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Fired Commanders OC lands new job

Jul 30, 2021; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Football Team offensive coordinator Scott Turner looks on during training camp at Bon Secours Washington Football Team Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Turner was not out of work for long.

The Washington Commanders fired Turner as their offensive coordinator after the team’s season ended last month.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Turner is traveling to Las Vegas next week to meet with the Raiders. Turner’s role with the team is expected to be as passing game coordinator.

Turner, 40, is the son of Norv Turner. He was the offensive coordinator for the Commanders the last three seasons and served as the quarterbacks coach for the Carolina Panthers the two seasons prior to that.

Washington was 24th in the league in points and 20th in yards this season as Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke split duties at quarterback. The Raiders were 12th in both points and yards this season. Las Vegas will have a new quarterback in 2023 after parting ways with Derek Carr.

Report: Lamar Jackson, Ravens could have ‘standoff’ over 1 decision

Dec 4, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

There are two types of franchise tags that the Baltimore Ravens can use on Lamar Jackson this offseason, and the star quarterback may not be happy with the one the team chooses.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler wrote on Friday that most executives around the NFL expect the Ravens to use the exclusive franchise tag on Jackson. If Jackson signs the tender, he would be guaranteed a projected salary of around $45 million next season.

The Ravens could also use the non-exclusive franchise tag. That would guarantee Jackson the same salary for 2023, but it would also allow him to negotiate with other teams. If Jackson got another offer that the Ravens did not want to match, he could sign with a new team and that team would have to send two first-round picks to Baltimore.

If the Ravens use the exclusive tag, Fowler said he would expect a “standoff.” Jackson wants a long-term deal, and he would only be able to negotiate with the Ravens if he is hit with the exclusive tag. One AFC executive told Fowler he does not expect Jackson to sign the franchise tender because the two sides are “so far apart in the guaranteed money.”

A recent report revealed how much guaranteed money the Ravens offered Jackson, and it is nowhere close to what he is seeking. It is unclear if they will be willing to go higher following a season in which the former MVP missed much longer than expected with a knee injury.

Magic Johnson weighs in on potential Kyrie Irving trade

Mar 23, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; NBA former player Magic Johnson watches during the first half between the Clemson Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks in the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers were immediately linked to a Kyrie Irving move after news broke of his trade demand, and one legendary Laker is fully on board.

Magic Johnson tweeted his reaction to Irving’s trade request, and he made it clear he would “love” to see the Brooklyn Nets guard playing for the Lakers.

Johnson has no official role with the Lakers these days, though he remains close to ownership. At the very least, his endorsement can’t really hurt the chances of a deal, even if they ultimately have little weight.

The Lakers will probably look into an Irving trade no matter what Johnson thinks. Part of that may be because one of their star players would also be very interested in seeing a deal come to fruition.

Lane Kiffin’s son Knox already has top-5 list as a QB recruit

Jan 1, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin reacts during warm ups before the 2022 Sugar Bowl against the Baylor Bears at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Lane Kiffin is one of the best recruiters in the country, but it sounds like he might have to work some of his magic on his own son.

Lane shared a photo of his son Knox via Twitter Thursday night. The photo showed Knox throwing a football. In his tweet, Lane shared that Knox’s top-5 programs of interest are Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Ole Miss.

It’s unclear to what extent Lane was just goofing around, but it does seem like Knox is beginning to put himself out there publicly for recruiting purposes.

Knox just launched his Twitter page and shared a video clip of him working out with 3DQB, a quarterback training group.

In his Twitter bio, Knox lists his school class, height and GPA, which are all necessary for getting recruited.

Knox is in 7th grade and 5-foot-7, with a 3.5 GPA. He might have to work hard to earn that scholarship offer from the Rebels. Keep in mind that he’s old enough to be recruited by his father.

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Alabama reaches deal with new offensive coordinator

Sep 11, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide have their new offensive coordinator.

According to multiple reports, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees has accepted the same job at Alabama. The two sides had agreed a deal already as well, though terms were not available immediately.

Rees had emerged as Alabama’s No. 1 target earlier in the week, and a deal looked inevitable. He will replace Bill O’Brien, who returned to the NFL as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

The 30-year-old Rees, a former Notre Dame quarterback, served as the offensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish for the past three seasons. The school valued him highly enough that it was considered a big deal when he turned down the chance to follow Brian Kelly to LSU last offseason.

3 big-name trade suitors for Kyrie Irving revealed

Mar 15, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff hopefuls appear to be lining up around the block for Kyrie Irving.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Friday that the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks have emerged as potential suitors for the Brooklyn Nets All-Star Irving. After rejecting an extension offer from the Nets, Irving has requested a trade before the Feb. 9 deadline.

