Super Bowl 51 is just under a month away, but the vast majority of the 32 franchises in the National Football League have already begun working toward building their rosters for the 2017 season. Last offseason, we witnessed the New York Giants completely rebuild their defense by committing just under $200 million to defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Damon Harrison, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Despite their early playoff exit, being aggressive during free agency majorly paid off for the G-Men.
Noah Syndergaard (left) and Bryce Harper are not on the best of terms? As if the escalating tensions at Yankees camp weren’t enough drama for the opening weekend of spring training, the rivalry between the Nationals and Mets — and specifically Bryce Harper and Noah Syndergaard — appears poised to continue. After arriving to camp on Saturday, Harper was given an opportunity to fuel tensions or dismiss them with the Mets ace, who seemingly disparaged him with a one-word comment on Instagram.
The Mets’ enviable, yet oft-injured, starting rotation. The Mets allowed an average of 3.81 runs per game in ’16, a mark that was bettered by just two clubs (Cubs and Nationals). Unfortunately, the Mets were also adept at limiting their own runs scored, finishing with the fifth-fewest runs in the league