DK Metcalf is the latest WR to earn the big bucks, with Aaron Judge tying Mickey Mantle’s record.

Happy Friday, everyone! Another week down.

Let’s get to it.

Good morning everyone but especially…

DK Metcalfe…

It’s been a good offseason for the wallets of the top wide receivers. DK Metcalfe is the latest to take advantage. gave Seahawks The star Signed a 3-year, $72-million extension tying it to Seattle by 2025.

  • The contract includes a A $30-million signing bonus, the largest ever for a wide receiverMore than $58 million of the R$72 million is guaranteed. The $24 million per year is sixth-most among wide receivers.
  • Metcalf started 3,170 receiving yards and 29 receiving touchdowns since entering the league in 2019. He is the only other player to hit those marks over that span. Deonte Adams, Cooper Cup, Tyreke Hill And Mike Evans.
  • Metcalfe joins. *deep breath* Adams, Cupp, Hill, Stephen Diggs, Mike Williams, Chris Godwin, DJ Moore, Christian Kirk And fellow 2019 draftees AJ Brown And Terry McLaren Notable wide receivers to get a big contract this offseason.

While expectations are down this year in Seattle. Drew Lock And Jane Smith The battle for naming Russell Wilsonsuccessor to, This is a great deal for Metcalf.. He’ll be in Seattle long enough to see the franchise’s long-term quarterback plans (the 2023 draft class is loaded, by the way) and hit free agency once again if things don’t work out in that department. 27 years of age.

Now the focus is on that. Debo Samuelwho is “put in” As was Metcalf. Samuel is on. 49ers training camp but is not participating until he gets a new contract. The Steelers Wide Deontay JohnsonAlso looking for a new deal, Practicing on a limited basis.

… and a good morning to Aaron Judge as well

Smell it

After being swept away by Meetingsthe The Yankees Need a spark? Aaron Judge Went 0-for-5 in Wednesday’s loss and needed a spark, too. Good thing for both parties, that spark came just in time.

The judge struck. A great walk-off solo home run to give the Yankees a 1-0 win Royals tomorrow night.

  • Judge’s homer was only the Yankees’ second hit of the game.
  • It’s Judge’s third walk-off home run of the season, tying it Mickey Mantle (1959) for Most by a Yankee in a single season.
  • It belongs to the judge. 39th home run of the season, most in MLB.

Honorable mention

And not such a good morning for him…

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Ryan Jensen, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

gave Buccaneers Already dealing with replacing two starters from last year’s offensive line. now, Tom Brady Another new starter to be familiar with. The center Ryan Jensen A “serious” knee injury is believed to have occurred in yesterday’s practice. And had to be Removed from the field.

  • Jensen was named after him. First Pro Bowl last season after allowing just two sacks. He signed a 3-year extension this offseason.
  • Jensen has played in every game since joining the Buccaneers in 2018.
  • Tampa Bay has already lost both of its starting guards from last year this offseason. Alex Cape signed with the The Bengals And Ali Marpet Retired.

It may take some time for Jensen to be officially evaluated, but any time his loss will be a major blow for the Buccaneers, who have lost their first four games. CowboysI Saintsagainst Packers And against Chiefs.

Not so honorable mention.

The Angels aren’t going to trade Shohei Ohtani… right? ⚾

We know it’s been a rough week (well, really, the last two months). Angels Fans, but don’t panic just yet. The Angels are “highly unlikely” to trade. Shohei Ohtani… But they are minimal Fielding calls regarding the current AL MVPAccording to reports.

  • Ohtani, 27, was named an All-Star as a pitcher and bat for the second straight season. He is making just $5.5 million this season. He is destined to become one Free agent after next season.
  • As we have discussed in Yesterday’s newsletterthe Angels are nowhere close to contending (and likely won’t be next year either), and now they have to deal with it. Mike TroutOf Rare back condition.

Again, let me emphasize this A trade-off is very unlikely.. Ohtani is a tremendous talent — a true superstar doing things we’ve never seen before. But given the circumstances, It’s worth it for the angels to at least think about it.writes MLB guru Matt Snyder.

  • Snyder: “We have to consider how good Ohtani is at both hitting and pitching. He’s already unique there. Then how productive he is compared to how little money he makes. There’s an extra year of control, so he’s not a ‘rental.’” But he only has one year left to become a free agent. The Angels are terrible and don’t look like a team ready to contend in 2023. , or that’s another factor. Ohtani has expressed his desire, multiple times, to be a winner.”

The Cardinals removed this weird clause from Keller Murray’s contract 🏈

Smell it

What started as a unique contract term has become a hot topic. Keller Murray — a strange situation for And Arizona Cardinals. Murray, of whom 5-year, $230.5 million contract extension involved inFilm study requiredheld An impromptu press conference Yesterday that raised quite a few eyebrows.

The Cardinals then went ahead. Remove the contract clause. Late last night, it was saying “Understood in ways never intended.” Then how should we understand it? however, Who is Murray trying to convince? His partner? His coaches? The front office? fans? media? yourself?

Murray’s style has not gone well., penned NFL insider Jonathan Jones, who was at the press conference. The drama may end here, now that the clause has been removed. Given how the last few months have gone, though, that’s far from guaranteed.

Here’s what we’re watching this weekend 📺

We are Watching NWSL. All weekend and more…

Friday

🏀 Aces in feveron NBA TV at 7 p.m
🏀 Freedom in the skyon the CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m

Saturday

🏀 A storm on mysticismnoon on ESPN
Brewers at Red Soxon FS1 at 4:10 p.m
Twins at Padres, Cardinals at Nationals p Phillies at Pirateson FOX at 7:15 p.m
Rangers on Angels9:07 p.m. on FS1

Sunday

🏀 Sky over the sunon NBA TV at 1 p.m
🏀 Mercury in Liberty.on CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m
Children among giantson ESPN at 7 p.m