It’s a fair deal for both sides, and that first Seahawks-49ers game can’t get here soon enough.

None of them provided anything more than short-term success (at best) for various reasons ranging from injury to simply not being as good as hoped.

In the process, some of the best years in future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson’s storied career elapsed without a Super Bowl appearance. The same goes for other Vikings standouts no longer in the league like Chad Greenway, Jared Allen and Kevin Williams.

Minnesota was running the same risk of letting another window close on a new generation of defensive stalwarts by not having a difference-maker under center. That became evident in last season’s NFC title game when Keenum came crashing back to earth in a blowout loss at Philadelphia.
The contract, according to reports, is really a one-year, $9 million deal with incentives.

If Sherman makes the Pro Bowl in 2018, the Niners will pay him $3 million and trigger $16 million in guarantees over the next two seasons.

General manager John Lynch & Co.

would be assuming some risk by paying Sherman through his age-32 campaign, but the structure of the deal allows the Niners to stay out of danger if Sherman doesn’t return to form.

History teaches us that the Mariners will try, and that, somehow, misfortune will befall them. There’s no underlying metric telling us that the Mariners are trapped in a Metsian version of “Groundhog Day,” that they’ll keep tripping over their own shoelaces until the eventual heat death of the universe. At some point, they will break through.

It just looks unlikely that it will be this year, or any year in the near future. This may be the final chapter of this version of the Mariners. Dipoto may want to do his best to make this chapter as strong as he can. The sequel is probably a long way off.

RB Isaiah Crowell, Jets Grade: C- In a league in which the Patriots and Eagles rode a flotilla of low-cost running backs to the Super Bowl, the Jets appear insistent upon having two veteran backs making meaningful money at all times.

Jordy Nelson signs with Raiders

The meeting between former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and the Oakland Raiders began on Wednesday and apparently rolled right into Thursday. As you can imagine, that was a sign that things went pretty well.

So well, in fact, that Nelson decided against leaving Oakland for his other visits with the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints and instead has signed on as the newest offensive weapon for the Jon Gruden-led Raiders.

As former Packer James Jones reported, Nelson and the Raiders have agreed on a two-year deal worth $15 million, with $13 million

In the letter, they asked for additional documents and communications about staffing decisions and for interviews with a number of senior White House and State Department officials appointed by Trump.

The list of officials they want to speak with includes the department’s chief and deputy chief of staff, director and deputy director of policy planning, and White House adviser and liaison. The committee also wants to interview the president’s deputy assistant for presidential personnel, Sean Doocey, and deputy White House counsel Makan Delrahim.

The whistleblower’s evidence appears to confirm a report from last year in Politico that Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, a State Department staffer who worked on the Iran deal, was reassigned after critical stories about her appeared in conservative media.

Lynch has been the better back recently, as he ran 207 times for 891 yards (4.3 per carry) and seven touchdowns last year.

D.J. Hayden will become Jacksonville’s new nickel corner.

Despite a disappointing career riddled with injuries, the former Raiders first rounder nets a reported $21 million over three years to bolster what’s probably the best secondary in the NFL. He becomes the Jags’ new No. 3 corner behind stars Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. The rich get richer.?

QB Chase Daniel is leaving New Orleans for Chicago.

The journeyman backup will sit behind Mitchell Trubisky for the next two years as a much more affordable insurance policy than Mike Glennon, who will officially be released Wednesday.?

NFL free agent rumors: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to sign with Jaguars

Blake Bortles will soon have another weapon at his disposal.

According to ESPN, the Jaguars will be signing tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a two-year, $10 million deal.

A starter since 2015, Kline will help the Titans’ O-line, one of the NFL’s best, remain intact thanks to a reported four-year deal worth $26 million. Andrew Norwell’s megapact is clearly trickling down to other guards.

G Josh Kline will reportedly re-sign with Tennessee.

A starter since 2015, Kline will help the Titans’ O-line, one of the NFL’s best, remain intact thanks to a reported four-year deal worth $26 million. Andrew Norwell’s megapact is clearly trickling down to other guards.

Crabtree has a reputation for strong hands, precision route running and red-zone production, ranking in the top five in receiving touchdowns over the past three seasons. Antonio Brown is the only other receiver with at least eight scores in each of those years.

That said, Crabtree’s playmaking ability vanished down the stretch last season, leaving him with an anemic 10.7 yards per reception.

