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[url=]Womens Phillip Dorsett Jersey[/url] , the Patriots will be able to sign WR Dez Bryant on an incredibly affordable contract The New England Patriots need to add another wide receiver to the roster and Dez Bryant makes a lot of sense and should happen immediately, but also makes too much sense to actually happen. Bryant’s seen his contract value plummet this year and it’s continuing to trend downwards. He was released from his $14 million per year deal with the Dallas Cowboys back in April. He then turned down a $7 million per year deal with the Baltimore Ravens a few weeks later. And now Pro Football Talk reports that Bryant turned down a deal worth less than $5 million from the Cleveland Browns.It seems like Bryant wants a 1-year deal so he can reestablish his value for a new deal in 2019 and he wants to play for a contender this year. Bryant has also called Tom Brady his “favorite player.”With one week left in the preseason, it would be surprising if the Patriots brought in any new faces, but there will be a point where Bryant will be available at a price point too reasonable for Bill Belichick to ignore, right?At what point is Bryant a reasonable player to add?Bryant collected 69 receptions for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns last year, which is roughly in line with the 77 receptions, 942 yards and 5 touchdowns that every wide receiver currently on the Patriots roster (other than Eric Decker) combined for in 2017. (That leaves just Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Phillip Dorsett as receivers that produced last season.) (I’m just really trying to highlight the question marks with the Patriots receiving corps.)Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Cordarrelle Patterson are all on the books for between $3-4 million this year and their annual values are between $4-5.5 million. I think a fair deal for the Patriots and Bryant at this stage of the season would be an incentive-laden deal with $3 million in base salary with an opportunity to make up to $7 million in incentives. Those incentives could pretty reasonably be linked to 250-yard or 3-touchdown increments, with $500,000 for each milestone. For example, a 750-yard, 6 touchdown season would earn Bryant $2.5 million in incentives and a total of $5.5 million in 2018, a fair value for that production.If Bryant collects 1,000+ yards and 12+ touchdowns, he’d hit the maximum incentives and make $7 million this year and definitely reestablish his value for free agency in 2019. And if he plays that well, then it’s likely that the Patriots are contending for another title.The longer that Bryant waits, the less money he’ll make in 2018 and the harder it will be for him to position himself for a good contract in 2019. Joining the Patriots on an incentive-heavy deal offers him the best of any opportunity to produce, contend, and earn a new deal in 2019.NFL Week 3 picks: The Patriots are in prime time (oh [url=]Youth Dont'a Hightower Jersey[/url] , and the Browns won a game!) During a typical week, I write my weekly picks column on Thursday night/early Friday morning after the Thursday Night Football game. This week, though, things were a little different.I found myself unable to write anything on Thursday night because, well, I had to wrap my head around the fact that we once again live in a world where the Cleveland Browns are capable of winning football games. Much less than that, we live in a world where the Browns are capable of coming back from 14-point deficits to win games. I think I picked my jaw up off the floor at least half a dozen times. What a night.I’m not complaining though. Even though I’m not the world’s biggest Baker Mayfield fan (he was incredible in Thursday’s game though), it was such a joy watching that loss happen to the Jets. It couldn’t have happened to a better team. I loved seeing all the misery on Twitter from some notable Jets fans, like ESPN’s Mike Greenberg for instance. Watching that team fail never gets old.Meanwhile, congrats to the Browns fans on the victory. It was a long time coming. Party like you just won the Super Bowl. (OK, maybe don’t do that. But still, have some fun.)Time to make some Week 3 picks鈥?Home teams in caps, and all lines courtesy of (+16.5) over VIKINGSAm I insane for taking the Bills against the spread over the big bad Vikings? Absolutely. One hundred percent wacko. The Bills are the worst team in the league right now. But 16.5 points????? That’s a humongous line. If any of you are ballsy enough to actually gamble on the Bills in this game, you could potentially have big money