It hasn’t been a good few years to be a San Francisco 49er fan. The 49ers held the No. 2 pick, but swapped it to Chicago for the No. 3 pick, plus the third- and fourth-round picks this year, plus a third-round pick next year. The Bears used that pick to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and the 49ers used the next pick to grab Stanford’s Solomon Thomas.
Nearly two weeks ago, the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in a memorabilia fraud lawsuit against the Giants produced an email that arguably contains smoking-gun evidence of quarterback Eli Manning’s involvement in the scheme, with Eli asking the team’s equipment manager for two helmets that can “pass as game used.” On Wednesday, the lawyers representing the Giants and Manning released emails aimed at showing Eli was not involved. But the article from ESPN.com, which quotes an email reflecting a 2012 effort by Manning to get equipment manager Jeff Skiba to secure Manning’s primary helmet and his backup helmet, contains no emails or other specific factual information that would explain why
NFL analysts Trent Dilfer and Doug Glanville are among 100 staffers ESPN laid off on Wednesday as part of a restructuring of the company. Dilfer, a former quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joined ESPN as an American football analyst in 2008, growing into a popular pundit on the network. He was joined by former Major League Baseball outfielder Glanville, who had worked for the network since 2010, as well as baseball analysts Jim Bowden and baseball writer Jayson Stark. Hockey columnist Scott Burnside was also included in the layoffs, ending his 13 years with ESPN, as well as football writer Mike Goodman. Here is the full list of ESPN employees who have confirmed their