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Cain watched baseball on TV, which he rarely does, and spent an extended amount of time around his three sons, ages 6, 5 and 3. He also reintroduced himself to the Bible, which quelled some of his anger and helped channel his focus in a positive direction. The death of Bryant, a fellow athlete and father, at the beginning of the year had been a stark reminder to Cain of his own mortality. Floyd's death, and the events that followed it over the summer, reopened wounds around being Black in America. Cain became intent about "voicing my opinion a little bit more because at the end of the day, as athletes, we have a platform, and people will listen."San Diego Padres Face Masks

As the 2020 season began, Tatis took over. He was a leading MVP candidate entering September in a shortened season, hitting .313/.395/.660 with a league-leading 13 homers while dropping highlight after highlight. Tatis' breakout season ended with disappointment due to a slow final month of the season and the Padres' sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series, but his status as a superstar was already set, especially on social media.Arizona Diamondbacks Face Masks

“Whereas after we won, I was like, ‘Eh, if the season is delayed, that's fine. No problem. Whenever it starts is fine.’”

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Obviously, only one guy can play center field. Scott Kingery gets that assignment. Roman Quinn gets the start in right field and Odubel Herrera is the designated hitter.Chicago White Sox Face Masks

Anyway, perhaps things are trending in the wrong direction for those starting pitchers, but we shall hold firm to our usual Monday theme (here is last week's version) of checking out the value going up and down with our latest Stock Watch.Kansas City Royals Face Masks

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the 27-year-old right-hander threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, during a bullpen session.

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MLB took heat for its use of DNA testing in the Dominican Republic, which was decried as both invasive and possibly illegal, forcing the league to hit pause on the practice before resuming it in 2010 under new guidelines. The policy has been revised further since, with the league stressing that the DNA test is voluntary and only requested when there is significant doubt about a player’s identity. Additionally, MLB now covers the cost of the test, no longer requiring players to pay as it originally did.
Re-signed: DB/ST Justin Bethel (3 years, $6M), DL Carl Davis, QB Cam Newton (1 year, approximately $14M, per reports), DL Deatrich WiseNFL Detroit Lions Team Face Coverings

With the franchise tag for running backs at $8.655 million in 2021, the Packers could have paid out $19.041 million over the next two years, given the 20-percent raise Jones would have earned if tagged again in 2022. They also would have been protected against injury or ineffectiveness in 2021, allowing them a way out on a one-year, seven-figure deal. It ultimately would make little sense for the Packers to commit to paying more than $19.041 million over the next two years.NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Team Face Coverings

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Wilson’s agent has identified the Saints as a preferred destination if he gets traded, so if Wilson wants to come to New Orleans, the Saints (and New Orleans’ mayor) would welcome him with open arms. And they would make an aggressive offer, despite the fact they were still about $60 million over the projected salary cap as of Tuesday. The same goes for Deshaun Watson if he becomes available via trade. If the Saints have to trade or release some of their current starters, they'll do it to acquire an elite quarterback.NFL New England Patriots Team Face Coverings

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL free agency updates: Patriots sign Hunter Henry, Jags add Griffin

The Giants re-signed restricted free agent WR C.J. Board, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Green Bay Packers are in dire need of another wide receiver. Rather than draft one with the No. 29 overall pick, FS1’s Nick Wright suggests they could trade for one by parting ways with that late first-round pick for Cleveland Browns star Odell Beckham Jr.NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have released wide receiver John Brown as well as defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, the team announced Wednesday.
It's a tale as old as time: Pay your quarterback a half a billion dollars, lose the flexibility to be a player in free agency. The Chiefs can probably make a few under-the-radar moves once they get under the cap, perhaps getting a discount from free agents who want to be with a contender, but it'll likely be a quiet offseason for the Chiefs.NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Team Face Coverings

The San Francisco 49ers are re-signing fullback Kyle Juszczyk to a five-year, $27 million deal that includes $10 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Juszczyk, 29, was one of the 49ers' first free-agent signings after coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch took over in 2017. At the time, San Francisco outbid a handful of other suitors, making Juszczyk the highest-paid fullback in league history.

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Along with Golladay, the Lions have 17 other unrestricted free agents, including Jones, defensive end Romeo Okwara, and kicker Matt Prater.NFL Buffalo Bills Team Face Coverings
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His final season was marked by injury as he suffered multiple broken ribs on a hit during a game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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An injury limited Golladay to just five games in 2020, but in the two previous years he tallied back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with a career-high 11 touchdowns in 2019.

