The long-awaited meeting between Bryant and ownership comes before the Cowboys open their offseason workouts on Monday.

The decline of the 29-year-old receiver, who hasn’t passed the 900-yard mark since signing his new contract in 2015, has put Bryant’s future in Dallas in jeopardy.

Meredith now joins a cast of Saints receivers led by Michael Thomas , Ted Ginn , Tommylee Lewis and Willie Snead . We can’t help but wonder if Snead could be the odd man out.

Meredith put together a promising 66-catch, 888-yard, four-score campaign in 2016 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury in August. It’s no guarantee he comes back as the same player, but Meredith gives New Orleans an intriguing young target to add to the mix.

Without question, his fantasy value is helped by landing with an offense run by future Hall of Famer Drew Brees .

Maclin remains unsigned and is still “fielding his market,” per Anderson.

The 29-year-old was a Pro Bowler in 2014 with the Eagles and followed it up with a great season in 2015 with the Kansas City Chiefs. He tallied 172 catches for 2,406 yards and 18 touchdowns in that two-year span.

However, he has struggled mightily over the past two seasons, with 2017 being his worst year in the NFL. He set new career lows with 40 catches and 440 yards playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Still, the Cowboys’ interest is noteworthy considering the struggles in the passing game last year. The team ranked 26th in the NFL in total passing yards with not a single receiver reaching 900 yards.

The Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor as their best stopgap in years, but the team also will go after its long-term franchise solution in advance of Taylor becoming a 29-year-old free agent in 2019. Although Darnold has his flaws like every talented QB in this rich class, he’s the most well-rounded prospect at the position with his arm, accuracy and athleticism.rams_059

Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon returns; Giannis Antetokounmpo remains out

The Milwaukee Bucks welcomed back 2016-17 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon for Monday night’s 102-86 win over the Orlando Magic.

Brogdon had been out since early February, about six weeks, with a partially torn left quadriceps tendon.

“I’m going. … I’m playing tonight,” Brogdon said earlier Monday.

Carlos Gomez added an RBI double in the third, and Adeiny Hechavarria made it 3-1 Rays with an RBI single in the fourth.

Rodriguez was charged with three runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Rays: Manager Kevin Cash said Brad Miller tweaked his groin running out of the box. The plan was to have him checked out Sunday and evaluated again Monday morning.

Red Sox: Cora said Dustin Pedroia is progressing well. He is starting to run the bases, which is the next step in his rehab from left knee surgery. He took ground balls on Saturday and has been hitting for a month. “He’s moving well. He’s going side to side,” Cora said.

The Nuggets had upgraded Harris to “questionable” on the team’s injury report.

Denver has two games left — against the Blazers and Minnesota — and needs at least one victory to clinch a playoff spot.

The Nuggets have won six straight games and eight of 11 in a spirited push for the playoffs.

Harris, 23, has had a breakout season for the Nuggets, averaging 17.7 points, including 48.6 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range. Harris was injured on March 15.

Miami went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position, stranded 10, hit into a double play and lost a runner on the bases.

The game was the first this year between the NL East rivals. The Mets went 7-12 against the Marlins last year.buccaneers_091

NFL free agent rumors: Ndamukong Suh, Seahawks hope to meet

Ndamukong Suh is on to the next visit.

After meeting with the Saints and Titans over the weekend and leaving both teams without a deal, the free agent defensive tackle could be visiting the Seahawks this week, Yahoo Sports reported.

The report noted Suh could also meet with the Rams while on the west coast.

“What a night,” Landeskog said.

Blues D Alex Pietrangelo played in his 617th career NHL game. He surpassed Bob Plager for second on the team’s all-time list for defensemen. … Colorado was without D Erik Johnson and G Semyon Varlamov, who are both sidelined by knee injuries. Varlamov won’t have a chance to play in the first round, coach Jared Bednar said. … Colorado had 28 home wins, matching a franchise record for wins that was set in 2000-01, when the team hoisted the Stanley Cup.

Blues: Offseason.

Avalanche: Face Nashville in the first round of the playoffs. The Avs were 0-3-1 against the Predators this season.

