Gordon Hayward chooses Celtics (for real this time)

The Gordon Hayward free agency saga is finished. The former Jazz small forward is heading to Boston.

Hayward has agreed to a four-year, $128 million deal to join Extremely Cheap Jerseys the Celtics and former college coach Brad Stevens, according to The Vertical. Hayward broke the news via a Players’ Tribune article.

There was speculation that Hayward had not wanted word of his choice of Boston to leak before the Jazz were informed, and that he and his camp were trying to reel in the spread of breaking news. That’s a longshot. More likely, folks around the league speculated, the Celtics and Jazz needed time to sort out potential sign-and-trade scenarios, and if nothing along those lines could be worked out, the Celtics would have to deal away a player in order to give Hayward a max contract.

That’s how one agent guessed things were playing out on Tuesday.

“That’s a nightmare if something gets out before you’re ready to let it out,” the agent said. “And if they did not have all the details worked out about who was going to have to go where to make all of it work, that’s definitely not a time you want things to start leaking.”

Don’t sleep on the Panthers’ other notable pickup at the position. Former Buccaneer Russell Shepard was signed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal mainly for his ace special teams work as a gunner. But he proved in Tampa Bay he can be a viable wideout when needed. He’ll get his chances to stretch the field, too, when the Panthers spread the field. He was a sneaky intradivison steal.

Going back to Benjamin, having Samuel, McCaffrey and Shepard around now with Fashion Online Shop Cheap Jerseys Olsen takes the pressure off No. 13 to perform like a typical No. 1 receiver. His initial goal is to get in shape and build on the good things he was able to do in his first two seasons to become a more complete target. Funchess will need to fight through his durability issues and inconsistency to carve out more than a blip of a role.

Cam Heyward added, “We want the goal to be the No. 1 seed.”

While on board with the message, Tomlin was a little more reserved. “If we want our dreams to unfold in a manner in which we envision them, we have to respect [the process],” he said.

The Steelers have the talent to compete at a high level. They were one game away Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys from the Super Bowl last season but only have so much time left with Ben Roethlisberger, who is on the back end of his career.

The Steelers haven’t won a Super Bowl since 2009 and haven’t made an appearance in the big game since 2011. It doesn’t seem like a long time, but for a franchise that has won six titles, it seems like a drought — one the 2017 Steelers are set on ending.

But Lacy is not built to get 275-300 carries like Lynch; he’s set up to be more effective in the 200-225 range. There’s no reason to overwork him or treat him like Lynch, when there’s both Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise sharing what should be more of a backfield by committee.

Rawls flashed as a rookie before an ankle injury, which also hampered his ability to hold up as a feature back replacing Lynch last season. Rawls looked fast again and has been running determined this offseason. He is headed toward carving out a busy, early-down spell role to make sure both he and Lacy stay healthy and fresh to reel off chunk runs.

Neither Lacy nor Rawls is a great receiver, which Prosise, the converted wideout, certainly is. Prosise has his own durability issues after wrist and shoulder injuries limited him to six games as a rookie. He will be on the field often beyond third downs, as he can create mismatches as a runner Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys and keep up the fast pace of the Seahawks’ offense. His dazzling work against New Orleans and New England in the passing game last season proved he has a high ceiling in that “Sproles role.”

Protesters climb rafters, hang giant banner during Vikings-Bears game

Montgomery’s workload at running back in 2017 and beyond remains undetermined. Lacy is a free agent coming off a season he ended on injured reserve. Starks, Green Bay’s longtime backup, has a season left on the two-year deal he signed in March. Running back certainly is in play for one of the Packers’ draft picks in 2017.

The Vikings-Bears game may not mean much for playoff consideration, but two protesters used the platform to fight for their cause.

According to the Star Tribune, the two protesters, who climbed to the rafters, were urging the U.S. Bank to diverge from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Originally planned to pass upstream Bismarck, N.D., the pipeline was rerouted after citizens expressed concern for the safety of the city’s water supply. The pipeline is now routed through treaty lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Montgomery is no Le’Veon Bell, and he’s good at hitting the intended running lane as quick as possible when necessary, but he also has displayed the type of patience that makes a rusher like Bell so difficult to contain.

That means the Seahawks (9-5-1), Falcons (10-5) and Lions (9-6) will jostle for the No. 2 seed and a key first-round bye.

Give Green Bay credit. Too often is one mandatory trait being good at football overlooked in the NFL draft process. Prospects literally are labeled by position, then evaluated Cheap Jerseys MLB China based on specification related to that position. The Packers in 2015, not necessarily Cheap Jerseys NCAA in need of a pass-catcher in the third round of the draft, weren’t sure what kind of wide receiver they were getting in Montgomery.

