Baker Sports Management http://www.bakersports.com NFL Agent Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:32:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Will Svitek Addresses NFL Symposium http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/will-svitek-addresses-nfl-symposium/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/will-svitek-addresses-nfl-symposium/#respond Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:22:47 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=610 Will Svitek Addresses NFL Symposium

Will Svitek addresses incoming rookies at the NFL Symposium on the importance of planning for life after football during a player’s NFL career.

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Will Svitek addresses incoming rookies at the NFL Symposium on the importance of planning for life after football during a player’s NFL career.

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Johnson Bademosi a guest at the 2014 NFLPA Licensing Expo http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/johnson-bademosi-a-guest-at-the-2014-nflpa-licensing-expo/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/johnson-bademosi-a-guest-at-the-2014-nflpa-licensing-expo/#respond Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:12:57 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=473 NFLPI Adds Penguin Young Readers Group and Funko LAS VEGAS, June 19, 2014 – NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFL Players Association, announced today a pair of new licensing agreements with Penguin Young Readers Group and Funko, LLC. The latest news was announced from Licensing Expo 2014 in Las Vegas. Penguin Young Readers Group, a global leader in children’s publishing, will create a series of amusing and entertaining NFL player inspired Mad Libs, chapter books, activity books and journals for children of all ages to enjoy. The agreement represents NFLPI’s first licensee in the children’s publishing category. Funko, recognized for its popular lines of fan collectibles, will feature active NFL players as part of the company’s officially licensed Pop! Vinyl figures and bobbleheads. PYRG pic2PenguinYoungReader_HP]]> NFLPI Adds Penguin Young Readers Group and Funko

LAS VEGAS, June 19, 2014 – NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFL Players Association, announced today a pair of new licensing agreements with Penguin Young Readers Group and Funko, LLC. The latest news was announced from Licensing Expo 2014 in Las Vegas.


Penguin Young Readers Group, a global leader in children’s publishing, will create a series of amusing and entertaining NFL player inspired Mad Libs, chapter books, activity books and journals for children of all ages to enjoy. The agreement represents NFLPI’s first licensee in the children’s publishing category.
Funko, recognized for its popular lines of fan collectibles, will feature active NFL players as part of the company’s officially licensed Pop! Vinyl figures and bobbleheads.

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Bengals Sign Will Svitek http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/bengals-sign-will-svitek/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/bengals-sign-will-svitek/#respond Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:15:58 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=495 Will SvitekNBC Sports ProFootballTalk The Bengals have added a bit more depth on the offensive line. The team announced Wednesday that they have signed veteran tackle Will Svitek as a free agent. Svitek spent the 2013 season with the Patriots, playing 13 games and making a pair of starts during his one year in New England. He spent the previous three years with the Falcons, making 10 starts in 2011, and started his career with the Chiefs. Svitek’s addition gives the Bengals an alternative to Marshall Newhouse as the team’s backup to starting tackles Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith. Svitek also saw some time at guard for the Patriots in the preseason last year, adding some versatility that could help him make the team. The Bengals also announced the signing of cornerback Victor Hampton. They have released cornerback Brandon Burton and linebacker Bruce Taylor to make space on the roster.]]> Will SvitekNBC Sports ProFootballTalk

The Bengals have added a bit more depth on the offensive line.

The team announced Wednesday that they have signed veteran tackle Will Svitek as a free agent. Svitek spent the 2013 season with the Patriots, playing 13 games and making a pair of starts during his one year in New England. He spent the previous three years with the Falcons, making 10 starts in 2011, and started his career with the Chiefs.

Svitek’s addition gives the Bengals an alternative to Marshall Newhouse as the team’s backup to starting tackles Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith. Svitek also saw some time at guard for the Patriots in the preseason last year, adding some versatility that could help him make the team.

The Bengals also announced the signing of cornerback Victor Hampton. They have released cornerback Brandon Burton and linebacker Bruce Taylor to make space on the roster.

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Video: Shayne Skov Remembers His Roots in Mexico http://www.bakersports.com/articles/shayne-skov/shayne-skov-remembers-his-roots-in-mexico/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/shayne-skov/shayne-skov-remembers-his-roots-in-mexico/#respond Tue, 20 May 2014 19:52:38 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=507
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Shayne Skov 2013 All-American http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/shayne-skov/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/shayne-skov/#respond Tue, 20 May 2014 07:00:11 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=162 Shayne Skov Cover

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Videos: Shayne February 2014 ESPN Deportes Super Bowl Interviews

Sports Business Journal Skov Card

Shayne’s New Upper Deck “Star Rookie” Card

Stanford Video Interview

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Video: Shayne Skov – “Harder Than You Think” http://www.bakersports.com/articles/shayne-skov/shayne-skov-harder-than-you-think/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/shayne-skov/shayne-skov-harder-than-you-think/#respond Mon, 12 May 2014 05:52:34 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=420 ]]>