He rushed for 961 yards and three touchdowns with Indianapolis last season.

“We have a chance to go the distance,” MacLellan said. “I don’t know that we’re as deep or as experienced as we were last year, but I think the whole league is a little less of that. There’s probably a couple teams that are a little deeper that might have a chance, theoretically, of going farther, but I think we’re in the mix with the high-end teams.”

Everyone thought the Capitals were the highest of high-end teams in 2016 and 2017, and they lost to the eventual Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round each time. Williams has implied that favorite status didn’t suit the Capitals well, and Trotz said “the crown is quite heavy” for a team expected to win.

For the seventh time in his career, the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin finished the NHL regular season as the league’s top scorer. With two goals Saturday against the Devils, Ovechkin capped his season with 49 scores.buccaneers_075

Ravens’ Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh face questioning in Colin Kaepernick grievance

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh will be questioned Thursday concerning the collusion grievance filed by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Pro Football Talk reported the owner and coach will be questioned under oath at the team’s facility and Kaepernick has the option to attend. The free agent quarterback, who hasn’t played since 2016, previously attended Texans owner Bob McNair’s deposition in Houston.

Braves: 3B Johan Camargo (oblique) is expected to continue his rehab assignment through Wednesday and could be back by next weekend’s series with the Chicago Cubs.

Rockies: OF Charlie Blackmon, who left Saturday’s game in the 10th inning, was out of the starting lineup with back stiffness. “Charlie will be fine,” Black said. “A day-to-day situation.” … RHP Jeff Hoffman (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday and is expected to pitch for Class A Advanced Lancaster on Tuesday.

Braves: Julio Teheran (0-0, 10.13 ERA) faces the Washington Nationals and three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on Monday.

Rockies: On Monday, Jon Gray (1-1, 2.45) will face the San Diego Padres for a second straight start after tossing seven shutout innings against them five days ago.

Newhouse, 29, is an eight-year veteran who spent last season with Oakland serving as the team’s starting right tackle where he made 14 starts. He is expected to push Jordan Mills for the starting right tackle job.

Bodine, 25, has been a full-time starter at center for the Bengals since they made him a fourth-round pick in 2014.

1B Ryon Healy flew back to Seattle on Monday to meet with Dr. Edward Khalfayan and review an MRI of his ankle, which he hurt Saturday during a postgame workout. Healy was put on the DL retroactive to Sunday and RHP Chasen Bradford was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

  • Mariners: DH Nelson Cruz (sprained right ankle) and C Mike Zunino (left oblique strain) resumed baseball activities Monday, and both could be back this weekend. OF Ben Gamel (right oblique strain) is getting at-bats at Tacoma and is also close to returning.buccaneers_015

Sean McVay talks up how’hypothetically’ Odell Beckham Jr. would fit with Rams

Keen anticipation was an early hallmark of coach Sean McVay’s play-calling success for the Rams, so it came as no surprise that he utilized the skill when he sat down for breakfast with reporters at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday.

After McVay sipped from a glass of water, but before he was fully settled into his seat or fielded a question, he posed one.

Hypothetically, I think a player of his caliber can kind of really do everything, McVay said.

Asked, hypothetically, how he felt about trading a first-round pick or using other options to acquire a targeted player, McVay replied with what sounded like a not-so-veiled recruiting pitch.

One of the things that being able to play in such a unique environment and atmosphere like L.A., it provides an opportunity to take advantage of that, he said, and that’s something we want to be proactive about.

How would McVay give everyone on a star-laden offense enough touches if, hypothetically, Beckham joined the Rams

As long as we have lot of snaps a game, he said, I think we can keep everybody happy.

On Monday, several people with knowledge of the situation said that the Rams had contacted the Giants about Beckham, who is entering the final year of his contract.

49ers CEO Jed York admitted Wednesday that he and Sherman had to unblock each other on Twitter after the cornerback joined San Francisco as a free agent.

