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Could Aaron Rodgers’ Next Contract Change the Way the NFL Does Business?

Give Aaron Rodgers credit. He could be asking for all the money. All the Packers’ money. All the NFL’s money. All the advertisers’ money. Your money. My money.

As the NFL’s best quarterback, Rodgers could ask for just about everything short of the keys to the federal reserve and get it—or at least not get laughed at for thinking he deserved it. And he’s not doing that. Instead, cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping according to a report last week by the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, all Rodgers is asking for is “player control” over his future.

Rodgers, asked about the reports, called it all “just conjecture” (at least he didn’t stomp his feet and shout Fake News)—but if these are indeed his demands in his next contract, they sound reasonable enough. Who doesn’t want a little more financial control over their future?

Rodgers has two years left on a deal that ranks 10th in the NFL in average money per year (all contract data courtesy OverTheCap.com). He is slated to earn a total of just over $42 million in salary and bonuses over the next two seasons. In the same span, Kirk Cousins will make $53 million; Jimmy Garoppolo, who has thrown fewer career touchdown passes (12) than Rodgers threw before getting hurt in mid-October last year (13), nfl cheap jerseys nike will make $57 million; and Derek Carr will make $47.5 million thanks to a contract extension that, in fairness, seemed like a pretty good idea at the time.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Rodgers should be looking to restore order to the salary spreadsheets. And all the better if he does so not by becoming the highest-paid quarterback—a fleeting honor that only lasts until the next good quarterback hits the market—nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap but by being the first one with the flexibility to renegotiate on his own terms, not the team’s terms.

It’d be downright revolutionary—represent an evolution of the NFL contract, one that turns quarterbacks, contractually, into a whole new species.

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Green Bay Packers: Still Lacking a Second Outside Receiver

After releasing veteran receiver Jordy Nelson, not signing a veteran receiver and waiting until the fourth round to add a rookie, the Green Bay Packers have a question mark at the position. Davante Adams (2,811 career receiving yards and 26 touchdown catches) and Randall Cobb (5,141 yards and 39 touchdowns) are going to start, with Adams as a wideout and Cobb in the slot, but the starting wideout opposite of Adams is the position with volatility.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

After Adams and Cobb, there are seven significant names in Green Bay battling for both roster spots and playing time this year: Geronimo Allison, J’Mon Moore, Trevor Davis, Michael Clark, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and DeAngelo Yancey. Collectively, those seven have posted 47 receptions for 590 yards and three touchdowns in their NFL careers.

Last year alone, Nelson caught 53 balls. The No. 2 outside receiver in Green Bay will be asked to contribute in a role that he never has up to this point in his NFL career. Anyone who claims to know who the Packers are going to start as their third receiver this year is lying. It will be determined in summer competition.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has a dead cap number worth $2.5 million more than his cap hit this year, meaning that after years of not meeting expectations, he somehow still costs more to release than to keep. Williams’ contract situation is why he is still on the 2018 roster while Dez Bryant sits in free agency.

Unfortunately for Dallas, Williams, who posted a career-low 568 receiving yards in 2017, may have to start 16 games for the team. Here are the career receiving yardage totals from the Cowboys’ top veteran receivers:cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

Williams: 3,359 yards
Cole Beasley: 2,599 yards
Allen Hurns: 2,669 yards
Tavon Austin: 1,689 yards cheap nike jerseys nfl
Deonte Thompson: 1,032 yards

On paper, Williams and Hurns are the most likely starting outside receivers, with Beasley playing a slot role and Austin working in as a jet motion player. Michael Gallup, a third-round pick, and Cedrick Wilson, a sixth-round pick, were selected by Dallas in April’s draft, but expectations for them should be nil. Over the last five years, only five of the 110 receivers drafted with the 80th pick or later were even able to match Williams’ career-low 568 receiving yards as rookies.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Williams’ public intoxication arrest this offseason potentially complicates his 2018 roster status even more, but if he isn’t a post-June 1st release, he’s in pretty good shape to see playing time.

