‘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

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