This is what is called tough love.

Pat Shurmur, the new Giants head coach, met Ereck Flowers over the phone, calling him the day the Giants signed Nate Solder in a major free-agent splash.

“I embraced him by saying he’s a tough guy,” Shurmur said this week at the NFL owners’ meetings, “but I also told him we brought in a guy that’s gonna play left tackle, and we want him to move over to right to compete to be a player there and that we’re hopeful he’s gonna be one of our best five.”

This was quite the how-do-you-do. Flowers, the No. 9 pick in the 2015 draft, has exclusively been the starting left tackle in his three years with the Giants. He was a left tackle in college at Miami. The Giants, though, gave Solder a $62 million deal, and he is not switching sides.

Shurmur said Flowers was respectful and did not say much over the phone when informed of his moving to the right side. The Giants want Flowers to earn his spot at right tackle and have not guaranteed him a starting job. If this fails, a move inside to guard could be an option, but not a good one.

“Possibly, he’s a good enough athlete,’’ Shurmur said. “Sometimes out of necessity you’ll take a tackle and put him at guard because your third tackle can’t play guard. The intention is for him to play right tackle.”

“The longer Gronkowski goes without saying he’s all in, the chances of him being traded increases, the source said.”

Following the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII last month, Gronkowski, 28, did not commit to playing another year in New England.

“I’ll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at,” the five-time Pro Bowler said.

Rumors later surfaced that Gronkowski considered hanging up his cleats permanently following a tense mini camp over the summer.

“He didn’t enjoy himself in 2017,” NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran said in late February. “[Gronkowski] did not have a good time despite the fact his body was in a better situation than it’s been in a long time — ever maybe. Despite the fact that he’s one of the most dominant players at any skill position, it’s starting to wear on him physically, mentally, the atmosphere in New England.”

Report: Seahawks have offered Sheldon Richardson $11 million per year

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Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports spotted Kaepernick going through a workout at a field in Houston (though clearly not for the Texans, Lord, we all know that wouldn’t happen).

It’s unclear why he was in Houston, or whether there’s any immediate plan for him to actively pursue work in the league.

He’s been out of work since his kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 became a national conversation, with President Donald Trump stoking a fire by referring to wanting to fire any “son of a bitch” who kneeled during the song. Kaepernick has filed a collusion grievance against the league regarding his lack of employment for any rational football reason.

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Word on Tuesday morning was that the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees were closing in on a new deal.

According to a report from NFL Media, that deal is now done. Brees is set to sign a two-year deal worth $50 million. The deal includes $27 million in guaranteed money.

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In surprise move, Colts cut last year’s prized free agent Johnathan Hankins

The Indianapolis Colts have released their biggest free-agent signing from 2017 one year into his deal.

For the Colts, the move was not financially-driven, but it does save them some cash. The Colts will reap an immediate $8.468 million in salary-cap savings. Because of the structure of Hankins’ deal, the Colts will carry no dead money on their salary cap. Hankins’ $10.5 million in compensation for 2017 all hit the Colts’ cap last year.

It’s not clear whether the Colts tried to trade Hankins. But that effort likely would have been undermined by a trigger in his contract that would have guaranteed $4.5 million of his 2018 base salary if he was still on the roster by Sunday. Because other teams knew the Colts were facing a deadline to make a decision on Hankins, they would have had little leverage in any trade talks because Hankins being cut was the likeliest outcome.

The Colts do have a number of interior defensive linemen on the roster, but none with Hankins’ ability. The position likely will need to be considered in the draft and throughout the remainder of free agency.

Among those remaining are nose tackle Al Woods and defensive tackles Hassan Ridgeway and Grover Stewart.

The Bears put the transition tag on Fuller before the start of free agency, which meant he could negotiate with the rest of the NFL but the Bears would have right of first refusal. A source confirmed a report from the Chicago Tribune that Fuller had signed an offer sheet with the Packers on Friday, the terms of which weren’t immediately known.

Several hours later, NFL Network reported that the Bears had matched the offer, which was reported to be four years, $56 million, including $18 million guaranteed.

