“We have a lot of guys who have been here in place for a chunk of time and who are bringing the other guys up to speed a little faster,” said Smith, who was tied for 31st place after the tournament’s first round. “We’re just able to do more. We’re not taking steps backward that you do sometimes with a lot of turnover. For us, we’ve been able to start off where we left off last season.”
Industry experts say Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston’s $101 million deal likely won’t impact Luke Kuechly’s next contract, but they still expect the Carolina Panthers’ Pro Bowler to set the standard for middle linebackers. Houston’s six-year deal – worth an average of $16.8 million and signed hours before a Wednesday deadline – is the richest for a linebacker in NFL history. Houston is an outside linebacker and one of the game’s top pass-rushers, a position the NFL values more highly than middle linebackers. The Chiefs and Houston faced a Wednesday afternoon deadline to reach a multiyear agreement after Kansas City designated him as its franchise player in March.
I’ll go with the Broncos one more time because I’m not sure the other teams have done enough to close the gap. But the division title is reasonably in play for the first time since Denver acquired Manning in 2012.
A Tuesday evening, Aug. 4 screening will be held on the Northwestern State campus of the eagerly anticipated film "Delaney," part of ESPN Films' 30 for 30 Shorts series, telling the remarkable story of the late, heroic two-sport All-American Demons' star athlete Joe Delaney. Tickets priced at $10 will be on sale at the NSUDemons.com website for a 6:30 p.m. reception and the 7 p.m. screening hosted by the film's producer/director Grant Curtis, along with the Demons Unlimited Foundation, at NSU's Magale Recital Hall. Curtis will discuss the film project before screening it for the audience. Afterwards, he will be involved in a half-hour-long panel discussion also involving former teammates of Delaney's and others who knew him.
He follows in the tradition of Conley, the former Georgia wideout and Kansas City Chiefs third-round draft pick who directed, wrote and starred in his own “Star Wars” fan film last summer. In weightier matters, Conley was a leading voice in agitating for athlete rights as a member of the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council. “Me and Chris had a lot of discussions about our passions outside of football,” Mitchell said. “Whoever thought that someone that’s a college athlete can handle their school, do their community service and also produce a film? Who would have thought that was possible? He basically laid the foundation for me to do such things as this.”
In 2016, Houston has a $14.9 million base salary guaranteed for injury at signing and $3.75 million more of it guaranteed for skill and salary cap if he’s on the roster the third day of the 2016 league year. He has a $100,000 workout bonus. In 2017, Houston has a $16.35 million base salary guaranteed for injury at signing, with a $6.75 million guarantee for skill and salary cap if on the roster the third day of the 2016 league year and an additional $9.5 million guarantee for skill and salary cap if he’s on the roster on the third day of the 2017 league year. He has a $150,000 workout bonus.