With Eric Kendricks done, more Vikings in line for extensions

As the first domino to fall in a line of upcoming contract extensions, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks set into motion a official nfl jerseys cheap tricky test for Minnesota’s front office to keep the roster together in coming years

Kendricks was the first Viking with a contract due to expire in 2019 to receive an extension. His new deal is worth $50 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Pro Football Talk is reporting that Kendricks is to earn $15 million in Year 1, $22.5 million over the first two years, $31.5 million over three years, $40.5 million over four and $50 million over five.

Kendricks, who was to make $1.64 million this season, is now in an elite class of inside linebackers making $10 million or more per season, joining Luke Kuechly ($12.4 million), Bobby Wagner ($10.7 million) and Alec Ogletree ($10.5 million).190

The Vikings had $17.8 million in available cap space prior to Kendricks’ deal, according to the NFLPA’s daily report. With a handful of needs to be addressed in the draft next week, Minnesota shifts focus to the other prominent players scheduled to become free agents after this season: linebacker Anthony Barr, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter. The Vikings also have until May 3 to exercise the fifth-year option on cornerback Trae Waynes’ rookie deal.

Getting deals done for all four will be difficult given the Vikings’ restraints on future cap space. Kendricks’ cap figure in 2018 will be considerably higher than it was before the extension, and though it might not present any issues right now, available spending in 2019 is a completely different story.

General manager Rick Spielman has said the Vikings plan their cap out two years at a time, which is why the franchise felt it was able to give Kirk Cousins a three-year, nfl authentic jerseys fully-guaranteed deal worth $84 million. Getting creative with deals in the future will be critical as they work to keep their foundational pieces.

With one of those key defensive pieces in the fold, here’s a look at which Viking might be next to receive an extension.


Tillman toppled in two-plus in Orioles 7-3 loss

A 2.39 ERA in nine career starts at Fenway Park meant nothing tonight. It didn’t enable Tillman to locate the plate, to lower his pitches into the strike zone, nfl authentic jerseys to gain velocity on his fastball, to properly defend himself.

Tillman faced three batters in the third inning without recording an out and was charged with six runs in the Red Sox’s 7-3 victory over the Orioles. His ERA rose to 11.91 in 11 1/3 innings and his placement in the rotation again comes under scrutiny.

The Orioles’ streak of quality starts ended at three in a row with the Red Sox still batting in the bottom of the first. J.D. Martinez lifted a sacrifice fly to score Mookie Betts, who led off with a walk, and Eduardo Nu?n?ez followed Rafael Devers double with a three-run homer over the Green Monster in left field.

Tonight marked Tillman’s shortest start since also going two-plus innings on Aug. 3, 2017 against the Tigers, when he allowed five earned runs and seven total.166

Tillman still hasn’t recorded a win since May 7, 2017, a span of 21 starts. He faced 16 batters tonight and retired six.

The 21 consecutive starts without a win is an Orioles record, according to STATS. David Hernandez is second with 16, and Jason Johnson and Jeremy Guthrie are tied for third with 15.

In Tillman’s 11 1/3 innings this season, he’s surrendered 15 runs and 22 hits and walked 10 batters with only three strikeouts for a 2.82 WHIP. His fastball mostly was 89-90 mph tonight.

Alex Cobb joins the rotation on Saturday and the Orioles must clear a roster spot for him. Mike Wright Jr. isn’t listed among the starters for the Red Sox’s series and he pitched in relief tonight, nfl authentic jerseys cheap allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings. The club could decide to option utility infielder Engelb Vielma and return to a three-man bench.


When it comes to drafting QBs, Cowboys have mostly window shopped

The Dallas Cowboys began their draft meetings this week at The Star. They have needs all over their roster and there have been clues as to the direction they might go when the draft starts April 26.

The Cowboys have hosted some of the top wholesale nfl jerseys china wide receivers, linebackers, defensive tackles, offensive linemen and defensive ends on their top-30 visits. Quarterbacks were noticeably missing from their list of visitors.

It’s not that the Cowboys haven’t met with or had private workouts with quarterbacks. They have. But on their list of needs, quarterback isn’t viewed as an early priority.

With Dak Prescott, the Cowboys believe they are set with their starting quarterback. They also like the potential of their backup, Cooper Rush, who won the No. 2 job after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan.

