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  • July 17 (The Sports Xchange) - The Carolina Panthers fired general manager Dave Gettleman after four seasons,Authentic Brad Kaaya Jersey, the team announced Monday.

    The 66-year-old Gettleman had been GM of the Panthers since 2013.

    The surprise move comes nine days before the Panthers open training camp on July 26 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

    I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager,"After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations," team owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement.

    "I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success over the past four seasons. While the timing of this decision is not ideal, a change is needed."

    including most of the organization's scouting personnel still away on vacation,A source told the Charlotte Observer that the firing of Gettleman caught members of the staff, by surprise.

    The Panthers finished last in the NFC South in 2016 with a 6-10 record after making the playoffs in each of Gettleman's first three seasons with the team,Womens Ezekiel Elliott Jersey, capping the 2015 season with an NFC championship before losing to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

    including parting with wide receiver Steve Smith,Authentic Teez Tabor Jersey, one of the most popular players in franchise history,Womens Kenny Golladay Jersey,Womens Jalen Reeves-Maybin Jersey,Gettleman was a no-nonsense leader and some of his moves were unpopular, in 2014. Smith took a parting shot at Gettleman on Twitter.

    Gettleman also rescinded the franchise tag to set free All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman last summer without compensation and previously parted with locker room favorites such as running back DeAngelo Williams. The outspoken free agent took immediate notice of the move on Monday.

    The Panthers were 40-23-1 under Gettleman's leadership. Before joining Carolina, he spent nearly 30 years in NFL scouting departments.

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  • Detroit Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant has found trouble again and has been suspended for the first four games this season for violating the NFL’s policy for substances of abuse,Authentic Gerald Everett Jersey, the league said Tuesday in a released statement.

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    The Lions declined to comment on Bryant’s latest suspension.

    The latest suspension is the third in a year for Bryant, whom the Lions claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns in October.

    He served a four-game suspension last season while he was with the Browns for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

    Bryant then served a three-game suspension midway through the season while with the Lions for violating the league's policy on drugs of abuse, which stemmed from a 2015 arrest on a misdemeanor charge for attempted drug possession.

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  • I am the reason Tim Tebow is not on an NFL roster today.

    And so are you.

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    he was ecstatic Tebow would be drawing a big crowd to Osceola County Stadium this weekend, but I could sense he wanted to talk about his team and his players and,
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    ,This struck me as I was interviewing Fire Frogs manager Ralph “Rocket” Wheeler on Wednesday. Granted,Womens Montravius Adams Jersey, yet, I kept firing question after question about Tebow:

    Are you surprised Tebow is doing so well as a baseball player?

    Do you feel Tebow is taking the spot of a legitimate major-league prospect?

    What about the Fire Frogs selling the $50 “Tim Tebow VIP Experience” in which fans get perks like a souvenir bottle of dirt from the actual batter’s box where Tebow will stand this weekend?

    ” Wheeler said about the Tebow marketing promotion. “That’s not my department. My department is to get our guys ready for the major leagues. I know there’s a lot of hype for Tim Tebow,“I have no idea, but we’ve got a lot of good players on our team.”

    my fellow Tebow lovers,And the vast majority of them are younger and better prospects than Tebow — except nobody wants to talk about them or buy a $50 bottle of their commemorative dirt to put on the fireplace mantel. This, is why our boy Timmy is a marketing bonanza in minor-league baseball instead of a quarterback in the NFL.

    I’m convinced that our constant clamoring for Tebow, his immense popularity and cult following are why he was cast out of the NFL. He was too beloved for his own good.

    Go ahead and call me a Tebow homer if you want, but it still bothers me that Timmy Terrific never got the chance to mature and develop like other young NFL quarterbacks who were drafted in the first round.

    yes, roll the dice on Tebow, it still bothers me that the hopeless hype-less Jacksonville Jaguars wouldn’t take a chance on Tebow — a hometown hero who grew up in Jacksonville to become a Florida Gators legend and one of the greatest college football players of all time. If I’ve written it once, I’ve written it a million times: Why didn’t the Jaguars, a franchise that has been irrelevant for a decade,
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    Really?

    Seriously?

    All Tebow ever did as a quarterback was win — a state championship in high school, two national championships and a Heisman Trophy in college and a playoff victory during his only season as an NFL starter.

    there’s never been a quarterback who compiled a winning record (8-4) as a starter,Never in history has there been a quarterback chosen in the first round of the NFL draft who was given less of a chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Look it up: Other than Tebow, took his team to the playoffs in his only year as a starter and never again started another game.

