Former Packers RB Ahman Green Arrested on Suspicion of Child Abuse

Former NFL running back Ahman Green was arrested on suspicion of child abuse and placed in jail Monday morning, according to Paul Srubas of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Per that report, “The Brown County Sheriff’s Office acknowledged Green was arrested at his home about 11:30 p.m. Sunday over a family matter, but it would not provide other details.”

According to TMZ Sports, Green is charged with “intentionally causing harm/cruelty toward a child” and is facing a maximum six-year prison sentence if convicted of the crime. 

Per that report, “Green is being held without bond until he goes in front of a judge.” He is expected in court Monday afternoon, according to the Associated Press (via the Washington Post).

Green, 40, spent 12 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2718036-former-packers-rb-ahman-green-arrested-on-suspicion-of-child-abuse

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Picking the Transfer Window That Arsenal Fans Would Love to Reboot

Arsenal fans do not always reflect fondly on transfer windows.

The club’s financial restrictions during the period immediately after the move to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, as well as manager Arsene Wenger’s infamous unwillingness to pay over the odds, mean it can be a difficult time for Gunners supporters.

This summer is particularly crucial. Having dropped out of the top four and consequently the Champions League, Wenger desperately needs a strong window to push Arsenal back into Premier League contention. With doubts over the futures of several key stars, the next couple of months could play a crucial role in determining Arsenal’s chances next season. 

However, what if Arsenal fans could reboot a transfer window from the past to reinvigorate their squad? For this piece, Bleacher Report surveyed thousands of fans to determine which prior windows they enjoyed most—and which would be most useful to the team of today.

      

The Recent Past

Arsenal fans were given the choice between four of the past five summer transfer windows in an online poll. The one that was left out—the summer of 2015—was excluded on the grounds that no fan was likely to pick a summer transfer window in which no senior outfield player joined the club. However much you might like Petr Cech, that window was a disaster. 

Unsurprisingly, last summer’s window did not fare particularly well. Despite some lavish spending on Arsenal’s part, their most impressive signing was arguably the low-key acquisition of Rob Holding from Bolton Wanderers. Granit Xhaka took a while to acclimatise to the demands of English football, while Shkodran Mustafi struggled in the latter part of the season. As for Lucas Perez, he played a bizarrely limited role.

The summer of 2012, when Arsenal signed Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, was relatively successful on the recruitment front. Cazorla and Giroud have gone on to become loyal servants and three-time FA Cup winners. However, incomings are only half of any summer’s transfer business, and memories of that particular window are marred by Robin van Persie’s departure to Manchester United.

Plenty of fans plumped for the summer of 2013, which boasted the deadline day signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. It’s difficult to overstate what a symbolic moment that was for Arsenal. The Gunners had been seemingly unable to compete with their rivals to sign top talent, then out of the blue, they landed one of the game’s global stars.

That’s exactly the sort of boost they’re looking for this year too, with an ambitious bid for AS Monaco’s prized teenager Kylian Mbappe, as reported by Jeremy Wilson the Daily Telegraph, giving the fans something to be excited about. 

However, it’s the summer of 2014 that is recalled with most affection. This is probably in large part down to the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez, who has been a sensation since arriving in north London. Although his arrival was cheaper and arguably less heralded than Ozil’s, he has probably been the more successful buy.

The success of the 2014 window is about far more than just Alexis, though. Arsenal almost doubled their spend from the previous year, when Ozil was their only major signing. The Gunners added five players to their first-team squad, as Alexis was joined by Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Danny Welbeck.

Arsenal operated efficiently and effectively. They had a variety of gaps to fill in their squad and largely did so with the minimum of fuss. That is what Arsenal fans want to see this summer—no dithering, just decisiveness.

      

Blasts from the Past

What if Arsenal fans were offered a choice not just over the manner in which Arsenal conducted business but the precise personnel they brought in? More than 3,300 fans were asked to choose between four transfer windows on the basis that they could add the players acquired in that period to the current squad. They would arrive at the age they were when they joined Arsenal, with their careers expected to follow a similar trajectory.

Remarkably, not many fans opted for the 1997 transfer window, in which Wenger signed Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit. Perhaps that can be attributed in part to the fact Arsenal already have a player relatively similar to Petit on their books in Xhaka, with both being physical, left-footed central midfielders with an eye for a through ball.

