NFL free agency: Terrelle Pryor joining Jets, report says

Free-agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has agreed to a contract with the Jets, Newsday’s Calvin Watkins reported Thursday. Terms were not available.

Pryor, 28, will be entering his third full season as an NFL receiver, each with a different team, after beginning his career as a quarterback with the Raiders. Last season he caught 20 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown for the Redskins. An early-season ankle injury limited him to nine games with Washington.

The season prior, he broke out with 77 receptions, 1,007 yards and four TDs for the Browns.

Brewers: OF Christian Yelich went on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, four days after one of Milwaukee’s prized offseason acquisitions got hurt during a 6-0 loss to St. Louis. The move was retroactive to Thursday. He was hitting .385 with one homer and five RBI.

Milwaukee’s Adrian Houser pitched two shutout innings before being optioned back to Double-A Biloxi. It was the right-hander’s only appearance since being called up to replace Corey Knebel after the All-Star closer went on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a strained right hamstring. The Brewers said a corresponding move would be made on Monday.

King was sixth in the NFL in 2017 on yards per punt (47.4) and tied for 15th for kicks inside the 20 (28).

He was named second team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2016.

King signed a five-year, $16.5 million deal in 2016 and had three years remaining on his contract.

The punter has been a popular player with the Raiders for several years now and has a loyal following on Instagram with more than 350,000 followers.

Oakland also waived tight end Clive Walford.

The teams are both 27-53 with two games remaining and will meet again Monday in Brooklyn in another crucial game for draft positioning.

The Nets’ first-round pick is owned by Cleveland after being moved via Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade last August.

Brooklyn’s 24 3-pointers pushed them over 1,000 for the season, ending the game with a franchise record 1,012.

The previous season high was 877 last year.buccaneers_092

Jim Kelly leaves ICU as doctor hails ‘solid progess’ in recovery from cancer surgery

Jim Kelly has taken another big step in his recovery from oral cancer surgery, as he has been released from the ICU.

Kelly’s wife, Jill, posted the good news on Instagram Thursday.

“Blessing upon blessing. Last day in the ICU,” read the post, which showed Kelly walking.

The Sabres have a decision to make in goal with starter Robin Lehner set to become a restricted free agent and backup Chad Johnson eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. The team’s other pending unrestricted free agents include forwards Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Nolan and defenseman Josh Gorges.

Forward Sam Reinhart, who scored a career-best 25 goals, completed his three-year entry-level contract and is eligible to be a restricted free agent.

Lehner visited a specialist Monday to assess a lower-body injury that forced him to miss the final five games. Defenseman Zach Bogosian expects to be cleared to skate by June after having season-ending hip surgery in January.

“They play the game in different levels. Myles is such an athletic, to me, he’s more like Julius Peppers in terms of his movement skills and his length and how he plays,” Browns general manager John Dorsey told the team’s website. “Chubb plays the game a little bit differently, but he’s still an unbelievable defensive prospect for this draft.”

Cleveland could also take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, an explosive talent who impressed during the Scouting Combine.

Despite trading a third-round pick for Tyrod Taylor this offseason, the Browns are also expected to select a quarterback in the draft. Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield have been the signal callers most heavily linked with Cleveland during the draft process.

“There was a number of base runners on and they capitalized on one swing so you have to give Martinez a little bit of credit,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “From Zack, I thought he battled through those early innings and he had some real easy innings kind of towards the back end of his outing, so I focus on that more than anything.”buccaneers_076

Eugenio Suarez breaks thumb when hit by Jameson Taillon pitch

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez broke his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch during Sunday’s game against the Pirates.

Suarez, who entered leading the Reds in RBIs, winced after a pitch from Jameson Taillon caught him on the right hand leading off the fourth inning. Suarez was tended to by trainers before taking first base. Then he was replaced in the bottom of the inning by Cliff Pennington.

There was no immediate word on how long Suarez will be out.

“I knew it was probably going to miss some time, when we went out and inspected it,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. “Immediately, half the nail was turning different colors, and there was bleeding around the thumb. I didn’t anticipate the thumb being broken.”

