Falcons, Mohamed Sanu agree to five-year deal

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A day after Marvin Jones Jerseys agreed to a 5-year, $40 million deal with the Detroit Lions, his former Bengals teammate, Mohamed Sanu, agreed to a five-year deal worth $32.5 million with the Atlanta Falcons, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source involved in the deal.

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The team later confirmed the deal.

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Teams flush with cap space, a deep need at the receiver position and few free agent options led to big-money deals for second-tier talents.


Sanu is an athletic pass-catcher and gadget-player who can run the ball and has completed all five pass attempts of his career.

The 6-foot-2 receiver’s best season came in 2014, when he caught 56 passes for 790 yards and five touchdowns in 13 starts — Jones missed the entire season. In 2015 Sanu started four games and caught 33 passes for 894 yards with zero scores.

Sanu can be an upgrade on the recently cut Roddy White Jerseys in Atlanta, but during his four seasons in Cincinnati, the 26-year-old disappeared for long stretched and suffered from bouts of drops. He’s best suited for a role as a No. 3 wideout, but will be paid like at high-end No. 2 player.

The commitment might be steep, but the Falcons needed an upgrade at the position and added one of the top options on the market. Sanu should see plenty of nfl jerseys wholesale action alongside Julio Jones Jerseys, with Leonard Hankerson joining in three-receiver sets in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' appeal rejected by federal court

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NEW YORK (AP) — Quarterback Tom Brady Jerseys‘s last best chance to avoid serving a four-game ”Deflategate” suspension to start the new season was flatly rejected Wednesday by an appeals court.

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The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a one-sentence rejection of requests by the National Football League Players Association and Tom Brady Jerseys to reconsider an April decision that reinstated the suspension.

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”We are disappointed,” the players association said in a statement. ”The track record of this league office when it comes to matters of player discipline is bad for our business and bad for our game. We have a broken system that must be fixed.”

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It added that it will review its options carefully.

The NFL declined comment.

The court’s action left intact a 2-to-1 ruling by a three-judge panel that found NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acted within his powers by upholding the suspension of the star quarterback for his role in a scheme to doctor footballs used in a January 2015 playoff game.

The decision affirmed wide-ranging powers given to the commissioner by the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. It was a setback for organized labor groups arguing for due process in employee discipline.

The players association and Brady had requested that the panel reconsider or that all the 2nd Circuit judges hear arguments and decide anew.

Brady’s remaining hope is to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

”That is an extremely long shot,” said Nellie Drew, a sports law professor at the University at Buffalo. She said the 2nd Circuit acted correctly and that any changes to how the NFL handles arbitrations over player issues will have to be handled at the negotiating table.

She predicted Patriots Jerseys backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo Jerseys ”will be getting a whole lot of repetitions” as the Patriots Jerseys prepare for their season opener Sept. 11 at Arizona.

”It’s time to put this thing to bed,” Drew said. ”If it was my kid, I’d say: ‘Let it go.”’

Lawyers and other representatives for the Patriots Jerseys and Brady did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

If he misses four games, Brady will lose just under $250,000 in salary after renegotiating his contract in the offseason to earn only $1 million this season.


Anthony Barkow, a lawyer who submitted an amicus brief on behalf of Kenneth R. Feinberg, the special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund and a longtime arbitrator, said: ”We wish the result were otherwise, but respect and understand the decision and know that it is extremely rare for the 2nd Circuit to grant en banc review.”

What began as an accusation of cheating in the 2015 AFC championship game has grown into a multimillion-dollar legal battle over three NFL seasons, involving not just an MVP quarterback but also some of the nation’s elite lawyers and scientists.

And as it developed, it evolved from a silly little dispute about the air pressure in footballs into a referendum on the powers of a sport’s commissioner and the right of all unionized employees to due process in a disciplinary hearing.

Joining the case along the way were longtime league adversary Jeffrey Kessler and former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, who was involved in the Bush v. Gore lawsuit that settled the 2000 presidential election and the case that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriages.

