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Thomas is coming off a season-ending foot injury and turns 30 in June.

He is too expensive for his return in production and will be cut.

Stewart averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry in 2017, and the 10-year Panther will turn 31 in March. His saving grace might end up being his nose for the end zone (7 more TDs) and more sentimentality from the team. This feels 50-50. We say he stays, as the team might trim center Ryan Kail and defensive end Charles Johnson for bigger savings, instead.

OK, Crabtree technically has never been to a Pro Bowl, but as a 2016 alternate, he has the feel of these other guys. Although he matched his 2016 TD catch mark with 8 more in ’17, Crabtree saw his catches (89 to 58) and yards (1,003 to 618) decrease dramatically. He also contributed to some team dysfunction issues. He won’t be part of the second Gruden era in Oakland.

Sammy Watkins, WR* Headed to: Kansas City Chiefs | Age: 25 News: Sammy Watkins headed to Kansas City Teicher: Watkins provides another playmaker After a 1,047-yard season for the Bills in 2015, Watkins combined for 1,023 receiving yards over the next two years for the Bills and Rams.

In other words, his career arc moved in the wrong direction as free agency approached.

But his size (6-foot-1, 211 pounds) and efficiency (eight touchdowns on 39 receptions last season) will intrigue some shoppers.

Dontari Poe, DT* Headed to: Carolina Panthers | Age: 28 News: Dontari Poe leaves Falcons, reaches deal with Panthers Poe proved reliable, if nothing else, after signing a one-year deal with the Falcons.

He was on the field for 745 snaps, the second most on the Falcons’ defensive line, and started all 16 games.

Mitchell bounced around several teams before landing with the Chiefs, as current Browns general manager John Dorsey snapped him up in 2016.

Mitchell showed more than the Chiefs could have expected in 2016, but he was torched for stretches in 2017 and benched more than once.

By the time the playoffs rolled around, Mitchell played zero defensive snaps so the Chiefs could run a visibly disinterested Darrelle Revis out at corner alongside Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson.

Mitchell also got a three-year, $12 million deal, presumably out of fear that the Browns wouldn’t be able to use one of their 10 draft picks on a player better than the Oregon product.

NFL quarterback market is anybody but Colin Kaepernick again

As NFL free agency officially begins and teams grab every available quarterback off the market, one notable free-agent quarterback keeps going largely unrecognized as “available.”

A few observers here and there point out that, along with the likes of Josh McCown and AJ McCarron, teams could also sign ex-49er Colin Kaepernick, who was a free agent at this time last year, too. For the most part, though, his name goes unmentioned.

There’s every reason to think the 24-year-old will continue to rank among the league’s top wideouts, and while he just became the highest-paid wide receiver in football by the three-year money, the Buccaneers appear to have gotten off pretty easily with this extension.

Saturday, March 10 CB Richard Sherman, 49ers Grade: B The recent track record of superstar cornerbacks leaving their old homes for new digs is mixed, at best.

Nnamdi Asomugha went from being a true side eraser for the Raiders to being borderline unplayable for the Eagles at age 31.

Darrelle Revis was a major disappointment after leaving the Jets for the Buccaneers; and while Revis produced an above-average season in winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots, age caught up to him during the second year of his second run with Gang Green.

Two years isn’t a lot of time to turn a stumbling franchise, but Dipoto has had plenty of pieces to play with. He’s made trade after trade, waiver claim after waiver claim. The 40-man roster has undergone a near-constant overhaul. Only seven players who held a 40-man spot in 2015 are still among the group (Cano, Hernandez, Cruz, Seager, James Paxton, Mike Zunino, Tony Zych).

Cousins plans to sign a three-year, $86 million deal with the Vikings that is fully guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter.

Adam Schefter said Cousins is likely to sign with the Vikings, though Cousins’ agent insisted that “no final decisions have been made.”

Cousins’ first visit will be with the Vikings, who are offering the quarterback a three-year, $86 million deal, according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says the Vikings are still the favorites, but Cousins will still make other visits before deciding.

Not sure how “sneaky” this is, since at this point it seems everyone knows the Dolphins are trying to trade their franchise player.

The Giants were loathe to spend money on coverage linebackers under the reign of general manager Jerry Reese, who never adequately replaced Antonio Pierce in the middle of the field after the playoff hero finished his career in 2009. Draft picks like Jonathan Goff and a bevy of free agents — everyone from Jon Beason to J.T. Thomas — couldn’t stay healthy or play effective football. With new GM Dave Gettleman coming over from a Panthers organization that built its defense around Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly, it’s no surprise that he might want to address inside linebacker this offseason.

