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Le’Veon Bell backs Jamal Adams’ contract demands; says Jets shouldn’t trade Adams

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell had a “great talk” with disgruntled teammate Jamal Adams on Thursday, and he came away with the impression the All-Pro safety wants to remain in New York — if he gets a new contract.

“I think he wants to be [with the Jets], I just think he wants to get paid,” Bell said Friday in an interview with Peter Rosenberg on Hot 97 radio in New York. “I think he’s in the same situation I was three years ago. He’s a young player. He’s been at the top of the game, playing at a high level and feels like, ‘Dang, I just want to get compensated.'”

Adams, upset by the lack of progress in contract talks, formally requested a trade last month. He submitted to the Jets a list of seven preferred destinations, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported. In the meantime, Adams has criticized the team on social media, also saying he’s “trying to” orchestrate a trade to the Dallas Cowboys.

He has two years remaining on his rookie contract and is making $3.6 million this season and $9.9 million in 2021 via the fifth-year option. Adams is believed to be seeking more than $15 million per year, which would make him the highest-paid safety.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

The Jets say they want to make Adams a “Jet for life,” but they haven’t put a timetable on a potential contract extension. Adams wants it before the start of the season.6

Bell doesn’t see Adams going anywhere.

“Me, personally, I hope he doesn’t get traded,” Bell said. “But I don’t think he’ll get traded. I do think he’ll be playing with the Jets. That’s just me, personally, because I don’t think he’s going to get traded. Honestly, why would you trade him? I wouldn’t trade him.”

General manager Joe Douglas hasn’t commented on Adams’ contract dispute since late April. Coach Adam Gase said recently that he wants Adams on the 2020 roster.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

In a wide-ranging interview, Bell also addressed his own disappointing performance last season. He rushed for a career-low 789 yards and averaged only 3.2 yards per carry, the lowest in franchise history for a back with at least 150 carries.

After sitting out the 2018 season in a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell said he felt great physically in 2019, but he added, “That wasn’t the best me.”

“Everybody talked about the offensive line and everybody talked about me not getting the ball, but, damn, Le’Veon, were you at your best?” he said. “I can literally look at myself in the eye and say, ‘No. No, I wasn’t.'”

Bucs pass-rusher Shaq Barrett accepts franchise tender, files designation grievance

Buccaneers pass-rusher Shaq Barrett has notified the NFL that he has officially accepted his franchise tender, but he is filing a grievance with the NFLPA to be tagged as a defensive end and not a linebacker, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Barrett, 27, registered a league-leading 19.5 sacks in his first season with the Bucs, playing on a one-year deal for $4 million.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

The franchise tag amount is calculated by taking the average of the top five players’ cap percentages for the current season, or 120% of the player’s previous salary — whichever is higher. If Barrett is tagged as a linebacker, he’d earn $15.8 million for 2020. If he is tagged as a defensive end, he’d earn $2 million more — $17.78 million — due to new contracts inked by DeMarcus Lawrence, Frank Clark, Trey Flowers, Yannick Ngakoue and Cam Jordan all last year.5

The NFL does not distinguish between inside and outside linebackers when determining franchise tag amounts, meaning it does not make a distinction between linebackers serving as pass-rushers — whose primary job is getting to the quarterback, and perceived to be higher value — and those dropping into coverage.

The highest-paid outside linebacker, Khalil Mack, signed a new deal with the Chicago Bears in 2018, and the second-highest paid outside linebacker, Von Miller, signed his current deal in 2016. The third and fourth highest-paid linebackers, Bobby Wagner and C.J. Mosley, did sign new deals in 2019, along with Za’Darius Smith, but multiple players — Barrett, Matt Judon and Bud Dupree — are still awaiting new contracts.nike jersey nfl cheap

The Bucs could try to argue that Barrett is more of a 3-4 outside linebacker given the number of snaps he plays standing up rushing the quarterback versus having his hand in the dirt. Or they could follow what the Baltimore Ravens did with Judon this offseason, by coming up with a compromise — $16.8 million — since Judon plays a hybrid linebacker/defensive end role. If Barrett and the Bucs cannot find a solution, a neutral arbitrator will make the call.

