Cardinals lock down Tyrann Mathieu with 5-year, $62.5 million extension

The Arizona Cardinals signed free safety Tyrann Mathieu to a five-year contract extension following a career season for the third-year player, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The deal is worth a total of $62.5 million, with $40 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal makes Mathieu the highest-paid safety in the NFL. Mathieu had one year remaining on his original contract with the team before the team locked him in for the foreseeable future.

Back in January, Mathieu told Keith Smith Jersey reporters, “I think this is the perfect place for me. I wouldn’t mind spending the rest of my life here.” After signing his contract, Mathieu’s response was simple and to the point.

Mathieu’s contract will average $12.5 million Kyle Wilber Jersey per season, which surpasses the $10.8 million Eric Berry will make with the Kansas City Chiefs this season under the franchise tag. Harrison Smith signed a five-year, $51.25 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason, and his average of $10.5 million per year is also lower than Mathieu’s average.

Expecting that kind of production again shouldn’t be a given, but Freeney has 119.5 sacks, 47 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 319 tackles in 194 career games. He’s got a Super Bowl ring, is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro player. He was always going to wind up signing with a team this season barring retirement.

Freeney said he wanted to play for a team that wins, and that doesn’t describe the Atlanta Falcons over the past few seasons. In 2015, head coach Dan Quinn’s first year at the helm, the Falcons finished with an 8-8 record after a strong 6-1 start to the season. The team’s struggles are due in part to an inability to consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks, so the Freeney acquisition fills a legitimate need for Atlanta.

One of the things that stood out about Freeney in All or Nothing, the Amazon series featuring the Arizona Cardinals, was his comprehensive understanding of the game. Breaking down film in preparation for a matchup with the Green Bay Packers, Freeney was able to identify the precise weaknesses he could exploit against Packers left tackle Don Barclay.

“Try to make the plays before the plays happen,” Freeney said. “It’s chess. It ain’t checkers.”

Freeney’s preparation and understanding of how to dominate his matchup against Barclay yielded three sacks, and the Cardinals won that game 38-8.

The Falcons have a number of young players they will call upon to rush the passer this season, like second-year linebacker Vic Beasley and rookie backer De’Vondre Campbell, and Freeney will be in a unique position to not only contribute on the field, but also to mentor these players and impart some of his vast understanding of the game.

Nick Fairley lost his mother this week, now he’s playing ‘for her’ on Sunday

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley will play Sunday just days after his mother unexpectedly died. She was 51.

Paula Rodgers died Wednesday morning in Mobile, Ala., leaving behind four children and six grandchildren. Though she complained of chest Tom Waddle Jersey pain a few weeks ago and briefly stayed in the hospital, her death was a surprise. Fairley’s agent, Brian Overstreet, told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport that Fairley is playing because he believes his mother would’ve wanted him to.

“He’s going to play for her,” Overstreet said.

The NFL’s point person for domestic violence just so happens to be a dedicated Giants fan and season ticket holder.

The Giants star wideout has now Tracy Porter Jersey been fined over $96,000 on the season. His first fine came on Sept. 16, for excessive celebration against the Dallas Cowboys, and cost him $12,154. He was fined later that month on the 25th, for a blindside and late hit on Kenny Vaccaro of the New Orleans Saints. That one cost him $36,000.

This month, Beckham was fined on Oct. 7 for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Minnesota Vikings, which cost him $24,309, and again this week at the same price.

Beckham’s had a costly season, but if he’s as happy as he was last week, he might not care. A 222-yard and two-touchdown performance cures all.

However, when Brown was initially suspended multiple media outlets reported much of the information contained in the letters, journal entries and other documents that were released recently. Reporters got the information from the Browns’ divorce documents, which are a matter of public record and accessible to anyone who wishes to review them and is willing to go through the appropriate channels to obtain them, including the NFL.

The league has had to deal with several high-profile domestic violence incidents in recent years, and despite insistence that the league cares about violence against women and children, these issues are handled poorly. Brown is no exception.

