Jay Gruden is ready to move forward at quarterback

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.

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Indians activate Corey Kluber from DL; set to pitch Thursday vs. Athletics

Why that’s surprising: Blackmon is an elite hitter, no doubt. So why is he here? Blackmon leads the NL in RBIs despite being a leadoff hitter. No leadoff hitter has ever led his league in RBIs (at least, not back to 1913, which is as far as I could search in the Baseball-Reference Play Index). The most RBIs ever by a leadoff hitter? Darin Erstad in 2000, when he drove in an even 100 for the Angels. Blackmon is nearly halfway to that total in just 53 games. Crazy.

Why that’s surprising: OK, so it might not be stunning that Travis, a very good hitter, leads MLB in this category. It’s HOW he got to this position that makes it surprising — he basically gave the entire league a month’s head start and still caught everyone by the beginning of June. Travis hit exactly .130 in April, with only two doubles. Heading into the last game of May, the second baseman has hit .368 with 16 doubles this month.

The Cleveland Indians activated ace Corey Kluber from the disabled list Thursday. He will immediately rejoin the rotation to pitch against the Athletics.

Having won three of their last four games, the Indians will be pleased to add to their arsenal. Kluber gave up just one hit in five shutout innings during his rehab start last week.

Kluber is 3-2 with an abysmal 5.06 ERA in just six starts this season. On the plus side, he does have 41 strikeouts through 37 1/3 innings pitched.

Kluber will try to outduel Oakland’s 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton in an attempt to help the Indians win the four-game series.

The Indians optioned right-hander Shawn Armstrong to Triple-A to clear a roster Basketball Cheap Jerseys spot for Kluber.