Dan Wiederer: Conducting the NFL draft from home will be a bit of a circus
CHICAGO — We know what you’re thinking. This year’s NFL draft has the potential to be a bit of a circus. A quagmire. A full-blown cluster-kerfuffle.Two weeks from Thursday, with its standard “show must go on” determination, the NFL will push ahead with its 2020 player-selection process but in a truly unorthodox manner. All the pomp and circumstance had to be scrapped weeks ago, visions of a packed Las Vegas Strip and boat rides across the Fountains of Bellagio tossed away. And so much for the possibility of Tua Tagovailoa circling around the High Roller Ferris wheel shortly after being selecte...
Seahawks' Pete Carroll on changes to NFL draft and offseason due to coronavirus: 'We'll figure it out'
SEATTLE — You really wouldn’t expect Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to view the challenges facing every individual and business right now as anything other than another opportunity to compete.And true to form, when asked this week about how he and the Seahawks will handle some of the changes that will be forced on all 32 NFL teams this offseason due to the coronavirus pandemic, Carroll responded with trademark optimism.“We’ll figure it out,” Carroll said during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio with hosts Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on Monday. “We’ll get it done.”Like his 31 NFL coaching counterpa...
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Michael Cunningham: Falcons hit Dimitroff's free-agency goals, but have less talent than before
“I don’t know what the (external) expectations were,” Dimitroff said. “Our internal expectations were that we’re going to grab two or three people who will help us and project as potential starters for us.”The Falcons cleared that bar. Dante Fowler is their new No. 1 edge pass rusher. Hayden Hurst (acquired in a trade) is the next starting tight end. Todd Gurley is the lead running back.Of course, that’s not the complete equation. The numbers say the Falcons lost five starters and added three. I say they have less talent now than before.One Falcons player who left, cornerback Desmond Trufant, ...
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Omar Kelly: Giants could be willing to deal with teams jockeying to get ahead of Dolphins in draft
The Cincinnati Bengals would be foolish to trade the No. 1 pick because selecting LSU’s Joe Burrow, the draft’s best quarterback, injects hope into the veins of a struggling NFL franchise.Washington will either select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, adding him to its arsenal of pass rushers, or Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to challenge Dwayne Haskins because trading out of the No. 2 pick would cost the Redskins an elite player.Most NFL insiders thought Detroit would be the draft’s hot spot at No. 3 for teams that covet Tagovailoa, but word is spreading that Ohio State’s Jeffrey Okuda...
Nick Foles cut the base value of his contract by more than half in a 'crazy' restructuring that makes sense for the Bears — and their new QB
If he only followed the numbers, Nick Foles would not be a Bear. The former Super Bowl MVP trusted his instinct, however, and that’s what led to his arrival last week after the trade with the Jaguars became official.The numbers Foles agreed to in a “crazy” restructuring of his contract might not be ideal, but the new deal gives the 31-year-old upside and freedom if he leads the Bears to heights they believe are achievable in the near future.Without reworking his contract to facilitate the trade, in which the Bears sent the Jaguars a fourth-round draft pick, Foles would have remained in Jackson...
Have Raiders closed up shop in Alameda early?
Have the Raiders closed up shop in Alameda for good?Their facility at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway in Alameda, adjacent to the Oakland International Airport, has been closed since March 24 by NFL decree with minimal activity other than players rehabbing injuries with training staff, security and IT personnel.The Raiders learned Monday what had been expected within the last week — the NFL Draft April 23-25 will be done remotely. Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock will run the draft from their respective homes, and all input from coaches and the personnel department will be done with te...
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Matt Calkins: With sports shut down by coronavirus, Seattleites should give thanks to Seahawks' Jadeveon Clowney
SEATTLE — There are no balls bouncing, no bats swinging, no pucks sliding across the ice. There are no games on our home soil to wager on, and no coaching decisions to blast.Sports are suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s not a reality that’s getting easier to adjust to. But here in the Puget Sound area we do have the Jadeveon Clowney watch. That’s something, no?Seriously, wondering where the free-agent defensive end will land is the one thing keeping Seattleites from joining an esports league right now. Rumors about the former Seahawk is the only sports news interrupting no...
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Bob Condotta: Should Russell Wilson give up some of his salary so Seattle can re-sign Jadeveon Clowney?
Russell Wilson has now not once, but twice, this offseason publicly implored the Seahawks and Jadeveon Clowney to make a deal that would keep the defensive end in town for, hopefully, a long time.“Clowney come back,” Wilson said in a live Instagram Thursday while responding to questions from fans while watching a replay of Seattle’s Super Bowl win over Denver. “… We’ve got another Super Bowl to win, man. We need you.”He’d earlier said the Seahawks needed to make sure they added “superstars” such as Clowney to the roster this offseason.That has led to more than a few readers asking (I have the ...
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Scott Fowler: If the Panthers have a plan for how they will rebuild, they're not saying what it is
Scouring the Marty Hurney press conference for usable nuggets of information Monday feels a bit like a waste of time.The Carolina Panthers general manager spoke about 2,000 words over 20 minutes, and about 1,900 of those were of the pleasantly vague variety. There was a lot of “We’re preparing for every scenario” and “Those were private conversations” and “We have a plan” — without saying much at all about what the plan is.Still, there’s plenty of time to scour. The coronavirus has postponed every notable sports event for months.So here are five things Hurney said — or didn’t say — that I foun...
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Football: India to bid for 2027 AFC Asian Cup
Dubai: India has formally submitted its bid documents for hosting the AFC Asian Cup in 2027, as per confirmed reports.With the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) recently extending the deadline to lodge a formal ‘expression of interest’ for three months from March 31 to June 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has pitched in along with Saudi Arabia.“We have already submitted our expression of interest to the AFC. That is what’s required as of now,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das was quoted in the Indian media.Other than India, Saudi Arabia — whose feder...