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Worst case: The Ravens get shut out at wide receiver for

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the second consecutive year in free agency. Last year, Baltimore struck out in trying to sign free-agent wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Brandon Marshall. This year, the Ravens have already had trade talks involving Landry and potentially have a shot at Robinson or Sammy Watkins. But what if Landry is dealt elsewhere and Robinson and Watkins never make it to free agency (because they get re-signed by their current teams)? It would be devastating for the Ravens to come out of free agency with just someone such as Donte Moncrief after GM Ozzie Newsome talked about revamping the wide receiver position. -- Jamison Hensley
Best case: The Bengals badly need offensive line help after struggling at the position last season. They lost Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Dalton Pompey Jersey Zeitler to free agency and never replaced them. They need to rectify that. Although it doesn't appear to be a particularly deep group of offensive tackles on the market, the Bengals could find a quality tackle. With a new offensive line coach for the first time in 20 years, it's the perfect time for a fresh start along the line.
Worst case: Doing nothing. The Bengals usually aren't too keen on building through free agency, almost always waiting out the first wave. Linebacker Kevin Minter was the only free agent signed last year with no ties to Cincinnati. This year, the Bengals made a play for safety Kurt Coleman and made a competitive offer before he signed with the Saints, so it does look like they might be a little more active this year. That needs to carry through to the new league year. The Bengals don't have to sign the best player on the market, but they should try to actively find an offensive lineman who can help the team. -- Katherine Terrell
Best case: Kirk Cousins willingly jumps at the chance to play for the Browns and does not seek every last dollar to do so. Is this likely? Not at all. Cousins does not seem inclined to join the Browns, and the Browns do not seem inclined to spend a ton of money on a quarterback when they will be drafting their own, most likely first overall. Which means the Browns need to have a Plan B.
That would involve bringing AJ McCarron from Cincinnati to Cleveland. McCarron seems to fit the profile the Browns seek. He’s young (27), has experience, is familiar with and to Hue Jackson, and has been a winner when he has played, including his time at Alabama. McCarron might actually be the best case for the Browns. He won’t eat up gigantic cap space and Jackson believes in him. He can hold the position for http://www.officialmarinersonline.com/authentic-51-randy-johnson-jersey.html as long as he deserves to hold it.
Worst case: The Browns emerge from free agency empty-handed when it comes to quarterback. This team simply can’t go down the path it did a year ago when it willingly let Josh McCown leave and added only Brock Osweiler from the “young veteran” pool. The situation left DeShone Kizer forced to play as a rookie without any experienced player there to help. The Browns have to add someone who has played. It could be McCarron, Tyrod Taylor or even McCown again. Cleveland simply cannot let this chance pass by without adding a legitimate player with some years in the league. -- Pat McManamon
Best case: Create enough cap space to sign an inside linebacker in free agency -- preferably a three-down thumper such as Anthony Hitchens or Preston Brown -- and one more impact player in the secondary on a cost-effective contract. The Steelers’ cap situation might force them to be frugal. Le'Veon Bell’s $14.544 million franchise tag put the team nearly $9 million over the cap as of Tuesday night. But if the Steelers can re-sign Bell to a deal that’s not too outlandish and improve the defense, that’s a win.
Worst case: Do nothing. With the NFL salary cap growing nearly 50 percent since 2011, from $120 million to $177.2 million, it has become harder for the old-school teams to sit idly by without getting roster help. The injury to linebacker Ryan Shazier leaves a large void in the middle of the defense. The Steelers must find a way to get better there. On offense, a swing guard or running back would provide much-needed depth. There are good players in free agency’s second tier, which the Steelers found out with defensive end Tyson Alualu on a modest two-year, $6 million deal. -- Jeremy Fowler
Best case: The Texans have a few holes to fill, but most importantly, they need to address their offensive line. Best http://www.seahawksfootballauthentic.com/JEREMY-LANE-JERSEY-CHEAP.html case, they add at least one top offensive lineman, such as guard Andrew Norwell. Norwell, 26, is coming off the best season of his career -- one in which he was named an All-Pro -- and is likely the best guard available in free agency. He won’t come cheap; last season Kevin Zeitler signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Browns. Norwell could get at least $13 million per season, as the Texans have the money and the need at left guard to protect quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Worst case: The Texans rely on the options at guard and tackle they had last season. If Houston goes with the status quo on the offensive line and does not upgrade Bruce Irvin Jersey Watson’s protection, it will force him to succeed despite that. Watson has now torn the ACL in both of his legs and needs all the help he can get to stay upright. The Texans could bring back tackles Chris Clark and Breno Giacomini and have them compete with the Indianapolis Colts Youth jersey group of Derek Newton, Kendall Lamm and Julien Davenport for the starting tackle spots. But there’s no guarantee that whoever comes out on top in that battle will present an upgrade over last season. -- Sarah Barshop cheap jerseys china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china
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Best case: Sign Allen Robinson. The Colts might be able