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Carolina Panthers: Not Addressing the Left Side of Their Offensive Line

Last year, the Panthers shocked the football world by signing Matt Kalil, who peaked as a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings, to a five-year, $55 million contract. Kalil struggled last season, but the weight of his dead cap, which doesn’t even nfl cheap jerseys nike drop to seven figures ($9.8 million) until 2020, will keep him on the roster for a couple more years.

The issue is, the Panthers didn’t add any competition to Kalil’s position this offseason. Instead, they lost talent on the left side of the line, as guard Andrew Norwell signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Norwell, who signed a $66.5 million contract, is significantly more talented than Jeremiah Sirles, who is the projected starting left guard in Carolina.

A hole at left guard might just make the Panthers’ nfl nike jerseys for cheap weakness at left tackle worse. Compounding offensive line issues, without adding talent, is not how you win in the NFL. In an NFC South in which the Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added high draft picks and valuable veterans to their defensive lines over the last few seasons, quarterback Cam Newton may be in a world of trouble.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Aaron Lynch’s football career has been one of the weirdest in recent years. He started off as a big end at Notre Dame who made Freshman All-American lists just to transfer to USF, where he would play a slimmed down pass-rushing role. nike cheap nfl jerseys After declaring as a junior, Lynch was drafted in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers.

Lynch entered the league at 249 pounds and posted 12.5 sacks in his first two years. Now listed at 270 pounds, Lynch has only recorded 2.5 sacks (over just 14 games) in his last two years. The former Fighting Irish and Bulls pass-rusher has always had the talent, but his lack of consistency, due to weight fluctuation, transfer, suspension or injury, continues to mark his career.

Every team would love to roster a player like Lynch, a high-upside flier, but the one-year, $4 million contract the Chicago Bears gave the 25-year-old in free agency now looks like a promise for playing time. Behind 2016 first-round pick Leonard Floyd and Lynch, the only noteworthy edge defenders on the Bears roster are Sam Acho, who hasn’t posted more than four sacks in a season since 2011, and Kylie Fitts, a rookie sixth-round pick.nike nfl cheap jerseys

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Houston Texans: Watson Back at It

If there’s one thing fans of the Houston Texans most wanted to see as OTAs got underway, it was the return of a certain player to the practice field.

That player wasn’t even J.J. Watt, as much as they all love them some No. 99.nfl clothing for kids

No, the biggest storyline in OTAs for the Texans was easily the return of quarterback Deshaun Watson, who saw his breakout rookie season cut short last year by a torn ACL.

Watson wasn’t a full participant in practice, but according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com, he did take part in individual and 7-and-7 drills.

“My knee feels well,” Watson told reporters. nfl clothing for women “I’m comfortable to be able to go out there and throw and do some things on air and get the timing down with the receivers.”

Watson did go on to caution that there’s no definitive timetable for the training wheels coming off. “There’s really no timeline on ACLs,” Watson said. “It just depends on how that person feels.”

Still, any step in the right direction for Watson is a welcome sight and then some.

The good news for the Indianapolis Colts is that Andrew Luck is in much better shape from all indications than he was at this point a year ago.

The bad news is that Luck still isn’t doing what earned him a $130 million contract extension from a team—throwing a football.

As a matter of fact, as Zak Keefer reported for nfl clothing for men  the Indy Star, Luck may not begin throwing a full-sized ball until after veteran minicamp concludes later in June.

However, head coach Frank Reich continues to insist he isn’t concerned about the Week 1 status of his star quarterback.

“I’m not worried at all,” he said. “I’m completely comfortable with him throwing when he’s ready, when the doctors say he’s ready. I’ve been around long enough time, he’s been around the league a little bit, he’s totally engaged in every aspect of what we’re doing mentally, the physical part for a guy like him, now you gotta work at it, but I’m not worried about that. I’m comfortable with the process in place.”cheap nfl clothing

For his part, Luck said he’s trying to avoid repeating the missteps from his lost season in 2017.