The 10th-year veteran shouldn’t be out of work long. As evidenced by Paul Richardson and Marqise Lee wide receivers with even a hint of promise are in high demand in this market. Crabtree is ranked No. 44 on’s Top 101 Free Agents of 2018 list.

The Baltimore Ravens are among the teams interested in pursuing Crabtree, according to Rapoport, with their offer to Ryan Grant in jeopardy due to an issue during his physical.

If the Eagles release Jason Peters, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Patriots target him as a stopgap while they draft a tackle, possibly at 31.

Then there is Manning’s shoulder for him to lean on, no small thing. Manning has reached legendary status for his work with young cancer patients. He was recognized for the time and effort and money he puts into his charity work when he was named the co-winner by the NFL of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award at the Super Bowl in 2017. Manning says seeing kids not being able to live a normal childhood is what is so heartbreaking.

Lewis is a versatile runner and receiver who thrived in Belichick’s often unpredictable running back rotations.

His ability to contribute in the running and passing games as well as on special teams what was brought him to New England, but his 180 carries last fall — 161 of which came in the final 11 games of the season — were proof he can be a No. 1 running back for a winning team.

The veteran is an efficient contributor, as proven by his 4.8 career yards per carry mark (5.0 in 2017). He’s also been an important asset as a receiver, making 85 receptions the past three seasons (30 games) while catching nearly 92 percent of his targets from Tom Brady last fall.

Though he’ll turn 28 late next season, Lewis has relatively few miles on his odometer. That’s good — but it’s also a product of the injuries that have followed him throughout his career. Signing Lewis presents a major injury risk, and he’ll have to be flanked by other runners who can step up in case of catastrophe, as the Patriots did with their Mike Gillislee-Rex Burkhead-James White-Brandon Bolden lineup last fall.

While losing a step is a concern with any back, his ability to run through contact and gain yards after breaking tackles suggests he’ll be more effective than his 195-pound frame suggests should he begin to slow down.

The Rams signed Ogletree to a four-year, $42.8 million extension last October, and the Giants will essentially have Ogletree on a four-year, $38 million deal with $10 million guaranteed, all coming this season.

That’s not in line with what better players have gotten in free agency; Dont’a Hightower, for one, got four years and $35.5 million to stay with the Patriots last offseason.

Useful players such as Zach Brown, who is back in the market this year, had to settle for a one-year pact.

It’s difficult to believe Ogletree would have received this much if he were a free agent.

The Rams free up cap space as part of this deal, which marks the second expensive defender they’ve dealt away in a week after trading Robert Quinn to the Dolphins.

It now seems more likely that they’ll hang on to fellow linebacker Mark Barron, who seemed like a plausible cap casualty.

Predicting surprise: Young players who could shine for Cubs, Red Sox in 2018

In Chicago, the Cubs have a relief pitcher in Dillon Maples who might light up the National League if he can improve his command. In Boston, the Red Sox have a third baseman in Rafael Devers who could help anchor the offense if they’re willing to overlook his suspect defense.

Following the 2015 and 2016 seasons, in which the Cubs experienced remarkable good fortune with the health of their pitching staff, they had to send each of their starters to the DL at one point or another in 2017. This was not enough to keep them out of the postseason, but it did beleaguer the bullpen, and this especially showed in October.

This is where Darvish comes in. In 2017, he went fewer than five innings in only four of his 31 starts. And Mike Montgomery, who likely would have taken the rotation spot now filled by Darvish, has not yet shown that he can match that kind of durability as a starter, even with Darvish’s injury history acknowledged.

“We’ve made a concerted effort to connect all the players to each other,” Renteria said. “Because in an environment in which everything they do is judged, if they’re grounded in that family environment, as far as them picking each other up, it allows them an opportunity to overcome those difficulties.”

Of course, player development is not linear, and the likelihood that each of these prospects will pan out according to plan is not favorable. Hahn said that he knows that there will be hiccups and that the baseball gods will inevitably have something cruel in store, but the hope is that the right mixture of talent and strong organizational culture will ultimately win out.

As Abreu the papá said, the culture in the White Sox organization is one that has been fostered carefully. From top to bottom, they’re operating with the camaraderie of a family, and that will pay dividends in the near future. And Jimenez, probably due to hit a few moon shots in Chicago by mid-summer, is ready.

“I know we have a really, really, really good team in the future,” he said. “When we get together in the bigs, I know that’s going to be fun.”