Zobrist’s infield single tied it at 2 and set the stage for Happ’s big hit after a rough start to the season.

“I think everyone saw the balls,” Barnes said. “It was not like they were hitting bullets everywhere.”

Newton had previously been involved in an accident in December 2014 when his truck was hit from the side on a bridge after another driver failed to yield at a stop sign in Charlotte, NC. He suffered two transverse fractures in his lower back, forcing him to miss multiple games.

Knicks: Hornacek said Hardaway and Kanter most likely wouldn’t play Wednesday, but didn’t rule it out. … Hardaway was called for a technical foul at the end of the first half.

Masters champion Patrick Reed was seated courtside, wearing his green jacket. Love and actor Chris Rock were among those to greet him.

James said Monday morning he hadn’t seen the billboard that went up near MSG urging him to play for the Knicks next season, though he was aware of it. Similar billboards had already gone up in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland and his hometown of Akron, Ohio.buccaneers_016

Browns trade QB Cody Kessler to Jaguars

For the third time this offseason, the Cleveland Browns have made a trade centered on a quarterback.

The Browns have agreed to send backup Cody Kessler to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round draft pick.

We are excited about the opportunity to add Cody as depth to our quarterback position, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement. Despite being just 24 years old, Cody has already seen NFL game action and was very effective as a rookie in 2016, showing accuracy and efficiency in posting a quarterback rating of 90-plus. From our research and through getting to know Cody during the draft process, we know he is a smart, tough and competitive young man and we expect him to be a great addition to our quarterback and offensive meeting rooms.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday no decision has yet been made whether to pursue criminal charges against Foster, who was arrested last month at his Los Gatos home for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

York said he has not talked with Foster about the incidents of this offseason, including a January arrest for possession of marijuana in Alabama. However, general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan have spoken with Foster on multiple occasions.

We’d love Reuben to be on this team, York said on the final day of the NFL owners meetings. And we’d love him to participate for us, but if he’s not doing things off the field that allow us to be able to rely on him – or he’s doing something that we’re not comfortable with off the field and it’s proven that’s what’s going on — I think the guys have said then you’re just going to have to move on.patriots_110-223x223

NFL Rumors: Cowboys Will Cut Dez Bryant After the NFL Draft

It appears this saga might finally come to an end.

Here are other transactions we’re monitoring from Thursday:

1. The Washington Redskins confirmed the exact terms of their trade with the Denver Broncos centered on safety Su’a Cravens. The Redskins acquired a fourth-round pick (No. 109), two fifth-round picks (142, 163) and a conditional pick in 2020; the Broncos, in addition to Cravens, received a pick in the fourth round (113) and fifth round (149).

2. The Detroit Lions signed tight end Levine Toilolo. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Toilolo’s deal is for one year, $2 million.

3. The Minnesota Vikings re-signed return specialist and cornerback Marcus Sherels and signed former Chiefs and Titans linebacker Reshard Cliett.

4. The Buffalo Bills signed former Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines.

Jones said Gregory has done a good job working through his issues. And it’s his hope that Gregory will be reinstated and play for the Cowboys in 2018. The 2015 second-round selection has played in just two games since his rookie season.

The fieldhouse had the feel of a Baptist church, so crowded that men wiped sweat from their brows and women fanned themselves with folded pieces of paper. Scouts clutched their notepads and their iPads. Reporters held up cameras behind a metal barrier. There was even a broadcast duo, live-streaming a glorified workout. UCF’s Pro Day, normally just another overlooked line on the packed draft calendar, had turned into an event.

This is the Shaquem Griffin effect. Make no mistake, the Knights have more to brag about than one player. There is talent in this program – most notably defensive back Mike Hughes, who is a projected first-rounder. But this was something much more than a display of athletic potential. A day before at the University of Florida, with its Tim Tebow statue and its bushels of NFL alums, the Gators Pro Day was serene by comparison. It felt rote, normal. This did not. There were 31 teams present at UCF, and 70 scouts. Griffin speaks to people, because of his sweet smile and because of his stirring story.patriots_120-223x223

Chiefs’ Andy Reid would give up a toe for Super Bowl title

The sacrifices those in the NFL world make are by now well known. Long hours in the office or training room. No real time for the family. A very short break during the offseason. It’s one of the reasons they get paid the big bucks.