“I don’t want to repeat those, maybe, missteps,” Luck said. “Some things just take time, and I’ve learned that. And when I do get the urge to do something a little silly, I talk to myself and say, ‘It’s not worth it right now.'”nfl clothing store

The Colts can parrot the “nothing to worry about”wholesale nfl nike jerseys  line until the cows come home, but until Luck is on the field throwing passes, fans of the team are going to do just that—worry.

A lot.

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Denver Broncos: Chubb Looks the Part

The Denver Broncos placed a lot of faith in North Carolina State edge-rusher Bradley Chubb when they made Chubb the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

It’s still early, but in OTAs at least, official nfl apparel that faith appears to have been well-placed.

Per Andrew Mason of the Broncos website, Chubb was a star of Denver’s organized team activities. The 6’4″, 269-pounder spent much of workouts in the opposing backfield, whether it was stuffing the run or harassing quarterback Case Keenum.

Batterymate Von Miller cautioned that a few good workouts do not a Pro Bowler make.wholesale nfl apparel

“You really can’t get too high off a sack in practice out here,” Miller said. “I mean, I think that’s a joke — ‘I had 10 sacks today’ — you really can’t put too much into it. You’ve just got to come out here and work and grind for the upcoming season.”

But the ease with which Chubb got upfield both standing up and with his hand in the dirt excited head coach Vance Joseph, who envisions a multi-faceted role for his new edge-rusher.

“Last year, we were in base probably 35 nfl women apparel percent of the time and then sub the rest,” Joseph said. “So [Chubb] is going to be an outside linebacker slash defensive end on sub [packages]. Schematically, we won’t change what we’re doing because of one player.”

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Indiana Pacers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a modest best-possible addition for the Indiana Pacers when looking at the free-agency landscape.

At least two-thirds of the league will be operating over the cap. nike cheap nfl jerseys Among the 10 squads, give or take a couple, that can chisel out significant room, most won’t use it. Rebuilding teams like Atlanta, Brooklyn, Dallas, etc. could holster their flexibility for 2019 and beyond or try leasing out their space for pick-and-prospect goody bags.

The Pacers, meanwhile, are carrying more than $30 million in non-guaranteed contracts. That alone, technically, leaves them flush. They’ll have more breathing room if Thaddeus Young declines his player option.

General manager Kevin Pritchard could take this opportunity to double down on Indy’s 48-win campaign with a bigger, more expensive name. He could drive up the price tag on restricted free agents like Aaron Gordon and Jabari Parker.nike nfl cheap jerseys  Or he could test the loyalty of certain veterans from contenders. Think along the lines of Trevor Ariza and JJ Redick.

Pritchard and the Pacers can do all that. But they won’t. As the Indianapolis Star’s J. Michael underscored following the Pacers’ exit interviews:

“Although there’s a lot of built-in flexibility on the roster with two player options and two team options for next season, four players with only partial guarantees of their salaries and one with a non-guaranteed deal, the Pacers will be careful nfl nike jerseys cheap china with team chemistry and not shake up everything just for the sake of doing so for name free agents. If they make significant changes, it’ll be for more than talent. It’ll be with fit.”cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Caldwell-Pope presents a nice, if slightly experimental, fit. Look past the junky pull-up twos, and he’ll complement Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo. He pushes the ball after defensive rebounds, can initiate pick-and-pops and is familiar with working off the ball. He hit more than 40 percent of his spot-up threes with the Lakers.

Slotting him at the 3 costs the Pacers some size, but the frenetic energy of a nike jerseys nfl cheap Collison-Oladipo-KCP troika will do some damage in the East. Equally paramount: Caldwell-Pope shouldn’t command anything near his 2017-18 salary ($17.8 million) if he signs a multiyear deal.

