NFL revenge games 2018: 49ers CB Richard Sherman’s reunion with Seahawks tops slate

When a long-tenured NFL player moves from one team to another, things can get “very personal,” as former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant recently said after his release. 

Whether the move comes via trade or on the free agent market, bad blood can linger on both sides. But there’s always the opportunity to settle the score on the field.

With the NFL’s regular-season schedule released Thursday, here are the top player revenge games on the slate:

Amendola made some waves when he said he had grown weary of the hardball tactics inherent to the Patriot Way, and that Belichick could be an “(expletive) sometimes.” The intradivisional jump adds to the intrigue, though Amendola will have to prove that he’s more than a product of Tom Brady and New England’s system after his standout run in the postseason.

“Well, let me say this. I miss being in that room with him. It’s fun,” Ballard said. “I mean, looking at his press conferences, they are very entertaining. And I’ll say this: He’ll take everybody’s advice… and how they see the player, and he’ll build a consensus and then he’ll pick who he thinks the best players for the Browns will be. And he won’t share that with anybody. On draft day, I think that in his mind he knows what he wants, but he’s going to let everybody have their say and make the best decision…

“It’s collective because he’s listening to everyone in the room and then making a decision. But John keeps things close to the vest. That’s what makes him really good. Look, he’s got a lot of track record of success with picking good players, and he’ll pick the right guys with the Browns.”

“Saying that, we will be open to moving back if we think it is the right thing for us to do and there’s enough players on the board — depending on how far we have to move back — that we feel comfortable taking.”
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Panthers tight end Greg Olsen’s been one of the most consistent tight ends in the NFL, and was the first tight end to ever record three straight 1,000-yard seasons.
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And for the second straight offseason, he’s sending messages to the team he loves making it clear he’s looking for a new contract.

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Everyone knows what we went through last year trying to get something done [contractually]. We were able to kind of patchwork it, Olsen said. But overall I have a lot of trust in Marty and Ron. They’ve always been very fair to me.
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If this was my last year in Carolina, I’d have no ill will. They’ve been more than generous and good to me. I would prefer it to be longer. But this team is a lot more than just my situation.

The Panthers also need Olsen back at his productive best as they transition to a new offense under coordinator Norv Turner, as he’s been one of Cam Newton’s most reliable targets. Having him healthy again after a broken foot cost him nine games a year ago will help, but there’s some patching up that has nothing to do with the training staff that needs to happen first.

He originally signed with the Bears in 2015 as an undrafted free agent from Rice.

He referred to himself as a rare breed, and he sure was. He was a freak, even before the accident. He was hell on wheels against Tony Romo, his favorite quarterback to sack, and the Cowboys, ruining one night for Jerry Jones when he blocked a 47-yard Dan Bailey field goal with one second left in 2011.

There was a leaping, 28-yard pick-six against Romo for his first career TD. There was a pick-six against Scott Tolzien at MetLife Stadium in 2013, that monster three-sack, one forced fumble, one fumble return for a touchdown in Cleveland in 2016. There was that three-sack game against the Broncos last season, when he did a dance he had promised to a 7-year-old boy with cancer. After which JPP wrote on Instagram, Keep fighting, buddy.

When he recorded 16.5 sacks in 2011, he seemed to be on his way to be this generation’s Lawrence Taylor. But a Lorenzen Wright Youth jersey series of nagging injuries 鈥?back, shoulder and that horrific life-changing July 4 鈥?compromised him. He leaves with 58.5 sacks.

JPP, the last remaining defensive member of Super Bowl XLVI, displayed his heart when he returned with those seven and a half fingers with a stirring performance against all odds in Tampa, only four months after his accident, with his family and infant son in the stands.

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The team announced on Monday that Easton has signed his restricted free agent tender. He’ll make a bit more than $2.9 million after the Vikings used the second-round tender earlier this offseason.

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John Gibson has a 4.17 goals-against average and .882 save percentage in the series. While it’s almost a certainty that he’ll get the nod once more, backup Ryan Miller is 7-2-1 with a tie and a 1.78 GAA and .948 save percentage in his career in San Jose.

