Seahawks GM: Blair Walsh is a confident guy

The Seahawks made an interesting, if slightly under-the-radar move this offseason by signing former Vikings kicker Blair Walsh. Walsh, who missed a kick that would have pushed the Vikings into the divisional round of the playoffs but instead lifted the Seahawks, is now considered the Seattle’s insurance policy against Steven Hauschka leaving in free agency.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider, however, had to do a bit of soul searching during the process. Walsh’s accuracy in both extra points and field goals took sharp hits after the playoff miss, and eventually led the Vikings to make a change.

“It was a discussion, yeah,” Schneider said at the combine earlier this week. “I’d be lying if I told you it wasn’t. But he’s a very confident guy. He was on his visit. He’s had…the year before he was a Pro Bowler, I believe. He’s gone on a streak where he’s gone 17 for 17 and, you know, he’s got a lot of talent. There are certain boxes he had to check before we moved forward with it.”

Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon said the Cavs could waive another player as early as Thursday (AEDT) to clear a roster spot for Bogut.

The Australian will likely sign by the weekend but probably won’t feature in the Cavs’ upcoming three-game road trip, meaning he could make his debut at home to Miami on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).

Terrance Ferguson joins the show to talk about his time in Australia, his improvement over the season, and his NBA Draft preparations. Then, the Overtime crew breaks down all of the deals that went down before the Trade Deadline.

Bogut was traded at the deadline from Dallas to Philadelphia in a deal that brought Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks.

He and the 76ers agreed to part ways so Bogut could join a championship contender, and he had several teams lining up to add the defensive-minded centre.

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Philly managed to turn LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray into Alonso

Philly managed to turn LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray into Alonso — who the team quickly traded away to Miami — and better position in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Alonso has rebounded nicely with the Dolphins, McCoy totaled 1,267 yards on the ground for last year for the Bills, and Murray went off for 1,287 rushing yards with the Titans.

Not only did Oakland give up first- and second-round picks to initially acquire Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals after the quarterback threatened to retire, but the Raiders quickly decided to move on. They traded the QB for cents on the dollar in the most lopsided big-name trade of the past half decade.

The trade was a no-brainer for Arizona, whose quarterbacking issues had been a major issue since the team’s Super Bowl XLIII defeat to the Steelers. And, at the time, Palmer was still a somewhat-coveted quarterback. His numbers weren’t great, but Palmer threw 35 touchdowns and had a 83.5 rating in his brief Oakland career — that’s still serviceable, and deserving of far more than a couple of conditional Day 3 draft picks.

Technically, that’s from February, but we’ll use March as a proxy for all exhibition games. And that home run is the kind of moment that might even suck in the attention of an 8-year-old kid who was previously uninterested.

It’s not enough, though. Here is the only way that March is a good baseball month:

If you’re actually attending a spring training game and sitting in the sun, while us suckers are somewhere cold and going to work
That’s it. That’s the only way March is a good baseball month. If you are one of these people, then March might be the best baseball month. There’s a freedom that comes with not caring about the results. There’s also freedom in day-drinking. Mostly, though, there’s a combined freedom that goes with day-drinking, sitting in the sun, and not caring about anything that’s impossible to beat.18

Peterson recently told ESPN’s First Take he would like to remain in Minnesota but would be intrigued by the Houston Texans

Current Knicks have privately complained about the triangle as well, bemoaning its slow pace and predictable nature. It’s worth noting, though, that the Knicks have been competitive in their past two games while running more of Jackson’s preferred offense.

“It helps us to balance and make the other teams work a little bit,” he said.

The Knicks, of course, have struggled on both ends of the floor for much of the season. They enter play Tuesday 5.5 games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, having lost seven of their past 10 games.

Regarding Brown’s suggestion that Jackson coach, the 71-year-old has said on several occasions that he doesn’t plan to return to the bench. New York ranks 16th in offensive efficiency and 25th in defensive efficiency, performing well below internal and external expectations entering the season.

“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” Spielman said in a statement. “We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.”

Peterson carried 37 times for 72 yards last season, returning in less than three months from his injury on Sept. 18 to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 18. However, he sat out the Vikings’ final two games because of an adductor strain he suffered in his first game back.

He won an MVP in 2012 and ranks 16th all time with 11,747 rushing yards, but he has failed to eclipse 40 carries in two of the past three seasons because of suspension and injuries.

Peterson recently told ESPN’s First Take he would like to remain in Minnesota but would be intrigued by the Houston Texans, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he becomes a free agent.
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