    The reason for this is simple: NFL coaches didn’t think Tebow was good enough to justify the hype and hullabaloo that came with having him on the roster. Don’t tell me Tebow wasn’t at least good enough to be a backup QB for the Browns or the Bills. Except NFL coaches don’t like it when their backup QB is a cultural icon and sells more jerseys than the starting QB.

    Colin Kaepernick is the Tim Tebow of today’s NFL. He obviously has the skill set to at least be on a roster,In a certain sense, but coaches don’t think he’s good enough to justify the clamor and commotion he would create.

    Tebow is too revered for his own good; Kaepernick is too reviled.

    NFL coaches are traditionally stern, stodgy,You see, paranoid control freaks who try to limit every distraction and diversion that takes away from the ultra-serious business of football. They simply don’t like it when a player creates a sideshow around their team.

    Personally, I believe more of these perennially pathetic NFL franchises should start running their operation like a minor-league baseball team.

    You’ll see what I mean this weekend when the St. Lucie Mets and Florida Fire Frogs show us that a Tebow sideshow is better than no show at all.
  • Chris Johnson’s claim to NFL Combine fame went down in flames this spring. His claim to NFL fame won’t be so easy to extinguish.

    the team announced the signing,The veteran tailback will continue his professional career after re-signing with the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year deal. On Thursday, which was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

    Johnson burst onto the NFL’s radar in the spring of 2008 by setting a combine record with a 4.24 second 40-yard dash. That speed was enough to assuage concerns about his ability to be a full-time tailback in the pros, leading the Titans to select him with the 24th pick of that year’s draft.

    The East Carolina product immediately rewarded Tennessee’s faith. He ran for more than 1, then shattered that mark by breaking away for 2,200 yards his rookie year,Authentic Jaleel Johnson Jersey,006 more the following season. Johnson is one of only seven players in league history to break the 2,Authentic Ben Gedeon Jersey,000-yard barrier.

    His Titans tenure included four more 1,Womens Latavius Murray Jersey, but it appeared his time as a featured back was winding down in 2013. Johnson averaged just 3.9 yards per carry in his final year with the club,Authentic Dont'a Hightower Jersey,000-yard seasons, raising questions about his viability as a No. 1 runner in the league. He signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Jets after being released by Tennessee but spent just one season as the team’s part-time starter before having his option declined for 2015.

    where a spot in the desert helped revive his career. He ran for more than 800 yards in ‘15 despite playing in only 11 games to help the Cardinals advance all the way to the NFC Championship Game. He was poised to capitalize on that performance in 2016,That led him to Arizona, but a groin injury ended his season after only four games.

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  • Banana Republic knows Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is "da real MVP."

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    2013,Ryan was selected as a first round (3rd pick overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2008. He signed a five-year contract extension on July 25, and was named the league's Most Valuable Player after the 2016-2017 Falcons Super Bowl appearance.

    according to Forbes' 2016 list of wealthiest athletes. Forbes reported that the recent Super Bowl loss may have cost Ryan as much as $5 million in future endorsement income.,The 32-year-old has multiple national sponsors, Comcast, pulling in more than $1.8 million in endorsements in 2015 from sponsors that include Nike, and Liquid Nutrition

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    The Falcons brass are banking on another strong season from Ryan and the Falcons as the team opens their new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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  • Dallas Cowboys players and coaches arrived in Oxnard, with several players facing off-field issues.,Womens Julio Jones Jersey, Calif. for training camp over the weekend

    the second-year player has been waiting for months for the NFL to make its decision on whether he will be punished in conjunction with a 2015 allegation of domestic violence levied by an ex-girlfriend.,Including one of their biggest names: among several other offseason headlines for running back Ezekiel Elliott

    There was an ESPN report on July 14 that there was “a growing sense” Elliott would face a short suspension for the incident, Ohio (Elliott attended Ohio State University in the city) did not bring charges.,Womens Malcom Brown Jersey, even though prosecutors in Columbus

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    and there is absolutely nothing – not one thing – that had anything to do with domestic violence,“I have reviewed everything, she said. There’s not even an issue there.”,” Jones said. “My opinion is there’s not even as issue over he said

    and Jones has backed his player throughout.,Elliott has maintained his innocence in this matter since he was accused

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  • The Baltimore Ravens are returning to training camp for the 2017 NFL season. As they put on pads and get prepared for what they hope is a Super Bowl run,Womens Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey, we’ll take a look at players that are due for a breakout season. Today’s player is linebacker Kamalei Correa.

    playing in just nine games and only making four tackles. Most of that was due to a rib injury that saw him head to injured reserve. Ultimately,Correa didn’t make much of an impact in 2016, he did not become the pass rusher that the Ravens were hoping they’d get when they took him in the second round of the 2016 draft.