Ings double seals Southampton victory over struggling Watford

Watford were dealt a major blow in their bid to avoid relegation as a Danny Ings double and James Ward-Prowse’s stunning late free kick condemned them to a 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Saints started strongly and took a well-deserved lead in the 16th minute when Ings glided past the challenge of two Watford defenders before curling a low effort into the far corner.8

The striker added a second goal in the 70th minute after intercepting a wayward throw from goalkeeper Ben Foster before Jan Bednarek’s own goal handed the Hornets a lifeline.

But Ward-Prowse’s free kick in the 82nd minute sealed the victory for Southampton, who rose to 13th place with 40 points, while Watford remain in 16th with 28 points, one point ahead of third-bottom Bournemouth, who have a game in hand.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Korea Baseball Organization prepping for fans in stands as soon as Friday

The Korea Baseball Organization is trading in its cardboard cutout fans for real ones.

South Korea announced Sunday it will begin reopening stadiums to spectators this week. A KBO official said the league is working to welcome fans back as soon as Friday.

“We haven’t yet established specific guidelines, and we have to monitor the situation with the virus, but we expect to have fans back in the stands by Friday at the earliest,” the league’s secretary general Ryu Dae-hwan told the Yonhap News Agency on Sunday. “We’ll make the health and safety of our fans the No. 1 priority.”7

The KBO aims to open stadiums at 30% capacity before working its way up to 50% in the coming weeks, according to the news agency.

The league had been playing in empty stadiums since the season began on May 5.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

The highest level of baseball in South Korea, the KBO was one of the first sports to return during the coronavirus pandemic. With games airing on ESPN throughout the summer, the league has become popular among baseball fans awaiting MLB’s return.

Kings’ Jabari Parker, Alex Len test positive for the coronavirus

Forward Jabari Parker and center Alex Len of the Sacramento Kings said Wednesday that they tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Several days ago I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain,” Parker said in a statement released by the team. “I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.”

In a story post on Instagram, Len said he was tested Tuesday in Sacramento, California.7

“I want to thank the Sacramento Kings for their great care and the NBA for putting the protocols in place to allow me to catch this early,” Len’s statement said. “I have immediately entered isolation and look forward to being cleared and rejoining my teammates for our playoff push.”nike nfl cheap jerseys

The Kings (28-36) are one of the 22 NBA teams scheduled to resume games on July 30 in Orlando, Florida.

Parker, 25, has appeared in one game with the Kings. He was traded to Sacramento in February after averaging 15 points in 32 games with the Atlanta Hawks this season.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Len, 27, also was part of that trade involving the Hawks and Kings. He has averaged 6.6 points in nine games with Sacramento.

Patriots’ Devin and Jason McCourty cautious of NFL’s return

New England Patriots defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty described the possibility of returning to work as nerve-wracking and “scary” due to the coronavirus pandemic.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

“I think everybody’s nervous, because the norm is that we just go to work — we put in a lot of work, we bond together, we lift, we’re in close quarters. It feels like that’s all being taken away from us, so I don’t know how to react. I don’t know what’s it’s going to be,” Devin McCourty said Sunday night on the “Double Coverage” podcast.

“I love how a lot of players’ attention has been on what’s going on outside of football, and I think we’ll continue to do that. But figuring out football, to me, seems to be the hardest thing right now. We hope, but I don’t know if we’ll figure it out, honestly.”

“For me, there would be no coming together to do any type of practice with teammates, because I just think we can’t dismiss with corona and everything going on,” Jason said on the podcast he shares with Devin. “I’ve been out here in Nashville, and I actually go run at the high school where I think a lot of the 49ers players were doing their team-practice ordeal. They just had a player or two test positive, [according to a NFL Network report].

“It’s kind of scary because something like that, I think it was probably just offense, so they probably had maybe 10 guys out there. When you think about the future, if it’s hard for 10 guys just to get together to do little passing drills or anything of that nature, to think about somewhere between 53 and 90 guys in a training camp, it’s going to be insane. So I don’t know how that’s going to turn out.”

One possibility would be to emulate plans by the NBA and MLS for a “bubble” format. In a CNN interview last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that is what the NFL would need to do to give itself the best chance to have a season.