At stake for the Patriots Jerseys was not only the availability of their quarterback for a quarter of the season, but their legacy as an NFL dynasty. Already punished by Goodell for an illegal videotaping scheme in 2007 that predictably came to be known as ”SpyGate,” the Patriots Jerseys saw the suspension as an attack on their legitimacy after Brady and coach Bill Belichick led them to four Super Bowl championships.

Suspicions that the Patriots Jerseys were cheating arose again on Jan. 18, 2015 when the league tested – somewhat unscientifically it would belatedly learn – the footballs provided by the home team for the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts Jerseys Jerseys and found them to be underinflated.

After three months, league investigator Ted Wells concluded the Patriots Jerseys intentionally used underinflated footballs in the game and that Brady was ”at least generally aware” of the scheme. The NFL suspended the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback four games and docked the team $1 million and two draft picks.

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Brady appealed – first within the league, and Goodell affirmed the decision. After both sides went to federal court, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman overturned the suspension. The league appealed to the 2nd Circuit, and the court reinstated the original penalty.

That left Brady hoping for a new hearing in front of the complete circuit – called ”en banc” – or an even more unlikely hearing at the Supreme Court.

”That’s always an option to litigants,” Olson said after joining the case. ”It is not something we have resolved ourselves to doing.”

New England fans rallied behind their quarterback, putting ”Free Brady” on T-shirts, reciting the Ideal Gas Law from memory and giving a hero’s welcome not only to the quarterback when he took the field for the 2015 regular season opener but also to Kessler and Berman.

In other NFL cities, fans were just as convinced that the Patriots Jerseys and Belichick were up to no good. Added to the videotaping penalty – along with Belichick’s tendency to stretch the rules to their limits, or occasionally beyond – it was seen as confirmation that the team can’t win without cheating.

The court’s decision is unlikely to change minds on either side.

AP sports writer Jimmy Golen in Boston reported from Boston. AP football writer Barry Wilner in New York and AP sports writer Kyle Hightower in Boston also contributed to this report.

Erin Andrews re-signs with Fox but leaves network’s MLB coverage

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Erin Andrews has re-signed with Fox Sports for multiple years but her new deal comes with a big change: She will no longer be part of the network’s MLB coverage.

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The network confirmed to SI.com that Andrews will focus solely on the NFL moving forward.

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“We are thrilled that Erin will continue as our lead sideline reporter on the NFL on FOX’s ‘A-Team’ including our upcoming coverage of Super Bowl LI,” said John Entz, the network’s president of production. “We appreciate Erin’s great contributions to our MLB coverage. With her commitments beyond Fox Sports, we fully support Erin’s decision to focus her role here at FOX on the NFL.”


Andrews was initially hired by Fox Sports in July 2012 to host its signature college football studio show (Fox College Saturday), as well as have roles in its MLB postseason coverage and select NFL and NASCAR coverage. Given the impossible charter of competing against College GameDay, Fox College Saturday was pummeled in the ratings and Andrews soon moved away from college football. Fox Sports management eventually bumped her up to the No. 1 NFL sideline reporter role for the network’s top broadcast team—Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, producer Richie Zyontz and director Rich Russo. Andrews also retained a high-profile role on Fox’s MLB coverage, including the World Series, where she served as a field reporter and host of the on-field trophy presentation. That assignment has now concluded.

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Along with her Fox Sports work, Andrews has served as a co-host of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars since 2014.

Fox’s MLB World Series team has now changed dramatically since last year. Last year’s booth of Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci—with Andrews and Ken Rosenthal in the dugouts—has shifted to Buck and John Smoltz as the lead team, with Rosenthal and Verducci likely to work the dugouts.

Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension stands, hearing denied

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Tom Brady Jerseys’s request for a rehearing on Wednesday. Barring an appeal to the Supreme Court, Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate controversy will stand.

