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Source — DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals agree to 2-year extension worth $54.5 million – ESPN

12:54 PM ET

  • Josh WeinfussESPN Staff Writer

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DeAndre Hopkins has his deal, and the Arizona Cardinals have their star wide receiver for the foreseeable future.

The Cardinals and Hopkins agreed to a two-year extension worth $54.5 million with $42.5 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to ESPN. The Cardinals announced the extension later Tuesday but did not disclose terms.

The deal keeps Hopkins in Arizona for five years — through the 2024 season — and $94 million total, for an annual average of $18.8 million, meaning he’s likely to be the heir apparent to Larry Fitzgerald‘s role with the franchise.

The deal was first reported Tuesday by NFL Network.

The Cardinals landed Hopkins and a fourth-round draft pick in a March blockbuster trade with the Houston Texans, who received running back David Johnson, a second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick. In acquiring Hopkins, the Cardinals also inherited his contract, which had three years remaining on the five-year, $81 million deal he signed with Houston in 2017.

Hopkins, 28, had been seeking a new deal at the time of the trade and reportedly was trying to restructure his existing contract with the Texans. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said multiple times this offseason that the team hoped to sign Hopkins to a long-term deal and that the sides were engaged in ongoing talks.

Hopkins took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, indicating his relief over the lucrative extension.

I can see clearly now the rain is gone. pic.twitter.com/F6JRljSFcs

— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) September 8, 2020

Hopkins was scheduled to earn a base salary of $12.5 million in 2020, which was the sixth-most in the NFL this season behind Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton, Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs, and Cleveland’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

Since being selected 27th overall in the 2013 NFL draft, Hopkins has put together a résumé that has early signs of being Hall of Fame-worthy despite having caught passes from 10 different quarterbacks.

Hopkins has the third-most receiving yards and catches, second-most touchdowns and most targets in the NFL since 2013. He also has the third-most receiving yards since 2017 with 4,115, behind only Atlanta’s Julio Jones and New Orleans’ Michael Thomas.

Hopkins had 1,165 yards and seven touchdown catches last season — his third straight 1,000-yard season and his fifth in six years.

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Source – Washington QB Alex Smith will be cleared for football activity by team – ESPN

12:29 AM ET

  • John KeimESPN Staff Writer

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Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith will be cleared for football activity and be activated off the physically unable to perform list, a source said Saturday night, capping a remarkable recovery from a leg injury that nearly cost him his life.

Smith is expected to be activated off the PUP list Sunday, the source said, putting him in line to be on the field when Washington begins full-pad work at training camp Tuesday. His wife, Elizabeth, posted a video on Instagram earlier Saturday night of Smith’s family spraying him with champagne. She wrote, “Hard work pays off! Lots to celebrate in the Smith house tonight.”

Smith, 36, broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a November 2018 game against Houston. Because of an infection, Smith required 17 surgeries, and doctors worried not only about the possibility of his leg being amputated but also feared for his life. But Smith vowed to return, and while team officials acknowledged the massive odds he faced, they always returned to one comment: “If anyone can do it, Alex can.”

Smith was featured in an ESPN documentary detailing his journey. Even after seeing that, there was still extreme doubt about whether he’d be able to return, with one member of the organization saying there hadn’t been much talk about the possibility of him being on the roster. Coach Ron Rivera would include him when discussing the quarterbacks, but privately the discussion about the quarterback battle focused on Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen.

But on July 24, before the start of training camp, Smith told ESPN’s Stephania Bell that he had been cleared by his personal doctors for full activity; one of his doctors also is Washington’s head team physician, Robin West. But Washington’s staff wanted to see more before it was comfortable clearing him for football activity. Smith worked off to the side with trainers while the other quarterbacks performed drills on the field. Rivera said that he was pleasantly surprised by how Smith looked while doing agility work and other drills.

Washington’s main concern has been Smith’s ability to protect himself. His mobility had been a key part of his game in the past, and team brass wanted to make sure he could still move in the pocket well enough to not always put himself in trouble.

Another source said Smith had a really good week last week, putting him on pace to come off the PUP list.

Rivera also said several times that if Smith were to be activated, he’d be included in the quarterback competition.

