General managers who have to deliver a winner in 2018

You can’t win the World Series in December. As so many of the recent big-splash teams have shown, throwing money at a free agent or two, or making a trade for a known star, doesn’t move the needle as much as is sometimes presumed. Building a championship team takes a year-long commitment to building a complete organization, and in baseball, all the non-Mike Trout players aren’t good enough to turn an also-ran into a contender by themselves.

In claiming Bennett, the Patriots inherited the three-year, $21 million contract that he had signed with the Packers, according to ESPN. If the Patriots do not pick up a $2 million bonus early in the 2018 league year, Bennett would become a free agent again and the Patriots would not have to make any commitments on their salary cap.

Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is 2-0 since starting for Winston, including Sunday’s 30-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

“Ryan’s done exactly what I thought he’d do,” Koetter said. “Ryan made really good decisions. We didn’t turn the ball over.”

The NFL confirmed last week that it is investigating a female Uber driver’s allegation that Winston grabbed her crotch area in March 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Winston has denied those allegations, stating that he was not the only passenger in the vehicle.

The driver has retained attorney John Klune, who also represented the woman who accused Winston of sexual assault at Florida State in 2012.

Thanksgiving is about sharing food with family and friends, so we asked hockey’s biggest foodies for their favorite entrĂ©es and desserts. Aaron Ekblad’s chocolate chip cookies, Erik Gryba’s smoked ribs and other delights are sure to make your mouth water.broncos_063

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