Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lions running back Reggie Bush selling California home for $6 million (Shutdown Corner)

The housing market is starting to improve. Mortgage rates are dropping. Now is a good time to purchase a home.
Oh, and Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush has a deal for you.
Bush has put his Los Angeles area home up for sale. The 5,000 square-foot estate in Hollywood Hills, Calif., can be obtained for $6 million (please resist the urge to tap into your 401K for a down payment).
Here are a few pictures of the home from ESPN’s Darren Rovell and Jordan Cohen, Bush’s real estate agent:
Reggie Bush’s 5,000 sq foot Hollywood Hills Estate goes on sale today for $6M (via @JordanCohen21 ) http://ift.tt/1katW3k — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 28, 2014
Rooftop of Reggie Bush’s LA home that is being put on sale today for $6M (H/T @jordancohen21 ) http://ift.tt/1ft9PkJ — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 28, 2014
Explosive city views from my new #HollywoodHills listing! #celebrityowned #luxuryrealestate http://ift.tt/1ft9PkP — Jordan Cohen (@JordanCohen21) April 28, 2014
Bush signed a four-year deal worth $16 million with Detroit in 2013. He has been very committed to the Lions, and spends each offseason working out at the team facility. Flying to California for a few days is pretty inconvenient when Michigan is your home.
Plus, Bush is 29, and many running backs struggle after turning 30. It does not hurt to start downsizing to prepare for life after those NFL checks are gone, and Bush is nearing the end of his career. 
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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnwarRichardson

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NFL Draft preview: Lions look to add depth (The SportsXchange)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — For a team that had limited salary-cap space going into free agency, the Detroit Lions managed to get a fair amount done. The big catch, no pun intended, was the signing of Seattle free-agent receiver Golden Tate. At long last the Lions feel they have a productive complementary receiver to play opposite Calvin Johnson. After electing not to pursue safety Louis Delmas (who signed with Miami), the team effectively replaced him by signing former Raven James Ihedigbo, who is coming off his most productive season.

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NFL Draft Needs: Pick a round, any round, and a good defensive back will be there (Shutdown Corner)

Before the NFL draft on May 8-10, we’ll be looking at all the key prospects and also breaking them down by position. In our “Draft Needs” series we will also examine which teams will be in the market at each position, looking to fill their remaining roster holes.
Defensive backs
New Orleans Saints: Despite signing future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey, the Saints still need a solid second option to compete for the other slot. Bailey signed a two-year deal, which indicates the Saints view him as a short-term solution. New Orleans signed standout safety Jairus Byrd in free agency to improve defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s impressive defense.
According to Yahoo’s Eric Edholm’s latest mock draft, New Orleans should select Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller in the first-round. Fuller was a second-team Walter Camp All-American selection and a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference player last year. During the NFL scouting combine, Fuller ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds, had a 38.5-inch vertical leap, plus bench pressed 225 pounds a dozen times. Considering New Orleans must face Julio Jones (Falcons), Roddy White (Falcons) and Vincent Jackson (Bucs) twice a year, the Saints must upgrade their cornerback position early in the draft. NEED LEVEL: Extremely high

Chicago Bears: Yes, Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman were re-signed, but they are 30 and 33, respectively. Safeties Chris Conte and Major Wright struggled last season. Wright recently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and honestly, Chicago could use an upgrade at safety and cornerback. Alabama safety Hasean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix or Louisville safety Calvin Pryor could be on the board at No. 14. If either player is available, Chicago should not waste any time pulling the trigger. NEED LEVEL: Extremely high

St. Louis Rams: Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson are the Rams’ top two corners, but this team could use some help, and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard is the answer. Yes, the Rams desperately need a receiver, but the draft has plenty of quality pass-catchers. St. Louis released Cortland Finnegan earlier this year, and Dennard is a physical cornerback that could excel with the Rams. The Rams also need help at free safety, but it will be hard to let Dennard slip by. NEED LEVEL: Extremely high

San Diego Chargers: San Diego re-signed cornerback Richard Marshall, but he is not exactly an upgrade at that position. Utah cornerback Keith McGill (6-foot-3, 211 pounds) stood out during Senior Bowl practices, and he has the body type to hang with big receivers. Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson is a day two option that could instantly improve a secondary which faces Peyton Manning twice year. NEED LEVEL: High

