July 2017


If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, you ride in a very nice bandwagon. Because according to the latest franchise valuation report from Forbes, the Cowboys are the most valuable sports team in the world. The Cowboys top the valuation list at $4.2 billion.

The New York Giants are attempting to convert former Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones into an offensive tackle, according to Andy Lipari of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. After signing with the Giants as an undrafted free agent, Jones began his career lining up in his traditional defensive tackle spot.

Running backs don’t hold the same value they once did. Yes, there are still some bell cows — and having a player that not only has the skills but also the durability to hold up like that is a major asset. Depth is obviously important, but if a team has a proven workhorse back, is having extra backups all that important?

ALAMEDA — Marshawn Lynch has already said that he’ll have the whole Town — that being Oakland — “riding with me” when he hits the field at the Coliseum this year. But that also extends to the brotherhood of Oakland natives playing in the NFL. “For Shawn to finish off this last little stretch of his career here at home, that’s dope,” Marcus Peters, the McClymonds High product and Kansas City Chiefs star, said Saturday at the 11th annual Fam 1st Foundation Football Camp. “I just told him he hella lucky,” added quarterback Josh Johnson, who has bounced around with several NFL teams — including two stints with the 49ers — and is currently with the New York Giants. “He gets to drive out of that building

Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per weekday in reverse order of our initial 2017 power rankings. Lost in the Washington Redskins’ offseason drama – and that’s never in short supply – was how last season ended. The Redskins were in a great spot.

ALAMEDA — The impact of Marshawn Lynch’s return to Oakland has already shown itself in areas like jerseys sales, but in terms of what’s important to the man himself, look no further than the free football camp he held over the weekend. Officially, it was the 11th annual Fam 1st Foundation Football Camp, but truly it served as yet another event to celebrate the homecoming of Lynch to the Raiders. An estimated 2,000 kids attended the free camp that was hosted by Lynch and the rest of the Fam 1st family, which includes co-founder and president Josh Johnson of the New York Giants and vice president Marcus Peters, a star cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs and another Oakland native. New York Giants

Crouch potatoes of the world, unite. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will appear on iconic ABC game show “The $100,000 Pyramid” on Sunday at 10 p.m. It’s not “Sunday Night Football,” but viewers do get to see four NFL stars and a gold-medal winning Olympian. The show's Twitter feed offered this 15-second preview of Sunday’s taped-in-advance episode. In the clip, “Pyramid” host Michael Strahan gets a little crotchety after the quarterback confuses the words “crouch” and “crotch.” Newton is used to operating under pressure with huge TV audiences watching, but game-show stress is new for him. So, be kind. On Sunday’s show, Newton and a teammate will take on New York Giants wide receiver

As we inch towards a Bears training camp that's now less than three weeks away, we'll take a weekly look at how their three division rivals handled their respective offseasons. Then they had to sweat out surviving a second playoff berth in three years by losing their final three games that would be tough enough without Matthew Stafford having injured the middle finger of his throwing hand on a Leonard Floyd rush: at the New York Giants, at Dallas, and home to Green Bay. As he awaits probably the biggest quarterback payday in NFL history (surpassing the recent $25 million per season Derek Carr just got in Oakland), general manager Bob Quinn focused on fixing two areas, one of which has been a recurring theme, the other a new problem that arose last season.

NFL teams do most of their free-agent shopping in March, or right after the draft when they figure out what holes still need to be filled. Sometimes a gift comes in June, like a surprise cut of Jeremy Maclin or Eric Decker, but for the most part if a player is out of a job after July 4, it will likely be tough to get one. Then you peruse the list of available free agents and realize there are some good players who are still looking for work.

NFL teams do most of their free-agent shopping in March, or right after the draft when they figure out what holes still need to be filled. Sometimes a gift comes in June, like a surprise cut of Jeremy Maclin or Eric Decker, but for the most part if a player is out of a job after July 4, it will likely be tough to get one. Then you peruse the list of available free agents and realize there are some good players who are still looking for work.

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