NFL free agency: Vikings can give Kirk Cousins Jersey his best offer

No pressure: Spielman and the rest of Vikings’ signing decisions will be dictated by how much they choose to invest at the game’s most position. Here’s a look at the team’s biggest needs, and how it might address them in free agency.

The knock on Cousins has been inflated numbers against bad teams and little impact when the stakes are raised against better teams. As he goes into his age-30 season, if he wants a chance at elite winning to match his elite money, the Vikings represent the easiest path.

Minnesota will make Cousins a priority, but it would be more surprising if Spielman did not come up with one more big signing and one smart, smaller deal at another position of immediate need.

The Redskins have some returning options here, but putting it all together, there are still major concerns about whether coach Jay Gruden can finally field the respectable power rushing attack he wants. Part of the team’s struggles last season were tied to a rash of offensive line injuries that decimated the run-blocking, but durability issues also affected the backfield with Rob Kelley (knee/ankle) and Chris Thompson (leg) going down with season-ending injuries in November. Throughout the season, rookie Samaje Perine was in and out of Gruden’s doghouse because of ball security.

Potential first-round pick Maurice Hurst received some unfortunate news at the NFL Scouting Combine.

According to a report from ESPN, Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition Saturday and he will not work out with the other defensive linemen at the combine. The report also indicated that he will undergo further testing this week as the severity of his condition is not yet known.

The Greek Freak was poked in eye in the fourth quarter last night and had to go back to the locker room. The exact injury, and its severity, are still unknown, so consider Antetokounmpo questionable to play in Milwaukee’s next game until more information is released.

TJ Warren was unable to play on Wednesday with a bruised tail bone, and Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys he should be considered day-to-day going forward. His absence allowed Josh Jackson to have a Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men huge game in his place.

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Furious Phil Kessel shakes off frustration, scores Game 2 winner

For most of Monday’s maddening Game 2, linemates Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin made no attempt to hide their frustration with one another, themselves, the Senators, pretty much everything and everyone.

It was fitting then that the pair of Penguins connected for the only goal late in the third period that tied the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece.

Television cameras caught Malkin and Kessel seething on the Pittsburgh bench, at times inconsolable while venting to teammates, coaches, or in Kessel’s case, perhaps, an imaginary friend. Ottawa’s grind-it-out trap game was working wonders to dishearten the Pens’ stars into submission, a repeat of Game 1 when they hit three posts and failed to cash in on five power plays.

Driving Lyft before Game 3, Brett McCormick, 39, told a story about his Pittsburgh roots and growing up going to Penguins games. His move to Nashville 18 years ago almost exactly coincided with the Predators’ birth.

It was an NHL experiment then. Hockey’s conversion rate to a Southern fan base isn’t great elsewhere, but Nashville, unbeknownst to outsiders, was fine-tuning a brand all its own, waiting for a moment like this to flaunt what they had come up with.

“You go back then and half the arena was empty,” he said. “Now there’s barely Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys room to move on the streets.”

The dual-fandom also means he’s a conflicted man these days.

Pressed, McCormick admitted he’s now partial to the Predators — “I root Cheap Braves Jerseys for the underdog” — even if it means being shunned by some family in Pittsburgh.

“I have people asking all the time who I’m rooting for,” he said. “Last week I told my aunt I have to go with the Preds and she said she couldn’t talk to me anymore.

“I thought she was joking, but I haven’t heard from her since.”