Game 5, if necessary, is set for Friday night in Anaheim.
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Check out the video for plenty of great insights from Eddie O, and tune in to NBCSN at 7:00 p.m. ET tonight for the dropping of the puck in Game One of Flyers-Penguins.

Phillies: RHP Mark Leiter Jr. threw his first bullpen session since landing on the disabled list March 29 with a right forearm strain. … RHP Pat Neshek, 10 days after taking a cortisone shot to help a right shoulder strain, played catch. … RHP Tommy Hunter will throw a simulated game in extended spring training Tuesday and could be activated in a couple of days.

Braves: C Tyler Flowers, on the DL since March 30 with a left oblique strain, took a day off from hitting, but he did some defensive work. Snitker said Flowers is still a day or two away from taking live batting practice. … 3B Johan Camargo, sidelined since March 13 with a right oblique strain, has homered in three of the last five games with Triple-A Gwinnett, but he’ll stay there at least through this week with 3B Ryan Flaherty leading the NL with a .366 batting average.

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Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen is prepared to become a free agent in 2019 or consider potential opportunities in television this season if the Carolina Panthers Odell Beckham Jr Jersey don’t extend his contract.
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Olsen, who last month interviewed for the Monday Night Football analyst job previously held by Jon Gruden, is entering the final season of a three-year extension signed in March 2015.

Olsen, 33, said his first choice is to remain with the Panthers through the end of his career. He believes he can continue to play at a top level for another three to five seasons.

Obviously, ESPN, that Monday Night gig is a big deal, he said. You don’t just easily dismiss that. But how things play out, my preference would be for things to play out here at Carolina beyond this year. If that’s not the case, then other doors remain open is the best way to put it.

Olsen is scheduled to count $9.75 million against the 2018 salary cap, so the Panthers could lessen that figure if spread out over several years with an extension.

I may be a little bit biased, but if you can tell me a better two-way player in the league right now… I’m willing to listen, New Orleans head coach Alvin Gentry said after Holiday scored a playoff career-high 33 points and had nine assists in a 111-102 victory in Portland on Tuesday night.

Elite Womens Jermey Parnell Jersey In the Pelicans’ first two victories, Holiday has made 24 field goals while helping to hold down Lillard and McCollum to a combined 29 baskets. He made three crucial defensive stops in the final minute of a 97-95 series-opening victory on Saturday and has been particularly tough on Lillard, who has struggled with his shot.

I worked hard for this, honestly, all season long when nobody is looking, said Holiday, whose first three seasons in New Orleans had been dogged by a series of leg injuries and also by the scary surgery for the removal of a benign brain tumor endured by his wife Lauren in 2016. Just to be able to go out there and play again is a blessing. I’ve been battling injuries and to be out there and to play, that’s what I train for…. I feel like I’m in a really good place right now.

Holiday missed 107 games in his first three seasons with the Pelicans, but this season he has played in 81 games and regained the form that made him an All-Star with the Philadelphia 76ers. He made 14 of 24 field goals attempts on Tuesday night.
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Beckham had his infamous boat trip to Miami before the Giants’ 2017 playoff dud, and the Dolphins could use his talent.

The genius is at work.

“It doesn’t seem like the Patriots’ way to accumulate all this draft capital and turn around and give it up for a wide receiver who is going to command $18 [million] to $20 million [next season]. It would surprise me a little bit,” Schefter said on “Get Up!”

The more likely possibility that has been floated is the Patriots using some combination of those four picks, which are Nos. 23, 31, 43 and 63, to move up in the first round and potentially draft Tom Brady’s successor. That could mean trying to crack the top 5 and grab one of the big names — Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield — or moving up a few spots to take Lamar Jackson, as CBS Sports suggests.

The 43rd pick is the one New England got from San Francisco for Jimmy Garoppolo in a deal that looks one-sided after Garoppolo shined for the 49ers at the end of last season. Using that pick to find Garoppolo’s replacement could help make up for one of Belichick’s rare blunders.

Belichick can stand pat and help fill the gaps on the offensive line and defense — one that was exposed by the Eagles in the Super Bowl — but the Patriots have been frequently active in the draft. With all those picks, it’s hard to imagine that strategy changing.

