stop late in the second to preserve the one-goal margin

Calgary scored at 5:18 of the second when Sean Monahan's pass found Gaudreau alone in front and he zipped a backhand over Talbot's shoulder.

five assists).,adidas Zach Parise jersey,Gaudreau's 22nd goal of the season extended his point streak to five games (two goals

but the goal was waved off immediately because the whistle had blown.,authentic Zach Parise jersey,Edmonton thought it took a 1-0 lead at 14:05 of the first when Zack Kassian banged in a puck that was partially covered under Smith

has gone 30 games without a goal.,adidas Shea Weber jersey,NOTES: Calgary made two lineup changes at forward,authentic Shea Weber jersey, who played in career game No. 900,authentic Devan Dubnyk jersey, with Drew Shore and Chris Stewart inserted for Matthew Tkachuk (upper body) and Mark Jankowski (coach's decision). ... Kris Versteeg (hip) missed his 49th game for the Flames but is nearing a return and could play as soon as Friday. ... Ex-Flame Mike Cammalleri
Colo. (AP) -- John Elway is looking to free agency for his fix at quarterback following a season in which all three of his drafted QBs fell flat in Denver.,ENGLEWOOD

After sitting out the playoffs in each of the last two years following their Super Bowl 50 triumph, ESPN reported early Tuesday., the Broncos have apparently found their next signal-caller. Case Keenum plans to sign with Denver when free agency opens Wednesday

That would leave the Vikings, who is expected to sign a record-breaking contract this week., Cardinals and Jets vying to land ex-Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins

The 30-year-old Keenum is considered the second-best QB available on the open market. He guided Minnesota to the NFC championship game after replacing an injured Sam Bradford last season.

Keenum went 11-3 with 3, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions and threw that last-second heave to Stefon Diggs to stun the New Orleans Saints 29-24 in the playoffs.,547 yards passing

The Vikings, who were subsequently blown out at Philadelphia in the conference championship, decided to let all three of their QBs - Keenum, Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater - test free agency.

With a sparkling new stadium,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, the Vikings jumped to the head of the line of potential suitors for Cousins.,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, stacked roster and head coaching stability

The Broncos, who own the fifth pick in next month's NFL draft,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, also considered Cousins following a 5-11 season in which Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all struggled behind a porous offensive line and questionable play-calling before Mike McCoy was replaced by Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.

the Hall of Fame quarterback who has only had success at quarterback in free agency.,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey,All three quarterbacks were draft picks by Elway

Six years ago, Elway landed Peyton Manning, the biggest free agent prize in NFL history, following his release by the Colts and a series of neck fusion surgeries.

Manning had a spectacular closing chapter in Denver, reaching two Super Bowls and winning one., leading the Broncos to the playoffs in all four of his seasons

Manning retired a month after Denver's 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50, then moved up to grab Lynch in the first round of the draft., and Elway brought in veteran Mark Sanchez

But it was Siemian, who emerged as Manning's surprise successor in 2016., a seventh-rounder from Northwestern

Gary Kubiak stepped down as head coach over health concerns following a 9-7 season that ended the Broncos' five-year playoff run.

but the Broncos would cycle through their trio of homegrown QBs during a 5-11 season that nearly cost rookie head coach Vance Joseph his job.,Siemian again handily beat out Lynch last summer

Keenum is a player the Broncos know well because Kubiak, coached him for two seasons while he was head coach of the Houston Texans., now the Broncos' senior personnel adviser

Keenum would have veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as his targets in Denver after Elway chose not to release either of the expensive wide receivers.

At the NFL scouting combine this month, ''we'll continue to look at all of the options out there when it comes to quarterback.'',Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey, Elway said

That included choosing among the draft prospects that include Josh Allen,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, Josh Rosen,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, Sam Darnold,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, Baker Mayfield and others.

Despite his swings and misses at QB before, Elway said,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, ''Believe me, I'm not done swinging and missing. Misses don't bother me. We just have to figure out a way to get it right. That is what we are working on.''

Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, a seventh-rounder last year who sat out his rookie season with injuries, remain on the roster.

Elway insists the Broncos can get right back into the playoff picture with the right quarterback and tweaks to other areas of the roster.

''I still think we're not too far away, we have to get better at that (quarterback) position. We didn't play well there last year. That doesn't all go on the players. There were some things that we should have done differently that we didn't do. I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly.'','' Elway said at the combine. ''Obviously
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers is losing his most prolific receiver but might be getting an upgrade at tight end.

The Green Bay Packers released veteran Jordy Nelson, the third-leading receiver in franchise history and one of Rodgers' top targets.

The Packers announced the move Tuesday, a day before teams can begin to sign free agents.

Nelson had 550 receptions and 69 touchdown catches in 10 seasons in Green Bay. But his production declined last season with Rodgers sidelined much of the year by a collarbone injury.

