- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner32 mins ago
Washington and tight end Jordan Reed finalized a multi-year contract extension for the 2013 third-round pick, the team announced on Thursday morning.
Via ProFootballTalk, it's a five-year deal worth just under $50 million, with $22 million guaranteed.
Reed had a breakout season in 2015, with a team-high 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, and was a huge part of the game plan when Washington played Green Bay in the postseason, with a game-high nine catches and 120 yards, with another score.
If those are the type of numbers Washington will get from Reed for the duration of his new contract, then it's certainly a great decision. But given his injury history, it's definitely a risk/reward proposition for the defending NFC East champions.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner59 mins ago
Tom Brady was about 13 when Vanilla Ice hit No. 1 with "Ice Ice Baby," so it makes sense that the New England Patriots quarterback would be hanging out on stage with the rapper and reality television star.
At an Under Armour event, Vanilla Ice took this selfie and posted it to Twitter. What do they say about a picture saying a thousand words?
Vanilla Ice also was feeling the love from Lindsay Vonn and Jordan Spieth.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel has posted bond in Dallas County, Tex., on domestic violence charges, according to KXAS-TV. He is expected to appear in court on Thursday to answer charges of misdemeanor assault, and his attorney indicates that he will plead not guilty.
Manziel was booked and released on $1,500 bond. The charges stem from an incident in January during which he allegedly assaulted his then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. A Dallas County grand jury indicted Manziel last month.
Crowley contends that a Jan. 29 argument between her and Manziel turned physical, and alleges that he hit her when she tried to get out of his car. Manziel was prohibited from being within 500 feet of Crowley for two years, and has been ordered to pay $12,000 in legal costs. If convicted, he faces a maximum of a year in prison and a $4,000 fine.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
The kids at North Ridgeville High School in Ohio got new helmets presented to them by Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Cam Erving, a first-round pick last year, and that's a pretty full day on its own.
It got better.
When one of the players was asked to take the helmet off the "mannequin" onstage and show it around ... well, see for yourself:
Not every day a Heisman Trophy winner helps pull off a prank at your school.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
The NFC champion Carolina Panthers are the toast of Charlotte. NASCAR is based in Charlotte. So it stands to reason that the two Queen City entities would cross paths every now and then. On Wednesday, Panthers kicker Graham Gano and driver Austin Dillon met at Charlotte Motor Speedway to give each other an idea of how to do a very different job.
First, Dillon tried to kick a field goal ... and did pretty well, all things considered:
Now throw in a full rush and a crowd full of screaming fans and see how well he does. (For non-NASCAR fans: Dillon is the guy who took over driving the legendary #3 of Dale Earnhardt, so Dillon knows a thing or two about pressure.) Gano offered up a bit of his own expertise:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
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The NFL draft class of 1998, much like the class of 2016, featured two marquee-level quarterbacks at the top of the pyramid. Both were projected as can't-miss, with bright futures ahead. And, if you average their careers out, that's exactly what happened: one became the greatest quarterback of all time, and one was out of the league within four years.
The first, of course, was Peyton Manning, who just capped one of the finest careers in sports history. The second was Ryan Leaf, who has been in and out of prison and is now attempting to atone for the damage he did to himself by seeking to help others.
Leaf appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to provide a remarkable look at the way that addiction, the NFL, and celebrity combined for a wicked, devastating blast that leveled him and destroyed his life. "The power, the prestige, and the money," Leaf said, naming his demons. He even conceded that prison helped him get his life in order and put those demons aside once and for all.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
There are many ways to judge an NFL offseason, including the grades we all love. But what about checking in with the oddsmakers in Las Vegas? They get paid to figure this stuff out, after all.
The sportsbook at the Westgate in Las Vegas is one of the most best known in that city, and it put out Super Bowl odds on Jan. 10. That's way too early, but why not? It constantly updates those odds, and Covers.com tweeted out the changes in the odds from Jan. 10 to May 1, when the draft came to a close.
Here's a disclaimer: Changes in odds aren't necessarily reflective of what an oddsmaker thinks of a team's offseason. The Broncos went from 20-to-1 to 16-to-1, and it would be hard to find anyone who thinks they're better now than they were on Jan. 10. But plenty of bettors probably saw that 20-to-1, figured it was good value, and the Westgate presumably changed the odds because plenty of people were betting on Denver. So a change for good or bad isn't necessarily a reflection of a team's offseason. It's not a scientific approach to rank offseasons based on odds moves.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was just getting in a nice little evening jog Monday when he saw a woman struggling in her front yard.
Eleanor Szendel, 82, was having trouble unloading her lawnmower, and Freeman decided to veer his workout a little bit. Pretty soon he was offering to step in and mow Szendel's grass for her as she was struggling to empty the grass clippings from the mower, because it was getting dark as afternoon quickly was turning to night.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Freeman's offer was respectfully rebuffed — she was pretty much finished — but he instantly endeared himself to Szendel and her daughter-in-law, Denise Szendel, who was planting rose bushes for Mother’s Day nearby.
Although the famous Falcons and former Florida State footballer didn't initially identify himself, Szendel knew exactly who he was.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
All is good for Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who was the No. 1 overall pick in last week's draft and now has become one of the faces of a franchise that's re-embarking on its old city.
Fans are excited about the Rams, and they appear to be excited about Goff possibly taking over as the franchise quarterback in short order, too. But perhaps no one is more excited than the Goff family, namely father Jerry Goff.
Dad was a former major-league backup catcher with three teams in the early-to-mid 1990s and then raised his baseball- and football-playing son, who went on to star on the gridiron at Cal, the same school Jerry did in the 1980s.
And as great as Jared's NFL ascension has been, there was a bit of a fear for a long time that his future team could be the Cleveland Browns.
"There was a time ... we had a really good feeling he was going to end up in Cleveland, which isn't — nothing against Cleveland, it's fine," Jerry Goff, now a firefighter in the Bay Area, told Mitch Melnick and Rod Francis ofTSN 690 in Montreal. "That would have been great; just to get drafted and go anywhere is fine."
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It's a good week to be a left tackle.
On the heels of Tuesday's news that the Buffalo Bills made Cordy Glennthe highest-paid left tackle in the NFL comes news Wednesday morning that the New Orleans Saints made their own young left tackle, Terron Armstead, the third-highest paid.
Armstead doesn't have the name recognition of others at the position, like Glenn or Cleveland's Joe Thomas, and he doesn't yet have a Pro Bowl or All-Pro honor on his resume. But the 2013 third-round pick out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff has quietly been playing at a very high level for New Orleans.
And the Saints have rewarded him with a reported five-year, $64.5 million deal that includes $38 million guaranteed for injury and $25 million fully guaranteed.