Vikings’ Kyle Sloter keeps in close contact with three departed free-agent QBs

Vikings’ Kyle Sloter keeps in close contact with three departed free-agent QBs More In addition to third-string quarterback, Kyle Sloter is deserving of another title on the Vikings: Director of quarterback alumni relations.

Since Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater all left as free agents in March, Sloter has made a point of keeping in touch with them. We talk on the phone and I text them, Sloter said Wednesday during the Vikings’ charity golf tournament at The Meadows at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake.

But the three-time Pro Bowler inked his current deal back in 2015. The market has since skyrocketed, while Harris has gotten better and better. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2016, and despite struggling a tad while the Broncos went through football hell in 2017, he was still listed by Pro Football Focus as the top slot cornerback in the game.

The 28-year-old hasn’t missed a game since he was a sophomore in 2012, and he’s continually listed as one of the most valuable players on the Denver roster. It’s a crime that 20 NFL corners make more than him on an average annual basis. 

Only six Detroit Lions players were deemed by PFR to be more valuable than defensive end Anthony Zettel last season. But because the 25-year-old is on a rookie contract he signed as a sixth-round pick in 2016, he’s also one of the lowest-paid players on the roster. 

Zettel is costing the Lions less than $650,000 a year but is coming off a 16-start season in which he racked up 6.5 sacks while excelling as a run defender. 

Look for the Penn State product to continue to excel opposite Ziggy Ansah, which could make him a very rich man in two years’ time. 

It’s hard to be underpaid when you’re the the 10th-highest-paid player in the NFL, but the quarterback market has gone haywire since the highest-rated passer last signed a new deal back in 2013. So yes, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is dramatically underpaid with an average annual salary of $22 million.

He still has the inspirational message James wrote on Instagram memorized, but now has his own message he hopes will inspire James.

Good luck and never give up, Miller said. Tell him, ‘You’re an inspiration to me and I have followed you since you honored me.’ I look at the sneakers that he gave me every day to give me motivation throughout the day. And he’s just a really kind person and every time I watch him it makes me happy. So, something like that. Just say, like, ‘Thank you for everything.’

He’s an inspiration, and he changed my life. Yeah, he changed my life, like, forever.

The Cavs had just lost to the Golden State Warriors on their home floor to fall down 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals. No team in NBA history had ever come back from that type of deficit with a championship on the line. And Cleveland would need to make that comeback against a Warriors team that won a record 73 games in the regular season.

Astromech who always does the right thing. Dehousing assists at an extremely high level. Very versatile. Loyal friend and co-pilot. Teammates love him. Gets his message across. Aced the Wonderlic.

Looks the part. Dangerous playmaker, but a bit of an enigma. Strong pedigree; father also bounty hunted professionally. Rocket-packs a punch, but he doesn’t always think well on his feet.

Incredible size at 16 feet tall. Has long arms; uses wingspan to swat down passes and terrorize Jedis. Makes noise. Eats a lot of stuff.

Mahomes as a rookie sat behind Alex Smith throughout the 2017 season as planned. The youngster was able to start the Chiefs’ season finale against the Broncos in a meaningless game with Kansas City’s playoff positioning already wrapped up, and the team apparently liked what it saw from that game and the practice field throughout the year. The Chiefs in the offseason shipped Smith to the Redskins in a trade, putting all their faith in Mahomes as their starter for 2018 and beyond.

If “star” players sit out, they would quickly be forgotten

An intriguing, albeit far-fetched, report emerged over the weekend indicating that certain unnamed “star” players are “considering sitting out the season” until quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid have jobs. A prior item explained the significant expenses that would arise from such a strategy, especially in relation to what would be a far cheaper decision to boycott OTAs.

Here’s another reality: If some “star” players decide not to play football, they wouldn’t be missed.

So if it’s true (and many think it isn’t) that “star” players are thinking about pausing temporarily their careers for two men whose careers have been permanently derailed, it most likely wouldn’t have the desired effect. Because football would go on, as it always does when star players retire or suffer injury.

“We’ll see. I just want to play where I feel fastest, where I feel most explosive, where I feel most comfortable,” McCaffrey said, via the Panthers website. “I Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys don’t want to be too heavy or too light. I just go off comfort. If I grow, I grow. I think I’m definitely still growing. I’m 21 still, so hopefully, as I get older and older, I’ll continue to grow physically and mentally.”

Whether the muscles are reason or not, the Panthers will be thrilled to get more from McCaffrey this year.

Last year, Chargers offensive lineman Russell Okung called on NFL players to continue to protest, declaring, We are the lifeblood of the league.

No, they’re not. Money is, specifically what the NFL and its players generate from the outside. And without active fans to pay the freight, there’s no blood in the veins. Okung, after all, doesn’t pay; he’s paid — $53 million over four years.

On the other hand, if the money was right, the NFL would sign a deal to have the pregame sideline protesters commercially sponsored, team owners would demand fines and suspensions of those who don’t take a knee.