JOHN KRYK TEVAUN SMITH WAIVED
sports nuts across Canada, staring at university textbooks, thinking, believing they want to work in professional sports in some capacity. Maybe a handful ever find their way.
Rossetti started in the Dolphins personnel department in June of 2015 and has since been promoted to the position of pro scout. One day, he would love to follow in Dimitroff’s footsteps and become an NFL GM. One day. He’s only 27.
“It’s a ton of work in this business,” he said. “And I love it. I’m proud to be a Canadian doing this. Sometimes I get kidded about my accent. But it’s all in fun.
“Every day I’m just trying to learn and get better. I’m working with some tremendous people with so much experience like (executive vice-president Mike) Tannenbaum and general manager Chris Grier (who combined have more than 40 years NFL experience).
“I figure if you work hard, do a good job, people will notice. I’m not actively trying to move up. I just want to learn as much as I can and keep learning. This is just the beginning.”
But what a story already for the kid quarterback from Mississauga. @simmonssteve
Devonta Freeman demanded to be paid, and got paid.
The atlanta Falcons agreed to terms Wednesday with their star running back on a new contract. NFL Network reported it’s a fiveyear, $41.25-million deal, with $22 million guaranteed.
This makes Freeman the highest paid running back in the NFL.
“devonta embodies everything we are looking for in a Falcon,” atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff Jr. said in a statement, “and we are proud that he’ll be able to spend his career here in atlanta.”
after a quiet rookie season as a fourth-round pick in 2014, Freeman broke out with 1,056 rushing yards in 2015 and 1,079 yards last year, scoring 11 touchdowns each season. he was named to the Pro Bowl both years. Freeman also has proved effective as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 157 passes for 1,265 yards and six scores.
The 25-year-old had 38 fewer carries in 2016 than the year before, and effective second-year rB Tevin Coleman benefitted by getting 31 additional carries.
That didn’t sit well with Freeman, whose agent told NFL Network five days before the super Bowl that her client would be unhappy if the Falcons did not rip up the last year of his rookie contract and pay him far more than the $800,000 salary he was due to earn in 2017.
Freeman’s average annual salary under the new contract is $8.25 million, more than 10 times more.
Freeman tweeted Wednesday: “a young boy from the bottom. you put that work in & stay humble, you’ll be rewarded.”
The Indianapolis Colts injurywaived Toronto’s Tevaun smith.
That means if the wide receiver clears waivers by late Thursday afternoon, he’ll revert to the Colts’ injured-reserved list. Listed officially as a first year NFL player, smith actually is in year 2, after spending most of his rookie season in 2016 on the Colts’ practice squad. he dressed for two games but was not targeted. from playing until at least Week 7. But that doesn’t mean Luck for sure will start in Week 1.
Luck had off-season surgery on a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. although he is not yet practising with teammates at training camp, Luck is privately throwing on the side, rebuilding his arm strength and endurance. 124-person roster. Those chosen, from all seven on-field officiating positions, will transition to full-time status by year’s end. The purpose, the joint news release said, is to “promote the common goal of enhancing all aspects of NFL officiating — scouting, training and mentoring, better understanding of current game trends, game preparation and increased input on rules relating to player safety and game administration.” To now, all NFL officials have been part-timers, whose day jobs vary from smallbusiness owners to professionals such as lawyers.
Chris Rossetti (left) chats with one of the Dolphins coaches during the team’s training camp at Nova Southeastern University.