Eagles bolster backfield with former Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount

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The Philadelphia Eagles Jersey reportedly have signed free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount Jersey, the team announced Wednesday morning. Blount’s deal with the Eagles is potentially for much more money than the New England Patriots Jersey would have paid him.


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The Patriots got a lot out of Blount the past few seasons but opted to go in a different direction this offseason, signing free agents Rex Burkhead Jersey Jersey and Mike Gilislee at what suddenly is a crowded position. They also offered the esoteric “May 9 tender” to Blount for $1.1 million after those signings, which at the very least could help their compensatory pick formula for 2018 depending on if Blount makes the Eagles and earns most of that money.

oregon football jerseys combinations The Eagles signed former Patriots running back LeGarrette Bount to a one-year deal. (AP)MoreThe Eagles certainly needed help in the backfield. They failed to add a bigger back in the offseason, drafting diminutive Donnel Pumphrey Jersey to go along with 33-year-old Darren Sproles Jersey, and still have injury-prone Ryan Mathews Jersey (due to make a base salary of $4 million) and Wendell Smallwood Jersey, coming off a nada rookie season, in the picture. The Eagles also passed on signing Jamaal Charles Jersey Jersey, despite connections to the coaching staff.

cheap nfl jerseys 49ers “LeGarrette Blount Jersey is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him to this football team,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said in a statement. “We feel good about the depth and competition that we have created at the running back position and we are looking forward to getting the guys out on the field next week for OTAs.”

The 6-foot, 250-pound Blount, who turns 30 in December, is coming off his best NFL season in Year 7 and was named the 80th best player in the NFL last season by his peers but had to wait until mid-May to be signed. Such is the life of an NFL running back, it would seem. He led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns, the most since the 2009 season and totaled 1,161 rush yards on 299 carries in the regular season.

Matt Hasselbeck, Leonard Marshall pledge brains for CTE research

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We’re still learning about concussions and their long-term effects, and that process doesn’t get easier when players are still hiding concussions to stay on the field.

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The Concussion Legacy Foundation announced that two former NFL stars have pledged their brains to be studied upon their deaths. Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Matt Hasselbeck and former New York Giants Jersey defensive lineman Leonard Marshall announced they’ll give their brains to support research on concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

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“During my football career, we didn’t have enough information on the long-term effects of concussions and brain trauma,” Matt Hasselbeck said in a release. “I want to be part of the solution, and by pledging my brain I am doing my part to provide the data to protect the next generation of athletes.”

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cheap nfl jerseys 19.99 “CTE is no joke and I don’t want to see anyone else suffer like me and my friends,” Marshall said in a statement. “At 55 I have short-term memory loss, erratic behavior, and experience fogginess. This is literally a life-and-death matter, and it’s time we start having real, honest conversations about brain trauma in professional and youth sports.”

There’s still no definitive answer on what connection there is between football, concussions and CTE. More research is still needed. Getting players like Hasselbeck and Marshall to pledge their brains for further study might help get us closer to the answers.

Shorter overtime and another change to injured reserve expected to be approved next week

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NFL owners will gather next week for a brief series of meetings, and at least two new rules changes are expected to be approved.


Via Judy Battista of NFL.com, owners will vote on a motion that had previously been tabled to shorten overtime periods from the current 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

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Jacksonville owner Shad Khan, left, and New England owner Robert Kraft will be at the May league meetings next week. (AP)MoreCoaches, however, are in favor. Battista spoke with several at the league meetings last month who said shorter overtime leads to less wear-and-tear on players, who may see a full period of play carry over to practices and the game that follows, and Houston Texans Jersey coach Bill O’Brien said perhaps less time will lead to more aggressive play-calling.

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cheap nfl jersey supply Currently, teams may remove one player off injured reserve; if owners approve, going forward they’ll be able to remove a second player off IR.

While that is a welcome move, it seems the smarter thing should be moving to a system similar to baseball, which has a 10-day disabled list and a 60-day DL for more serious injuries. Why not allow teams to designate players on a four-game DL and eight-game DL and still keep the full-season injured reserve?

Change is often slow in the NFL, so maybe we’ll see broader changes someday.