The one-year transition tag comes with a one-year salary of $12.971 million, which means the Bears only had to pay $5 million more in guaranteed money to get Fuller signed to a long-term deal.

There may be details of the contract that affect how much Fuller receives, such as a very large base salary or roster bonus in 2018. But it wouldn’t have made sense for the Packers to do such a contract because if the Bears didn’t match they would have been stuck with a huge salary-cap number, which they can’t afford.patriots_086

Rockets ‘shocked’ Clippers stars avoided discipline

The Rockets and Clippers provided some fireworks Monday night, with both teams getting into extra-curriculars late in the game.

Houston believes Blake Griffin intentionally made contact with coach Mike D’Antoni, and guard Austin Rivers provoked a scene that led to Trevor Ariza and Griffin getting ejected.

After the game, Rockets forwards Ariza and Gerald Green entered the Clippers’ locker room to confront their players and have since been suspended two games. The Rockets would like to know why Clippers players weren’t suspended, too.

Both redshirt junior Mikal Bridges and junior Jalen Brunson appeared on our latest big board, ranking the top 60 prospects eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft. Bridges is a projected top-10 pick while Brunson could be a 10-year player as a backup point guard.

Bridges is the more sought after prospect. At 6-7 and 210 pounds with a 7-2 wingspan, he embodies the versatility that’s pervasive in the modern NBA. Offensively, he should be able to slot in at either wing spot and, with a bit more weight, he’ll probably be able to play some small ball power forward in the right lineups.

“If I didn’t I would be in trouble,” Frazier said after the game, per New York Daily News. “I wanted to keep the swelling down.”

Fortunately, he is not suffering from blurred vision.

If you know and trust everyone in your league, you can skip trade reviews altogether. That way, when you make a trade minutes before a game starts, you can immediately insert those new players into your lineups. However, generally speaking, it is wise to give your fellow managers a day or two to vote on whether to veto a trade. (Note: Check your league rules to see how many votes are required to veto a trade.) It’s important to note that a trade should not be vetoed simply because you feel it may be lopsided. Quite often such trades turn out to be just fine or the managers had good reasons to make the deal, even if it seems one-sided. Vetoes should be reserved for when collusion or blatant tanking is involved and will affect the integrity of the league.

Why would a Super Bowl MVP who played with a smile plastered on his face be on this list?

Opposing quarterbacks completed 55.8 percent of passes (58 of 104 attempts) when targeting Amerson for a 62.7 passer rating, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF). Amerson regressed in 2016. PFF had 64.5 percent of passes (60 of 93 attempts) completed against him for a 101.1 passer rating.

He was one of the NFL’s best blocking receivers, but that led to some cheap shots, like the time he broke Cincinnati linebacker Keith Rivers’ jaw on a crack-back block. Ward was voted the NFL’s dirtiest player by his peers in his 2009. As far as AFC North opponents go, Ward is at or near the top of their most-hated lists.

Tatum was a hard-hitting safety known as “The Assassin,” and he became the poster child for the villainous Raiders teams of the 1970s. He was involved in two unforgettable big hits — one on the “Immaculate Reception,” and the other in a preseason game that left Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley paralyzed. Those are two plays that overshadow everything else Tatum did on those nasty defenses.

“By the reaction of our sideline I know a lot of guys felt it was a dirty hit,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

“I think it was an unnecessary hit,” Rodgers said. “It’s unfortunate. If I throw a better ball that situation doesn’t happen. He’s a repeat offender, so I’m sure the league will deal with him according to that.”

The Raiders, 4-5 and struggling to stay alive in the AFC playoff chase, stayed home in Oakland to prepare and didn’t fly to Mexico until Saturday. But Oakland players, for weeks, have been riding stationary bikes while wearing an elevation masks in an effort to acclimate to the thin air conditions.

It’s impossible to know if the Bills are actually any good since they only beat the Jets, but one thing’s for sure. They know who their bread and butter player is on offense: LeSean McCoy.

Not only did McCoy rush for 110 yards, but he also tacked on 49 receiving yards, a total that includes an impressive conversion second-and-20 that you can see below.