The Indianapolis Colts selected four, mostly because they had Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall picks in 1998 and 2012. The Denver Broncos, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers have selected the most at 11. The Washington Redskins have picked 10.

On average, teams have picked seven quarterbacks (6.97) in the first 18 drafts this century.

The Cowboys, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are the only teams not to take a quarterback in the first round since 2000. The Patriots have had Tom Brady as their starter since early in the 2001 season.

Go back to when Jerry Jones purchased the team, the Cowboys have selected only five quarterbacks: Troy Aikman with the first overall pick in 1989 and Bill Musgrave in the fourth round of the 1991 draft.

At the very least, the Cowboys need another quarterback simply because they don’t have enough arms on campus. While they are sold on Prescott as the starter, would they be wise to select a future starter if things don’t pan out the way they expect? While they like Rush as a backup, he has thrown only three passes in a regular-season game.

Early in Jason Garrett’s tenure as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, the Cowboys valued the backup position by rostering high-priced veterans in Brad Johnson, china wholesale nfl jerseys Jon Kitna and Kyle Orton. Aside from the 2015 trade for Matt Cassel after Tony Romo broke his collarbone, the Cowboys have gone cheap at backup quarterback with Brandon Weeden, Kellen Moore, who is now the Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach, and Rush.


Michael Bennett’s Lawyer Calls Felony Charge from Super Bowl 51 ‘Ludicrous’

A lawyer for Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett called the felony charge of injury to the elderly filed against his client following an alleged incident at Super Bowl LI “ludicrous.”

On Saturday, wholesale nfl jerseys attorney Rusty Hardin told Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media the situation, in which Bennett is accused of injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic member of the security team following the NFL title game at NRG Stadium in Houston last year, wasn’t violent.

“There was no fighting, there was no pushing,” Hardin said. “The entire thing is ludicrous. That’s what I think we’ll find when it’s all over.”

Houston Police Department chief Art Acevedo held a press conference after the felony charge was announced and called Bennett’s alleged actions “pathetic.”

“He’s morally bankrupt,” Acevedo told reporters. “There’s no excuse for that. None. Zero.”

He added the woman involved, who uses an 800-pound motorized wheelchair, suffered a sprained shoulder.

Bennett was trying to access the field to celebrate with his brother, former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, when security stopped him. Hardin explained to Rosenblatt that there was a misunderstanding and his client had the proper credentials.

“The people they were trying to stop (Bennett and his family) had badges that said they could go on the field,” Hardin said. “That always is the case at the Super Bowl. They always let the players down with their families to celebrate with their loved ones.”

He also said Acevedo’s comments on the matter were “uninformed.”

Bennett is due back in court April 23, nfl jerseys china but Hardin said he may try to move the next appearance as he continues to gather information.


Aduana Stars destroy Fosa Juniors, mixed fortunes for Nigeria’s quartet

Aduana Stars were the big winners in the CAF Confederation Cup playoff round during an exciting weekend of action across Africa, although there were mixed fortunes for Nigeria’s four representatives.

In the most high-profile clash of the weekend, official nfl jerseys cheap Raja Casablanca secured a valuable 2-0 victory away at Zanaco, but last year’s finalists SuperSport United are in danger after a home defeat by Gor Mahia.

However, the weekend belongs to the reigning Ghana Premier League champions, who romped to a 6-1 victory over Madagascar’s Fosa Juniors to take a giant step towards the group stage.

Stars were dumped out of the CAF Champions League after being defeated by Algeria’s ES Setif, but put their mixed start to their domestic season behind them to smash the Juniors.

The hosts even fell behind after Jose Alain Randrianantenaina fired home the opener, but doubles for Sam Adams and Elvis Opoku, as well as further strikes from Bright Adjei and Zakaria Mumuni secured a convincing triumph.

Stars are Ghana’s last standing representatives in continental competition, but the Nigeria Professional Football League headed into this round with hopes that all four of their clubs would reach the Confederation Cup.

Things are looking a little bleaker for two of their contenders, after MFM FC and Akwa United were defeated by Djoliba and Al-Hilal on Sunday evening.

Debutants MFM FC will have been counting on a favourable draw and partisan support in their Lagos home to secure a big first-leg victory, but Mohamed Cisse’s goal secured an away win for the Malians as they take control of the tie.

Aiteo Cup holders were already up against it reebok nfl jerseys after being pitted against Sudanese heavyweights Al-Hilal, and their task was made much tougher after the Omdurman giants netted twice inside the first half an hour.


