If Terrell Owens wants to play, the Edmonton Eskimos are interested

Terrell Owens has been trying for years to get an NFL team to give him another chance, even posting this week that he can still run a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. But NFL teams have shown no interest.

The CFL, however, might be a different story.

On game days, Wilkins earned a flat rate of about $200. We had to show up hair- and makeup-ready . . . five to six hours before game time, she said. There were performances outside the stadium before the game, as well as some at halftime and, of course, throughout the game. Afterward, they would often meet with squad coaches. You’re looking at a 12-hour day, she said.

While filming the CMT show, the cheerleaders were paid by the Cowboys organization for practice hours as usual, but the clock stops as soon as we stop dancing, said Wilkins. She added that the ladies had to wait around and film one-on-one interviews while judges deliberated — unpaid. I’ve been there as late as 3 a.m., she said. (The network had no comment.)

There are women who quit their day jobs just for training camp because it is so strenuous and so draining, she said.

She not only made the cut, she was named to the elite 16-person show group.

Show group is coveted because that’s the group that gets to go on the USO tours, and also any performances that are outside of the game-day setting, Wilkins explained. Despite the prestige, cheerleaders were not always paid for the time spent prepping for those appearances.

Wilkins made her rent by working part-time as a technician at a cryotherapy spa — which, combined with her new DCC schedule, left her little time to see friends or date.

[Being on the squad] is expected to take priority over your job and your personal life, said Wilkins, who is currently single.

Practice officially starts at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. But you better be there by 6 or 6:30 at the latest, in the locker room practicing before practice. Sometimes we might have a Monday off if the game fell on the Sunday, she said.

Letting Calais Campbell go in 2017

You might have expected 2013 No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Cooper to land here, because if you’re going to swing and miss that early in the draft, at least do it on a player at a premium position. If you’re going to take a guard in the top 10, you’d better be damn sure he’ll pan out. And Cooper did not, starting just 11 games for the Cardinals over a two-year span.

What the Yankees need: Pitching. Specifically, they need starting pitching. Luis Severino is the unquestioned ace and maybe a top-five starter in baseball. Behind him? A million question marks. Injuries to Masahiro Tanaka (two strained hamstrings) and Jordan Montgomery (Tommy John surgery) have underscored the need for the team to at least add depth, if not just a high-quality arm.

What the Yankees have: Steinbrenner said money won’t be the issue, which is interesting, considering Steinbrenner’s stated goal to stay beneath the league’s $197 million luxury tax threshold. Refresher: The Yankees are getting hit with the harshest penalty the league doles out for spending over the threshold — 50 cents on every buck over the mark — because they have exceeded it for so many years in a row. By getting under $197 million this season, they would incur a significantly lower penalty if they were to spend over it next season. Back of the napkin math puts the Yankees’ current payroll at about $185 million. That would seem like a lot of wiggle room.

What the Yankees don’t want to give up: High-level prospects.

The 2014 first-round pick took over as a starter during his rookie year and has become a stalwart on the left side of Tennessee’s offensive line. He earned trips to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons,

Current deal: The Titans picked up the fifth-year option on Lewan’s rookie contract, so he’s due to make $9.341 million in 2018.

What he’s looking for: The New York Giants set the market in March when they signed Nate Solder to a four-year, $62 million deal. Solder is three years older than Lewan and has never made the Pro Bowl, so there’s no reason Lewan shouldn’t get more than $15.5 million per year and become the new highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.

Hue Jackson: 2018 Browns must ‘earn’ helmet stripes

If you’re a Browns player assuming the equipment staff will compliantly paste the team’s traditional black-and-white stripe on your helmet this summer — think again, pal.

This offseason, the roster is toiling away with plain orange headgear — no stripe to be seen — after coach Hue Jackson had the team’s equipment staff strip all helmets clean.

Durant, who tilted this rivalry toward the West Coast when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent before last season, was brilliant from the start. He helped offset a rough night for Curry, who made a finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, but was just 1 of 10 from behind the arc and didn’t score his second field goal until there were under three minutes left.

Curry’s scoop shot put the Warriors up 98-97 and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala, who didn’t play in Games 1 or 2 because of a knee injury, came up with a steal under the basket. Curry finally buried a 3 and after James matched him with a long shot, Iguodala drove the lane for a thundering dunk.

I think we’re in a good place because there’s guys who’ve been here before, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks said. You don’t really have to preach anything; we’ve already established our culture and what we want from ourselves, and everybody’s pushing toward that same goal.

