Details emerge from Richard Sherman’s arrest for burglary domestic violence

Originally posted on YardBarker | By Zac Wassink  |  Last updated 7/14/21

The NFL community was shocked to learn Wednesday that free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested and being held with a bail request denied at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle following an alleged burglary and domestic violence incident. 

ESPN has released more details about what reportedly occurred early Wednesday morning. 

A police spokesman told ESPN a person placed a 911 call from a residence at 2 a.m. PT claiming an adult male family member who did not live there was attempting to force his way into the home. Police met the suspect outside of the residence upon responding to the call, and the male “fought with police” before he was arrested and taken to a hospital for evaluation. 

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Grading major deals: Texans flunk with Hopkins trade; Colts, Dolphins shine

Texans send Hopkins to Arizona | Texans grade: F | Cardinals grade: A 

HOUSTON: Just … why? The entire NFL world wants to know.

Coach/de facto GM Bill O’Brien’s deal of elite receiver De’Andre Hopkins to the Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a 2020 second-rounder and a fourth-rounder in 2021 is mind-boggling. (Houston also sent a fourth-rounder in this year’s draft to Arizona.)

Hopkins had such a great chemistry with franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. Over three years together, Watson completed 70.9% of his passes in Hopkins’ direction for 8.7 yards per attempt and 25 touchdowns, earning a 110.3 passer rating on those throws. 

Trading an elite wide receiver for a running back and mild draft compensation is puzzling enough in a vacuum, but it is even more unforgivable when the running back in question simply is not very good. Since his All-Pro season in 2016, Johnson has averaged just 3.6 yards per rush attempt, amassing nearly as many fumbles (6) as rushing touchdowns (9). Sure, Johnson makes a great impact as a receiver. His career averages of 35.8 receiving yards per game and 7.2 yards per target are outstanding for a running back (eighth and fourth, respectively, among 59 qualifiers since 2015). 

But does Johnson help Watson nearly as much as Hopkins? Absolutely not. O’Brien has some explaining to do. 

ARIZONA: With transition-tagged RB Kenyan Drake presumably set to return, the Cardinals had no need for Johnson and his immense $14.2 million cap hit. In 2019, Drake was excellent over eight games in Arizona after being acquired from Miami, averaging 80.4 rushing yards (5.2 per attempt) and collecting eight touchdowns on the ground. 

Kudos to the Cardinals for taking advantage of a team that is now building a reputation of giving away star talent for much too little. Hopkins, a seven-year vet, is going to work wonders for Kyler Murray in his second professional season. Since 2014, Hopkins has the second-most receiving yards (7,800) and receiving touchdowns (52) of any wide receiver in the league. Hopkins will actually have a slightly lower cap hit in 2020 ($14 million) than Johnson. That is a major coup for Kliff Kingsbury’s squad.

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By Michael Nania | Last updated 3/16/20

Report: Cowboys offered Dak Prescott contract with $105 million guaranteed

The Dallas Cowboys are trying to figure out the contractual futures for two of their best players.

Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are both set to be free agents. Prescott and the Cowboys did not reach agreement on a long-term deal last year despite negotiations, but the Cowboys have no intention of losing him. They are expected to franchise tag Prescott to prevent him from getting away. The chances of a Cooper return are not as certain.

In an article on Friday for the Dallas Morning News, Calvin Watkins reported that the agents for Prescott and Cooper are in a holding pattern regarding the contracts for their clients. They are waiting to see what happens with the CBA negotiations before deciding their next move.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 3/6/20

Teddy Bridgewater could reportedly get $30 million per year on open market

The NFL free-agent market is going to be absolutely insane once it opens up in about a month. Almost half of the teams around the league have $50-plus million to spend on the open market.