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    The Ravens have demonstrated their faith in Correa by not adding an inside linebacker through free agency or the draft. The job is clearly his to lose and he’s been working hard so far to keep his competition from getting the upper hand.

    Even though this will be considered a new position for Correa, he’ll have the luxury of starting next to fellow linebacker C.J. Mosley. That will help take some of the pressure off his shoulders and there will hopefully be the same type of performance we saw out of the unheralded Orr prior to his All-Pro season.

    four pass deflections, two sacks and an interception in 2017. It might not be enough to earn a Pro Bowl or All-Pro designation,I see no reason why a player with Correa’s athletic gifts shouldn’t be able to catch on at inside linebacker and have a big year. I predict that Correa will have 90 tackles,
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  • Since Philip Rivers became the Chargers’ starting quarterback, whoever has served as his back up has had one of the NFL’s most predictable jobs.

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    bones break and ligaments stretch.,Rivers hasn’t missed a start since becoming the Chargers’ No. 1 quarterback in 2006 — a rare example of durability in a league where muscles tear

    Still, having a “Plan B” is still required, and Tuesday, the Chargers might be tinkering with theirs.

    former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will work out for the Chargers with training camp set to begin in less than a week.,According to a league source

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    Rivers has been under center for 176 straight games. During that time,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey, just three players — Billy Volek,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey, Charlie Whitehurst and Clemens — have served as the Chargers’ No. 2 QB.

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    Griffin’s NFL career has been on a downward trajectory since electrifying the league as a rookie in Washington after starring at Baylor. In 15 starts as a rookie,Womens Greg Olsen Jersey,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey, Griffin threw for 3,200 yards and ran for 815 more, leading his team to the postseason and earning a Pro Bowl spot.

    Griffin tore multiple ligaments in his right knee as he tried to recover a low snap on a torn-up field.,But in the playoffs

    Griffin’s play suffered in his second season with Washington as his relationships with the team’s coaches deteriorated as his production suffered.

    He was released in 2016 and Griffin signed with Cleveland, where he became the Browns’ starter. However in the first game of the season, Griffin fractured a bone in his left shoulder.

    He returned in December for the Browns’ final four games, including Cleveland’s 20-17 win against the Chargers. In that game, Griffin completed 17-of-25 passes for 164 yards while running six times for 42 yards.

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    Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has expressed a desire to eventually get younger in the quarterback meeting room. Rivers will turn 36 in December and Clemens is 34.

    Griffin turned 27 in February.
  • GREEN BAY, Wis. — Training camp has yet to begin and Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy is already looking forward to the end of the season.

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    “It certainly wasn’t a guarantee. It was just that it would be really nice to play in a Super Bowl in Minneapolis,” Murphy said. “I hear from fans all the time in western Wisconsin … Minneapolis is a great city and the new stadium is really pretty spectacular. It will be a really nice Super Bowl.”

    As the NFL’s only publicly-owned team, the Packers are required to host a shareholders meeting each year. Most attendees show up decked in an Aaron Rodgers jersey or some other variety of green-and-gold attire. A handful wore foam cheeseheads.

    With players due to report for camp on Wednesday, the meeting represents an unofficial kickoff to football season. The first practice is Thursday.

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    — Murphy was asked about a potential football series between Wisconsin and Notre Dame to be played at Lambeau and Soldier Field in Chicago. He replied: “I would say we’ve been working on that for a while and I’m very,”, hopefully very soon we’ll be able to make an announcement.

    Such a high-profile matchup would fit into the Packers’ desire to host a high-profile event at Lambeau every year. Wisconsin beat LSU 16-14 at Lambeau in each team’s opener in 2016. This year, Lambeau Field hosted a concert by rock star Billy Joel.

    The franchise is also in the midst of planning events around its 100th anniversary season in 2018.

    “I think the only more highly attended shareholder meeting is Berkshire Hathaway. They have more people,” Murphy said., so maybe on our 100th anniversary we can break the record

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    the defenseman played in a Canadiens sweater for three seasons before signing in free agency with
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    He has 434 points in 784 career games across four different teams in his NHL career. Streit started
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  • At the age of 38,Authentic Brandon Scherff Jersey, it goes without saying that veteran Josh McCown isn’t exactly the future of the
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    Not much is expected of the Jets in 2017, and it looks like McCown will be the man to lead Gang
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    Waiting in the wings are fellow signal callers Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, who will
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  • The Top 25 Under 25 is a collaboration by members of the RawCharge writing staff. Four writers, 2017 in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. Each participant used their own metric of current ability and production against future projection to rank each player. Now,adidas Jeff Carter jersey, plus a special guest, we’ll count down each of the 25 players ranked,authentic Zach Parise jersey, ranked players under the age of 25 as of September 1, plus Honorable Mentions.

