The Catamounts are carrying the nation’s longest winning streak

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The 2017 NFL free-agency period is finally upon us. After weeks of speculation, franchise tags and releases of veteran stars, players can now begin negotiating with teams other than their own.

No deals can officially be signed until the new league year begins March 9, but that won’t stop a flurry of contracts from being agreed to in principle. The likes of , and A.J. Bouye lead a solid free-agent group that will no doubt result in some record-setting contracts.

Fresh off a fifth Super Bowl win, the don’t have many concerns. is still playing at a high level, the defense led the league in scoring, and is going to be back in the mix relatively soon. The few questions they do have come in the form of pending free agents like Dont’a Hightower, and .cheap nfl jerseys

While the established stars such as , Bryce Harper and need no introduction and the big-name prospects have their names made by the plethora of “top 100” lists that make minor league hype the machine that it is, there is a middle ground of young players spread around the game that provides the true building blocks of the game. Each team has them and the appropriate hopes that they will live up to the expectations they bring.

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Harbaugh capped his third recruiting class — his second full cycle on the trail — with another episode of “Signing of the Stars” in the Crisler Center. Michigan’s next adventure is a field trip to Rome from April 22-30. The Wolverines’ class this year featured recruits from 14 different states and Canada, another product of Harbaugh’s satellite camp tour. The approach is working, but there’s still work to do.

The Catamounts are carrying the nation’s longest winning streak but it won’t amount to much if they can’t seal the deal in the conference tournament on Saturday afternoon against Albany to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. Vermont’s had some heartbreak at the 11th hour before, but that was prior to the arrival of prolific freshman Anthony Lamb (57 points in two America East tournament games). Vermont should win and cheap nfl jerseys enter the tournament in an upset-friendly spot on the 12-, 13- or 14-seed line.

South Florida coach Charlie Strong takes over a team coming off a program-record 11 wins in 2016. That victory total might be difficult to replicate under most circumstances, but many factors indicate the Bulls will be a genuine Playoff contender in 2017.