The Giants’ staunch refusal to distance the organization from Brown’s actions doesn’t make much sense. Brown won’t travel to London, and there is no other kicker on the roster at present, so the Giants will have to sign someone. If Brown remains on the roster, the team will have to cut another player and carry two kickers for this week.

The Giants could just part ways with Brown. They could have done this weeks ago, when he was facing the one-game suspension. On Friday, head coach Ben McAdoo reiterated to the media that the Giants would not “turn their back” on Brown.

On Thursday Mara repeatedly mentioned Brown’s “good-faith effort to rehabilitate himself.”

Move this clown college organization to San I can become a Niners fan already

Asked 10 year old if he’d be excited if the Raiders moved to our town, San. He said, Why would we want a team with Schaub as quarterback? They already ran him out of Texas once.The last game I went to was against Tampa Bay 2012, when made our defense look like a JV squad trying to tackle a running back covered grease. I was with some friends who came from LA and central California, and it was their first Brandon Mebane Jersey time to a game person, they were pretty excited. We had great seats – the best I’ve ever had at a football game – about 10 rows from the field at somewhere like the 35 yard line. After broke 67 yards for his second TD late the third quarter to go up 28, I decided to beat the crowd and hop on the train back to San. friends looked at me with sad faces, and I told them they should stay, this being their first game and all, but that I had seen this movie too times to stick around. As I’m on the train, buddies start texting me how I left too early and that the Raiders were coming back after led drives for 3 TDs the fourth. I told them to wait and how they’d it up, and sure enough ran for his fourth TD and threw interception to seal the deal. The Casey Hayward Jersey vindication I felt for leaving early was probably the most I felt relation to the Raiders that entire.We are the absolute worst at drafting. We are somehow even worse at free agency. Our fans are the fucking worst. All they do is bitch about being underrated all this offseason. Some of them even have playoff aspirations. Are you me? Have you seen this team? We’d be lucky to scrape five wins together this year, and that was before we got handed the league’s toughest schedule. Fuck that. Fuck this team, the fans, management, and double our clown serial killer owner.

Move this clown college organization to San I can become a Niners fan already. Sam: Oakland sports are having existential crisis brought on by the state of the Coliseum. Currently, being a fan involves having passing familiarity with city planning, local politics, and environmental law. Superfans like Dr Death address the city council costume. The stadium shitshow is making us familiar with urban planning legal issues like ENAs, EIRs and CEQA. When the Raiders came back to Oakland the city obliged their demands. The current sewage problems? That’s because the Raiders renovations required the field to be lowered several feet below what the plumbing was originally designed for. For this, the city of Oakland floated a bond for a quarter of a billion dollars, with none of the Raiders’ revenue streams turn going to the city. Two decades later the city still owes $191 million, and the teams consider the stadium and arena unsalvageable. The Raiders and the A’s are both threatening to leave and all parties are trying any semblance of the leverage they can invent against the other two. Oakland, the Raiders and the A’s are all bluffing, and all of their bluffs have been called, they go back to bluffing-it’s like a Mamet script. The Raiders were bluffing that they had a stadium project ready to go as soon as the A’s get out of their way, and when that bluff was called they started bluffing that they’ll move to San, where their stadium problems would play out with the Alamodome which may be the only operating stadium the country more effed than the Coliseum. The A’s were bluffing that they’d get permission to move but when that bluff got called they started bluffing that they’re willing to stay Oakland if given a -ton of concessions, but the A’s new 10-year commitment to Oakland is basically a 3-year lease followed by a series of 1-year extensions after that, and they’ve basically already packed their bags and are just waiting for MLB to give up and let them leave. And the mayor and city council, whose ONE goal this shitshow is to not lose all three sports teams one election cycle, oscillate between playing hardball-which they understand to be nuking all negotiations over details they themselves ‘t understand, for the sake of appearing tough-and getting their bluff called embarrassingly unambiguous fashion, bent over the barrel like they have been for decades, piling on ever more crushing debt on Oakland’s impoverished tax base. Here’s a nice embarrassing example of Oakland’s unique mix of incompetence, delusion, and perfidy: the mayor gave interview saying that the literal Crown of Dubai was pocket and would be infusing the funds needed for a giant two-stadium plus arena plus commercial district Coliseum City complex that would solve everyone’s problems simultaneously.