Detroit Lions: If there is one position general manager Martin Mayhew loves, it is defensive backs. Mayhew enjoys hoarding defensive backs like candy. Detroit did not re-sign safety Louis Delmas, but signed safety James Ihedigbo, who is on his fourth team in the past five years. Clinton-Dix would be a smart selection for Detroit at 10, but it is hard to argue against adding a premier cornerback. The Lions should consider Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert if Clinton-Dix is gone. NEED LEVEL: Medium

Other teams in need: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnwarRichardson

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2014 NFL schedules (NBC on Yahoo Sports)

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That captive Thanksgiving audience will be captivated by the last of the games to be played on the fourth Thursday in November.  And there’s a good chance the game will feature some gobble, gobble, turkey from some jive-turkey gobblers .
On that night in San Francisco, the Seahawks and 49ers will square off in a game televised coast to coast by NBC.
It’s the third straight divisional game since the Thanksgiving night contest moved to NBC, and the third Thanksgiving night game in four years involving a Harbaugh.  Jim, if you haven’t heard, coaches the 49ers.  Last year, John’s Ravens hosted the Steelers.  Two years before that, the 49ers and Ravens squared off.
The other games won’t be all that bad, either.  For the Lions, the options were believed to be the Bills and the Dolphins, and the Bills’ website (which has had a very bad year) previously leaked that the Bills would play at Detroit.  Instead, it’s the Bears.
Then, the Cowboys host Chip Kelly and company, as the Eagles come to town for the Tryptophan game, which likely won’t put anyone to sleep this year.
The decision to send Chicago to Detroit for a game to be televised by CBS illustrates the wrinkle in the new TV deals that allows for games that typically would land on FOX being televised by CBS, and vice-versa.  Typically, FOX has games involving NFC teams and interconference games where the NFC team is the visitor.  CBS usually televises AFC vs. AFC games, and AFC vs. NFC when the AFC team is the road team.
With the NFL opting for the more intense action of games played between teams that face each other twice per year, CBS gets a game that otherwise would be on FOX.
And we all get what could be a great day — and night — of football action.
– ProFootball Talk, NBC Sports

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NFL Schedule 2014: Seahawks-49ers cap Thanksgiving divisional tripleheader (NBC on Yahoo Sports)

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That captive Thanksgiving audience will be captivated by the last of the games to be played on the fourth Thursday in November.  And there’s a good chance the game will feature some gobble, gobble, turkey from some jive-turkey gobblers .
On that night in San Francisco, the Seahawks and 49ers will square off in a game televised coast to coast by NBC.
It’s the third straight divisional game since the Thanksgiving night contest moved to NBC, and the third Thanksgiving night game in four years involving a Harbaugh.  Jim, if you haven’t heard, coaches the 49ers.  Last year, John’s Ravens hosted the Steelers.  Two years before that, the 49ers and Ravens squared off.
The other games won’t be all that bad, either.  For the Lions, the options were believed to be the Bills and the Dolphins, and the Bills’ website (which has had a very bad year) previously leaked that the Bills would play at Detroit.  Instead, it’s the Bears.
Then, the Cowboys host Chip Kelly and company, as the Eagles come to town for the Tryptophan game, which likely won’t put anyone to sleep this year.
The decision to send Chicago to Detroit for a game to be televised by CBS illustrates the wrinkle in the new TV deals that allows for games that typically would land on FOX being televised by CBS, and vice-versa.  Typically, FOX has games involving NFC teams and interconference games where the NFC team is the visitor.  CBS usually televises AFC vs. AFC games, and AFC vs. NFC when the AFC team is the road team.
With the NFL opting for the more intense action of games played between teams that face each other twice per year, CBS gets a game that otherwise would be on FOX.
And we all get what could be a great day — and night — of football action.
– ProFootball Talk, NBC Sports

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Detroit Lions welcome new faces (The Associated Press)

Their new coach has been to Super Bowls and the Detroit Lions how have two new players who have championship rings. Free-agent acquisitions Golden Tate and James Ihedigbo – who played on the winning side of the last two Super Bowls – finished their second day of minicamp practices with their new team Wednesday. Coach Jim Caldwell, who guided Indianapolis to a Super Bowl and has two championship rings as an assistant, said having players with recent Super Bowl experience only can help. Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns last season with Seattle and ended the run starting in the Super Bowl against Denver.

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