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# 12.10.2018 - 08:12:43

When the NFL owners and players agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011 Lorenzo Alexander Jersey , one of the features was supposed to be more certainty in rookie contracts: Rookies’ salaries and signing bonuses were determined by the CBA, and so contract negotiations were supposed to be a breeze.

For the most part, it has played out that way: There are now far fewer rookies still unsigned when training camp opens than there had been under the old CBA. But rookie holdouts haven’t completely gone away.

Bears linebacker Roquan Smith finally signed his rookie deal today, a rare case of a rookie remaining unsigned until after the preseason started. For Smith and the Bears, the issue was whether he would lose guaranteed money if he gets suspended. In the end, the two sides were able to find common ground.

The only rookie who has had a longer contract dispute than Smith was Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who didn’t sign until August 29, 2016.

Last year the final rookie to sign was Titans receiver Corey Davis, who signed on the first day of training camp. Most years, every rookie is in the fold before the preseason starts Youth Brian Allen Jersey , so Smith’s holdout was unusual, and was a situation the new CBA was intended to avoid.

Former NHL coach Dave Tippett is expanding his responsibilities with the group looking to put an expansion team in Seattle.

The former coach of the Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars has signed on as senior adviser for Seattle Hockey Partners LLC. Tippett was already working under President and CEO Tod Leiweke on infrastructure projects two-plus years before a franchise could begin play. It’s his first job since mutually parting ways with the Coyotes a year ago and taking last season off.

”You’re always trying to find new challenges in life,” Tippett said by phone Monday, when his new role was first reported by the Seattle Times. ”I’ve been fortunate to be a player a long time, I was a coach and manager in the minors and head coach a long time in the NHL. Challenges are exciting. Everybody wants that in their life to do something different sometimes, and this is one of those times for me.”

Seattle is in the middle of the expansion process with the goal of renovating KeyArena and starting up for the 2020-21 season. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league’s board of governors could vote to approve a 32nd franchise as soon as this fall but has emphasized there is no specific timetable.

Tippett, who turns 57 in August, jumped at this opportunity when approached by Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke about the possibility of working for potential owners David Bonderman and Jerry Bruckheimer. His eldest daughter, her husband and Tippett’s three grandchildren live in nearby Bremerton, Washington.

That family connection to the Pacific Northwest helps Adidas Jack Eichel Jersey , even if an office job is different for someone who has coached at some level for more than two decades. He has a hand in helping with renovations, the design of a possible practice facility, the efforts to line up an affiliate in the American Hockey League and the beginnings of what the front office might look like.

”There’s lots of things that go in before you start selecting players,” Tippett said. ”Just lots of little things from the hockey side that I’ll be involved in, just helping to try to get the thing up and moving.”

Tippett knew Tim Leiweke during his time as a Los Angeles Kings assistant from 1999-2002. He coached the Stars for six seasons and then the Coyotes for eight, taking each team to the Western Conference final.

While this job so far mirrors the one former NHL forward Murray Craven took with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, Tippett could assume a bigger role at some point for Seattle and could be in line to be its first coach.

”I’m not going to rule anything out,” Tippett said. ”But right now this is intriguing to me. ”Very few people get an opportunity to be involved with a group to start a team from the ground up and when that opportunity kind of got put in front of me, it was very exciting. So I’m looking forward to trying to build something that could be a great franchise.”