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Running back Todd Gurley got a big contract from the Rams this week that may have done more than just set him up to make a lot of money over the next few years.
It could also lead to big deals for other running backs after years of seeing bigger deals flow to players at other positions. Gurley’s deal is a quantum leap over the one Devonta Freeman signed with the Falcons — it was the previous leaded for average salary per year on a multi-year deal — and Rams General Manager Les Snead said that the deal will “blaze the new standard” for players like David Johnson Kawann Short Jersey , Ezekiel Elliott and Le''Veon Bell in the years to come.
Gurley said that’s something he’s happy to do for his peers.
“I’m just happy to even be in a position to take the next step for us running backs,” Gurley said to Albert Breer of SI.com. “And to be able to get closer to what a receiver or a D-end makes, it’s pretty good for us. There are a lot of great running backs in the league, and their time will definitely come. And when it’s time for them to get paid, hopefully my part has played a role in it.”
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A Michigan State University trustee has been charged with assault following a dispute over a referee’s calls during a girls’ basketball tournament.
Mitch Lyons, 47, was coaching one of the teams when he allegedly pushed a referee after a December game at Grass Lake Middle School. Lyons faces a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery, the Lansing State Journal reported .
Lyons denies the allegations, said Brian Lennon 49ers Authentic Jerseys , his attorney. Lennon said he hopes the case will be dismissed.
”We have identified numerous witnesses who refute the alleged victim’s account of the events,” Lennon said.
The referee told police that he had to make a couple calls that caused one team to lose and then issued two technical fouls following a verbal dispute. The referee said that an unidentified coach confronted him after the game and twice pushed him in the chest with his hands.
Lyons either pushed the referee or was attempting to illustrate what one of his players was doing during the game, one witness told Michigan State Police. Another witness told police she was standing near the two men and didn’t see Lyons push the referee.
A court hearing is set for Feb. 12 in Jackson County District Court.
Lyons played football from 1988 to 1992 at Michigan State. He spent seven years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons. Lyons has been a university trustee since 2011 and said doesn’t plan to seek another term when his current term expires at the end of the year.
Lyons last month was the only member of the Michigan State trustees to publicly call for university President Lou Anna Simon to step down before she resigned over the handling of the sex assault scandal involving former university sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Information from: Lansing State Journal,