by Mike Morbeck
Though the initial furore may have faded away – the big question as to whether Jim Harbaugh is staying at the 49ers or going to the Cleveland Browns just hasn’t gone away.
News about Jim’s difficult relationship with general manager Trent Baalke made national headlines last week – so it’s understandable that 49ersfans want to see a line drawn under things.
It’s been an unusual season in Calgary to say the least; even after the weekends defeat to Toronto (33-27), the Stampeders still have the best record in the league (9-3), but the ‘quarterback carousel’ continues to revolve.
The season opened with Drew Tate under center but, through injury, he gave way to Kevin Glenn. Bo Levi Mitchell took over when Tate’s injury resurfaced later in the season.
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Schneider told KJR-AM’s Mitch Levy on Tuesday thatBennett will play with the injury this season, just as he did last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It’s not a situation,” Schneider said. “Our medical staff felt comfortable with it, especially on a one-year deal.”
While several teams reportedly were interested in Bennett this offseason, the Seahawks were able to get him on a one-year, $5 million contract for what was perceived to be way below his market value. We found out a few days later that the bargain had a price — Bennett’s injured shoulder.
Dumervil’s five-year deal is for a maximum of $35 million. It includes $12 million in guaranteed money and $8.5 million for the 2013 season. However, all but $1 million of that will be paid out in a signing bonus, meaning Dumervil’s cap hit for the coming season will be $2.5 million. That leaves the reigning Super Bowl champions with about $5 million of salary cap space to address their other needs, which include a left tackle, middle linebacker and safety.
The Titans aren’t suffering from tunnel vision when it comes to their options and they’ve added Texas Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro to the list of possibilities. According to the Dallas Morning News, Vaccaro is set to work out for the Titans on Wednesday after impressing teams at the Longhorns Pro Day this week.
The Eagles announced Monday that Donnie Jones has agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The nine-year NFL veteran replaces Mat McBriar, whom the team released in a corresponding move.
Jones spent last season with the Houston Texans, for whom he averaged 47.2 yards per kick with a net of 40.5. He ranks fifth in NFL history in gross (45.6) and net punting average (39.0), and is a two-time All-Pro selection.
Mike Freeman reported in CBSSports.com that gay player has coming out publicity in the next few months in pursuing his career but he was never identified by Freeman.
There has never been an active openly gay player in a major North American team sport.
The player’s concern, according to the report, is not how his news would be received in the locker room. His concern is the possible harm he might suffer from homophobic fans.
Friday was a rather slow news day, but there was still plenty to talk about. Dumervil remains the top free agent on the market since the contract/fax machine issue that forced the Denver Broncos to release him, and there were some more rumors surrounding him on Friday.
A civil lawsuit was filed Friday afternoon against Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, his brother Terrell, his girlfriend and two others by two women who claim they were verbally and physically assaulted at Richardson’s home in Columbia Station in 2012.