Rex Ryan’s next job Two NFL partners interested in fired Bills coach for TV

FOX Sports is committed to bringing viewers the most unique and well-informed perspectives in sports and will always remain open to new voices who can elevate our coverage, Fox spokeswoman Anne Pennington told Sporting News in a statement.

The perpetrator was Bill Cowher of CBS’ The NFL Today. The victim was fired Bills coach Rex Ryan. The former Super Bowl-winning Steelers coach may have put the final nail in the coffin of Ryan’s NFL coaching career.

The award for worst hot take of the playoffs goes to Colin Cowherd, host of FS1’s The Herd, who actually wondered whether Brady’s starting job was in danger.

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reports that ESPN is canceling it’s long-running Sunday morning show The Sports Reporters in May after nearly 30 years on the air.

ESPN will replace it with E:60 and Outside the Lines, Deitsch writes.

The best thing the Steelers did on their scoring drive towards the end of the third quarter was eat up clock four minutes and 18 seconds, to be exact. Le’Veon Bell scored from eight yards out Cheap Jerseys Make Your Own and again made Miami pay for a turnover. 30-6, Steelers.

Matt Moore threw his first interception of the game with a terrible read Cheap Jerseys Kids on Miami’s first play of its second possession in the second half. Moore was picked off by Ryan Shazier, who undercut the receiver’s crossing route in zone coverage. Moore should have seen it. Instead, Pittsburgh took over on Miami’s 25-yard line after a 10-yard return.

Seahawks add return specialist Devin Hester to playoff roster

The Seahawks needed a replacement for injured receiver Tyler Lockett and found one in the NFL’s most prolific return man.

Devin Hester, who was released by the Ravens last month, will sign with the Seahawks for their playoff run, according to Fox Sports.

Hester, 34, holds the all-time NFL record with 20 returns for scores, most all-time punt returns (14) and is tied for the most returns for a touchdown in a season (six). A second-round pick of the Bears in 2006, Hester spent his first eight seasons in Chicago.

Jones’ attorney said in court Tuesday morning that his client vehemently denies the accusations, the Enquirer reported. A judge set his bond at $37,500.

The police report said Jones allegedly assaulted a man followed by turbulent behavior that included pulling away from officers, kicking, head-butting and refusing to enter a police car.

The 33-year-old Jones has a lengthy history of arrests, mostly from early in his career. The NFL suspended him for the entire 2007 season and six games in 2008 for various off-field incidents.

The Astros are wise to invest in their infield, because the majors’ top Cheap Jerseys In Canada two qualified pitchers at inducing ground balls this season have been Dallas Keuchel (67.4 percent) Cheap Jerseys In UK and Lance McCullers (61.7). With batters focused on launch angle, it’s easy to see how keeping the ball on the ground leads to success from a pitcher’s standpoint. Those guys are a combined 15-1 for the best team in baseball.

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick will interview for 49ers’ GM job, report says

Over the past four seasons, Louis Riddick has handled increasingly high-profile roles in ESPN’s NFL coverage. Impressive as his television work has been, he apparently hasn’t left his previous life as an NFL executive behind.

Riddick will interview next week for the San Francisco 49ers’ general manager opening, ESPN colleague Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.

Before joining ESPN as a front office insider in May 2013, Riddick held scouting and personnel roles with the Redskins and Eagles for more than a decade. He most recently served as Philadelphia’s director of pro personnel from 2010-13.

The NFL coaching carousel is in full swing now, and Kelly should have plenty of options, although becoming a head coach might be a stretch.

The Bills, Broncos, Jaguars, Rams, Chargers and Niners are without head coaches. Numerous offensive coordinators Kyle Shanahan (Falcons), Josh McDaniels (Patriots), Harold Goodwin (Cardinals) and Sean McVay (Redskins) are candidates for those head-coaching spots, and Kelly could find a OC job with a contender next season.

Kelly is also open to returning to college, where he enjoyed success at Cheap Jerseys Direct Oregon, going 46-7 from 2009-12. A new college job may just fall in his lap.

According to a different report from Fox Sports, a couple of Cheap Jerseys From China NHL schools are contemplating making coaching changes if they could land Kelly.

Broncos’ Trevor Siemian to have shoulder surgery 3 months after injury

The shoulder injury that knocked Trevor Siemian out of the Broncos’ Week 4 game against the Buccaneers never quite went away.

The quarterback will have surgery Thursday on his left (non-throwing) shoulder to address lingering issues from the separation, but is expected to recover in time for offseason workouts this spring, KUSA reported Tuesday.

Marshall has made over $73 million in his 11 NFL seasons, according to Spotrac.com. Coming off 788 receiving yards and three touchdowns, his worst statistical season since 2006, Marshall is set to make $7.5 million next season, although none of the money is guaranteed.

With the Jets (5-11) having bigger issues than his contract, Marshall wants the Jets to do whatever it takes to win games.

