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New York Giants fill need in secondary, add veteran Logan Ryan

The New York Giants have agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Logan Ryan, a source confirmed to ESPN.

The deal is worth $7.5 million, a source told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Ryan will slide into the safety/nickel/corner role the Giants had slated for rookie Xavier McKinney, who fractured his left foot last week.nike cheap nfl jerseys

The news of Ryan’s agreement was first reported by NFL Network.

The Giants had been monitoring Ryan’s situation since the start of free agency. His salary was undoubtedly a factor, with Ryan originally looking for something in the range of $10 million.8

That was too rich for the Giants, who entered Monday more than $24 million under the salary cap, per ESPN’s roster management system. But the Giants waited, and Ryan become a serious option as the secondary became depleted: DeAndre Baker was charged with armed robbery; Sam Beal opted out of the season; and McKinney is out until late November with his injury.nfl cheap nike jerseys

Ryan was a jack-of-all-trades for the Tennessee Titans last season. He became only the third player since 2000 to finish with at least 4 sacks (4.5), 4 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles in a season.

Ryan posted on Instagram in May that his “chapter in Tennessee has come to a close” and later said on Devin and Jason McCourty’s “Double Coverage” podcast that “Tennessee really never offered me a contract … they never really tried to bring me back.”

Ryan played primarily as a nickelback but was used frequently on blitzes and relied upon to be a force against the run. He started all 16 games last season for the first time in his career and set highs with 18 pass breakups and 113 tackles.

In the playoffs, his pick-six of former Patriots teammate Tom Brady sealed the Titans’ upset victory in the wild-card round.

Since entering the league with the Patriots in 2013, Ryan has 494 tackles, 11 sacks, 8 forced fumbles and 17 interceptions, with one defensive score.

Source: Chargers’ Derwin James to have knee surgery, out 6-8 months

Derwin James, the young Los Angeles Chargers safety with star potential, needs surgery on his right knee, a procedure that is expected to keep him out six to eight months and essentially would rule him out for the 2020 NFL season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.nfl cheap jerseys nike

James, 24, was injured during Sunday’s practice and later received a second opinion, which confirmed what probably would be considered a worst-case scenario.

The Chargers drafted James 17th overall out of Florida State in 2018 and watched him immediately blossom into an All-Pro strong safety. He missed the first 11 games of the 2019 season with a fracture in his right foot, but many expected James to play a starring role in an exceedingly talented Chargers defense in 2020.7

Earlier in training camp, James was asked about his goals for the upcoming season and said: “Just being out there all 16 games. That’s the only goal I’m making this year. I feel like as long as I’m out there, the plays are gonna come.”nfl nike jerseys cheap china

James also was limited to two games in his sophomore year of college because of a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn didn’t go into specifics on James’ condition during Monday’s practice because the final results were not yet known. Lynn mentioned the possibility of Rayshawn Jenkins moving to strong safety and slot corner Desmond King also getting reps at that position. Lynn dismissed the possibility of adding decorated free agent Earl Thomas, but ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that there is mutual interest in a reunion between the Chargers and free safety Jahleel Addae.

The Chargers also boast Casey Hayward, Chris Harris, Michael Davis and Nasir Adderley throughout their secondary.

“I like the depth we have in our secondary,” Lynn said before the severity of James’ injury was revealed. “We have to make some different combinations, but we have some good players in that secondary.”

Source: Free-agent guard Larry Warford opts out of 2020 season

Three-time Pro-Bowl guard Larry Warford, who has received multiple offers as a free agent since being cut by the New Orleans Saints, is opting out of the 2020 season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Warford is looking to start a family and will continue to train and revisit playing in 2021, the source said.

The Saints released Warford on May 8, saving more than $7 million in salary-cap space and paving the way for first-round draft pick Cesar Ruiz to earn a starting job.8

Warford, 29, made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons with the Saints after they signed him away from the Detroit Lions with a four-year, $34 million contract in 2017.

It became evident New Orleans was considering a change after it re-signed left guard Andrus Peat to a lucrative extension in free agency and selected Ruiz with the 24th overall pick in the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-3, 317-pound Warford began his career as a third-round pick with the Lions out of Kentucky in 2013 and became an immediate starter.nfl cheap nike jerseys

He has started 101 regular-season games, including 44 over the past three years in New Orleans. He also started five playoff games with the Saints.

Packers WR Devin Funchess opts out, cites family’s health

Green Bay Packers receiver Devin Funchess, who had first-hand experience with COVID-19 this offseason while caring for family members with the disease, has opted out of the 2020 season.

