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49ers signed QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million contract.

In terms of average-annual value — $27.5 million — it makes Garoppolo the highest-paid player in NFL history. That's at least until Kirk Cousins hits free agency. Going on 27, Garoppolo has made only seven career starts, but he has won all of them. He was a wonder in his six 2017 49ers appearances, completing 67.4 percent of his 178 passes while averaging 8.8 yards per attempt. This, with Marquise Goodwin as his No. 1 receiver. Garoppolo's signature is his lightning-quick release. It allows him to attempt throws other quarterbacks would not dream of. The money is eye-popping for someone with so little regular season experience, but Garoppolo should validate the 49ers' trust in 2018.
Feb 8 - 1:31 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero said Ryan Tannehill to Danny Amendola "is gonna be a thing in 2018."

In an appearance on The Joe Rose Show, Salguero said he thinks Amendola can catch 80-85 passes as a replacement for Jarvis Landry. That certainly seems within the realm of possibilities, but it is important to note two things. One, Amendola has struggled to stay healthy under heavy workloads in the past. Two, the Dolphins also added Albert Wilson to their receiver corps this offseason. Even with those caveats, however, Amendola carries enough upside to warrant a pick in the double-digit rounds.
May 24 - 9:28 AM

Ryan Tannehill (knee) said he has been fully cleared.

"I’m clear to play football, so whatever that entails I can do it," he said. "Honestly, at this point, it’s just, 'Let it rip.'" Tannehill has been practicing without a brace during OTAs, but he plans to wear one during the regular season.
May 24 - 9:22 AM

The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports the Patriots are nearing a reworked contract with Rob Gronkowski.

Contract discussions have been "positive," per Howe, and a new deal sounds imminent. Gronkowski wants more money, and understandably so. Gronkowski would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer if his career ended today, yet Gronk is presently the NFL's fourth-highest paid tight end behind Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, and Jordan Reed.
May 23 - 10:52 PM

Colts coach Frank Reich insists the team is "not worried at all" that Andrew Luck (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing.

It has been 507 days since Luck threw a football. "Right now we’re just continuing to stay in the same mode," Reich said of his quarterback's never-ending rehab. "Can’t cut things short. There’s no reason to cut things short. It’s a day-by-day process and evaluation and just staying trusting in that." Luck believes his last rehab failed because he "skipped steps." Luck hopes to be throwing "without restrictions" by the start of training camp. That would require picking up a football in the very near future.
May 23 - 10:40 PM

Domestic violence charges against 49ers MLB Reuben Foster have been dropped.

This was expected after Foster's accuser recanted her claims in a preliminary hearing. Foster’s possession of a weapon charge was also reduced to a misdemeanor, with his pre-trial set for June 6. It's great news for Foster's standing with the 49ers, though he may still face league discipline. Foster will return to team activities now that the case is resolved.
May 23 - 7:00 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco wouldn't rule out re-signing free agent TE Antonio Gates.

Following the season-ending ACL tear suffered by Hunter Henry on Tuesday, the Chargers are left with Virgil Green and a host of UDFAs at tight end. Gates turns 38 next month and has very little left at this point, but he obviously knows the system and has a great rapport with Philip Rivers. If he were to be re-signed, Gates would be an immediate red-zone threat but little else.
May 23 - 3:11 PM

Free agent OG Richie Incognito was involved in an altercation at a Florida gym on Wednesday and is being held by police for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation.

It's called the Baker Act, which is an involuntary mental evaluation. Incognito allegedly threw a dumbbell at another man in a Boca Raton gym this morning "for no apparent reason" after first throwing a tennis ball at the gym-goer. Incognito was allegedly "rambling about the government and screaming at the other man to 'get off my f*cking playground'." This is the second time Incognito has been held under the Baker Act, with the first coming in 2014. Incognito is a free agent after being released by the Bills this week. He had planned to continue his career.
Source: TMZ Sports
May 23 - 1:37 PM

Free agent TE Marcedes Lewis will visit the Packers this week.

Lewis was released by the Jaguars more than two months ago, and this is the first known interest we've seen emerge for him. He just turned 34 last week and spent 12 seasons with Jacksonville. Green Bay has Jimmy Graham and Lance Kendricks at tight end, but Lewis could provide help as a blocker.
May 23 - 12:11 PM

The NFL will not require players to be on the field for the national anthem in 2018.

The media owned by the league is spinning this as a "compromise," but it's hardly that. As Judy Battista puts it, "If players are on sideline, will stand. But players may choose to stay in the locker room if they prefer not to stand." Her colleague at NFL Media, Ian Rapoport adds, "Respecting the anthem will be paramount if you’re on the sideline. Teams can also set their own policies. Compromise all around." Compromise for the league owners, maybe, but the players had zero say in this said "compromise." The owners are simply trying to keep the anthem "protesters" and "disrespecters" off the field for the song. It may not even work. If a player has strong feelings toward social injustice -- we assume they do if they're kneeling -- a fine may not be strong enough "punishment" to keep him off the field during the anthem. The NFL continues to find ways to get in its own way and fuel a fire that keeps burning.
May 23 - 11:07 AM

According to ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson, second-rounder Anthony Miller is "earmarked" for the slot receiver job.

Allen Robinson is working as the X with Taylor Gabriel at the Z spot. Robinson was signed to be Chicago's new No. 1 wideout, and Gabriel is expected to fill the big-play, deep-threat role in coach Matt Nagy's offense. The Bears traded up for Miller at No. 51 overall. It's not out of the question that Miller could be second on the team in targets as a rookie behind Robinson.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:10 AM

Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL at Chargers OTAs on Tuesday.

What a devastating blow to a player who was projected to play a massive role in a Chargers offense without Antonio Gates in it for the first time in 15 years. Henry is obviously done for the season, and it leaves Virgil Green currently atop the depth chart. It’s fair to wonder if the Bolts will turn back to Gates after they told him they were moving on earlier this offseason. However, Gates showed he has little to nothing left in the tank. Perhaps the Chargers will use more three- and four-wide sets with their abundance of receivers, including Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin. GM Tom Telesco may also explore the trade market.
May 22 - 9:45 PM




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