something else. Tom and I have always had a good line of communication. We’ve always been able to talk directly to each other. I don’t see that changing. So I’ll rely on those instead of anything else.”
The 40-year-old Brady is signed for two more years. Belichick Mason Rudolph Jersey Steelers , of course, wouldn’t address his contract.
”As you know, I am not going to talk about contracts and personal situations,” he said. ”We’ll just let that one go, along with all the other contract questions.”
Now that Jimmy Garoppolo is in San Francisco, the Patriots are expected to draft a quarterback, but Belichick wouldn’t commit to it.
”I think we’ll always try and do what is best for the team,” he said. ”Whatever those opportunities are, we’ll do the best we can with them.”
Eagles coach Doug Pederson says Carson Wentz doesn’t have to play in the preseason to start Week 1 for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Wentz is recovering from a torn left ACL that forced him to watch from the sideline as backup Nick Foles led Philadelphia to its first NFL title since 1960.
”I don’t need him in preseason,” Pederson said. ”I need him in Week 1. … I’m very encouraged with where he’s at. I’m not rushing him. He’s working extremely hard. No timetable, make sure he’s 100 percent. But knowing Carson, he’s going to try to get out there sooner than later. Be smart with it, make good decisions.”
Pederson isn’t concerned about Foles going back to a backup role after a spectacular playoff run. Foles is entering the final season of a two-year contract and the Eagles listened to trade offers but couldn’t get their asking price.
”I know Nick and his mentality, and I think he’s fine with that,” Pederson said. ”He understands it’s Carson’s team. He knew that last year.”
The NFC South was the league’s best division last season, with three teams making the playoffs. Carolina coach Ron Rivera points to one position for that success.
”If you believe you need franchise quarterbacks, and you do http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-derrick-nnadi-jersey , the division has them,” Rivera said. He cited the Panthers’ Cam Newton as well as Drew Brees in New Orleans, Matt Ryan in Atlanta and Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay.
”Couple them with players who are able to bring out their talents on the field, it creates a very competitive group of guys.”
Indeed, Brees is an almost certain first-ballot Hall of Famer and has won a Super Bowl. Newton and Ryan have gotten there in the last three seasons, but lost. Winston, plagued by injuries, took a step back last year, as did the entire Buccaneers team. But the top overall selection in the 2015 draft is considered by many a rising star.
For Rivera, there’s extra comfort in knowing that Newton is signed to a long-term deal. Brees recently got a new two-year contract worth $50 million, with $27 million guaranteed, a hefty price for a 39-year-old, but he shows no signs of slowing down.
Ryan is in the midst of negotiations on a new contract that will exceed the $15 million Newton is making in 2018, the third season of a five-year agreement.
”Cam earned the deal back then,” Rivera said, ”and he has been playing up to what we expect from him. You’ll always see the value of that position going up. It helps to have that position stabilized so you can do other things.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says the team didn’t add Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson to replace Dez Bryant.
”We love Dez Bryant,” Garrett said. ”Dez has been a great player for us for a long time. Any speculation about his contract or anything like that is irrelevant to the signings we made.”
Bryant has a base salary of $12.5 million this season and counts $16.5 million against the cap. The three-time Pro Bowl receiver had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns while playing all 16 games in 2017. He hasn’t had 1,000 yards receiving since he was an All-Pro in 2014.
The Cowboys could be looking to give him a pay cut. Hurns and Thompson give them more options.
Hurns had 189 receptions for 2 Ronald Jones II Color Rush Jersey ,669 yards and 21 TDs in four seasons in Jacksonville. He caught just 74 passes for 961 yards and five scores the past two years while dealing with a sports hernia in 2016 and a high ankle sprain in 2017.
Thompson has 77 catches for 1,032 yards and four touchdowns in five seasons for Baltimore, Buffalo and Chicago.
The 29-year-old Bryant has been one of the league’s elite receivers for most of his eight seasons in Dallas.
”The offseason program starts in the middle of April and we anticipate Dez and everybody else being there,” Garrett said. ”Any speculation about his contract doesn’t apply to the football part of Dez Bryant. He’s been a great player and we anticipate having great competition at the receiver position and Dez being a part of it.”
Jon Gruden would like to see instant replay for officiating disappear. So would Pete Carroll.
The two Super Bowl-winning coaches aren’t fans of video reviews, particularly the slow-motion replays. They also recognize that replay isn’t going away.
”I don’t like instant replay,” Carroll said. ”I like the game played on the field. The scrutiny of the officials has become so intense, they don’t call the game like they used to, I feel. That didn’t mean I didn’t argue with them any more or any les Atlanta's burgeoning soccer scene was featured in North America's successful bid for 2026 World Cup.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium was shown off in the videos the North American bid officials played for FIFA voters Wednesday in Russia. The images were all shiny, new and impressive 鈥?from the stadium's retractable roof and huge oval video board to the all-important shots of sellout crowds for MLS Atlanta United.
The video evidence helped sway FIFA to overwhelmingly approve the bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. The bid suggested Atlanta and Dallas as host sites for 2026 semifinals, and Atlanta United season ticket-holder Ken Harper can't wait.
"Based on the world-wide interest in the World Cup, I think it has the potential to have the same impact the Olympics did in '96 on our city," Harper said Wednesday. "I think it's fantastic."
In its second season, Atlanta United already has set three MLS single-game attendance records, most recently 72,035 for a March 11 win over D.C. United. The Atlanta home average of 48,200 for the 2017 season also set a record.