Defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney, Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack also are seeking long-term deals, so one of them likely sets the bar for Lawrence.
The Cowboys also will get another season to confirm Lawrence is a war daddy pass rusher and not a one-hit wonder.
To no surprise, no long-term deal will happen between Lions, Ziggy Ansah
Four franchise-tagged players have yet to reach long-term deals before Monday’s deadline. One of them definitely won’t, #asexpected.
Via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Lions and defensive end Ziggy Ansah won’t be striking a multi-year contract. This means that Ansah, a first-round pick in 2013, will spend a sixth season with the Lions, at a franchise tender of $17.143 million.
In terms of players whose performances will define the Broncos’ hopes, three stand out. Keenum is obvious. If he can quickly learn a new system and perform on par with his 2017 output, you can pencil the Broncos in for the postseason. Roby steps into the void left by Talib’s departure for the Los Angeles Rams and brings a quietly great résumé and experience as a slot and boundary corner to the role. In his rookie season, left tackle Garett Bolles showed flashes of becoming the franchise tackle Elway has pursued for half a decade, and gives the staff no reason to think he won’t make a big leap in 201Conservatively, I’d put the Broncos at 7-9 with a lot of upside.
I also noticed I am currently 8th on the career all-purpose yards list. Now, I doubt I’ll be able to catch #1 on the list, Jerry Rice, but with a couple good runs or a nice return, I should be able to climb past Steve Smith (7th) and Marshall Faulk (6th). It will probably take until about mid-season [maybe a little longer] but I got my eyes set on Tim Brown at #5. The only other players on the list after that are #4 Emmitt Smith, #3 Walter Payton and #2 Brian Mitchell.
Sproles has 19,155 all-purpose yards for his career and needs 528 to pass Brown for the fifth spot. Smith piled up 21,564 yards during his career, which will likely remain out of reach unless Sproles revisits his plans to call it a career.
Matt Harvey’s time in New York ended after poor pitching and stories about his hard-partying way. While pitching for the Reds last night against the Braves, Atlanta’s organist tried to mock the right-handed starter about these things.