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Houston Rockets: LeBron James (Player Option)

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LeBron James-to-Houston chatter has permeated the rumor mill all year. cheap nfl nike jerseys from china In case you were wondering, it won’t stop now.

Sources told Rockets Wire’s Kelly Iko that Houston will give chase to both James and Paul George (player option) this summer. And Chris Paul may already be recruiting his co-captain of banana boats everywhere, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Don’t go muting the phrase “Eastern Conference” in your Twitter timeline just yet. Houston has a long way to go before James Harden is teaching LeBron the secret of (regular-season) step-back threes.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Flat-out signing James is off the table. Paul needs to accept a massive discount after the Rockets clear the decks for that to make any sense. Even then, the salary-cap gymnastics aren’t in their favor.

Negotiating a sign-and-trade is equally implausible. Houston would be hard-capped after the transaction, which means its payroll cannot exceed the luxury-tax apron—set for $6 million above the initial tax line. Good luck doing that while nfl cheap jerseys nike  paying Harden, James, Paul and Clint Capela (restricted) market value.

Opt-in-and-trade scenarios are the Rockets’ bread and butter nfl nike jerseys for cheap . If James picks up his player option, which pays him a smidgeon more than his actual max salary, he can force Cleveland to make nice with Houston.

That gives way to a different set of hurdles—mainly the Rockets’ sweetening the deal enough for the Cavaliers or a third-party helper to take back Ryan Anderson (two years, $41.7 million), Nene (two years, $7.5 million) and filler. But James, nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap as always, will have the leverage necessary to wish it into existence. And if any front-office executive has the workarounds in place to get this done, it would be Houston’s ever-active Daryl Morey.

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Miami Dolphins: Tannehill Garnering Rave Reviews

The Miami Dolphins were sunk in 2017 before the season ever started. After partially tearing his ACL late in the 2016 campaign, quarterback Ryan Tannehill chose not to have surgery, only to then re-tear the ligament in camp last summer.nfl nike jerseys from china

However, Tannehill was back on the practice field at OTAs without a brace on his knee, and, according to Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, his performance has been met with the approval of teammates.authentic wholesale nfl jerseys

“He looks good,” veteran safety T.J. McDonald said of Tannehill. “He looks real good right now. His leadership is also great on and off the field.”

“He’s been a great leader, gets us all together, get us on the same page. I think it’s going to be awesome to work with him,” right guard Jesse Davis added.

Quarterback isn’t the only problem facing the Dolphins this year, but the only person who isn’t cheering the return of Tannehill to South Florida is Jay Cutler.

Jay Cutler never cheers.

There are approximately 84 million reasons all eyes are on Kirk Cousins in the Twin Cities at OTAs.where can i find nfl jerseys

The quarterback the Minnesota Vikings gave a fully guaranteed contract to in the hopes he can get the team over the hump and into the Super Bowl has yet to take a snap that counts in purple and gold. But as NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reported, Cousins has already put a smile on the face of 2017 breakout wide receiver Adam Thielen.

“[Stefon] Diggs said it the other day—the spiral he puts on it just makes it easy for us to catch,” Thielen said. “It just kind of pops out of his hand differently than you’re used to, and you don’t see that kind of stuff on film. You can only see that when you’re out here practicing. It’s been fun, and we have a lot of work to do.”

For what it’s worth, Cousins said he’s also enjoying the opportunity to sync with his new receivers.

“Each play helps build a confidence, helps build a rapport with the receivers, with the tight ends, continue to try to get on the same page with the centers, making the right protection calls,” Cousins said. “It is a lot of new, a lot of chemistry that still has to be built, but every day cheap china jerseys nfl we’re out here, we take another step, and that’s exciting to be a part of.”

Granted, this is without pass-rushers trying to break him in half, but it’s still welcome news that Cousins and his pass-catchers are clicking.

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Los Angeles Chargers: Injury Bug Bites Again

If there’s been a team in the NFL more snakebitten by injuries in recent years than the Los Angeles Chargers, then the Bolts are a close second. The team seemingly can’t even get to Week 1 without losing several starters to significant injuries.