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to get Robinson at a bargain price after a torn ACL limited him to just one game last season with Jacksonville. The Colts are starving for help at receiver. T.Y. Hilton and Chester Rogers are the only two receivers under contract who caught a pass last season. Indianapolis should use the opportunity to play with a potentially healthy Andrew Luck as reason for Robinson to sign with the Colts. If Robinson could catch 202 passes from an inconsistent Blake Bortles in Jacksonville, just imagine how effective he could be with Luck.
Worst case: The Colts will likely select a receiver in the draft as part of the homegrown talent GM Chris Ballard desires, but it’ll also help bridge the gap if they go out and sign veteran Sammy Watkins if Robinson isn’t available. The 24-year-old speedy Watkins looked like he was on his way to breaking out when he totaled 1,093 yards receiving and nine touchdowns in 2015. But he has had only 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past two seasons with Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams. -- Mike Wells
Best case: Re-sign Allen Robinson for a reasonable amount (not the $16 million franchise tag), which will leave enough money for the Jaguars to address one of their two offensive weaknesses: interior offensive line and pass-catching tight end. Andrew Colin Wilson Authentic Jersey Norwell is the top guard available but it might take $11 million to $12 million annually to lure him. The Jaguars can absolutely fit him in with the savings from QB Blake Bortles’ deal http://www.authenticbruinsstore.com/brad-marchand-jersey_c-422.html ($10 million cap figure in 2018 instead of $19.053 million) and Robinson. Jimmy Graham is the best tight end available and he would be a huge boost in the red zone (10 TD catches in the red zone last season). Signing Norwell or Graham in addition to Robinson would significantly improve the offense.
Worst case: If the Jaguars can’t reach a compromise with Robinson (now that the franchise tag deadline has passed), they’ll have to add a playmaking receiver to the list of offensive needs they must address. It’s not a great crop of free-agent receivers and the team’s best option might be to re-sign Marqise Lee, who wasn’t going to be back if Robinson was re-signed. The Jaguars would still have room to add Norwell or Graham, if they choose. The Jaguars also are likely to lose cornerback Aaron Colvin, whom they would like to re-sign at a reasonable number. Losing Colvin would mean they’ll have to find a replacement nickelback. -- Michael DiRocco
Best case: The Titans continue their plan to build around quarterback Marcus Mariota by upgrading the interior offensive line with a top-tier guard or two and adding one or two more explosive weapons, such as John Brown or Dion Lewis to help in the passing game. The Titans also add a top-tier backup quarterback, such as Josh McCown, to protect them if Mariota gets hurt. On defense, they make moves to re-sign a couple of their own free agents, such as defensive end DaQuan Jones and linebacker Avery Williamson, while adding a starting-caliber cornerback, such as Malcolm Butler, and a pass-rusher Womens Younghoe Koo Jersey like Adrian Clayborn.
Worst case: There are more holes coming out of free agency than there are going in on the offensive line as Josh Kline leaves for a big free-agency deal and the Titans fail to find an adequate replacement. They move no closer to a long-term deal with offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. Tennessee strikes out on the backup QB market and has to bring back Matt Cassel. The Titans go cheap on the defensive side, losing Jones and Williamson, while adding subpar potential replacements. -- Cameron Wolfe
Best case: The Broncos win the bidding war for Kirk Cousins. They are among a handful of teams that will Womens Trevor Siemian Jersey have Cousins’ full attention as the formal negotiating period opens in the coming days. And with enough guaranteed money, the Broncos could come away with a deal. By signing Cousins, the Broncos would be free to pick "other" http://www.officialjazzshoponline.com/Joe_Johnson_Jersey players who slide slightly in the draft as teams snap up the quarterbacks at the top of the board. In that case, players such as Penn State running back Saquon Barkley or North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, who could be the best two players in the draft, would be available with that No. 5 pick.
Worst case: All of the football gods conspire against the Broncos and Calvin Pickard Jersey they don’t win the Cousins sweepstakes or the Case Keenum sweepstakes or any quarterback sweepstakes in free agency, and the first four picks of the draft are also quarterbacks. While it is unlikely, almost unthinkable, that the first four picks of this draft would be quarterbacks, it cannot be eliminated as a possible scenario given the need is so great around the league. Teams could panic enough to trade up to get in front of Denver. While the Broncos would still have a chance at an instant impact player such as Barkley or Chubb, the job they most want to fill this offseason would still be open. -- Jeff Legwold
Best case: The Chiefs don’t necessarily have to make a splash in the free-agency star pool, but they need to cover some ground. They have some needs that are best addressed through free agency. Most of them are on defense, where the Chiefs will move on without cornerback Marcus Peters and linebacker Derrick Johnson, among others. But the Chiefs also http://www.officialpiratestore.com/authentic-28-john-jaso-jersey.html need a veteran quarterback to serve as the backup to Patrick Mahomes II. If they’re successful, the Chiefs can go for the best player available when they get to the draft.
Worst case: The Chiefs don’t have a first-round draft pick, having traded it to the Bills last year so they could get into position to select Mahomes. Thus, Kansas City can’t count on a lot of immediate help from its draft. The Chiefs' top two picks in 2017 (Mahomes and DE Tanoh Kpassagnon) played little as rookies. If the Chiefs don’t address many of their pressing needs in free agency, they’ll most likely be looking at a roster that’s sparse in spots when training camp begins. -- Adam Teicher

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Best case: The Chargers need to sign a veteran kicker

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to join the competition between young, developmental prospects already on the roster in Nick Rose and Roberto Aguayo. The Chargers finished last in the league with a field goal percentage of 67 in 2017. For a team that expects to make a deep playoff run in 2018, the Bolts have to solidify the kicking position. Along with that, the Chargers bring back productive safety Tre Boston at a reasonable price, or find a serviceable option to fill the role of free safety should Boston sign a more lucrative contract elsewhere.
Worst case: With several veteran kickers already signing deals to stay with their teams, the Chargers do not add a reliable veteran kicker to the roster. For the second consecutive season, Los Angeles has a kicking competition between two talented, but young and inexperienced, options in Rose and Aguayo. The Chargers have a little more than $22 million in cap space, so they could be priced out of the market for talented, defensive playmakers and might have to wait for the draft. -- Eric D. Williams
Best case: Defensive end Khalil Mack, who has 36.5 sacks over the past three seasons, needs help, as does outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, according to coach Jon Gruden. And what better way for the Raiders to address that need than by adding a monster tackle inside to fortify the pass rush, someone such as Sheldon Richardson, Star Lotulelei or Dontari Poe, while keeping their own top free agents? Re-signing linebacker NaVorro Bowman would solidify the middle, while re-upping cornerback TJ Carrie would help in coverage, which would, in turn, help with the pass rush. Then there’s defensive end Denico Autry, who had a career-high five sacks with seven passes defensed in 2017. It’s a lot, but http://www.officialkingsteamstore.com/Dustin_Brown_Jersey it’s the best case, no?
Worst case: A repeat, so to speak, of last spring and summer, when the Raiders lost 12 free agents (granted, most of whom they allowed to walk) and none of their free-agent pickups made the kind of impact expected to help fuel a Super Bowl run. Instead, the Raiders, with newbies Devontae Booker Youth jersey such as Cordarrelle Patterson at receiver/returner, Jared Cook at tight end and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle, faltered to 6-10 and a top-10 draft pick. Hey, we’re talking worst-case scenario, yes? -- Paul Gutierrez
Best case: The Cowboys kept defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence with the franchise tag, but it will eat up $17.1 million against the cap unless he signs a long-term deal, which is not expected. But at least the Cowboys know they have their best
pass-rusher. The next two moves would be to sign guard Zack Martin and linebacker Anthony Hitchens to long-term deals before the market opens. It might be dubious, but the benefits would help Dallas add free agents to the roster. Martin is set to count $9.3 million against the cap, but a long-term deal could give the Cowboys an added $6 million or so. Hitchens could find more money elsewhere, but if Tony Watson Authentic Jersey he does return the Cowboys won’t need to focus so much on linebacker in the draft.
Worst case: The Cowboys have the same success as they did with last year’s free-agent class. By late October, Nolan Carroll, Damontre Moore and Stephen Paea, Dallas' main free-agent signings, were no longer on the roster. If the Cowboys are going to be low-market spenders, they can’t miss on players. As free agency approaches, vice president Stephen Jones has affirmed the team’s approach to free agency is more about spending to keep its own players. There could be a splash signing, but some of that will depend on whether the Cowboys get a deal with Lawrence or Martin. -- Todd Archer
Best case: Sign two big offensive linemen, a guard (Andrew Norwell) and tackle (Nate Solder). That’s the focus of the Giants' offseason. They need to upgrade their entire offensive line. In fact, it’s possible they could have five new starters this season. That’s quite the overhaul. Norwell is obviously the ultimate prize. It’s not often that an All-Pro lineman hits the market, and he has the obvious connection to general manager Dave Gettleman from their time together in Carolina. Solder has been inconsistent with the Patriots, but he has still proved to be a serviceable left tackle. It would be costly to sign both players but, hey, this is the best-case scenario.
Worst case: The Giants get outbid for Norwell, Solder elects to remain in New England, and Justin Pugh lands elsewhere with the Giants focused on Norwell and Solder. Now what? The Giants are stuck without any difference-makers in a poor lineman market. There aren’t a lot of high-end starting options available, and the Giants desperately need to find some way to protect an aging Eli Manning. They would be forced to fill starting spots with stopgaps before attacking the offensive line in http://www.authenticsavalanchestore.com/tyson-barrie-jersey_c-432.html the draft. It’s not ideal. -- Jordan Raanan
Best case: The Eagles find a way to keep linebacker Nigel Bradham and cornerback Patrick Robinson. When asked about Bradham recently, executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman noted that the Eagles are not in the position to empty the vault for any player on the team given how tight they are against the cap. It will be tough to hold on to the linebacker if a market develops, but Bradham really stepped up as a player (85 tackles, 5 TFL) and a leader for the Super Bowl champion Eagles in 2017. Robinson was a big surprise, emerging as one of the better slot cornerbacks in the NFL. The Eagles are pretty stocked at corner, but the nickel role requires a specific skill set, and Robinson has it.