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ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong have experienced a little déjà vu while rounding the bases the bottom of the 14th against the Pirates on Sunday. Wong’s second home run of the, a 421-foot blast deep into the right-field bleachers over the bullpen, gave the Cardinals their third consecutive walk-off win against the Pirates — the latest by a. It was Wong’s second career walk-off the regular, and Antti Raanta Jersey both have come against the Bucs. I was sitting there waiting for something I knew I could drive, Wong said. I wasn’t trying to bloop something, I was trying to drive something and either score myself or get scoring position. The capped a 3-for-4 day for Wong, who came off the bench for Matt Carpenter after he left the game with dizziness. Driving the ball, almost got it the gap the previous at-bat, he’s exciting, impressive kid, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. We just want to keep working with him to the point where he’s getting that consistency.

But he can do some pretty impressive things. Wong’s Brian Leetch Jersey blast ended another back-and-forth contest between two of the Central Division’s frontrunners. Carpenter’s home run the fourth gave the Cardinals a 1 lead and ended a streak of 95 consecutive innings without a home run given up by Pirates pitchers. That at-bat have been overlooked, because it didn’t get past third base, but he got into a tough spot, and he gets a 3 slider, which is one he swung through a couple of times, and Harrison makes a great play to save that game from being over, Matheny said. Just incredible at-bat from Bourjos right there. It is the first time the Cardinals had three extra-inning walk-off wins a row since winning four consecutive July 7, 1987. It also prolongs a walk-off trend against the Pirates. Since the start of the 2013, the Cardinals have had 15 walk-off wins, with eight of those coming at the expense of the Bucs. Any time you can get a walk-off home run, it’s special, but to do it the fashion that we did three a row, it’s something big for us, especially against a team like the Pirates, Wong said. Joe is a contributor to. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fla. — Reggie said Sunday he wanted to stay with the Detroit Pistons, and the team responded kind by reaching a five-year agreement worth $80 million to retain the restricted free agent and give him the highest-value contract team history. The contract was something of a formality. did not seek external offers and the Pistons made re-signing him their highest-priority piece of offseason business. came to Orlando this weekend specifically to meet with Pistons president of basketball operations and head coach Gundy about his new contract, which does not include any options. can not sign the deal until Thursday and the Pistons might like to delay it even longer while they pursue another free-agent big man. They then could exceed the salary cap to retain. was acquired a February trade which the Pistons sent Singler and D.J. Augustin to Oklahoma City. Though received the largest contract team history, the Pistons are expected to sign center Drummond to a long-term extension, either this or next, which exceed it. not be the highest-paid Piston for a single, a distinction that still belongs to Iverson, who made $20 million 2008., 25, is entering his fifth NBA. He played 27 games with the Pistons after the trade and averaged 17 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds with them. last year turned down a four-year, $48 million extension offer to remain as Oklahoma City’s backup, which prompted the Thunder to seek trade opportunities.

Bipolar disorder is usually a life- battle

They start to feel normal and ‘t think they need meds and situations like this occur. Bipolar disorder is usually a life- battle, noted, adding that episodes of mania and depression typically come back over time, even without medication. Maybe that’s what happened here, he said, referring West’s bizarre behavior.

West is no stranger to Chris Watt Jersey negative media coverage. 2009 he was pulled over near his home while driving his three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle and carrying several guns, including one a guitar case, shotgun shells and a bowie knife. He would later claim that he was transporting the weapons from his mother’s house to another one of his properties, and avoid jail by pleading guilty to two misdemeanor weapons charges and a traffic charge. There were also several stints while with the Cavaliers where West, now 32, was noticeably absent which were well-documented the press.