Continuity breeds culture, with leaders emerging across the defense. Trevathan and Hicks are each entering their respective third years in Fangio’s scheme, while other leaders are popping up across the defense. The leadership from this unit won’t be like the Bears had under Lovie Smith a decade ago, when Brian Urlacher was the unquestioned leader of that bunch.

There will be a smattering of leaders on this defense, which is fitting – right now, there isn’t a true star of this bunch, but that doesn’t mean A) one can’t emerge and B) it’ll necessarily put a ceiling on how good this group can be. A common theme from talking to defensive players is that, because they don’t have to focus on installing larger concepts and plays – which is what the offense is doing – they’ve been able to focus on some of the smaller details during these non-padded OTA and minicamp practices. And it’s fixing some of those minor things that are why players on this defense believe they can indeed go from good to great this fall.

Panthers part ways with Russell Shepard

The Panthers have worked to remake their wide receiver position this offseason, which means offloading the leftovers from last year.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers are releasing veteran wideout Russell Shepard today, after he refused their offer of a pay cut.

After Justify and Good Magic, No. 1 Quip is third at 12-1. No. 2 Lone Sailor is 15-1, No. 6 Tenfold and No. 8 Bravazo are 20-1 and No. 3 Sporting Chance and No. 4 Diamond King are 30-1 on the morning line.

If Justify runs his best race, the rest of the field could be running for second place.

He’s the best horse, said D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Bravazo and Sporting Chance. “He looks terrific, he’s doing well. I watched him all week. He’s going to be very, very hard to handle.”

Harris played in 37 games over five years at the University of Florida, making 102 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, three pass breakups and two interceptions.

Harris made nine starts at UF, with eight of those coming in 2016 when he made 73 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions and three passes defensed.

Boston took a 2-0 series lead on the Bucks in the first round before dropping back-to-back games in Milwaukee. Smart came off the bench when the series swung back to Boston for Game 5. He finished that one with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks to help the Celtics pull out a five-point victory.

Boston is 8-2 since Smart’s return and has the Cavaliers facing their first 2-0 series hole since 2008, when they lost 4-3 to the Celtics in the conference semifinals. Boston went on to win the NBA title that season. cardinals_016

‘Last Chance U’ star John Franklin III signs with Bears as a defensive back

John Franklin III, a star from the Netflix series “Last Chance U” has signed a deal with the Bears after trying out at rookie minicamp as a defensive back and potential kick returner, the team announced Monday.

Franklin, who was a quarterback at Florida State and East Mississippi Community College, finished his college days as a wide receiver at Auburn and then Florida Atlantic.

Trading an elite player like Thomas is difficult when the expectation is that he’s worth at least a first-round pick with a third-rounder possibly included. A team acquiring such a player also would have to pay him huge money likely in the $15 million-per-year range so it’s a double whammy. That’s a risky proposition on a player going into his ninth NFL season. GMs wonder how long Thomas can play at his current level.

Of course, that level has been exceptional. Thomas, a true impact player, has recorded 25 interceptions and 10 forced fumbles over his career. But can Thomas, a 29-year-old player who has missed seven games over the past two seasons, maintain that caliber of play after he signs another long-term deal that takes him well into his 30s?

You hear the rumblings, so … that was my first thought – that it didn’t surprise me he thought like that, Foster told USA TODAY Sports. Knowing my experience of being an NFL player, it is of my understanding that that’s how they view the players anyway.

Vance Joseph, Broncos: Joseph got a reprieve from John Elway to avoid a one-and-done. But now that the GM has upgraded the roster, the Broncos need to do more than just be competetive. They should aim for first or second in the AFC West with the Chiefs (new QB) and Raiders (new coach) undergoing big changes.

Adam Gase, Dolphins: Gase has deployed his power over Miami’s personnel by letting go of players like Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry and Ndamukong Suh, hoping to create a better dynamic on the field and in the locker room. But that drain of talent will make it harder for Gase to prove his Dolphins are more like the 10-6 playoff team they were in 2016 than the 6-10 mess of last season.