The 1995 window pre-dates Wenger but includes arguably the most important signing in the club’s history. Dennis Bergkamp’s arrival transformed the perception of Arsenal on the European stage, helping to redefine the club’s identity. While David Platt’s signing is certainly less celebrated than the Dutchman’s arrival, he was also an important acquisition for a club seeking to re-establish itself as a major player.

Bergkamp and Platt were, in many ways, Arsenal’s Ozil and Sanchez of the ’90s. As brilliant as Bergkamp was, perhaps Gunners supporters feel Ozil’s presence in the squad means his creative genius is not as necessary as it was 1995.

The year 2000 was an important one for Arsenal, as they signed three players who strengthened an already impressive squad. Sylvain Wiltord, Lauren and Robert Pires brought versatility and quality to Wenger’s side. All three would go on to become vital components of the squad that went unbeaten in the Premier League in 2003/04. 

However, it’s perhaps no great surprise that most fans elected to resurrect the summer of 1999 window. There’s one reason that most supporters cited: Thierry Henry’s signing.

Arsenal lost Nicolas Anelka that summer, but Henry’s arrival more than made up for that. In fact, swapping the sulky French forward for the man who would go on to become Arsenal’s record goalscorer was arguably Wenger’s greatest master stroke.

Henry’s arrival would be huge for this Arsenal team. The chase for Mbappe shows Wenger wants a forward with speed and power, and Henry would certainly fit the bill. Supplementing him with the experienced Davor Suker would also give him time to bed in and potentially mean Arsenal could afford to dispense with Giroud to balance the books. 

Meanwhile, the addition of Sylvinho would be an exciting one. Arsenal’s new 3-4-2-1 system is dependent on attacking wing-backs, and the Brazilian would be a perfect fit for a role bombing on from the left-hand side. 

The summer transfer window of 1999 showed it is perfectly possible to lose a big star and come through stronger. Wenger needs to repeat that feat this summer if Arsenal are to stand any chance of challenging for major prizes in 2017/18.

     

James McNicholas is Bleacher Report’s lead Arsenal correspondent and follows the club from a London base.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2717811-picking-the-transfer-window-that-arsenal-fans-would-love-to-reboot

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Nate Diaz Reportedly Being Sued by Former Agent over Conor McGregor Fight Money

Nate Diaz is still looking for his next fight, but first he will reportedly have to resolve payments from a previous bout. 

According to TMZ, Diaz’s former agents, the Ballengee Group, filed a lawsuit against the UFC star worth more than $1 million in damages. They claim they weren’t paid their portion from the UFC 202 fight against Conor McGregor.

The agents reportedly negotiated the fight deal for UFC 202, as they have for other notable bouts for Diaz, but were “unexpectedly” fired and allege they did not receive fair compensation.

Diaz hasn’t competed since the August 2016 matchup against McGregor, which resulted in a loss by decision after five rounds. This was a rematch after the California native earned win via submission in their first battle.

While there has been speculation about a third bout between Diaz and McGregor, the latter will first fight Floyd Mayweather in a highly anticipated boxing match on Aug. 26.

Boxing star Adrien Broner recently discussed a potential bout against Diaz on the same night, presumably in boxing. Diaz has never competed professionally as a boxer but is 20-11 in his MMA career.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2717093-nate-diaz-reportedly-being-sued-by-former-agent-over-conor-mcgregor-fight-money

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Nemanja Matic Reportedly Close to Manchester United Transfer Ahead of Pre-Season

Manchester United could reportedly sign Chelsea‘s Nemanja Matic “before the end of the week” as the Blues are expected to finalise a deal for the Red Devils’ “No. 1 option,” Tiemoue Bakayoko of AS Monaco.

According to Mark Ogden of ESPN FC, with Bakayoko seemingly off the table and United failing to make any headway with signing Eric Dier from Tottenham Hotspur, Matic has become manager Jose Mourinho’s next priority.

Ogden, citing unnamed sources, reported Bakayoko’s arrival at Stamford Bridge will free up Matic to join United for a fee of up to £40 million.

United leave for their pre-season tour of the U.S. on July 9, and Mourinho is hoping to have the majority of his recruits in place before then.

However, particularly at the fee reported, targeting Matic ahead of Bakayoko’s Monaco team-mate Fabinho seems almost unfathomable.

