By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer Updated 3:47 pm CST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Houston. The Le'Veon Bell watch is almost over for the Steelers. The star running back has until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, afternoon to sign his one-year franchise tender and be eligible to play this season. less FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Houston. The Le'Veon Bell watch is almost over ... more Photo: Michael Wyke, AP Photo: Michael Wyke, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this … [Read more...] about Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell refuses to sign tag, out for 2018
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:26 PM EDT Oct 15, 2018 When the suggestion was made at the Detroit Lions’ media members summit this spring that the team did not make any big moves in free agency, first-year coach Matt Patricia took exception with that line of thinking. "I’m not so sure about that," Patricia said at the time. "The Ziggy signing." The Lions used the franchise tag on Ziggy Ansah in March to effectively keep their best pass rusher off the free-agent market at the cost of $17.143 million. While that number would be a bargain for the league’s top pass rushers – Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald have since signed deals worth more than $20 million annually – the Lions have not come close to realizing a return on their investment six weeks into the season. Ansah, who has made $6.05 million so far this year, has played just 19 snaps, all in the first half of a season-opening loss to the New York Jets, and has one sack and four … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions tagging Ziggy Ansah has been a bust so far
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 8:27 p.m. UTC Aug 28, 2018 Ziggy Ansah said he’s grateful — yes, grateful — he will play this season on a one-year franchise tag and that the Detroit Lions did not give him a contract extension. Ansah, a Pro Bowl defensive end in 2015 who led the Lions with 12 sacks last year, said Wednesday he wasn’t disappointed he and the team didn’t reach agreement on a long-term deal this year. “Why should I be?” he said. The Lions will pay Ansah, 29, a fortune this year at a salary of $17,143,000. But most players prefer multiyear contracts that offer long-term financial security. “Yeah,” Ansah said, “but on the other hand, there’s a thousand people in the NFL that would love to be in my position. So I’m just grateful.” Many elite players wouldn’t see it that way. Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack, a two-time All-Pro and the 2016 NFL defensive player … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah ‘grateful’ to play, even with franchise tag
Now that the Minnesota Vikings have extended the contract of the first of their core potential free agents, linebacker Eric Kendricks last week for $50 million for five years, negotiations for defensive end Danielle Hunter could become very interesting. So much that it could take designating a franchise tag on Hunter if a mega-contract agreement can’t be reached. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Hunter, who has had 25.5 sacks in his first three seasons in Minnesota, doesn’t turn 24 until October. Talent that young is hard to find in the NFL, making Hunter’s value as a potential free agent after the coming season in the $15 million per year range. That’s more than Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen’s $14.5 million per season average. Franchising Hunter for the 2019 season could cost the Vikings about $18 million. The team can’t afford to let him go. Kendricks’ $50 million deal could turn out to be the least expensive of the Vikings’ other … [Read more...] about Charley Walters: Will Vikings’ Danielle Hunter get franchise tag?
They may not be playing like it early this season, but the Yankees are once again Major League Baseball's most valuable franchise. The Bombers topped Forbes’ latest list of baseball team valuations for the 21st consecutive year, coming in at a whopping $4 billion. That’s $1 billion more than the second-most valuable team, the Dodgers, with the Cubs ($2.9 billion), Giants ($2.85 billion), Red Sox ($2.8 billion) next on the list. The Mets ranked sixth for the third straight year with a value of $2.1 billion, up from $2 billion in 2017. The Rays again finished last in valuation at $900 million as the only club shy of a billion. The Marlins, who lead only Tampa Bay, came in at a $1 billion value, despite Derek Jeter and the Bruce Sherman-led ownership group buying the team from Jeffrey Loria for $1.2 billion last August. Trump’s net worth drops $600M on Forbes list of richest Americans Forbes pegged the Yankees’ … [Read more...] about Yankees still most valuable MLB franchise and it’s not close, says Forbes