Will Barton, Denver Nuggets

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Age (as of July 1): 27

Free-Agent Status: Unrestricted

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks, 45.2 percent shooting cheap nfl authentic jerseys

Advanced Stats: 16.2 player efficiency rating (PER), 54.11 total points added (TPA), 0.70 real plus-minus (RPM)

Will Barton will not guarantee his return to the Denver Nuggets. Their backcourt is set for the future, with Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, and he fancies himself a starter.

“If I would be able to know I would be a starter coming into next season, that would push me in the offseason,” Barton said, per the Denver Post’s Gina Mizell. “It’s something that I’ve never been before or done before. That’s what makes me who I am and what makes me better every year. That will definitely be a goal of mine.”cheap authentic nfl jerseys

Starting Barton at small forward is a possibility. Wilson Chandler (player option) could be a free agent as well, and the Nuggets outscored opponents by 32.7 points per 100 possessions in the 65 minutes Barton played beside Harris, Murray, Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap.

That sample is…nothing. Indefinitely inserting Barton into the starting five also compromises the bench. The Nuggets don’t have another shape-shifting playmaker who can keep the offense afloat when one or both of Jokic and Murray are on the sidelines. Barton started 40 games this season mostly out of need,cheap authentic nfl jerseys  when Harris or Millsap was battling injury.

Losing him for nothing would be worse than reconciling the rotation’s politics. And even those could work themselves out, to some extent, if Chandler hits free agency. But cost will be an issue. Barton turned down a four-year extension worth roughly $40 million last summer and is in line to command more now.cheap authentic nfl jerseys

Can the Nuggets afford to pay him market value with Harris’ four-year, $84 million extension set to kick in and Jokic (team option) potentially about to receive a max deal? Would Chandler’s decision to opt in deter them from paying him? Will they have to pay an up-charge to keep using Barton as a sixth man and spot starter?

Denver needs wings no matter what. Barton is more necessity than luxury—especially given the time he soaks up at point guard. cheap nfl jerseys china But paying him, Chandler and Jokic without shedding salary elsewhere puts the luxury tax in play. The Nuggets would be hard-pressed to rationalize that bottom line after missing the playoffs—unless they read all the way into the three-game gap that separated them from the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers.

How Will the New York Jets Handle the Quarterback Situation?

Despite splashy free-agent signings that should help improve the roster, general manager Mike Maccagnan drew mixed reviews for his decisions at quarterback.

After re-signing signal-caller Josh McCown to a one-year, $10 million deal, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Jets also acquired Teddy Bridgewater for a season.

In addition, Gang Green moved into the No. 3 slot in the draft and sent the Nos. 6, 37, 49 overall picks and a 2019 selection to the Indianapolis Colts, per Rapoport. Bryce Petty and Joel Stave remain on the books through the 2018 season, and 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg has two more years on his rookie deal.

Realistically, barring rampant injury and planets re-aligning, Petty and Stave have zero chance at starting for the Jets in 2018. It’s clear the organization doesn’t have faith in wholesale nfl jerseys Hackenberg even with his second-round draft tag.

It boils down to McCown and Bridgewater under center for the 2018 campaign. In 2017, the former produced one of his best seasons with career highs in completion percentage (67), nfl jerseys wholesale passing yards (2,926) and touchdowns (18). He also started 13 games for just the second time in his career, which speaks to why Maccagnan would also sign Bridgewater.
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The team tabbed McCown as the starter, per Newsday reporter Calvin Watkins, but he won’t finish the season under center nfl jerseys china based on his track record.

The 39-year-old has never played a full 16-game slate. Bridgewater will likely see the field at some point. When he does, the coaching staff can project his progress coming off a significant knee injury during the 2016 offseason.

Assuming the Jets select a top quarterback prospect, he’d eventually take over as the potential franchise centerpiece. McCown will accept the role as the placeholder while nfl wholesale jerseys Bridgewater tries to work his way into starting, while the draft pick will have at least a year on the sideline before taking the field.

NFL Free Agents 2018: Grades for Wednesday’s Signings & Landing Spot Predictions

NFL free agency technically only kicked off a few hours ago, but more than 100 players have already agreed to deals on the open market.

The launch of the new league year at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday felt a lot nfl jerseys from china  more like a closing bell. Most of the top unrestricted free agents have already found new homes or returned to their 2017 employers. In fact, many of them did so well before they were officially allowed to sign on dotted lines, which is why we were able to provide in-depth reaction to many of the biggest moves on Tuesday. af94d14000a4fd1a96479f0fb7cfee13_crop_exact

Wednesday was far from quiet, though, so we have an in-depth report card to share and some predictions to make.

Here are your free-agent grades from Wednesday as well as landing spot official nfl jerseys cheap prognostications for Thursday and beyond as we prepare for the first full day of non-tampering free agency.

As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported, the four-year, $62 million deal Nate Solder is signing with the New York Giants makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in football, which on the surface is outrageous because he’s about to turn 30 and has never been an All-Pro or a Pro Bowler.

The 2011 first-round pick peaked early in his career. Solder’s best years were 2012 and 2013,reebok nfl jerseys  and his pass-blocking abilities have declined ever since he missed the majority of the 2015 season with a biceps injury.

“He’s coming off arguably the worst season of his entire career,” wrote Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus last month. “nfl authentic jerseys Solder allowed a career-high 51 total pressures, including seven in one game against the Chargers.”

But Solder was still in the right place at the right time. The salary cap continues to rise, NFL teams continue to be desperate for competent left tackles, and he was the only starting-caliber player at that position to hit the open market.