Both McCourtys expressed doubt on how that would work.7

“I think it’s very different for football. You think about training camp, there’s 90 guys on the team. Not only are there 90 guys, but there’s a coaching staff usually made up of maybe 15 to 20 … and there are so many other football-essential personnel that are in the building. You’re talking about 32 teams with over 100 members that you have to house; I don’t know if it’s really fathomable for the NFL to be able to go in a bubble,” Jason said.

“Beyond that, I don’t really know — me, personally, I don’t want to ever say never, but I can’t anticipate me being away from the family for that long throughout the entirety of the season. That would be insane. It would feel like forever.”cheap nfl jerseys nike china

Added Devin: “I just can’t see me stepping away from my family for that amount of time. When you sign up for different jobs, you kind of discuss it as a family, the hardship of that. For us as players, we never had to think about that. We have training camp kind of in a month and a half, so we haven’t heard until now. The days start counting down. You might be telling your wife with a week’s notice that you’re gone for six months. To me, that would be very tough. If that is on the table, I think that needs to be discussed sooner than later for guys to be able to make that decision.”

At one point in the podcast, Jason was asked the biggest obstacle the Patriots face in 2020, and he said any specific X’s and O’s are overshadowed by the bigger picture.

“[Similar] to every other team in the league, is figuring out how to get into the building. I know that’s kind of the cliché answer right now, but everything that’s gone on with COVID, I think it’s hard at this point to even think about the individual team obstacles that you’re going to have go through because there’s so much going on out of our control right now,” Jason said.

Ja Morant asks judge to have Confederate monument removed from Murray

Former Murray State star Ja Morant is asking a Kentucky judge to remove a Confederate monument in downtown Murray.

Morant, who was drafted with the second pick in the 2019 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, led Murray State to a conference championship in 2019.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“Murray felt like a second home from the minute I stepped on campus and became a part of the Murray state community,” Morant said in a letter to the Calloway County judge dated Thursday.8

“As a young Black man, I cannot stress enough how disturbing and oppressive it is to know the city still honors a Confederate war general defending white supremacy and hatred.”

The monument, which features a statue of Robert E. Lee, was erected in 1917 to honor Confederate soldiers from Calloway County. It sits outside the Calloway County Courthouse.

A number of Confederate statues and monuments have been removed around the country in the wake of protests following the death of George Floyd last month.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

“Given recent events and the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s necessary to act now,” Morant wrote. “We can’t change the culture of racism unless we change the celebration of racism.”

Texans coach Bill O’Brien says he’ll take knee with players during anthem

Houston Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien says he’ll take a knee during the national anthem next season with his players to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

“Yeah, I’ll take a knee — I’m all for it,” O’Brien told the Houston Chronicle. “The players have a right to protest, a right to be heard and a right to be who they are. They’re not taking a knee because they’re against our flag. They’re taking a knee because they haven’t been treated equally in this country for over 400 years.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Earlier in the week, O’Brien attended George Floyd’s funeral, along with team owner Cal McNair and several players, including J.J. Watt. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man from Houston, died last month while in police custody in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.8

Last week, O’Brien spoke at length about Floyd’s death and the state of race relations in the United States, saying, “We all have to stand up and understand that what is going on in this country right now is wrong.”

In 2017, O’Brien was supportive when the majority of Texans players took a knee after then-team owner Bob McNair said in an owners meeting, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” in reference to player demonstrations and protests during the national anthem.nfl nike jersey cheap

“When it comes to the players’ right to express themselves, I’m always for that,” O’Brien said in March 2018. “I think the players in this league, the players on our team, they have educated, intelligent opinions on what’s going on socially in the world.”

O’Brien told the Chronicle he thinks the Texans’ organization — led by the McNair family — is “trying to find ways to fight racial injustice in this country.”

“It wasn’t a conscious effort,” O’Brien told the Chronicle about the Texans’ response to Floyd’s death. “It wasn’t like we had a conversation together and decided to do it. I think we just said enough is enough, and we’ve got to do what’s right. As an organization, we’re part of the conversation, and we want to do our part.”