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In essence, that’s a five-for-one deal for the Raiders to get Wilson, considering sixth-rounders don’t often pan out. And four of the five trade chips (sorry, Mariota) would be of great value. That’s a lot for any player, even of Wilson’s caliber. Maybe you consider it if you’re going after a 25-year-old generational talent like Deshaun Watson, but Wilson is 32.NFL Philadelphia Eagles Team Face Coverings
The Packers could see Felton and his versatile skillset as an ideal fit in the Tyler Ervin role within Matt LaFleur’s offense. He operated as a running back, from the slot and in the return game.NFL New England Patriots Team Face Coverings

In a somewhat random game, teams that acquire more draft picks are more likely to walk away with better players.

He amassed just 6.5 sacks over the first three seasons in his career, appearing in 30 games (three starts) from 2017 to 2019.

The New England Patriots reportedly are interested in a reunion with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. But a former NFL coach begs to differ.

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On Thursday, the big news Chicago Bears fans everywhere had been waiting for arrived. Chicago has agreed to a new five-year contract with veteran kicker Cairo Santos that will pay him $16 million. Oh, you thought we were talking about a Russell Wilson trade?NFL Seattle Seahawks Team Face Coverings

Houston Texans head coach David Culley appeared on a recent episode of the podcast Huddle & Flow and suggested at the possibility of Deshaun Watson not returning to the team. Watson has made it very clear that he never wants to take another down for Houston again.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings

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No matter who plays quarterback for the 49ers, a healthy trio of Kittle, Aiyuk and Samuel is about as good as it gets. The NFC West is stacked but it's understandable why Samuel is so confident in his squad.NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Team Face Coverings
In February, Licht said that he and coach Bruce Arians would be "elated" if they could extend Brady.

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As for the franchise-tagged players, Maye is set to earn $10.5 million from the Jets, while Scherff will earn $18 million from Washington. It’s important to note that this is the second consecutive year where Washington placed the franchise tag on the offensive guard.

A four-year contract that includes the NFL’s highest signing bonus in history, $66 million, along with $75 million guaranteed in Year 1 can be worth up to $164 million.  Beyond keeping a burgeoning young quarterback in Dallas for four years and lowering Prescott’s cap hit from what would have been $37.7 million under the franchise tag to $22.2 million in 2021, this deal is now the standard bearer.NFL Carolina Panthers Team Face Coverings

In retaining him, the Steelers are keeping a defensive back who could take over for Mike Hilton, a soon-to-be free agent, at nickel, or for either outside corner. Sutton was used in many of the team's sub-packages and can continue to maintain that role, too.NHL Team Logo Face Coverings Shop

Well, you can never count out Jerry Jones looking to make headlines and, despite the still-present needs on defense (particularly in the secondary), the Cowboys could stand to upgrade at tight end. Blake Jarwin has been a fine player with healthy and Dalton Schultz flashed but they don’t have a player who presents the matchup problems that Pitts would.NFL Minnesota Vikings Team Face Coverings

It would be naïve to think owners across the league aren't involved in big personnel decisions, especially when it comes to the quarterback position. The question is: Where is the line?

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After he doubled his career sack total by posting 10 in 2020, the Detroit Lions re-signed their 25-year-old pass rusher with a three-year, $39 million deal, per reports.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert is back on a one-year deal that could mean he eventually decides to retire when Ben Roethlisberger does the same.San Francisco 49ers Face Masks

After a career year with the Titans (41 catches for 448 yards and 8 TDs), TE Jonnu Smith agreed to join New England on a four-year $50 million deal early Monday as the team kicked off its spending spree. Smith fills a void that's existed since Rob Gronkowski retired after the 2018 season.Philadelphia Eagles Face Masks

Just by comp picks alone, the Patriots have added almost TEN draft pick equivalents in the last 5 years!

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He's still a vertical threat when he's healthy and only 27 years old. Perriman wouldn't cost much either.

