Earlier this week ESPN reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are now the favorites to land LeBron James. Most people have assumed that James would end up back in Miami with a reloaded roster. But while Miami has been waiting for Wade, Bosh, and James to make their decisions they’ve missed out on a few key free agents in Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat, both of whom the Heat were very interested in.
With the World Cup heading towards a feverish climax it won't be long before the soccer world reverts to its usual summertime speciality - obsessing over the ins and outs of the transfer market. A number of big deals have already been done of course, England pair Adam Lallana and Ricky Lambert have switched from Southampton to Liverpool, their erstwhile teammate has departed St Marys for Old Trafford and Chelsea have snapped up Spanish duo Diego Costa and CescFabregas.
It's official, LeBron James has decided to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and test free agency. After watching the Heat get dismantled in the NBA finals by the San Antonio Spurs, this was pretty much universally expected. There are only a few teams that have a legitimate shot at landing James this summer, but I'm sure that all of the teams that I'm going to mention below are going to go all in for The King.
There's good news for retired players looking to get treatment from the NFL for injuries suffered during their professional careers. The NFL and retired players have agreed to a renewed settlement in the ongoing concussion lawsuits. The initial settlement, which was turned down by the federal courts, put a cap on damages at $765 million dollars. That sounds like a lot of money, but when you take into account how expensive and intensive treatment for concussions and other head injuries can be, it wasn't really enough. The settlement was supposed to last for 65 years, and it seems highly doubtful that it would be enough money to cover every retired player for that long.
The Cleveland Browns finally finalized first-round quarterback Johnny Manziel’s contract, signing the ex-Texas A&M player to a four-year deal worth about $8.25 million, plus a fifth-year team option. With Manziel under contract, the rookie quarterback with the best chance of starting in 2014 is now fully ready to begin working out with the team. While the Browns management continues to insist Brian Hoyer will be the starting lineup, Manziel’s talent and the expectations of being a first-round pick, will likely see him behind center sooner rather than later.
It's been reported this week that the Miami Heat intend to pursue possible free agent Carmelo Anthony this summer if he chooses to opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks this summer. Anthony, who would make $23.3 million if he stays in New York for one more year, would have to take a significant pay cut if he were to join the east-coast powerhouse.
This year, HBO's fantastic documentary series, Hard Knocks, will be coming to Atlanta to cover the attempted rebuilding effort for the Atlanta Falcons. There were rumors and scuttlebutt that the NFL would try to get the St. Louis Rams to be on the show to document Michael Sam's attempt to make an NFL roster. The thought was that the NFL cancelled Oprah's planned documentary in order to control the story themselves.
The San Francisco 49ers may have found a new model for future quarterback contracts. The 49ers recently re-signed Colin Kaepernick to a six-year contract extension worth $126 million dollars. That would make Kaepernick the highest-paid quarterback of all time, with an average salary just under that of Aaron Rodgers.
Duringthis offseason, Eric Decker was amongst the abundance amount of talent in the wide receiver free agency category. There were many big name WRs such as Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin, AnquanBoldin, and Hakeem Nicks. These players did in fact "receive" a "wide" contract. However, ex-Bronco's wide receiver Eric Decker got the most attention when he parted ways with the Broncos Franchise.
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