The cards could cost Kyler $35 million

OTD 75 years ago, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when he made his MLB debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in front of 26,623 fans. Despite being hitless, Robinson scored the eventual go-ahead in a win over the Boston Braves.

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Kyler Murray is apparently tired of seeing other quarterbacks land big deals in this offseason’s explosive market.

The 2019 No. 1 pick is entering the fourth season of his rookie deal, which brings in an unwanted $5.5 million.

Thursday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Murray’s agent withdrew his initial proposal to the Cardinals, which still haven’t made an offer — and that the QB is unlikely to play without a new contract.

In an offseason where four QBs have signed contracts worth more than $40 million a season, there’s logic behind Murray’s potential retention.

  • Derek Carr, Raiders: over three years, $121.5 million extension
  • Matthew Stafford, Rams: four years, $160 million extension
  • Deshaun Watson, Brown: five years, $230 million deal
  • Aaron Rodgers, Packers: over three years, $150.8 million extension

Murray could be looking for a deal comparable to that of Josh Allen, who signed a over six years, $258 million ($43M AAV) extension with the Bills after his third season in the NFL.

If he plans a different route, there is lamar jackson – who seems content to bet on himself and take a more patient approach.

The self-proclaimed QB has not reached an agreement with the Ravens and will likely play the $23 million option for the fifth year of his rookie contract.

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With a do-or-die matchup against the Pelicans on Friday night, the Clippers will have to pull off the improbable without Paul George and Kawhi Leonard — as they have been all season.

The dynamic duo haven’t played a game together yet this season. Leonard underwent surgery on a partially torn ACL last July, and the recently returned George entered health and safety protocols early Friday.

Failure to make the playoffs would mark a third lost year for the pair at their peak – and another disappointment for a team with the NBA third payroll ($167.8M).

  • Leonard and George ($39.3 million each) win combined $78.6 million this season – 47% of LA’s payroll.
  • The Clippers are committed $237.8 million to the duo over the next three years. Their identical contracts include player options worth $48.8 million in 2024-25.
  • PG and Kawhi have only played 80 games together (59-21).
  • LA made the West Semifinals in 2019-20 and lost to Phoenix in the West Finals last season.

The Clips will have at least two more seasons with the star couple to win their first championship.

It also doesn’t hurt to have the the richest owner in the sport. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who is worth an estimated $96.5 billion, has been willing to spend whatever it takes to win a title — the Clippers have achieved a top-four payroll in each of the duo’s three years together.

The financial pressure and stakes will only increase in their new $2 billion arena, which is expected to be built by 2024.

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The news that two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom would start the season on the injured list has put a huge blow to the Mets’ starting rotation.

But through seven games, and with Taijuan Walker (shoulder) now on the IL, New York has the best rotationranking first in wins (five), ERA (1.29), WHIP (0.69) and batting average against (0.161).

The Fortune Five truly spans the pay scale, with both the highest-paid starting pitcher in baseball (Max Scherzer, $43.3 million) and the 200th (David Peterson, $673,577).

  • Dishes starting five paydays ($65.5 million) is right behind the Blue Jays ($68.4 million).
  • The full starting pitcher award will rank first ($94.2M) when deGrom ($20.5M) and Walker ($7M) return.
  • Other current Mets starters: Carlos Carrasco ($12 million), Chris Bassitt ($8.8 million) and Tylor Megill ($700,000).

While Scherzer (2-0, 3.27 ERA) has already begun to justify his over three years, $130 million free agent contract, Megill is the biggest surprise. The 26-year-old right-hander is 2-0 and hasn’t allowed an earned run in 10.1 innings.

The Mets’ success on the mound has bettors optimistic about their chances of winning their first World Series since 1986. New York is currently tied for fifth (+1,100) to win it all.

NFL: CB Stephon Gilmore has signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Colts, according to multiple reports; the new contract includes $14 million guaranteed.

Football: Burnley sacked manager Sean Dyche in his 10th season with the club; they currently sit 18th in the Premier League and could be the first team relegated. Team captain Ben Mee would have act as interim manager.

Golf: Bryson DeChambeau has undergone successful surgery on his left wrist and is set to miss the PGA Championship in May; the 28-year-old hasn’t won an event since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March 2021.

NHL: Montreal’s Carey Price will make his first start in goal since Game 5 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final on Friday. Also: Islanders legend Mike Bossy, who scored more than 50 goals in each of his first nine seasons and a four-time Stanley Cup champion, has died aged 65.