William Gay close to deal with Giants

The Giants have a visit scheduled with William Gay on Thursday, Bryant McFadden of CBS Sports reports. All that remains for the defensive back to join the Giants is his passing a physical, per McFadden.

The Steelers cut Gay to save $1.75 million in cap space, making him a free agent.

The Broncos were traveling to Game 5 of their Canalta Cup semifinal playoff series Friday night in Nipawin. The team plays in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League — a Junior “A” hockey league open to North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20.

The crash occurred on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan, approximately 105 miles into the 125-mile trip to Nipawin’s arena.

“In Saskatchewan, every community is fairly small, so everybody knows everybody,” said Maple Leafs winger Patrick Marleau, a Saskatchewan native. “And we try and look out for each other.”

Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, who grew up in Humboldt, also was emotional when addressing the tragedy Saturday.

Ideally, that happens at some point after the player’s third year in the NFL and the completion of his rookie contract. Unless the team decides to take full advantage of all five years of the rookie deal, followed by a year or two of the franchise tag.

For the 2014 first-round class, only two players — Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans — have had their fifth-year options replaced with long-term contracts. Two of the players whose options weren’t picked up, receiver Sammy Watkins and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, got their contracts on the open market, after becoming free agents. Ditto for tight end Eric Ebron, whose option was exercised but who was cut before the option became fully guaranteed on March 14.

Cornerback Kyle Fuller received a long-term deal after his team declined to pick up the option, applied the transition tag, and matched the offer sheet signed by the Packers.buccaneers_041

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