    Steve Yzerman got the trade winds going around the NHL when he shipped out budding superstar Jonathan Drouin to the Montréal Canadiens for prized defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev. With the trade,adidas Devan Dubnyk jersey, but Yzerman envisioned this move helping the team compete for the next decade.,adidas Shea Weber jersey, the Lightning didn’t necessarily get better as a team right now

    Sergachev was originally drafted by the Habs with the ninth-overall selection in 2016, and after joining the team out of training camp, he was given a four-game trial in the big leagues before he was returned to his junior team, the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.

    Tampa Bay could soon have one of the most formidable D-corps in the East,Sergachev is an offensive threat who can move the puck smoothly, similar to Victor Hedman. Although he is a lefty, spearheaded on the left side by Hedman and Sergachev for quite literally the next 10-15 years, and eventually by Cal Foote on the right.

    Mikhail plays with a tremendous amount of poise and adds a booming shot to go along with his skating ability. His accouterments were on full display at the Memorial Cup this past May, I mean,authentic Jeff Carter jersey, when the Lightning scouting staff got an up close and personal view of his game. He put up 1 goal and 3 assists in 4 games in the tournament,adidas Zach Parise jersey,adidas Ryan Suter jersey, Erie Otters, eventually ousting the Tampa Bay Otters— oh,authentic Ryan Suter jersey, 4-3 in the Final.

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    His skill is undeniable, and if he weren’t on a team with Victor Hedman, he’d likely be playing the most amount of minutes on defense for his club. Having a teammate like Hedman will give the Lightning two elite defensemen in just a few short years, once Sergachev comes into his own.

    With the logjam on defense and Sergachev not being AHL-eligible yet, the Lightning would have 8 NHL-caliber defensemen. Sergachev will either have to play games in the NHL or be sent back to Windsor of the OHL. There is no point in stalling his development by having him serve popcorn in the press box., it will be interesting to see if he makes the team out of camp. If he were to do so

    I’d really love to see the Lightning give Sergachev a chance to play this year, which is desperately needed., as all signs point to him making the club. He had a great showing at development camp and would provide the Lightning defensive corps with some puck-moving ability.
  • ENGLEWOOD, people.,Womens Rayshawn Jenkins Jersey, Colo. (AP) -- Patience

    Pro Bowl receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders recently added their voices to the din of Broncos fans calling for a quick resolution to Denver's quarterback quandary .

    coach Vance Joseph made it clear Wednesday he's in no hurry to choose between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch .,Yet

    ''In my opinion, time allows for a fair competition,'' Joseph said as players reported for conditioning tests on the eve of training camp., time allows for both guys to put their best foot forward and time allows for us to make a sound decision

    to rush a decision without being sure makes no sense for anyone involved.'',''So

    Joseph acknowledged, that ''it would be ideal'' to have his starter declared by the time the Broncos face the Packers in their third preseason game a month from now., however

    Thomas and Sanders each said at their respective youth football camps in Denver this month that they'd prefer the starter being named quickly so they can find their rhythm well ahead of the season opener Sept. 11 against the Chargers.

    ''It does matter what the players think because it's their football team, it's my job and the staff's job to find the best guy for the job.'','' Joseph said. ''But

    ''so it should not matter to the players outside of Paxton and Trevor.'',Joseph noted that most teams work in the backup QB with the starters during camp

    The QBs will start every other day but they'll alternate drills daily so that they work with the front-line offense frequently.

    '' Joseph said. ''And when (that happens) I'll call it off.'',''Someone's going to show that they're the best man for this team

    Joseph said the offense's development won't be stymied even if the QB competition drags on.

    ''That should not slow us down. In my opinion, I am not concerned with the timeframe. I want the best guy for us. And again, it should help us play better once we find'' the starter, Joseph said. ''It's going to help us play better. So, it's weeks away. How many weeks? I'm not sure, it's here. ... It's started. So, but it's weeks away.''

    ''The Decision'' as it's been dubbed in this quarterback-crazed city, his staff and his boss., will be a collaborative one between Joseph

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  • The Jets are hoping second-year linebacker Darron Lee has a big mouth.

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    using advanced statistical data, graded him as the worst linebacker in the class of 2016 and 84th out of 87 selected linebackers. But stuff like that happens when you feel lost,Pro Football Focus, uncomfortable and the playbook appears to be written in Sanskrit.

    Jets coach Todd Bowles isn’t worried about the physical attributes of Lee.

