Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 12.8.15 #LeBron #Browns #Indians #Heisman

By @cleeverizon

After hanging out with Steve Sarkisian and Johnny Manziel, it's time to get back on the grind...


- 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.

- The Browns placed guard Joel Bitonio on injured reserve with a ankle injury & sign OL Gabe Ikard to replace him on the roster. Ikard was signed as a undrafted free agent by the Titans in 2014. He was on their injured reserve list for his entire rookie season with a knee injury that he suffered in the preseason. In 2015, he was acquired by the Bills during final roster cuts and appeared in three games for Buffalo.

- 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.

- The Cleveland Indians announced Monday that it claimed OF Joey Butler off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays and placed him on the 40-man roster. In three seasons with the Rangers, Cardinals and Rays, Butler has compiled a .274 average with a .742 OPS, 8 HR and 31 RBI over 92 games. They designated pitcher Jayson Aquino for assignment to make room for Butler.

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.

- The Philadelphia 76ers have named Jerry Colangelo as the Special Advisor to the Managing General Partner and Chairman of Basketball Operations. Colangelo will serve as a adviser to team ownership. Colangelo made his reputation as a team builder after more than four decades of work with the Suns. More recently, he has helped rebuild USA Basketball after its bronze-medal finish in the 2004 Summer Olympics. The team has won consecutive gold medals (2008 and 2012) and FIBA World Championships (2010 and 2014) since he took over in 2006.  In 1992, Colangelo founded the Arena Football League's Arizona Rattlers and owned them until 2005. Under Colangelo's guidance, the Rattlers won Arena Bowl championships in 1994 and 1997. Wouldn't he be a great team president for the Browns?

- The Heisman trophy finalists are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. Henry led the nation with 23 rushing touchdowns and broke Herschel Walker's SEC rushing record with 1,986 yards. McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders record in all purpose yards in a season with 3,496. Watson finished the year with 3,512 yards passing and 30 touchdowns.

-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.

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