2014 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams “actively” shopping No. 2 pick

March 19, 2014 – 3:44 pm by Ryan Phillips

St. Louis Rams

With the 2014 NFL Draft still more than a month away, there are plenty of rumors out there connecting teams to multiple prospects, and those reports seem to change daily. But one story that has remained the same for weeks now is that the St. Louis Rams are looking to trade the second overall pick. That was further confirmed on Wednesday.

Draft insider Tony Pauline claims the word around Orlando at UCF quarterback Blake Bortles’ pro day, was that the Rams are “actively” shopping the No. 2 pick in the draft. We’ve been hearing that story for quite a while and now Pauline is confirming it.

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68 facts for the 68 teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

March 17, 2014 – 8:56 pm by Hickey

2014 NCAA Tournament

With $1 billion potentially on the line, filling out an NCAA tournament bracket takes on more meaning this year than ever before. And thus you will be looking up obscure numbers such as RPI and BPI and offensive and defensive efficiency as you try to fill out that perfect bracket.

Well, numbers are a waste of time. What you need is cold, hard facts. And at Rumors and Rants we are dedicated to delivering you the one vital fact about each school in this year’s tournament that could ultimately be used as the tiebreaking choice as you make your picks. If it helps you get Warren Buffett’s billion, just remember to cut us a little seven-figure piece of that pie for the advice.

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Jarrod Parker to undergo second Tommy John surgery

March 17, 2014 – 3:25 pm by Ryan Phillips

Jarrod Parker

Jarrod Parker has developed into one of the Oakland A’s best pitchers and a guy who could develop into one of the top righties in the American League. Unfortunately that will have to wait, as Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow for the second time.

A few days ago the A’s claimed they didn’t think Parker had any structural damage in his right elbow, but that diagnosis has obviously changed. He will now miss the entire 2014 season, but should be able to return for most of 2015.

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Darren Sproles: Philadelphia Eagles extend RB’s contract

March 14, 2014 – 2:28 pm by Ryan Phillips

Darren Sproles

The Philadelphia Eagles pulled off a bit of a coup on Thursday, landing running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a fifth-round pick. The team has worked quickly to lock Sproles up for the foreseeable future, signing him to a two-year contract extension on Friday.

The 30-year-old running back was already under contract for $3.5 million in 2014, which was the final year of his deal. The new three-year deal is reportedly worth $10.5 million. The Eagles are in a good spot with the salary cap, so they didn’t need to re-work Sproles’ deal. That means they clearly feel he’s a great fit for Chip Kelly’s offense.

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Rodger Saffold fails physical, won’t sign with Raiders, headed back to Rams

March 12, 2014 – 9:41 pm by Ryan Phillips

Rodger Saffold

Free agent guard/tackle Rodger Saffold signed a monster five-year, $42.5 million contract ($21.6 million guaranteed) with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, but his tenure with the team never technically got a chance to begin.

On Wednesday night it was announced that Saffold failed his physical and will not be signing with Oakland. Now reports suggest Saffold will return to the St. Louis Rams, where he spent the first three years of his career. The Rams have reportedly given him a five-year deal.

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Kobe Bryant will not return this season

March 12, 2014 – 8:51 am by Ryan Phillips

Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers are having a horrible season and superstar Kobe Bryant has missed most of it. On Wednesday morning, we got completely expected news as Bryant will reportedly be ruled out for the rest of the season.

Bryant’s recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee has been slower than expected and given the Lakers’ 22-42 record it makes sense for the 35-year-old to sit for the rest of the year. After recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered last season, Bryant played in just six games before injuring his knee.

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Dallas Cowboys release DeMarcus Ware to clear cap space

March 11, 2014 – 3:11 pm by Ryan Phillips

DeMarcus Ware

It’s official, the Dallas Cowboys have released four-time All-Pro linebacker/defensive end DeMarcus Ware. The move will save the Cowboys $7.4 million in cap space, while they will also eat more than $8.5 million in “dead money.”

The 31-year-old Ware had asked the Cowboys to make a decision about his situation before free agency opened so he could pursue other opportunities if he wasn’t retained. To their credit, the Cowboys accommodated his request.

Ware also apparently believes he’ll do well in free agency.

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