The Suns can offer Irving an immediate path to contention alongside Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton on top of having Chris Paul’s big contract to play with in a trade. The Mavs are also in the hunt in the West with Luka Doncic leading the way and have another talented piece on an expiring deal to offer.

Then we have the Lakers. They are further from the playoff hunt at 25-28 on the year. But the purple and gold may actually have a built-in advantage in pursuing Irving.

Report: Kyrie Irving was upset about 1 thing in extension talks with Nets

Jan 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) stands for the anthem before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

We now have a better idea of why things went south (again) between Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets.

Word broke on Friday that the Nets All-Star guard Irving has requested a trade from the team ahead of the Feb. 9 deadline. The news comes after Irving reportedly rejected an extension offer from the Nets.

Shams Charania of The Athletic appeared Friday on “The Pat McAfee Show” and revealed something interesting about those extension talks. Charania said that the Nets gave Irving an extension offer that had certain guarantee stipulations. Irving and his camp were reportedly “vehemently against” any such stipulations and thus declined the offer.

You cannot really blame the Nets for trying to protect themselves in a new deal with Irving. The eight-time All-Star has had a litany of issues since arriving in Brooklyn in 2019, most recently in November when he was suspended by the team for his promotion of an anti-semitic film.

But Irving remains a strong talent on the basketball court (averaging 27.1 points per game this season) and will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, meaning the Nets could lose him for nothing if they don’t trade him. It is also possible that Irving’s trade request is a leverage play to try to force his way to one team in particular.

Could Kyrie Irving reunite with former teammate?

Apr 25, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving on Friday informed the Brooklyn Nets that he wants a trade, and the Los Angeles Lakers are viewed as a potential suitor.

The Nets and Lakers had some discussions during the offseason centered on Irving. L.A. was looking to part with Russell Westbrook at the time, and many floated the idea of an Irving-Westbrook swap since both star point guards are on hefty expiring contracts.

After news broke that Irving wants out of Brooklyn, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times said he expects the Lakers to have “serious discussions” about acquiring Irving. He lists the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, and Dallas Mavericks as other teams that might have interest in the eight-time All-Star.

As Woike notes, the Lakers and Nets could not make a one-for-one trade. Irving is playing under a $36 million player option this season, while Westbrook is earning $47 million in the final year of his deal. If the two sides were motivated to make the swap, however, they would almost certainly find a way.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Irving has interest in joining the Lakers.

Irving and LeBron James had issues toward the end of their time together with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that all seems like water under the bridge. They have praised one another on numerous occasions since, and LeBron supposedly pushed hard last summer for the Lakers to acquire his former teammate.

The Lakers want to make another big move ahead of next Thursday’s trade deadline. If they believe Irving can get them closer to title contention, they may finally pull the trigger.

Joe Mixon gets favorable decision in menacing case

Nov 17, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) gestures on the sideline before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has received a favorable ruling in his aggravated menacing case, at least for now.

Hamilton County Judge Curt Kissinger on Friday dismissed the case against Mixon at the request of prosecutors, via TMZ Sports. However, the decision does not mean Mixon is completely in the clear.

Prosecutors noted that they were asking for the charge to be withdrawn because they are doing additional investigation before moving forward with the case. The alleged victim still wants to move forward with the case, and prosecutors will have the option to refile it later.

On Thursday, a warrant was issued for Mixon’s arrest stemming from an alleged incident with a gun that took place in January. Mixon allegedly threatened a woman, with the victim claiming that the Bengals running back said she “should be popped in the face” while pointing a firearm at her.

Kyrie Irving reportedly asks Nets for trade

Feb 1, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving’s agent said last week that the star point guard wants to sign a contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets, but that is apparently no longer true.

Irving has informed the Nets that he wants to be traded ahead of next Thursday’s deadline, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The eight-time All-Star is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, and Charania said he told Brooklyn he will not re-sign.

It seems like Irving wanted a new deal from the Nets but the interest was not reciprocated. Marc Stein reports that Brooklyn has felt no urgency to sign Irving to an extension, believing he will need them to facilitate a sign-and-trade in order for him to land with a new team this offseason, anyway.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the Nets had some talks with Irving about a new deal but could not come to an agreement.

Irving wanted a multi-year extension from the Nets last offseason. The 30-year-old instead exercised his $36.5 million player option, which he would not have done if teams around the league showed significant interest in him.

After he appeared in just 29 games last year due to vaccine requirements and off-court drama, Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds this year. He is eligible for a full max extension worth roughly $200 million over four seasons, and he is probably trying to capitalize on his solid play. Given his history, it is hardly a surprise that the Nets do not want to give Irving a max deal.

Irving was suspended earlier this season over his promotion of an anti-Semitic film and the way he handled the controversy. There were reports a few months ago that the Nets had completely soured on him.

The Nets are 31-20 and have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. They would probably be open to trading Irving, but the question is whether the return will be significant enough to justify it.