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Worst case: A mass exodus. Bradham, Robinson, running backs

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LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles, tight end Trey Burton, defensive tackle Beau Allen and safety Corey Graham are among the team’s pending free agents. All were contributors to Philadelphia's Super Bowl season and helped make up a top-notch locker room. The Eagles’ front office is charged with trying to maintain that chemistry and hold on to as many good players as possible, while also not allowing sentimentality to cloud their decision-making -- all while dealing with the reality that the team is currently over the 2018 salary cap. -- Tim McManus
Best case: They come away with a big-play wide receiver http://www.officialauthentic49erproshop.com/womens_eric_reid_jersey and more defensive help. It’s not that receiver Josh Doctson can’t develop into that guy, but it is clear the Redskins want more help at the position. They’d prefer speed and B.W. Webb Jersey big-play guys -- who wouldn’t? Potential targets include Allen Robinson and Paul Richardson and perhaps Sammy Watkins. The Redskins also need to continue building their defense, whether that’s retaining linebacker Zach Brown, signing another linebacker such as Preston Brown, or adding more power to the defensive line with run-stuffers such as Dontari Poe or Bennie Logan.
Worst case: They get left out of the receiver market. Washington needs to make the trade for quarterback http://www.officialcoloradoavalanche.com/Adidas-Peter-Forsberg-Jersey Alex Smith work (and justify the decision to let Kirk Cousins walk) by adding more offensive help. One way is to bolster the receiver position; doing so also would allow the Redskins to rely less on oft-injured tight end Jordan Reed. The smart money is that Washington will sign a wideout; the draft simply isn’t a great option this year. It would be bad if the Redskins don’t add more defensive help, especially in the interior. There are options in the draft, but they need to bolster this area. -- John Keim
Best case: The Bears agree to a multiyear deal with cornerback Kyle Fuller, who received the $12.971 million transition tag on Tuesday. Even with Fuller likely back in the fold for at least one more year, Chicago still has to find another starting cornerback either in free agency or the draft. The same thinking applies to wide receiver, where the Bears had only one player (Kendall Wright) crack the 50-catch barrier in 2017. Signing potential free-agent receivers such as Allen Robinson or Sammy Watkins would be a major coup. Additionally, Chicago needs to sign at least one quarterback to back up former second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky.
Worst case: Marquee free agents don’t want to play for the Bears. That has been a trend in recent years. Chicago -- the franchise, not the city itself -- has not been a desirable destination. The Bears have been forced to overpay in free agency just to get players to come to Chicago, and few of those deals have worked out. Free agents and their representatives routinely use the Bears as leverage to find better deals elsewhere. The hope is that Trubisky and new coach Matt Nagy can lure better free agents to Chicago. The worst-case scenario is that the best available players continue to spurn the Bears, who’ve missed the playoffs in seven consecutive years and have finished dead last in the NFC North from 2014-17. -- Jeff Dickerson
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defensive lineman such as Star Lotulelei or Dontari Poe. Sign a veteran running back at a decent rate (perhaps Carlos Hyde, Isaiah Crowell or Dion Lewis) who can handle early-down carries. And then get an interior offensive lineman -- maybe a center such as Ryan Jensen, Spencer Long or John Sullivan. Or a guard such as Josh Sitton or Justin Pugh if you don’t land a big-ticket defender. If you do, bring in a player at a midrange rate like Pugh, or a player with some versatility like Jeremiah Sirles. Accomplish two of these moves Womens Omar Vizquel Jersey and Detroit is in good shape.
Worst case: Other teams having a bunch of cap room drives up the price for some of Detroit’s top targets, making them less palatable for the Lions. A mediocre defensive end free-agent class Kirk Cousins Youth jersey leaves the Lions overpaying for a player because they need to find help on the line. Detroit lets its free agents test the market and loses out on defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, Whitehead, receiver TJ Jones and cornerbacks Nevin Lawson and DJ Hayden without signing comparable or better replacements. The Lions sign a bunch of depth free agents and the ones they count on don’t pan out, forcing general manager Bob Quinn to move on from some of his signings before the season starts (such as Stevan Ridley and Geoff Schwartz in 2016). -- Michael Rothstein
Best case: Sign Kyle Fuller, Malcolm Butler or another cornerback. Yes, the Packers need pass-rushers as much as (if not more than) cornerbacks, but the best pass-rushers never make it to free agency, so Green Bay will have to draft and develop them. The Packers are familiar with Fuller from his time in Chicago, but it will be tougher to acquire him after the Bears used the transition tag.
Butler might be the next-best option, even though the Patriots didn’t play him on defense in the Super Bowl. The Packers need a corner who can play outside, which would allow new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to move Damarious Randall to the slot, where he’s better suited. A corner like Fuller or Butler would http://www.authenticatlantabraves.com/Tyler-Flowers-Jersey make a good pairing with last year’s top pick, Kevin King. wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale jerseys
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Worst case: New GM Brian Gutekunst acts more like his predec

