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Bengals waive WR, made Winston signing official

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

            CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 20: James Wright #86 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks a tackle by Kevon Seymour #29 of the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 20: James Wright #86 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks a tackle by Kevon Seymour #29 of the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals waived wide receiver James Wright on Monday, ending his brief, injury-plagued stint with the team.

A seventh-round pick in 2014, Wright missed the final five games of his rookie season and all of 2015 with a knee injury. He appeared in 13 games last year, but issues with the knee lingered, leading to his release.

Wright caught 18 passes for 197 yards and made 16 tackles on special teams in his two seasons.

Also Monday, the Bengals officially announced the re-signing of free agent tackle Eric Winston to a one-year contract.

He played in all 16 games last year with two starts and has appeared in 157 games with 125 starts during his 12-year NFL career, the last three of which have been in Cincinnati.

“Eric has played well for us and has been a great veteran for our team chemistry,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. “We know he will give us another excellent contribution in 2017.”

Report: Former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin to receive 5-year, $14.5 million deal from Arizona

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:10 AM

Kevin Sumlin was officially hired as Arizona’s new head coach on Sunday. And he was scheduled to be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday.

But before Sumlin took the podium for the first time in his new role, the terms of his contract with the Wildcats were reported by college football writer Brett McMurphy.

According to McMurphy, the former Texas A&M coach has signed a five-year, $14.5 million contract with Arizona. Sumlin will receive $2 million each of the first two years, then $3.5 million each of the final three years.

Along with his buyout from his contract with the Aggies, Sumlin has become a wealthier man in recent months. Texas A&M paid Sumlin $10.4 million after he was fired.

Sumlin was fired by Texas A&M in November after going 51-26 over six seasons with the Aggies. He owns an 86-43 career record as a head coach, which also includes a four-year stint at Houston.

With the Wildcats, Sumlin will try to improve a program that just went 7-6 and lost four of its last five games this past season.

SEC underclassmen entering 2018 NFL Draft

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

The 2017 college football season is complete, and a lot of players’ eyes have turned toward their future in the NFL.

Some of those include players who have decided to leave school early and pursue their dreams of playing professionally. As with every year, the SEC is loaded with prospects like these, with talents such as LSU running back Derrius Guice and Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick choosing to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Here is an updated list of players from the SEC that have declared for the NFL draft along with a link to the story of their announcement:


Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB

Ronnie Harrison, S

Da’Ron Payne, DT

Calvin Ridley, WR

Bo Scarbrough, RB




Carlton Davis, CB

Jeff Holland, OLB

Kerryon Johnson, RB

Kamryn Pettway, RB


Taven Bryan, DT

Antonio Callaway, WR

Marcell Harris, S

Eddy Pineiro, K


Roquan Smith, LB

Trenton Thompson, DT




Will Clapp, C

Derrius Guice, RB

Donte Jackson, CB

Arden Key, OLB

Kevin Toliver II, CB

Toby Weathersby, OL



Mississippi State


Ole Miss

Breeland Speaks, DE

South Carolina

Hayden Hurst, TE


Rashaan Gaulden, CB

John Kelly, RB

Kahlil McKenzie, DT

Texas A&M

Christian Kirk, WR



Kevin Sumlin signs five-year, $14.5M deal with Arizona

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin’s contract numbers have been revealed.

Sumlin inked a five-year, $14.5 million deal, per  Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

Arizona’s new coach will receive an initial base pay of $2 million per year during his first two seasons and then he’ll get a pay bump of $3.5 million a year in seasons three through five.

The Wildcats got a good coach on a pretty good contract.

Sumlin and Arizona agreed to a deal on Sunday. He comes to Arizona after six seasons at Texas A&M. He compiled a 51-26 with the Aggies.