John Harbaugh, Ravens: Team owner Steve Bisciotti admits the team has pondered moving on from Harbaugh. And now with Ozzie Newsome retiring, there is no longer a Super Bowl safety net hanging under the coach. With an offense undergoing a major transition and a defense in semi-rebuilding mode, Harbaugh is caught in limbo.ravens_155

Jaguars didn’t consider taking Lamar Jackson at No. 29

The Jaguars had few draft needs, which allowed them to go for luxury with the 29th overall selection. They decided not to use that luxury pick on one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft: Former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

“I was not,” Caldwell said. “We did a lot of work on him. We saw him play here in his bowl game. He played here in Jacksonville. You know, he’s a tremendous athlete. He’s got a rare skill set in terms of what he can do with his feet. And I think organizationally if you commit to a player like him you can win. And you’ve seen it done with players similar to his skillset.”

Eventually, we may see it done for Baltimore. Possibly at some point against Jacksonville. Maybe in a playoff game.

Also, Wood told Snell, I am very comfortable with the process of interviewing and employing Matt. I will tell you with 1,000 percent certainty that everything I’ve learned confirmed what I already knew about the man and would have no way changed our decision to make him our head coach.

Patricia served as an assistant coach wbroncos_023_270eed9710c59ac3-180x180ith the Patriots from 2004 until last season, ascending to defensive coordinator in 2012. He won three Super Bowls during his time in New England.

Detroit hired Patricia after parting ways with Jim Caldwell on the heels of a 9-7 season in 2017.

I have been proud of Randy during this offseason. I’m very aware of how hard he’s working to get back in the league and get back on the field. Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford told the Dallas Morning News that he has given the NFL his endorsement regarding Gregory. Dallas linebacker Sean Lee and safety Jeff Heath also reportedly backed Gregory with statements to the league.

Bucs expect to make “tough decisions” on offensive line

The Buccaneers signed center Ryan Jensen as a free agent this offseason in a move that will have a ripple effect on the offensive line.

Before we start giving all the qualifiers to Warner’s comments, let’s get it out of the way: We’re all thinking it was Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden — who seems to be collecting old free agents like he’s building a football ark — who he was talking to, right?

Now, just because Warner was talking to anyone doesn’t mean that it was ever a remote possibility.

And since Warner admits it doesn’t seem he was taken seriously, who knows how far along this idea ever really got.

I’m sure if you polled Pro Football Hall of Famers, they’ve all had fleeting fantasies of a comeback (it’s not even the first time Warner has floated a comeback possibility ).

“Really the only comment is I have a good relationship with the organization, and I will be speaking with them soon about Ereck,” Rosenhaus said, via the New York Post.

The Giants are on the hook for Flowers’ entire $4.5 million-plus cap hit this year, so it wasn’t a great surprise to hear they plan to keep him rather than cut him withbroncos_122_21be279738d7ad2f-180x180out getting anything in return. Rosenhaus could work to get the Giants to change that plan in a way Flowers couldn’t do on his own or at least serve as a conduit that works through the strained lines of communication that currently exist between team and player.

If your starting quarterback goes down, your second guy comes up and they’re all on the same page about exactly what timing they need to hit. Palmer is thrilled to huddle up with Darnold to help Wilson develop technology that he believes could potentially be game-changing for the sport — particularly quarterbacks.

Tony Dungy to be added to Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday former head coach Tony Dungy will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor this fall.

Dungy, who guided the Buccaneers to four playoff appearances during his six seasons at the helm, will be honored during a halftime ceremony on Sept. 24 (Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers).

Tony Dungy’s impact on the Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay community is not measured in terms of wins and losses, Buccaneers owner/co-chairman Bryan Glazer said per the team’s official website.

Think about that for a moment. It’s a big reason why the NFL has maintained its foothold as the most popular sport: competitive balance. It’s tough to see the light at the end of some last-place teams’ tunnels, of course, and the reality is that most still have a lot of work in front of them. But when you start drilling down on some of the 2017 bottom dwellers, it’s also not that hard to see an immediate path to turn things around.

The charges are a result of Foster’s former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, making accusations that led to Foster’s arrest on Feb. 11 in Los Gatos, Calif. Ennis has since recanted the complaints.

Foster, whom the 49ers selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, has remained away from the team throughout its offseason program as the legal process plays out.

General manager John Lynch said on April 23 that the 49ers are prepared to move on from Foster if the allegations are proven true.

I do want to be very clear, abundantly clear, that if these charges are proven true, that if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won’t be part of our organization going forward, Lynch said at the time. That’s the standard we want on our team, that’s the standard we are going to operate under.

Additionally, Foster remains subject to potential NFL discipline under the league’s personal-conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for a first-time domestic violence offense.sharks-020