Bennett is 32, and although he played another full season in 2017, age and injuries caught up to him a little.

Shortly after the Browns’ attempt to trade for McCarron fell through, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the team agreed to give up second- and third-round picks for the quarterback in the deal. It happened less than 24 hours after the 49ers sent a second-round pick to the Patriots for Jimmy Garoppolo.

Regardless of the limited cap savings, he’s headed for a break-up with the Seahawks.

With David Johnson ready to take over feature duties again, Peterson won’t be retained coming off a season-ending neck injury. He’ll be looking to stick with another team as he turns 33 in March.

The thought was this could go either way under new coach Jon Gruden. So far, there are positive vibes that Beast Mode will remain in Oakland for his age-32 season after a productive finish to 2017.

Kiyomiya never really slowed down. He has already reached legend status in Japan, though he’s yet to officially play his first professional game. The primary reason for the hype? Kiyomiya famously hit 111 home runs during his high school career, a number that includes exhibitions and national team games.

One of his new teammates, Brandon Laird, who played for the Yankees and Astros in 2011-13 but has spent the past three seasons slugging homers for the Fighters — he’s averaged 35 home runs a year — remembers hearing about Kiyomiya and watching him on TV in Japan the past couple of years. Needless to say, Laird and the rest of the Fighters were happy to land Kiyomiya in the draft.

“I check this Japanese website and saw a headline,’Kiyomiya a Fighter’ and was like,’No way!'” Laird told Sporting News with a smile Monday. “I texted my interpreter and asked,’Did we get that big hitter?’ He put up good numbers in high school, and he’s all over the papers over there. Just glad that we got him.”

Glenn should be a massive upgrade at a major position of need.

The Ravens failed Grant on his physical over an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins’ final regular-season game, a source told Schefter.

Why he could break out: He hits the ball to all fields almost equally, and Devers avoided making soft contact over 80 percent of the time in 2017. Even if he does not ultimately hit for power he was responsible for 30 longballs in 2017 but only 29 total in the three seasons prior the Red Sox can feel good about his approach as a whole. Devers controlled his strike zone nicely in 2017, swinging at pitches outside of the zone only 38.5 percent of the time and maintaining a 75 percent contact rate on all pitches.

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He has never missed a game in his four-year NFL career.

Baltimore has scheduled a visit on Friday with Crabtree, who was released by Oakland on Thursday after the Raiders signed Jordy Nelson.

That wasn’t exactly expected. Until Wednesday, this had been the ninth-driest winter in recorded Phoenix history, at just 0.44 inches of rain since the beginning of December. Ohtani, the two-way baseball superstar from Japan, is in Arizona for his first spring training with the Angels. In Anaheim, Calif., where his new — and very excited — franchise plays its home games, not much wet stuff falls from the sky during the season, either: 0.79 inches in April, 0.28 in May, 0.12 in June, 0.04 in July, 0.0 in August and 0.24 in September.

So, yeah, of course it rained on the back fields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex Wednesday, where Ohtani and his fellow pitchers (and catchers) conducted their first official workout of the spring. It started sprinkling a few minutes after 11 a.m., while Ohtani was playing catch with fellow right-hander Felix Pena. It picked up a few minutes later, when Ohtani’s group of pitchers ran through drills covering first base on Field No. 2. The rain slowed a bit as the group moved to an outfield-less infield for bunt-fielding drills.

Kirk Cousins officially signs three-year, $84 million deal with Minnesota Vikings

Long before Kirk Cousins became the highest-paid player in NFL history — he finally signed his long-anticipated three-year,?$84 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday — he’d had his sights on a fully guaranteed package.

Cousins said during his introductory press conference that his agent, Mike McCartney, pitched the “vision” of a completely guaranteed deal two-and-a-half years ago when Cousins first began negotiations for a new deal with the Redskins. But Washington balked, instead using the franchise tag twice on Cousins, and paid him about $44 million over the past two seasons.

Cousins will get a $3 million signing bonus and annual workout bonuses of $500,000. His base salary in 2018 will be $22.5 million, followed by $27.5 million in 2019 and then $29.5 million in 2020.

Green Bay did lose Damarious Randall in a trade with Cleveland, but they upgraded their backup quarterback position with DeShone Kizer. 8) San Francisco 49ers It seems like ages ago that the 49ers began the 2017 season with nine straight losses. Jimmy Garoppolo still has not lost a game as an NFL starter, and he has brought plenty of excitement back to the Bay Area. The Niners made their first big move of the offseason when they signed Garoppolo to a five-year, $138 million contract extension. On Wednesday, they gave Garoppolo a nice weapon out of the backfield by signing former Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon to a four-year contract.

