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NFL Chiefs v 49ers 49ers Chiefs
As outlined in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, players are paid a stipulated amount for playoff games regardless of their role. For example, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pocketed $56,000 in last year's AFC championship game, just like teammate Matthew Slater did.
But Super Bowl winners do get double the bonus of Super Bowl losers, and while it might not be much to the highest-paid players on a team, claiming a championship can provide a significant bonus for a rookie on the NFL minimum salary.
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After Super Bowl 54 between the 49ers and Chiefs, members of the winning team each will be paid $124,000. Members of the losing team each will be paid $62,000.
Including the entire postseason run, members of the winning team each will make $211,000.
An interesting tidbit: Inactive and injured players also receive playoff bonuses in most cases. In the wild-card and divisional rounds, players at the time of the game on a team’s active roster, inactive list or injured reserve will be paid the full postseason bonuses.
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NFL Titans American Football
Derrick Henry got his lucrative long-term contract extension with the Titans before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline and four months after being franchise-tagged. Henry, who led the NFL with 1,540 yards rushing and helped lead Tennessee to the AFC championship game last season, agreed to a four-deal, per multiple reports.
While it's not surprising that the Titans, with a run-heavy offense, locked up Henry though the 2023 season, it may be shocking to some that Henry "settled" for being the league's fifth highest-paid feature back in terms of average annual salary.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Henry's new four-year contract is worth $50 million, with more than half, $25.5 million — over essentially the first two seasons — guaranteed. That comes out to $12.5 million per season.'
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Christian McCaffrey, who made first-team All-Pro at two positions for his 2019 season, remains the highest-paid running back in the game overall. McCaffrey earlier this year signed a four-year extension with the Panthers worth $64 million, with more than $38 million guaranteed. Last fall, the Cowboys gave Ezekiel Elliott a six-year, $90 million deal with[......]
NFL Broncos Broncos v Saints Saints American Football
COVID-19 and the NFL's protocols related to it have hit the Broncos hard in Week 12. Denver learned Saturday that it will be without all four of its quarterbacks for Sunday's game against the Saints after one tested positive for the coronavirus during the week and the other three were ruled out for being high-risk close contacts.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday night that after Jeff Driskel tested positive Thursday, fellow QBs Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles interacted with him while not wearing masks. That made them high-risk, which in turn led to them being sent home and ruled out for the game.
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So while Broncos players Von Miller and Jerry Jeudy volunteered their services Saturday evening and the internet called for Tim Tebow to come back to Denver, the actual replacement options included running back Royce Freeman and a practice-squad wide receiver who played quarterback in college before changing positions.
NFL Bills American Football
The Bills will play their first home playoff game since 1996 soon after the calendar flips to 2021. For the first time all season, some of Bills Mafia will be allowed to attend.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday afternoon that 6,700 fans would be allowed in Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, for the AFC's wild card round. The Bills (12-3) will finish the season as either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the AFC, guaranteeing a playoff game on Buffalo soil set for either Jan. 9 or Jan. 10. Masks will be required and every attendee will be tested before the game — and no tailgating will be allowed.
"I feel the mood," Cuomo said in a press conference Wednesday, adding that he plans to attend the game himself after taking a COVID-19 test. "It's been a long time. They've captured an atmosphere and mood that's been infectious. But we have to take this seriously."
Under New York state's orders, fans haven't been allowed in Bills Stadium all year. That means one of the league's top fan bases has missed out on watching the best Bills team in decades in person. Cuomo had discussed the possibility of allowing fans in for the postseason at multiple press conferences, and Wednesday he announced that hope would be a[......]
NFL American Football
Former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst Chris Simms has made waves in the past for his yearly NFL draft quarterback rankings and breakdowns. This year's edition was released on the March 3 edition of "PFT Live," and featured several surprising picks — most notably, the "generational" talent of Trevor Lawrence isn't No. 1, and neither is Ohio State's Justin Fields. Rather, it's BYU passer Zach Wilson.
Here's Simms' ranking for this year's draft cycle:
My 2021 Draft QB Rankings. Taping the podcast soon with full breakdown/explanation. pic.twitter.com/dkzlcKeZEJ
— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) March 3, 2021
- Zach Wilson, BYUTrevor Lawrence, ClemsonMac Jones, AlabamaKellen Mond, Texas A&MJustin Fields, Ohio StateTrey Lance, North Dakota State
Slipping outside of the top six is Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, who some consider to be a first-round talent, as well.
