2020-03-26

Blake Bell To Join Dallas Cowboys

Tight end Blake Bell has agreed to one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced on Wednesday.

Bell, Cowboys agreement is reportedly worth $1.7M, of which, $450,000 is guaranteed, according to Dallas Morning News.

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Bell, 28, made seven starts last season with the Super Bowl-winning Chiefs, complying eight receptions for 67 yards in 15 games. He has made previous stops in Jacksonville, San Francisco, Minnesota before joining  Kansas City last season.

The fifth-year league veteran has 38 catches for 424 yards.

2020-03-24

Trade Or Release Him -- Trent Williams' Agent Demands

Trade or release him.

That’s the demand Vince Taylor, Trent Williams' agent, told Washington Redskins organization.

His agent claims the team has not negotiated ‘in good faith' after allowing Williams to seek a trade partner, Taylor told ESPN in a statement.

"Despite its knowledge of the irreconcilable differences, Washington was unable (or unwilling) to negotiate a trade of Williams. The team then gave Williams and his representatives the right to seek trading partners. Williams' representatives provided the team with trading options, but the Redskins have shown no interest in negotiating in good faith, and, in fact, have given inconsistent demands on what it wants in return for a trade."

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The two-parties not speaking, at times, in the yearlong dispute – only until recent months having a dialogue after veteran coach Ron Riveria was named fired head coach Jay Gruden's replacement. The conversations were reportedly positive, however, Williams' return was stymied when talks reached the extension stage.

"Throughout the process, Williams has maintained his silence and not spoken negatively about the team nor has he pursued potential legal actions. This seems to not be a successful strategy. Players who are outwardly critical of the team do get traded."

Williams, 31, was allowed to seek a trade partner after the organization was unable to sign the All-Pro to an extension.

"Although Trent Williams will always love and respect Dan Snyder, his teammates, and the Washington Redskins' fans, he wants to be traded or released. It's time for the organization to act in a manner that is in both Williams' and the team's best interest."

Williams, who turns 32-years old in July, is asking to be paid in the top-tier of linemen. The club is reportedly demanding, at least, a first-round draft pick in compensation which limits any potential trading partners.

One potential trading partner, Cleveland Browns, who still has interest in Williams after it was believed the asking price was too steep, wrote Mary Kay Cabot on Tuesday, a Browns beat writer.

Williams is due $12.5M this season in the final year of 5-year, $68M contract.

Of which – none is guaranteed.

2020-03-20

Baker Mayfield Makes Pledge To Meals on Wheels of Norman

Baker Mayfield is back at it.

Following a pledge to donate $50,000 to Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Mayfield has pledged 3,500 meals to the Meals on Wheels of Norman (Norman, Okla.), ESPN.com's Jake Trotter tweeted on Friday.

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In addition, Mayfield has teamed up with TownHall Cleveland, a Cleveland-area restaurant,  to donate 8,500 meals to an area food delivery program.

From Cleveland.com
"First off, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this COVID-19 crisis,'' Emily Mayfield, said in an Instagram post.
"This is an unprecedented time for our country and for so many families and individuals alike. But what makes our country so great is how we come together and rally in times of crisis. Cleveland has always been the underdog, but we’re also known for our hustle and our true grit. So it’s time for us to all rally together and show everyone how we can come together for our fellow Clevelanders.'

The Mayfields asked others to consider making a donation to a non-profit organization in their community.

"We want to help out in any way we can and even if you guys can’t help out, a dollar or ten dollars goes a long way. Whatever you do, we will match that, so please help out. Wherever you’re at, whatever community you’re in, anything matters, anything helps. We’re all affected by this, so please click the link in our bio for the donation page. Love, thoughts and prayers out to everybody else, so prayers out.''

Meals on Wheels of Norman, established in 1972, provides home delivery of nutritional meals to the ill, disabled and the elderly.



To find out more information about Meals on Wheels of Norman, including how to make a donation, volunteer, or services available visit www.mealsonwheelsnorman.com.






2020-03-18

Jordan Phillips, Arizona Agree to Three-Year Deal

Defensive lineman Jordan Phillips has agreed to three-year, $30M contract with Arizona Cardinals, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.

Phillips, 27, spent two seasons with Buffalo Bills recording 32 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss in nine starts.

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Selected 52nd overall in 2015 NFL Draft by Miami Dolphins, Phillips has 113 career tackles in 76 game appearances.

Cardinals ranked a league-worst 32nd allowing 6432 yards last season.


Gerald McCoy Agrees to Terms With Dallas Cowboys

Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy agreed to three-year contract with Dallas Cowboys, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reported late Tuesday.

The deal is valued at $20.25M, pending a physical for finalization, according to Archer.

