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I guess it just shows what this organization is about and how they treat their players.”Thielen, the famously undrafted player from Division II Minnesota State who had the third-most receptions in franchise history last year, signed for an annual average of $16 million on his new deal that is the sixth highest among NFL wide receivers. He can earn as much as $73 million with incentives over the life of the contract covering the 2021-24 seasons.This was the latest move by Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman to maintain the foundation — mostly drafted-and-developed players — of a roster with a recharged Super Bowl aspiration. Thielen’s extension followed those given to wide receiver Stefon Diggs, defensive end Danielle Hunter and linebacker Eric Kendricks in the past year.The Vikings have thus created an environment, particularly on defense http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/au ... nce-jersey , built on remarkable continuity in a league that’s constantly turning over. The front office hasn’t shied away from extensions a year or more before free agency, and the players have shown a willingness to stay and forgo the chance to test an open market.“I feel like we just love playing with each other,” Kendricks said. “We know what kind of group we have. We have each other’s backs. I take a lot of trips with these guys in the offseason, and we just enjoy being together, working together. We know what we’re all chasing. I feel like it says a lot about what we’ve got.”Linebacker Anthony Barr was an outlier among recent high draft picks, in 2014, by the Vikings who hit free agency without an extension. He even agreed to join the New York Jets before reconsidering and staying where his heart was for a little less money.“I sent him a text like, ‘Hey, it’s going to be weird not playing with you,’ and he was like, ‘Just wait a second,'” said Kendricks, who has been a teammate of Barr’s since college at UCLA. “I’m like, ‘Oh, I see.’ Everything kind of played out how it did. Couldn’t be happier.”Barr’s decision even struck the typically stoic Harrison Smith. Speaking to reporters this week http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.c ... len-jersey , the Pro Bowl safety choked up and acknowledged being surprised by the emotion he felt.“He’s one of my best friends,” said Smith, another high draft pick, in 2012, who never hit free agency. “Honestly, I wanted him to go get as much money as he could make. Pro sports, it’s how things happen. I obviously wanted him here, as well. So, I wasn’t going to be upset one way or the other. It’s an emotional game, and you make friendships, and you make plays together, and you’re pumped for the guy next to you. It’s why I play.”The feeling is mutual around the team’s facility.Tight end Kyle Rudolph said this week he’d be willing to restructure his contract to help the team’s salary cap situation and thus avoid being released. Defensive end Everson Griffen, the longest-tenured member of the team as a 2010 draft pick, already did that last month. Taking a pay cut was not his preference, of course Cullen Gillaspia Jersey , but the support he received from the team while taking a leave for mental health issues sure made it easier to stay.“They took care of me and they treated me like family,” Griffen said. “I’ve been here for 10 years. I’ve played good football for them, and I felt like they handled the situation that I was in perfectly. They took me under their wing. They made sure I had everything lined up, and it was a good thing. I just want to repay that. It’s always bigger than football.” The National Football League playoffs have developed a reputation over the years as the most exciting, riveting, and dramatic playoffs in all of professional sport. The one-game showdowns that usually pit division foes or bitter rivals against one another in a sixty-minute showdown creates an unparalleled entertainment experience that is second to none.Of course, when watching an NFL playoff game, fans and media members alike are hoping for a well-played tilt between the players - as in, only between the players. Far too often, though, NFL playoff games have been marred by controversial decisions by the men in the zebra-colors: the dreaded (and mostly hated) referees.It's hard to expect referees to be flawless throughout any game, no matter what sport they officiate - they are human, after all - and even with the increase in video replay across the board, there are still plenty of rules and plays that can't be reviewed, leaving the ruling and judgement solely up to the discretion of the head official. While they get it right for the most part Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , there have been times where they've gotten it wrong - and at the worst possible times, too.Some might side with the analogy that the officials are like the guy who gets cast in a play, but is surprised to find out that the lead role was given to someone else, while he is slotted into a meaningless bit part with no line. He feels betrayed, miscast, and undervalued, so to make sure that his true talent shines through he enters stage left when he's not supposed to and starts improvising, capturing all the attention he desperately wanted - but for all the wrong reasons.It might seem harsh to compare an official to that guy - most officials are excellent and do a fine job - but sometimes, they make calls that leave us perplexed and shocked...or extremely outraged, if they happen to make the call against your team.

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