From Comcast SportsNetJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are back in the middle of Tim Tebow talks again.Though this time, they say the reports are not true.A local television station reported that the Jaguars and the New York Jets were talking about a trade involving the popular quarterback.The report by Action News in Jacksonville sounded plausible since the Jaguars tried to acquire Tebow in March. But Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says there's no truth to the report of ongoing talks between the Jets and the Jaguars.Mularkey said Wednesday there are no discussions "that I am aware of."Tebow, the former Florida Gators star, has completed 2 of 3 passes for 32 yards with the Jets as Mark Sanchez's backup this season. Tebow also has eight carries for 23 yards.
The Celtics bought the No. 53 pick in the 2013 NBA draft to get Colton Iverson out of Colorado State, and he thanked them by allowing them to keep his rights the last three years.
Iverson rejected the required tender – a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum, teams must extend to retain exclusive negotiating rights to a second-round pick – year after year to sign overseas. Accepting the tender would’ve likely meant Iverson going to Boston’s training camp and getting waived. Perhaps, the timing of that would’ve limited his European options that year. But it would’ve made him an NBA free agent – or, best-case scenario, he could’ve made the Celtics and drawn an NBA paycheck.
As it was, Iverson limited himself to joining Boston and only Boston. If another NBA team wanted Iverson, it would have had to trade for him.
And what does Iverson get for that loyalty? A Celtics contract with at least a partial guarantee?
Just a head start on finding another team – which he could’ve gotten for himself three years ago.
Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe:
According to a league source, Celtics have renounced their rights to Colton Iverson. Team wants to give him shot to make a roster elsewhere.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) August 25, 2016
This is why second-round picks should be more aggressive about accepting the required tender. Even if you get waived, you open NBA options.
Iverson is a strong 7-foot center who plays with physicality. He can help in certain matchups, and he’d make sense as a third center on teams that have first- and second-stringers playing a different style.
But Iverson is 27, and his NBA window may be closing if it hasn’t already.
It’s a shame he spent so many years beholden to Boston, which didn’t want him.
It was probably just courtesy of the Celtics to renounce his rights now rather than have him sign the tender. They would have guaranteed him no money with the tender, and they could have gotten a few minor benefits with it – an extra body for training camp, the ability to assign his D-League rights to their affiliate after waiving him and the slightest chance he impresses enough in the preseason to hold trade value.
But them forgoing those potential advantages, even if out of courtesy, also sends a signal about how little they value him. Teams don’t do these types of favors for players they actually covet.
Robert Kraft’s relationship with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was no doubt tested by the Deflategate saga, but apparently the Patriots owner is still thought of highly enough to be included in the new committee of five owners who will be among Goodell’s closest advisers.
Kraft, the New York Giants’ John Mara, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Art Rooney II, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Clark Hunt and the Houston Texans’ Bob McNair will form the committee. Those five are chairmen of the league’s various committees: Media (Kraft), Finance, Stadium, International and the Management Council Executive Committee.
The five had worked closely with Goodell on an informal basis. The NFL has now made their status official.
Kraft, long one of the most powerful owners in the NFL, has been critical of Goodell’s handling of the Deflategate case, but also stood down as “one of 32” owners and accepted the league’s punishment in the case without appealing.