Nebraska recruiting mailbag: Who are locks to commit to Huskers before National Signing Day

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:09 AM

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Welcome to the Nebraska recruiting mailbag. Each Tuesday, Land of 10 Nebraska recruiting reporter Chris Bumbaca will tackle the latest recruiting questions from readers. Ask your question for a chance to be featured in the next mailbag by tweeting him @BOOMbaca. As always, thank you for the questions.

Welcome back to another week of the Nebraska recruiting mailbag. This time, we talk about how the staff manages official visits versus commitments, locks for the late signing period and even a look at the 2019 recruiting class.

Let’s get to it.

This is a great question to kick off the mailbag. Obviously, Nebraska has more offers out than slots it can currently fill. Including transfer Breon Dixon, Nebraska has used 16 scholarships in this class out of the maximum 25. The Huskers also have to be under the limit of 85 total scholarships.

Throughout January, Nebraska is hosting a litany of official visitors for about nine spots. The way it seems Nebraska is going about it is the method to the madness. The priority targets are brought in first. That way, if they want to commit, the spots are open. All you have to do is cancel the visits with recruits scheduled for later, explaining that the class is filling up.

At least, that’s how it works in theory. No one who visited last weekend has committed just yet, although Nebraska likely can count on at least three commits from the weekend, in my estimation. But the visits have basically been scheduled with priorities coming first and contingency plans for later.

I think Nebraska is in a pretty solid spot to wrap up its 2018 class. Cam’ron Jones, a 4-star safety, is a lock to Nebraska in my opinion. That gives the Huskers two 4-star safeties in the class, with Jones and C.J. Smith.

Miles Jones is another player. The Huskers like him at both running back and wide receiver. Jones is currently committed to Vanderbilt, but Nebraska hosted him for an official visit last weekend and it went well. I have him on flip watch.

I’m pretty confident in giving you those locks. Other names that I would put in this category if it weren’t for a hair of uncertainty are 3-star running back Maurice Washington and 3-star defensive end Daniel Carson. But I’m not 100 percent sure on either, so we’ll leave them off the “locks” list.

As it stands now, according to the 247Sports composite, 4-star quarterback and early enrollee Adrian Martinez is the top-rated commit in the 2018 class. Beatrice, Neb. native Cameron Jurgens is right behind him. They are the only two Nebraska commits right now in the top 200. However, it should be noted that Nebraska signed the No. 22 (Jaron Woodyard), No. 25 (Greg Bell), No. 28 (Will Honas) and No. 32 (Deontai Williams) junior college players in the class.

Nebraska has a few 4-star defensive targets (Cam Jones, Javontae Jean-Baptiste and Caleb Tannor) that would push into the Huskers’ top 5-ranked commits in the class, depending on how they stack up to 4-star defensive end signee Tate Wildeman.

What happened with JUCO kid Kenneth George Jr., Trinity Valley? Things looked like they were moving really fast. With both sides really liking each other. — Ryan

Last I spoke with George Jr., he was getting ready to host Nebraska sometime next week for an in-home visit. The plan was to set up his visit to Nebraska then. But the Huskers may have received more defensive-back interest than they anticipated, pushing George Jr. to the back burner.

But for all I know, the coaches are planning on seeing him next week and eventually hosting him on campus. But it all depends on what the other defensive backs targets, such as cornerbacks Braxton Clark and Taiyon Palmer, decide in the short-term.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here. I’ll start by saying I expect Nebraska to have a highly successful 2019 class. The hope is that the Huskers will fill around half of their spots before the new coaching staff even game plans for its first game as Nebraska coaches. They will have the ammo from their successful season at UCF, coming back to successfully coach the bowl game and the idealistic attitude of rebuilding Nebraska.

2019 could be quite the haul for Nebraska. There’s a lot of in-state talent, and one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, Max Duggan (Council Bluffs, Iowa), is a regional recruit. That, coupled with the staff’s fresh ties to Georgia and Florida, could provide for a really strong class.

A top 25 class is certainly within reach. I’ll predict that they crack that benchmark. Top 10 may be a little bit of a stretch, though.

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