Nelson moves from a team that wasn’t willing to pay him the back end of an extension that included a salary-cap number of $11.5 million last season to a franchise so desperate for him, it guaranteed the veteran wideout $13 million of a $15 million deal. Nelson arrives to replace Crabtree, who had his worst season in Oakland in 2017, catching 58 passes for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. Statistically, Nelson was even worse (53 receptions, 482 yards, six touchdowns), but was also playing a good chunk of his season with Brett Hundley.

Nelson joins an offense led by Derek Carr, who could use Nelson’s route-running savvy opposite Amari Cooper. Oakland’s receiving corps also includes Cordarrelle Patterson and Seth Roberts, as well as new addition Griff Whalen, among others.

The biggest concern for the running back is whether he can stay healthy.

Fortunately for Hyde, he proved in 2017 that he was able to pull off an entire season in the starting lineup — even despite some on-and-off hip and concussion issues. The bad news is that his very long list of injuries (for someone only in the league a few years) is admittedly concerning.

During his time with the Buckeyes, Hyde only missed two games with a knee sprain, but that would end up being just the tip of the iceberg. The back missed the final two games of his rookie season due to ankle and back sprains, was sidelined in Week 5 of the 2015 season with a fractured foot, and then a combination of a concussion, shoulder sprain, and MCL tear kept him out for various games throughout the 2016 season. Despite a host of bad news that year, Hyde’s MCL tear didn’t require surgery, at least. The running back ended up finishing both the 2015 and 2016 seasons on the Niners’ IR list.

Hyde may have missed three games in 2016, but he still amassed a career-high 988 rushing yards off of 217 carries. He also finished the year with 1,151 total offensive yards good for nine total touchdowns (another career high). His injuries were certainly a factor in deciding what kind of contract to sign the running back to, but his production still made the deal worth it for the Browns.

Robinson doesn’t appear to have similar issues.

Alshon Jeffery left after one franchise tag, and Robinson’s situation is complicated by the ACL tear, but it was a surprise the Jaguars didn’t franchise their star wideout, let alone sign him to an extension.

Maybe the Jaguars know something we don’t, and the Bears will regret their decision, but Robinson is one of the highest-upside players in free agency in recent memory.

For a team that let Jeffery pursue new pastures and replaced him with the combo of Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright and Dontrelle Inman, Robinson is a legitimate No.

1 wideout as a simultaneous safety valve and deep target for Mitchell Trubisky.

Robinson’s contract calls for him to make $42 million over three years, which is an excellent deal.

Here’s what the Sam Bradford signing means to the Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals will take a chance in free agency, and intend to bring in quarterback Sam Bradford, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. But can Bradford really be the long-term answer at quarterback the team needs? Or even a short-term one?

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bradford didn’t come cheap and will make $20 million for the 2018 season with an option for another $20 million in 2019. The team also added Mike Glennon, according to Peter Schrager.

Bradford hit free agency along with former quarterback teammates Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum. The Vikings decided they wanted to go in a different direction at the quarterback position, and by that, I mean that Minnesota wanted in on the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes action.

Minnesota is reportedly moving forward with Cousins as the team’s quarterback. It’ll be pricey, but the Vikings haven’t shied away from taking big swings at the position.

Bradford was one of those swings when he was acquired in a huge trade prior to the 2016 season. But giving Cousins a fully guaranteed deal worth $28 million per year is a new level of risk, and could haunt the team if it’s a whiff.

But ultimately, losing Bradford is no sweat off the Vikings’ back after the team did just fine without him in 2017.

“Stay tuned,” Suh said in a measured voice while looking into the camera. “There’s going to be some exciting news going on.”

Suh not only gets to abandon the sinking ship otherwise known as the Miami Dolphins. The defensive tackle’s imminent release, which was first reported several hours later by ESPN, means Suh soon will be receiving another big-money check elsewhere after leaving South Florida having collected $60 million in a three-year span.

Stanton and Judge were the only two players to hit more than 50 home runs last season. Along with Sanchez (33 HRs), Grigorius (25 HRs) and a full season of Greg Bird (9 HRs), YES could showcase a modern day’s Murderer’s Row.

“We know we’re very fortunate but we’re incredibly excited about the upcoming season and the years to come,” YES president Jon Litner told Sporting News. “We know we’re sitting on something that’s a rocket ship. We’re counting down to spring training and the regular season.”

Like Mantle before them, noted Litner, the sports world will be waiting and watching to see if Judge and Stanton can actually hit a ball out of Yankee Stadium. Judge came close last season with some 450-foot blasts.

The Cardinals were a team that Cousins was linked to early on.

