Report: Bears, Dolphins talking Jordan Howard-Jarvis Landry trade

The talk that the Bears could trade for Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is heating up, and a big name has emerged as the potential return: Jordan Howard.

According to John Mullin of NBC Chicago, the Bears and Dolphins have had conversations about the Dolphins sending Landry, the 11th overall pick and a third-round pick to Chicago in exchange for Howard and the eighth overall pick.

Bridgwater has essentially missed the past two seasons — he threw two passes in one game last year — after suffering a serious knee injury in 2016 training camp. He thinks he can still thrive in the NFL , though he declined to say how healthy his knee is right now.

I’m not going to give a percentage or anything, but I do believe that I’m capable of performing at a high level, he said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters.

Hooper hopes to increase his workload in the red zone, which was a problem across the board for the Falcons in 2018, and said he isn’t worried about the team looking for outside help at the position after releasing Levine Toilolo.

It’s not my decision to make, Hooper said, via ESPN.com. All I can control at the end of the day is just improving every single day. If the organization wants to bring in a free agent or draft somebody, whatever their plan is, that’s their prerogative. It’s the organization. I’m sure they have the best intentions in mind in dealing with personnel.

Improving the offensive output in Year Two with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will involve more than a bigger role for Hooper, but there’s no bad place to start the work necessary to realize that improvement.

For me, I’m excited just about the opportunity just to be able to now share the field with Dev and to be able to do something we grew up loving, Jason said, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal . With this opportunity, you think back to being 10 years old waking up early to head to a Pop Warner game. Now, at this point, I’m just excited about being able to go through offseason workouts with him along my side and be able to catch up and see how much we’ve grown since the last time.

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It’s the last thing Jackson should be trying to handle personally.

A bizarre conflict has emerged at the Scouting Combine, with multiple reports from NFL Network suggesting that teams asked quarterback Lamar Jackson to participate in receiver drills and Jackson saying that never happened.

The NFLN reports come from unnamed sources. Jackson, the ultimate source, says it never happened. Given that Jackson represents himself, it’s not as if the request was made to someone else and not related to Jackson.

At its core, this could simply be nothing more than an effort by an agent who represents another quarterback vying to be taken as early as possible in the draft. What better way to do that than to raise questions about Jackson’s draft fortunes, either by stoking the he should play receiver fire or by creating the impression that he’s not being honest?

It also could be #fakenews planted by a team that would like to see Jackson plunge, just far enough so that that team can draft him.

Either way, Jackson needs someone on his side who knows how to put out this weird little fire quickly.

It’s a smart approach by Rodgers, who has two years left on his current deal at an average of $21 million per year. Cousins likely will nudge the highest paid ever bar a little higher than its current mark of $27.5 million, and Rodgers will then have a target for his next deal.

The most intriguing aspect (at least for me) of the next Aaron Rodgers deal will be whether Rodgers surpasses Cousins’ average in new money or total value at signing. Guys like Cousins and Garoppolo are signing contracts from scratch, so their new money will match the total value. Rodgers could easily become the highest-paid player in new money, even if the total value of the deal at signing comes in under the Garoppolo or Cousins numbers.

Rodgers should insist in being the highest paid in total value at signing, which would entail throwing out the last two years of the contract and doing a deal from scratch.

Former NFL running back Ricky Williams is staying on brand. The 40-year-old – who initially retired from the NFL in 2004 after he was rumored to have tested positive for marijuana for a third time in under a year – has started his own brand of cannabis called Real Wellness (Ricky’s Stickies must have been taken).

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New Eagles DE Michael Bennett: ‘It’s going to be fun’ chasing down NFC East QBs

Michael Bennett wasted no time taking aim at the NFC East quarterbacks he’ll soon be chasing.

I know Eli Manning is probably watching this and thinking … yes, I’m coming. I know Dak [Prescott] is watching this like, ‘Yeah, he’s coming.’ Yeah, I am, Bennett said at his introductory news conference Monday as a member of the Eagles. And Alex Smith, he knows he can’t run from me. I told him in the Pro Bowl.

