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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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

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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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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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Toledo announces creation of GoFundMe page to assist the family of Jahneil Douglas, who was shot and killed

MSN.com

Toledo is doing what it can for those close to one of its fallen football players.

According to reports coming out of the area Wednesday, a man was shot dead following an argument outside of a pizza joint in the city.  It was subsequently confirmed that the victim was Rockets defensive lineman Jahneil Douglas.

“The University and all of Rocket Nation mourn the death of junior football player Jahneil Douglas, who was shot in an incident in Toledo last night,” UT’s athletic department wrote in a tweet.

Subsequent to that, Toledo head coach Jason Candle issued his own statement on the 22-year-old Douglas’ death.

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