With Carson Palmer retiring at the end of last season, the Cardinals have a void at quarterback that needs to be filled. Furthermore, the Cardinals may be an intriguing destination for competitive reasons. The Cardinals finished 8-8 after losing Johnson for the year early in the season. With the Seahawks seemingly blowing everything up, next season could be a competition between the Rams and a dark horse contender (although we should never call Jimmy Garoppolo a dark horse).

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to undergo some significant changes on the offensive side of the ball this NFL offseason. Aside from their obvious quarterback situation, the Vikings must also address their depth at running back. Their bid for quarterback Kirk Cousins is expected to get a bit pricey. As a result, Minnesota is reportedly expected to ask running back Latavius Murray to take a pay cut for the 2018 NFL season, according to Shawn Zobel of The Sideline Pass: Vikings are expected to ask RB Latavius Murray to take a pay cut, and if he refuses, word is the team will release him.

Murray is scheduled to make $5.15 million in base w/ a $6.35 million cap hit Murray’s tenure with the Vikings got off to a slow start after seeing little action to begin the 2017 NFL season.

The same trend held true at other books. Bovada.lv told SportsLine that Seattle’s odds could drop from 22/1 all the way to 30/1 after the Seahawks complete their purge of veterans in an effort to reshape an aging roster that failed to make the playoffs last year for the first time since 2011. Sherman, who saves Seattle $11 million in cap room, was a big piece of the puzzle. Star defensive lineman Michael Bennett was also shipped to Philadelphia earlier this week in a cost-cutting move. Veteran cornerback Jeremy Lane had the same fate as Sherman on Friday, and defensive end Cliff Avril could be released shortly as well, which would save Seattle an additional $7 million.

These moves end the Legion of Boom era in Seattle that was marked by an elite defense and a Russell Wilson-led offense that appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one. The Seahawks made the playoffs five times in a six-year span. Wilson remains a dynamic star under center and Seattle hopes to build around him, and a younger defense, to return to the postseason in 2018 and make another run at a title.

Friday’s trade leaves 2017 fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman as the only quarterback under contract for the Bills.

In a quarterback-heavy draft class, the Colts are sitting pretty at No. 3. With Andrew Luck still in the fold ( and hopefully healthy ), the Colts are in a position to take the best player available at No. 3. They’re also in a position where they can engineer a trade with a quarterback-needy team in order to acquire more draft picks that can be used to fill out the many holes on their roster.

The Colts can be flexible. That’s the luxury Luck affords them. Take, for instance, what Colts general manager Chris Ballard recently told FS1’s Colin Cowherd. Ballard is embracing the flexibility of his position,? acknowledging that he’ll keep his phone line open down to the very last minute ?in hopes that someone will make an offer he can’t refuse.

Will Brinson’s last mock draft here at CBS Sports has something similar playing out ?with the Broncos trading up to No. 3 to take USC quarterback Sam Darnold and the Colts still landing defensive end Bradley Chubb at No. 5.? But if they do stay put at No. 3, Ballard will be looking for “the biggest difference maker,” which really doesn’t rule out anyone. “And that’s what we’re looking for — we want the biggest difference maker we can find,” Ballard said. “And, look: we’re going to be open too, now; we’re going to be smart and the do the best thing for the team. So if we get a chance to move back, and we think that’s the best thing to do, then that’s what we’ll do.”

Taylor, 28, compiled a 23-20 record in 43 starts for the Bills since 2015. After he won the Bills’ starting quarterback competition in 2015 and made the Pro Bowl, Taylor’s production declined in each of the past two seasons.

He averaged 6.66 yards per pass attempt and threw for 14 touchdowns in 2017, short of his career highs set in 2015 of 8.0 yards per attempt and 20 touchdowns. He also compiled an 89.2 passer rating and a 56.4 Total QBR, down from his career-high 99.4 passer rating and 65.3 Total QBR in 2015.

Landry probably won’t be able to match the five-year, $82.5 million extension Mike Evans signed earlier on Friday, but his representation knows the Browns will be desperate to hold on to a player they hope will represent the new, competitive Browns. They could franchise Landry next year and pay him $19.2 million, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see a five-year, $75 million extension hit the books for Landry before the season begins.

Saquon Barkley has been picking up steam as the new favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft .

The addition of Taylor may add some fuel to that fire, but it wouldn’t be smart for the Browns to let the move change their plans.

No matter what you think about the idea of taking a running back No. 1 overall, the Browns still need to add a young quarterback.

It’s still possible Cleveland could go with Barkley with the No. 1 pick, but the Browns shouldn’t let the addition of Taylor sway them in either direction.