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“We are disappointed with the decision denying a rehearing, as there were clear violations of our collective bargaining agreement by the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement on Wednesday.

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“Despite today’s result, the track record of this League office when it comes to matters of player discipline is bad for our business and bad for our game. We have a broken system that must be fixed,” the statement continued, adding that the NFLPA will review the remaining options on behalf of Brady.


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Brady’s suspension was reinstated by the Second Circuit in April, overturning an earlier ruling by District Court judge Richard Berman. Berman’s ruling vacated Brady’s suspension in time for the Patriots Jerseys’ first game of the season, but the NFL filed an appeal.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that Brady is expected to attempt a Supreme Court appeal. It is considered unlikely that the Supreme Court would hear Brady’s case, according to SI.com legal analyst Michael McCann, as the court only hears about 1% of the cases it is petitioned to hear.

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NFL Future Power Rankings takeaways: Rams, Colts, Cowboys in trouble

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No NFL team, not a single one, would ever aspire to be a one-year contender. That never happens. Ever. I swear. Poll all 32 owners and their general managers, and each of them would spit back some version of this organizational expectation: sustained success over time.

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ESPN Insider’s annual Future Power Rankings holds teams accountable to that priority. At its core, the project attempts to gauge how franchises have set themselves up for at least the midrange future. It obviously can’t take into account unknown draft decisions and unmade moves in free agency, but neither should any team’s blueprints.

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All we can do is work with what we know, and what follows are five of the most important takeaways from the project:

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1. The shine is officially gone from coach Jeff Fisher

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This project helps quantify a familiar dynamic: That the Indianapolis Colts Jerseys Jerseys haven’t put their star quarterback in a great position moving forward. You can argue about Luck’s individual ranking here — that he’ll be a top-five quarterback in 2018 — but the rest of the organization has provided little fodder to dispute its dismal appraisal. Can you name 15 players that form a foundational nucleus around Luck? Do you trust general manager Ryan Grigson to improve his draft record rapidly? Can you glean any traces of coach Chuck Pagano’s style in the way the Colts Jerseys play? In the end, we reach the same conclusion: The Colts Jerseys’ future is cloudy — even with a potential Hall of Fame quarterback entering his prime.

3. How long for Carson Palmer Jerseys?

The Arizona Cardinals Jerseys Jerseys are 29-9 in the games Palmer has started over the past three seasons, and a top-10 Future Power Ranking seems fair — as long as Palmer maintains what has been the best stretch of his career. Coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim also fare well in this analysis, but it’s hard to separate their success from their quarterback’s. Does Palmer, at age 36 and after three ACL repairs, have three more years in him? And should the Cardinals Jerseys’ lack of a succession plan count against the goal of sustained success? One point to keep in mind: The Cardinals Jerseys aren’t likely to be in position to draft a top-end quarterback anytime soon. To place a team led by a 36-year-old quarterback to be among the league’s best in three years is, well, aggressive.

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5. Good lord, San Francisco

Just a few years ago, the 49ers Jerseys seemed to have everything going for them: One of the NFL’s best coaches in Jim Harbaugh, an ascending quarterback in Colin Kaepernick Jerseys and a roster stocked with homegrown talent. In fact, they ranked No. 1 in ESPN’s 2013 Future Power Rankings. The obvious lesson is that life changes fast in the NFL. The other is that not only have the 49ers Jerseys declined, as we all know, but they’ve been battered beyond recognition. The only team less prepared for the future, according to ESPN Insider, is the Cleveland Browns Jerseys Jerseys. The Cleveland Browns Jerseys Jerseys. I’m not ready to write them off so quickly. If coach Chip Kelly can prop up Nick Foles Jerseys as a 27-touchdown, two-interception quarterback — as he did in Philadelphia in 2013 — then there is still hope for Kaepernick or even Blaine Gabbert Jerseys. Youth and competency at quarterback would make their future brighter than half the NFL’s teams.