Miami Dolphins: Their leading receiver the last three years, Jarvis Landry, is gone — though Landry, Beckham’s teammate at LSU, is now petitioning him through Twitter for a reunion on the Browns. Ryan Tannehill is expected to be back under center and healthy again this season, and having Beckham as a weapon can make any QB look good.

San Francisco 49ers: General manager John Lynch made a splash by trading for Jimmy Garoppolo last season and then signing him to a five-year, $137.5 million contract. How about a new toy to pair him with for the future? The 49ers have had three different leading receivers in the last three years, and Beckham would immediately stop that revolving door. They also have an estimated $46.5 million in cap space remaining for 2018, according to Spotrac, the third-highest number in the league.

New Orleans Saints: A homecoming, perhaps? Beckham hails from New Orleans — his high school was a 14-minute drive from the Superdome — and played his college ball at LSU. The Saints have had some productive receivers in recent years, and with Drew Brees looking to get back to a Super Bowl before he retires, having a guy like Beckham on his side would certainly help.jets_134

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The Rams have spent plenty of capital on roster improvements this offseason in an obvious attempt to win it all. Those moves haven’t included a new deal for Aaron Donald .
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That’s no worry to coach Sean McVay, who spoke for the organization Monday on the really good dialogue related to a new contract for Donald.

As Howe notes, Gronk already wanted a new contract before he revealed that he was contemplating retirement at the conclusion of Super Bowl LII. If he no longer wanted to play football, he probably would have decided that by now. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Mike Reiss wrote on Monday that he believes Gronk’s absence from Day 1 of the offseason program is a peaceful statement that he wants more money, as the All-Pro tight end would be forfeiting a $250,000 bonus if he doesn’t attend 90 percent of the sessions.

The Seahawks have yet to medically clear McDowell, who was involved in a serious ATV accident last July that forced him to spend his entire rookie season on the team’s non-football injury list.

McDowell’s physical situation has been something of a mystery ever since. The former Michigan State star suffered a concussion and facial injuries Womens Willie McGee Jersey in the accident, leaving Seattle’s decision-makers entirely unsure of his status for 2018.

Nothing new, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of McDowell, per The Seattle Times. Same kind of thing. He’s got a process he is going through, we get information rarely in his case, but there will be a time when you will hear more.

That time is now, with Seattle preparing to move on from the 35th overall pick in last year’s draft.

McDowell was brought into the league as a space-eating, 299-pound interior force. The primary question today is whether or not he’ll be healthy enough to catch on with another team.
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NFL star Aldon Smith is being transferred from county jail to an inpatient substance abuse facility after officials say his blood alcohol level registered at.40.
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Bridgewater returned to practice with the Vikings during the 2017 season and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that he felt Bridgewater was progressing well during his time on the field. He put Bridgewater in one game to mop up a win as evidence of that, but the team’s medical staff had a different take.

The reports I’d get back from the medical people weren’t as positive as I was about it, Zimmer said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. That’s kind of how it came down is that his knee wasn’t as 鈥?he still has some recovery to do. When I watched him in practice he moved well, I didn’t see limitations but from what I told there was some.

Bridgewater said that he’s confident in the [Jets] athletic training staff and the coaching staff here that they can eventually get me back to the player that I once was. His deal with the Jets includes little guaranteed money, which gives the team a chance to see if things play out the way Bridgewater hopes with little downside in the event they go the other way instead.

Bryant’s future has been the biggest topic of the Cowboys’ offseason, with his $12.5 million base salary and $16.5 million salary-cap figure.

Since signing a five-year, $70 million contract in 2015, Bryant, 29, has not recorded more than 69 catches or 838 yards in a season. He missed time in 2015 with a broken foot and was bothered in 2016 with a tibial plateau fracture.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider knows what it looks like.

But he insists that the Seahawks aren’t rebuilding, just tweaking a roster that still has many talented players.

It’s just always very, very hard to make those decisions to move on from people, but that’s what we have to do in order to be a consistent championship-caliber football team,” Schneider said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. We don’t want to be having these major rebuilding years. We want to be able to have little re-sets, if you will.