For the first time in years, the Vikings had a solid offensive line in pass protection.

The Landry trade also means significant changes are coming in Miami.

If we bake in a slight-to-moderate dip in target share and some regression to the mean in the touchdown department, Landry has the looks of a solid WR3 in 2018. Gordon, meanwhile was No. 21 at the WR position in fantasy points during the five weeks he was active last season, despite a horrid 42 percent catch rate and just one touchdown. He’ll be a bit more boom-or-bust than Landry. Still, the quarterback upgrade, coupled with his sky-high ceiling keeps him in the WR2 discussion. Coleman, in his third season, falls to No. 3 on the WR depth chart and could fall as far as fifth or sixth in line for targets.

Landry’s departure means 55.7 snaps and 10.0 targets per game are up for grabs.

The Browns still have the option of trading down from one of their two top-four picks, of course. Maybe they’ll take Barkley first and send the fourth pick off to a team who does believe in one of the quarterbacks, or deal the first pick to someone in love with Barkley and trust that they can find a running back later in the draft. Dorsey comes from the Ted Thompson tree in Green Bay, and both Thompson and his acolytes were historically aggressive in trading down to acquire extra picks as they entered new jobs.

But I still think doing things the old fashioned way is a good way.” But here’s the thing: While computing power and technology have made gathering data — and then consuming it — much easier, it’s not like data analysis is a new development. New Lions coach Matt Patricia, who spent the previous 14 seasons as a Patriots assistant, made this point recently.

“It’s a buzzword, right? Analytics. Everybody wants to talk about it,” Patricia said, via the Detroit News ‘ John Niyo. “But I think analytics have been involved with football forever. We call ’em tendencies. That’s all it was before and now it became ‘analytics.’ So I think that’s important. Every single coach does it, and there’s people in the organization who look at different things that maybe take a lot of time to analyze, while coaches are working on something else.” The Patriots used analytics and that, along with sound coaching and personnel decisions, combined for a lot of winning football.

Not surprisingly, Patricia is looking to bring that consistency to Detroit, which explains why he hired David Corrao as his director of football research, the same position Ernie Adams held in New England.

Twins had a great offseason that nobody’s talking about

If a larger-market playoff team had an offseason as successful as the Minnesota Twins just had, people would be talking about it way more.

Here are the top remaining 2018 MLB free agents and where they best fit:

Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young award winner, has seen his ERA rise (3.10, 3.53) each of the last two seasons after back-to-back elite campaigns (2.53, 1.77 ERAs). Arrieta’s command has suffered a bit in recent seasons, but he’s still just 31 years old. The Cubs opted to sign Yu Darvish instead of bringing back Arrieta, sending a tidal wave through the free-agent class.

The Phillies, who added first baseman Carlos Santana this offseason, have toyed with signing at least one of the high-profile pitchers remaining on the market. Arrieta could be a perfect option because he eats innings, would give the young rotation members a veteran leader and he would have a larger ballpark to play with. The Brewers also seem like a fit as they continue their search for an ace.

Archie Bradley, having resurrected his career as a reliever last season, is expected to close. Brad Boxberger was added to solidify the eighth inning, but the rest of the bullpen presents question marks. Even moving Bradley to closer is a gamble because he’s never before held ninth-inning duties.

Jake Lamb, 27, is among the most talented third basemen in baseball, especially at the plate — where his immense power helped him hit 59 home runs over the past two seasons. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, Lamb has also batted below .250 both of those seasons, making him a frustrating player.

Lamb hit .279 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs before the All-Star break last season but dipped to .207 with 10 home runs after the break. A little more consistency from Lamb would give Arizona valuable lineup depth.

Tim Tebow has his ‘Welcome to the Mets’ moment: a freak spring training injury

Not even Tim Tebow is safe from the Mets’ injury monster (it mutated well beyond an injury bug years ago). How he got hurt was Mets-ian, too.

Tebow told reporters Sunday he tripped on a sprinkler head last week at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and sprained his left ankle.

Like the quarterback he is, he tried to work through the injury, but his ability to make cuts has been limited.

If Lagares and Bruce have to miss regular-season time as well, then New York can promote a nonroster player such as Ty Kelly, Matt den Dekker or Zach Borenstein; acquire a major leaguer; and/or use infielders Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores in the outfield.