The 26-year-old veteran was the only experienced addition the Packers made to their receiving corps, which was viewed as one of the few weaknesses on a team that reached the NFC Championship last season. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal that included a $1 million signing bonus after a lost year with the Colts in 2019, when he suffered a broken collarbone in Week 1.nike cheap nfl jerseys

Funchess canceled several scheduled media opportunities shortly after he signed with the Packers because of what sources said at the time was the need to care for family members diagnosed with COVID-19.7

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Funchess said in part: “My closest family members have experienced the life-threatening impact of COVID-19 first hand and for their own safety and my own safety, I’ve decided to opt out of the upcoming NFL season. This was not a decision I took lightly but it’s what is best for my family and myself at this time.”nike nfl cheap jerseys

Funchess, whose best seasons came with the Carolina Panthers, was in the mix to compete to be the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver behind Pro Bowler Davante Adams. After signing Funchess, the Packers passed on receivers in one of the deepest receiver drafts in history.

Funchess was placed on the reserve/opt-out list, which allows the Packers to retain him under the same contract for the 2021 season. The Packers also placed first-year outside linebacker Greg Roberts on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. Packers veteran players reported to Lambeau Field on Tuesday for their first round of COVID-19 testing.

Free agent Aaron Lynch signs with Jaguars

Free agent Aaron Lynch, who can play both defensive end and outside linebacker, has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced Tuesday.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

The signing of Lynch, 27, is another indication the Jaguars are going to use more 3-4 looks in 2020; the team has run the 4-3 defense since coach Gus Bradley was hired in 2013. Todd Wash came to Jacksonville from Seattle with Bradley as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2016, and coach Doug Marrone retained Wash as the defensive coordinator when he was hired in 2017.8

The Jaguars drafted Josh Allen last season and K’Lavon Chaisson last month, both of whom can play both defensive end and outside linebacker. After the draft, Marrone said the Jaguars would employ some 3-4 looks with the strongside linebacker playing up on the line of scrimmage.

Lynch spent the past two years with the Chicago Bears and appeared in 29 regular-season games with five sacks.

While Lynch missed only three regular-season games, the veteran defender sat out extended portions of training camp because of injuries each of the past two summers.

The 6-foot-5 pass-rusher broke into the league with San Francisco (2014-17) after the 49ers drafted him in the fifth round out of Notre Dame.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Lynch registered 12.5 sacks over his first two years in the league but has just 7.5 sacks over the past four seasons.

How one Rich Rodriguez decision changed Alabama, Michigan and college football

Rich Rodriguez was visiting an Alabama college football spring practice a couple of years ago and chatting on the sideline with one of the Crimson Tide’s big supporters.

Gazing around at Alabama’s grandiose football digs, Rodriguez couldn’t help himself and quipped, “Where’s my statue?”

The Alabama booster looked at him curiously and said, “What do you mean?”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

With a sheepish smile, Rodriguez deadpanned, “I’m partly responsible for those five national championships because if I had said yes, you wouldn’t have had the greatest coach of all time, Nick Saban, winning all those championships.”

All these years later, one of the most fascinating coaching what-ifs in college football history still reverberates from the hills of West Virginia, to Denny Chimes Tower at Alabama, to The Big House at Michigan.8

“At least I can still get a laugh out of it,” said Rodriguez, who had three Power 5 head-coaching stops at West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona before spending last season as Ole Miss’ offensive coordinator. Rodriguez was not retained when Lane Kiffin was hired as the Rebels’ head coach and brought in his own staff.

Famously (or perhaps infamously), Rodriguez turned down an offer to become Alabama’s football coach on Dec. 8, 2006, and instead decided to stay at his alma mater West Virginia, reopening the door for Alabama athletic director Mal Moore to make another run at Saban.

And this time — after weeks of persuading and maneuvering — Moore got his man, turning the college football landscape upside down and once again making Alabama the epicenter of the college football world.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Moore, who got to see three of Saban’s five national titles at Alabama before dying in 2013, had his sights set on Saban from the beginning after firing Mike Shula on Nov. 27, 2006. But Saban was just finishing up his second season as the Miami Dolphins’ head coach and initially rejected Alabama’s overtures. Moore also reached out to Steve Spurrier to gauge his interest in the job. Spurrier, who had just completed his second season at South Carolina, remembers encouraging Moore not to give up on Saban.

“Mal called after Saban turned them down,” Spurrier recounted. “He didn’t say he was giving me the job or anything like that, but wanted to talk and see if I was interested.”

Source: Redskins get former Eagles corner Ronald Darby

The Washington Redskins, who have already unloaded their top two corners from last season, turned to a division rival to help fill a void, signing veteran Ronald Darby, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Darby signed a one-year deal worth $4 million.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The Redskins cut Josh Norman before free agency and traded corner Quinton Dunbar. Darby won’t automatically replace one of them in the starting lineup, but he does provide an intriguing option. The Redskins also signed Kendall Fuller in free agency. They also have veteran Fabian Moreau and second-year Jimmy Moreland among others who can compete for starting jobs or key roles.

