A New King of Closers?

A New King of Closers?
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news as the calendar inches towards the stretch run.
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Redskins acquired C Bryan Stork from the Patriots in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Leaking to the media their intentions to cut Stork, the Patriots were able to finagle what is likely a conditional seventh-round pick out of Washington. It's better than letting Stork walk for nothing. And now the Redskins are on the hook for the contract, as well. Stork will compete to start in D.C.
Aug 24 - 2:54 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken reports the Chargers recently offered holdout No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa "their best offer," but Bosa rejected it and talks "are nowhere."

This is past being ridiculous, but it's only getting worse. There was a report earlier this week that the Chargers were willing to give Bosa $10 million of his $17 million signing bonus up front, but that's still not good enough for Bosa's camp. This looks like it could seriously linger into the regular season, and the Chargers have pulled their most recent offer. They also released a public statement, making this a PR war now. In the statement, the team said it'll have to now adjust any further offers because Bosa isn't going to be able to play all 16 regular-season games due to all the missed time. This is getting ugly.
Aug 24 - 1:43 PM

Updating a previous item, Josh Gordon is scheduled to be a restricted free agent in 2017.

Due to his suspensions, Gordon's contract tolled -- "rolled over" -- and he's under the Browns' control for the next two seasons. It's notable because of Tuesday's trade rumor that popped up, as any acquiring team would consider it beneficial to have Gordon under control for not just 12 games.
Aug 24 - 1:29 PM

Corey Coleman (hamstring) said he's "full go" and will play in the Browns' third preseason game Friday.

His latest hamstring issue is "officially over," per ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi. Coleman has been practicing for the past week, but did sit out the second preseason game. The third, classified as the regular-season dress rehearsal, is the most important. Coleman needs to keep his hammy healthy.
Aug 24 - 12:26 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson believes third-round RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) could open the season on injured reserve.

New I.R. rules implemented this season allow teams to stash players on the injured list and then later make a call which one they want to activate off "designated for return." Jackson thinks it could be Drake in an effort to get all four of Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi, Isaiah Pead, and Damien Williams on the opening day, 53-man roster. Drake has missed a ton of practice time with a pulled hammy.
Aug 24 - 11:32 AM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson doesn't expect 2015 fourth-round OG Jamil Douglas to make the Dolphins' 53-man roster.

Douglas played 529 snaps as a rookie, making six starts at right guard and center, but he was absolutely obliterated as a blocker, receiving incredibly poor marks from Pro Football Focus. With a new coaching staff in Miami, Douglas is off scholarship and looks to be on his way out of town.
Aug 24 - 11:27 AM

Packers C Corey Linsley tore his hamstring twice this offseason, once in April and a second time in July, and is expected to open the season on reserve/PUP.

Linsley suffered the first tear while working out on his own after the Packers' first set of OTAs. He thought the injury had healed and began working out again in July, only to tear it again. Linsley is currently on active/PUP, but figures to open the year there and miss the first six weeks of the season. The 2014 fifth-rounder has started 33 games through two seasons and received really strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run and pass blocking. J.C. Tretter will take over.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 10:57 AM

Panthers S Trenton Robinson suffered a torn pectoral in the second preseason game and is expected to miss the entire season.

Robinson is undergoing surgery on Wednesday. He was signed to provide depth and be a special teams force. Robinson will be a free agent next March.
Aug 24 - 10:45 AM
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