Marshall didn’t have high hopes for Jets’ pass attack

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If you didn’t expect the New York Jets Jerseys’ passing attack to lead them to the cusp of the playoffs this season, don’t worry, you weren’t the only one.

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Even receiver Brandon Marshall Jerseys didn’t think they’d be this prolific.

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“I knew we had a great defense, and I thought if they came together in a new system, we would have a chance,” Marshall said Friday, via ESPN.com. “I didn’t have high expectations in our passing game, but I knew we had a great formula with a great defense and a running offense. And so this has been a true gift for us, to really put together the passing game and try to make a complete offense.”

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Marshall has been magnificent this season and this week was voted the team’s MVP.

For all the accolades Ryan Fitzpatrick Jerseys has deservedly received for his play during the Jets’ five-game winning streak, it’s been Marshall who has keyed the offense.

The big-bodied pass-catcher needs just 59 receiving yards to set a Jets single-season record, currently held by Don Maynard (1,434 yards in 1967). Marshall’s 13 touchdown grabs are one shy of tying Maynard (1965) and Art Powell (1960) for most in franchise history.

Both Eric Decker Jerseys and Marshall have caught TD passes in the same game eight times this season, a new NFL record. Their 24 combined touchdowns are the most by any Jets duo in a single season. The tandem’s 176 combined receptions this season are the most in the NFL.

The Jets are one win from a playoff berth, thanks in large part to Marshall’s game-changing plays. The wideout might not have expected a prolific passing season from the outset, but he, Fitzpatrick and Decker delivered one.

Six things to know about Wild Card Weekend injuries

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For the first time in his five-year career, Andy Dalton Jerseys will not be playing on Wild Card Weekend.

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As expected, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has been ruled out for Saturday’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dalton is still healing from a fractured thumb on his throwing hand, which he suffered in a Week 14 loss to the Steelers.

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The Bengals are hopeful that they’ll eventually get “The Red Rifle” back in the postseason, but in order for that to happen, AJ McCarron must lead them to a win in his first career playoff start.

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Cincy tailback Ryan Hewitt Jerseys (knee) was also ruled out for the playoff bout, while cornerback Leon Hall Jerseys (concussion/back) is listed as probable.


Here are the other injuries we are tracking heading into Saturday’s wild-card games:

1. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who practiced for the first time this week since undergoing surgery for a sports hernia, is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

2. Running back DeAngelo Williams Jerseys (foot) was officially ruled out by Mike Tomlin for Saturday night’s game against the Bengals.

3. The Chiefs will be without starting center Mitch Morse (concussion) Saturday afternoon against the Texans. Linebackers Tamba Hali (thumb/knee) and Dee Ford (concussion/wrist) along with defensive back Husain Abdullah (concussion) are all questionable.

4. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (back) and defensive tackle Linval Joseph (foot) are probable.

5. Packers cornerback Sam Shields (concussion) is listed as doubtful for custom nfl jerseys Sunday’s game against the Redskins. Offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (ankle), tight end Justin Perillo (hamstring), linebacker Jayrone Elliott (quad) and defensive end Datone Jones Jerseys (neck) are questionable.

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Von Miller will not attend offseason program Monday

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The Denver Broncos will open up offseason workouts Monday without Super Bowl MVP Von Miller Jerseys.

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Miller will not attend the Broncos’ offseason program Monday because he has yet to sign his franchise tender and is still competing on “Dancing With The Stars,” NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Rapoport adds that Miller will re-evaluate his decision if he loses the competition.
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Since Miller has not signed his franchise tender, he is not under contract.

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Mike Klis of KUSA in Denver first reported that Miller spoke with coach Gary Kubiak this week and expressed regrets that he would not be attending the start of offseason workouts because he doesn’t have a contract.

The Broncos placed the exclusive franchise tag tender on the outside linebacker, worth $14.129 million for the 2016 season. Given what other pass rushers on the open market received — Olivier Vernon Jerseys, $52 million guaranteed with a $17 million per-year average — Miller’s current pay this year falls well below his value.