First-year general manager Brian Gutekunst called Nelson ''one of the great Packers who played here. He's everything you want a pro to be - and he'll be missed.

we thought this was in our best interest. The best interest for our team moving forward.'',Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, and you certainly don't want to let him walk out the door. But this is a big puzzle,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey,''I think Jordy is a really good player,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, and there's kind of limitations. You can't keep everybody. As we went through this

we won't get into those kind of discussions.'',Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, Gutekunst said,Womens Drew Brees Jersey,Asked if the Packers offered Nelson the opportunity to come back in 2018 at a reduced salary, ''There were a lot of discussions that went on. In fairness to him

who turns 33 in May,Nelson, was scheduled to earn $10.25 million this season and carry a salary-cap number of $12.52 million.

In a post on his Instagram account, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business.'', his incredible contributions to the city,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, Rodgers wrote that it was ''hard to find the right words today to express what '87' means to me. No teammate exemplified what it means to be a Packer quite like him. From living in (Green Bay) full time, to his consistent, state, and region

but not before.'', Gutekunst replied,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey,Asked if he talked to Rodgers about the decision,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, ''Talked to Aaron afterward. Had a conversation with him afterward

rebounding from a knee injury that sidelined him the previous season.,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, a year after winning Comeback Player of the Year honors. He had 97 catches on 1,Nelson had 53 catches for 482 yards and six scores in 2017,257 yards and a league-best 14 touchdowns in 2016

Rodgers and Nelson had a chemistry built over their time as two of the longest-tenured Packers.

Nelson's release figures to foreshadow more moves for the Packers,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, who could use an upgrade at tight end. Jimmy Graham is one of the top free agents available on the market.

The Packers have Lance Kendricks at tight end, but Richard Rodgers is due to become a free agent.

while Ty Montgomery might be used in more of a hybrid role after playing running back exclusively in an injury-plagued 2017 season., who has emerged as the No. 1 receiver,Davante Adams, signed a contract extension last year. Randall Cobb remains on the roster
Monday is the first day NFL teams can begin free agent negotiations,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, and Wednesday is the first day free agents can sign new contracts. The team with the most cap space in the NFL isn’t planning to waste any time next week.

which at about $90 million available represents by far the most in the league heading into free agency.,Womens Drew Brees Jersey,Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan promised that his team will be working hard about spending all that money

I should say,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey,“It will be interesting to see which players we can potentially line up first for initial visits,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey,” Maccagnan said. “Obviously we’ll be very active on the first day in terms of the higher profile guys. I think the one thing I’ve noticed in the NFL this year or in the past years,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, is free agency moves very quickly. If you have guys targeted and you have your range how you value them,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, we’ll be very active.”

if Brees and the Saints don’t come to a deal today. Everyone expects Brees to remain in New Orleans,Everyone is looking at whether the Jets will make a huge offer to quarterback Kirk Cousins,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, but they should also be preparing to call Drew Brees‘s agent tomorrow, but the two sides haven’t reached a deal yet,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, and so the Jets should touch base with Brees’s agent as soon as they’re allowed to tomorrow.

Maccagnan can’t name any names just yet.

” he said. “Everybody is well aware we have quite a bit of cap space to work with. There are quite a few players we’re interested in.”,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey,“We may sign a big-ticket guy. We may sign a small-ticket guy. It will be very interesting to see how it plays out

that would be a major disappointment.,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey,If the Jets aren’t a much better team a week from today than they are now
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Two teams scrapping to remain relevant in the playoff race face off Monday night at the Honda Center.

The Anaheim Ducks come in on a two-game losing streak and the St. Louis Blues enter after a convincing win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Anaheim (34-23-12) lost 2-1 on Friday evening in Dallas. The Ducks gained the early lead, but the Stars scored two power-play goals in the third period. Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots for Anaheim.

The team is 6-3-1 in the last 10 games. Before the two recent losses, the Ducks had won three of four games and gained standings points in four consecutive games.

St. Louis (36-27-5) played an early afternoon affair on Saturday in Los Angeles and defeated the Kings 7-2 after jumping out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period. The Blues are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. Jake Allen posted 38 saves to grab the win.

the Blues registered 14 goals in 10 games while getting shut out three times. Against the Kings, 14 Blues players had points,authentic Carey Price jersey,Before the offensive outburst,authentic Andrew Shaw jersey, led by Jaden Schwartz with a goal and two assists.

None of the Blues' seven goals against the Kings came with a man advantage. The St. Louis power play ranks 29th in the NHL.

not scoring goals,adidas Mike Fisher jersey, and we needed one of those games,adidas P.K Subban jersey," Allen said. "I don't know when the last time would have been for a game like that. Maybe not (since) the first 10,"It takes a toll on them, 15 games of the year. I think it gave us a good boost."

"When you can score some goals,Blues coach Mike Yeo said, what you hope now is that some guys can build some confidence off of that and carry some momentum into our next one. We know the next one is going to be a real tough challenge."

For Anaheim, leading scorer Rickard Rakell (30-29-59) has 11 points in the past six games (eight goals). He assisted on the Ducks' goal against the Stars. Ryan Getzlaf was the scorer.

