Four-Time Pro Bowler Named Vikings’ ‘Most Overpaid’ Player

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins may be the team’s highest-paid player, but the “most overpaid” tag doesn’t belong to him, according to Bleacher Report.

Instead, outside linebacker Anthony Barr was named the Vikings’ biggest salary-cap siphon this season. Barr went to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2015 to 2018, but after signing a five-year, $67.5 million contract, Barr came up with just 1.5 sacks and two turnovers last season.

Here’s what Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox had to say about Barr:

Like (Jared) Goff, Kirk Cousins isn’t in the same league as other quarterbacks who make at least $33 million per year. But he’s at least coming off a tremendous season for the Minnesota Vikings and has a much better shot at leading that team deep in 2020.

So instead let’s put a spotlight on Barr, who was a slight disappointment in the first year of a massive new contract last season. He was too quiet too often, which isn’t unusual for an off-ball linebacker in a pass-heavy league, but we’re talking about one of the six highest-paid non-rushing linebackers in the NFL. They need him to be a game-changer at that price, and one pick, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble won’t get him there.

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5 NFL players who could lose their starting jobs during training camp

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Every NFL team improved at certain positions during the offseason. Whether it was finding a quarterback of the future or a veteran ready to make an impact, this has led to other players facing a ton of pressure heading into training camp.

Will Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick keep his starting job? There’s a couple of veteran backs in Indianapolis and Baltimore looking to hold off impressive rookies, too.

It’s in this that I look at five NFL players who could lose their starting jobs once training camp gets going in about two weeks.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback, Miami Dolphins

I previously focused on Fitzpatrick as one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL. That could very well be true while also acknowledging that he’s nothing more than a placeholder starter in South Beach. Prior to selecting him No. 5 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dolphins had been targeting Tua Tagovailoa for well over a calendar year. They are obviously high on him.

The hip injury Tua suffered late in his final season at Alabama has seemingly healed a lot quicker than anyone anticipated. Sure it’s going to be hard for a rookie quarterback to show much during training camp after all off-season activities were canceled. In no way does that mean Fitzpatrick is a lock to be the Dolphins’ Week 1 starter. Let’s see how Tagovailoa performs in training camp, should he get the opportunity.

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Aaron Rodgers not sure if there will be NFL season

Larry Brown Sports

Aaron Rodgers’ most pressing concern about the NFL season is a fairly obvious one: will there be a season?

Rodgers is competing in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif. He was interviewed during his round on Saturday and was asked what was top of mind for him regarding the upcoming NFL season.

“I think top of mind is, are we going to have a season? I think there’s a lot of things yet to be figured out. We’re hopeful.

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This Warriors and Sixers Trade Could Happen

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Just one season after making the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors finished 15th in the West with the league’s worst record at 15-50. Considering the obstacles they faced this season (which included injuries and offseason losses), their poor performance isn’t exactly shocking — and it likely won’t last very long.

With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green set to return at full strength by the start of the next campaign, there is nothing holding them back from returning to the title-contending state they’ve been used to since 2015.

Moreover, with the pieces in place to make a significant move, we can expect the Warriors to be on the hunt for opportunities to improve their roster. In one particular scenario pointed out by Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area, they could use Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, and a few picks to bring in Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.

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Lakers’ LeBron James Reveals What Jersey Will Say

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Even though basketball is returning, social justice is still on the minds of many players. They don’t want the NBA returning to distract from a lot of the social activism they’ve been promoting. The league has made a number of changes to allow players to promote messages they’d like. One thing that they’re allowing players to do is to put messages on the back of their jerseys instead of their last names.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has been among the most vocal figures when it comes to social justice. However, on Saturday, the star player revealed that he won’t put a message on his jersey and explained why.

“I actually didn’t go with a name on the back of my jersey,” James said, via Mike Trudell. “It’s no disrespect to the list that was handed out to all the players. I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal. I would have loved to have a say so on what would have went on the back of my jersey. I had a couple things in mind but I wasn’t part of that process and that’s okay.”

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Clippers’ Lou Williams shares why he decided to participate in NBA restart

Larry Brown Sports

Lou Williams was one of a number of players who said they were unsure about playing in the NBA restart over concerns that it would distract from the Black Lives Matter movement. Williams ultimately joined the Los Angeles Clippers in Orlando, and explained why on Saturday.

Williams said the Clippers had chosen to decide as a team whether to play or not, and ultimately voted to go to Orlando. Williams chose to go along with the group decision, adding that it was either “everybody or nobody.”

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Maryland football cancels workouts after nine positive COVID-19 tests

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This is becoming an alarming theme around the college football world with the 2020 season slated to get going late next month. Multiple football teams seeing outbreaks of COVID-19 during workouts. We can add another Big Ten squad to the mix.

Despite this being about a 5% positive test rate, those in charge in Maryland decided canceling workouts made the most sense. We really can’t blame them given the direction the COVID-19 pandemic is taking in the United States right now.

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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey: ‘We Are Running out of Time’ for 2020 Football Season

Bleacher Report

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Saturday the power brokers of college football are "running out of time to correct and get things right" to complete the 2020 season during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sankey said on ESPN Radio's Marty and McGee (h/t Andrea Adelson) that his concern about whether the campaign can safely take place is "high to very high" and added:

"We put a medical advisory group together in early April with the question, 'What do we have to do to get back to activity?' and they've been a big part of the conversation. But the direct reality is not good and the notion that we've politicized medical guidance of distancing, and breathing masks, and hand sanitization, ventilation of being outside, being careful where you are in buildings. There's some very clear advice about—you can't mitigate and eliminate every risk, but how do you minimize the risk? … We are running out of time to correct and get things right, and as a society we owe it to each other to be as healthy as we can be."

The structure of the college football season has already started to evolve. The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced their intention recently to play conference-only schedules.

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No fans in fall or stall college football until spring? Clemson polls supporters about season

USA Today

As a college football fan, would you rather the season unfold this fall with no fans in attendance or kick off in the spring in front of fans?

In an effort to help formulate its game plan, the Clemson Athletics Department would like to know.

That question — framed as a worst-case scenario — was among 23 queries posed in a Clemson Athletics Fan Outlook Survey that was delivered Thursday via email to IPTAY season ticket holders for 2020.

Both the composition and duration of Clemson’s 2020 football schedule remain in question as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. The Big Ten announced on Thursday that its football teams would play conference games only this season, and Friday the Pac-12 adopted a similar strategy.

The ACC has said it will make a decision in late July.

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Sven Baertschi Opts Out Of NHL Return

Pro Hockey Rumors

Canucks winger Sven Baertschi was expected to be among Vancouver’s list of nine recalls for their upcoming Qualifying Round series against Minnesota but that won’t be the case anymore.  Instead, he has informed the team that he has opted out of returning, reports Rick Dhaliwal of TSN 1040 and The Athletic.

This season was one to forget for the 27-year-old as he spent the majority of the season the minors with AHL Utica.  To his credit, he was quite productive with the Comets, picking up 13 goals and 33 assists in just 43 games but it failed to materialize into much of an NHL opportunity has he had just six games with Vancouver where he had two assists.

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