The Broncos latest offer is around $18 million per year, according to Klis. Ndamukong Suh Jerseys is currently the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player, averaging about $19 million per year.

It’s not a surprise that Miller would not attend offseason workouts. Most players who have not signed their franchise tender don’t show up for offseason programs. The Broncos went through this rodeo with receiver Demaryius Thomas Jerseys last season, before inking him to a five-year, $70 million contract.


The Broncos have until July 15 to strike a long-term contract with Miller.

Plans for other franchise-tagged players:

1. Rapoport later added that Carolina Panthers corner Josh Norman Jerseys, also unsigned and franchise tagged, will skip offseason workouts. The Panthers don’t begin their program until April 25.

2. The New York Daily News reports that New York Jets defensive lineman Mo Wilkerson isn’t expected to show for voluntary workouts on Monday. Wilkerson is hoping to get paid or traded.

Roster Reset: ‘Hawks, Cards still rule NFC West

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When Around The NFL ranked all eight divisions from top to bottom, the NFC West was booted out of the top spot it held for years by the rugged AFC North. With the 49ers spiraling to earth last season, the West shapes up as a front-loaded operation with a pair of Super Bowl threats in the Cardinals and Seahawks.

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Arizona came within a game of Super Bowl 50, while Seattle looked like the conference’s best squad for stretches of 2015. There’s no reason to believe either franchise will take a step back this year, with Arizona’s Bruce Arians and Seattle’s Pete Carroll serving as two of the NFL’s best coaches.

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The Rams, meanwhile, are a tease. Despite knocking off the Cardinals last season and beating the Seahawks in each of the past two years, Jeff Fisher has yet to post more than seven wins in any of his four campaigns with the team. A talented defense can’t offset the lack of a franchise quarterback — no matter what pretty words the Rams spin about Case Keenum. In San Francisco, the Niners might house the NFL’s second-worst roster outside of Cleveland, but the presence of Chip Kelly at least makes them intriguing.

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Our Roster Reset series examines the state of each NFL team leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft.

Arizona Cardinals

What’s changed?

Coming within a game of Super Bowl 50, the Cardinals aren’t about to shake up one of the NFL’s top rosters. Still, they addressed their biggest need — a game-changing pass rusher — by trading for New England’s Chandler Jones.

That swap sent guard Jonathan Cooper Jerseys back to the Patriots, highlighting an offensive line that also waved farewell to guard Ted Larsen and tackles Bradley Sowell Jerseys and Bobby Massie Jerseys. With only bookend Jared Veldheer Jerseys and left guard Mike Iupati returning, the Cardinals will ponder help up front in the draft.

We expect versatile defensive back Tyrann Mathieu to bounce back from knee surgery, but the Cardinals could use more depth at cornerback and safety. It’s also time for Arians to think about drafting Carson Palmer Jerseys’s replacement.

What’s next?

» Pay Honey Badger: Coach Bruce Arians has called Tyrann Mathieu his “happiest draft choice,” while the versatile defensive back said of the Cardinals: “I think this is the perfect place for me. I wouldn’t mind spending the rest of my life here.” It’s fair to wonder if he’ll be the same after two knee operations, but the fast-healing Mathieu has evolved into a face of the franchise. The Cardinals won’t let him get away.

» Find Palmer’s heir apparent: The Cardinals believe Palmer can play for a couple more seasons at a high level, but it makes sense for Arizona to find another passer to groom after the Logan Thomas experiment bottomed out.

» Add big uglies: The Cooper trade solved the need at pass rusher, but the Cardinals must deepen their front five to keep Palmer upright. It is possible Arizona selects multiple linemen in the draft.

Seattle Seahawks

What’s changed? The Seahawks used free agency to re-sign a rash of their own players and add bodies along both lines.

The O-line, specifically, still needs attention. Bradley Sowell Jerseys and J’Marcus Webb were added at tackle, but Sowell, the former Cardinal, hasn’t started a game in three seasons. Center, guard and tackle all need help after Russell Okung, Alvin Bailey and J.R. Sweezy signed elsewhere.