Sources: Browns working on possible megadeal with Myles Garrett

The Cleveland Browns and defensive end Myles Garrett have engaged in contract discussions, according to sources, setting the stage for a potential mega-extension for the 2017 No. 1 overall pick.

Garrett has two years left on his rookie contract after the Browns picked up his fifth-year option. He could follow Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, a fellow member of the 2017 draft class who saw his contract extended after three NFL seasons.

The Browns have several core players they might need to pay in coming years — including cornerback Denzel Ward, quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Nick Chubb — so they can get ahead of a pricey pass-rush market now by extending Garrett.

After 10 sacks in as many games last year, Garrett is widely viewed as one of the game’s most feared pass-rushers.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

But in 2019, Garrett served a six-game suspension for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet during an end-of-game skirmish on Nov. 15. Garrett apologized for the hit, calling it a “terrible mistake” that was “selfish and unacceptable.”7

The NFL reinstated Garrett in February, and Garrett alleged in an interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes that Rudolph had called him a racial slur. Rudolph has vehemently denied that claim, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin aggressively defended Rudolph in an interview with ESPN’s First Take, saying he was “hacked off” by Garrett’s comments that neither team corroborated after the fight.

“We do see Myles as a long-term member and pillar in our organization,” general manager Andrew Berry told 105.7 the Fan Baltimore last month. “Great player, great person. Obviously, he did make a mistake last year that he’s learned from. But our confidence in and faith in Myles has not wavered and we’re looking to seeing what he does this year and certainly for years to come.”

Chicago’s Khalil Mack tops all pass-rushers with an average of $23.5 million per year, followed by Dallas’ DeMarcus Lawrence ($21 million) and Kansas City’s Frank Clark ($20.8 million).cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Garrett’s agent is Bus Cook, who also represents free-agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, a player Cleveland attempted to sign this offseason. Opposite Garrett is veteran Olivier Vernon, who’s due $15.25 million in base salary this season.

Chargers RB Justin Jackson says Colin Kaepernick should feel ‘vindicated’

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson said Wednesday he thinks that Colin Kaepernick should feel “very vindicated” about kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 and that whether players kneel or don’t kneel before games in the 2020 season and beyond will be the context of a bigger national discussion.

That is, Jackson said, players might not kneel if they believe they are listened to when they speak about use of force by police and a variety of other social issues “in our communities.”

“But I think, I think what Colin did, as far as kneeling and everything — the point of the protest was to bring attention to the issue,” Jackson said. “Even though that obviously got skewed because of a multitude of factors, that was the reason, that was the motivation behind the protest.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“Now that that light has shined and that’s kind of really exposed … the way I’m thinking of it, the best methodology moving forward is to do everything we can with our platform to effect that positive change. I don’t know if [kneeling] will have the most net positive outcome because of the way it gets so, such a hyperpartisan issue, really because they don’t want to talk about the real issue. Nevertheless, I think if we just use our platforms like we are now to continue to expose and advocate for the change we want to see in society, that might be the best method going forward. But we’ll see.”

Jackson said he has participated in Black Lives Matter protests in the Los Angeles area in recent days and plans to participate in another one later this week. He added that he would support any player’s participation in a peaceful protest, including kneeling before an NFL game.8

“That is your First Amendment right,” Jackson said, adding that Kaepernick’s message about police brutality and social issues got “clouded” because it was framed as a protest of the flag or the nation’s military. Jackson said that nationally, the marches for change have put a spotlight on the issues Kaepernick was trying to draw attention to, and they have created a different kind of discussion locally and nationally.

“His message, 100 percent, got clouded, and it really got clouded for insidious reasons, right?” Jackson said. “The reason it got clouded is they wanted to make it about something that it wasn’t. They didn’t want to talk about the real issue he was bringing up, which now is at the forefront of our society — everyone is seeing exactly what is happening.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“It’s like a perfect storm. … I think people are finally starting to see, he was right … what he was talking about then. … He should feel very vindicated. … I’m glad that now it’s changed, the narrative has changed and the majority of people are seeing exactly what he was talking about, and what a lot of people have been talking about, screaming about, for a long time.”

The third-year running back said Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and general manager Tom Telesco have been supportive of players participating in protests, and players, as well as Lynn, have shared their experiences with one another during some of the team’s video conference calls.