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Simms classified Wilson as an elite passer, saying he is the best pure passer and a "superstar" in the draft with good athleticism and a plus release. Simms believes Lawrence has some things he needs to work on, namely in the mechanics department. Simms says that Wilson is "clearly the No. 1 quarterback in the draft," with the only knock on him being his size.
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NFL American Football
There are many ways to measure NFL strength of schedule. In 2021, with the dates and times now released for all 272 games and with every team playing 17 games, that's no different; what a team's schedule might appear to be on paper may not reflect its real degree of difficulty — or ease.
What looks like a strong or weak slate can be deceptive, because the level of opponents won't stay the same as what it was last season. Likewise, given that every season has ebbs and flows, when and where a team plays at various points in its schedule can have a huge effect on overall results.
Here's looking at five notable teams that benefited most from the NFL's permutations and five notable teams that can't be thrilled by how their combinations of games went down:
2021 NFL schedule winners & losers
Tom Brady's Bucs are back in business with a favorable slate as they look to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They start with two at home against the Cowboys and Falcons, building to road challenges against the Rams and Patriots. They should be undefeated in Tampa in the first half with the Dolphins and Bears also coming in.
The NFC South will be a little weaker and the NFC East will be only a little stronger. The Bills are by far the toughest game, and that's at home in Week 14.
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NFL Eagles Patriots Eagles v Patriots American Football
DeVonta Smith is reportedly ready to make his NFL debut. The Eagles rookie was kept out of Philadelphia's preseason opener last week with a knee sprain but is expected to see the field Thursday night.
Smith "will get some plays" against the Patriots in Week 2 of the preseason, NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark reports
I’m told if all goes expected
DeVonta Smith will get some plays tonight 👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/XNDU5RZpt0
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) August 19, 2021
Smith was sidelined for 2 1/2 weeks because of the injury. He returned to practice earlier this week and participated in team drills.
𝙎𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙮@DeVontaSmith_6 | #EaglesCamp pic.twitter.com/6D0MWJpN1R
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 16, 2021
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Eagles coach Nick Sirianni has been hopeful that Smith would see some action before the regular season.
"I always think it’s necessary for guys to play in preseason and go through that," Sirianni said earlier in the week.
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You'd think the 76ers would have showed some pride Monday night at Golden State after being destroyed by the LA Clippers the night before.
You'd be wrong.
SN NBA writer Sean Deveney neatly summed up the state of affairs at halftime:
The Sixers are following last night's 45-point drubbing with a 33-point deficit in Golden State... at halftime. Night night.
— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) February 11, 2014
It was 66-33 after 24 minutes. The final was 123-80.
The 43-point margin made the Sixers just the second team in NBA history to lose by 40 or more in consecutive games. The first to do it? The '93-94 ... Sixers. That team went 25-57 (this year's squad is now on pace for 23 wins). Its coach was Fred Carter, who played on the 1972-73 Sixers team that went an NBA-worst 9-73. (Halfway to a six degrees of Sixers!)
"You just look up at the scoreboard and see a lot of points. I really don't know," guard Evan Turner told reporters. "We're in the game at one point. We were down by like 10, and then the next thing you know it popped up to like 25 or 30."
"It's hard for everybody," current coach Brett Brown told reporters. "The reality of it is they have put in so much time and despite all the turmoil, it's a group that's been together, stayed together. At times, you look up and you have to keep going and keep on playing with some level of dignity, and it's hard doing that."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
N.C. State guard T.J. Warren, perhaps college basketball's best scorer, has announced he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
Warren is projected as a late lottery pick in Sporting News' latest mock draft. The 6-8 Warren helped his cause down the stretch of the season with 19 straight 20-point games and 31 over the course of the season.
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Warren posted final averages of 24.9 points and 7.2 rebounds and was named ACC Player of the Year, beating out Duke freshmen Jabari Parker, who is expected to land at the top of this draft he does decide to leave school.
Warren earned the honor, becoming only the third player in ACC history to lead the league in scoring and shooting percentage.
“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates at NC State for allowing me to compete for this great university," Warren said. "It’s been a fun ride the last few years. I’ve had some great experiences and now I feel I’m ready to play at the next level. Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine and playing at NC State has prepared me well to achieve my dream.”
Warren has come a long way in two short years, picking up his scoring from 12.1 per game as a freshman and emerging as the star from a class that included three McDonalds All-Americans. The others, Tyler Lewis and Rodney Purvis, both transferred away from the program.
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