Los Angeles Chargers signing Geno Smith to 1-year deal

Insurance for Philip Rivers will come in the form of Geno Smith for the Los Angeles Chargers next season.

The Bolts announced Sunday they agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the former New York Giants and New York Jets quarterback.

Smith, who will presumably slide in as Rivers’ backup in 2018, heads into a quarterback room that also features Cardale Jones.

Seven, 12, seven, 15, six, 11. That’s the number of games the Carolina Panthers have won in each of the last six seasons. The Cam Newton era has been a roller-coaster ride, partly because Newton himself has had an up-and-down career. That makes it hard to get a bead on the Panthers in March or April, but it did often feel as though they were lucky to be in contention in 2017.

Does that mean they’re going to follow the pattern above and return to mediocrity in 2018 Carolina did a nice job replacing departed defensive tackle Star Lotulelei with the cheaper-but-better Dontari Poe, but it also lost All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell.

The Panthers brought ageless pass-rusher Julius Peppers back at a heavily discounted rate, but they also made a weird decision to trade still-promising young cornerback Daryl Worley for the washed-up Torrey Smith.

The point is the Panthers haven’t done anything to indicate they’re going to be able to keep up with New Orleans or Atlanta in the NFC South. Both the offense and defense are good, not great, and veteran linebacker Luke Kuechly is a huge question mark.

For the Panthers to get back into the Super Bowl picture in 2018, Newton might have to will them there.

He wasn’t in my doghouse. I don’t have a doghouse, Lewis said. I think he’s all the ability we wanted. That’s why we drafted him. He had to get fixed. We knew he was injured going in and he got nicked up a couple of times in his lower legs and the other shoulder was bothering him. He’s all fixed now.

The Philadelphia Eagles will have a target on their back in 2018, and they’ll have to try to avoid a Super Bowl hangover with questions at quarterback. Franchise quarterback Carson Wentz is still recovering from a late-season ACL tear, and while backup Nick Foles helped Philly win Super Bowl LII, Foles has lacked consistency throughout his career.

Even if Foles does come through and Wentz does return in a timely fashion, the salary cap-strapped Eagles will be without veteran slot cornerback Patrick Robinson, who was a huge part of the team’s Super Bowl run but departed for New Orleans in free agency. Defensive tackle Bejets_040

Rams trade Alec Ogletree to Giants for draft picks

Alec Ogletree is on the move from Los Angeles to New York.

Ogletree, a linebacker who has ed his entire five-year career with the Rams, is being traded to the Giants. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Giants will send their fourth-round pick and their sixth-round pick to the Rams for Ogletree. The Rams’ 2019 seventh-round pick will also be part of the deal.

“Here’s the deal, we in New England are privileged to, I believe, have the greatest coach in the history of coaching,” Kraft said. “We’re involved in a number of businesses in our family and we’re in 95 countries in the world and we try to encourage to have good managers. We want them to be bold, we want them to take risks. And sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t.”

Benching Butler clearly was one of the few moves Belichick has made that didn’t pan out. Without the Super Bowl XLIX hero on the field, Foles torched the Pats for 373 yards on his way to being named MVP.

I have no intention of forcing our ers to stand during the anthem and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued, Ross said. I’ve shared my opinion with all our ers: I’m passionate about the cause of social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists. I know our ers care about the military and law enforcement too because I’ve seen the same ers who are fighting for social justice engaging positively with law enforcement and the military. I care passionately that the message of social justice resonates far and wide and I will continue to support and fund efforts for those who fight for equality for all.

Ross explained on Monday that the intended message has been undermined by the fact that the protests have been politically twisted into something they weren’t mean to be. His Tuesday remarks echo that sentiment, by pointing out that kneeling during the anthem alienates more people than it enlists.

It’s unclear what was misconstrued regarding his comment, as reported by the New York Daily News, that [a]ll of our ers will be standing. Maybe it was a prediction and not a mandate. Regardless, it’s clear where he stands on the issue of standing.jets_135