NFL Rumors

It’s the story of every summer, and it’s not one that sits well with Duke Ihenacho, the former Bronco and current Redskins safety. Ihenacho took to Twitter on Wednesday to call out the NFL for its contracts that are not fully guaranteed, part of the collective bargaining agreement that was ratified by the NFL Players Association. Ihenacho’s take: Duke Ihenacho: All this guaranteed money NBA throwing. Meanwhile the NFL, which generates the most money wont even make the league minimum $1M. Yes $1M minimum. That means every single player’s salary in the NFL should start there. Highest risk of injury..brain trauma, richest league
Rita LeBlanc once expected to spend many years running the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, which would have made her one of the most powerful women in pro sports. This week, the disowned granddaughter has spent many hours on a witness stand, trying to persuade a judge that her 87-year-old grandfather, Tom Benson, was not of sound mind when he ousted her, her mother and her brother from ownership positions with his NFL and NBA clubs, and changed his succession plan to place his third wife in line to control his business empire.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson is open to dishing out another big assist … to the NFL. The NBA icon told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that he can envision becoming involved with whatever NFL franchise ultimately lands in Los Angeles, which would bolster local presence as the league ponders a return to the USA’s second-largest market. Johnson — who has ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers, the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks and a new professional soccer team, the Los Angeles Football Club – said that he hasn’t been contacted about a role by anyone with an NFL connection but is open-minded regarding the prospects.
James is perhaps Manziel’s most powerful ally. Manziel is represented by LRMR, the marketing firm owned by James and run by longtime friend and fellow Akron native Maverick Carter. “I haven’t talked to him,” James said of Manziel following the Cavs’ 97-84 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night. “I found out about the information when you guys found out about it. If a guy is seeking help, as a friend, I support him and want him to get better. As his friends and family, we all believe in him and think this is a good step if that’s the route he wants to take.”
Colleague Jackie MacMullan wrote this week wondering if the Patriots were the Spurs of the NBA. Stevens has embraced the opportunity to learn from Popovich when the Spurs and Celtics cross paths, and Stevens noted a desire to pick Belichick’s brain down the road. Asked about those text message exchanges between Boston pro coaches, Stevens said the messages are, “More just encouragement; more just checking in and encouragement, more than anything else. First of all, it would be one-sided if it was about coaching. It would be me asking him what the heck to do. So, hopefully I’ll get a chance to sit down at some point in the future and talk to him. Obviously he’s incredible.”
Tom Benson, who owns the NFL’s Saints and NBA’s Pelicans, has agreed to a succession plan that will give his wife, Gayle, control of New Orleans’ major professional sports franchises after his death. In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Wednesday night, the 87-year-old Benson says his decision is meant to ensure the clubs’ “long-term stability and success,” and is about “the legacy of these two teams and everything we have done for the good of the city of New Orleans and our region.”
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Warriors forward Draymond Green attended the Panthers-Seahawks playoff game on Saturday at CenturyLink Field, watching the game from a private box with Stephen Curry and his family — noted Carolina fans. Toward the end of the game, when Curry’s mother and wife engaged in a heated discussion with Seattle fans sitting below them, Green hurled a four grapes out of the box and at the Seahawks fans.
With the Nationals playing an elimination game in San Francisco and the Redskins hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks at FedEx Field in primetime, Monday was a big day for D.C. sports fans. Which means it was a big day for Oklahoma City Thunder star and Prince George’s County native Kevin Durant. Durant, whose Natitude is well established with a curly ‘W’ tattoo on his stomach and a custom Nationals jersey, watched the Redskins’ loss to Seattle in a burgundy and gold No. 35 jersey with his name printed on the back. He also wore a Redskins ski cap.