This could very well benefit former Pro Bowl quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is going to be in line for a starting job next season.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Bridgewater’s market is expected to pay him around $30 million annually. You read that right, $30 million.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 2/17/20

Ideal Landing Spots For The Top Remaining MLB Free Agents

While most of the prominent MLB free agents have found their homes already this offseason, there are still plenty left who can help teams. Here’s the ideal landing spot for the top remaining free agents.

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Andrew Cashner: Orioles

Andrew Cashner: Orioles

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Cashner looked good early last season in Baltimore, going 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts before he was traded to Boston. The move to Boston was a nightmare, with an ERA above 6.00, but Cashner’s comfort with the O’s was apparent. He would give a team some much-needed innings as he tries to get back on track at age 33.

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Nicholas Castellanos: Cubs

Nicholas Castellanos: Cubs

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Castellanos went on a tear after getting traded to the Cubs last year, hitting .321-16-36 with a 1.002 OPS in only 51 games. He’s obviously comfortable at Wrigley Field and would give the team a big bat it needs, especially if the rumors of a Kris Bryant trade come through. Of course, Chicago’s apparent hesitance to spend money this offseason is a major obstacle.

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Robinson Chirinos: Astros

Robinson Chirinos: Astros

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Houston has already re-signed Martin Maldonado, but he’s hardly a viable starting catcher at this point. Chirinos did an excellent job for the Astros last year, hitting .238-17-58 with improved defense. Entering his age 36 season, Chirinos isn’t a great long-term option but should have another good year as a starter remaining.

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Josh Donaldson: Rangers

Josh Donaldson: Rangers

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As Texas opens its new ballpark, the Rangers have already spent big this offseason with additions like Corey Kluber, Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles. The offense still needs a boost, and Donaldson can certainly provide it. The Rangers fell short in their attempt to sign Anthony Rendon, but Donaldson is a nice consolation after rebounding from a calf injury to hit 37 home runs last year.

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Brian Dozier: Red Sox

Brian Dozier: Red Sox

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Dozier has fallen out of favor late in each of the last two seasons, but he still has something left, as shown by his .771 OPS last year. While his defense has slipped in his early 30s, Dozier can still be a nice addition for a needy team like the Red Sox. Signing him would allow the team to move Michael Chavis to first base full time and use new acquisition Jose Peraza in a utility role. Perhaps the Green Monster would also help Dozier’s home run total.

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Johnny Manziel Jersey Sold For $1.99

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On Friday, this photograph of Johnny Manziel jerseys marked all the way down to $1.99 made its way around the internet:

 A short time later, Manziel reposted the photo to Instagram, added a black and white filter, and wrote, “LOL.”

Manziel, the Browns’ 2014 first-round pick, may have taken his last NFL snap after a forgettable two seasons in Cleveland and an offseason of non-stop partying. But early in 2015, he appeared to be on the right path. Following a rocky rookie campaign, Manziel spent 10 weeks in a treatment facility and emerged a different person, at least according to his teammates.

Last May, then-teammate Karlos Dansby said that Manziel had “grown up right before our eyes,” adding, “He made a decision to help him be a better man [by going to treatment]. And that’s all at the end of the day that’s all we want, we want him to be the best person he can possibly be, because him being the best he can possibly be is going to be the best player that the Browns can possibly have on the field.”

It didn’t work out that way, of course. Manziel started just six games in 2015, and hours before the season finale, he was reportedly spotted partying in Las Vegaswhile wearing a disguise to avoid detection.

But recently, Dansby, who is now with the Bengals, admitted that “I probably would have committed suicide” if he faced the nonstop scrutiny that Manziel has to deal with.

Last month, Manziel’s father admitted that jail might be the best place for his son. Manziel’s response? This.

Meanwhile,’s John Breech has a running list of some of the things Manziel has been up to this offseason.

  • He went to a club in Los Angeles.
  • He went to another club in L.A. (He goes to a lot of clubs.)
  • He hired a new agent because his old one fired him.
  • He went to a club in Miami.
  • He went to a Chris Brown concert in Vegas.
  • He went to a club in Vegas.
  • He went to another club in L.A.
  • He got a tattoo.
  • He spent some time with Justin Bieber.
  • He did $32,000 in damage to a $4.5 million house.