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He rode the bench as a high school junior. He was a college walk-on. He went undrafted, then spent four NFL seasons bouncing between five different teams.
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Rashaan Melvin has gotten to where he’s at today by using such snubs as inspiration. The mindset won’t be changing even though the cornerback could look at the one-year, $5.5 million contract he recently signed with Oakland as J.J. Nelson Youth jersey the pinnacle of his efforts.

Melvin’s first snub came after his sophomore year at Waukegan (Ill.) High just north of Chicago.

Pacers: Stephenson wore gold-colored shoes. … Glenn Robinson III and Cory Joseph each had 13 points as the Pacers’ reserves outscored the Hornets’ backups, 72-60.

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Malik Monk is finishing his rookie season with a flurry. After scoring a career-high 26 points in his previous game, Monk led the Hornets with 22 against the Pacers.

I’ve been watching Kemba a lot when I was sitting on the bench so I’ve been learning everything he’s been doing and I’ve been trying to do that when I stepped on the court, Monk said.

Monk has improved in the pick-and-roll game.

Almost all of his baskets were off pick and rolls and it’s not just his scoring, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. The thing he’s doing better is making plays for other people. That to me is as much of an indicator as anything of the growth he has made in terms of learning how to play.

The deal, which is worth more than double the $2.7 million he earned during the past four years combined, has actually provided more fuel for Melvin to show he’s worthy of an even pricier long-term extension that didn’t come at the start of last week’s free-agent signing period.
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David Johnson has waited a long time for Tuesday.

The Cardinals running back joined his teammates for the start of the offseason program, with doctors having fully cleared him to workout, Omar Ruiz of NFL Media reports. Johnson had not worked with his teammates since dislocating his left wrist in the season opener.

All of these old and/or expensive players can’t be replaced easily in the draft because the Rams have traded away so many picks: They sent their first-round pick to New England for Cooks, their second-round pick to Buffalo for Sammy Watkins, their fourth-round pick this year and second-round pick next year to Kansas City for Peters, their fifth-round pick to Denver for Talib and their seventh-round pick to Washington for Derek Carrier. The Rams have added some draft picks in trades as well, but those are late in the draft: The Rams’ first draft pick is 87th overall, and that’s their only pick in the Top 130.

So it’s fun to watch the Rams go all-in for 2018. But this whole thing could go south quickly. Adding players in the last years of their contracts and trading away high draft picks is a good way to fall off a cliff in 2019.

Also, remember this from Rosen, which also came in late December of 2017? “I’d rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher at the wrong team.” Those remarks came when it was far more clear that the Browns would be holding the pick that every player typically aspires to be: The first one. So it was, and still is, fair to interpret Rosen’s comments as another message regarding his lack of interest in playing for the Browns.

Considering the full range and scope of the developments in recent months, it’s definitely fair to conclude that Rosen: (1) doesn’t want to play for the Browns; and (2) wants to send that message more subtly, without having to make a “don’t draft me” power play. If the Browns don’t draft him, he gets what he wants. If they do draft him, Rosen then will need to consider whether to initiate the “trade me” ploy, or whether to just deal with the hand he’s been dealt.

Either way, it’s safe to assume Rosen doesn’t want to play for the Browns, but that he doesn’t want the public ridicule and criticism that would come if a guy who already is perceived to be a certain way acts precisely that way as it relates to the Browns or any other NFL team.buccaneers_045

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Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead is hanging up his cleats.
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The 5-9 running back who appeared in the 2012 Super Bowl with the Patriots announced his retirement on Instagram Friday.
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Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me!

To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career.

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The interview was with book publisher Judith Regan, and it was aired in a two-hour special. The special covered several topics, including the night in question. During his hypothetical confession, Simpson brought up a man named Charlie, and claims after he took a knife from Charlie he blacked out.
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While Darden certainly believes Simpson provided Womens Sonny Jurgensen Jersey a confession, the former NFL back wanted to make it clear that’s not what happened. He spoke with Buffalo News, in an article published Friday, about the Fox special and provided some additional context on what happened.

Listen, if I confessed 12 years ago, you would have heard about it 12 years ago, Simpson said.

He also commented at large about his life recently being played out on television. From ESPN’s documentary O.J.: Made in America, to the FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Simpson says he doesn’t pay attention to any of it.