He was excused from training camp one while seeking treatment for what he then-called a mood disorder. After a Corey Liuget Jersey disappointing 2010 playoff collapse, rumors about West having a relationship with the mother of then-teammate LeBron James began to circulate. Cavs fans pointed to LeBron’s poor play and a lack of team chemistry, as reason to believe there was a rift, keeping West’s name the headlines. While he denied the relationship for years afterward, a 2014 interview with Vice Sports, West inserted himself back the news and said the reason he didn’t name his Delonte West, Jr. was because of that rumor. His middle name is Delonte but I didn’t want to name him Delonte West, Jr. just because of that, he said.

I ‘t want going to school and people making fun of him for something his daddy did. He going to school and ‘didn’t your daddy have with LeBron’s mamma?’ I ‘t want him to deal with all that, man. total, West’s professional career spanned eight seasons, earning him $16 million which he reportedly no longer has. He was last given a chance with the Mavericks 2012, but was waived after being suspended twice for conduct detrimental to the team. West’s meltdowns the past have been well-documented, including a Twitter post of his Home Depot application during the 2011 lockout, and a winter spent with his second wife house with no heat. He told the Washington Post 2015 that as a child, small incidents would send him into a tailspin. Shortly before his diagnosis 2008, he was experiencing the same symptoms. These guys are just as prone to depression, anxiety and substance abuse as anybody, Dr. Justin, a sport psychologist with Premier Sports Psychology who treats athletes, coaches and teams but has not treated West, told. When you you can he’s spinning a direction that’s probably not helping his cause, he said.

Texans QB Brock Osweiler: No extra pressure on offense in Watt’s absence

Even though the Houston Texans invested heavily in the offense during the offseason, the identity of the team was still J.J. Watt and the defense.

And through three games, the defense has outplayed the offense. But even though Houston placed Watt on injured reserve on Wednesday, quarterback Brock Osweiler doesn’t think the three-time Defensive Player of the Year’s absence puts any more pressure on the offense.

“I don’t think there are any givens, and that’s not an indictment on anybody,” Fox said.

Cutler is in the middle of a seven-year, $126.7 million contract he signed in 2014. The Bears haven’t had a winning record since 2012. Fox and general manager Ryan Pace stuck with Cutler after taking over the Bears in 2015, in part because of a $10 million guarantee in his contract.

Working with offensive coordinator Adam Gase last season, Cutler responded well, cut down his interceptions, showed better leadership and had one of his best years statistically. But Gase is now in Miami, and Cutler looked back to his old self in the two games he started. His completion percentage is down and, most important, the Bears haven’t won.

Cutting Cutler is no longer a money issue, either. He’s signed through 2020, but his contract doesn’t have any guaranteed money after this season. He could be cut in the offseason and count only $2 million under the 2017 cap.

“I don’t think anything changes offensively now that the news of J.J. going on IR has come out,” Osweiler said. “Bottom line, we need to score points. We need to score a lot of them. We knew that whether he was put on IR or not.”

In the first three games of the season, Osweiler has completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 695 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. His worst game came Thursday in Houston’s 27-0 loss to the New England Patriots, during which he never established an offensive rhythm and the Texans didn’t cross midfield until less than two minutes left in the third quarter.

“So I went to the bank and got $3,900 in coins. It was pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters … everything. I didn’t care one bit. I took a truck load of it and put it right there where he wanted it, and got my truck towed back to my buddy’s shop.”

This he said-he said battle first was reported by Jalopnik.

Tolbert claimed Monday in an Instagram post that he was quoted a price and a 10-day completion time, and that more than two months later the work had not been completed. He also claimed the price from the original quote had gone up.

Danny Woodhead out for season with torn ACL

The Chargers continue to lose weapons on offense.

After wide receiver Keenan Allen was lost to a torn ACL in a Week 1 loss to the Chiefs, running back Danny Woodhead went down with the same injury in a blowout win over the Jaguars, forcing the Charges to place him on injured reserve, the team announced. The 31-year-old dual threat back has been a fine addition to San Diego’s offense over the past three years, although this will be the second time since 2013 he couldn’t make it past Week 3. Woodhead broke his fibula early in the 2014 season.

