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Bruce Arians: Bucs’ offense comes down to whether “quarterback plays well or not” – NBC Sports – NFL

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Bruce Arians: Bucs’ offense comes down to whether “quarterback plays well or not” - NBC Sports - NFL

Bruce Arians: Bucs’ offense comes down to whether “quarterback plays well or not” - NBC Sports - NFL

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The season-long dance of the awkward continues between Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians and Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

The Bucs have won seven games and they have lost four. When they lose, Arians has no qualms about placing blame on Brady, if need be. On Tuesday night, Arians painted with a broader brush.

“[O]ffensively, it’s just a matter of each and every week if the quarterback plays well or not,” Arians said on his weekly radio show, via JoeBucsFan.com. “And our job is to make sure he’s comfortable and let him play well.”

In the same show, Arians said the pass blocking against the Rams was “really, really good.” Arians also reiterated that the interception from Brady that sealed the defeat late in the fourth quarter “was just a poor decision,” that Brady “did not read the coverage properly and threw a poor ball.”

Although Arians has at times made it clear that Brady still needs time and continuity to become fully comfortable in the offense, that sense doesn’t become obvious in sound bites that come off as dumping blame on Brady. At a time when it’s believed that the Buccaneers’ primary objective for the rest of this year is to ensure that Brady will be back for another one (one in which all tickets hopefully will be available for sale), Arians either didn’t get the memo — or he’s not fully on board with the idea.

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Detroit Pistons trade deadline primer: What Im hearing regarding Jerami Grant, Wayne Ellington and more – The Athletic

https://theathletic.com/2422807/2021/03/04/detroit-pistons-trade-deadline-news-ellington/

Detroit Pistons trade deadline primer: What Im hearing regarding Jerami Grant, Wayne Ellington and more - The Athletic

For NBA fans, everyone’s favorite part of the calendar is right around the corner (March 25): the trade deadline.

For media members such as myself, the NBA trade deadline is more of a headache than anything else. You have to sift through the information you hear and receive to determine what is legitimate and what isn’t. You have to check in about rumors, most of which almost never come to fruition. Oh, and there’s nothing better than when a trade breaks as you make a grocery store run.

Still, it’s our job as media to share with you, the fans, what we’re hearing regarding your favorite team. Our Shams Charania has you covered on the league as a whole. And when it comes to the Pistons and the NBA trade deadline, I’ve heard a few things.

Now, before we go any further, it’s important to remember that teams talk often.

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Joe Haden throws water on the hot take of the Steelers cutting him – Behind the Steel Curtain

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Joe Haden throws water on the hot take of the Steelers cutting him - Behind the Steel Curtain

There is no hiding the fact the Pittsburgh Steelers are in dire straits as it pertains to the 2021 salary cap. Sure, no one knows what that figure will be, but it is projected to be less than the $198 million teams had to operate under in 2020.

If the cap drops even $10 million dollars, the Steelers will have some work to do to just get cap compliant, let alone be players in free agency.

This is where the topic of cap casualties come in. Not sure what this label even means? It is simply someone who is cut from the team due to their inflated salary cap hit. With that said, the Steelers have several players on their roster would could be viewed as potential cap casualties:

Ben Roethlisberger
David DeCastro
Vince Williams
Steven Nelson
Stephon Tuitt

And even cornerback Joe Haden.

There are some names listed above we know aren’t going anywhere, but some view Haden as a serious possibility for a cap casualty. In 2021, Haden is due $8.575 million and the Steelers could view it as too much to spend for an aging cornerback.

NFL Insider John Clayton, who used to cover the Steelers during the Chuck Noll era, went on the record saying the Steelers could part ways with Haden due to his contract.

Haden saw this on Twitter, and felt the need to give his two cents.

Take a look at what Haden said on his verified Twitter account:

Could Haden be wrong? Could the Steelers still pull the plug on the former Florida Gator? They could, but I doubt he would have the audacity to take to social media with such a claim if he wasn’t assured he wasn’t going anywhere.

The Steelers, and the rest of the NFL, will be faced with several tough decisions in the coming weeks with the NFL league year set to begin on March 17th. Once the salary cap number is set for this upcoming season, which some are saying won’t happen until days before the new year begins, you can expect a frenzy of moves to take place.

With that said, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes on the black and gold as they prepare for the new league year, NFL Free Agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.