Bears’ Kyle Long certain he’ll be ‘full go’ by regular season

Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long vowed Tuesday that he’ll be fully recovered from three separate surgical procedures on his neck, nfl new jerseys shoulder and elbow by the beginning of the regular season.

“If it were up to me, I’d be full go right now,” said Long, who was honored at luncheon Tuesday as the Bears’ 2017 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.

“I feel as if I am [ready to go], but there are certain things that are time-sensitive that we have to follow a certain timeline with — the neck being one of them. As you know, it’s not something you want to take lightly. We’re going to take all the time we need, but there will be no limitations once the season rolls around.”

Long has been ravaged by injuries during the past two seasons. Chicago’s first-round pick in 2013, Long suffered a gruesome ankle injury in 2016 that cost him the final eight games that year and the first two games of the 2017 season.

Long later landed on injured reserve on Dec. 5. In total, Long — named to three Pro Bowls — appeared in just 10 games (nine starts) for the 5-11 Bears last season.

“I can tell you my neck wasn’t structurally the way it was supposed to be,” Long said. “I had some nerve issues that contributed a lot to the shoulder that I had been complaining about for a while. Immediately when I woke up [from surgery], I put arms over my head and my dad looked at me like, ‘you haven’t done that in a very long time.’ Like I said, credit to the doctors and the surgeons who have done a great job, and credit to my teammates who have kept my spirits up.”

Added Long: “It comes with the territory. cheap new nfl jerseys I signed up for this. I love seeing the teammates and seeing the reaction on their face when I’m actually walking into the building and not in a wheelchair.”

The Bears are counting on Long to play a sizable role in Chicago’s rebuilding effort under new head coach Matt Nagy. Long’s $7,348,158 total salary for 2018 became fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year. He’ll count $8,848,158 against Chicago’s salary cap in 2018.


NFL Teams Would Be Wise Not to Overpay for Odell Beckham Jr. on Trade Market

Over his first three seasons with the New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. posted the most receptions (288) and was the most-targeted receiver (457) in NFL history.

He also had the most yards per game (95.9), the second-most yards (4,122, behind only Randy Moss’ 4,163) and the fifth-most touchdowns (35).wholesale nfl jerseys  He is perhaps the most explosive receiver of his generation both before and after the catch and, when healthy, he’s the most feared offensive player in a one-on-one matchup, though Rob Gronkowski would have an argument there.

Beckham lost 11 games of his 2017 season to a broken ankle (12 overall), but his 25 catches on 41 targets for 302 yards and three touchdowns in just four games, in a highly dysfunctional offense, speaks just as well to his productivity.

And still, the Giants seem intent on, if not trading him outright, at least seeing what the market will bear.

On March 27, co-owner John Mara said the Giants were listening to offers for Beckham, but that he was not on the block, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. One day later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Giants were looking for at least two first-round picks if Beckham were to be dealt.

Around that time, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported the Los Angeles Rams had spoken with the Giants about a Beckham deal, with the 23rd overall pick in 2018 to dangle.

Beckham is in the final year of a rookie deal that will pay him $8.5 million on the fifth-year option, and he understandably wants a lot more than that—something in line with the highest-paid receivers in the game.

Per Over The Cap, there are six receivers with $30 million or more of guaranteed money built into their contracts, and when you look at the names (Mike Evans, nfl jerseys china DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant and Sammy Watkins), you can see that Beckham has a point.

The questions then become: Who will pay Beckham what he believes he’s worth? Will it be another team but the Giants, where you’d need to weigh his salary concerns with the loss of perhaps multiple first-round picks?


Why Brad Marchand was fined — and not suspended — for his cross-check against the Flyers

When Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand appeared to slam his stick into the head of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald’s head on Sunday,cheap nfl jerseys discount the hockey world had a collective sigh and muttered “here we go again.”

He’s like two different players in the same pugnacious body. Marchand has 84 points in 64 games this season, the kind of performance that has sparked MVP talk and has helped the Bruins push to the top of the Eastern Conference. He’s also been suspended twice in the past 12 months, including a five-game ban this season for an elbow to the head of Marcus Johansson of the New Jersey Devils, and fined twice since Jan. 2017, including supplemental discipline for a dangerous trip on Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings.

For his career, Marchand has been suspended six times, losing 75 games and surrendering over $1.7 million.

