July 2013

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.
Fullback Vonta Leach, who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens on June 11, is re-signing with the Ravens, the team announced Monday.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens never gave up hope of getting back fullback Vonta Leach, and Monday they got their wish.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Tackling is becoming a thing of the past at Panthers training camp.
Fullback had been released in salary cap move.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- With Eli Manning running the show and Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks on the outside, the New York Giants' passing game is potent.
The Green Bay Packers were tired of their inconsistent running game over the last few seasons, so they looked to do something about it with authority in the 2013 NFL draft. General manager Ted Thompson and his staff selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round, and went back to the well in the fourth by picking UCLA speedster Johnathan Franklin. Lacy was known to be a power back more than anything for the Crimson Tide – while he did have some second-level speed, his primary attribute was his ability to bull through at the line and gain those tough yards. Judging from his first preseason in the NFL, and a picture making the rounds on the Internet (Lacy was trending on Twitter on Monday evening as a result), it looked like Lacy had been bulling through some of his teammates at the training table.
COMMENTARY | David Wilson, Rueben Randle and Jayron Hosley were standout rookies for the New York Giants in 2012. Barring any injuries, all three players should see increased roles during the 2013 season -- with Wilson and Hosley possibly earning starting jobs.But for the rest of the 2012 rookie class, the future is uncertain. Fierce position battles for tight end, defensive end, defensive tackle and safety may leave four second-year players fighting to keep their spots on the 2013 roster.
All NFL teams spend big to succeed, but some are much better at turning their money into wins on the field.
The "Shutdown Countdown" is chugging along. In addition to previewing each team, Shutdown Corner will be taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the Houston Texans. 2013 Adjusted Cap Number : $125.046 million (21st in the NFL in 2013) 2013 Cap Room Remaining : $1.447 million (30th in the NFL, as of July 26) Best Bargain : J.J. Watt is the best defensive player in the league and is coming off a season where he led the NFL in sacks (20.5), posting 39 tackles for a loss, 43 quarterback hits, forced four fumbles and had 16 passes defensed. As the No. 11 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the year that compensation for incoming rookies was sacrificed in the new collective bargaining agreement, Watt has earned $7.938 million over the first two seasons of a four-year, $11,237,498 contract. Watt earned less than $900,000 during his outstanding 2012 season and will earn just $1,396,590 in base salary in 2013, which ranks 49th among current defensive end contracts. The player chosen with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis, signed a five-year deal worth up to $26.5 million and earned $14.129 million in the first two seasons of his contract. Potential Camp Cap Casualty : There are a couple of expensive veterans over 30 who meet the criteria, but are safe as the Texans look to take the next step and advance deep into the playoffs in 2013. Left guard Wade Smith made the Pro Bowl last season, but Duane Brown and Chris Myers had a lot to do with that. Smith turned 32 in the offseason and if the Texans had someone who could legitimately push him for a starting job, the $3 million in non-guaranteed base salary he's scheduled to earn this season would have him on the chopping block. Veterans Andre Johnson, Johnathan Joseph, Antonio Smith, Owen Daniels and Danieal Manning will combine to earn $32 million in cash this season as each has a base salary over $4 million. The Texans could restructure a few of those contracts to create cap space, but with all but Joseph over 30, they may not want to create further cap issues down the road by renegotiating those deals. If the Texans want a little more space, quarterback Matt Schaub could provide some relief. Schaub's $7.25 million base salary is fully guaranteed, so the team could reduce his salary to the league minimum ($840,000), convert the remaining $6.41 million to a signing bonus that is prorated over the remaining four years of his contract and create $4.8075 million in cap space. The downside to that is that Schaub's cap numbers would rise to over $16 million in 2014, over $18 million in 2015 and over $20 million in 2016.

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