Former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fined $2.75M for workplace misconduct

The NFL’s investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by Jerry Richardson has ended with a $2.75 million fine being levied against the former Panthers owner, the league announced Thursday.
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Former U.S. Attorney and SEC chair Mary Jo White led the investigation into Richardson and said the following in a release:

Among the recommendations White made in her report was the prohibition of the types of non-disclosure agreements Richardson used to keep the Su’a Cravens Jersey allegations quiet.

Days after the SI report was published, Richardson announced he would sell the franchise at the end of the season.

David Tepper, a hedge fund Johnathan Joseph Womens Jersey manager worth an estimated $11 billion, purchased the team in May for a reported $2.2 billion. That sale is expected to close in the next two weeks, according to the NFL.

The Panthers were awarded the NFL’s 29th franchise in 1993 with Richardson at the helm.

Bell would like to avoid a similar fate this offseason.

I don’t want to have the replications of what happened last year, Bell said, via But if that came down to that, obviously I got to do what I got to do. Take my stand and protect myself. I don’t want to have to do that. I want to go to camp and play for the Steelers long term.

Obviously, the people in the organization try to do what’s best for them and I’m trying to do what’s best for me. We’re working on it. We’re a lot closer than we were last year at this time. That’s what I’m happy about. None of that matters if we don’t get it done. Hopefully we’ll try to get something done. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I got confidence we’ll get it done. I want to do it.

Gresham’s target is to play in the season opener against Washington, something coach Steve Wilks would love to see.

I can’t wait to get him back out there, Wilks said. When you’re talking about a true leader, he’s on that leadership committee team. A guy that plays with our kind of DNA. He’s gritty. He’s got a lot of fight to him. I like his attitude when he’s out there.
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The Cardinals’ tight end room is short on familiar names beyond Gresham, but there is optimism. Ricky Seals-Jones and Gabe Holmes earned praise from Wilks on Tuesday for their ability to both Mel Blount Jersey catch the ball and block. Gresham said he doesn’t feel a responsibility to rush back because he’s excited about the group

You’ve got to push yourself mentally over that edge, he said. Some people have rituals. Some people find different ways of thinking about it. At the end of the day, you just do it.

Nelson, one of the fastest players in the NFL, said his speed can be a mental detriment.

I get so caught up in catching that ball and trying to go 80-plus yards instead of catching the ball and going two or three, Nelson said. I get caught up in that and it comes back to bite me in the behind.

QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville (picked by ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr., CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report’s Chris Simms, ESPN’s NFL Nation, The Athletic’s Chris Burke, Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller): As Keim said last week, it’s no secret the Cardinals would love to secure a franchise quarterback in the draft. Jackson could be the best available signal-caller if the team remains at No. 15, and this is a very popular pairing by analysts. There are concerns about Jackson’s accuracy, but he is an electric talent with his legs.

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama (picked by NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks, Charley Casserly and Charles Davis): Ridley and Maryland’s D.J. Moore are generally viewed as the two best pass-catchers in the draft. The Cardinals have a need at the position, Womens Brian Poole Jersey and Ridley has plenty of experience, which could allow him to step in and contribute as a rookie.

QB Josh Rosen, UCLA (picked by NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, ESPN’s Todd McShay): Two prominent draft analysts have Rosen heading to the Cardinals. McShay projects the team trading up to grab him, while Mayock has Rosen going at No. 15. The Bruins’ signal-caller may be the most polished quarterback prospect in the draft and would fill a big need.

Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger not fretting new contract

Ben Roethlisberger has two years left on a contract that goes through the 2019 season, but the Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller isn’t looking to break the bank when the time comes for a new deal.
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I care about record-breaking Super Bowl wins and things like that — that’s more important to me, Roethlisberger told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler from the QB’s football camp Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger currently sits as the 12th-highest paid quarterback in annual salary at $21.85 million, per Over The Cap, well behind the likes of Kirk Cousins ($28 million per) and Matt Ryan ($30 million). While most of the offseason talk has revolved around Aaron Rodgers resetting the QB market, Big Ben isn’t worried about topping all others when it comes time for a new deal.