We had to unblock each other on Twitter, York admitted, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

York, who didn’t explain why they’d blocked each other in the first place, admitted that Sherman’s competitiveness was frustrating when on the other side.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that team owners achieved a priority item by imposing harsher punishment for helmet-inflicted hits while some defenders ripped the rule change designed to reduce concussions. We think this is going to help us take the helmet out of the game, and get it back to where it’s a protective device as opposed to something that can be used as a weapon, Goodell said. Owners approved a 15-yard penalty and possible ejection for any player who lowers his head to initiate contact with his helmet. The move was aimed at reducing the number and severity of concussions and other injuries.patriots_109-223x223

Robert Kraft: Patriots obviously have to think about drafting QB

When rating the possibility of the New England Patriots selecting a quarterback within the first three rounds of the NFL draft, I went all-in as part of the 32-team NFL Nation piece on the topic. The Patriots have traditionally had a developmental prospect on their roster and this looks like a good year for them to add another to the pipeline.

The topic also came up over the last two days at the NFL’s annual meetings.

The Patriots’ history of drafting quarterbacks in Belichick’s tenure, especially recently, ties into this.

No other explanation holds enough water. Is Beckham a truly unique case from that standpoint, though Receivers have always, sometimes rightfully, been viewed as divas, with all-time greats like Terrell Owens and Randy Moss needing to be managed in different ways for them to succeed. Beckham hasn’t been accused of domestic violence and isn’t in constant trouble with the police. So why have the Giants taken such a strong opposition to the behavior of an ultra-talented 25-year-old with the world at his feet but who clearly has immaturity issues, rather than, say, kicker Josh Brown Brown was re-signed by the Giants in 2016 even after he admitted to being physically abusive to his then-wife.

New York only decided to part ways with him after the allegations came to light later that year in an incident that took some serious shine off the team’s reputation as one of the NFL’s best-run franchises. Beckham’s sidelines outbursts aren’t appropriate, but neither is Tom Brady’s, but the latter’s are accepted because he’s able to back it up on the field, and no one ever questions Brady’s locker room presence because of them despite playing a position that’s deemed to need mature, leader-type qualities. The Giants are just as at fault for Beckham’s issues as he is, as they only really became a serious issue after Tom Coughlin was replaced by the disastrously inexperienced Ben McAdoo, who also clashed with seemingly every defensive back last season before being fired after Week 12. In the NFL, talent always outweighs every negative factor.patriots_121-223x223

Gurley won’t say if Beckham said he wants to come to L.A., but it’would be awesome’

It’s only been a few days since Giants owner John Mara firmly stated that Odell Beckham Jr. is not on the trade block. Of course, that has not stopped the speculation that Beckham might be headed elsewhere at some point this offseason, with the hot destination of choice being the Los Angeles Rams.

Reached by the Los Angeles Times this week, Rams running back Todd Gurley didn’t hide the fact that he’d be excited for Beckham to join him in LA. He did, however, decline to say whether or not Beckham has personally expressed interest in making the move.

Hmm, I don’t want to say all that, he said, smiling, per The Times. That’s my boy.

The Rams have already made several star-caliber additions this offseason, bringing in Marcus Peters from the Chiefs, Aqib Talib from the Rams, and Ndamukong Suh in free agency. Those additions, however, are all on the defensive side of the ball. The most notable offensive move the Rams made was letting Sammy Watkins walk in free agency.

That pick prompted this response from Francesa: You better have somewhere to kneel and pray that they stay healthy, especially Cespedes.

Francesa on the Yankees: Over 94.5.

I don’t think they’ll win it easy and I don’t think they’ll win 100. But I think they’ll win the division comfortably. I think (Neil) Walker is a perfect fit for the Yankees. They have young kids that are ready to play. They’ll do whatever they need to win. They are ready for a very big season.

Ellis also said that the team hopes to find out if they have been selected in May when league owners convene for more meetings.

It’s a competitive process, and we’re excited to move one step closer to bringing the NFL draft to Denver, Ellis said in February when Denver was announced as one of five finalists to host a future draft.

The other potential host cities being considered are Cleveland-Canton, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Nashville.