Of the candidates the Giants have brought in since Pierce, Ogletree is certainly the most likely to succeed, but it’s hard to argue that the former Georgia star is likely to return value. The 26-year-old is a stud athlete, but he hasn’t been able to turn those measurables into significant production since 2014.

Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco and Tennessee are teams to watch. — Graziano

If he prevails in his bid for the Panthers, Rubin, 45, would be the second-youngest owner in the league behind the San Francisco 49ers’ Jed York, who turned 37 this week.

Rubin’s youth and personality are among the reasons he has grown close to some pro athletes, including 76ers center Joel Embiid. If Rubin bought the Panthers, he would have to sell his stakes in the 76ers, Devils and Crystal Palace, per NFL rules. Unlike some minority owners who move on, Rubin’s exit figures to be impactful.

Also appearing in video tributes were former tennis stars John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras.

Among the speakers were Billy Packer, one of Enberg’s former college basketball broadcast partners; and Ann Meyers Drysdale, whose late husband, Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale, broadcast Angels games with Enberg. Don Drysdale nicknamed Enberg “The Professor” because he had been an assistant professor and baseball coach at what would become Cal State Northridge.

Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton excited for change; ‘It sucks not being able to win’

The Marlins are unrecognizable from the team they fielded a year ago, and arguably no player will benefit more than new Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton told USA Today he never put a hard deadline for the Marlins to trade him, but now that he’s in New York he’s excited to hit in a championship-caliber Yankees lineup.

“I work so hard, man, and it sucks not to be able to win,” he said. “That’s why I’m so happy and so excited about this. There’s a true expectation and a chance to do something special here.

He isn’t kidding. The Marlins went 80-82 his rookie year (2010) and never improved or made the playoffs. Now instead of enduring what’s sure to be a long, losing stretch in Miami, he’ll embrace the expectations of playing in pinstripes.

Drury, who batted .267/.317/.447 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs in 135 games last season, will likely play second or third base if youngsters Ronald Torreyes and Miguel Andujar aren’t ready.

In Souza, the D-backs get a 30-home run threat who plays solid defense in the outfield and a much less expensive ($3.5 million) alternative to J.D. Martinez, who signed a reported $110 million deal with the Red Sox Monday.

The Yankees are sending second base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and pitching prospect Taylor Widener to Arizona. The Rays will also get southpaw Anthony Banda and two players to be named from the D-backs.

Translation: “I may have downed a few too many Twinkies in December while binging ‘Black Mirror,’ but I’ve got it under control now.”

Explained: Everyone — everyone — is in the best shape of their life this time of year. The players, the front office, the batboy, the grounds crew, the mascots. Hell, even the 53-year-old guy selling hot dogs in Section 127.

MLB 2018: Four pitchers who could bounce back after disappointing seasons

Every MLB club and fantasy baseball owner is looking for the next reclamation pitching project. Whether it be because of a mechanical tweak, a change in role or a better defense behind them, a new season brings new opportunity for some pitchers to put a disappointing 2017 behind them.

Here are four pitchers who are good bounce-back candidates in 2018.

First he showed up to camp looking far less bulky. Ramirez told reporters he’s been on the Tom Brady plan, and that he’s dropped 15 pounds. Now he’s told Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe that he plans to go 30-30 this year.

For the uninitiated, a 30-30 season is one in which a batter hits at least 30 home runs and steals at least 30 bases. It’s only been done a relative handful of times , including once by Ramirez himself in 2008. The most recent players to go 30-30 are Mike Trout and Ryan Braun, who both did it in 2012. Having the physical tools to pull off a 30-30 season is obviously quite desirable, as power and speed are tools that aren’t usually found in great abundance in the same player, and it’s always good when a single player can impact the game in different ways.

The Westgate bookmakers opened both World Series champion Houston and runner-up Los Angeles at odds of -1100 to make the playoffs, meaning a bet of $1,100 is required to make a $100 profit. Gamblers who want to take shots the other way can get +700 odds (7/1) on either team not making the playoffs. In that case, a winning $100 bet would result in a $700 profit.

The Nationals have the next shortest odds to make the playoffs, opening at -700 at the Westgate.

The Yankees (-400) and Cubs (-340) round out the top five, and the Red Sox (-310) are sixth from the top.

