Browns receiver Josh Gordon is an exclusive rights free agent. Which mean he isn’t a free agent at all. Which means the Browns have dibs on whether to offer him a one-year contract for the minimum salary for a player with his level of experience.
Based on comments from Browns G.M. John Dorsey to PFT Live at the Scouting Combine, it sounds like the Browns will.
The Phillies’ offseason work extended well into spring training and might not be finished yet, as they still look like a good fit for one of the remaining veteran free-agent starters. Yes, that’s true even after last week’s splashy signing of former Cubs ace Jake Arrieta . The signing allowed the Phillies to jump over the threshold between sellers and buyers into what could turn out to be what Scott Boras — Arrieta’s agent — likes to call Playoffville. If the Phillies ended up in the seller group, it wouldn’t have made much difference, as they have virtually nothing in the way of expiring contracts to be moved. Maybe that’s as good a sign as any that the slow-burning rebuild is finally coming to fruition. Indeed, things seem to be percolating in Philadelphia.
Hamels, 34, is coming off an uncharacteristically poor season in Texas. The lefty posted a 4.20 ERA, 6.4 SO/9 and 1.98 SO/BB. The ERA was Hamels’ worst since 2009. The strikeout and walk numbers represented the worst figures the 12-year pro has posted in the majors.
Still, there’s reason to believe Hamels can bounceback and reinvent himself as a viable starter for years to come. Hamels owns a 3.37 ERA in over 2,300 career innings. We’re looking at a veteran that will likely figure it out and pitch well again soon.
It was a crazy process but obviously for me to be able to come back, I’m excited about that,McCown told The Post in a phone interview. I’m just looking forward to being able to continue to build with these guys and the chemistry and all that. I’m excited about being back.
For McCown, he had to wait for Kirk Cousins to pick a team before knowing where he would go. The Jets had a strong interest in Cousins but he chose the Vikings, where he will reportedly get a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million deal.
I just knew that he was kind of the prize, so to speak,McCown said. Everybody was going after him. I was just kind of waiting and being patient. It seemed like everybody kind of had their order of what they were going to do if they got Kirk and if not what would they do, what was Plan B. It was a matter of waiting that out.