Monday, July 16, 2012

Ray Rice, Matt Forte receive new contracts

NFL running backs Matt Forte and Ray Rice have signed long-term contracts with their respective franchises.

Forte's deal is worth $32M over four years (roughly $18M guaranteed), while the Ravens awarded Rice with a 5-year, $40 million contract. The deadline to get these deals done was today at 4 PM ET.

Some notable players who received the franchise tag but did not sign long-term deals: Wes Welker (Patriots), Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs), Cliff Avril (Lions) and Dashon Goldson (49ers).

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Will the Knicks retain Jeremy Lin?

A few days ago, I thought it was a foregone conclusion that the Knicks would match the Rockets offer sheet for Jeremy Lin. However, after last night's Ray Felton trade, Lin's future in New York looks doubtful. While I have always believed the Knicks would match any offer, the major media members are giving mixed signals as they continue to "flip-flop" their stance on whether Lin will return or not

Roughly nine days ago, ESPN's Marc Stein wrote "The Knicks will match any offer on Lin up to 1 billion dollars." Last night on TV, Stein stood by his comments but didn't seem too certain about it.

Knicks beat writer Frank Isola insisted for weeks the Knicks would match any offer, yet last night on Twitter, he indicated the Knicks probably won't re-sign Lin. 

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is a harsh critic of Lin and he claims there is no chance the Knicks will bring him back, but I think that's more of his personal bias (Jay Pharoah anyone?). 

Yahoo's Marc Spears reported this morning that it is "highly doubtful" Jeremy Lin returns to the Knicks.  

Carmelo Anthony was recently quoted as saying: "It's not up to me. It's up to the organization to say that they want to match that ridiculous contract" (we all know Melo doesn't want J-Lin back).

Regardless of their decision, multiple media outlets are reporting the Knicks won't make an official decision or announcement until Tuesday at the earliest.

Although it seems like Lin is leaving New York, I'm gonna stick to my guns and say James Dolan pulls out his checkbook and matches the offer sheet for Linsanity. 

We know this girl doesn't want J-Lin going to Houston.