June 2015


The New York Giants opened their mandatory offseason minicamp without their best defensive player. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is skipping the three-day minicamp after deciding not to sign the team's $14.8 million tender offer as its franchise player. While it's not a surprise, his absence on Tuesday is a setback for struggling unit that is trying to learn a new defense and rebound with Steve Spagnuolo back for a second stint as coordinator.
As expected, Dez Bryant was a no-show for the start of the Dallas Cowboys mandatory offseason minicamp. Coach Jason Garrett, however, doesn't seem all that concerned about threats from Bryant's camp that the All-Pro receiver with the franchise tag is willing to sit out regular-season games without a new long-term contract. ''Dez is getting himself ready, he's in a situation where the business of the NFL is kind of taking precedence right now,'' Garrett said.
The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League placed defensive end Michael Sam on their suspended list Monday after he left the team's training camp last week for personal reasons. Sam, who signed in May with the Alouettes, was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team when he was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams last year. - - The Carolina Panthers signed linebacker Thomas Davis to a two-year contract extension.
Former New York Giants running back David Wilson significantly improved his performance in the triple jump in his second meet in two days but still was short of the qualifying standard for the U.S. championships. Wilson jumped 52 feet, 3/4 inches at the East Region Open Championships on Sunday with an eight-step approach. A former first-round draft pick, Wilson was forced to retire after two NFL seasons because of a neck injury, then decided to give triple jump another try.
David Wilson knew he looked like a football player lined up alongside the rest of the triple jumpers at the Adidas Grand Prix. The former New York Giants running back came up well short of his personal best Saturday in his first professional track and field meet. Wilson plans to jump again Sunday in his last chance to qualify for the U.S. championships.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant wants a new contract, and he says he's willing to go to great lengths to force the team’s hand and get a long-term deal done. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen , who is citing “sources familiar with the receiver’s negotiation strategy,” Bryant is considering not reporting for the team’s season opener against the New York Giants if an agreement is not reached by July 15. From Mortensen: Bryant has not signed his franchise tag, which would guarantee him $12,823,000 for the 2015 season. The deadline for franchise-tagged players to negotiate and sign a long-term contract is July 15 or else Bryant's only option is to play under the $12.823 million or not play at all. Later on Friday, Bryant confirmed the report to NFL Network's Mike Silver.  Again, Dez Bryant just told me (of sitting out Week 1 if he doesn't have longterm contract done) 'This is no rumor; it's legit' @nflnetwork — Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) June 12, 2015 . @MikeSilver : "It doesn’t cost Dez Bryant anything in June to say I will sit out the 1st game of the regular season if I do not get paid." — NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) June 12, 2015 . @MikeSilver : "But clearly the gauntlet is being thrown down, Dez Bryant going out of his way to say on the record I am upset about this." — NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) June 12, 2015 Tom Condon, Bryant’s new agent as of November 2014, had no comment on the possibility. “Our goal is still to get something done on a long-term basis by the deadline,” Condon told Mortensen. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said recently that Bryant “will be a Cowboy this year” and the team “will make a push” to lock him up long-term “at some point.” “If he ends up playing this year under the tag we will go right back to work again next year,”  Jones said . “Now would we like to get a long term deal on him? Of course we would. We’ll work hard to do that and I’m sure we’ll make a push at some point and see if we can make it work. If not, hopefully he will understand it’s difficult to make a deal at this point and he’ll come in and get ready to play.” Bryant, who is entering his sixth season in the NFL, appeared at one of the Cowboys’ voluntary OTAs this month. And because he is not under contract by the team at this point, he is not required to show up for next week’s mandatory mini-camps either. If a deal can’t get done, one of Mortensen’s sources mentioned the idea of “pulling an Emmitt Smith.” Smith, the Cowboys’ Hall of Fame running back, sat out the first two games of the 1993 season and was given a new deal after the team started 0-2 (the team went on to win the Super Bowl). Bryant, who caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, is obviously a player the Cowboys want around for a long time.  Would Bryant pass up $12 million to make a point? It seems like posturing at this point.  - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper
His football career cut short, David Wilson found competition anywhere he could: pool, Uno, Connect Four. Now he finally gets to compete for real for the first time since his final NFL game in October 2013. The former New York Giants running back is set to make his pro debut in track and field in the triple jump at Saturday's Adidas Grand Prix.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have swapped a couple of linebackers on their roster.
David Wilson had a tremendously tough break and a remarkably upbeat attitude about it. Wilson, the New York Giants' first-round pick in 2012, walked away from the game before the 2014 season because of a neck injury. He broke down in tears during a press conference to announce his premature retirement, but said they were tears of joy. "I got to live my dream," Wilson said then. "I'll set another dream, and be great at that." And a year later, Wilson has reemerged. He's making his pro track debut on Saturday at the adidas Grand Prix in Randall's Island, N.Y. He will be competing in the triple jump . Wilson said late last year he had an eye on competing in the 2016 Olympics. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] Wilson isn't new to track. He was a national champion in high school in the triple jump. At Virginia Tech he finished sixth in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships in 2011. He also was an accomplished relay runner at Virginia Tech. All that came while he devoted most of his time to being a standout running back for the Hokies. Wilson won't turn 24 until June 15, so he has plenty of time to establish a track career now that he can concentrate on it full time. It was a sad day when Wilson retired, but he told everyone he wouldn't dwell on the negative. Clearly he wasted no time living up to those words. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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