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A New League’s Shot at the N.C.A.A.: $100,000 Salaries for High School Players – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/04/sports/basketball/overtime-league-high-school-pay.html

A New League’s Shot at the N.C.A.A.: $100,000 Salaries for High School Players - The New York Times

But there are almost as many risks as there are benefits for the young athletes. Most start-up professional sports leagues, no matter how innovative, fail. Overtime Elite will require tens of millions of dollars to operate on the scale its founders envision, but if it does not succeed, its athletes could be left with nowhere to play.

“We are genuine in really investing in hiring really serious and legitimate people to run every aspect of the company,” Porter said. “I don’t want to mess around with kids’ lives. I don’t want people to mess around with my kids’ lives. There is a moral obligation that goes with that.”

Weiner said the company is “extremely well capitalized” to start the league. Overtime, Porter added, raised a “meaningful” amount of cash in a previously undisclosed funding round last fall, and planned to use it to pay players, hire employees and lease housing, office, gym and education spaces.

Some details on what the league will actually look like or how fans can watch are still unsettled. There will be no permanent teams, but instead dynamic rosters within the league, and Porter and Weiner envision some sort of barnstorming tour of Europe. Games will no doubt be viewable online, but Overtime promises the games themselves and content around them won’t look too similar to typical basketball telecasts.

Overtime Elite isn’t the only basketball league that spies opportunity in the shifting rules around amateurism and a desire by players to get paid immediately. David West, a former N.B.A. player, has started the Professional Collegiate League, and the N.B.A.’s development league has recently begun courting top 18-year-olds who want to skip college altogether on their way to the N.B.A.

But Overtime Elite is the first serious league aimed at paying high school players, LaVar Ball’s failed Junior Basketball Association notwithstanding.

Porter and Weiner talk down the idea that they are challenging high school state athletic associations, the N.C.A.A., high school coaches and the many other entities invested in the current system.

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Jason Peters: Carson Wentz shows Philadelphia will eat you up if you don’t bring it – NBC Sports

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Jason Peters: Carson Wentz shows Philadelphia will eat you up if you don’t bring it - NBC Sports

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Jason Peters blocked for Carson Wentz throughout Wentz’s five seasons in Philadelphia, and Peters says Wentz learned the harsh reality of Philadelphia last season.

Peters said today that he can’t blame Wentz for the way things went down, but a quarterback playing the way Wentz played last year wasn’t going to last in Philadelphia.

“Nothing really went wrong on that. He was just in Philadelphia. It’s a hard city to play for,” Peters said, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. “You gotta bring it every year or Philadelphia will eat you up.”

Now Wentz will move on to the Colts, where he hopes Indianapolis does not eat him up.

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Jalen Ramsey: Deshaun Watson is “extremely serious” about not playing for Texans again – NBC Sports

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Jalen Ramsey: Deshaun Watson is “extremely serious” about not playing for Texans again - NBC Sports
Jalen Ramsey: Deshaun Watson is “extremely serious” about not playing for Texans again - NBC Sports

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Multiple reports and accounts have emerged since the end of the 2020 regular season indicating that quarterback Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston. More and more reports and accounts indicate that he’ll never play for the Texans again.

Along the way, no one has said, reported, or suggested that Watson is merely bluffing or posturing.

The latest person to echo Watson’s concerns is Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Appearing on the Huddle & Flow podcast, Ramsey said this of Watson: “I highly doubt he will suit up in a Texans’ uniform again. He’s extremely serious.”

Ramsey’s position isn’t guesswork or informed speculation. He’s represented by the same agent, David Mulugheta, who handles Watson. Also, Ramsey has been there, done that when it comes to getting away from a team for which he doesn’t want to play. Watson had a front-row seat for that fight; at one point while Ramsey was trying to get out of Jacksonville, a photo emerged of Watson, Ramsey, and Mulugheta in Houston.

So, yes, Watson means what he says, even if he has yet to say it publicly. The Texans know, but (unless they are merely bluffing or posturing) they seem to be intent on letting his play out instead of maximizing their return in a trade now.

When I was five, I was fascinated by the metal cover over the pilot light on the stove. As I reached my finger, ET-style, toward it, my mother kept saying, “You’re gonna burn your finger. . . . You’re gonna burn your finger.” And yet I still kept reaching for the metal cover over the pilot light on the stove, until I touched it and burned my finger.

Basically, the Texans appear to be the five-year-old version of me. We’re all telling them what’s going to happen if they draw a line in the sand with Watson, but maybe they need to experience it before they realize that what they’re being told is true.

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