There is certainly some logic to this argument, and that's part of the reason that trade rumors involving the Seahawks and the Chicago Bears have increased in recent weeks. Still, the likely outcome is that the Seahawks will keep Wilson, and there is a reason for that.Tampa Bay Buccaneers Face Masks

#Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette will bring exciting vertical skills to the next level, while also serving as an electric KR/PR. He'll be a good proCleveland Browns Face Masks

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10. Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (The Bucs agreed with David on a two-year, $25 million extension with $20 million guaranteed on March 9.)
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While DeCosta said he and Jackson had gotten together and talked a few weeks prior, he noted that they didn’t discuss contract proposals. Instead, the focus was on the team and how Jackson’s first negotiation in the NFL would go.San Francisco 49ers Face Masks

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With Milano making plays for the defense, the Bills indeed had a big year in 2020, winning the AFC East and making serious noise in the postseason. Unfortunately for Buffalo, the team ran into the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes in the AFC Championship Game, suffering a 38-24 defeat.Tampa Bay Buccaneers Face Masks

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The Tennessee Titans have reportedly informed cornerback Malcolm Butler that he has been released, per multiple reports.New York Giants Face Masks

Agnew agreed to terms with the Jaguars on Monday very early in the NFL’s legal tampering period of free agency. The Jaguars will pay Agnew up to $21 million over three years, per reports.NFL Face Coverings Sales
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A report last week indicated the Eagles have had trade discussions about offensive guard Brandon Brooks. Now comes word from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN that Brooks has agreed to restructure his contract to help the team with cap space.

Who's ready for 2021 NFL free agency? With Super Bowl LV in the rearview mirror, one of the strangest NFL offseasons ever is just getting started. We've already seen quarterback trades and other drama around star signal-callers, and the franchise tag window has come and gone with 10 players getting tagged.
Desmond's comments were shorter than his nine-slide Instagram post in June of 2020 announcing he would not take part in the league's shortened 60-game 2020 season.Oakland Athletics Face Masks

After that, forget about it. If you're a low-leverage reliever this year, there isn't a great chance you were a major leaguer last year. In recent years, the rate of turnover for that classification has run about 50%.Cleveland Indians Face Masks

Benjamin Tucker Patz is a 24-year-old gambler known as "Parlay Patz" for reportedly winning more than $1.1 million via parlays. He pleaded guilty to transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He was initially charged one year ago.Seattle Mariners Face Masks

The visions of all those achievements are why the Cubs spent the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft on Bryant and why — after the best spring training performance in the majors in nine seasons — they manipulated his service time in 2015 with two weeks in the minors that assured a seventh year of club control.Toronto Blue Jays Face Masks

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"In this league, command is critical," manager Tony La Russa said before Monday's game. "You can have an almost unhittable ball, but (if) the count is always 2-0 and you miss right over the middle of the plate, these guys are so talented (that they'll make you pay).

Even as the Padres soar in popularity, Greupner said he has not considered how to manipulate public ticket sales to keep Dodgers fans away.

Marquez, who made his MLB debut in the 2020 season finale and wields a triple-digit fastball, could make his way to the big leagues at some point this season.

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Soroka has impressed ever since he made his major league debut in 2018, but his 2020 campaign ended after he tore his Achilles tendon while trying to cover first base in a game against the Mets. While he is slated to pitch in 2021, it is unknown when that will actually take place. Plus, will he be able to return to form?

Jesús Luzardo threw four hitless innings Thursday in the A's spring training win over the Texas Rangers, giving us a taste of what he can do in a very promising 2021 season.

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AT THE PLATE: Keibert Ruiz recorded a two-run double in the seventh inning in his first plate appearance of the spring. The 23-year-old Ruiz entered the game in the sixth inning to catch Scott Alexander. He reported to spring training late after experiencing a visa issue traveling out of his native Venezuela. . . . Max Muncy slugged his first home run of the spring, a solo shot in the fifth inning for the Dodgers’ first hit. . . . Austin Barnes added a three-run home run in the sixth inning for his first homer this year. . . . Zach McKinstry, Chris Taylor and Zach Reks each contributed an RBI single.Minnesota Twins Face Masks

This seems logical as well. There is a lot of attrition in the ranks of relievers, and even without minor league teams in action last summer, teams still were able to dip into their organizational depth and transition some of their 2019 relief prospects to the majors. The standout in this category is the reigning NL Rookie of the Year. Milwaukee's Devin Williams spent most of his 2019 season in the minors before breaking through in a big way last season.New York Mets Face Masks

That would certainly be a welcome change for Boston. Beyond Eovaldi and Perez, the plethora of starters the Red Sox tried -- including Zack Godley, Chris Mazza, Ryan Weber, and Kyle Hart -- just couldn't manage to get deep into games consistently.Pittsburgh Pirates Face Masks