Per BBC Sport, the Brazilian has been linked with a move to United and has even told Esporte Interativo, a TV channel in his home country, that the prospect of joining the Red Devils is a “tempting” one.

Football writer Ryan Baldi cannot understand why the club would opt for Matic instead:

Nor can football journalist Shane Burns, who was even more succinct:

Matic turns 29 on August 1 and would seemingly be little more than a stopgap for the club, whereas Fabinho is only 23 and could occupy the spot at the base of their midfield for years to come.

Given the exceptional standard of his play, the Monaco man would also be a higher-quality option.

According to Squawka, Fabinho won substantially more tackles and aerial duels per 90 minutes than Matic last season, as well as making far more clearances and creating a slightly higher number of chances, though the Serb did make more interceptions.

Nevertheless, he’s far less dynamic than the Brazilian, who is also versatile enough to play at right-back.

That said, Matic isn’t a bad player by any means. He has helped Chelsea win two Premier League titles in the past three seasons, and as noted by Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, he played a significant role last year:

Marca‘s Chris Winterburn also sees a silver lining in buying him:

Indeed, as stopgaps go, the club could do far worse than Matic, whom Mourinho worked with at Stamford Bridge, and signing him would be far better than failing to strengthen their midfield.

However, when he could cost £40 million while a player like Fabinho is seemingly attainable, it’s difficult to see why United wouldn’t go for the Brazilian when their ambition is to return to the top of the English game and remain there for the long term.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2717959-nemanja-matic-reportedly-close-to-manchester-united-transfer-ahead-of-pre-season

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Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma Reportedly Agree to 5-Year Contract Extension

Oklahoma reportedly has already shown its faith in Lincoln Riley by signing the new football coach to a five-year deal, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports. 

The fully guaranteed deal pays the 33-year-old coach $3.1 million per year, according to George Schroeder of USA Today. Brooke Pryor of The Oklahoman confirmed the amount with a full breakdown of the contract.

Riley took over for Bob Stoops, who abruptly retired at the beginning of June after 18 years with the Sooners. He is currently the youngest coach in FBS, but those who have spent time with him believe he is up to the challenge.

“I understood that this guy is bound to be a head coach and a really good one,” Stoops said of his replacement at his retirement press conference, per Ben Baby of the Dallas Morning News.

“It crossed our minds that we might be looking at one of the true, special rising stars that could be a head coach in very short term,” athletic director Joe Castiglione added.

Riley was Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator for two years after quickly moving up the ranks with Texas Tech and East Carolina.

Although he still needs to prove himself on the field, he has already shown he can keep the Sooners running smoothly with three recruit commitments in two weeks on the job, per Scout.com.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2716847-lincoln-riley-oklahoma-reportedly-agree-to-5-year-contract-extension

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Maikel Franco Rumored to Be ‘More Than Available’ in Trade from Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have made struggling third baseman Maikel Franco available in trade talks as MLB‘s hot stove heats up ahead of July’s trade deadline.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe categorized Franco as “more than available,” though it’s unclear how much compensation the Phillies would want in return.

Franco, 24, is hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 runs batted in this season. His struggles have been a consistent drag on the Phillies’ lineup, which currently sits 29th in runs scored and near the bottom in every major offensive category.

“We believe in him. We have confidence that he will [break out]. There are a lot of indicators, whether you’re looking at his exit velocities and launch angles,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said on Comcast SportsNet last month (h/t Matt Breen of Philly.com).

“Again, I don’t want to say he’s been a victim of bad luck by itself—it’s not the only thing but there are reasons to believe he can get out this. It could happen today, it could happen tomorrow, it could happen next week, we don’t know.”

The Phillies have kept him in the lineup despite his struggles to little positive effect. His .230 batting average in June is his best of the season, but Franco’s defense has also not been on par with where it was a year ago. FanGraphs’ formula measures him as a net offensive and defensive negative, and his -0.7 WAR is the worst among all qualifying third basemen.

Dangling Franco now would amount to a massive buy-low, so it would be a surprise to see him get traded. It’s more likely the Phillies try sending him down to the minors to get the kinks worked out of his swing at some point. But if Franco is available at a low cost, other teams should definitely be kicking the tires. 

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Ricky Rubio Reportedly Being Shopped in Trade Talks After Jimmy Butler Deal

The Minnesota Timberwolves remain interested in trading point guard Ricky Rubio despite sending Kris Dunn to the Chicago Bulls in a package for Jimmy Butler.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Monday the Wolves are shopping Rubio in hopes of landing more shooting. 