It’s definitely going to be a great season, and it’s going to be fun to be out here and be able to chase quarterbacks.

I think in Seattle, it’s a little bit more responsibility because we played a little bit different defense — still played with great defensive linemen; Cliff Avril, one of the best players to ever play the game, I had so many great players around me who were some of the best players to ever play — and so here, this defense is just another opportunity to line up on tight ends. And honestly, I don’t think there’s a tight end in the NFL that can block me, he said before launching into his bit about the quarterbacks in the division.

So it’s definitely going to be a great season, it’s going to be fun to be out here and be able to chase quarterbacks [not just on] third down, it’s going to be on second down and first down. It’s just going to be fun.

It’s unlikely, though, he will land with the Jets or Giants, despite having ties to both teams.

Jets coach Todd Bowles was the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator during Mathieu’s first two seasons in the NFL, and Mathieu is in a relationship with Bowles’ daughter, a former LSU cheerleader who has a child with Mathieu. The Jets, however, added cornerback Trumaine Johnson on a five-year, $72.5 million deal.

New Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher held the same position with the Cardinals the past three seasons. The Giants, however, likely can’t afford Mathieu.

Mathieu became a star in the Arizona secondary and a fiery leader of the defense after being selected in the third round of the 2013 draft following a troubled college career at LSU. He was an All-Pro in 2015, when he had five interceptions and 17 passes defensed.

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After two years on the Rams’ franchise tag, Johnson finally has the opportunity to hit the market.

He’ll be arguably the best cover corner available, which means a big payday, even if he has never made a Pro Bowl. — Seifert

The Tigers aren’t in position to start trading the prospects they’ve already gathered for their burgeoning rebuild. Even a season of soft contention would likely see Detroit remain in sell mode, though it might make it that much harder to swing a big deal involving Fulmer.

Given his age, production and position, catcher J.T. Realmuto should bring back another welcome jolt for the Marlins’ rebuild if (or when) he is finally traded.

I list Anderson as the prospect, but in reality, it’s exceedingly unlikely that Miami would move a cost-controlled player for a veteran contract. But if Miami is close to the wild card and one pitcher seems like he could make the difference, you never know.

The agreement is worth about $5 million, according to ESPN and multiple reports, and is pending a physical.

The agreement with Walker at that price will raise the Yankees’ projected luxury tax payroll to approximately $182 million, about $15 million below the luxury tax threshold.

The move could signal that highly touted prospect Gleyber Torres, who has been competing for the Yankees’ starting second-base job, will start the season in the minors.

Torres, who recently was rated as baseball’s No. 5 overall prospect by ESPN’s Keith Law, is hitting 3-for-23 this spring. He has been competing with Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes for the open spot at second base.

He is among the victims of a historically slow free-agent market and will take a huge cut from the $17.2 million he earned in 2017, when he accepted a qualifying offer from the Mets.

Harden is expected to play tonight though, and he will likely return to his usual lead role. Since Paul needs to also remain fresh for the playoffs, it seems natural to me that he may be rested a bit more than usual in this game, especially with Harden back at the reigns.

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Jets need better goaltending before taking next step

The Winnipeg Jets have a lot of things going for them right now. They have one of the best, young offensive talents in the league in second-year forward Patrik Laine. They have a budding star in 24-year-old center Mark Scheifele, and one of the better point-producers lately in the league, right-wing Blake Wheeler. On the back end, Dustin Byfuglien is an established defensive presence, and 22-year-old blue liner Jacob Trouba has shown lots of promise.