Washington is not the same team Smith quarterbacked in 2018. Then, it was a more veteran team led by coach Jay Gruden. Though Smith had modest stats — 10 touchdowns and an 85.7 passer rating — and was struggling to master the offense, Washington was 6-3 when he was injured. Teammates credited his leadership and his ability to avoid trouble — only five interceptions — as a key reason for that success. At season’s end, multiple players bemoaned the loss of his leadership.

In 13 years, Smith has started 161 games and thrown 193 touchdowns and 101 interceptions. The No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft spent seven seasons with San Francisco before being traded to Kansas City.

The Chiefs dealt him to Washington in the 2018 offseason, opening the door for Patrick Mahomes to start. Mahomes has credited Smith for providing a blueprint on how to prepare to play quarterback in the NFL. Smith also became a mentor to Haskins last season. But even while discussing his impact on Haskins, Smith said he could have a bigger impact if he were actually preparing to play and not just dispensing advice.

With Smith entering the quarterback competition, Washington will be faced with deciding between youth with Haskins — or even Allen — and veteran leadership with Smith. Washington drafted Haskins with the 15th overall pick in 2019. He pleased the organization with his offseason — both in terms of getting in shape and with the leadership he displayed.

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Source – Another Marlins player tests positive for coronavirus – ESPN

Another Miami Marlins player has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of cases in their traveling party to 18, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Major League Baseball had already postponed all of the Marlins’ games through Sunday after the team’s recent outbreak.

“It is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week,” the league said in a statement.

The Marlins have remained in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend and have been undergoing daily testing. Sixteen players and two staffers have now tested positive.

No Phillies players or coaches have tested positive for the past two days, a source told ESPN, but an attendant for the visiting clubhouse did.

Postponements announced Tuesday were among a series of scheduling changes involving four other teams as a result of the fallout from the Marlins’ positive tests. The Athletic was first to report this latest positive test.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the ESPN Daily podcast that he thinks MLB has “handled it well, to be honest with you, in that they’ve done virtually everything that you could do to try to get the main goal … to protect the health and the welfare of the players and of the personnel associated with the team.”

He added: “When I had discussion with some of the officials of different teams, as well as of MLB in general, we went over the different kinds of protocols that they would need … the testing and the things. One of the things that came up as a big concern is what happens if a cluster of players get infected, and how are you going to handle that? Would that wind up not only shutting down the team? Would it then impact on other teams that would be playing? So it was a consideration.

“I think we’re going to have to take it on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis.”

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The Open Source Mars Rover, One Year Later – Hackaday

As the name implies, here at Hackaday we strive to bring you interesting projects every single day. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a project only gets one day to grace these storied pages. Quite the opposite, in fact. We’re always happy to revisit a project and find out how far it’s evolved since we last crossed paths with it, especially when the creators themselves reach out to give us an update.

Which is exactly what happened when [Jakob Krantz] recently wrote in to get us up to speed on this incredible open source rover project. We first saw this 3D printed Curiosity inspired robot a little less than a year ago, and at that point it was essentially just a big box with the distinctive NASA rocker-bogie suspension bolted on. Now it not only looks a lot closer to the Martian rovers that inspired it, but it’s also learned a number of new tricks that really take this project to the next level.

The articulated head and grabber arm don’t just help sell the Curiosity look, they’re actually functional. [Jakob] notes that he doesn’t have kinematics integrated yet, so moving the arm around is more for show than practical application, but in the future it should be able to reach out and grab objects. With the new cameras in the head, he’ll even be able to get a first person view of what he’s picking up.

Last year [Jakob] was using a standard RC transmitter to drive the rover around, but he’s since put together a custom controller that’s truly a thing of beauty. It uses an ESP32 and LoRa module to communicate with matching hardware inside the rover, as well as a smartphone clipped onto the top that’s displaying telemetry and video over WiFi. The controller is actually its own separate project, so even if you aren’t in the market for a scaled down Mars rover, its controller could come in handy for your next robotics project.

Presumably the multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG) on the back of the rover is just pretend….but with this guy, we’re not so sure. Give him another year, and who knows.

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