Le’Veon Bell sits as the most obvious candidate in need of a payday in Pittsburgh, but Big Ben pointed to his offensive linemen as where he’d invest some of his money.

I know in two years, [Maurkice] Pouncey, [Marcus] Gilbert, there are other very important guys up that I hope get taken care of, Roethlisberger said. Because if they aren’t here, I’m not here. That’s the way it is; they are that good.

With the quarterback market thrust over $30 million per year, Roethlisberger’s ensuing deal will be interesting to track over the course of the next year or so to see if Big Ben leaves any money on the table when he has the leverage to max out.

When sports betting was made legal this week, the site of a former racetrack Stan Mikita Jersey in Cherry Hill that for the past 11 years has had local approvals for an off-track betting facility was included in the law as a future site for wagers.

But whether it’ll actually get built by the site owners Penn Gaming and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment is anyone’s guess.

A 11-year-old site plan approval for the facility that’s already been extended once runs out this month, and township officials said they haven’t heard any movement from Penn Gaming in the past year, since it was granted a one-year extension on its site plan. Township officials hadn’t even been clear on whether sports betting would be legal at that site, but Assemblyman Burzichelli, a sponsor of the sports betting bill, said this week that’s been their intention all along.

That was news to officials in Cherry Hill. They said the land on a barren 10-acre parcel next to a bustling, big-box shopping mecca and residential development on Route 70 –a major road Womens Tyson Ross Jersey connecting Philadelphia to the Shore would not qualify because the new law said it was excluding premises other than the land contained within the race course oval for wagering.

Barreto’s two 3-run HRs, A’s top Chisox 11-2, 5th win in row

Franklin Barreto insisted he didn’t make any big adjustments at the plate to spark this power surge. It’s just happening, and he sure is enjoying it.

Barreto hit a pair of three-run homers and the Oakland Athletics won their season-high fifth in a row, pounding the Chicago White Sox 11-2 Friday in the first game of a doubleheader.

The White Sox have lost eight in a row, their worst skid since a nine-game rut last July.

Barreto is on a tear the past two games, with three three-run homers. He went deep in Wednesday’s romp at San Diego and went off against the White Sox.

He connected against James Shields to cap a four-run second inning and off Luis Avilan in the eighth . Barreto’s first career multihomer game gave him a personal-best six RBI.

The White Sox have been outscored 54-18 during their losing streak.

We can definitely get better, Shields said. We have to get better. We haven’t been playing very good baseball as of late and we have to pick our game up. That’s the name of the game. It’s the highest level of baseball right now and we’ve got to play that way.

Johnson certainly knows firsthand. He managed 2,445 games for five different teams after a solid big league career, primarily as an all star second baseman with the great Orioles teams of the ’60’s and early ’70’s. Yet despite posting a winning record for every team he piloted, and a lifetime .562 winning percentage, Johnson battled intrusive and often-jealous owners and front office executives and found himself shown the door in one fashion or another five times.

It’s not for everybody, Johnson continued, circling back to Hernandez, who was as much a pseudo-manager on the field of play as he was a clutch hitter and Gold Glove first baseman before becoming a Mets broadcaster. That’s why I always looked miserable when I was managing.

Keith’s a very smart guy. He knew what would be right for him.

Johnson shares the ups and downs, not only from his baseball career, but from his personal life, as well, in his recently-released page-turning autobiography Davey Johnson: My Wild Ride in Baseball and Beyond, co-written with baseball author Erik Sherman.

Jets may have an unlikely star running back on the roster

The Jets have several running backs with names that hard-core football fans instantly will recognize: Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, Thomas Rawls. The team’s running backs coach thinks another running back on the depth chart may become a household name.
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The guy who ultimately determines whether and to what extent McGuire will receive enough opportunities to thrive downplayed the comparison to L.T., with a very simple but important message.

[H]e doesn’t have to live up to being LaDainian, coach Todd Bowles said. He has to live up to Shilique Calhoun Authentic Jersey being Eli.

To do that, he’ll have to first successfully compete with the likes of Crowell, Powell, and Rawls.