Anyone who follows his career shouldn’t be surprised. Townes scored 1,863 points in high school and is second in St. Joe’s history to Jay Williams, one of New Jersey’s best players ever. That includes his famous teammate Towns, who just dropped 56 points for the Timberwolves in a recent game.patriots_018-223x223

Matt Hasselbeck on Andrew Luck’s rehab regimen and road to recovery

On a recent edition of ESPN’s NFL Live, analyst Matt Hasselbeck queued up plays from the Indianapolis Colts 2016 season. One showed Andrew Luck being pummeled by a defender. The next clip, just one play later, was of the Colts quarterback failing to connect with a wide open T.Y. Hilton.

That’s a throw, honestly, the quarterback from Bishop Chatard could have hit, Hasselbeck told IndyStar on Wednesday.

Hasselbeck, Luck’s former backup, wasn’t taking a shot at his friend. The 17-year NFL veteran was only trying to convey a simple message: Taking a beating takes a toll. Even the very best quarterbacks in the NFL, a class in which Luck absolutely belongs says Hasselbeck, can take only so much punishment before it begins to affect their game.

If Bradford can stay on the field, he might be an upgrade over Carson Palmer, Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton, but an aged roster got worse for the second consecutive offseason after losing Tyrann Mathieu, John Brown, Jaron Brown and Jared Veldheer.

Because they somehow went 8-8 last year, the Cardinals don’t even have a premium draft pick (No. 15). The record could also have them believing they can make a playoff push with a healthy Johnson in the backfield. But that’s unlikely because the defense and receiving corps have become too thin and Bradford doesn’t stand much of a chance behind a subpar offensive line.

ESPN now plans to broadcast the first two nights of the draft on both ESPN and ESPN2, and to simulcast Saturday’s draft coverage on both ESPN and ABC, according to the New York Post. The joint ESPN-ESPN2 broadcast will apparently give viewers a choice of two different broadcasts, an approach ESPN has previously used with big college football games.

The NFL has made the draft the signature event of its offseason, and no one has done more to help the league build it up than ESPN. But NFL Network has been chipping away at ESPN’s audience share the last few years, and when FOX agreed to put the draft on broadcast television, that looked like a serious blow to ESPN.

The decision to beef up its draft coverage is a statement from ESPN that it wants to remain viewers’ first choice as the home of the NFL draft. And it’s good news for fans, who will have more alternatives than ever for watching the draft.jets_034

Cowboys seek Dak-friendly offense in 2018

Jerry Jones used the phrase Romo friendly a few years ago to describe the team’s offseason plans as they tried to build around quarterback Tony Romo and his strengths. Now, the Cowboys owner has revised the phrase to fit their current quarterback, Dak Prescott.

It’s an offense that lets him be unpredictable, Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. It gives him the best way to be hard for the defense in the sense of game planning for him. I’d certainly love for him to be able to hurt them from the pocket.

If you look at the track record of big-time quarterbacks in this league, the best ers in the history of the league, not many of them and had the success that he’s had in the first couple of years of their career, first rattle out of the box as a rookie, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. So he’s done a lot of really good things, but he can improve in every aspect of his game.

Please don’t, Jerry Kramer remembers telling her, via the team website. I don’t think that’s something I want to see. I’m not sure I want my daughter prospecting for me for all that. She said, ‘Well, I’m going to do it.’ She’s like her mother. ‘I’m going to do it.’Kenny Stills is doing a lot more than kneeling this offseason

While Dolphins owner Stephen Ross inserted himself back into and then tried to extricate himself from the national anthem debate this week, one of his ers who kneel is taking his advocacy far beyond the sideline.

Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills was one of three Dolphins to take a knee during the anthem last year, and the only one likely to be back with the team next year. But rather than just trying to garner attention, Stills was committed to doing more this offseason.

As noted by Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, Stills documented his 10-city trip through the South, where he participated in a number of events designed to bring awareness and help causes near to him.

Among others, he spoke at a prison reform rally, spoke at a women’s march, and spoke to students at a leadership conference. He also toured the National Civil Rights Museum, walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and spoke at a Know Your Rights event with Colin Kaepernick.jets_117