In a Monday appearance with WJFK-FM in Washington, Cousins said it’s “understandable” that teammates would grouse about their slow start to the season.

“I think people respond with emotion like you said. 0-2 is 0-2,” Cousins said. “It’s tough. No one wants to be there. I think we all feel like we’re too good to be 0-2. We have too many players, too much talent. In a lot of ways, (we) aren’t playing at the level we’re capable of.”

To Cousins’ credit, he is neither fanning the flames of discontent nor backing away from the criticism.

“You take ownership, you step to the forefront and you lead and you challenge guys and you say what you need to do better,” Cousins continued. “I think together, we can do that. That’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’ve done my whole life, my whole life as a football player. This is no different. This is not new territory for me. I’ve faced challenges before, adversity before on the football field. We’re going to find a way to move forward and play better. We’re going to do it together.”

Colin Kaepernick biding time to grasp ‘next opportunity’ as starter

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a backup before and now that he’s No. 2 on the depth chart again, he’s biding his time for the next chance to play.

After that game in San Diego, Kaepernick pledged to donate the first $1 million he makes this season toward helping organizations he believes can make a difference. He said Wednesday that he’ll also donate the proceeds from the sales of his jersey to those same causes.

As Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said, “This is not the Super Bowl.” The Panthers aren’t approaching this as a game for revenge or redemption for their 24-10 loss in Super Bowl 50. They have moved on.

Much of the credit for that goes to coach Ron Rivera, who spent the offseason preparing his team to avoid a “Super Bowl hangover.” In case you’ve missed it, since the 1992-93 Buffalo Bills, no team that lost the title game has returned the following year. Rivera has talked to everyone from John Madden to a retired admiral for advice. The message has been received loud and clear by his players.

The focus, as cliché as it sounds, is to win the next game. This is the next game, and minus Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman, Carolina has back most of the team that went 15-1 in the 2015 regular season.

Kelvin Benjamin. As good as the Panthers were offensively last season, they didn’t have their No. 1 receiver. Benjamin, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound target, will help bail Cam Newton out of trouble when he needs to complete tough passes over the middle to keep the chains moving. As Denver linebacker Von Miller said, Benjamin is Newton’s “safety blanket.” Benjamin’s presence will make it tougher for the Broncos to take Olsen out of the game, as they did in the Super Bowl. He’ll also create opportunities for second-year wide receiver Devin Funchess, who is light years ahead of where he was a season ago.

Norman has been a focal point ever since he signed with Washington in the spring, following Carolina’s decision to rescind the franchise tag it had placed on him. Part of it stems from his contract, worth $15 million a year, the highest for a corner. He has been in headlines for his matchup with Odell Beckham Jr., based on what happened last year and because they play twice this season.

“I’m ready to leave that all behind me,” he said. “I really don’t want to talk about it much. I tried to block it out and try to focus on football — what’s important. I know I didn’t do anything wrong.

“We were very confident since Day 1. I wasn’t really worried that much. I was really focused on ball and let my lawyers and representatives handle the rest.”

Union: Santa Clara police might boycott 49ers games over Colin Kaepernick’s stance

The Santa Clara police union has sent a letter to the San Francisco 49ers, warning that police might stop working the team’s home games due to Colin Kaepernick’s statements on police brutality and his wearing of socks during a practice that showed cartoon pigs dressed as police officers.

Sanchez is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end under his current contract, which would be nullified if he were released and make him a free agent immediately. There is also the business side, beyond Sanchez’ salary, that the Broncos would not have to surrender a draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles if Sanchez is not on the roster after Saturday.

Earlier this week Sanchez said he was determined to handle things in a “professional way,’’ and he promised to help Siemian and Lynch as much as possible.

“Few things are more important to me than my name and reputation. This might call that into question for some, which has me heartbroken,” Ninkovich said. “I don’t want to cut any corners. I want to do things the right way, with high integrity, and that’s what I have always wanted to stand for.”