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Ted Thompson, than anyone thought and doesn’t sign any impact free agents. That would leave him with major holes to fill through the draft. Yes, Gutekunst has 12 selections this year, but with holes in the secondary and at pass-rusher, plus the needs on offense (tight end, offensive line and perhaps even receiver), that’s too much to find in the draft. -- Rob Demovsky
Best case: Minnesota can begin solving its issue of quarterback longevity by landing Kirk http://www.bengalsnflofficialprostore.com/WOMENS-JAKE-FISHER-JERSEY.html Cousins and making him the highest-paid QB in NFL history. Of all Cousins’ potential suitors, the Vikings are his best fit to win now. Minnesota arguably has a two- to three-year window to contend for a Super Bowl with a stacked defense, tons of receiving threats and what could be one of the best backfields in
the NFL. All of that is part of a dream scenario for Cousins, whom the Vikings wouldn’t necessarily have to lock in for more than three years -- at least not right now. Therefore, the risk of things going sour won’t be weighed down by a lengthy contract. The cost for Cousins is high, but the Vikings have the cap space to get it done, can secure an important missing piece and find their franchise quarterback in the process.
Worst case: Minnesota strikes out on Cousins and has to look elsewhere for a quarterback in free agency. The Vikings have a pretty good silver lining as it stands with the option to re-sign Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford. Keenum will be the most expensive of the three, but the price to keep him pales in comparison to signing Cousins. The Vikings could then go out and make competitive offers to other free agents in spots they need help the most: the offensive and defensive lines. Not signing Cousins would certainly be a blow, but it frees up money Minnesota needs elsewhere in free agency and to extend the contracts of several key players over the next year. Also, this year’s quarterback draft class is one of the best in recent history. Who’s to say Minnesota won’t want to go another route and draft (possibly via trading up) a quarterback in April? -- Courtney Cronin
Best case: Find help at guard. The Falcons don't have much cap room to make a big splash in free agency, but they would be wise to see what type of bargains they could find on the offensive and defensive lines. Upgrading at right guard is a priority, and finding that player in free agency would give the Falcons the opportunity to focus on defensive line, wide receiver and tight end in the draft. Again, this can't be a big splash like Andrew Norwell from Carolina, but the Falcons could find an under-the-radar guy capable of starting, maybe like a Kevin Pamphile from Tampa Bay. The Falcons already restructured the contract of their returning starting left guard, Andy Levitre.
Worst case: Strike out on pass-rush help, period. The Falcons need more of an interior push along the defensive line, and losing a chance to trade for Michael Bennett -- now a Philadelphia Eagle -- hurt some. Now the Falcons have to consider re-signing last season's sack leader, Adrian Clayborn, to help Vic Beasley Jr., Grady Jarrett and Takk McKinley. Clayborn is certain to draw some interest on the free-agent market if not immediately re-signed. Whiffing on veteran pass-rush help would make finding an impact defensive lineman more of an emphasis in the draft. -- Vaughn McClure
Best case: The Panthers acquire the Ravens' Mike Wallace or Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson. Coach Eric Decker Womens Jersey Ron Rivera wants a veteran wide receiver to provide leadership to a position loaded with young players. Wallace, 31, fits the bill. He wants a chance to win a Super Bowl. Carolina could offer that. Wallace still is fast enough to provide an upgrade in speed, a priority for http://www.newenglandpatriotsauthorizedstore.com/danny-amendola-jersey-elite general manager Marty Hurney. Wallace Eric Dickerson Jersey had three touchdown catches of 50 or more yards last season and might have had more if quarterback Joe Flacco had been on target. Robinson, 24, wouldn’t necessarily provide veteran leadership, but he could be the true No. 1 receiver the Panthers need.
Worst case: Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins has yet to live up to expectations since being drafted by Buffalo in 2014 with the fourth overall pick. The Bills traded him to Los Angeles in August. Injuries have played a role in Watkins’ development. While he wouldn’t offer the veteran leadership, he could be a No. 1 or 2 with Devin Funchess, depending on what Carolina ultimately decides to do with Funchess. Seattle’s Paul Richardson also could fit into that mold. -- David Newton
Best case: The Drew Brees contract negotiations come together as smoothly as everyone has promised they will and he re-signs before other teams even get the chance to tempt him. The Saints don’t necessarily need the future Hall of Famer to agree to a “hometown discount,” but they have made it clear they only want to pay Brees one year at a time now that he is 39. They're hoping he’ll agree to a deal with only about one year’s worth of guaranteed money. Then, to make things even better, the Saints reunite Brees with one of his all-time great targets by re-signing tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency at a reasonable rate.
Worst case: The Saints don’t plan to bring back their other prominent free agent (safety Kenny Vaccaro). But they would like to keep versatile backup offensive lineman Senio Kelemete, who might get yanked away by another team offering a starting job and starter’s money. And New Orleans would love to re-sign defensive end Alex Okafor, provided he remains on pace for a healthy return from an Achilles tear. The worst-case scenario would be losing both of those guys, then getting outbid for all of the top tight ends in the open market (Graham, Trey Burton, Tyler Eifert, etc.). -- Mike Triplett

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Seifert: Packers. It really is a new day in Green Bay

