Raiders sign linebacker Emmanuel Lamur to continue busy offseason

Few teams have been as active as the Raiders this offseason, and Oakland struck again Wednesday signing linebacker Emmanuel Lamur.

Lamur heads to Oakland having spent his first six years with the Vikings and Bengals. He has played in 71 games with 15 starts and posted 90 tackles (64 solo), 1/2 sacks, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. In four postseason games, he has recorded eight tackles.

The Kansas State product is also known as a leader on the special teams unit and contributed with four stops last season.

Two of the Mets’ runs resulted from defensive lapses. In the third inning, Miami catcher Bryan Holaday failed to catch a routine pop foul hit by Bruce, who then delivered a two-out RBI single. A wild throw by first baseman Justin Bour in the seventh led to an unearned run, which came home on Amed Rosario’s RBI single.

“Throwing that away, that just can’t happen,” Bour said.

Siemian started 24 games (13-11 record) for Denver over the last two seasons, but was expendable after the Broncos signed former Vikings QB Case Keenum to a two-year deal Wednesday.

The other two quarterbacks who saw action for Minnesota last season already have found new homes — Sam Bradford with the Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater with the Jets.

Sabathia, 37, allowed four hits and three runs — all on solo home runs — on only 58 pitches. He didn’t show signs of trouble with the hip while he was on the field, but he said he started feeling the soreness as he finished his warm-up pitches in the third inning.

“It was sore, and I’ve never felt that spot before — ever, throwing a baseball — so it was a little nerve-wracking,” Sabathia said about coming out of the game following the fourth inning.

Other than an ankle injury that sidelined him briefly, Sabathia was mostly healthy during spring training. Last season, he spent time on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and right knee inflammation.

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Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Kenley Jansen is special and does not struggle with performance, injury or anything else, most everyone believes. He is different, everyone will point out, and that is why selecting a closer in the fourth round has not looked so strange. Jansen exalted himself to the top tier of closers, in which he and only he resides, after yet another magnificent campaign in 2017, in which finished last season as the No. 8 option — not pitcher, but overall — on the Player Rater thanks to his 1.32 ERA, 41 saves and fourth season of 100-plus strikeouts.

With two outs in the second, Roark walked three straight hitters before Gonzalez homered into the Nationals’ bullpen on the first pitch. It was Gonzalez’s sixth career grand slam and the Mets’ second of the series.

Callaway said Zack Wheeler will be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas and pitch in Miami Wednesday, when the Mets will need a fifth starter. In his first start at Las Vegas, Wheeler allowed one run in five innings. It would be the first time Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Harvey and Wheeler make a rotation turn together.

Bogaerts went 1-for-3 in Boston’s eighth straight victory. He is hitting .368 (14-for-38) this season with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs.

Holt said he’s prepared to step in at shortstop if Bogaerts has to miss any time.

“I feel comfortable at shortstop, second base, third base — pretty much anywhere,” Holt said. “It’s a tough team to crack the lineup. I hate to see [Bogaerts] get injured there, especially with his spot coming up there [in the eighth inning] in a big spot. But I feel like I can step in and do a good job.”

Boston opens a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

For the second straight game, the Bulldogs scored two first-period goals and held on. They beat Ohio State 2-1 Thursday.

UMD took advantage of two Irish turnovers.

Lions looking for versatility in defensive personnel

The Lions’ defense is going to look different next season. To what extent, we’ll have to wait to learn until the players take the field in the coming months, but the key word the orchestrators of the unit keep coming back to is multiple.

No NFL defense lines up the same way every play, neither up front nor in the back end. Multiple looks and sub-packages are the way of the modern game, but the pieces the Lions have added this offseason don’t look the some as the pieces they’re replacing. And there’s a strong possibility returning players won’t be used the way they’ve been used in the past.

One of the key components of Detroit’s scouting system is comparing a potential Lions player to someone from the team or coach’s past. So with whom, from Patricia’s coaching experience, does Kennard share similarities

Patricia was reluctant to compare skill sets, not wanting to put unnecessary expectations on the Lions’ newcomer, but when he limited it to body type, the first two names that came to mind were Kyle Van Noy and Rob Ninkovich.

Lions fans remember Van Noy as the second-round pick who didn’t work out in Detroit, but Patricia turned him into a key contributor after the Patriots acquired the linebacker in a midseason trade two years ago.

The pursuit of size would seem to spell trouble for someone like Jalen Reeves-Maybin, a fourth-round draft pick from last season. He’s undersized, even by the previous scheme’s standards, but Patricia intends to find a function for all the pieces he has at his disposal.

I think a guy like that definitely has a place within some of the schemes that we do, Patricia said.

Up front, the Lions largely look similar, with the key difference being a swap at defensive tackle. Despite reportedly having a matching offer, Haloti Ngata opted to take a job with Philadelphia because he wanted to continue to play an attacking style. His replacement, Sylvester Williams, has the athleticism to occasionally rush the passer, but is more of a two-gapping. run-stuffer who is an ideal early-down player.