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These Three Free Agent Signings Have Really Panned out so Far

Written by Liam McGuire at Bloguin

There are plenty of deals given out during the free agent frenzy. With the big money being thrown around, some of the deals make you drop your jaw while others make you scratch your head in disbelief. Whatever you think at the time, it’s hard to truly peg how a deal is going to turn out.

Here are three of those free agent signings which have panned out well so far.

Francois Beauchemin

The Colorado Avalanche signed Beauchemin to a huge three-year, $13.5 million deal on July 1st. I wasn’t initially crazy about the move considering it was a lot of money and term to give to a 35-year-old defenseman, but so far it has been a huge move for the Avs.

Colorado’s defense would be an even bigger steaming pile of crap than it currently is if it wasn’t for Beauchemin. He has logged top-pairing minutes, prominently playing beside Erik Johnson. Offensively, he’s been scoring at an impressive rate with nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) in 14 games. He’s playing tough minutes. He hasn’t posted amazing possession numbers, but playing on a Patrick Roy-coached team will do that. The Avs have given up 31.5 SA/60 and sport the league’s worst Corsi at 42.6 percent.

The Avalanche are overworking Beauchemin, but it’s because their alternatives outside him, Johnson and Tyson Barrie are laughable. He’s been an extremely valuable pickup for the team.

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Taking a Look Back at the 2014 Free Agent Class

Written by Jeff Shand-Lubbers at Sporting Charts

With the final out of the World Series now behind us, the baseball fan’s attention is immediately shifting to the upcoming offseason fun. And it didn’t take long for the offseason transactions to begin, as the Mariners and Rays are already swapping players. What will take a little bit of time, however, is for the free agent dominoes to begin falling.

This year’s free agent class is considered a particularly strong one, especially for those interested in acquiring starting pitching. The depth of available starting pitching will likely have minimal impact on the high end talent available, such as David Price and Zack Greinke, but could drive down prices for middle tier starting pitchers.

Of course, regardless of the quality of any free agent class, there will always be hits and misses when it comes to free agency. One year is not enough time to fully assess the contracts given to players last year, but it’s a good reminder that free agent misses are not hard to find.

Looking at last year’s free agent class, these were the top ten contracts handed out by total dollar value:

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The Biggest Potential Bargains of the 2015-16 Free Agent Class

Written by Derek Harvey at Bloguin

The World Series ended on Sunday and the moment it did, all pending free agents officially became untethered from their previous clubs. However they do still have to wait until Friday November 6th – five days after the end of the World Series – before they’re allowed to negotiate with other teams. That won’t matter though, as many free agents wait to sign until the Winter Meetings in December. Clubs will have plenty of time to identify their targets and as is the case every year, several teams will walk away with a bargain.

Bargain buys are usually players coming off of bad seasons or returning from injuries. Sometimes though you’ll also find a bargain in a younger player that has a breakout season. Sometimes you’ll also see a club get a deal on a player who is undervalued, though that happens less in this era of video and statistical analysis. Here are a few players I think could represent a bargain buy for potential suitors.

Marco Estrada
Marco Estrada raised his profile in the Postseason, making three starts with a 2.33 ERA and 3.08 FIP. During the regular season he pitched from the pen and the rotation for a 3.13 ERA. But his career track record is less impressive. He actually struggled quite a lot last year with the Brewers, leading baseball in home runs allowed. Despite that, he has displayed a keen ability to get strike outs despite his below average velocity. He has also shown an ability to pitch both out of the bullpen and in the rotation. That makes him a versatile option that fits any club. I think he could be had on a two-year deal in the range of $18-22 million. Even for a back-end starter in this era that’s not a bad price. The upside is a 3/4 starter. If he can hit that peak, he’s a steal at $11 M AAV.

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