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, where the Packers rarely dipped their toes into free agency under former general manager Ted Thompson. Tuesday, they got Aaron Rodgers the pass-catching, red-zone dominating tight end he loves with Jimmy Graham and found a big-time difference-maker for their defensive line with Muhammad Wilkerson.
Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Bears. I'm looking at Chicago because the key to this offseason is adding talent and weapons on the offensive side of the ball to boost the development of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. And the Bears did that with three new targets in the passing game. With Allen Robinson, the Bears land a technician in the route tree. He's a No.1 in Chicago. And Trey Burton has the ability to play as that "move" tight end in Matt Nagy's offense to create matchups. Plus, the addition of Taylor Gabriel gives Trubisky another target with speed and the lateral ability to make plays in space. These were aggressive moves by general manager Ryan Pace to put Trubisky in a position to make that second-year jump.
Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: Jaguars. I found this question tough to answer because we all know what type of fool's gold free agency is, and that so many of these moves don't end up looking very good in retrospect. So good for the Vikings for getting the top QB on the market and the Bears for rebuilding their offensive skill position group, etc. But the Andrew Norwell signing in Jacksonville is so appropriate to that team and the way it had http://www.newyorkrangersofficialonline.com/Adidas-Mark-Messier-Jersey success last year, I have to give them the props here. The Jags want to bully you on offense with the run game, and what says that better than overpaying for the top guard on the market while watching your one-time No. 1 wide receiver leave? The Jaguars stayed true to their identity and got better where they make their money.
Mike Sando, senior NFL writer: Saints. They got Drew Brees to sign a team-friendly two-year deal with a team option for the second year. He's a future Hall of Famer and as close to a sure bet as any player who will sign this offseason. Sure, folks took for granted that Brees would re-sign, but no one knew the Saints would get him on such reasonable terms.
Field Yates, NFL Insider: Bears. What a start to the offseason for last year's No. 2 overall pick. Chicago invested in Trubisky's future with the hiring of coveted coaching candidate, Nagy, then immediately upgraded the offensive output with the expected signings of Robinson and Burton. I don't think it's a stretch to say that either player would have been the most talented pass-catcher for the Bears in 2017. They'll now be focal points in 2018 and beyond. The Minnesota Vikings are prepared to give quarterback Kirk Cousins a fully-guaranteed, three-year contract worth Eli Manning Youth jersey $84 million. That structure has long been anticipated, drawing an obvious question: Would Cousins set a new paradigm for NFL contracts?
I'm not sure that we're about to see a run of fully guaranteed deals in the coming months and years. Cousins spurned long-term offers from the Washington Redskins in part because he had the "fallback" of a quarterback franchise tag number that paid him nearly $44 million over two years. Most players won't be in that situation, making early extension offers more attractive. On the other hand, it was fair to look at some of the other quarterback deals Tuesday and wonder if Cousins' deal was having a subtler effect. (Former NFL executive Joe Banner seemed to think so.)
The Arizona Cardinals are expected to sign Sam Bradford -- who played only six quarters in 2017 because of a degenerative knee condition -- to a one-year deal that would reportedly pay him $20 million. And the New York Jets are offering Josh McCown a one-year deal worth $10 million. Both deals seemed inflated from market expectations, to say the least, and perhaps attributable to the market Cousins set. Neither Bradford nor McCown can be considered good bets to start 16 games in 2018. Bradford will be paid as if he Cole Hamels Authentic Jersey will do it, however, and at a high level. The Cardinals have an option for 2019, but that's not much protection if somehow Bradford flourishes. McCown, who turns 39 in July, has never made more than $7.6 million in a season and could open next season as a backup if fellow newcomer Teddy Bridgewater wins the starting job. A $10 million salary for a backup http://www.officialkingsteamstore.com/Trevor_Lewis_Jersey is about double the norm.
In other words, at least three of the top five quarterbacks who hit the market -- led by Cousins -- each received short-term deals at hefty salaries that could give them another chance to negotiate on the open market before they retire. (Reliable numbers on Case Keenum, who agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos, have been elusive. Bridgewater signed a one-year deal of unknown value.) Time will tell on the final impact of Cousins' deal. But the earliest of indications suggested it will have ripple effects, even if it doesn't fundamentally overturn the market.
From a roster standpoint, the Titans entered this week relatively stacked at cornerback. They had 2017 first-round draft pick Adoree Jackson on one side and 2017 free-agent acquisition Logan Ryan on the other. But in what I supposed is a nod toward the NFL's pre-eminent nickel scheme, the Titans felt compelled to reel in another big fish at the position. Butler received an enormous market-level contract that includes $30 million guaranteed. It gives the Titans arguably the league's top three-corner personnel group, but it also focuses a premium level of assets at a position that generally is considered second fiddle to pass-rushers in comprising a strong pass defense.
But if any team knows what it will get from Butler in exchange for that financial commitment, it should be the Titans. General manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Vrabel both have deep ties to the New England Patriots, where Butler spent his first four seasons.

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Wide receivers, cornerbacks cash in

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A run at a particular position early in free agency is often a reflection of teams' true assessment of the upcoming draft class. This week, we saw that pattern emerge at wide receiver and, to a lesser extent, cornerbacks.
By my count, 10 receivers agreed to terms on multi-year contracts with significant guarantees between Monday afternoon and Tuesday night. That included obvious targets such as Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins, who will sign with the Bears and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. But even part-time players such as Albert Wilson, Ryan Grant and Donte Moncrief were cashing in. And then there was 32-year-old veteran Danny Amendola, whose 2018 salary with the Miami Dolphins will more than triple what he received from the Patriots last season.
You can feel reasonably confident that http://www.officialastroshop.com/Craig_Biggio_Jersey NFL teams wouldn't have spent so much money on receivers this week if they thought this draft had an ample supply who were ready to contribute right away. The same could turn out to be true at cornerback, although part of the run at that position might have been the result of a dearth of available pass-rushers. Teams hoping to improve their pass defense did the next best thing in bidding for cornerbacks. In addition to Butler, three other cornerbacks were in line for strong deals, veterans Trumaine Johnson (Jets), Bashaud Breeland (Panthers) and Aaron Colvin (Texans) are all off the market. So is Prince Amukamra, who is set to sign a three-year deal to remain with the Bears.
We know what happened next. Bridgewater suffered a catastrophic left knee injury and hasn't taken a meaningful snap since. What you might not have taken the time to assess -- and, for Vikings fans, it's painful -- is the lengths to which the Vikings have gone to replace him. In all, the Vikings have paid or guaranteed $109 million and shipped out two draft choices to get from Bridgewater in August 2016 to Cousins in March 2018. You read that correctly.
The Vikings' immediate reaction to Bridgewater's injury was to acquire Bradford in exchange for first- and fourth-round draft picks. Then they paid him $25 million in base salaries and bonuses over two seasons. Tuesday, they guaranteed a reported $84 million to Cousins. It's true that Bridgewater would have been due for a hefty contract extension right about now if he had stayed healthy and continued his upward trajectory. But at the very least, it cost them two draft picks as well as two rare years of low salaries for a starting quarterback. And, with Cousins due to hit free agency again in three years, the story isn't over.
"Brent Celek defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle," the team said in a statement. "His dedication to his profession and this organization is unmatched and he will go down as one of the best tight ends in franchise history. Brent embodied the City of Philadelphia's temperament and character with his toughness and grit. He has been a huge part of everything we have been building over the last decade, and it is only fitting that he was able to help us win our first Super Bowl last season.
Unfortunately, in this business we are forced to make difficult decisions, especially this time of the year. This one is as tough as they come, but in our eyes, Brent will always be an Eagle." Fellow Eagles tight end Zach Ertz took to Twitter to thank Celek for taking him under his wing. Celek carried a 2018 cap charge of $5 million. The Eagles, about $9 million over the cap entering the day, have been working to get their finances in order before the start of the league year on Wednesday. They also restructured right tackle Lane Johnson's deal in a move that saves them an additional $7.5 million.
Celek caught 398 passes DeMarre Carroll Womens Jersey for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns over his career with the Eagles. He ranks fourth in team history with 175 games played, behind David Akers (188), Brian Dawkins (183) and Harold Carmichael (180). Celek entered the league in 2007, and with Colin Kaepernick Jersey his release, Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux is now the longest-tenured Philadelphia athlete, having made his debut http://www.officialcanadiensonline.com/Red+Charlie+Lindgren+Jersey in 2008. Kline has made the most of his career since signing as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots in 2013. He has spent most of his career as a starter, bouncing between the left and right guard positions. He was a two-year starter for the Titans at right guard.
Kline started 43 of the 44 games he played for the Titans and Patriots over the past three seasons and 48 of the 63 games in his career. Like most of the Titans' offensive linemen, Kline took a step back in 2017 as a run-blocker. The Titans believe their switch to a zone-blocking scheme will benefit Kline in 2018. METAIRIE, La. -- Zach Strief operated in the shadows for most of his 12-year career with the New Orleans Saints. But the 34-year-old right tackle got the grand send-off he deserved when he officially announced his retirement Monday at the team's practice facility.
Past and present teammates including Drew Brees, Steve Gleason, Deuce McAllister, Mark Ingram Mike Williams Jersey and Cameron Jordan were in attendance, as well as team owner Gayle Benson, general manager Mickey Loomis, coach Sean Payton, and Strief's parents, wife and newborn son. "My career here has exceeded my wildest imagination. I didn't think this was going to last through my first August, never mind 12 years," said Strief, who was drafted in the seventh round out of Northwestern in 2006 and became a full-time starter five years later -- finishing with 98 career starts, including the playoffs. cheap jerseys free shipping cheap jerseys cheap jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys
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Baffling questions in Arizona

