DeMarcus Lawrence on not holding out: I’m not everybody else; I’m DeMarcus

While Le’Veon Bell remains a holdout from the Steelers’ offseason program after the team placed the franchise tag on him for a second consecutive season, DeMarcus Lawrence signed his franchise tag within hours of receiving it. Why, the Cowboys defensive end was asked?

Cause I’m not everybody else, Lawrence said. I’m DeMarcus. DeMarcus does what DeMarcus want to do.

Lawrence, who is due to make $17.143 million under the tag, still wants a long-term deal. The Cowboys are working on extensions for Lawrence and offensive guard Zack Martin.

Adams speaks to the media after practice Tuesday.Bill Kostroun

To me, we failed, Adams said. We were 5-11, not good enough and it’s never going to be good enough for us. That’s not our standard. We’re onto a new year and we just started from day one to get better each and every day.

Taylor was also asked about the report, but noted that a Foles bid would have predated his arrival in Cleveland and therefore really doesn’t affect me.

Kevin Bryant: The Americans series finale reminded me of your recent column on the Celtics: Rooting for the bad guys never seemed so right.

Vac: Hmmm … the Celtics as Cold-War Communists … I can live with that! I loved the way the show wrapped up. And the one scene (if you saw it, you know the one I mean) was just elite TV at its finest.

It was a spectacular save all right, perhaps to be remembered as the series-changing event that kick-started the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship.

But only recency bias (or in this case, immediacy bias) can account for folks calling Braden Holtby’s lunging stick save on Alex Tuch with two minutes remaining in Wednesday’s match in Las Vegas the greatest in the history of the finals, no matter its degree of impossibility.

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Report: Billy Price is believed to have torn pec in combine bench press

Billy Price never left the field at Ohio State, breaking Luke Fickell’s school record for most consecutive starts with 55.

But the offensive lineman made it through only three reps in the 225-pound bench press Thursday.

When I say it that way, it sounds a little stupid, I guess. But years later, I can see that I made the right choice.

Battling with the most powerful programs in the country, Johnson beat out national championship coaches John Calipari and Bill Self to land the players necessary to make the leap.

Honestly, he just told me that he believed in me, Sexton said. That was big, because nobody else really like knew what I could do. He was one of the first few coaches that came and started recruiting me pretty hard, so I feel like from Day 1, he knew what I could do, and we just built that trust.

Johnson trusted Sexton when the coach put the season in his freshman’s hands and told him to race up the floor, watching his star guard deliver a buzzer-beater against Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament.

If the shot had missed, Alabama probably would have been in the NIT right now.

But one player can change a program. One coach, too.

The issue is the players’ salaries: Crabtree has a cap hit of $7.7 million this season, while Lynch has a cap hit of nearly $6 million and could earn more in performance incentives. The Raiders would like to have both players back, but not necessarily at those prices.

Lynch has a roster bonus of $1 million due on March 18, so the Raiders may need to decide on his status soon. There’s more time to decide on Crabtree’s status. But decisions will need to be made on both players at some point in the months ahead, and those decisions won’t be as easy as McKenzie and Gruden suggested.

You have to show that you’ve learned and grown over the years. You have to own your mistakes. I’m trying to show who I really am, not who I’m trying to be, because I don’t want them to draft someone they think they’re getting and then not to get that guy. I think that’s also what your teammates want. Your teammates don’t want a fake shell of yourself. Teammates want you to be you every single day, so that you’re that reliable rock that they can count on.

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