Washington coach Jay Gruden can’t officially talk about his new quarterback yet, but he’s ready to move on from the old one.
They’re turning Kirk Cousins into the free agent market after two years of franchise-tagging him and failing to reach a long-term deal, and have agreed to a deal for Alex Smith which will become official when the league year opens on March 14.
Initiatives on the players’ side include advancing the health and safety of the game, innovative bonuses for stats and offering post-playing scholarships. Ebersol also said that outside of the NFL, the AAF will have the highest-paid football players in North America.
I don’t think you single it out as only a development league, said Tuck, who will be the head of the board of advisers. I think you’re going to have very, very quality players. But at the end of the day, we are complementary to the NFL. They’re the king show right now and for good reason.
The league has a multi-year deal with CBS, which will air the season-opener and championship. Every other week, CBSSN will air one game while the other three will be streamed for free through the league’s app which will also feature integrated, in-game fantasy for fans.
Zimmer said that the team’s training staff believes Cook is progressing well and that he’s on track to be pretty close to ready when the team starts their OTAs in May. Cook will surely be eased back into any on-field work and Zimmer said the team’s overall approach with Cook has to take into account their desire to have him as their lead back for the long haul.
I think he’s going to get a lot of plays, Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The one thing we have to be careful about with Dalvin is, you know, we don’t wear him out. It’s a long season; we’ve got to be smart about it, so we’ll have to have a not necessarily a pitch count, but be mindful that it’s a 16-game, maybe 20-game season and we’re going to have to be smart about how we use him. Because he is a three-down back.
Jerick McKinnon is set for free agency and the Vikings have to decide whether to hold onto Latavius Murray at a salary of over $5 million before it becomes guaranteed early in the new league year. Whatever call they make with Murray, having a reliable No. 2 behind Cook will be important for the Vikings in 2018.