Butler is in a rare place for a fourth-year player


No matter how often Butler tells reporters 2017 is all about his team, his performance will resonate in next year’s free-agent talks. By breaking onto the scene with a Super Bowl-winning interception, clinching another title two years later in the greatest NFL game of all time, and earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors, Butler is in a rare place for a fourth-year player; the only person he’s got to prove himself to is himself.

The one thing that has eluded the still-growing defender in his budding career is a big paycheck. Earning that means one more dynamic season with New England — a move that, ironically, could be the key that marks his departure from the franchise that developed him from a Division II free agent to a top cornerback.

You know what? I’d go so far as to assert that I’d 100 percent say yes if someone proposed to me at a Dolphins preseason game. I don’t know how they’d get me there in the first place (eh, I do: Lure me with the promise of enough hot dogs and I’ll go anywhere), but if they did … I mean, even if the person were a total stranger and presented me with a ring I’d probably find it so funny that I’d say yes.

Anyway, congrats to the happy couple. The world feels pretty bleak Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys these days, and this was a delightful ray of sunshine cutting through the stormy clouds.

Which is why I have a plea to the rest of you in serious relationships: Please, for the love of god, will you propose at NFL preseason games? Ideally it should be a matchup between shitty teams, but at this point, I’ll take anything. We need more of this. I want to laugh and be happy for Cheap Dri Fit Jerseys people who think they’ve found their everlasting love.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano: Still no timetable for Andrew Luck


Andrew Luck’s injury timetable remains a mystery.

While speaking with reporters just a few days ahead of Indianapolis’ preseason opener against the Lions on Saturday, Colts coach Chuck Pagano revealed the team still doesn’t know when the veteran quarterback will return.

I don’t think any team tanks, I really don’t, Goodell said, via ESPN. I think teams, depending on where you are, go through transitions. They are looking to sort of say, ‘We need to build more talent here, we’ll do it through the draft. Let’s let some of our veteran players go and develop some of our younger players.’

That’s always been part of football. That’s always been part of sports. … Every team does that differently.

The Jets, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, are rumored to be sacrificing their season this year in an effort to jumpstart their rebuild and land a high draft pick in 2018. However, general manager Mike Maccagnan defended his team’s approach, saying his organization is no different from others around the league.

I don’t think we’re different than any team in the NFL, he said. Every team goes into training camp trying to make the playoffs. We’re no different in that sense.

It seems like the only tanking Goodell should be concerned with are the league’s ratings.

Bell’s contract doesn’t just affect one player. The open market valuation of his services will stand as the template for other free agent contracts and hometown extensions for the near future. Cardinals running back David Johnson, who sprang for more than 2,100 yards from scrimmage last season, is on track Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019. Needless to say, he’s watching his Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys colleague’s situation closely.

Ryan Braun makes quick return to disabled list


Ryan Braun’s return to the Brewers’ lineup did not last long.

The star outfielder returned from the 10-day disabled list May 21 against the Cubs, and found himself back on the shelf Friday afternoon.

The take: There are a few things to unpack here. Colorado has been riding a trio of very young pitchers — Kyle Freeland, 24, and Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez, both 22. Potential internal reinforcements are possible: Jon Gray (stress fracture in left foot) is expected back by mid-June and at some point so too might be a determined Chad Bettis (cancer treatment), the team’s winningest starter in 2016. The Rockies are entering a critical month. Despite getting off to the best start in Basketball Jerseys Custom franchise history, the Rockies (33-22, a half-game back of the Dodgers in the NL West entering play Thursday) have a history of putting the swoon in June.

A veteran addition could steady them all in a pennant race, but there won’t be a pennant race if Colorado plays to past form this month. If the Rockies are still hanging around by mid-July, then they definitely have the prospects to make a significant deal (Baseball America ranked their farm system the 10th in the majors entering the 2017 season). The last thing: This is a franchise that is much more used to being sellers than buyers at the deadline. On balance, third-year GM Jeff Bridich has pushed the right buttons (see: Bud Black, Greg Holland). He may need to push one more big one to get the Rockies into the Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys postseason for only the fourth time in Coors Field’s 25 seasons.