Rubio, 26, averaged 11.1 points, 9.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game last season. He shot above 40 percent from the floor for the first time in his career and broke out following the All-Star break, putting together his best-ever NBA stretch in March.

Stein’s report runs contrary to public comments made by general manger Scott Layden after last Thursday’s draft. 

“I think Ricky has been a great team player and [is] sharing the basketball,” Layden told Paul Allen on KFXN-100.3 (h/t Jace Frederick of the Pioneer Press). “His second half of the season I think was his best basketball, too, so we’re looking forward to (having) him.”

“I think he’s just going to grow on that second half, and just keep going and just have a great career here,” Layden added.

Keeping Rubio seemed like the obvious solution after the Timberwolves traded Dunn, who they selected No. 5 overall last year, as part of their package for Butler. Minnesota has no obvious replacement in house for Rubio and has never been much of a free-agent destination. In all likelihood, Rubio is on par or better than what the Wolves could get in free agency.

But there are some understandable fit issues. Rubio is a bad shooter and will probably top out at below-average for his entire career. Neither Butler nor Andrew Wiggins are consistent three-point shooters. The best shooter in their starting lineup at the moment is their starting center, Karl-Anthony Towns.

That’s untenable moving forward. The Wolves are committed to Wiggins and Towns as part of their core, so Rubio is the only obvious trade piece. Finding a point guard who can both create and shoot from distance is easier said than done, though. 


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Matt Miller’s Scouting Notebook: Survey Says Julio Jones Is NFL’s Best Receiver

In this era of “embrace debate,” it’s hard to find any consensus in sports. Ask analysts or fans who the best quarterback in the league is and you won’t get 100 percent of the crowd saying Tom Brady. The same goes for running back, shared in last week’s article, where the NFL scouts and executives polled almost all voted for Le’Veon Bell as the league’s best back. 

This week I polled 30 NFL scouts, coaches, executives and players with one simple question: “Who is the best receiver in the game?”

98 percent said the same name: Julio Jones.

The Atlanta Falcons wideout was described by one scout as “Big, strong, fast, physical [and has the] catch radius, leaping ability and body control everyone wants.” Said one player, “He’s just a monster. Freak of nature.”

After turning in 83 catches for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns last year, you’d expect more opinions leaning toward Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham Jr., but both receivers were afterthoughts when the experts weighed in.

Jones has rare physical traits that make him not only the best receiver in the league but also made him a rare find coming out of Alabama in the 2011 NFL draft. If you could create a No. 1 receiver, Julio is a pretty good model to follow.

Here’s what else is going on this week:

  • The best edge-rushers for 2018
  • Baker Mayfield’s off-field troubles
  • Sam Darnold’s do-it-all arm
  • Shade of the Week

 

The Scout’s Report

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has reached a plea deal following an arrest for multiple misdemeanor charges in Arkansas this past February, per The Oklahoman. Mayfield, who was stopped by police before attempting to flee and eventually tackled into a wall by an officer, will also serve 35 hours of community service and attend university alcohol education as part of his punishment from the Sooners.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold has a pretty good arm on and off the field. Check out his ability to accurately throw while on the water, but more importantly, look at the hands from his buddy! Impressive effort.

—Myles Garrett was injured during Cleveland Browns minicamp, and everyone in The Land was holding their breath before getting good news. Garrett suffered a sprained foot, and per Pro Football Talk, he’ll be ready for training camp.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Oakland Raiders are close to signing a new deal with quarterback Derek Carr. $25 million a year has been thrown around, which would reset the quarterback market and make him the highest-paid player in the league.

Midsummer free-agent signings you might have missed: Eric Decker to the Tennessee Titans and David Harris to the New England Patriots. Both are solid moves that improve the talent base for both teams but also upgrade two very important position groups.

—Teddy Bridgewater has been a forgotten man outside of Minnesota, but B/R’s Brad Gagnon recently named him one of the offseason’s winners. Bridgewater was active at minicamp and had teammates talking about him like he’d never been injured.

—Shade of the Week: The New England Patriots trailed the Atlanta Falcons 28-3 before pulling off the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to win their fifth title. That comeback will never be forgotten now that the Patriots’ Super Bowl rings feature 283 diamonds.