But in the NHL, it’s difficult to win, and nearly impossible to get anywhere near the Stanley Cup, with subpar goaltending, an area which has long been an Achilles heel in Winnipeg. And if the Jets can’t plug their leaky crease, Winnipeg will likely once again find itself on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

Personally, I don’t want to give up hope. Hopefully, this isn’t the last we see of him in an NHL arena. He’s someone seemingly everyone can enjoy watching, and I learned that as well as anyone. You see, there’s no reason for Hossa to be one of my favorite players to watch in recent NHL history. In fact, growing up a Penguins fan, I have plenty of reasons to dislike him, including the way he left the Penguins for the team that defeated them in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, the Detroit Red Wings — even citing that he felt he had better of a chance to win the Cup in Detroit. Once he signed with the Red Wings, I assumed I would go on silently hoping he’d never win a Stanley Cup.

But all it took was that one play, seven games into his stretch in Detroit, to remember everything about what makes Hossa such a wholly unique player, and one worth rooting for even as he demolishes your favorite team.

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NHL playoffs 2017: Chris Kunitz ends epic Game 7 in double OT, sends Penguins back to Cup Final

Four months since his last goal, Chris Kunitz scored twice, including 5:09 into double overtime, to send the Penguins back to the Stanley Cup Final for a second straight year with a 3-2 win in Thursday’s epic double-overtime win against the Senators.

In an Eastern Conference finals that tested every ounce of winning will remaining in the defending champions, it’s especially fitting Kunitz, the 37-year-old veteran, did the honors.

And somehow, some way, the Penguins, injured and exhausted, having played more games in two years than any other NHL team, found a way to edge the never-say-die Sens in their 207th game since the start of the 2015-16 season. They’re the first to make back-to-back trips since the Red Wings in 2007-09.

Pittsburgh led by a goal on two occasions in Game 7, first thanks to Kunitz in the second period and again when Justin Schultz scored on a power play with just under nine minutes remaining in regulation that figured to be the decider.

In the second period, when Nashville won the shot battle 11-0, Pittsburgh became the first team to go without a shot on goal in a Cup Final period since the NHL started tracking shots in 1957-58. The Pens’ 12 total shots, a franchise record low, were the fewest by a winning team in Final history.

Pittsburgh got its 3-0 lead thanks to three goals in the final 4:28 of the first period. Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary and Bonino did the honors.

Eventually a catfish found its way to the ice, despite Pittsburgh’s fishy ban. That led to Ryan Ellis’ fifth goal of the playoffs moments later and Colton Sissons made it 3-2 10:06 into the third period before Gaudreau evened the ledger.

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We’re thrilled to have him join us

He’s built championship teams and organizations and has managed stadiums, ballparks and arenas across the United States. Most importantly, he previously worked in our market and has the necessary corporate and political relationships to help us secure a long-term home for the Coyotes in the Valley. We’re thrilled to have him join us.

The Coyotes have used Gila River Arena in Glendale as their home stadium since 2003, but the team has recently been at odds with local politicians, who convinced the city to cancel its arena management deal with the Coyotes in 2015. That ended all public subsidies the team was receiving. The franchise has since said it is no longer financially viable to play at the arena due to its inconvenient proximity to the majority of its fans and sponsors.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in March the Coyotes must have a new arena location to succeed and cannot and will not remain in Glendale.

Less then a month before Bettman’s statement, an Arizona Senate committee passed a Senate Bill 1149 that would help provide funding to build the Coyotes a new $395 million arena. That bill, however, was essentially declared dead in late April. That is where Patterson, and his local connections, come in.

Joshua Norris (No. 19 overall, SJS): His father, Dwayne, was drafted 127th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1990 NHL Draft and appeared in 20 games with the Nordiques and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 1993 to ’96.

Pierre-Olivier Joseph (No. 23 overall, ARI): His brother, Mathieu, is a forward who was selected 120th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 NHL Draft and competed at the 2017 Memorial Cup with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL.

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The offensive outburst helped bail out goalie John Gibson

Jakob Silfverberg scored his ninth goal of the playoffs 39 seconds into the second period, erasing the 2-0 lead Nashville had built early in the first period. Filip Forsberg took it back seven minutes later, but Anaheim broke through thanks to a goal by Ondrej Kase and another from Nick Ritchie to take a 4-3 lead into the third period.

