Shutdown Corner

  • Giants' punishment for illegal walkie talkie use is ... dropping 10 spots in the fourth round?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    When the NFL announced its compensatory picks on Friday, it also closed the book on the New York Giants illegally using walkie talkies during a win over the Dallas Cowboys last season.

    And, it wasn’t much of a punishment. The Giants dropped 10 spots in the fourth round, from pick No. 130 to pick No. 140. That’s not nothing, but there’s also a pretty good chance it doesn’t hurt the Giants in the slightest. By that point in the fourth round, it’s quite possible whoever the Giants wanted at 130 will still be on the board at 140. There was a monetary punishment($150,000 for the Giants organization, $50,000 for coach Ben McAdoo), but that’s nothing compared to hitting a team with draft-pick sanctions. We knew the punishment was going to be that the Giants slid to the back of the fourth round, but it’s still startling to see how little the Giants ended up getting docked.

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  • NFL announces 2017 compensatory draft picks, which now can be traded for first time

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    The NFL has announced the 32 compensatory draft picks the league has issued to 16 teams that suffered a net loss in free agency a year ago. The picks range from the third to the seventh rounds of the 2017 NFL, and the secret formula used to determine which teams receive the picks is based on the dollar amount and talent of free agents who left teams that signed fewer free agents than they lost a year ago.

    But what is known: For the first time these picks can be traded. That makes them even more valuable assets to the teams receiving them. In the past, teams that received compensatory picks had to use the selections themselves.

    Ten teams received a total of 11 third-round picks this year, which is the most ever given out in that round since compensatory picks started in 1994 after the advent of free agency. That makes Friday night of draft weekend a little longer than usual. The Seattle Seahawks have received two of those selections, which makes up for the 2017 fourth-rounder they traded to the New England Patriots a year ago on draft weekend.

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  • Aaron Rodgers weighs in: Tom Brady is the GOAT

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    To a fair number of NFL followers, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the best player in the league at the position right now.

    That is debateable – Rodgers at his best has a skillset few others have possessed – but even to Rodgers, the greatest quarterback ever (aka the GOAT) is Tom Brady.

    Chatting from the golf course at this month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger,” Rodgers addressed Super Bowl LI, which of course saw Brady and the New England Patriots post a historic comeback for the franchise’s fifth championship.

    “I felt bad for Matt (Ryan). I have gotten to know him over the years; he is a fantastic guy,” Rodgers said of his counterpart on the Atlanta Falcons. “He had an incredible, MVP season and sitting there 28-3, I think everybody watching and probably at the game was thinking, ‘Atlanta is gonna get their ring sized up here pretty soon.’ So that was disappointing.

    Rodgers and the Packers lost to Ryan and the Falcons in the NFC Championship game.

  • Just before Combine, Pitt RB James Conner gets assurances he's cancer-free

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    As he visits with teams in Indianapolis next week for the annual Scouting Combine, Pitt running back James Conner can assure teams that he’s as healthy as possible.

    Via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Conner “received a clean scan” on Thursday, meaning doctors did not find a reoccurrence of the Hodgkin lymphoma cancer he battled in late 2015 and into 2016. Conner retweeted Schefter’s post, giving tacit confirmation of the report.

    The 2014 ACC player of the year, Conner inspired his Panthers teammates as he worked out with the team during the offseason last year, despite undergoing 12 chemotherapy treatments. He continues to inspire – quarterback Mitch Trubisky, one of the top players at his position in this year’s draft and one of the players Conner is training with, posted a photo of the two on Instagram, announcing the news of Conner’s clean scans.

  • Gronk on Roger Goodell visiting Patriots: 'I don't even think he can even land in the airport'

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    One fallout of the New England Patriots storming back to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI is that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell likely will be compelled to visit Foxborough for the season-opening game in 2017.

    It’s something Goodell hasn’t done since the game that launched deflate-gate — the 2014 AFC title game there against the Indianapolis Colts — more than two years ago. Goodell’s two-year saga with Tom Brady culminated in Houston with the commissioner shaking the quarterback’s hand after his epic comeback.

    Goodell said before the Super Bowl that going to Gillette Stadium would not be awkward. But Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, appearing on ESPN, would not have the proverbial red carpet rolled out for his return visit. In fact, Gronk suggested that Patriots fans — who egged Goodell on during the Patriots for not visiting them previously — might physically prevent him from showing up to their house.

