After hanging out with Steve Sarkisian and Johnny Manziel, it's time to get back on the grind...
LEADOFF WITH LEE IS BACK!
- LeBron James has said, 'I'm Nike and Swoosh for the rest of my life'. LBJ and Nike agreed to a lifetime endorsement deal yesterday. Multiple media outlets have suggested James will receive up to $60M annually from his new Nike contract. Other shoe companies have offered lifetime deals such as Allen Iverson with Reebok, Adidas has David Beckham and Derrick Rose, this will be Nike's first lifetime contract ever offered in its 44 year existence. Maverick Carter will manage the deal, which was negotiated by Main Street Advisors' Paul Wachter, who has also negotiated the deal for John Henry to buy the Red Sox in 2002 and represented Beats By Dre in its $3 billion sale to Apple last May.
- BROWNS ON THE BENCH: Joe Haden, Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, and Justin Gilbert remain in NFL's concussion protocol. RB Malcolm Johnson's groin injury seems to be severe and may be out for the rest of the season. WR Travis Benjamin is day to day with a shoulder injury. WR Marlon Moore is expected to play Sunday, but is day to day with rib injury.
- Mike Pettine didn't name a starter for Sunday's game against the 49ers, but it's expected that Johnny Manziel will get the start. From my perspective, no matter who the quarterback has been for the Browns they haven't been the problem. Maybe Johnny can bring back the Manziel Mafia and give the Browns a little magic.
In other team news, the Indians have moved from 16th to 15th in first round of June draft because Arizona lost its No.1 pick by signing Zack Greinke.
-NFL FLEX ZONE: Week 15 (12/20) The NFL flex schedule is as follows Cardinals vs Eagles moves to 8:30 PM ET on NBC & Bengals vs. 49ers to CBS at 4:25 PM ET. Bills vs Redskins 1:00 PM ET on FOX.