At the bottom of the order, the Derek Jeter-led Marlins are offered at +4000 odds (40/1) to get to the playoffs, making Miami the longest shot on the Westgate board.

Postseason hopes are also dim in Detroit (30/1) and Kansas City (30/1), and the White Sox (11/1) and Orioles (10/1) have been assigned odds in the double digits as well.

Landry has plenty to offer the Browns , who also agreed to trade deals for Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall .

It is expected that the Jets will use their league-leading cap room to make a serious run at free-agent darling Kirk Cousins , who is said to be interested in the Jets , but also in the Minnesota Vikings , Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals . Early whispers suggested that the Jets could offer Cousins a fully guaranteed contract, but Minnesota and Denver are more enticing contenders.

Even if Gang Green loses out on signing this season’s big kahuna, the Jets have insisted they will be plenty active all over the board in the early goings of free agency.

“Obviously, we’ll be very active on the first day in terms of the higher profile guys,” Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan told stringers at the NFL Scouting Combine roughly two weeks ago.

With more cap space than any team in the sport and a high draft pick, the Jets have an opportunity to do it all this offseason: Keep their vets, add a transcendent QB and build for the future. Anything less than an “active” offseason in Florham Park won’t be tolerated.

“As stressful as it may seem, I try to enjoy it and I’m happy. I’m happy,” Landry said. “I can live with whatever has happened because I know that I gave it my all the whole time.”

Entering his fifth year, Landry led the NFL last season with 112 catches, but that amounted to just 987 yards at a modest 8.8 yards per reception. His nine touchdowns were a major boost for the Dolphins .

Whether that level of production — and Landry’s optimistic demeanor — will replicate itself in Cleveland remains to be seen. What we do know is he’s excited to be playing alongside Taylor in Cleveland.

Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni named coach of Stephen Curry’s team at All-Star Game

Now that the 2018 NBA All-Star Game teams have been selected by captains Stephen Curry and LeBron James, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has been named coach of “Team Stephen.”

“Played with great players,” said Marchand, who also had two assists to help Boston win its fourth straight. “It makes it a lot easier.”

David Pastrnak had three assists for the Bruins, who led 2-0 after 52 seconds and never trailed but needed overtime after Martin Frk made it 5-5 midway through the third period. Anton Khudobin made 30 saves for Boston.

Anthony Mantha had two goals and two assists for Detroit, which has lost four straight, seven of nine and 17 of 26 since it last topped .500 on Jan. 5.

Jared Coreau was beaten by the first two shots he faced and stopped just 12 of 16 shots before he was replaced 3:27 into the second period. Jimmy Howard faced 19 shots and saved 17 of them.

The Bruins led 2-0, 4-2 and 5-3 before Mantha scored his second goal in a four-minute span to make it a one-goal game with a little more than four minutes left in the second. It stayed that way until Frk was left alone in the slot, falling to his knees as he swatted the pass from Tyler Bertuzzi into the net with 10:14 remaining in regulation.

“So, what does that mean for the balance of this season, which to date has not gone as we had planned and hoped?” Wallace wrote in an email sent to season-ticket holders. “Simply put, we are committed to playing hard and playing the right way night in and night out, while developing our young talent …”

Wallace added the Grizzlies – 17-31 on the season after losing at home to the Clippers on Friday night – “will remain aggressive in evaluating opportunities to improve our team, whether that’s through player development, the NBA draft, free agency or trades.”

For Conley, the focus shifts to next season.

“Ultimately, the best outcome is to take care of surgery now, get Conley back on his feet and conditioning in early offseason and in shape to be a full go by September training camp,” the Commercial-Appeal’s Michael Wallace wrote on Twitter. “That was best-case scenario, considering how the season’s going at this point.”

Even more impressive is the Blue Jackets managed to come through without No. 1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was ill and didn’t play. Backup Joonas Korpisalo didn’t learn until Tuesday morning that he was starting but was strong in net with 37 saves for his first win since January.

Veteran Ricky Nolasco joining Royals on minor league deal

The Kansas City Royals agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday that includes an invitation to their major league camp.

The 35-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. He went 6-15 with a 4.92 ERA a year ago. Nolasco has a reputation for being durable, going 114-118 with a 4.56 ERA across 12 seasons with the Angels, Dodgers, Marlins and Twins.
“Because he’s been through so much, I think we haven’t had to put the reins around him as much as maybe in the past,” Francona said. “I think he’s trying to look at this thing logically, also. But if hard work means anything, which it does, he’s going to be just fine.”