Ninkovich, 32, has played in 116 consecutive games (including playoffs) for the Patriots since signing with the team as a free agent on Aug. 2, 2009.

“Any supplement I’ve ever used was bought at a store. I was unaware something I bought had a substance in it that would give me a positive test because it wasn’t listed [as an ingredient],” Ninkovich told ESPN.

“One thing I have learned is that if a supplement is not NSF certified, there are no regulations that ensure that what is on the label is 100 percent accurate. That is a hard lesson for me to learn at this stage in my career, but I take responsibility for it. It’s a mistake I made and it hurts that I won’t be there for my teammates.”

A team captain in 2015, Ninkovich tore his triceps during a training camp practice with the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 9 and was in jeopardy of missing the start of the season because of the injury.

He is valued for his pass-rush ability (47 career sacks, including playoffs) and toughness to set the edge against the run. Coach Bill Belichick has annually lauded Ninkovich’s toughness, versatility and intelligence.

NFC position battles: QBs under pressure in West

We projected the 20 most intriguing position battles in NFC one month ago. With the regular season approaching, let’s check in to see which players have earned starting gigs.

Linebacker is more clear. It would be a surprise if suspended middle linebacker Rolando McClain ever plays for the team again. Anthony Hitchens has taken over in the middle, with Kyle Wilber a starter on the outside. Translation: Tony Romo and friends might need to score 35 points each week to win.

At running back, Alfred Morris has run all month like he wanted to make the Redskins regret letting him go. He’s on his way. With Lance Dunbar on the mend and rookie Darius Jackson looking like he belongs, Jerry Jones could potentially attempt to trade Darren McFadden.

And before I do get into the sleepers, you know how much I love to say that Aaron Rodgers is going to be motivated this season because his brother aired their family’s dirty laundry on “The Bachelorette” this summer. I’m still convinced this is the case, even though a lot of the football types in the building kind of bristle at the idea. But I did get a pretty good endorsement of this theory a few weeks ago. Forgive me, I did share this story with you on my Facebook page. However, it’s too good not to share in case you missed it. (ICYMI for all of you hipsters.)

Latavius Murray’s fantasy stock: Coach Jack Del Rio said that Murray’s limited playing time against Tennessee was only because the Raiders know Murray and need to find his backup. That argument only works if Murray is clearly better than the players behind him.

Both DeAndre Washington and camp surprise Jalen Richard run with serious juice. Washington is great on passing downs and Richard has vision. Throw in underrated fullback Jamize Olawale’s carries with the starters and Murray is staring at a diminished workload. Del Rio refused to guarantee Murray would be the team’s No. 1 back early in the offseason, and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie promised to get help. The team was hoping to reduce Murray’s role and just so happened to find the right guys with a fifth-round pick and an undrafted free agent.

A good week for …
Dallas Cowboys rookies: This has nothing to do with the broken bone in Tony Romo’s back. That injury will keep Dak Prescott in the spotlight longer than expected, but his performance against Seattle on Thursday night showed how the Cowboys can survive. Prescott showed he can stand tall against pressure, even if heat is rare behind the boffo Cowboys line. Prescott avoided big mistakes, ran the hurry-up like a veteran and got the Cowboys starters to halftime tied against a stout defense.

More importantly, Prescott will have the support of a strong running game. Ezekiel Elliott put more skills on tape (power, burst, vision, blocking, toughness) in 14 snaps than some NFL starters show their whole career. Even the Jones family couldn’t overhype this kid enough.

Andre Johnson, WR, Tennessee Titans: Signed without a guaranteed roster spot, Johnson now looks slated for a starting role. Dorial Green-Beckham is gone and Justin Hunter could be soon behind. Johnson actually played more with Tennessee’s first-team offense on Saturday than big free-agent pickup Rishard Matthews, catching three passes for 65 yards. Time will tell what he has left, but A.J. is getting a legitimate final chance to burnish his Hall of Fame numbers alongside a promising young quarterback.