According to the Department of Player Safety, they felt the incident itself didn’t rise to that status, that the cross-check didn’t connect with MacDonald as badly as the video might indicate, for whatever reason — good fortune on MacDonald’s part, or Marchand pulling up at the last moment. And the brunt of the impact was to his visor.

The way the department approaches repeat, repeat, repeat (etc.) offenders like Marchand isn’t to automatically suspend them for acts that appear to cross the line. Instead, the history of a player’s supplemental discipline is factored in during the punitive phase of the ruling.

Where this philosophy gets a little tricky is in the realm of intent. It’s obvious Marchand snaps in that moment, and it’s obvious that he’s making an attempt to cross-check wholesale jerseys cheap nfl an opponent in the head. If the aim of the Department of Player Safety is to change behavior as much as it’s to appropriately punish injurious plays, should a play like this really just result in a fine because Marchand’s attempt to injure was botched?


Pyramids scheme: Will Egypt warm to ice hockey?

The hieroglyphics can be found adorning the tombs at Egypt’s ancient Beni Hassan burial site. They depict two men, each holding a long palm-tree branch, with slightly curved ends. They’re pointing them at the ground, crossing one over the other.

Ignore the desert garb, discount nfl gear and it almost looks like they’re taking a hockey faceoff. There’s an ancestral reason for this: Ancient Egyptians created a game in which sticks were used to smack around a semicircle created from papyrus fibers wrapped in leather.

In essence, Sameh Ramadan isn’t trying to bring hockey to the Egyptian pyramids. He’s trying to bring it back.

Ramadan is the president of Egypt Ice Hockey as well as a captain for its national club team, which will compete in the first Arab Club Cup Championship beginning April 3 in Abu Dhabi. It’s a tournament that seeks to spotlight the hockey programs of Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, the only nation among the group currently recognized by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

“This tournament is a coming-out party for all these teams on an international stage,” Ramadan said.

It’s another step forward for the nascent hockey program in Egypt, which is seeking an endorsement from the nation’s governing sports bodies as its official national hockey team, which is necessary for application to the IIHF. To be granted membership, Ramadan has to prove the program’s viability, relevance and capacity for growth.

“Basically, all I need now is a letter from my sports minister that says, ‘Egypt Ice Hockey represents the ice hockey interests of Egypt.’ No money involved. Just saying the IIHF can talk to us. And then we can put in an application,” Ramadan said.

In other words, Hockey Egypt has to get these gatekeepers’ attention. That is why it is playing a game at the pyramids.

“We’re trying to get a full-sized rink. As of now, it’s going to be synthetic, for budget reasons, but we’re trying to get the sponsorships to do a full ice rink. We’re trying to target December or January in the event we can do an ice rink because it’s cold enough,” said Ramadan,cheap nfl jerseys discount who said several sign-offs from the government are required before the game can happen.

Other events have been held at the pyramids — everything from a David Guetta rave to an international squash tournament. But never hockey. Well, at least not since B.C.


It’s time to put Jay Wright in the pantheon of elite college coaches

As Villanova players cut down the basketball nets, nfl wholesale jerseys Kris Jenkins draped his arm around Ryan Arcidiacono and the two former Wildcats reveled in the dynasty their alma mater has created.

The 79-62 national championship win over Michigan on Monday had far less drama than Villanova’s epic title victory two years ago, when Jenkins hit the game-winning shot to defeat North Carolina. That 2016 buzzer-beater and that triumph helped get Villanova to a place where few programs ever go.

But it is Monday’s win that has taken Jay Wright to a place few coaches ever go. Wright is just the third active coach with multiple NCAA championships and just the second coach in Division I history with four straight 30-win seasons.

Bill Self is the other, and Wright’s Villanova team dismantled Kansas so thoroughly in the national semifinal here that Self sat flabbergasted on the sideline, unable to conjure an answer for the offensive balance, efficiency and depth that defines these champion Wildcats.

Wright has acknowledged previously he knew he was on the hot seat going into nfl jerseys from china the 2004-05 season. But then the Wildcats started winning, making NCAA tournaments and eventually the 2009 Final Four, a building block that helped get the Wildcats to this point.

“Just starting the program from scratch, obviously the tradition was there but regenerating the energy and getting us back to that winning tradition and putting guys on the floor that would play hard every night and defend … it was only a matter of time that something like this may happen,” said Nardi, who now serves as the Wildcats’ director of basketball operations.