The secondary also remains largely intact, with cornerback Nevin Lawson and Tavon Wilson re-signing with the team and DeShawn Shead replacing D.J. Hayden, giving the team a bit more size and physicality on the depth chart.

And while it remains to be seen how that rotation will shake out, the Lions like the versatility they’ve been accumulating in the back end. Quandre Diggs, a nickel back who made a wildly successful conversion to safety late last season, is a prime example.

Cowboys hoping to rework Dez Bryant’s contract

The saga of Dez Bryant‘s contract could be coming to an end soon. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated that he hopes to hammer out a revised deal with the wide receiver by the end of the next, if not this week, Clarence Hill of the Star Telegram writes.

I think that these two guys that we signed [Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson] and what we might look at in the draft, at any level of the draft, plus what we might get worked out with Dez, gives us a good-looking receiver outlook, Jerry Jones said.

But sources say he is doing well, adhering to his program and the feeling around him is said to be positive. Gregory did not participate in training camp last summer after getting moved to the reserve/did not report list. In two seasons, Gregory has only played 14 games and recorded one sack. Fortunately, he’s remained out of trouble aside from his testing problems and at 25 there’s still plenty of time for him to realize his potential.

Alexander did the position drills as a cornerback and said he has worked on his hip flexibility in the offseason after a 2017 season in which he played in just six games and faced injuries.

I carried that chip on my shoulder for nine weeks, throughout my training, before the combine and even now, Alexander said. I still have a bunch to prove. I’m not done. So stay tuned.

Trinity product Reggie Bonnafon had a solid day with a 38-inch vertical and a 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range (though the runs were not electronically timed).

Bonnafon played everywhere at Louisville, mostly running back as a senior in 2017. He said teams have shown interest in him at running back or wide receiver, and he also returned 12 punts for 81 yards last season.

‘Several teams’ intrigued by possibility of signing Johnny Manziel

Rumors of a possible reunion between free agent quarterback Johnny Manziel and the NFL are heating up. This comes after Manziel recently participated in two pro days, looking rather impressive in the process.

Now, according to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports, several teams are reportedly intrigued by the possibility of signing Manziel.

I’ve watched them play 20 times this season. I haven’t seen a single team set the tempo against them, Baldwin said. They play their style no matter who they’re facing. That’s not going to change now.

If he’s right, then Townes will be part of the most unexpected champion in March Madness history. The team that beat Miami, Tennessee and Nevada by a combined four points before crushing Kansas State to get here is, not surprisingly, the underdogs.

Townes is used to that.

The Browns announced Friday they signed the former Packers receiver. The news was first reported by Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager.

Janis is the latest addition to a revamped Cleveland offense that will feature receiver Jarvis Landry, running back Carlos Hyde, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and, eventually, whichever quarterback the Browns select in the first round of the draft.

Janis, a seventh-round selection by the Packers in 2014, has registered 22 career special-teams tackles and returned 23 kickoffs for 568 yards (24.7 average).

The Browns also confirmed the acquisition of former Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton.

Rob Gronkowski’pretty certain’ he’ll return to Patriots despite friction with Bill Belichick

As New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski weighs his future, sources close to him say he has recently expressed that he is more likely to continue his football career than retire at 28 years old.

Gronkowski still hasn’t made a decision, but despite serious considerations since the end of the season of retiring because of physical and mental fatigue, sources say Gronkowski is pretty certain he’ll come back as long as Tom Brady remains with the team.

However, this dose of good news for Patriots fans comes with some dilution: Lingering frustrations remain between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick, along with others in the Patriots organization, according to sources close to each side. Whether those frustrations on either side will impact Gronkowski’s return to the team remains the final piece to this unfinished puzzle.

They could miss Kirk Cousins and promising young cornerback Kendall Fuller, who was inexplicably included in their trade for Alex Smith. But let’s not forget that Smith was the league’s highest-rated passer last season.

If the guys surrounding him can stay healthy, expensive new wide receiver Paul Richardson can live up to his contract in place of Pryor and the team can do something positive with its No. 13 overall pick, the Redskins could be in the playoff picture next season.

The full-breakdown of the supposed two-year, $40 million shows that it’s really a one-year deal, with a team-held option for 2019. The option must be exercised by the third day of the 2019 league year; at that time, he gets a fully-guaranteed roster bonus of $10 million and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $7.5 million.

So to get $17.5 million next year (plus $2.5 million in per-game roster bonuses), Bradford will have to earn his $20 million in 2018. And by $20 million, of course, I mean $15 million. As Gantt previously noted, a full $5 million of Bradford’s supposed $20 million haul in 2018 is tied to Bradford actually being able to suit up and in each and every game.

It’s still not bad at all that Bradford got $15 million guaranteed for a supposedly degenerative knee. But Case Keenum‘s $18 million per year on a two-year deal suddenly looks a lot better if Bradford gets to $20 million per year only if he s in every game of both years. Keenum gets $25 million fully guaranteed at signing, and the whole $36 million is guaranteed for injury.