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No set date has been announced for Severino's next bullpen session, but the Yankees will continue to keep a close eye on him to make sure that progress is still moving in the right direction.MLB Face Masks

“Obviously, Zack’s so important to our team and the back end of our bullpen. So it’s certainly a blow,” Boone said. “But it’s also one that we know he’s going to be back and, especially again in a weird season, maybe in a way, this can be something that allows him to stay fresher throughout the season.”
Tape review shows the Broncos had 26 drops this past season, 18 coming from rookies Jerry Jeudy -- he had the five-drop nightmare in Los Angeles in Week 16 -- and KJ Hamler.NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Face Coverings

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Admittedly, the COVID-altered 2020 season was a dropoff for Etienne in comparison to previous seasons. He topped 1,600 rushing yards in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons with 43 combined touchdowns as well. In 2020, he rushed for 914 yards and 14 scores in three fewer games than the prvious years.NFL Atlanta Falcons Team Face Coverings

“I’m excited to be here and to never leave,” Prescott told the media during a live press conference on Wednesday.NFL Arizona Cardinals Team Face Coverings

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NFL teams won’t be hosting prospects for pre-draft visits this year due to the pandemic, but they will be able to meeting with them over Zoom as they attempt to build their draft boards. The Rams have had several virtual meetings with prospects already, many of whom are on offense.
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The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder, league sources told ESPN. The Eagles will receive the 85th overall pick in this year's draft, and the conditional second-rounder can become a first-round pick based on Wentz's playing time, according to sources. Wentz needs to play at least 75% of the Colts' offensive snaps for the 2022 conditional pick to convey to a first-rounder, according to sources. The pick also could become a first-rounder if Wentz plays at least 70% of the snaps and the Colts reach the playoffs.

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Of course the Saints could consider a splash move like trading a truckload of draft picks for Wilson (if he actually becomes available) or moving up 20-plus spots in the NFL draft to get their hands on a top-five QB prospect. The position is important enough to weigh all scenarios.
The class of 2018 has guard Connor Williams, wide receiver Michael Gallup, defensive end Dorance Armstrong and tight end Dalton Schultz, who are set to be unrestricted free agents after the 2021 season. The Cowboys will likely pick up the $9.145 million fifth-year option on linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (2018 first-round pick) this spring, which would make him a free agent in 2023.

The tag would have cost the Packers about $8 million. They're currently about $10.6 million over their projected salary cap and will have to make roster moves or restructure existing contracts to get under the limit by next week's March 17 deadline.Tampa Bay Buccaneers Face Masks

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Wilson only played four snaps in his rookie season. He was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list twice in his rookie season and was involved in two off-field incidents. He was issued a trespassing warning by Tennessee State University police in August after they broke up an off-campus party. In September, Wilson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). Wilson was placed on the non-football injury list in December shortly after serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules.

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11. Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith: Smith has never gained more than 448 yards in a season, as the long-anticipated breakout never really happened for him. He's still talented at a thin position, and he should have no problem finding interest as a free agent. The Titans won't put the tag on him, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. 

Since the introduction of the compensatory draft pick system in 1994, no NFL franchise has compiled as many as the Baltimore Ravens (53).Indianapolis Colts Face Masks

CB Brian Poole – The Giants had a patchwork of corners opposite Bradberry last season. Their hope is that Holmes is ready to step up into that No. 2 job. And while they could go with Isaac Yiadom or Ryan Lewis as their third corner, they could do better by signing the 28-year-old Poole, still one of the better slot corners in the league. The Jets had him on back-to-back one-year deals, the last one being for just $5 million. In a market likely to be depressed by a shrunken cap, he’s not likely to do better. With him in the slot, Holmes could play in his more natural spot on the outside.San Francisco 49ers Face Masks

“This is the right fit,” Prescott said. “I grew up a Dallas Cowboy fan. Never in a million years did I imagine not being a Cowboy once I put on this uniform and put on the star. Through it all, through the two years I guess you could say or more, there was never a slight doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t wear the star for the rest of my life. As [executive vice president] Charlotte [Jones] told me a couple of days ago, when you sign on that line you’re a Cowboy forever, and you can’t get out. I’m excited for that. I’m excited to be here and to never leave and excited . . . just to go do it and just to know this is my home. I’m not leaving. I’m a Cowboy, and this is only the beginning.”Denver Broncos Face Masks
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