Veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney will retire. The seven-time Pro Bowler told ESPN.com he won’t decide on his future until at least a month after the season concludes. That could be awhile from now if the Falcons make a Super Bowl run. But Freeney, who won a Super Bowl with the Colts, signed just a one-year deal with the Falcons and has considered retirement every year since the 2012 season. He turns 37 next month, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him walk away for good. — Vaughn McClure
Look for the Panthers to add a left tackle in free agency with the future of Michael Oher (concussion) unsure and his replacement, Mike Remmers, a free agent. They could re-sign Remmers to play the position, but he didn’t have a particularly good year there. So maybe the Panthers go out and sign somebody like Minnesota’s Matt Kalil, the brother of Carolina center Ryan Kalil. Matt is coming off a hip injury and the Vikings are looking to overhaul their offensive line. — David Newton
Authentic Terrence Ross Jersey So what’s the most unusual thing Crawford ate in China?
“The stuff you think is chicken that’s not chicken!” he said. “Everything else, the time, the money, you can’t complain.”
Crawford is playing for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League this season.
Shavlik Randolph: ‘Offers were just staggering’
Like a number of Americans, Randolph was first lured to the CBA during the 2011 NBA lockout. With the possibility of losing most or all of the season, many players looked abroad, with Europe and China providing the most lucrative options.
Glover Quin Authentic Jersey “Compared to the leagues in Europe at the time, China was just offering so much more money,” Randolph said. “The offers were just staggering per month compared to what Europe was offering. … Plus, a lot of players that I had played with and against in the NBA had signed in China. That made me feel more comfortable that I was going to know players over there.”
Randolph, who played sparingly in his first five NBA seasons, remained in China after the lockout was resolved and routinely averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first four CBA seasons. Because the CBA calendar spans only five months, players are able to finish seasons in the NBA — something the former Duke University product did in 2013 and 2014.