Head coach Anthony Lynn might want to consider an exorcism, because it’s already happening again in 2018.

First, as the Los Angeles Times’ Mike DiGiovanna reported, tight end Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL that likely ended his 2018 season. Quarterback Philip Rivers did his best to downplay the loss of the team’s best player at the position.cheap nfl jerseys from usa

“We’ve got a deep group of receivers—does that mean there’s more times when we’re in a three-receiver set or even four receivers? I don’t know,” Rivers said. “I’m not giving away any secrets, but those are all thoughts that you have.”authentic nfl cheap jerseys

The problem is that receivers group isn’t so deep right now. Per ESPN.com’s Eric Williams, wideout Mike Williams has been sidelined as well at OTAs with a hamstring injury.

Usually, a pulled hammy wouldn’t be big cause for concern. But Williams missed most off his first offseason and six games of his rookie year in 2017 after hurting his knee in camp. He finished the year with all of 11 catches for 95 yards.authentic nfl jersey wholesale

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Last year, the Rams had all sorts of troubles moving the football offensively. They managed a measly 29.9 points per game, which is 32nd in the NFL if you count backward.

Kidding aside, the Rams offense was a buzzsaw last year, peeling off chunk plays with ease. And if OTAs were any indication, that offense may be better in 2018.

As Myles Simmons reported for the Rams website, wide receiver Cooper Kupp indicated that with a year of running Sean McVay’s offense under their belts, the team’s expectations are sky-high on that side of the ball this season.

“I think having come back, having run this offense before, and a lot of the same guys are around, a lot of guys that were here this offseason being able to just be together on our own and go through this stuff,” Kupp said.difference in nike nfl jerseys

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Jared Goff is coming off a breakout season. So is reigning NFL OPOY Todd Gurley. And the Rams added a new No. 1 receiver in Brandin Cooks to pair with Kupp and Robert Woods.

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Cole Hamels Goes to the Philadelphia Phillies

Sure, Cole Hamels to the Philadelphia Phillies is a little on the nose. Yet, it also makes perfect sense.

Following a rough 2017, the 34-year-old left-hander is back on track with a 3.74 ERA through 11 starts for the Texas Rangers. But since he’s in the final guaranteed year of his contract and they’re going nowhere, he fits better on the trade market than he does in the Rangers’ rotation.nfl jersey sales

The catch has to do with money. Hamels is making $22.5 million this year, and he has at least another $6 million due his way this offseason. This limits his scope of suitors by default. The luxury-tax concerns of teams like the Cubs, Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers may further limit it.

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They opened 2018 with just a $95.3 million payroll. That puts them hilariously short of their full spending power, which means their financial muscle is the best thing they’ll have going for them on the summer trade market.

Hamels is the ideal player for whom to flex that muscle. He’d fit well alongside Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta, and the Phillies obviously know firsthand that he can handle himself in a pennant race.

The Kansas City Royals haven’t made any impact trades yet, but Jon Heyman of the FRS Network reported that they’re “‘quietly’ letting other teams know they expect to have a ‘for sale’ sign up soon.”

Although the Royals have a little something for everyone, their most popular trade chip is sure to be Kelvin Herrera. Good relievers are always in high demand at the trade deadline. And between his track record and his 0.83 ERA through cheap jerseys nfl  22 appearances this season, he qualifies as a damn good one.

To boot, Herrera is a rental. His acquisition cost will be high but not high enough to ward off swaths of contenders.

To list just a few, Herrera makes sense for the Red Sox, Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays. But he probably makes the most sense for the Astros.

Overall, Houston’s bullpen is doing just fine with a 3.02 ERA and an MLB-best 4.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. No thanks to Ken Giles’ struggles, however, ninth innings have been on the adventurous side.nfl jerseys for women

Were a trade for Herrera to fix that, the Astros would have all the puzzle pieces for a second straight World Series title.