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

Sportsnaut

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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Giants’ OT Nate Solder threatens ‘no football’ amid NFL negotiations

New York Post

NFL players haven’t signed off on an NFL season yet.

As the league and NFL Players Association negotiate the details of an unprecedented season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Giants left tackle Nate Solder, the team’s union rep, made it clear the sides aren’t close to an agreement regarding health and safety protocols.

“If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020,” Solder tweeted Friday. “It’s that simple.”

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DeAndre Baker Allegedly Linked to Coverup of Alleged Crimes, Report Claims

SI

The New York Daily News is reporting that Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, who was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and armed robbery stemming from a May 13 incident in Miramar, Florida, was allegedly involved in a coverup.

The report cites a warrant obtained from the Broward County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts that alleges Baker, who was also arrested with Seattle cornerback Quinton Dunbar, tried to pay the alleged victims between $5,000 and $30,000 to get them to change their statements.

Baker's attorney, Bradford Cohen, via his Twitter account, described the Daily News' report as "utterly false and defamatory to Andre Baker."

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Jon Gruden on Allegiant Stadium: ‘Greatest thing I’ve ever seen’

NFL.com

Allegiant Stadium — the brand new home of the Las Vegas Raiders — is closing in on completion.

And Jon Gruden thinks it's "freaking awesome" and "the greatest thing" he has ever seen.

Those messages were part of a video message the Raiders coach delivered to the stadium workers who are getting the new confines ready for the upcoming season.

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Seahawks Reportedly “Inquired” About Blockbuster Trade For Jets’ Jamal Adams

Total Pro Sports

Earlier this offseason, Jamal Adams formally requested a trade from the New York Jets. Despite him talking about the team in the past tense, the franchise has not wavered from trying to keep him on the team for the foreseeable future.

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly attempted to trade for Adams twice over the past two years, but nothing has come of it. Over the past few weeks, other teams have made inquiries about Adams’ availability as well.

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Joe Burrow Launches Hunger Relief Fund In Ohio, $700k Invested So Far

TMZ

Joe Burrow said he was gonna do it … and now he's doing it in a BIG way.

The Cincinnati Bengals QB — whose Heisman acceptance speech sparked more than $650k to his hometown's food pantry — is taking things to the next level … by starting a foundation to fight hunger and poverty in southeast Ohio.

Remember, TMZ Sports spoke with Burrow back in December (shortly after he accepted his Heisman) and he told us he was already planning on ways to use his platform to help.

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Roger Goodell shamefully silent about DeSean Jackson’s Hitler posts

New York Post

You can come out, now, Roger!

In his continuing role as the NFL’s Neville Chamberlain — the British prime minister who appeased Nazi Germany until it was too late to prevent World War II — Roger Goodell continues to pander to the bad acts at the risk of imperiling the good and welfare — and value — of the NFL.

Goodell has proven he would rather offend the NFL’s most devoted, fair-minded fans than the league’s most offensive players.

What was Goodell’s position on Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson’s astonishingly stupid, historically fabricated, hateful posts about Jews plotting to enslave blacks — as per the thoughts of the considerable Louis Farrakhan extremist wing of Black Lives Matter?

We don’t know. Goodell didn’t have the courage to attach his name to an NFL “statement” condemning Jackson. The NFL’s “statement” seemed to have been dropped from a cloud. Read between the lines, Goodell may as well have said, “Leave me out of this.”

He has, however, eagerly attached his name to statements decrying anti-black racism.

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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians thinks players are ‘going to all get sick’

Clutch Points

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians might be considered more pessimistic than others in NFL circles.

The Buccaneers leader on the sideline posited a sense of concern with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, adding he feels players are naturally going to get sick. But, as Arians stated, it is a matter of how sick, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

“Tom is probably the healthiest one of all of us,” Arians said. “We’ve got to be careful. The players, they’re going to all get sick, that’s for sure. It’s just a matter of how sick they get.”

Of course, the obvious objective would be to limit potential exposure to illness, and especially COVID-19. But football is played in close proximity, and Arians sees to hint the incessant physical contact will inevitably result in players getting sick.

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