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Larry Fitzgerald Becomes 5th All Time In Receiving Yards

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Today was a great day for Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals all-time leader in receiving yards signed a 1 year extension to stay in Arizona.  His salary would be $11 million, according to Arizona Sports 98.7.  Fitz followed it up by passing Tony Gonzalez as 5th in all-time receiving yards.

Larry took the fifth place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list with a 20-yard touchdown catch with 7 minutes, 27 seconds left in the second quarter Sunday against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

Fitzgerald needs 141 catches to surpass former tight end Tony Gonzalez for second all-time in NFL history behind Jerry Rice, a mark he should easily attain if he plays next season.

Fitzgerald also will be third all-time in receiving yards by the end of the season – he needs only 227 more to pass Randy Moss – and another season would likely allow him to move into second place. Fitzgerald is 869 yards shy of Terrell Owens for second.

A return likely would make Fitzgerald, who just surpassed the 15,000-yard mark last week against the Seahawks, only the second player ever to surpass 16,000 receiving yards. Jerry Rice has 1,549 receptions and 22,895 yards to lead both all-time categories. At the moment, Fitzgerald is at 1,185 and 15,066.

The 10-time Pro Bowler, who should receive his 11th nod this season, also has a chance to climb to second place in a couple of major NFL all-time receiving categories by playing another season.

“He’s been the face of this organization for so long,” Arizona coach Arians said. “What he’s done on the field and off the field, you’d hate to see those type of guys retire.”

Fitzgerald needs 141 catches to surpass former tight end Tony Gonzalez for second all-time in NFL history behind Jerry Rice, a mark he should easily attain if he plays next season.

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Carmelo Anthony Will Sign With The Houston Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony will be an official free agent once he is waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Anthony and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal that netted them point guard Dennis Schroder, per ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hawks intend to pay Anthony his entire $27.9 million salary for next season as part of the buyout.

According to Turner Sports’ David Aldridge, Anthony “has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with the Rockets.”

Anthony will join Chris Paul and James Harden with the Houston Rockets. The Miami Heat and Los Angles Lakers were among the teams that were also interested in Melo.

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NFL Halts Policy To Penalize Players For Kneeling During The Anthem

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The NFL and NFLPA have come to an agreement to not to enforce the rule change to penalize players for taking a knee.

In May, the NFL unilaterally instituted a new policy surrounding the national anthem that would punish players and teams for kneeling as away to protest police brutality against people of color.  Which was a complete change in direction from their stance in October 2017.

The league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Thursday that said “no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks” while both sides continue to hold discussions to figure out how to move forward.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue,” the joint statement said. “In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy.

“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

Players around the league were not happy with the leagues’ policy change. At least this move allows more discussions and won’t allow teams to suspend players.

 

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Kawhi Leonard Traded To The Raptors

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The Kawhi Leonard era in San Antonio is officially over.

The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors agreed to a deal in principle that would involve a swap of All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

Wojnarowski reported Leonard and Danny Green will head to Toronto in exchange for DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. Toronto’s first-round pick to San Antonio is a protected 1-20 selection. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks.

Per Wojnarowski, the first-round pick is protected for the 20th overall selection and above, and after a year, it will turn into two second-round draft choices.

Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer. If Leonard left the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.

Kawhi has already made his intentions known to head back to Cali when he hits free agency. So this move is likely only stop gap.

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