Though few believe the Saints will let Jimmy Graham hit free agency, it doesn't mean things aren't getting complicated. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that no meaningful progress has been made, according to a source briefed on the talks. The sides are still millions apart annually. If no deal is struck, look for Graham to be tagged as a tight end -- projected for 2014 at $6.8 million -- despite his high percentage of snaps in the slot and out wide as a receiver. If that happens, expect Graham to file a grievance in an effort to get wideout money, projected at $11.6 million. FoxSports.com's Mike Garafolo noted Tuesday that New Orleans is willing to pay Graham more than Rob Gronkowski's $9 million per year. (NFL.com) Comment
What's it going to take to keep Mike Trout in a halo? [Trout] and the Angels are continuing to discuss a megadeal that would keep the star outfielder in Los Angeles for at least six years and set salary records for a player that isn't even arbitration eligible. Word is, the discussions are serious as the sides continue to work hard to try to hammer out a deal that would buy out at least two free agent years -- though sources cautioned during the day that things can change and "nothing is imminent." The first report surfaced two days ago suggesting the possibility of a deal in the range of $150 million over six years in a report on Yahoo! Sports by Jeff Passan. Sources confirm that figure is at the very least in the ballpark of what's being discussed. (CBS Sports) Comment
Boston fans like their reclamation projects and their underdogs, which is where Jimmer Fredette comes into play. The most popular question in the Celtics mailbag when we tore it open: Should the Celtics sign [Fredette]? This is the 2013-14 season, everybody! We're at the point where fans are wondering if castaways from the Sacramento Kings can help the Celtics navigate their rebuilding process. With reports indicating that Fredette will soon be bought out, some fans want the Celtics to pounce on the former first-round pick. I get it. ... Fredette is obviously a very intriguing offensive player and his ability to handle the ball adds to his value. But he doesn't rebound, his turnover percentage has spiked this season and his defense is atrocious. (ESPN Boston) Comment
Already a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston is also an outfielder and pitcher on Florida State's baseball team. The Seminoles played the Yankees on Tuesday in Tampa. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)
Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin banked in a halfcourt shot just before the buzzer at the end of the third quarter on Tuesday night. Augustin finished with 10 points as the Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-103.