I’m tired of going home right after the season. I’m tired of watching the playoffs on my couch, Marshall said. I’m tired of it. And it’s just a frustrating year. It’s been a frustrating career from that aspect, and hopefully things change moving forward.

Marshall, who said he wants to keep playing until he’s 38 or 39, admitted he was Cheap Jerseys Cn playing hurt since Week 2 when he suffered an MCL sprain and a foot injury.

But Marshall refused to use the injuries as an excuse for his down year, saying, I’m Cheap Jerseys China extremely confident that I’m still an elite receiver.

John Harbaugh admits Ravens need to add another running back

The upcoming NFL Draft has one of the deepest running back classes in years and the Ravens could be in the market.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged the need to add a running back to bolster a ground game that ranked 28th in the league this season.

We need another back. What type of back that is I think were talking about it, Harbaugh told reporters. We have a pretty good idea of the type of back we want to add. Those two guys and another one is what we need.

Smith claimed he can run a 4.5 40-yard dash, and that he would have been able to help the Cowboys in the playoffs.

I think I could have played and competed at an elite level, Smith said, but with us coming together and realizing the situation with the nerve coming back, we’re going to be patient and trust God’s timing.

The Cowboys finished the regular season as the top seed in the NFC. They will get a first-round bye in the postseason.

Smith will not help the team this year, but Cheap Jerseys Baseball his presence could help Dallas get back into the postseason next season.

Matt Carpenter, a three-time All-Star in the prime of his career, is batting .216 this season but still sports a nice .351 on-base percentage, thanks to a top-10 walk rate. An Cheap Jerseys Basketball everyday player has posted an average that low and an OBP that high over a full season just once the incomparable Desi Relaford in 2000. Moved to first base this year, Carpenter has also been hitting in the three-hole, but his production hasn’t merited it. Only last week was he moved up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order.

You can already see the culture Quinn has worked to build reflected in the rookies.

They’re not intending to use free agent Latavius Murray and rookie Dalvin Cook the way they used Peterson. They both have skills in the passing game that Peterson only occasionally did. And, of course, those two are not intended to be workhorses on the ground, not with what the Vikings want to do.

How Shurmur plans to use Murray, Cook, returnee Jerick McKinnon and others, and in what combinations, should be creative and, likely, liberating for longtime observers. Cook in particular is the future, and at his best, he can do it all.

“It doesn’t matter how they got their butts into that room,” Quinn said. “Here on a tryout, here as an undrafted free agent or a draft pick, we’re looking for great competitors and guys who want to totally buy into the team concept that’s part of our locker room, our team.”

You can already see the culture Quinn has worked to build reflected in the rookies. It hasn’t taken long for them to pick up his catchphrases.

“A lot of people don’t make it this far, and I’m just happy to be able to be here and just be a part of a brotherhood,” rookie first-rounder Takk McKinley said during rookie minicamp. “For me, being a brother, the brotherhood — you can say it all you want, but you’ve got to prove it to the guys.”

That brotherhood and the standard Quinn and the rest Cheap Jerseys Kids of the coaching staff have set are central to the team’s success, almost as much as the fast and physical play.

“It’s brotherhood,” Manuel said. “And the thing that we always talk Cheap Jerseys NY Giants about — if I can watch tape and I don’t see my brother straining the same way I am … my brother, you know what, am I sacrificing my life for your life right now? I don’t know, as I look at that play. I could have probably done more.”

Rivers must be pleased with the new tools he’ll get to play with in 2017.

Alex Smith won’t be around forever, and he already limits the Chiefs offense with his risk-averse game. Trading up 17 draft spots to get Patrick Mahomes II was a gamble, but Mahomes’ big arm and fearless play should open up a lot more options in the passing game. He’ll get time to sit and learn under Andy Reid, which is pretty much the best situation a young quarterback could ask for.

Rivers must be pleased with the new tools he’ll get to play with in 2017. While Swiss Army Knife tailback Danny Woodhead left in free agency, the Chargers replaced that void with All-American wideout Mike Williams. They also landed two of the draft’s best blockers, Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney. Pair that group with healthy seasons from Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon, and you’ve got the recipe for one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

The Bears, in their quest to be the new Browns, signed an underwhelming quarterback to a deal potentially worth $45 million before trading a handful of draft picks to move up one spot and select a passer with only one season of starting experience under his belt. But hey: If Chicago thinks Trubisky is the guy, then he’s worth the overpay.

Cincinnati had a rough run in free agency, losing two of Cheap Gaelic Jerseys its most important linemen in the process. However, letting Whitworth leave may have been financially prudent. The stalwart left tackle will be 36 this season, and while his best seasons have come in his 30s, $15 million Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys in guarantees is still a risk for a blocker whose play could drop off in 2017.