Then, something clicked. From June 21 on, Gausman recorded a 3.39 ERA — the 16th best in the American League in that stretch — and held batters to a .307 wOBA. He recorded 10.1 K/9 and walked just 2.7 per nine in his final three and half months as well.

June 21 was also the first start in which Gausman’s arm slot significantly changed. According to Brooks Baseball, Gausman’s horizontal release point was roughly -2.5 to -2.9 feet away from his body in his first 15 starts. In his last 19, it usually was -2 to -2.3 feet.

Batting second for the Angels against the Padres, Ohtani drew a walk in the first inning after starting with a 0-2 count, then added another walk in the third. His biggest contribution came in the fifth, when Ohtani followed Eric Young Jr.’s one-out double with an RBI single to center, starting what became a four-run inning for the Angels.

Ohtani was then removed in favor of pinch-runner Jack Kruger but got a hero’s welcome when he returned to the dugout.

The 23-year-old’s impressive showing at the plate Monday helped balance out his pitching debut Saturday, in which the right-hander allowed a second-inning homer to Keon Broxton in his 1 1/3 innings of work against the Brewers.

You said being in New York City offered you an abundance of Japanese culture. What about when it came to communicating with your teammates and coaches. Did you have any trouble there?

Sherman has dealt with injuries as of late, suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in 2017.

He’s on the path to returning, rehabbing during the offseason while visiting with prospective employers and promising he’ll be back on the field by June, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. He had a meeting scheduled with the Detroit Lions , per Pelissero, but decided one visit would be enough.

Armed with $66 million in cap space, 49ers general manager John Lynch was able to throw any number at Sherman. He found a fit at $39 million over three years, including a $5 million signing bonus. Sherman represented himself in contract talks, negotiating without an agent and adding intrigue to the details of his new deal.

Sherman’s contract is an incentive-laden prove-it deal — if he makes the Pro Bowl in 2018, $16 million in base salary is guaranteed from 2019-2020, per Pelissero — which offers the corner a chance to earn more than he would have in Seattle if he achieves, but also gives San Francisco protection in case he doesn’t. More details from Pelissero:

The 2003 third-round pick out of Tennessee has amassed a slew of NFL and team records during his career. He trails only the retired Tony Gonzalez in career receptions and receiving yards for a tight end. (Gonzalez now works as an NFL analyst at — where else? — Fox.) Witten holds NFL records for most receptions in a season (110) and a game (18) by a tight end. He’s the Cowboys franchise leader in receptions and receiving yards.

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas and former coach John Fox recently auditioned with Fox,according to Andrew Marchand  of the New York Post, but Fox’s top picks are Witten and Manning, said sources. TV networks frequently invite current players in for TV tryouts before their playing days are done. Gonzalez, for example, talked with several interested networks before retiring before the 2014 season.

Suns’ Devin Booker ejected during loss against Knicks

Tensions were high in the Knicks’ 107-85 win over the Suns on Friday, especially for Devin Booker, who was eventually ejected from the game.

There were a lot of reasons for Booker to be frustrated, as Phoenix has now lost five of its last six games. The Suns were down 17 points at the time of Booker’s ejection, and things were getting heated between Booker and Enes Kanter.

The ejection came when Booker gave a two-handed shove to Kanter’s back after the Kincks center blocked Booker’s layup attempt. Kanter stared Booker down after the play, which added fuel to the fire for Booker.

Trusting the process doesn’t always yield results, though, and trading one of the best players in franchise history could cause irreparable damage, alienating a fan base not all that far removed from the ugliest season the sport has ever seen.

The four-time NBA MVP went on Instagram Tuesday and congratulated himself for reaching the 30,000-point mark. He has done this in advance as he is currently sits at 29,993 points.

“Wanna be one of the first to Congratulate you on this accomplishment/achievement tonight that you’ll reach!” James wrote. “Only a handful has reach/seen it too and while I know it’s never been a goal of yours from the beginning try(please try) to take a moment for yourself on how you’ve done it!”

“The House you’re about to be apart of has only 6 seats in it(as of now) but 1 more will be added and you should be very proud and honored to be invited inside,” he continued. “There’s so many people to thank who has help this even become possible(so thank them all) and when u finally get your moment(alone) to yourself smile, look up to the higher skies and say THANK YOU! So with that said, Congrats again Young King ????! 1 Love! ”

James will join Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki as the only players to score 30,000 points in their NBA career when he does eventually eclipse the number.