Getzlaf is also on fire offensively. He is second on the team in scoring with 50 points (10 goals) despite playing 20 fewer games than Rakell because of injury or illness.

he has points (three goals),In seven of Getzlaf's last eight games, including a four-point effort (one goal) against Edmonton on Feb. 25. He missed the team's first game in March against Columbus with the flu.

Getzlaf summarized the game against Dallas. "I thought we did a good job of holding our own. (The) goaltender made some saves when we needed him to; he kept us right in the game. Special teams was the difference."

The Ducks had been on a run of 25 straight penalty kills until they allowed goals on both Stars' power plays.

"Well, again that is the difference in the game. They score two power-play goals,Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle commented,adidas Andrew Shaw jersey,one to get even and the other one to win the hockey game for them. And what did we do? We went 0-3 in the game. Special teams -- we lost the battle; they won the hockey game with it."

Lineup changes anticipated for Anaheim include the swap of defensemen Francois Beauchemin for Kevin Bieksa,authentic Max Pacioretty jersey, a rotation Carlyle has used lately.

including Olympic bronze medalist Chris Kelly,authentic Mike Fisher jersey,Carlyle also has five players who battle for spots on the fourth line,authentic P.K Subban jersey, who joined the team after competing in Olympic men's hockey in South Korea.

Brayden Schenn,The Blues will likely stick with the reunited first line of Schwartz,adidas Carey Price jersey, and Vladimir Tarasenko. The trio produced five points against the Kings.

" Yeo said,adidas Max Pacioretty jersey, "Part of putting those three back together was giving them the opportunity and the ability to make some plays that we saw them make, "and we also felt that it would sort of sharpen the focus and the mindset of the other players."

St. Louis has two players with more than 50 points. Tarasenko's 27 goals and 58 points pace the team.

Schenn trails by a point (24-33-57) but has been cold lately. He has points in two of his last eight games, but his last goal came in Dallas in mid-February. Tarasenko has points in six of the last 10 games.

St. Louis sent four players to AHL San Antonio and Chicago on Saturday. The Blues recalled defenseman Chris Butler from San Antonio.

For the Ducks, Monday's game marks the start of a four-game homestand. The Blues are at the end of a four-game road trip. They play Colorado at home on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Gastineau made an emotional plea to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to help him and former players who are dealing with what he claims are football-related health issues.

and believes the conditions are the result of brain trauma from playing in the NFL for 10 seasons.,Womens Joey Bosa Jersey, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease,Authentic Dalvin Cook Jersey,The former New York Jets star said during a radio interview on 710 WOR Radio in New York that aired Thursday night that he wants ailing players to be taken care of by the NFL. The 61-year-old Gastineau announced last year that he was diagnosed with dementia

"I want the NFL to treat people right," Gastineau said during the interview. "They've got to. They have to."

Gastineau said Goodell told him when they talked at a Jets game over a year ago that he should let him know if he needs anything.

"The Commissioner told me, Roger Goodell, let me know, he said, 'Listen, you know what? You need anything, Mark,'" Gastineau told host Pete McCarthy. "He was my ball boy. I treated him great. He told me. ... Hey, treat people right."

An NFL spokesperson did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment on Gastineau's statements.

Gastineau is the Jets' career sacks leader and was one of the NFL's most recognizable stars because of his entertaining dances after taking down quarterbacks for New York from 1979-88. He and Goodell have known each other since the early 1980s, when Goodell interned in the Jets' public relations department.

'Anything I need! I want the players to be treated right.",Womens Dan Fouts Jersey,"I want to hold you to your promise, Roger Goodell," Gastineau said. "You said

began to cry during the interview when he spoke of his daily struggles to get out of bed and remember people's names., who was joined by his wife JoAnn and lawyer Jason Luckasevic,Womens Allen Robinson Jersey,Gastineau

it's not good.,Womens Melvin Ingram Jersey,"My brain isn't the same,Womens Dalvin Cook Jersey," he said. "My wife, she and I used to go around and do yard work," Gastineau said while crying. "But you know what? She does everything now for me. ... It's not good

I did. But you know what? I was nothing. You know why? Because of what happened to me.","When I'm laying in bed until 3, 4 or 5 (p.m.), it's not good. There will be days I get up and I'm good. ... My wife will tell you, she helps me get out of bed ... and she'll help me remember names. I used to think I was all that

but approved it in October after eight months. She said the NFL sent a notice to Luckasevic 30 days later saying it was appealing the settlement again for Gastineau's Parkinson's diagnosis.,Gastineau, who said he routinely cracked his and other players' helmets during big hits in practices and games,Authentic Dan Fouts Jersey, dabbled in boxing after retiring from football and had 17 professional fights. He is a plaintiff in the concussion lawsuit against the NFL,Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey, but has not received any money as a result. JoAnn Gastineau said NFL doctors questioned her husband's dementia diagnosis

they're wrong. I'm not telling them to give me zillions of dollars. I don't want zillions of dollars. I just want to be treated with respect.",Authentic Joey Bosa Jersey," Gastineau said. "The NFL is wrong,Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey,"The NFL is wrong
 
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