Jamie Collins, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound linebacker, made a ridiculous request. Collins begged Gregg Williams, his defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns, to let him play safety in 2016. At first, the idea sounded enticing. Collins played safety — and nearly every other position — during his time at Southern Mississippi. Why not experiment with a different position? On second thought, however, the idea is ludicrous. And frankly, the Browns should be disappointed Collins is “begging” to play a position that isn’t his natural NFL role. “He’s begging me to play free safety, and I’m not saying he couldn’t be the best one out there right now,” Williams said via Cleveland.com. “If he wants to
Earlier on Monday the Washington Capitals did not extend a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Brett Connolly. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie the Capitals have agreed to terms with Connolly on a two-year contract that will pay him an average annual salary of $1.5 million per season. The 24-year-old Connolly appeared in 66 games for the Capitals this past season, scoring 15 goals and posting excellent possession numbers to make him a valuable depth player for a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second year in a row.
At the inaugural NBA Awards show in New York on Monday night, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook was named the NBA’s 2016-17 Most Valuable Player. Westbrook topped fellow finalists James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs in the voting, following