- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Just a few months after posting a career-best season, Doug Baldwin has reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks.
Via multiple reports, Baldwin’s four-year deal is worth $46 million, with $24.25 million guaranteed.
Undrafted out of Stanford in 2011, Baldwin has played in 78 of 80 games for Seattle since signing with the Seahawks, he has started every game each of the last two seasons. Last year, Baldwin had 78 catches (on 103 targets) for 1,069 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns.
At the conclusion of the Seahawks’ mini-camp earlier this month, Seattle coach Pete Carroll called signing Baldwin to an extension a priority for the club, and that negotiations had begun between Seattle and Baldwin’s agent.
- Yahoo Sports staff at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Manziel, however, doesn’t do “quiet” well. The former Cleveland Browns quarterback sent somewhat of a postcard to his father, Paul, via Instagram:
A photo posted by Johnny Manziel (@jmanziel2) on Jun 28, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT
Last week Paul Manziel lamented his son’s downward spiral, calling him a “druggie” who needed jail to get his life in order.
As of now, the Josh Gordon jersey Manziel is sporting is the closest he’ll get to the NFL.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Former Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton is reportedly dead at the age of 26. According to Fox 2 in Detroit, Tipton accidentally shot and killed himself at a car dealership in Roseville, Mich.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Tipton, who drove to the dealership Tuesday morning, reportedly to bring his vehicle in for service and pulled out a duffel bag containing two guns. One of the guns went off and, according to police, Tipton was shot in the stomach.
Although he reported to the hospital in good condition and was expected to survive, his conditioned worsened quickly and he later died. A full autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. No one else was hurt in the accident.
Tipton played for the Colts in 2014 and 2015, with 15 rushes for 28 yards and 11 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown catch over 16 career games. He was from nearby Sterling Heights and played in college at Central Michigan before getting his chance in the NFL with the Colts.
The Colts expressed their sorrow on Twitter after Tipton’s death was reported.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
One of the greatest defensive minds the NFL has seen, Buddy Ryan, died on Tuesday. One of his two sons, Rex, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills (another son, Rob, has joined Rex’s staff this year), released a statement through the team sharing thoughts on his legendary father:
“On behalf of the entire Ryan family, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their sympathies, prayers and warm thoughts with the passing of my dad. He was many things to many people–outstanding coach, mentor, fierce competitor, father figure, faithful friend and the list goes on. But to me and my brothers Rob and Jim, he was so much more. He was everything you want in a dad–tough when he had to be, compassionate when you didn’t necessarily expect it, and a loving teacher and confidant who cherished his family. He truly was our hero.
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Professional football has changed in many ways since members of the Chicago Bears defense lifted Buddy Ryan off the Superdome’s artificial turf and onto their shoulders 30 years ago.
Quarterbacks have been protected by the game’s rules more as the dangerous effects of concussions have become clear. Bill Belichick’s buttoned-up approach has turned assistant coaches into staff members who should be seen only on Sundays and not heard in the media during the week. The evolution of pro offenses, particularly Bill Walsh’s West Coast scheme and its multi-receiver sets, made Ryan’s 46 defense a relic by the late ’80s.
It’s hard to imagine that the hard-nosed Korean War vet who was born without a filter would’ve become a legend had he coached today.
It’s not hard to imagine, however, that Ryan’s legend will continue to grow, even after his death Tuesday at the age of 85. Though the NFL might be a changed place, plenty of the league’s fans still prefer to see themselves in Ryan and the approach he brought to his gameplans.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
If there's any team that can understand the effects of devastating weather, it's the New Orleans Saints. But the franchise that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has no plans of moving its training camp from West Virginia despite the devastating floods the area has been hit with in the past week.
Instead, the Saints have vowed to stay and pledged to help victims and families affected by the biggest floods in the state in nearly a century. The franchise has held its training camp at The Greenbriar resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. the past few seasons, and Greenbriar County has suffered the brunt of the damage, including 16 reported deaths there and 24 total statewide.
The team issued a statement from team president Dennis Lauscha and executive vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis:
"On behalf of our entire organization, we wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the West Virginians whose lives have been dramatically affected by the severe flooding the state has recently received.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Legendary defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan, 85, has died according to multiple media reports. The Chicago Bears later confirmed the news.
James David "Buddy" Ryan won two Super Bowls as an assistant coach and is perhaps best known as the architect and coordinator of the dominant Bears' "46" defensive scheme that was revolutionized in the mid-1980s and earned the Bears their last title under head coach Mike Ditka in Super Bowl XX 30 years ago.
Fiery, stubborn and irascible, the Korean War vet Ryan coached 35 years in the NFL — and was head coach of both the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals — and eventually earned the respect of many of his players with his old-school mentality. He passed on his knowledge to many current NFL coaches, including sons Rex and Rob, the head coach and defensive assistant with the Buffalo Bills. Jeff Fisher also played for Ryan, who helped him transition into coaching during an injury-shortened season.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Back in 2012, when Peyton Manning’s career was hanging in the balance following four neck surgeries and his release from the Indianapolis Colts, he placed a call to an old friend from his college days.
We don’t know if it was for advice or reassurance, or just two friends chatting. But it also was a flashpoint in Pat Summit’s life, too. She had just finished her final season in a legendary career as Tennessee woman’s basketball coach after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2011.
Her impact on women’s basketball — and sports in general — can’t be overstated. So much so that Manning, who befriended Summitt when he was an underclassman at Tennessee in the 1990s, believes she could have succeeded as a coach in any sport.
Yes, even football.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
So here’s possibly the most Tim Tebow story we’ve ever heard: on Sunday afternoon, a man named Richard Gotti posted to his Facebook page the story of what happened on his flight from Atlanta to Phoenix.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was recently arrested in Orlando, charged with battery after he allegedly got violent with a woman who rebuffed his advances.
First reported by Jacksonville TV station CBS 47, Skuta was arrested in the early-morning hours of June 19 on misdemeanor battery charges.
According to the police report, a friend of the victim approached an officer and said her friend had been hit by a man, and identified the “tall male subject.” The officer detained the man, identified as Skuta.
The victim alleges that she and her friend were on the sidewalk when approached by Skuta, and Skuta began chatting and flirting with the victim. When Skuta asked for her phone number, she said no, and, the police report says, a verbal altercation ensued.