    “To tell you the truth, I really don’t think so,” Gronkowski said. “The fans are nuts, they’re wild, and they have the Patriots’ back no matter what. They have Tom’s back.

    Consider yourself warned, NFL security.

  • Why Chad Kelly was invited (and then uninvited) to the NFL scouting combine

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    There’s a bit of an odd story brewing with a 2017 NFL draft prospect. And it already has reached NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, which doesn’t happen every day before a prospect enters the league, even as fairly well known as the player is.

    Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, put together a flashy but inconsistent college career in two years against the rugged SEC, even leading the conference in passing yards and beating Alabama in 2015. Even with character concerns and having suffered a torn ACL and meniscus late in the 2016 season, Kelly was one of the better senior quarterbacks in the country.

    Basically, he had put together a good enough resume after a circuitous path to warrant an NFL scouting combine invitation. And Kelly was invited — and then had his invitation later rescinded.

    Kelly’s agent wanted answers. Vance McAllister, who left the Louisiana House of Representatives to become a sports agent, reached out to National Football Scouting, which runs the combine, and its president, Jeff Foster, the man who called Kelly to let him know he wasn’t going to the combine anymore, for clarity.

    The new guidelines read:

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  • Cardinals and Cowboys to open preseason in Hall of Fame game (turf permitting)

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Mark your calendars, y’all: the NFL (or a reasonable facsimile of it) returns in 160 days.

    The annual Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3, and on Thursday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the two teams who will take part: the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.

    Both teams have a strong connection to the Hall’s Class of 2017: quarterback Kurt Warner, who led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2008 season, and Jerry Jones, who bought the Cowboys in 1989, are members of the seven-man induction class.

    It will be the fifth time Arizona plays in the Hall of Fame game, and the sixth for Dallas.

    Last year’s Hall of Fame game, between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, was cancelled after the field was deemed unsafe. The turf had been painted for the game, and then covered with plastic panels because the stadium also plays host to the induction ceremonies; because the paint was not dry before the plastic panels were placed, the grass became hard and efforts to fix the surface were not sufficient.

  • Jameis Winston's elementary school appearance marred by misstep

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Since being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Jameis Winston has been making an effort to rehab his public image.

    After his career at Florida State was marred by a rape allegation, accusations of stealing crab legs from a supermarket and a one-game suspension for repeatedly yelling a sexually-explicit phrase in front of other students on campus, it was necessary work.

    As part of that work, Winston was at Melrose Elementary School in Tampa on Wednesday, and while trying to encourage the male fifth-graders in the room, he put down the girls. His intentions are up for debate, but it doesn’t come off well, and in print looks worse.

    Winston was teaching the students his “rules for life.” The third rule is, “I can do anything I put my mind to,” and when some of the students were not saying it back to him enthusiastically enough, Winston tried a new approach.

    “All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said, via video posted by the Tampa Bay Times.

    Uhhh … a misstep, but easy to skip over if that’s the worst of things.

    Except, it wasn’t.

  • Tom Brady face plants while skiing, Patriots fans pass out momentarily

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Tom Brady isn’t an old man at 39 years old, but in football terms he’s practically a senior citizen.

    So New England Patriots fans probably didn’t see the humor in Brady posting an Instagram video of what appears to be him skiing, and then wiping out “Wide World of Sports” styleafter a small jump.

    If you french fry when you're supposed to pizza, you're gonna have a bad time! Trust me!!!

    A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Feb 23, 2017 at 6:45am PST

    Patriots fans will be happy when the offseason is over, not just to have football back, but so Brady will stop with the extreme sports.

    More on Yahoo Sports: • Teammate trolls All-Star Kyrie Irving’s flat-Earth beliefEx-NFL star fired over wife’s Instagram picTom Brady posts ‘suspect board’ in jersey heist caseDanica Patrick opens up about concussion battles

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  • Colin Kaepernick meets with 49ers, GM John Lynch says evaluation is 'very much fluid'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The San Francisco 49ers need a quarterback. Colin Kaepernick needs a place to play. So it would make sense for the two sides to at least hear each other out.

    Kaepernick met with new 49ers general manager John Lynch and new coach Kyle Shanahan, according to CSN Bay Area. While it has been expected that Kaepernick will opt out of his contract (or the 49ers cut him), the meeting at least indicates there’s some chance Kaepernick returns.

    Lynch kept that door open when he talked to KNBR about the meeting.

    “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited,” Lynch said. “And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”

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