Using the tag won’t be easy. Last year’s tag value for defensive tackles was $15.2 million. Working out a long-term deal could be even trickier, though, as quarterback Patrick Mahomes will get a massive raise soon, since he’s heading into the final year of his contract.
While Kansas City should make a major push to retain Jones, the team may have to let him go or trade him after giving him the tag. It’s the route the Chiefs took with defensive end Dee Ford last offseason, eventually flipping him for a 2020 second-round pick.
“They started fighting,” Donna said, “and [Travis] literally drove [Jason] into the floor in the kitchen, and the stove bounced off of the brackets.”
”I’ve got a casserole on the stove, dinner for the two of them. Couldn’t get them moving. Of course, I’m concerned about sharp corners on cabinets, heads cracking on that,” Ed said. “They’re tangled up, so I just grabbed them together, and just go down, and they fall down on top of me. I screamed, ‘Oh my god, my back!’ There was nothing wrong with me, it just hit me: What a great idea. Let’s change the whole dynamic here. And so now everybody’s worried about Dad. They’re not blaming each other, they’re trying to help me up, get me to a chair. And a few minutes later I managed to get up gingerly, walk around. It wasn’t for another half hour, when the casserole was supposed to be done, that I opened the stove and I said, ‘You’re getting pizza again tonight!’”
“If I were Mahomes’ representatives, I would wait until the new CBA is done,” said Schwartz. “I know you think there’s a rush to get some money now, but he was a first-round draft pick, so he got paid. He also has plenty of endorsements. He’s getting easily seven figures for all the endorsements he is doing. …If I were him, I would wait another year.”
Celebrities are peppering the ringside seats, turning up throughout the night along with the crowd as the main event draws near. One man in attendance is very familiar with the bright lights that come with heavyweight superstardom, former world champ Mike Tyson.
Super Bowl champion — and MVP — Patrick Mahomes is continuing to live the good life by soaking in the atmosphere in Vegas with his teammate Travis Kelce.
“I promised my son when he was eight that, if the Chiefs ever won the Super Bowl, we would have a party. We are having a party,” Deborah Payne said.
Deborah Payne flew more than 1,200 miles from her new home in Arizona to spend the day in Stone County with her sons, Dustin and Travis.
She promised that party to young Travis, and did not disappoint at the Union Ridge Cemetery near Clever.
”I made a promise and I’m keeping it. So we’re having a party at the cemetery,” Payne said.
This isn’t where she’d imagined the gathering, but where doesn’t matter. It’s who.
”Seventeen years ago, my kids were killed in a car accident,” Payne said. “Travis was 16 and Dustin was 12.”
The crash happened on December 14, 2002 between Hurley and Republic.
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Revised franchise and transition tag deadlines have been agreed to by the NFL and NFL Players Association, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday.
Tags can now be applied Feb. 27 through March 12, which is two days later than was the original plan.
Absent of a new collective bargaining agreement, teams are still able to apply both tags, Pelissero added. If players vote to approve the proposed CBA, which owners already have, it would revert back to one tag per team.
Coach Jon Gruden said the team will hold its mandatory minicamp on June 14-16 in the Las Vegas area, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He did not specify whether those practices would be held in Vegas or at the Raiders’ facility in Henderson, Nevada.
Either way, this sets up to be the Raiders’ first event in their new hometown, which will make it must-see for their fans.
”If we can let everyone in, we will,” Gruden said before taking in the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury fight at MGM Grand Garden.
The owners are billionaires. Most players have a net worth under .005 percent of their owners. If the owners make no profit, or even incur a deficit during a strike or missed season, they can withstand it. Players cannot. Most players have a short career and any year in which they aren’t earning money is one less earning year of their career. But most importantly, players do not prepare well for these situations.
I was part of the lockout in 2011. We were told for years to save money for the lockout. Plenty of players did not. And when the lockout appeared to continue into training camp, players told NFLPA leadership they needed a deal because they couldn’t afford to sit out. So we signed a deal that wasn’t great.
And this becomes the issue with the players in these negotiations. The owners, with only 32 of them, are naturally more unified. The players, with 1,700 members, are not. The owners deal with business all the time; we (the players) don’t.
GM Eric DeCosta is evidently pulling out all the stops to ensure that “Wink” remains on the Ravens coaching staff for the foreseeable future. It wouldn’t be surprising to see OC Greg Roman get a new contract, too, although it’s probably less likely.
Martindale, 57, has done a masterful job in maximizing the team’s defensive talents over the past two seasons. In 2018, the Ravens finished the year with the No. 1 overall defense in this year and only dropped off marginally this past season despite losing a slew of talent in players like Terrell Suggs, Za’Darius Smith, Eric Weddle and others.
“Open to any trades,” Quinn said. “Those are conversations that generally the higher you are in the draft, the sooner the conversations begin. I have not had any trade conversations with anybody, as of yet. Those usually tend to start in the combine, in the hallway we kinda roll through. We’ll see how that goes.”
“I think when you have a guy who has been through the fire like Mason has, for a guy in my position, it makes us feel very comfortable,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Friday. “He obviously had an excellent year last year. He’s a big part of our team, a big part of what we’re trying to do here. I’m very hopeful that that will reach the right ending.”
In past years, teams were allocated a maximum of 60 formal sit-down interviews in a controlled environment with prospects, each lasting 15 minutes, and these meetings were typically done at night. But with the move to evening televised workouts, the NFL recently informed teams that the process has been cut to a maximum of 45 players with each meeting lasting 18 minutes.
“The league’s decision to move the player workouts into primetime will almost certainly make the NFL money, but it does complicate the schedules of the players and team personnel, alike, in Indianapolis,” Rang said. “The interviews are a critical part of the evaluation, especially for the underclassmen, who scouts haven’t as much time or opportunity to get to know. Teams may feel the need to ‘show their hand’ a little more with the number of interviews allowed dropping 25% this year.”
While some teams might not like the new format — Brugler tells The Star there has been “plenty of griping” behind the scenes” — it will be a matter of adapting to what has been a yearly routine in Indianapolis.
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But something else is supposed to happen on Tuesday: the opening of the period in which teams can designate players to have franchise or transition tags placed upon them. Without a new CBA in place, teams will be operating under the rules of the current CBA, which expires at the end of the coming season. It specifies that only during the last year of the agreement, teams may designate one player with franchise tag and one more with a transition tag.
Since it is in no one’s interest to tag players before the rules under which the league will operate in 2020 are known, the league and NFLPA have pushed the tagging window back two days.
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