If Brantley can stay on the field, he could provide a huge boost for Cleveland as it tries to recover from last year’s disappointing loss to the New York Yankees in the AL Division Series. Before his recent run of injury woes, Brantley was one of the majors’ best all-around players, capable of making a key play at the plate, on the bases or in the field.

Kansas City reached a deal with him one day after placing right-hander Jesse Hahn on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right ulnar collateral ligament. Hahn, who had Tommy John surgery in 2010, is expected to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion.

Nolasco will compete for a spot in the back end of the Royals’ rotation, where the only sure spots are filled by Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy and Jason Hammel.

Michael Brantley, working his way back from ankle surgery, said, “I need to make sure that I’m 100 percent healthy when I come back.” Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images
“I think I’m getting older, and I think I’m starting to understand it more, that I need to make sure that I’m 100 percent healthy when I come back,” Brantley said Sunday. “It takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight, but put in the hard work that you need to get done, and everything comes out good in the end.”

Brantley hasn’t always had that big-picture approach as he worked his way back from an injury. Manager Terry Francona has noticed a difference this spring.

The MAC prospect has some doubters thanks to inconsistencies and a need for development despite his work as a multi-year starter.

Elias: It was very close. At the end of the deadline, I was talking to them for most of the night. It all came down to part of the contract, part of the agreement — the no-trade [clause] — and that’s why it didn’t happen. I didn’t have any prior conversations with the Devils regarding my contract. I knew there wasn’t interest from them at that point. Not after the season, right away, or during the summer. There was nothing. The only thing I was told by the management is that there were going to be teams interested in me, and that they wanted to wish me good luck.

So with that, how do you prepare yourself? You feel like you’re definitely going somewhere else in the summer.

A far better prospect than Nick Chubb, his running mate at Georgia, Michel is a powerful, plant-and-go runner who can be the 2018 version of Alvin Kamara or Kareem Hunt: a running back for whom we look back and wonder how he slipped to the draft’s second day.

But his potential to play left tackle in the NFL is enough to make him a first-round prospect.

GM George McPhee’s long-term plan was derailed when his team turned out to be good right away. Since the Golden Knights are contenders now, we think they should stand pat — that includes holding on to James Neal, perhaps as their own rental.

If any team is poised to land Erik Karlsson, it’s probably Tampa Bay, which has the assets to pull off the move, if it so chooses. New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh (who is also expensive but totally worth it) would also separate this team from the pack, making Tampa Bay the strongest contender.

The Bruins need help on defense too, though they got some aid in the trade for Nick Holden. We’d love to see Boston get in on the McDonagh conversation. Jack Johnson could fit here as well.

The Knicks will likely use Mudiay and Ntilikina in the same back court at times.

“I’m not going to take it for granted. I came in as a lottery pick, so I was kind of handed the spot and stuff like that. So the fact that I’m in that position again, it’s a blessing,” Mudiay, selected seventh overall in the 2015 NBA draft, said. “Thank God for it. I just have to take full advantage.”

New York is looking to evaluate its younger players to see if they can be part of the club’s young core going forward. The Knicks also hope to add an elite young player in the 2018 NBA draft. While no one in the organization would ever acknowledge it, playing younger players also may give the Knicks a better chance to lose games more often down the stretch and land a top pick in the NBA’s lottery system.

In addition to Jack, who didn’t play Thursday after starting 56 games for New York, other Knicks veterans such as Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas may see a reduction in minutes to give younger players more playing time. Thomas played 25 minutes in Orlando and his defense was a key factor in the victory. Lee had 10 points in just 14 minutes, less than half of his season average (32 minutes per game).

Simmons scored a career-high 32 points, making two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to complete Philadelphia’s rally from five points down in the final minute, and the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 116-115.

“Stepping up to the line, I knew I was going to knock `em down. You have to have that mentality,” he said.

Joel Embiid had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Simmons added 11 assists and seven rebounds as Philadelphia won its sixth straight and snapped a four-game road losing streak.

Bobby Portis had a career-high 38 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Bulls, who were 18 for 34 on 3-pointers.

“He’s a guy that continues to grow and develop,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s been fun to see him shooting the ball without any hesitation.”

Chicago had a 115-114 lead and the ball with 8 seconds to go before Embiid deflected an inbounds pass to create a turnover. Simmons came up with the ball near halfcourt and was fouled by Denzel Valentine. He made both free throws.