     

5 Names to Know

This week we’re going to get away from highlighting upcoming rookies and focus on a few second-year players ready to take the next step.

 

5. Eli Apple, Cornerback (New York Giants)

Eli Apple was solid in his rookie season, especially in the second half of the year as he adjusted to play in the NFL. In year two, look for him to really develop into a reliable and dependable starting cornerback. Apple has the size and speed to be very good; he just needed time to develop his instincts and timing. Those are in place now, and Apple has the pass rush in front of him to help out.

 

4. Chris Jones, Defensive Lineman (Kansas City Chiefs)

If you talk to anyone with the Kansas City Chiefs about Chris Jones, they expect a huge step forward this season. The freakish defensive lineman had first-round talent last year but slipped to the top of Round 2. He’ll play like a first-rounder this season and could be the foundation of the Kansas City defensive line.

 

3. Maliek Collins, Defensive Lineman (Dallas Cowboys)

The Cowboys need a pass-rusher, and a healthy Maliek Collins can be a very good 3-technique. Coming out of Nebraska, Collins had to work on his conditioning and technique, but the glimpses seen in minicamp by scouting and coaching friends in Dallas seem to indicate he’s putting it all together on the field.

 

2. Kenneth Dixon, Running Back (Baltimore Ravens)

Kenneth Dixon will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension after playing in 12 games last year. It’s worth pointing out that the Ravens didn’t draft a running back in this year’s historically deep class. That has me confident the team likes Dixon—my No. 2 back from the 2016 class—as a key piece of the offense.

 

1. Braxton Miller, Wide Receiver (Houston Texans)

Braxton Miller didn’t make the impact I expected in 2016 after dealing with injury, but the Texans should find a way to use the explosive receiver, runner and return man. Miller and fellow second-year player Will Fuller have to step up to help either Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson. 

    

Parting Shots

 

5. It’s a balmy 95 degrees with 100 percent humidity in Missouri while I’m writing this, which has me feeling like sharing a hot take to end the article this week.

Jared Goff will have a better year than Carson Wentz.

Define “better year” however you want as long as we’re not talking about wins and losses (team stat), Goff will take the next step this season with an improved offensive line and a competent coaching staff around him. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Cooper Kupp lead the team’s receivers in catches. 

I like Wentz a lot, but his slow release and trigger need to be improved before I’m ready to call out his sophomore season as an improved year. If that can be fixed, Wentz has a chance to become a top-10 quarterback this season. I’m betting on seeing more of the same from Wentz with Goff playing like the former No. 1 overall pick that he is.

 

4. Could Josh Rosen be the next Eli Manning? That’s the comparison Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network made in his first-look scouting report of the UCLA quarterback. 

My early take for Rosen was a Matt Ryan-type quarterback, but there really isn’t that much difference from a talent or technique standpoint when looking at Rosen, Ryan and Manning. All three are tall, above-average-armed quarterbacks who stand tall in the pocket with classic release points. Rosen and Ryan are both slender quarterbacks, but even Manning isn’t considered a large player.

Rosen will be heavily scrutinized on and off the field in the next year, but remember that he’s only a true junior and could stay all four years.

 

 

3. Sign me up to watch this: Calvin Ridley wants to race The Freeze.

If you haven’t seen The Freeze, you can thank me later. The masked man has dominated Atlanta Braves fans during in-game races where the fan is given a head start before The Freeze takes off. It’s fascinating.

If Ridley has a head start, my money is on the Alabama wide receiver. 

On a personal note, I’d like to race the Hot Dog Derby people at Kauffman Stadium.

 

2. The 2018 edge-rusher class could be scary good in terms of top-end talent and depth if all the key players stay healthy and live up to expectations.

LSU’s Arden Key is a top-10 pick on talent if he’s able to convince teams he’s committed to football after taking a brief leave of absence this spring. Harold Landry (Boston College), Josh Sweat (FSU) and Bradley Chubb (North Carolina State) all have an early Round 1 grade and could shoot up boards with big final seasons. 

Looking at the next tier, Davin Bellamy (Georgia), Marquis Haynes (Ole Miss), Byron Cowart (Auburn) and Dorance Armstrong (Kansas) are all very fun prospects. Armstrong is the guy to watch this season as a potential Haason Reddick-like player.