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    “Just going to take it day by day. As long as he gets better every day, I think he’ll become a good football player.”

    Lee began his rookie season out of Ohio State as a backup but eventually started nine games at inside linebacker. The ankle injury hit against the Cardinals and affected him the rest of the way. So there are high expectations for the 22-year-old who is viewed as a key component to the Jets’ young core. Perhaps no one’s expectations are higher than his own.

    “Definitely,” Lee said. “Just improve from last year for sure. But definitely do a better job of putting my team in the best position to win and that’s really all I’m focused on.”

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  • A little over a month after the release of the NHL's 2017-18 regular season schedule, details about this year's nationally televised games have surfaced in full force.

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  • The Stars have made it clear they won’t tolerate a proposed law which discriminates against transgendered people. If it passes, the NHL should move the 2018 draft out of Dallas.

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    and we've cultivated what we consider to be the best fan base in the National Hockey League. Dallas was warm and welcoming when we came to this great city 25 years ago, including proposed bathroom legislation. We welcome fans from all over the globe, and our roster boasts players from half a dozen countries. Dallas welcomes all, and it remains so today. The Dallas Stars stands strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory,Authentic Gordie Howe jersey,"When the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993 we were fortunate to encounter success early on,Authentic Jimmy Howard jersey, and we welcome all.

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    It’s great to see the Stars take a progressive step in a league that isn’t always known for being the first to set such examples. The question now is whether the NHL will follow suit in the event the bill passes. It would reflect poorly on the NHL to host the 2018 draft there should that happen. It would send a message that the NHL doesn’t do enough to protect the LGBTQ community and undo the progress made by initiatives such as the You Can Play Club Ambassadors,adidas Wayne Gretzky jersey,Authentic Henrik Zetterberg jersey, the announcement that the NHL would have a player from each team represent inclusiveness.

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  • We are two months out from the start of the 2017-18 hockey season, and 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr is still a free agent. The NHL’s second-highest scorer in league history has remained without a team since the start of free agency on July 1, he could be without one for a while longer., and if what Jagr says is true

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    Long’s absence will likely make way for sixth round rookie Chase Roullier, who has been impressive in preseason action. Roullier has played 56 snaps in two preseason games, and has achieved PFF overall grades of 73.8 and 81.7, ranking eighth and third among all centers in the league,Womens Larry Ogunjobi Jersey,respectively. His run blocking grade of 85.1 against Green Bay was the highest among all centers in the league.

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  • The Detroit Red Wings have been mismanaged into salary cap hell – populated by teams kissing the ceiling with a snowball’s chance in there of making the playoffs. Hence,authentic Max Pacioretty jersey, forward Andreas Athanasiou is looking at one of those ‘sorry kid, we’ll get you next time’ RFA contracts.

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    and it all comes back to one basic question: Would these players actually leave for Russia for a season if their teams keep low-balling them?,We’ve seen players from Darcy Kuemper to Torey Krug have rubles thrown their way during contentious contract talks

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    We’d be shocked if this wasn’t posturing, shocked if Athanasiou plays in the KHL next season,authentic Carey Price jersey, shocked if he’s not back with the Red Wings as a dollar amount that’s friendlier to the team. But then we’re also shocked that a 33-win team has $78 million on its cap for next season,adidas Mike Fisher jersey,so really anything’s possible.
  • FRISCO -- Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Wednesday his five-year relationship with Kellen Moore and the age and inexperience of Cooper Rush won't factor into who ultimately lands the team's backup quarterback job.

    Moore entered training camp as the Cowboys' clear-cut backup behind Dak Prescott. But Rush has outperformed Moore in camp practices and through the first three preseason games.

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    Linehan has worked with Moore since 2012 when the quarterback signed with Detroit after going undrafted out of Boise State and Linehan was the offensive coordinator for the Lions at the time.

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    Moore played in three games in 2015 for the Cowboys and missed all of last season after fracturing his right leg early on in training camp. But he was slated to be the Cowboys' backup heading into camp in 2016 ahead of Prescott. Moore knows the Cowboys' offense well and helped Prescott as a rookie a year ago.

    Rush is five years younger than Moore and has yet take a snap in a regular-season NFL game. Authentic Myles Jack Jersey,But Linehan said he won't overlook Rush just because he's young.

    " Linehan said of Prescott. "We haven't really assessed that. We've still got two more games. As long as guys are ready,"We went into the season with a rookie quarterback last year, Authentic Yannick Ngakoue Jersey,and I don't know that that was part of the plan to begin with,Authentic T.J. Yeldon Jersey, the age of them isn't as big a concern as you'd think."
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