Likely much more than what they’re getting paid now.

The value of a franchise quarterback is mostly determined by whoever got paid last. Because Carr got $25 million per year, the next gigantic deal for a quarterback will have to be a little more. And then it’ll be topped by the next contract after that.

Franchise quarterbacks never hit free agency, so there’s really no way for the market to get set any other way.

But if there was no baseline to build around and contract terms were built from scratch, what would a quarterback worth committing to for the long haul actually be worth?

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The difference between having a Tom Brady at quarterback vs. a Blake Bortles can be the difference between a team that wins a Super Bowl and one that can’t win more than a third of its games.

So far in Winston’s NFL career, he’s relied heavily on large possession receivers. His leading receiver has been 6’5, 231-pound receive Mike Evans and on the other side was the oft-injured Vincent Jackson, who stands at 6’5, 241 pounds.

With so few other receiving options, Winston has targeted tight ends often in his first two NFL seasons. That fueled a breakout season for Cameron Brate in 2016, and it could mean Winston looks to first-round pick O.J. Howard often in 2017.

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If Jackson still has gas in the tank, he and rookie Chris Godwin could give Winston the yards after catch he has so desperately lacked over the last two years.

Rob Gronkowski is going to eat like Tom Brady

Rob Gronkowski isn’t exactly a poster boy for healthy living. That would be his teammate Tom Brady, whose aggressively healthy diet puts the rest of us to shame. But Gronk is giving Brady’s lifestyle a shot to try to extend his NFL career.

This year, McAdoo isn’t waiting until the season to get his players’ heads right. His source of inspiration is a tad different, though:

Ben McAdoo also told players the story of Frasier the Lion — a lion that was rescued from a circus and became a sex machine at an LA zoo.

That’s a true story, too, as anyone who watched the final season of The Leftovers knows. I’m guessing that’s where McAdoo, a bona fide TV lover, first heard of Frasier.

The LA Times has the whole story: In 1970, an animal preserve in LA bought an elderly lion thought to be on his last legs from a Mexican circus. A lioness who rebuffed all the other lions was soon pregnant by him. Many others followed. Within a year and a half, he had fathered as many as 40 cubs and became known as Frasier the Sensuous Lion. There was even a movie. And a song.

But there are reasons to believe that the owners’ fear of a negative fan response is irrational, starting with Kaepernick’s merchandise sales.

There’s also the J.D. Power 2017 Fan Experience Survey, which comes out later this month. Of 9,200 people who participated in the survey, only 3 percent said national anthem protests were a reason they watched fewer NFL games last season. Other reasons included (ahem, John Mara) the league’s poor handling of domestic violence issues, game delays, and election coverage.


Bryan Bickell, NHL career cut short by multiple sclerosis, talks life after hockey

In Bryan Bickell’s new life, he has a permanent home for the first time in years, a beer created in his likeness, and more time than ever to spend with his wife and two young daughters. He watched as much of the playoffs as he could, including the Penguins and former teammate Ron Hainsey hoisting the Stanley Cup (even if he was rooting for the Predators).

It no longer includes playing hockey, and he’s OK with that.

So, is Arvidsson a player who figured it out and is a cornerstone piece of the Predators both at present and in the future? Or does he need to prove that last year was not a fluke? Therein lies the murky area the arbitrator must navigate before rendering a decision on Monday.

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Nashville still has center Austin Watson’s arbitration hearing ahead of them on Monday.

Maybe the biggest surprise early in the first round is that Gabe Villardi dropped to the Kings at No. 11 overall. He has really good size and skill, plays center, just won the Memorial Cup with Windsor and was projected to probably go with in the top six or eight picks. When he started to tumble down the board, you can expect it was not a good feeling for him. Of course, eleventh overall is still impressive; and he just might have the motivation to show up those who passed on him, while injecting some needed youth and skill into the Kings lineup within the next year or so.