Last year, Beckham was healthy but did not attend any of the 10 OTAs, opting to work out in Los Angeles, away from the team. That he showed up periodically this year, even though he barely got on the field, is a strong indication he is taking seriously the Giants’ plea for him to upgrade his entire professional portfolio before they reward him with a long-term contract extension. His attendance was a good-faith gesture by Beckham, and the Giants view it that way. There is plenty of time prior to the start of the regular season for the two sides to come together on a new deal that would make Beckham the highest-paid wide receiver (in excess of $17 million per year) in the NFL.

This three-day camp from Tuesday through Thursday will look like an OTA practice, with no shoulder pads and no contact. It is mandatory, and, in accordance Authentic Darryl Dawkins Jersey with the collective bargaining agreement, a player can be fined $84,435 for missing the three-day camp.

The Buccaneers have gone through voluntary OTAs without their latest acquisition, Jason Pierre-Paul.

Pierre-Paul, who will reportedly be at mandatory minicamp this week, chose to train on his own instead of attending team activities. The former Giant is training four hours every day as part of his offseason program, according to ESPN.

Texans sign third-round pick Martinas Rankin to round out draft class

The Houston Texans announced Thursday they have signed third-round pick Martinas Rankin to his four-year rookie contract.
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The Mississippi State offensive tackle was the final remaining unsigned pick from Houston’s eight-man draft class.

The team last wore the jerseys in 2011. They also used them in 2005 through 2009.

For 2018, the orange jerseys will be worn during the Week 6 game at Dolphins and for the Week 11 home game against the Vikings.

The Bears unveiled the new orange jerseys on Friday. And, yes, they’re available for purchase.

Nickel cornerbacks formerly were part-time players in a specialized role. Now, they’re a team’s 12th starter.

He’s playing 70 percent of the snaps, Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said, via Joel Erickson of The Advocate. That nickel player is a starter, and he’s going to play more snaps than the SAM linebacker.

The Saints targeted Robinson this offseason because of his work in the slot with the Eagles last season.

Robinson made 47 tackles, a sack, four interceptions and 18 pass breakups in the regular season and added a pick-six in the NFC Championship Game.

I think that’s a difficult position to play,’ Allen said. You’re required to have the athletic skill set to cover in man-to-man, much like you would on the Rick Martin Womens Jersey outside lanes like a corner, but there’s a mental aspect that goes on in there, and things happen a lot faster inside in the slot. Gaining that experience has certainly helped him.

I’ve always felt that way, and this job’s been great because I get a chance to talk about so many different players, from a different Weston Richburg Jersey point of view completely. I love it. It’s my favorite day of the year. It’s a long day. They might have to put a catheter on me to get me through the six hours they put me on the desk without letting me go to the bathroom.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ‘all for’ heavy workload

The Dallas Cowboys expect Authentic Adeiny Hechavarria Jersey to feed Ezekiel Elliott plenty in 2018 as they sort out the reworked passing game.
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I’m all for it, you know what I mean? Elliott said Thursday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. A lot is asked from the running back for the Dallas Cowboys, a lot has been asked for me the past two seasons, and I think I’ve had some great strides this offseason getting ready to carry that workload this season.

Elliott has proven he can plow through stacked boxes rep after rep after rep. As the most stable element in an influx offense, the Cowboys need Zeke to eat plentifully in Womens Art Shell Jersey 2018.

New offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said Wednesday that Darnold is in the running for the opening day starter gig if the rookie continues to handle everything the Jets toss his way.

Are we giving him bits and pieces of the offense or are we throwing everything at him? We’re throwing everything at him, Bates said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. If he can handle it, if he can prove that he’s the starter, then that will take place when the time comes.

It’s not a shock that a highly drafted quarterback should get a chance to start. It’s notable, however, with two veterans also vying for the gig.

Bates gushed about Darnold’s ability to handle everything we’ve thrown at him.

Watching him execute football on the practice field is pretty exciting, Bates said. He’s going out there performing at a high level against a very good defense that has shown us every look, every blitz, and he’s able to handle it. He doesn’t show a lot of emotion, but when you drive a post route in there for 40 yards, you don’t have to hide that emotion. You just did something very cool. I think he’s having fun.

Eagles respond after Donald Trump decides to cancel team’s White House visit

Although the Eagles won’t be heading to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win this year, the team doesn’t sound too bitter about the fact that Donald Trump decided to rescind their invitation.

