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Denver Broncos re-sign safety Kareem Jackson to one-year deal

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As per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with Kareem Jackson to guarantee his return.

9News’ Mike Klis has reported it is a 1-year contract worth $5 million.

After the Broncos and Jackson’s camp couldn’t settle on an contract “restructure” a week ago that was likely a compensation cut, the veteran’s team option was declined and he became a free agent. The transaction cost the Broncos $2,882,353, in a dead cap hit yet freed up $10 million in space. Jackson’s departure also brought up pressing questions about the safety room in 2021.

With Jackson’s return the Broncos look set to begin the veteran close to Justin Simmons for the third sequential year. With the way Vic Fangio’s defense uses a two high construction and regularly turns wellbeing’s post snap, this is welcome news. While Jackson has never made a Pro Bowl, he and Simmons have been reliable stalwarts on the third level.

Bringing back the veteran safety ought not keep George Paton from considering safeguards in the impending NFL Draft. Jackson will turn 33-years of age on April tenth, an age where most cautious backs have effectively started to decline. Carrying Jackson back assists with easing the quick need and ought to give the coaching staff time to groom a heir.

To date Jackson has played in 26 of a potential 32 games since he signed an deal to join the Broncos in 2019. His possibly missed time over that range came when he served a DUI suspension toward the finish of the 2019 season. Trey Marshall became the starter in his place and completed out the season.

Bringing back Jackson places the Broncos list in where there is just one squeezing need in case you’re questionable on Drew Lock. It creates a situation where George Paton can forcefully trade up for a rookie passer on the off chance that he deems it significant. In the event that Paton trusts in Lock, the Broncos are currently in a position where they can pursue the best accessible ability at nine or trade down to gather extra draft ammo.

Bryce Callahan, Kyle Fuller, Bradley Chubb, Malik Reed, Alexander Johnson, Josey Jewell, and Kareem Jackson playing on contracts that expire after the 2021 season. The program is as of now in where it could bode well to pursue Deshaun Watson if the charges against him don’t demonstrate valid. The transient arrangements would likewise permit Paton to proceed onward from all if important to create additional cap space in 2022 or “reset” the roster for another coach.

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Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract

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Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season

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Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons

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The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.

Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”

The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

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