Even though he picked up his first career win, new Bills coach Sean McDermott has probably already forgotten about this game because he had an even bigger game next week. The Bills will be traveling to Carolina, which is where McDermott spent the past six seasons before being hired by Buffalo this year.

Where is everyone going? They don’t know by now that nothing’s going to happen, that punts are followed by TV timeouts?

Ever debrief someone who just attended his or her first NFL game in years? Primary impressions include how often both teams have to loiter on the field — just standing around — awaiting the ends of commercial breaks before the game

Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl 52 halftime show on NBC at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4.

Timberlake has won ten Grammys and numerous other awards. He’s been recognized for a range of performances, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Music Video. Timberlake was most recently nominated for an Academy Award for the song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” from the film “Trolls,” for which he won his 10th Grammy.

The Browns struggled to generate offense after that drive though with Hogan under center. Kizer was able to return after being checked out and try to rally his team back in the fourth quarter. He had the Browns rolling in the right direction before throwing an interception in the end zone:

The Eagles and Chiefs took part in a low-scoring battle for much of Sunday’s game, but the Chiefs were finally able to break through thanks to Travis Kelce’s Michael Jordan impression:

Martavis Bryant did something Sunday that he hadn’t managed since Week 13 of the 2015 season: Haul in a regular-season touchdown reception. If you’re counting fingers and toes, that’s 651 days. Bryant missed the 2016 season because of a suspension, but came into 2017 as a key cog in what was expected to be one of the league’s best offenses.

Starter Sam Bradford tested out his injured knee Sunday morning and the team has decided not to risk his health, and will instead start backup Case Keenum, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

The Buckeyes were able to reel in five-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent, ESPN 300 defensive tackles Tommy Togiai and Tyler Friday, ESPN 300 defensive end Tyreke Smith and three-star end Alex Williams to go with junior college tackle Antwuan Jackson to fill the depth chart for the future. — Tom VanHaaren

Let’s face it: Georgia’s offensive line overachieved last season. So it’s no wonder that Kirby Smart went heavy in the trenches by signing five O-linemen, including Cade Mays, ESPN’s No. 3 offensive tackle, and Trey Hill and Jamaree Salyer, the No. 1 and 2 guards. — Scarboroughchargers_038

NFL playoff scenarios entering Week 17: It’s mostly down to the wild cards

With one week left in the NFL regular season, 15 teams have either clinched playoff berths or still are in the hunt for a berth. The rest are playing out the string. Here’s how we stand.

Panthers: Carolina has clinched a playoff berth. The Panthers will clinch the NFC South with a win over the Falcons combined with a Saints loss/tie against the Bucs, or a tie combined with a Saints loss. Carolina will clinch a first-round bye with a win combined with a Saints loss/tie, Vikings loss and Rams loss/tie.

Falcons: Atlanta will clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Panthers, or a Seahawks loss to the Cardinals, or a tie combined with a Seahawks tie.

Seahawks: Seattle will clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Cardinals combined with a Falcons loss/tie against the Panthers, or a tie and a Falcons loss.

Rudolph heard quarterback Case Keenum break the huddle after saying, “Someone is going to get a chance.” Rudolph knew it wouldn’t be him when Saints cornerback P.J. Williams jumped him in the flat. Rudolph knew it had to be Jarius Wright or Diggs. He had the perfect point of view.

“As I turned and watched Stefon jump up and catch the ball my immediate reaction was, ‘Please don’t get hit or fall down inbounds,'” Rudolph told Sporting News on Tuesday. “Then he not only comes down with the ball but keeps his balance and has the wherewithal to turn and keep running. It was a pretty incredible play.”

Kelly’s 28-35 record in four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers means he will be remembered as a failed NFL coach. He takes his place alongside Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban and others among the highly successful college coaches who could not make it work on Sundays. But in truth, Kelly was a not-half-bad coach. Instead, he was a terrible NFL general manager. patriots_001_2fc21e9f08644d02-180x180

Either way, Byard is hoping to replicate his Week 17 performance against Brady this coming Saturday.