 

1. Stick to Football Episode 10 is live! We talk to Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen about deciding to return to school, how dominant he is at golf and Madden and what he wants to fix about his game this season. We also answer your questions in #DraftonDraft and talk about why ketchup on a hot dog is wrong. For aspiring journalists, we also talk about how we each got our start in media.

Matt Miller covers the NFL and NFL draft for Bleacher Report.

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Derek Carr Says Raiders Contract Structured to Give Team Chance to Keep Stars

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said Friday the contract extension he signed this week to make him the highest-paid player in the NFL was structured to help the team re-sign other stars in the future.

Conor Orr of NFL.com passed along comments Carr made at a press conference after inking the five-year, $125 million deal to remain with the Raiders through 2022.

“We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization,” he said. “That was really important to me. Not to just take every single dime that we could. I hope that that’s known. Obviously, the position that I play, it has to be around a certain number. It just is what it is. At the same time, I told (my agent), if we can structure it in a way to help the Raiders get the other guys, give them an opportunity to come in, that that would be really important to me too.”

Edge rusher Khalil Mack, the 2016 Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year, offensive guard Gabe Jackson and veteran safety Reggie Nelson are among the high-profile Raiders who will require new deals in the foreseeable future.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie wouldn’t provide exact details about how Carr’s deal will help them with those other extensions, though.

“The bottom line is, we’re able to move forward to keep all the players we need to keep in the correct timing,” he said, per NFL.com. “This affords us to do that. We’ll start on that ASAP.”

Carr has emerged as one of the league’s top quarterbacks. After a lackluster rookie campaign in 2014, he’s combined to throw 60 touchdowns and 19 interceptions over the past two years. His completion rate has steadily increased from 58.1 percent to 63.8 percent over his three NFL seasons.

In turn, the Raiders have transformed back into an AFC contender. They went 12-4 last season to earn their first playoff appearance since 2002. They lost to the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round with Carr sidelined due to a broken fibula, though.

The 26-year-old Fresno State product knows the title of highest-paid player rarely lasts long in the NFL, where every monster deal just sets the baseline for the next one. But he noted during the press conference getting the deal in place so he could focus on football was important.

“I don’t care if they all do, we got our contract done, that’s all that matters to me,” Carr said. “The only thing that was important to me—we weren’t going to worry about what other people were doing or have done. I just wanted to get mine done and, like we talked about, make sure the team had the flexibility to make sure my friends stay around.”

Carr and the Raiders are scheduled to kick off the preseason against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 12 and will open the regular season against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 10.

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Cam Newton Resumes Throwing Following Offseason Surgery on Shoulder Injury

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton resumed throwing Monday following March surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff, according to the team’s website.

“Obviously, it’s still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good,” Newton said.

“When I say it’s not 100 percent, I’m noting the range of motion part,” he added. “Like if you sleep with your legs hanging off your bed the whole night, you’re going to wake up and be super stiff. Or like sitting on your hands, or sitting in an awkward position and finally getting up and moving—that’s how I feel.”

Newton, 28, had a disappointing season in 2016, just one year removed from his MVP campaign. His shoulder likely played a part, as he threw for 3,509 yards and 19 touchdowns with 14 interceptions and rushed for 359 yards and five scores in 15 games.

“I knew something was wrong,” Newton said. “I knew it was going to hurt, continuously hurt. No matter what the treatment was, it takes just one hit or fall and it’s going to inflame again. And it did.

“Some of it was stubbornness, but I wanted people to know what I’m willing to do for this franchise. At the end of the day, no one could say I quit.”

The Panthers limped to a 6-10 record, a far cry from their 15-1 regular season and trip to the Super Bowl the season prior.

Newton had surgery March 30, putting off the procedure until it was clear his shoulder wasn’t going to heal on its own.

“I was trying to get the proper treatment, overtreatment,” he said. “Get it stretched, get a massage, get the ice, stem, everything. Over time I was like, ‘You know what? It’s just not getting better.’”

Newton said he wants to be ready to go for training camp. His health is paramount for the Panthers, as few teams are more reliant on their quarterback. While Carolina added offensive pieces this offseason to help shoulder the load—including playmakers like Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel in the draft—Newton is the proverbial straw that stirs the drink.

If he’s back to 100 percent in 2017, the Panthers are a Super Bowl contender. If he isn’t, another 6-10 season isn’t out of the question.

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