Having coached in the NFL for more than a quarter century, Kansas City Chiefs head man Andy Reid knows this full well. Though, he’s willing to take said sacrifice to a whole new level in order to win that elusive first Super Bowl title.

The 2017 Cowboys exist in that area in between — not bad enough to be a trainwreck, not good enough to make the playoffs. But this should work because of the polarizing nature of Big D. If you’re a Cowboys fan, you’ll love to see how the major dramas of the season — Zeke’s suspension, Dak’s growing pains, Dez’s rough Week 16 — played out behind the scenes. And if you’re a Cowboys hater Well, you get to see the Cowboys — pumped up as a Super Bowl contender entering 2017 — repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot en route to a dark January. Streaming schadenfreude, baby!

The Cowboys are like baseball’s Yankees in that way; a franchise with a huge fanbase and an even greater base of haters. This show should provide plenty of entertainment for both sides of the aisle. And Dez, make sure your helmet is on prior to all friendly headbutts.

All eight episodes of All or Nothing will be available for Prime members on April 27.

The Broncos might not even have a shot at the presumed top four quarterbacks in the draft. With the Browns owning the No. 1 and No. 4 selections, it’s possible a team could leap ahead of Elway to swipe a QB before Denver is on the clock. Elway also could be in a position where he needs to trade up one spot if his QB of choice is on the board at four and Cleveland is lining up a trade with another team — say the Buffalo Bills.

Elway also could sit tight and end up with his choice of the top-rated non-quarterback, be it running back Saquon Barkley, pass rusher Bradley Chubb, guard Quenton Nelson, etc.

Suh would’ve slotted into a defensive tackle role along a line that included Jordan and Sheldon Rankins. He instead joins that DPOY (Defensive Player of the Year), Aaron Donald, in an interior-line pairing that could quickly become the most-feared in the league. No skin off Jordan’s back.

I think we have a strong core, Jordan said on NFL Total Access…. Our line is stacked. We were just looking to be more stacked.

The offseason doesn’t end with free agency, of course. Jordan was asked by NFL Network’s Cole Wright to take off the pads and put on the GM hat as we near the draft.patriots_019-223x223

NFL safety market leaving best available to take’peanuts’ in free agency

Safety in numbers has taken on a whole new meaning in the NFL this offseason. That’s because few zeroes are being dangled to the free agents playing the position. The safety market has proven soft even for a league in which teams are flush with salary-cap space.

New quarterback Tyrod Taylor gives them a better chance to win than any of the quarterbacks who were on the 2017 roster; March additions Jarvis Landry, Chris Hubbard, E.J. Gaines, Terrance Mitchell, T.J. Carrie, Chris Smith andDamarious Randall give them some much-needed talent and experience; and they’ll have the opportunity to add a handful of starting-caliber players with five picks in the first two rounds of the draft.

Still, this is a team that won zero games last year and lost stalwart left tackle Joe Thomas to retirement. Unless all or most of those picks start and excel right away and their three 2017 first-round picks break out, the Browns will remain at least a year away from being considered a real pro football team.

But Bridgewater bombed at Louisville’s pro day—a performance which was probably magnified because he didn’t participate in passing drills at the combine.

Six weeks later, Bortles was the third overall pick of the draft. Bridgewater slipped to the No. 32 spot.

That might not necessarily be the case with Darnold, but it goes to show that pro days can make a hell of a difference. Johnny Manziel might not have been a first-round pick if not for a strong pro day, while Carson Wentz might not have been picked second overall had he not put on a show at his.

Darnold’s pro day might not determine whether he becomes a successful NFL quarterback, but there’s a good chance it has a major impact on where he’s drafted next month.

If quarterback Derek Carr can bounce back in 2018, that six-win Oakland Raiders 2017 campaign will quickly be forgotten, but Carr needs more support on both sides of the ball. New head coach Jon Gruden and Co. didn’t do enough in March to quell those concerns.jets_033