Antoine Vermette’s empty netter, his first goal of the playoffs, gave the Ducks their third game of five or more goals in the playoffs.

What’s more, Anaheim solved its woes on the man advantage when Sami Vatanen scored on the power play in the first period. The power-play unit had gone without a goal in its last 21 opportunities, an ominous drought for a Stanley Cup semifinalist.

The offensive outburst helped bail out goalie John Gibson, whose inconsistency streak reared its ugly head when the Predators scored three goals on their first 13 shots. But Gibson buckled down in the second and third periods.

The Caps’ goal explosion came courtesy of stars like T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who had been criticized at times for playing short of their typically high standards. All combined for multi-point efforts and Andre Burakovsky chipped in a pair of goals to send the series back to the nation’s capital.

Of course, merely making it to a Game 7 won’t be good enough for the Capitals. The Presidents’ Trophy winners need to win it if they’re to put to rest the playoff choker label that’s consumed the franchise.

A win Wednesday and Washington would become the first team since 2010 to erase a 3-1 series deficit and advance.

The Penguins have won all three of their previous Game 7 meetings against the Caps, including in 2009, when they rode that victory to a Stanley Cup.

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Stanley Cup Final three stars: Predators find their groove in Music City

Between an Alan Jackson concert outside and tens of thousands who packed Bridgestone Arena and the honky tonks up and down Broadway, it was clear long before the puck dropped on Saturday’s Stanley Cup Final Game 3 that the rest of the NHL had never seen hockey quite like this.

It turned out to be just what was needed for the Predators to claw their way back into the series.

Two unfortunate losses in Pittsburgh behind them, the Predators returned to their country confines a rejuvenated bunch and punched back on the Penguins for a decisive 5-1 victory.

There was no telling how the Music City’s first-ever Cup Final game would go over.

Craig Smith’s clean breakaway 4:54 into the third period to give the Preds a 4-1 lead was the dagger.

As good as the Predators offense was Saturday, their defense was even better. Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were each held without a shot in a playoff game for the first time ever.

Based off production alone, Niederreiter continues to make the case that he’s ready for a more prominent role. He’s coming off his third straight season scoring 20 or more goals. His ice time though in Minnesota has plateaued: He actually saw a decrease in average time on ice this past season, down to 15:04 per-game from 15:33.

Niederreier was third on the Wild with 25 goals and fourth with 57 points. He’s got his sights set on an even bigger offensive performance though, and knows there will be expectations that come with a long-term, big-dollar extension.

My big goal is to get 30 (goals) in this league, he said. For that I have to work hard, and help my game, and shoot more pucks to the net.

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Golden State outscored Cleveland 36-11 over the next 9:05 of game time

Durant has been a monster in transition, averaging 6.5 points per game in transition during the regular season and 7.0 in the playoffs while doing so efficiently at 1.13 points per possession. It turns out having a 7-footer who can rebound and lead the break is a huge advantage. Go figure.

It’s still funny to see a James line of 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists and know he can be much better. But it’s true.

James had his turnover issues and shot less than 50 percent from the field (9 of 20), not to mention multiple defensive possessions where he was out of position. LeBron will do his usual LeBron things, as expected, but if the Cavs want to win back-to-back titles, he must be the best player in this series. That means putting him in positions to succeed.

The Cavs mentioned pushing the pace in Game 2, a dangerous proposition when you consider they had the worst transition defense in terms of efficiency during the regular season. But choosing spots to push the ball does allow James to gain momentum, and he is all but unstoppable at that point.

Monday, his take was proven correct. Apparently, it wouldn’t have even been a personal foul. James, the highest-profile player in the league, complained as well and didn’t get the same consideration.

After the no-call on LeBron’s dunk, Durant remained in the game. Golden State outscored Cleveland 36-11 over the next 9:05 of game time, a stretch in which Durant scored 13 of his team-high 39 points and added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

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