Ex-NHL player Kevin Stevens gets probation in oxycodone case

Former NHL player Kevin Stevens, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins, was sentenced Thursday in Boston to probation for conspiring to sell oxycodone, the Boston Globe reported.

Limited Youth Bryan Trottier Jersey U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. said rather than sentencing Stevens, 52, to serve prison time, as prosecutors had sought, he wanted to support Stevens’ rehab efforts stemming from opioid addiction.

Limited Youth Ali Marpet Jersey If there’s anything Nashville loves more than Predators hockey, it’s country music. And that sets up a perfect storm of chaos Sunday. As Bridgestone Arena hosts Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final (8 p.m. ET), 100,000 more people are expected downtown for the annual CMA Music Festival. Shortly after the game ends, country music giants Brad Paisley and Keith Urban will play a show at Nissan Stadium, just 1 1/2 miles away.

The Tennessean’s Brad Schmitt, in a column entitled Sunday in Nashville will be a beautiful disaster, notes, It’s annoying to some, exciting for others — and an awesome chance, for better or for worse, that Nashville will become the center of the universe this weekend.

Now, those crowd estimates might be a bit high — a Venn diagram of Predators fans and country music fans would find quite a bit of overlap — but Schmitt notes that local authorities are bracing for the massive influx of humanity. It doesn’t help matters that the Bonnaroo rock festival — one of the largest music festivals in the U.S. — is being held about an hour south of Music City.

Imagine the situation Sunday night if the Preds win Game 6. It’s a moment few people could have imagined when the NHL awarded Nashville the franchise in 1997.

Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn fined for flagrant foul on Anthony Davis

The Knicks have had a tough run in recent weeks, and things didn’t get any easier for forward Kyle O’Quinn on Wednesday.

After losing Derrick Rose under mysterious circumstances and watching key players get ejected from Monday night’s loss against the Pelicans, Knicks fans have become fed up with the team’s excuses.

O’Quinn was one of the players ejected from that game, thanks to a flagrant 2 foul for shoving Anthony Davis, and the NBA announced Wednesday he has been fined $25,000 for his actions.

The Knicks, on the other hand, are in need of a drastic makeover and attitude change before taking on the 76ers Wednesday night.

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Blake Griffin’s return gives boost to Clippers team refusing to settle for less

Tuesday was an oasis compared to the previous month for the Clippers. In spite of losing to the 76ers, it was still a good day.

Blake Griffin returned to the lineup.

“NBA 2K18” will release on Sept. 15 to those who pre-order. Shaquille O’Neal is featured on the two pricey special editions of the game, which will be sold for $150 and $100, and Kyrie Irving is on the cover of the standard edition.

With less than two months until release, nothing has been seen from “NBA 2K18,” nor have any features or improvements been revealed. One reason for the lack of media may be the new Nike uniforms that the league will want to fully reveal before they are seen in footage and screenshots of the video game.

Leading up to Week 1, it should surprise nobody if Johnson ends up second on the depth chart and Smith gets cut. But Johnson likely will not be needed to play; the real reserve to watch is Webb.

Nassib began his career with plenty of buildup, too. That was overblown to the point of him becoming a massive disappointment. Webb, even as a likely inactive third QB all season, can gain a lot of ground now to be Manning’s successor down the road.

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Williams is still a wanted man around the league.

Ultimately, Williams saw his best opportunity to combine playing time with a chance to win in Cleveland, which has needed a backup point guard all season, since a knee injury to veteran Mo Williams ended his career in the fall. In fact, a source said, the Cavs had inquired about Williams even in the offseason, hoping to bolster their backcourt. At the deadline, though, the Cavs knew they need not give up anything to the Mavs for Williams, but only had to wait until he was set free.

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In the end, it’s unlikely that Lavar Ball’s spouting off is going to cost his son at all in the draft. It could even be a slight help — if Lonzo excels despite the added scrutiny that comes with Lavar’s comments, it shows that he can handle pressure. There is a consensus that he will be a Top 3 pick, and that is not likely to change, no matter what his father says.