waiting for you.That being said, I can’t in good consciousness advise you to actually gamble on the 2018 Bills. Just stay away from this team.PANTHERS (-3) over BengalsThe 2-0 Bengals are suddenly without Joe Mixon, who has been responsible for 86 percent of their rushing attack so far this season. And I thought Cincinnati was overachieving even with Mixon. I like the Panthers at home in this game.Broncos (+5.5) over RAVENSThis Ravens team is hard to figure out. They obliterated Buffalo in Week 1, then were essentially a no-show in Cincinnati in Week 2. And Joe Flacco looks like he’s washed up. If they are able to beat this 2-0 Denver team, I don’t think it’s by more than five points.PS: This game doesn’t even seem worth watching. I might not even watch the highlights, and I always watch the highlights for every game. Packers (-3) over REDSKINSI think the Redskins peaked in Week 1 against a crappy Cardinals team. Last week, they only managed nine points against the Colts, who aren’t exactly known for their lights out defense. Adrian Peterson only managed 20 rushing yards.Aaron Rodgers might not be 100 percent for the Pack just yet, but he’s the most gifted QB in the game [url=][/url] , and he seems like the safer bet.EAGLES (-7) over ColtsFour simple words: Carson Wentz is back.Giants (+6) over TEXANSSaquon Barkley is probably the most important player on my fantasy team, so I just need a really big game from him. He let me down last week in Dallas with only 28 rushing yards. Time for a big time bounce back game here.FALCONS (-3) over SaintsI’m not sold on either of these teams as playoff teams this year, even though they both have playoff-caliber rosters. Nonetheless, this could be a pretty interesting game. I’m taking the home team.DOLPHINS (-3) over RaidersAs crazy as it is to imagine the Dolphins going to 3-0 and maintaining first place in the AFC East, Jon Gruden’s Raiders are a mess. An actual quote from Gruden this week: “It’s hard to find a good pass rusher.”A few weeks ago, Gruden had arguably the league’s best pass rusher (Khalil Mack) ALREADY ON HIS TEAM. Then he traded him to Chicago, and the Raiders have been doomed ever since. Might as well just move them to Las Vegas right now.49ers (+6.5) over CHIEFSGame of the week right here. Two first-year starting QBs both with superstar potential. I’m hoping for an endless showing of offense, just a back-and-forth shootout for 60 minutes. I’m pumped.JAGUARS (-9.5) over TitansThe Titans are without Delanie Walker for the year, and they might be without Marcus Mariota this week. One of the most important gambling rules of all time: Never bet on Blaine Gabbert. It doesn’t matter what he did last week. He won’t play two good games in a row.RAMS (-7) over ChargersI see some serious blowout potential here. The Rams are the best team in the league, and the Chargers are an eternally overrated team. My prediction for this battle for LA: Rams 37, Chargers 14.Bears (-5) over CARDINALSI’m still waiting for Mitchell Trubisky to really show me something. He seems like a good kid, but he lost major points in Green Bay two weeks ago when he straight up failed to notice a wide open Trey Burton in the end zone in the fourth quarter, which would’ve sealed the win for Chicago had he connected with him.Trubisky played a good game against Seattle last week, but he has yet to do anything that really just makes people believe in him. The Cardinals are an easy matchup this year (they’ve scored a grand total of six points through two games), so this is a prime opportunity for Trubisky to really have a great game and get some more people on his bandwagon.Cowboys (+1.5) over SEAHAWKSSorry, Russell Wilson, but you’ve been bumped from my fantasy team’s starting lineup for a first year starter (Patrick Mahomes). I hope there aren’t any hard feelings. I’ve always been a fan of yours.Patriots (-7) over LIONSThe Pats got throttled by the Jaguars last week, and Tom Brady bounces back after tough defeats better than anybody. I also think it greatly benefits New England that they are going against Matt Patricia’s team, which lost by 31 points to the Jets two weeks ago — the same Jets team that just lost to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. (Sorry, I had to.)BUCCANEERS (+1.5) over SteelersScrew it, go big or go home. I’m buying into this Fitzmagic thing. And you know what? I don’t think Jameis Winston is going to see the field at all this year. In 2018 鈥?and probably just in 2018 鈥?the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Ryan Fitzpatrick’s team.Last week: 9-7This week: 0-1Overall: 20-12-1

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