McCoy, 32, spent a season with Carolina Panthers after eight with Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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After being released by Panthers in January, the former All-Pro expressed a desire to join a playoff contender after never reaching the post-season in nine seasons.

 McCoy was selected third overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Archer detailed the financial terms of the agreement between McCoy and Cowboys.

Per ESPN.com:

$3 million 2020 base: $2.5 million (fully guaranteed) 2021 base: $5 million ($1.5 million fully guaranteed) 2022 base: $5.25 million Active roster bonus: Max of $750,000 each season He can also earn up to $750,000 each season in incentives. An additional $2 million of his 2021 base salary is guaranteed for injury and becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2021 league year.


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2020-03-10

Trae Young Sets Milestone For Three-Pointers

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young set another league milestone in 143-138 double OT win over Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

Young, 21, became the fastest player to reach 350 3-points in association history, after making six in his 140th career game.

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Young shot 11-of-25, including 6-of-13 beyond the arc recording 31 points and 16 assists against the Hornets. It was his 27th double-double this season.

Portland guard Damian Lillard previously held the record at 142 games.

Atlanta Hawks (20-46) host New York Knicks (20-44) Wednesday.




Report: Trent Williams Is Seeking 'Quarterback Money'

Trent Williams is asking for ‘quarterback money' in his next contract, MMQB's Albert Breer reported on Monday.

Washington Redskins allowed Williams to seek a trade, after the two parties reached an impasse when the All-Pro left tackle, "was asking for quarterback money,” Breer writes.

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Williams, 31, expressed relief moving forward after a year-long dispute between him and the club.

"I'm just happy this situation seems to be heading towards an end, ” Williams told ESPN.com's John Keim, via text message.

Williams sat out last season following a dispute with team doctors after misdiagnosed cancerous tumor on his scalp, he alleges.

Veteran head coach Ron Riveria, hired in January, was brought in to turnaround the troubled franchise and rebuild trust between the club and their most talented player.

Williams, who turns 32 this summer, is entering the final season of an expiring 5-year, $68M contract.

He is reportedly seeking north of $20M annually, sources told Keim.

Such a contract would make him the highest-earning tackle annually, $2M more than former Sooner Lane Johnson, the league's highest-earning tackle, who signed a 4-year, $72M contract with Philadelphia Eagles, last season.

Washington, although, wants ‘fair’ compensation in-exchange for Williams, NFL Network's Ian Rapopport reported on Friday.

The asking price: a first-round draft pick, Keim says.

Demands by Williams, Washington will limit any potential trading partners, one such suitor, who was believed to have interest was Cleveland Browns.

However, they are unlikely to surrender their tenth overall pick in April's NFL Draft, Cleveland beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot, said via Redskins Talk Podcast.

The league’s new calendar year begins March 18.

2020-03-05

Report: Trent Williams Allowed To Seek Trade

Trent Williams playing days appear numbered with Washington Redskins, again.

The organization will allow Williams to seek a trade after both parties appear to have reach an impasse over contract talks, according to multiple reports.

Washington head coach Ron Riveria’s chief priorities, when hired, was to reestablish trust in the fractured relationship between Williams and the club, he said at his introductory press conference in January.

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Last month, Williams, Riveria met in Indianapolis at NFL Combine, in which, conversations were described as 'positive' and ongoing. Williams, 31, established a relationship with the veteran coach, team's front office after mistrust grew between him and the organization after misdiagnoses over a cancerous growth on Williams' scalp.

One matter separated Williams' return to Washington – an extension.

Considered among the league's elite tackles Williams lost over $12M in salary, when placed on the team's NFI (non-football injury) list after sitting out much of last year.

The club knew Williams' All-Pro talent wouldn’t come at a discount. Likely, seeking a similar long-term contract deal of other top-tier linemen, above $18M annually guaranteed.

Among possible landing spots for Williams: Cleveland, New York,  Los Angeles, Denver, Jacksonville, CBS Sports' Cody Benjamin writes.

Williams is due $12.5M, non-guarantee, in his expiring deal with Washington.




2020-02-27

WATCH: Jalen Hurts Combine Workouts

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts participated in on-field workouts at NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday.

Hurts earlier weighed in at 221 lbs, measured at 6’1” at the combine.

Former DL Neville Gallimore, LB Kenneth Murray will part-take in on-field activities on Saturday.

Hurts 40:

Throwing skills:



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WATCH: Trae Young Blocks 7-Footer Mo Bamaba

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6’1” Trae Young blocked 7’0” Orlando center Mo Bamba (University of Texas product) from behind in Wednesday's 130-120 loss vs Orlando Magic.



Young put up 37 (10-27 FG, 4-12 3PT, 14-16 FT) after being doubtful, in initial injury report, suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Young ranks third (30.1) in scoring, second (9.2) in assist, per game, in the association.