Darby, 26, was arguably the Eagles’ most gifted cornerback during his three years in Philadelphia, which included a Super Bowl run in 2017, but injuries kept him from being a consistent force.8

He missed 28 of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons, including eight games in 2018 after tearing an ACL. He returned for the start of this past season but was in and out of the lineup and finished with two interceptions and 11 passes defensed over 11 games.cheap nfl nike jersey

A second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2015, Darby started 29 of 32 games during his two years with the Bills. With 21 passes defensed and a pair of interceptions, he finished second in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind Marcus Peters.

Darby was traded to Philadelphia before the start of the 2017 season for receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick.

Agents: Vic Beasley Jr. to sign with Titans

Former Atlanta Falcons pass-rusher Vic Beasley Jr. will sign with the Tennessee Titans, his agency, CAA, told ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Tuesday.

Beasley, who turns 28 in July, made a name for himself during the 2016 season when he led the league with 15.5 sacks. He had four multi-sack games that season, including 3.5 sacks against the Denver Broncos. Beasley also had six forced fumbles in ’16, which tied Bruce Irvin for the league lead.nike jerseys nfl cheap

The Falcons expected the one-time Pro Bowler to thrive after his breakout second season. Beasley regressed instead, recording just 10 sacks combined in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.8

Beasley had just 1.5 sacks through the first seven games of last season. He then experienced a second-half resurgence and finished with a team-leading eight sacks. Ultimately, the Falcons decided to part ways with Beasley by announcing in a Feb 3 statement that they were not going to negotiate a new contract.

Beasley fits the Titans’ need for an impact pass-rusher to come off the edge, matching him with third-year player Harold Landry.

The Titans will need to make sure that Beasley is able to set the edge against the run. At times with the Falcons, he was not able to hold outside containment, which is something the Titans ask their outside linebackers to do in run defense. In some circles, Beasley was labeled as a sack-chaser, and he’ll need to be more than just that for Titans coach Mike Vrabel.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Beasley was Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s first draft pick and the eighth overall selection in the 2015 draft. In five seasons, Beasley has 156 tackles, 37.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and an interception.

Some believe Beasley’s athleticism still makes him a valuable asset. He showed the ability to drop into coverage at times when not focused on pass rushing.

Jaguars reach 3-year deal with DL Rodney Gunter, source says

The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached agreement on a three-year deal with former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Rodney Gunter, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Gunter started 13 games at defensive end for the Cardinals before he was placed on injured reserve in 2019, tallying 31 tackles and three sacks with 10 quarterback hurries. He suffered a toe injury and missed the final three games.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Gunter, who turned 28 in January, is coming off a one-year deal worth $1.7 million.7

A fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2015, Gunter had his best season as a pro in 2018, finishing with career highs in sacks (4.5), tackles (44) and forced fumbles (2).

He has been durable, playing four complete seasons before suffering his injury at the end of 2019.nike jerseys nfl cheap

For his NFL career, he has 11 sacks and 126 tackles.

An email changed NFL draft prospect James Morgan, and city of Green Bay’s bleak QB history

In a city that enjoyed more elite quarterback play than any other in the NFL over the past three decades, guys like James Morgan should be more than a once-every-32-years occurrence.

It’s been that long, however, since a quarterback who played high school football in Green Bay, Wisconsin, heard his name called in the NFL draft.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Morgan, who is draft-eligible this year, couldn’t name the most recent one picked. He had never heard of Bud Keyes from the University of Wisconsin via Green Bay West High School, who was a 10th-round pick (No. 256 overall) of the hometown Packers in 1988.

Morgan could see a statue of Bart Starr every day if he wanted, and had quarterbacks such as Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers playing down the street to idolize.8

“I was [Favre’s No.] 4 up until eighth grade and then in high school I switched to [Rodgers’] 12,” Morgan said last week at the NFL scouting combine. “I’ll let you connect the dots on that one.”

For Morgan, it’s less about dots on a map and more about the path to the NFL.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

But one thing made Renner finally read Morgan’s message: the need for a quarterback. FIU had just completed the 2017 season with Alex McGough under center. McGough led the Panthers to an eight-win season and their first bowl game in six years. McGough, who is now on the Houston Texans, was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round.

It was the morning of Jan. 3, 2018. At 7 a.m., Renner and the rest of the FIU staff had a scheduled meeting with coach Butch Davis to talk about returning players for next season and recruits.

“It’s about 6:30 in the morning, and I’ve got to come up with something,” Renner said. “I literally typed in ‘quarterback’ into the search bar of my email, and sure enough it was James’ email. I read the email.”