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Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Womens Danny Green Jersey Keim has a lot of fans around the NFL who respect his work in digging the franchise out of a decadeslong competitive hole. But I'm having a hard time understanding what he and the franchise are doing this offseason or how in the world the Cardinals will be competitive in 2018. It doesn't take a football savant to question the team's plan at quarterback. There is no basis for counting on Sam Bradford, who aggravated his knee condition by taking a bad step in Week 1 last season and played only two quarters thereafter. Mike Glennon, meanwhile, bombed last season with the Bears in his best chance to establish himself as even a spot starter.
What does the agreement with Bradford, and the Cardinals' reported plans to also sign Glennon tell us? They better not be done looking for quarterbacks. But the most egregious gaffe, and Bobby Massie Jersey one that I don't think has generated enough national scrutiny, is the departure of http://www.miamidolphins.us.com/WOMENS-LAREMY-TUNSIL-JERSEY.html safety Tyrann Mathieu. As a rule, NFL teams should never let themselves get into the position of parting ways with their best young talent. Mathieu has an injury history, but he rebounded last season to play 16 games. He is still 25 years old and is probably one of the Cardinals' three best players.
ESPN's Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss noted that the Cardinals were in a tough situation with the monster contract Mathieu signed in 2016. If that's the case, then it's still on the team for writing a contract that couldn't sustain itself for two years. Maybe there's something we don't know about Mathieu's health. But if we have the complete information, well, the Cardinals botched their future with a transcendent player.
It didn't get as much attention as some of the quarterback moves this week, but Solder's move from the New England Patriots to the New York Giants was a massive and multifaceted earthquake. (Can an earthquake have multiple facets? I say yes. Discuss.) Finding competent left tackles is one of the most difficult personnel assignments in football, and the Giants blew through the top of the offensive line market to get Solder.
His annual average of $15.5 million is 17 percent more than the next-highest paid player at the position: Russell Okung of the Los Angeles Chargers ($13.25 million). Overall, the Giants are paying Solder $62 million over four seasons. Keep in mind that the Giants obliterated the market for a player who has never been elected to the Pro Bowl and who was reported to be considering retirement earlier this season.
But the story isn't simply the massive offer it took to lure him. The Patriots are now without a true left tackle for the first time this decade. As ESPN's Patriots reporter Mike Reiss lays out, there are no obvious replacements on the roster. And with their spot at No. 31 in the draft, the Patriots will be limited in their opportunity to find a rookie who is ready to start right away. We often give coach Bill Belichick the benefit of the doubt when it comes to otherwise questionable personnel decisions. He has proven before that he usually knows what he's doing.
But it could certainly be argued that left tackle is one position worth losing financial discipline for -- especially when your championship window http://www.patriotsofficialsprostore.com/Rex-Burkhead-Jersey is based on keeping a soon-to-be 41-year-old quarterback upright and healthy. The Patriots are going to have to find another left tackle, and the Giants' massive expenditure -- from a team that has the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, no less -- shows how hard that can be.
For years, former NFL executive Joe Banner has preached that players should resist early contract extension offers. His theory makes sense: The open market or the franchise tag is the most direct path to a deal of maximum value. The risks -- an injury or NFL discipline -- are exaggerated, Banner has argued. The 2018 market has supported that viewpoint.
Receiver Allen Robinson tore an ACL during his 2017 contract year, but the Chicago Bears signed him to an three-year contract worth $42 million. He'll earn an annual average of $14 million, just below the franchise number for wide receivers, and be back on the market when he is 27 years old.
Center Weston Richburg, who missed most of 2017 because of a concussion, signed a quick five-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers that included $16.5 million in full guarantees. Pass-rusher Trent Murphy, who tore two knee ligaments last year and was hit with a four-game NFL suspension, got a three-year deal from the Buffalo Bills for $21 million. Bradford, who played six quarters last season because of a degenerative knee condition, will get $20 million from the Cardinals. The lure of early money Jabari Parker Authentic Jersey is understandable. In some cases, it's best for the player at that moment in his life. But those who push it off can be rewarded.

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Value of versatile running backs