In the majors, the kind of contact just wasn’t there: Crawford made hard contact with only 14.3 percent of his batted balls last season, which would have been the lowest in the majors if he had enough plate appearances to qualify: worse than noodle-armed Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon. The power potential is there, but Crawford needs to capitalize on it. Once he does, he’ll become an even more dangerous player: pitchers will pitch around him, and he’ll register even more walks.

If Crawford breaks out, the Phillies will have another franchise key to build around, even if he doesn’t put up numbers like Rhys Hoskins — but by playing such a high-value position, he won’t need to in order provide plenty of value.

Crawford’s impact can’t be understated for a Phillies team close to contention in a weak NL East. Don’t be surprised to see him and Hoskins leading the Phillies to the playoffs in a couple seasons.

“I felt a cramp,” Baez said, via MLB.com. “After I passed first base, [my leg] went back to normal. When I stopped, I felt the cramp. Obviously, [manager Joe Maddon] didn’t want me to stay in the game. I’m completely fine, 100 percent. I got some treatment. The [athletic] trainers were all over it, and everything is fine.”

Baez, who batted .273/.317/.480 last season while playing exceptional defense, could be back in the lineup as soon as Saturday.

“I haven’t been drinking a lot of water,” Baez said. “I drink water during the workouts, but outside of the workout, it’s also important, and I haven’t been drinking a lot of water.”

First off, congratulations on recently breaking Hideo Nomo’s record and becoming the youngest player inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. How did you find out and what was your reaction?

HIDEKI MATSUI: Thank you very much. I actually received a phone from the Japanese Hall of Fame directly and they notified me of induction.

Javier Baez injury update: Cubs star dealing with hamstring tightness

Cubs second baseman Javier Baez left Thursday’s spring training game against the Padres with a hamstring injury.

Baez pulled up after belting a double in the second inning but said after the game the injury isn’t serious.

Was this something you expected? Is there a lot of debate when it comes to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame like there is in America?

I had no expectations at all. I had heard through the media that I was eligible for the Hall of Fame. That was the extent. I really had no expectations. As far as the debate, it’s something that’s really beyond my understanding.

You were obviously born and grew up in Japan, you played there for 10 years, you’re a star there. But you’ve been living in New York City and Connecticut with your wife and son. Why did you decide to live here and not back home in Japan?

Is Taylor the team’s quarterback of the future? No.

He is an adequate starter who comes at a relatively cheap cost. Taylor can serve as a bridge while the Browns find a quarterback to eventually take over and be the face of the franchise.

Years from now, the team’s decision at quarterback will likely be the most important move the franchise made in the 2018 offseason. It would be a mistake to let Taylor be the reason the Browns got their second or third choice at the position instead of their first.

The temptation to take Barkley is probably heightened by adding Taylor, but Cleveland would be wise to identify the quarterback it likes most in the draft class and ensure that he lands with the Browns.

This question is in reference to the Braves reportedly asking former All-Star Andruw Jones to mentor the 20-year-old Acu?a in the ways of being a big-leaguer — and, more specifically, the ways of being a Brave.

NBA trade rumors: Pistons, Bulls express interest in Jazz’s Rodney Hood

Rodney Hood is set to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, but with his name emerging in trade talks, it might not be Utah that is bidding to retain his services this summer.

In the first season since losing All-Star Gordon Hayward to free agency, Hood has averaged 16.7 points per game for the Jazz; his scoring is up four points from his average of 12.7 in the 2016-17 season. In addition to increased scoring, Hood is shooting a career-high 38.6 percent from 3-point range this season. Hood’s production has come at a relatively affordable price, as he’s making $2.3 million in the final year of his rookie deal.

Hayward’s departure has forced Utah to enter into a slight rebuilding mode. A draft-day trade resulted in the Jazz selecting stellar rookie Donovan Mitchell with the 13th overall pick. Mitchell has led all rookies in scoring with 19.2 points per game this season. Behind the play of Mitchell and Hood, the Jazz find themselves ahead of the rebuilding curve at 21-28.

Griffin is second on the Clippers’ all-time scoring list (10,863) and third in rebounds (4,686) in 504 games with the franchise. While expectations have ebbed a bit in recent years as Griffin has battled injuries — he hasn’t played more than 67 games since 2013-14 — he’ll be expected to be the savior in Detroit, where the Pistons entered Tuesday at No. 9 in the Eastern Conference with a 22-26 record.

“Now I’m ready for the next chapter, getting to work and helping the Detroit Pistons make a run in the Eastern Conference,” Griffin wrote.

“Our team, when they get confident, they can get on a real good run. We’ve done it before,” Gulutzan added. “Every little step is a big step for us.”

The Flames took control in an opening period in which they outshot Buffalo 17-6.