The Jaguars offense was awful at doing anything it had designs to do. It averaged just 2.8 yards per non-Bortles carry when Bortles wasn’t largely missing open targets on short passes. When passing plays broke down, however, Bortles was magic at getting first downs. ESPN play-by-play designated five of Bortles’ rushes as “scrambles.”

In addition to the 20-yarder, he went 12, 9, 1, and 10 yards on such plays. In the fourth quarter, Bortles fumbled a shotgun snap, only to scoop it up and run 26 yards for a first down that helped extend a drive that ate clock late with the Jags up seven points. In all, the Jaguars gained six of their 15 first downs thanks to Bortles’ legs.

But folks, there are so many ways that Georgia’s collapse in the National Championship against Alabama is similar to the Falcons’ Super Bowl meltdown. In case you missed it, Georgia lost in overtime to the Crimson Tide, 26-23, Monday night.

“It’s standard, dude. It’s standard. Like pickles on a sandwich,” Lewan said. “That thing just comes all the time. So it is what it is. We’ve just got to focus on what’s important, and that’s these guys in this locker room. It’s 11 guys on the field at a time and making sure that our 11 plays better than their 11.”

As far as Bortles goes, I’m sure at this point he’s tired of being on the wrong end of some smack talk.

He had a decent season, having his highest completion percentage at 60, along with 3,687 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He had a three-game stretch in December where he actually looked good, completing 71 percent of his passes for 903 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. He’s even got a playoff win under his belt!

“This is gonna stand,” said Tony Romo on CBS.

“There is no doubt it is going to hold up,” said Jim Nantz.

But NFL ratings also dropped 8% last season—this season is down more than 15% from 2015. It appears football might be falling in line with the downward trend of general TV viewing. “We’re all wondering, is the NFL no longer immune to what has hit other areas of the TV world?” says Austin Karp, assistant managing editor for SportsBusiness Daily. “This isn’t insignificant anymore. You’re talking about double-digit percentage declines. Those are pretty big dips.”blues_1651

Crabtree was surrounded by members of the Broncos, before members of the Raiders made their way over.

The Raiders and Broncos got to fighting early in their late-afternoon matchup in Oakland, which was sparked by Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib. The ensuing melee resulted in two-game suspensions that were later reduced to one-game suspensions for both players.

Crabtree was blocking Talib on a play, and continued to wrestle with him to the sideline, where things got chippy:

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Another violation would likely mean the end of his NFL career.

“You’re definitely seeing the commitment from Josh right now in the facility, but I do agree that he’s going to have some bumps in the road coming back,” Thomas said on 92.3 The Fan. “I’m not an addiction specialist. I don’t really understand his side of things too well, but I know that when you’re in a controlled environment, when you’re around other addicts and you’re in those meetings, and those programs, it’s powerful to be around those people because it’s uplifting and they’re fighting the same fight you are.

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What are the odds бн the Dolphins upset the Patriots this week?

After being checked out in the sideline medical tent, Peterman was escorted to the locker room for further evaluation of a head injury and did not return. After the game, the club confirmed that Peterman is in the concussion protocol.

Thomas Hennessy, LS, New York Jets: Hennessy had to be helped off the field during the first quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit and was brought back to the locker room for further evaluation of a head injury. He did not return, and Eric Tomlinson took over long-snapping duties.

Suggs had both of Baltimore’s sacks on Monday and, while the Ravens defense is by no means poor, it is not the elite unit that paved the way for the franchise’s two Super Bowl titles.

The Ravens have played better recently, winning three straight, but their offense is still a problem. On the defensive side, Baltimore has 20 interceptions this season, the most in the league. Last year, they led the league with 18. This will be a tough, gritty game, but at home, Pittsburgh has a great chance to earn yet another victory.

Not good, right? That may be correct, but Miami has gone .500 or better at home in five of the last six seasons, and it enters this week 3-3 at Hard Rock Stadium in 2017. Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake has a rushing touchdown in two of his last four games. Those are the only two rushing TDs for the Dolphins this season.

With the running game coming alive and Jay Cutler providing enough firepower to feed the Dolphins’ bevy of receivers, Miami may have a chance to win. But the odds aren’t great.nike_redskins_3049