It won’t be the same in Seattle without Pro Bowl runner Marshawn Lynch, who announced his retirement during the Super Bowl. The Seahawks might not skip a beat, though, if hard-charging Thomas Rawls returns to form after last year’s broken ankle. Anything they get from Christine Michael is a bonus.

What’s next?

» Sort out the O-line: As mentioned, the Seahawks have issues up front — especially at left tackle. We expect the line to be a draft priority, even after Carroll pointed to third-year tackle Garry Gilliam, saying: “I think we’re in good shape.” Try telling that to NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah, who pegged Ohio State’s Taylor Decker to Seattle in his latest mock draft.

» Contract time: After wideout Jermaine Kearse signed a three-year, $13.5 million deal with the ‘Hawks, could fellow receiver Doug Baldwin be next? While contract-hungry veterans Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett are under lock and key for two more seasons, Baldwin becomes a free agent in 2017.

» More cornerbacks: Richard Sherman remains one of the league’s premier cover men, but the Seahawks could use additional depth beyond Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead. No team does a better job of developing their secondary.

Los Angeles Rams

What’s changed? Now entrenched in Los Angeles, the Rams have worked hard to sell fans on the idea of Case Keenum as their starting quarterback. We remain comprehensively suspicious.

The Rams, though, sound sold on the idea of trying to win the NFC West with Keenum, second-year star nfl jersey running back Todd Gurley and a strong defense. Instead of reshaping the roster with high-priced signings, Los Angeles created salary-cap room by releasing a fleet of well-known veterans in Chris Long, James Laurinaitis and Nick Fairley. Pass rusher Quinton Coples was added, but he’s no guarantee to make the roster.

The offense also lost pass-catching tight end Jared Cook while the defense took a hit with the departure of cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Picking 15th in the draft, the Rams could wind up with a top receiver in Laquon Treadwell or maybe a quarterback if Jared Goff or Carson Wentz tumbles. Memphis signal-caller Paxton Lynch is a possibility, too.

What’s next?

» Find competition for Case: The Rams have hyped up Keenum, but Los Angeles remains a candidate to move up in the draft for a rookie quarterback. Either way, look for the club to trade or release Nick Foles before the season starts.

» Add playmakers on offense: Tavon Austin came on strong last season, but the Rams still need more wideouts and a pass-catching tight end. Gurley can’t save the world by himself.

» Restock at safety: With Mark Barron shifting to linebacker, the Rams need to find a safety to play across from T.J. McDonald.

San Francisco 49ers

What’s changed?

For starters, coach Jim Tomsula was dumped in favor of Chip Kelly, who was dumped by an Eagles franchise now working overtime to erase any memory of the man.

Kelly landed in San Francisco amid reports he was fascinated with Colin Kaepernick, but the quarterback quickly asked for a trade out of town. With nobody biting, there’s a chance Kaepernick will remain by the Bay to battle it out with Blaine Gabbert — and perhaps a rookie.

The Niners have been quiet otherwise, re-signing kicker Phil Dawson and adding guard Zane Beadles in free agency to make up for the loss of Alex Boone. General manager Trent Baalke wants to rebuild this team through the draft.


What’s next?

» Finding a new franchise QB: The presence of Kaepernick shouldn’t stop the Niners from thinking about drafting a passer if one of the top quarterbacks falls to No. 7. Why not? Expecting too much from the Kaepernick-Gabbert duo is a mistake.

» Chip’s second chance: Kelly flamed out hard in Philly, but the Niners represent a new shot for the coach to prove that his high-speed offense can shine at the NFL level. It’s also an opportunity for Kelly to show that he can bring a positive culture to the team after being viewed as poison in Philly.

» Add receivers: Torrey Smith returns to the fold, but San Francisco must land a wideout in the draft if it doesn’t re-sign Anquan Boldin.

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