As much as Dan Le Batard gets noticed for having a quirky radio show that plays to a certain audience, the man is connected in South Florida. He has been a columnist at the Miami Herald since 1990 and has plenty of sources in the city.
So when he says people in the Heat organization believe LeBron Bernie Parent Jersey James checked out during the 2014 NBA Finals, which Miami lost in five games to the Spurs, he is likely telling the truth. He said just that on the Le Batard Show on ESPN Friday.
Bell, 26, confirmed he turned down last year’s contract offer worth $42 million over the first three years with an average of $13.3 million over the life of the deal. Even his mom wanted him to sign it. Bell almost did.
Kids Tyrone Crawford Jersey Since then, the Steelers are closer but not quite where Bell wants them to be with an offer — though Bell said both sides are negotiating in earnest.
Bell plans to stick to his number — which he isn’t revealing — and is accounting for everything. Asked about his criteria for assessing that worth, Bell explained:
He’s putting up more yards per game than any NFL player (his career average of 128.9 yards from scrimmage per game is the best since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger).
He plays every down and basically fills the role of three backs.
Tagging Cousins would have been an attempt to recoup lost compensation after trading a third-round pick and corner Kendall Fuller to Kansas City for quarterback Alex Smith. Cousins will be worth a third-round compensatory pick in 2019 — but whether Washington actually gets that still depends on what happens in free agency.
Tagging him was fraught with risks if a trade couldn’t be made immediately. Had the Redskins tagged him and he didn’t sign, then it would have counted on their salary cap once free agency started. Had he signed and they were unable to trade him, they would have had two expensive quarterbacks and one awkward situation.
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That potential $34.5 million cap hit would have prevented them from pursuing other free agents. In the end, it wasn’t worth it for Washington.
Now the question focuses on Cousins’ next stop. The final four teams that emerged over the weekend include the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.
He tweeted Tuesday that he’s open to suggestions on his next team.