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The debate raged for months in Minnesota: How much better, and how much more valuable, was Cousins Ian Kennedy Womens Jersey compared to Keenum? After all, Keenum led the Vikings to a 13-3 regular-season record and a run to the NFC Championship Game last season, all while compiling the NFL's second-best Total QBR (69.7).
We now have some preliminary data to start the comparison. The Vikings will guarantee Cousins $84 million over three years to secure his services. Keenum, meanwhile, agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos that would pay him $36 million, with $25 million of it fully guaranteed.
In other words, Keenum was secured with less than a third of the guaranteed money it took to attract Cousins. Who would you rather have? Cousins at $84 million guaranteed or Keenum at $25 million? The conversation starts there.
The two most lucrative free-agent running back contracts have gone to Jerick McKinnon (San Francisco) and Dion Lewis (Tennessee). Neither has a 1,000-yard rushing season to his name. The value of traditional between-the-tackles tailbacks has plummeted over the past decade. Instead, teams have shifted toward runners who are equally comfortable catching passes from either the backfield or even from the outside receiver positions. McKinnon caught 142 passes over the past four seasons for the Vikings, 94 of them in the past two. Lewis, meanwhile, caught 85 passes for the New England Patriots over the past three seasons.
At the moment, McKinnon's average of $7.5 million per Randy Gregory Jersey season http://www.coyotesofficialauthenticshop.com/Hats is higher than all but four running backs in the NFL. That list includes Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Le'Veon Bell, who is on a $14.5 million franchise tag, along with the Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman ($8.25 million) and the Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy Glen Rice Womens Jersey ($8.01 million). Lewis' average of $5 million is tied for ninth. Duke Johnson Jr. in passing situations. Moving forward, it shouldn't be much different. On Wednesday, the Browns agreed to sign Hyde, who provides the team with an upgrade on Crowell, who is expected to sign with the New York Jets.
Hyde was a second-round pick by the 49ers back in 2014. He has operated as Jakob Poeltl Authentic Jersey San Francisco's lead back, when healthy, each of the past three seasons. "When healthy" has been key for Hyde, as he missed 14 games during his first three seasons before appearing in all 16 affairs last year. Hyde enjoyed the most efficient season of his career in 2015 when he averaged 4.6 yards per carry (2.1 after contact).
Running less from the shotgun and seeing more in-box defenders last year, Hyde's YPC dipped to 3.9 (1.8 YAC), but his volume as both a rusher and receiver increased. Hyde ranked 11th at the position with 240 carries and fifth in targets with 87. Hyde was extremely busy near the goal line, ranking second in the NFL in both OTD (12.6) and carries inside the opponent's 5-yard line (16). He hit a career high with eight rushing touchdowns after scoring nine all-purpose touchdowns in 2016.
In Cleveland, Hyde is a good bet to dominate the carries, but figures to see a dramatic drop in targets. Whereas Hyde saw 87 targets last season, Crowell http://www.officialauthenticfalconshop.com/Nike-Levine-Toilolo-Jersey.html posted totals of 49 and 42 over the past two seasons. With Johnson (93 targets last year) and now Jarvis Landry in the mix, Hyde simply won't be needed in the passing game as often as he was in San Francisco. He's best viewed as a fringe RB2 option in 12-team leagues, whereas Johnson -- a good bet for a slight dip in targets as the result of an improved supporting cast and regression-to-the-mean in the touchdown department -- is a safer RB2 option in PPR.
When the Titans released lead back DeMarco Murray, it appeared 2016 second-round pick Derrick Henry was finally positioned for feature back duties. Instead, the team again clouded the backfield by adding one of the top backs available in free agency.
Lewis, a fifth-round pick in 2011, struggled to make an impact because of injuries and a lack of opportunity with the Eagles and Browns, but finally exploded onto the NFL scene with New England in 2015. Lewis took his game to a new level last year, setting career highs in carries (180), scrimmage yards (1,110) and offensive touchdowns (nine). A terrific weapon as a receiver, Lewis also caught all but three of his 35 targets.
Though he was only on the field for 385 snaps, Lewis finished as fantasy's No. 13 scoring running back and ranked fourth in fantasy points per snap. Over the past three seasons, Lewis ranks fourth in the NFL in both yards per carry (4.82) and yards after contact per attempt (2.33) among 63 backs with 200-plus carries during the span. The elephant in the room with Lewis is his durability, as he has appeared in only 54 of a possible 112 regular-season games during his seven-year career. He has never been on the field for more than http://www.officialpanthersonlinestore.com/Derek_Mackenzie_Jersey 36 percent of his team's snaps in a single season, though he was active for all 19 of New England's games last year.
In Tennessee, 5-foot-8, 195-pound Lewis will be the lightning to 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry's thunder. Both backs figure to play significant roles, with Henry leading the charge on early downs and short yardage, including the http://www.officialoriolestore.com/Eddie_Murray_Jersey goal line, and Lewis playing a significant change-of-pace role with primary passing-game duties. The committee is sure to limit the upside of both backs, but with many NFL teams going the same direction, it's possible both Henry and Lewis will be starting fantasy options (think Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman). wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys china wholesale jerseys from china cheap jerseys cheap jerseys
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Every conversation with Augie Garrido felt like a master cla

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Take, for instance, the night of Wednesday, June 25, 2008, sitting somewhere down the first-base line at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. The then-Texas Longhorns head coach was watching two teams that weren't his team play for a national championship. As he explained what was happening on the field before him -- the keys for either Georgia or his alma mater, Fresno State, to win the title -- he pointed with fingers decorated by College World Series championship rings of his own, two of his five.
"Forget defensive positioning and pitch calls, forget all of that," he preached, pausing to stare deeply into the dugouts. "Show me who is loose. Show me who is tight. These are kids, teenagers. These coaches, they haven't been in this position before. Watch everyone's faces and their body language after the first hit, after the first run is scored, after the first time the shortstop throws a ball away into the damn grandstands. Give me that information and I will know in an instant who is going to win this thing."
On Thursday afternoon, the faces and psyche of the game Garrido loved were all too easy to read. They were crushed by the news that the sport's all-time wins leader had died at 79, after suffering a massive stroke over the weekend. Less than a month ago, he had joined fellow college baseball Mount Rushmore member Skip Bertman for an entertaining, emotional reunion in Baton Rouge. Augie told stories. He laughed. He flashed http://www.footballeaglesofficial.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_DONNIE_JONES_JERSEY.html his famous sun-baked smile. He was entirely too alive then to be gone now.
This was the man who, as a kid, found his motivation in the form of doubt. Born Feb. 9, 1939, in Vallejo, California, the son of August Edmun Garrido Sr., a man of too many jobs. August Sr. picked peaches and plums at a quarter per box alongside his wife, Lois, then worked as a parts manager at the Mare Island Shipyard, and then worked all night running the community center of their government-projects neighborhood. August Sr. coached the sports teams, and his loyal ball and bat boy was little Augie, eventually growing into the star of the community center's teams and catching the hard criticism of the head coach that came with it.
As Augie approached high school graduation, his father presented him with great news. He had landed his son a job at the marina. He knew his child dreamed of college and a career in coaching, but, he explained, that's not what Garridos do. They get jobs and pay the bills. His son was not pleased. He was, in fact, seething.
"Why had I worked so hard at school and at baseball?" he asked 50 years later. http://www.officialauthenticdolphinstore.com/Nike-Mike-Pouncey-Jersey.html "To not go to college? Really?" The kid applied the work ethic learned from his father to prove him wrong. He earned his diplomas by diving into the teachings of great philosophers, and he earned the starting job in right field at Fresno State by diving into the teachings of Stan Musial and Ted Williams. In 1959 he led the Bulldogs to Omaha as the team's best hitter and slugged them into the College World Series semifinals. But after a hitless game with a couple of miscues in the field, Garrido blamed himself for Fresno State's loss to eventual champion Oklahoma State.
That takes us back to that night in 2008, outside Rosenblatt Stadium prior to the game, for another master class. "You see this spot right here?" he said, pointing to nondescript concrete slab in the ballpark parking lot, only a few paces from the iconic The Road To Omaha statue. "In 1959 this was a curb. Our bus, just an old school bus, was parked right here. I made my whole team sit and wait while I sat on this curb and cried my eyes out. Just sobbing while they watched me. It was the darkest moment of my life. When I finally got on that bus, I looked at this ballpark and said, 'Guess what, you son of a b----, I'll be back to settle this.'"
There, in the middle of a parking lot while thousands of fans streamed around him, Garrido recalled his early life's story. He talked about six years playing in the minor leagues, all while working on advanced college degrees so he could one day coach and teach. He threw himself into the Bible and into "Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success." But as he moved up the coaching ladder from San Francisco State to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to Cal State Fullerton, he found his motivation by keeping his mind on the shipyard. "People are motivated by fear. Not fear like, 'I'm going to beat you up if you don't do this,' but fear of failure. It's the great internal battle every athlete and coach has to fight. ... 'Does the fear of failure motivate you to do whatever it takes not to fail, or does that fear cause you to fail?' I'm talking about baseball here. But I'm also talking about life."
He won at both, his fuel to do so a sometimes volatile, often confusing mixture of fun, tough love and outright anger. Even during his greatest moments, the seething lurked just below the surface. In 1979 he led then-upstart Fullerton to its first CWS championship. Garrido celebrated by leaving the stadium and Braden Holtby Authentic Jersey walking out to the curb where he'd wept exactly two decades earlier. "I pointed down at the curb, I jumped up and down on it, and I yelled, 'I gotcha!'"
On June 9, 2003, now at Texas, his Longhorns defeated Florida State in the Tallahassee Super Regional to clinch a trip to Omaha, Jake DeBrusk Jersey his 11th. It was also his 1,428th victory, setting the all-time record for a college head coach, a mark he would eventually extend to 1,975. During the postgame celebration, he paused and pointed to the heavens with the same snarl he'd aimed at the Omaha curb. This finger was aimed at Augie Sr., shouting, "I told you so!"
The shipyard, his father, lost ballgames, concrete curbs -- whatever Garrido's motivations were, no matter how odd, they worked. He built an empire in Fullerton, winning three College World Series titles and rising to supplant USC's Rod Dedeaux as the game's West Coast kingpin. He then committed college baseball blasphemy, leaving California for its longtime CWS archrival state, Texas. In Austin he revived one of the game's signature programs, reaching Omaha eight times and winning twice, all while employing a decidedly West Coast style of baseball.
Former players have always spoken of Garrido with reverence and just enough respectable fear. His roster of best friends included everyone from Kevin Costner to George W. Bush to members of Rosenblatt Stadium's grounds crew. They rallied to his side during his poorly handled dismissal from Texas in 2016, and Thursday they rallied together to deal with his death. cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china wholesale jerseys
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THE BIGGEST SCANDAL to ever rock college basketball