One scout compared Ball’s situation to that of Klay Thompson in 2011. While at Washington State, Thompson was cited for marijuana possession, and his father — former NBA star Mychal Thompson — said on his radio show in Los Angeles that some teams might look at his son and say, Hmmm, if this guy’s going to be this irresponsible, I don’t know if I’d want this type of guy on my team and want to invest all this kind of money him.

Now it’s up to his body to hold up its end of the bargain.

Because of the uncertainty of his situation, nothing about this decision was easy for Giles. He has to hope things work out in his favor. For what it’s worth, Giles is known in basketball circles as a high-level worker with a sterling reputation in terms of personality. He showcased that this season while on Duke’s bench; he never appeared to be openly frustrated with his lack of playing time. He just never showed the same potential he displayed during his high school career.

That ability was on full display the day I saw him in the summer of 2015. His graceful explosiveness at his size was a sight to behold, and it made him look like potentially one of the best prospects in the past five years.

Now it’s up to his body to hold up its end of the bargain.

If we knew then what we know now as far as rest and taking care of your body, King said, who knows, that might not have happened.

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The league and its teams have set out to find ways to reduce the Barnard King kind of catastrophic injuries, investing heavily in biometric technology to learn as much as possible about the workings of an NBA player’s body. What has been learned is that resting players when fatigue is most likely at its peak is the best way to prevent injuries, and what’s more, it’s best way to ensure those players don’t suffer fatigue later in the year.

NBA Draft prospect rankings 4.0: March Madness provides final chance to impress scouts

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How much does the NCAA Tournament help a player’s draft stock? Well, that depends on who you ask.

FiveThirtyEight currently gives the Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, Clippers, Jazz, Grizzlies and Thunder a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs. That means there’s one spot up for grabs. The Nuggets have the best odds of making the playoffs, but there’s less than a handful of games separating them from the Pelicans, Trail Blazers, Mavericks and Timberwolves. In fact, the only teams we can realistically eliminate from the race are the Lakers and Suns. Every other team has a legitimate chance of sneaking into the playoffs.

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The Mavericks, on the other hand, would benefit more from a top-five pick than a first-round loss to the Warriors. Dirk Nowitzki’s career is on its last legs, and it’s about time they shifted their focus to the future with Harrison Barnes and someone like Lonzo Ball or Dennis Smith. Otherwise they run the risk of being stuck in mediocrity for the foreseeable future. Now that the Pelicans 鈥?one of the teams in the running for the No. 8 seed 鈥?have acquired DeMarcus Cousins, the Mavericks should have more incentive to pack it in.

Pistons set record for worst free-throw percentage in NBA history

In their 109-86 loss at home to the Pelicans on Wednesday night, the Pistons set a record for free-throw futility.

Detroit made just three of 17 attempts from the foul line, and the 17.6 make percentage is the worst for a single game in NBA history.

Ferguson’s sojourn to Australia has ended. The final numbers: slightly over 450 minutes played, a 47.0 true-shooting percentage, 5.4 PER and 31.3 percent mark from 3-point range. None of that is particularly promising, but remember that it’s quite difficult for 18-year-olds to find professional success in a foreign land overseas. By all accounts, Ferguson adjusted well on a personal level outside of the United States.

He’s back in America training for the NBA Draft now, and he will need to show teams the skills that made him a coveted 3-and-D recruit just a year ago. Again, Ferguson is at an advantage due to the NBA’s continual search for wings.

I would have probably laughed if you told me Luke Kennard would have a chance at going in the lottery in the preseason. But he’s earned his spot due to sheer offensive scoring ability off the ball.

Let’s look at a couple more examples to understand how having a shooting threat at every position makes Thomas’ life much easier. First, notice how Markieff Morris and Jason Smith would rather prevent their assignment from getting an open 3-pointer than helping Trey Burke contain Thomas. It’s a poorly defended sequence by the Wizards, but drawing all five defenders out of the paint means they have to pick their poison.saints_019-223x223