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Ziperski: Kirk’s crazy deal

It was reported recently that the New York Jets were contemplating making Kirk Cousins an offer than included $60 million in guarantees in the first year alone.

No, not $60 million over the life of the contract. Cousins would make it all in year one before getting paid a more modest $20 million or so each year after that.

Ziperski: Foles can’t cash in just yet

Prior to Sunday’s game, few NFL fans and bettors expected the Philadelphia Eagles to spoil Tom Brady’s quest for a sixth Super Bowl title. If you go back even further, most people didn’t even expect the Eagles to make the championship game in a stacked NFC conference after franchise quarterback Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending ACL tear in the midst of an MVP-level campaign. After struggling with journeyman backup Nick Foles in the final three games of 2017, things didn’t look bright.

Ziperski: Stan Van Gundy thinks it’s 2011

NBA fans were in for a big surprise Monday afternoon when it was announced that Los Angeles Clippers star power forward Blake Griffin (along with two minor role players) had been traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and two draft picks, one of which is a first-round selection.

Ziperski: John Calipari, King of Salt

This past Saturday, five-star recruit Zion Williamson stunned many when he verbally committed to continue his academic and basketball career at Duke University rather than sticking with his hometown Clemson Tigers, whom many had thought was the favorite to land him. Also in the mix were North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky.

Ziperski: Mike Tomlin’s time is up

The Pittsburgh Steelers just wrapped up a 13-win season in which they won the AFC North and secured a first-round bye in the playoffs. Over the last four seasons, they’ve been a perennial contender, racking up 45 wins. In the last decade, they’ve won a Super Bowl and been the runner-up in another. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to play at a high level, and they’ve drafted incredibly well: the successes of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, two of the most dominant position players in the league, are a testament to that fact.

Ziperski: Alex Smith isn’t going anywhere

When the Chiefs selected Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round of last year’s NFL draft, many assumed that the 2017 season would be Alex Smith’s final one as the starter in Kansas City. After all, the Chiefs had traded up to trade Mahomes, sending their own 2017 first-rounder, a third-round pick, and their 2018 first-round selection to Buffalo. Given the steep price they paid, it seemed inevitable that Mahomes would soon take over the reins as the starting quarterback in 2018, if not sooner.