A few hours after Trump decided to cancel the team’s White House invite on Monday, the Eagles released a statement that didn’t mention Trump, the White House or the planned ceremony that was originally supposed to be held on Tuesday afternoon, before the President decided to call things off. It has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first Super Bowl Championship, the team said.

Jenkins also pointed out that Long played for free in 2017 after donating his entire salary to charity.

After the Eagles cut him last month, the linebacker visited the Raiders, Browns and Vikings, where his brother Eric currently plays. He now has a new home after spending his first six seasons in Philadelphia.

Kendricks, a second-round pick in 2012, saw action in 15 games with 13 starts last season, playing 726 snaps. He made 77 tackles, two sacks and six pass breakups.

What Al Jazeera is saying is outrageous, baseless, and wrong, McGill said. When Al Jazeera raised these false allegations about Peyton two and a half years ago, we went to their lawyers in good faith and explained that their source was a pharmacy intern who had unlawfully compromised private medical information to make up false and outrageous allegations about Peyton. We gave them very specific facts showing that every allegation about Peyton was a lie. Any notion that we confirmed Sly’s veracity as a source is obviously false and beneath contempt.

The information from McGill surely had an impact on Al Jazeera. Beyond abandoning the specific contentions regarding Peyton Manning, Al Jazeera reporter Deborah Davies emphasized in a December 2015 interview on Today that the Al Jazeera documentary was making no claims about Peyton Manning.

The Los Angeles Chargers have one of the NFL’s most underrated pass defenses heading into this season.

The Chargers selected safety Derwin James with the No. 17 overall pick, while 2014 first-rounder Jason Verrett, who has missed 27 games over the past two seasons, returns to a group that ranked third in yards allowed in 2017.
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As New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher puts together a unit to fit his scheme, undrafted players have a clear opportunity to make a strong impression.

Temple product Mike Jones forced turnovers to garner some attention during OTAs last week, per John Schmeelk of the team’s official website:

Mike Jones had an interception on a Davis Webb pass during half-field passing drills, and Karl Mecklenburg Jersey then he picked off Kyle Lauletta during the next practice period: red-zone team drills. The interception of Webb came on him breaking on a ball, while the interception of the Lauletta pass came on an overthrow. Jones is a 5’9 undrafted free-agent rookie cornerback out of Temple and is trying to make the team this offseason. 

The White House said the Eagles initially told them that 81 individuals connected to the club players, coaches, executives and other team personnel would attend the celebration.

Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins, a co-founder of the Players Coalition, reminded his followers on Twitter that no one on the Eagles kneeled or sat during the national anthem before games. He also Womens Pontus Aberg Jersey explained, in part, some of the motivation for why he planned on not attending the celebration even before it was canceled.

It’s hard to meet with people who don’t agree with you and to have tough conversations about uncomfortable race-related issues and how to make positive change, Jenkins wrote. It takes courage to stand up for the TRUTH even if it’s not a popular one.

Cowboys’ Zack Martin becomes NFL’s highest-paid guard, report says

Zack Martin received the payday he’s been holding out for.
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The fifth-year guard signed a six-year contract extension with the Cowboys on Monday to become the highest-paid player at his position, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported, citing unidentified sources.

Martin was set to enter the final year of his contract in 2018 and slated to earn a base salary of $9.3 million.

He’s throwing strikes with this fastball, manager Joe Maddon said. That box is checked. The changeup is great off of that, and throwing his curveball where Omar Infante Jersey he wants it. That’s a pretty good formula right there.

Mike Montgomery will forever be known to Cubs fans for his save in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, but could his future be in a starting role? AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Even though it’s just two outings, Montgomery’s performance has been a godsend for a team searching Teemu Selanne Jersey for consistency in its rotation. Basically, he’s doing what Darvish was supposed to be doing. He’s relishing his time in the role, something he publicly pleaded for in the offseason.

There was a lot of concern on my agent’s end regarding my health, Montgomery said of his swingman role. That’s his job. But I’m also someone that wants to pitch and wants to start. I don’t regret saying that, but I’ll do whatever the team asks.