Happy Friday, everyone! Another week down.
Let's get right to it.
Good morning to everyone but especially to...
- The deal includes a $30-million signing bonus, the largest ever for a wide receiver. Over $58 million of the $72 million is guaranteed. The $24 million per year is sixth-highest among wide receivers.
- Metcalf has 3,170 receiving yards and 29 receiving touchdowns since entering the league in 2019. The only other players to hit those marks over that span are Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp, Tyreek Hill and Mike Evans.
- Metcalf joins *deep breath* Adams, Kupp, Hill, Stefon Diggs, Mike Williams, Chris Godwin, DJ Moore, Christian Kirk and fellow 2019 draftees A.J. Brown and Terry McLaurin as notable wide receivers to get a big contract this offseason.
While expectations are down this year in Seattle as Drew Lock and Geno Smith battle to be named Russell Wilson's successor, this is a great deal for Metcalf. He will be in Seattle long enough to see the franchise's long-term quarterback plans (the 2023 draft class is loaded, by the way), and if things don't go well in that department, he'll hit free agency again at just 27 years old.
Attention now turns to Deebo Samuel, who is just like Metcalf was. Samuel is at 49ers training camp but not participating until he gets a new deal. Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson, also seeking a new contract,
... AND ALSO A GOOD MORNING TO AARON JUDGE
After getting swept by the Mets, the Yankees needed a spark. Aaron Judge went 0-for-5 in Wednesday's loss and he needed a spark, too. Good thing for both parties, that spark came at the exact right time.
Judge hitto give the Yankees a 1-0 win over the Royals last night.
- Judge's homer was just the Yankees' second hit of the game.
- It's Judge's third walk-off home run this season, tying Mickey Mantle (1959) for most by a Yankee in a single season.
- It's Judge's 39th home run of the season, most in MLB.
- Eli Manning and Sue Bird have .
- Tyler Naquin and Phillip Diehl are .
- The Sharks Patrick Marleau's No. 12 jersey.
- Joey Chestnut set -- but not for hot dog eating.
- Mark Hubbard's hole-in-one at the Rocket Mortgage Classic .
And not such a good morning for...
The Buccaneers were already dealing with replacing two starters from last year's offensive line. Now, Tom Brady will have to get acquainted with another new starter. Center Ryan Jensenand had to be carted off the field.
- Jensen was named to his first Pro Bowl last season after allowing just two sacks. He signed a 3-year extension this offseason.
- Jensen has played in every game since joining the Buccaneers in 2018.
- Tampa Bay already lost both of last year's starting guards this offseason. Alex Cappa with the Bengals and Ali Marpet .
It may take some time for Jensen's official diagnosis, but any time he misses will be a major blow for the Buccaneers, whose first four games are at the Cowboys, at the Saints, against the Packers and against the Chiefs.
Not so honorable mentions
- This might be the worst (best?) you've ever seen.
- Zion Williamson as part of his max extension with the Pelicans.
The Angels won't trade Shohei Ohtani... right? ⚾
We know it's been a rough week (well, really, a rough past two months), Angels fans, but don't freak out quite yet. The Angels are "extremely unlikely" to trade Shohei Ohtani... but they are at least, according to reports.
- Ohtani, 27, was named an All Star as both a pitcher and batter for the second straight season. He is making just $5.5 million this season. He is set to be a free agent after next season.
- As we discussed in , the Angels are nowhere near contending (and likely won't be next year either), and they now have to deal with Mike Trout's .
Again, let me emphasize that a trade remains extremely unlikely. Ohtani is a magnificent talent -- a true superstar doing things we've never seen done before. But given the situation,, writes MLB guru Matt Snyder.
- Snyder: "We've got to consider how good Ohtani is both at hitting and pitching. He's already unique there. Then there's how little money he makes compared to how productive he is. There's the extra year of team control, so he's not a 'rental,' but it's only one more year before he's a free agent. The Angels are terrible and not looking much like a team ready to contend in 2023, either, so that's another factor. Ohtani has expressed his desire, multiple times, to play for a winner."
Cardinals remove that odd stipulation from Kyler Murray's contract 🏈
What started as a unique contract stipulation has turned into a heated topic for Kyler Murray -- and an awkward situation for the Arizona Cardinals. Murray, whoseincluded , held yesterday that raised plenty of eyebrows.
- Part of what Murray was, "I refuse to let my work ethic... be in question" and "[it] is almost disrespectful, and it's almost a joke." The contract per game week. It even mentioned that if Murray was distracted during his film study, that time wouldn't count.
- It had already been a rocky road toward the extension. Murray earlier this offseason after reports emerged concerning Murray's leadership.
The Cardinals then proceeded tolate last night, saying it was "perceived in ways that were never intended." How exactly were we supposed to perceive it, then? Anyway, who is Murray trying to convince? His teammates? His coaches? The front office? The fans? The media? Himself?
NFL insider Jonathan Jones, who was at the press conference. Maybe the drama finally ends here, now that the clause has been removed. Given how the last few months have gone, though, that's far from guaranteed., pens
What we're watching this weekend 📺
We're watching the NWSL all weekend. And also...
🏀 Aces at Fever, 7 p.m. on NBA TV
🏀 Liberty at Sky, 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
🏀 Storm at Mystics, Noon on ESPN
⚾ Brewers at Red Sox, 4:10 p.m. on FS1
⚾ Twins at Padres, Cardinals at Nationals or Phillies at Pirates, 7:15 p.m. on FOX
⚾ Rangers at Angels, 9:07 p.m. on FS1
🏀 Sky at Sun, 1 p.m. on NBA TV
🏀 Mercury at Liberty, 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
⚾ Cubs at Giants, 7 p.m. on ESPN