Did Tom Brady suffer a concussion last year? Gisele says he did

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Tom Brady Jersey Jersey is one of the most durable athletes in football, and he’s said he wants to play well into his 40s. But his wife Gisele doesn’t appear to be on board with that idea, and on Wednesday morning she suggested he may have suffered many as-yet-unreported concussions during his playing career.

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“He had a concussion last year,” Gisele told Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning. “I mean, he has concussions pretty much every — we don’t talk about it, but he does have concussions.”

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— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 17, 2017

florida state football jerseys youth That’s a pretty significant admission, one that Gisele appeared to backtrack from mid-answer. Given the NFL’s increased emphasis on concussion safety, and the increased visibility of players suffering from concussions in middle age and later, the fact that the NFL’s marquee player is suffering from concussions is fairly noteworthy.

cheap nfl jersey shirts “I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for a body to go through,” Gisele said, before miming helmets knocking together. “That kind of aggression, all the time, cannot be healthy for you. I’m planning on having him around, doing healthy things when we’re like 100, I hope.”

Brady was not removed from any game because of a suspected concussion last season, and the Patriots did not indicate on any injury reports that Brady underwent postgame concussion protocol at any time last year. (He was listed on injury reports for knee and thigh issues.) Players who have suffered concussions must undergo a five-step recovery process, which can take days or weeks. Teams that do not adhere to concussion protocol — and, again, there’s no indication other than Gisele’s word here that the Patriots acted improperly — face fines and the possible loss of draft picks under new rules implemented by the NFL last year.

Brady loathes discussing anything other than the business of football — Bill Belichick has trained him well — and likely won’t have much to say on this issue. But in the past, he’s called concussions “just part of life” in the NFL. His wife, at least, isn’t quite so blase about the aggression inherent in the game.

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Michael Bennett says Seattle is ‘perfect place’ for Colin Kaepernick

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If signing Colin Kaepernick Jersey would be some sort of distraction and cause an NFL locker room to implode, as some believe, at least one prominent member of one of the NFC’s most successful teams over the past few years doesn’t see an issue.

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Seattle Seahawks Jersey Pro Bowl defensive lineman Michael Bennett Jersey Jersey, one of the league’s biggest social activists, said on Tuesday that Seattle would have no problem adding Kaepernick.

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“I think that Kaepernick getting the opportunity to be on our team would be really cool, would really be a good place for him because you have a coach like coach [Pete] Carroll who is up for challenges like that. You have an owner who spends and gives back to the homeless. You’ve got players on your team that give back in the community. You’ve got Russell Wilson Jersey, who shows that our team is built around community. So this is a perfect place for him.”

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Lane also took a knee during Seattle’s final preseason game, and the entire Seahawks team linked arms in unity during the anthem in-season.

“I think he would be very good in our locker room,” Bennett said. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t. I think we all talk about the same issues. It’s just that he had the courage to be able to step up, and I get it.”

There are reports that Kaepernick will not kneel this season, should he be signed to a roster.

Bennett believes Kaepernick would be a fit both off-field and on-field.

“I think you look at the things he’s done over the years, on this team, we’re a running-based offense, and [to] be able to play the [read] option would give him a lot of opportunities to be able to be a featured player in the NFL again,” he said. “I think we’ve got a great system, great players and we’ve got Russell, who’s won a lot of games too. So it’d be good for him.”

Bengals’ Adam Jones pleads guilty to misdemeanor obstruction as part of plea deal

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The latest legal issue for Cincinnati Bengals Jersey cornerback Adam Jones Jersey came to a close on Tuesday morning.

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The 33-year old Jones pleaded guilty to a single charge of misdemeanor obstructing official business and was sentenced to time served, two days.

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Adam Jones Jersey. (Getty Images)MoreJones was arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 3, less than two days after the Bengals’ regular-season finale.

discount custom nfl football jerseys In the courtroom of Cincinnati Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory on Tuesday, Jones apologized for his actions, and also to the police officer he accosted.

cheap nfl jersey frames “I’d like to apologize for my actions that night, to the police officer, that is not an example of me or how I want my kids to see me,” Jones said in court. “I truly apologize for what I did, for my actions. I’m trying to get better every day.”

