Thursday, April 2, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 4.2.15 #Romo #Blatt #Cavs #NFLDraft #NHLPlayoffs

By @cleeverizon

- The Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contract of quarterback Tony Romo to free up $13M in salary cap room. Romo's base salary for 2015 was $17M. With the restructured contract, his salary for this season will be $1M. The remaining $16M will be converted over in the form of a signing bonus, therefore he will still see the full $17M. Even though his contract was restructured, the Cowboys will still feel the effect of a cap hit if Romo is ever released from the team in the next 4 years. $20.8M in 2016, $24.7M in 2017, $25.2M in 2018 and $23.7M in 2019.

Reports have surfaced that the money was freed up for a possible draft day trade with the Minnesota Vikings for running back Adrian Peterson. The Cowboys signed Darren McFadden as a possible starter this off season and could be used as a trade piece to the Vikings.

- Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was named Eastern Conference coach of the month for March. He helped guide the team to a 11-4 record. Also during the month, the Cavs led the Eastern Conference in points per game (107.0), points per game differential (9.1), field goal percentage (.469), three-point field goal percentage (.399) and three-pointers made per game (12.3). Cleveland also set a franchise record for three-pointers made in a single month with 184, while also setting a team record with nine straight road games of at least 10 triples from March 1-25. The Cavs were a perfect 5-0 at home and were tied for the most road wins in the East at 6-4. David Blatt becomes the 5th coach in Cavs history to receive the monthly honor.

- Arizona State free safety Damarious Randall made a visit to the Browns facility yesterday. The 5'11", 196 pound Sun Devil safety's combine stats were: 
40 YARD DASH: 4.46 seconds
BENCH PRESS: 14 reps 
VERTICAL JUMP: 38.0 inches 
BROAD JUMP: 120.0 inches 
3 CONE DRILL: 6.83 seconds
20 YARD SHUTTLE: 4.07 seconds

DeVante Parker, wide receiver from Louisville, was also in Berea yesterday. He is 6'3" 209lbs. and his combine stats were: 
40 YARD DASH: 4.45 seconds
BENCH PRESS: 17 reps
VERTICAL JUMP: 36.5 inches
BROAD JUMP: 125.0 inches

The team also plans to visit with Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton. He stands at 6'2" 339lbs. His stats were:
40 YARD DASH: 5.64 seconds
BENCH PRESS: 34 reps
VERTICAL JUMP: 30.5 inches
BROAD JUMP: 95.0 inches
3CONE DRILL: 7.99 seconds
20 YARD SHUTTLE: 4.65 seconds

- The NHL announced the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs will air on NBC Sports Network, USA Network, CNBC and the NHL network. The USA Network will air games Tuesdays and Wednesdays while CNBC will air games Thursday-Monday. The combination of networks will be used to air the 1st and 2nd rounds.

- Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. The 9 time Pro Bowler also played for the Texans and Jets. He was drafted in 2002 by the Ravens from the University of Miami. In 2004, he won the NFL defensive player of the year. Reed was a consensus All-American in college at Miami. Reed scored 13 touchdowns with the Ravens on three blocked punts, one punt return, two fumble returns and seven interception returns. 

For his career, Reed had 64 interceptions, 643 tackles, 11 forced fumbles and six sacks. (This may have been a April Fools Day joke by Reed, but he hasn't played in the league since 2013).

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