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traces its beginnings to a low-budget, sci-fi horror flick that tanked at the box office in 2013. "A Resurrection" starred B-list celebrities Mischa Barton and the late Michael Clarke Duncan and was about a boy named Eli who wanted to avenge his brother's death. Never saw it? Well, not many did. And because of that, the college basketball world has been turned upside down. As it turns out, a small-time Pittsburgh financial adviser named Marty Blazer helped finance "A Resurrection," using money from some of his clients, including professional athletes. Some of those clients had no idea the money they'd given to Blazer would fund his Hollywood dream.
Blazer's attempt to cover his losses from the film, along with another movie and a country music venture, landed him as the catalyst in an FBI investigation that might actually make a great movie one day, one featuring envelopes stuffed with cash, covert meetings in parking lots and Las Vegas hotel rooms, and coaches in high-profile programs caught on tape scheming to pay top recruits.
The ending to the real-life tale remains unknown, but as of early March, 10 people had been arrested, 10 coaches or athletic department staffers had lost their jobs or been suspended, six players had been suspended or temporarily held out, and the entire NCAA basketball apparatus hung in limbo. The federal investigation also has opened the way for possible NCAA violations at more than three dozen schools, including many of the nation's top-ranked programs, sources with knowledge of the FBI investigation have told ESPN
That Marty Blazer could bring down the NCAA basketball system is ironic to me. Almost comical," says one sports agent who once worked with Blazer and spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he didn't want his name associated with the case. "A multibillion-dollar system, brought http://www.authenticflamesjerseys.com/-67-michael-frolik-jersey_c-467.html down by some nickel-and-dime financial guy in Pittsburgh. He wasn't a big name. He's going to bring down March Madness?"
Blazer's attorney, Martin Dietz, declined to comment when reached by Outside the Lines, and Blazer isn't talking, either. Because of his movie-funding gambit, Blazer agreed in 2016 to settle Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that he defrauded five clients out of a total $2.35 million. He also Dexter Fowler Authentic Jersey faces sentencing on criminal charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making false statements and documents. The charges typically carry a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison, but combined could total a maximum 67 years.
ESPITE A FLASHY career of courting professional athletes, Blazer, 48, is described by friends and associates as a simple, family-focused man who never ventured far from western Pennsylvania. He goes by Marty, although his full name is Louis Martin Blazer III. He didn't stray far for college, studying industrial management, finance and economics at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. He passed two licensing exams in 1992 and would spend 12 years working as a financial adviser at a Smith Barney brokerage and investment firm. In 2007, property records show, Blazer and his wife built a two-story home in Clinton, Pennsylvania, tucked into the cul-de-sac of a developing subdivision.
Pittsburgh attorney Anthony Patterson, whose family has been friends with the Blazers since about that time, says Blazer rarely talked about work, his athlete clientele or even sports. "I think he was a sports fan in a different sense. Obviously he was involved, but he wasn't the guy that you'd go over to his house and watch a Jay Bouwmeester Womens Jersey football game with," Patterson says. "That was never something that we did. ...
He knew a lot of the guys and probably represented a lot of them, and I think he watched the games by himself." Hanging out in bars and clubs to woo clients was his job, not representative of his personality, according to an associate who spoke with Outside the Lines only on the condition of anonymity. For a while, Blazer wooed wealthy clients well. In 2008, when he formed a financial services and investment advising company called Blazer Capital Management (BCM) on Pittsburgh's South Side, he brought several pro athlete clients from his time at Smith Barney, according to a former colleague who spoke only the condition D.J. Humphries Womens Jersey of anonymity. The company was promoted as a "premier personal services advisory firm" that catered to pro athletes, entertainers and others with high net worth.
Blazer, who did most of the recruiting and client management, initially drew clients from a smattering of standout Pittsburgh-area high school stars-turned-pros, as well as top players for the University of Pittsburgh. A former colleague at BCM recalls the clientele as a mix of unknown rookies and big-name players spread all over the country -- all in professional football. "All of the clients seemed to really like him," says the former colleague. "He had a certain amount of charisma to be able to do that. ... Todd Davis Authentic Jersey I never saw an unhappy client."
But there were at least some unhappy clients, even dating to Blazer's work at http://www.brownsshopfootball.com/Emmanuel-Ogbah-Jersey.html Smith Barney. Most notable http://www.officialsanfranciscogiantsshops.com/WOMENS-MARK-MELANCON-JERSEY.html was former 49ers and Jets running back Kevan Barlow. Barlow complained to a regulatory agency in 2011 that Blazer misappropriated $4 million of his money from 2001 to 2009. The dispute was settled in 2012 after the brokerage firm paid Barlow $850,000, even though Blazer had blamed the losses on his former client's spending habits, which he described as reckless, in a statement to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

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