A video taken inside the police cruiser and released by Cincinnati police showed Jones, in the back of the car, cursing at the officer and saying, “I hope you die tomorrow.”

Jones is currently undergoing anger-management classes. He is still subject to NFL discipline.

Mitchell Trubisky is drawing rave reviews after first minicamp

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While it seems like the NFL world is in agreement that the Chicago Bears Jersey somehow made an unforgivable error by moving up one spot to draft quarterback Mitchell Trubisky Jersey, there doesn’t seem to be any buyer’s remorse from the Bears.

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Trubisky was the story of the draft after the Bears moved up from No. 3 to No. 2, giving up a couple third-round picks and a fourth, to take the North Carolina quarterback. That move has been mocked endlessly by most, though that criticism assumes Trubisky wasn’t worth the pick. We don’t know that yet.

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“You’ve got to get him up to speed in your offense,” Fox said. “A guy, regardless of position, has to get comfortable on what to do and how to do it, then cut loose and play.”

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Wow. If that wasn’t enough …

“The evaluation of one NFC regional scouting team was that “Trubisky is an almost perfect quarterback prospect” and that ‘the Bears should count their lucky stars he only started 13 games because if he was a two-year starter, he goes 1/1 [overall No. 1] without hesitation.”

Wow again.

The fact is, if Pace was right (and if these scouts who spoke to CSN Chicago are too) and Trubisky is that good, the price to get him is fine. In 1992, Green Bay Packers Jersey general manager Ron Wolf gave up a first-round pick for a 1991 second-round pick named Brett Favre Jersey Jersey, who was 0-for-5 in his rookie season. Had that happened in today’s environment, Wolf would have been excoriated for the deal in the moment. Nobody would tell you after seeing Favre’s career play out that Wolf overpaid. Nobody will care in a few years about those mid-round picks the Bears gave up for Trubisky if he’s as good as Pace believes. We’ll see.

It’s likely that Trubisky will need some time to develop, because he didn’t play much at North Carolina. That’s why it’s a good thing the Bears have Mike Glennon Jersey Jersey as a buffer, albeit an expensive one. The final verdict on Trubisky probably won’t come this year, and it certainly shouldn’t be made a few weeks after the draft.

The Bears’ belief in Trubisky will be a fascinating story line over the next few years. He’s off to a good start, at least.

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee denies gay rumor

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Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, fiancee of the late Aaron Hernandez, used the second day of her two-day appearance on Dr. Phil’s syndicated daytime talk show to criticize rumors that Hernandez was gay.

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Hernandez, a former Patriot convicted of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, committed suicide in prison in the early hours of April 19. Prison officials indicated that Hernandez had left behind three notes. According to one report, one of the notes was meant for Kyle Kennedy, a fellow inmate at Sousa Baranowski Prison in Shirley, Massachusetts, whom Hernandez allegedly called his “brother.” Hernandez had written to Kennedy’s family and allegedly said that a $50,000 watch Hernandez had bought in Vegas was intended for Kennedy.

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Furthermore, Jenkins-Hernandez said, Kennedy had no place in Hernandez’s life of which she was aware. “I don’t know who this Kyle Kennedy is. I’ve never heard of him, honestly. Aaron has never mentioned him,” she said. “And Aaron liked to be in a single cell, from my knowledge.”

jersey tees wholesale Jenkins-Hernandez also said Kennedy had no claim on the watch, calling his request “a crock of bull.”

wholesale jersey knit fabric Asked if she knew or believed Hernandez was gay, Jenkins-Hernandez was firm in her belief. “I had no indication or any feeling that he was such,” she said. “He was very much a man to me. I don’t know where this came from. It’s embarrassing, in a sense. It’s hurtful, regardless if it’s true or not. It’s just not something that I saw. It’s not something that I believe. It’s just not him.”

There’s also a rift between Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and the rest of Hernandez’s family. “I don’t talk to them. I think the last time we had an encounter was the funeral,” she said. “We don’t see eye-to-eye.”

Hernandez’s murder conviction was vacated in the wake of his death, but numerous court actions remain to be litigated.