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Browns sign Jim Dray to three-year deal http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/browns-sign-jim-dray-to-three-year-deal/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/browns-sign-jim-dray-to-three-year-deal/#respond Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:47:43 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=447 13f808e1a32ae55aea4a1d66cc97ff8b ProFootballTalk Posted by Josh Alper on March 13, 2014, 2:57 PM EDTThe Browns saw Jordan Cameron put together a strong season as a receiving tight end in 2013 and they went out and got him a blocking-focused complement on Thursday. The team announced that they have signed former Cardinals tight end Jim Dray. The team announced no terms, but PFT has learned via a league source that it is a three-year deal worth $5.625 million in total value. $2.25 million of that is guaranteed and will all be paid in the first year of the pact.Dray was mostly used as a blocker during his four years with Arizona, but did a bit more pass catching in 2013. After catching seven passes over his first three seasons, Dray jumped up to 26 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns.With Cameron already on the roster, the Browns probably won’t be looking for anything more than that out of Dray in the passing game as long as he helps clear holes in the run game and keeps pass rushers off the quarterback. Now the Browns just need to lock down the identity of the back who will be running through those holes and the quarterback that Dray will help protect. ]]> 13f808e1a32ae55aea4a1d66cc97ff8b
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Posted by Josh Alper on March 13, 2014, 2:57 PM EDTThe Browns saw Jordan Cameron put together a strong season as a receiving tight end in 2013 and they went out and got him a blocking-focused complement on Thursday.
The team announced that they have signed former Cardinals tight end Jim Dray. The team announced no terms, but PFT has learned via a league source that it is a three-year deal worth $5.625 million in total value. $2.25 million of that is guaranteed and will all be paid in the first year of the pact.Dray was mostly used as a blocker during his four years with Arizona, but did a bit more pass catching in 2013. After catching seven passes over his first three seasons, Dray jumped up to 26 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns.With Cameron already on the roster, the Browns probably won’t be looking for anything more than that out of Dray in the passing game as long as he helps clear holes in the run game and keeps pass rushers off the quarterback. Now the Browns just need to lock down the identity of the back who will be running through those holes and the quarterback that Dray will help protect.

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Tight End Jim Dray Signs Three-Year Deal http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/tight-end-jim-dray-signs-three-year-deal/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/tight-end-jim-dray-signs-three-year-deal/#respond Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:44:23 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=517 Akron Beacon Journal Passing reigns in today’s NFL, so many tight ends resist the “blocker” label. The Browns found one who actually seems to embrace it. They signed former Arizona Cardinals tight end Jim Dray as an unrestricted free agent Thursday, the team announced. A league source, speaking on condition of anonymity because terms of the deal were not announced, confirmed that Dray received a three-year, $5.625 million contract. Asked during a conference call whether he feels like he’s been unfairly labeled as a blocking tight end, Dray said, “Not really. I enjoy blocking. That’s traditionally what the tight ends are used for. I can also catch balls when they are thrown to me. It doesn’t bother me. “I like to think that I could execute every kind of block, out of the backfield, on line, on-line pass blocking, picking up blitzes, lead blocking, iso blocks.” His agent, Steve Baker, is quick to mention blocking, too. “The Browns as well as a number of a other teams were very aggressive over the weekend about wanting to sign him,” Baker said in a phone interview. “Jim is very much a multi-dimensional player in that he can play both tight end and H-back. While a number of people around the league have told me that he’s like having a sixth offensive lineman, he also has great hands.” Dray, 27, spent the past four seasons with the Cardinals. Last season, he started 15 games and had career highs with 26 catches, 215 receiving yards and two touchdowns. “I was given an opportunity to play quite a bit, when I hadn’t the other seasons,” Dray said. “I was able to catch a few balls and make some catches and play consistently, so that’s why I think it was my best season.” “I feel like I’m just scratching the surface, and I think I can do more,” Dray said. “You always have confidence in yourself that you can get the job done.” In 2010, the Cardinals drafted the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Dray in the seventh round out of Stanford University. He has started 18 of the 55 games in which he has appeared, compiling 33 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Dray will join a tight ends corps led by Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron. The Browns also have Gary Barnidge, who served as Cameron’s primary backup last season, MarQueis Gray, Keavon Milton and Andre Smith on the roster. The Browns obviously won’t keep six tight ends heading into next season. Dray is not fazed by the numbers game, and he shouldn’t be. He believes new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan makes good use of tight ends, and that he’ll be a good fit in the system. The Browns agree, and they hope they’re right.]]> From article in Akron Beacon Journal

Passing reigns in today’s NFL, so many tight ends resist the “blocker” label. The Browns found one who actually seems to embrace it.

They signed former Arizona Cardinals tight end Jim Dray as an unrestricted free agent Thursday, the team announced. A league source, speaking on condition of anonymity because terms of the deal were not announced, confirmed that Dray received a three-year, $5.625 million contract.

Asked during a conference call whether he feels like he’s been unfairly labeled as a blocking tight end, Dray said, “Not really. I enjoy blocking. That’s traditionally what the tight ends are used for. I can also catch balls when they are thrown to me. It doesn’t bother me.

“I like to think that I could execute every kind of block, out of the backfield, on line, on-line pass blocking, picking up blitzes, lead blocking, iso blocks.”

His agent, Steve Baker, is quick to mention blocking, too.

“The Browns as well as a number of a other teams were very aggressive over the weekend about wanting to sign him,” Baker said in a phone interview. “Jim is very much a multi-dimensional player in that he can play both tight end and H-back. While a number of people around the league have told me that he’s like having a sixth offensive lineman, he also has great hands.”

Dray, 27, spent the past four seasons with the Cardinals. Last season, he started 15 games and had career highs with 26 catches, 215 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

“I was given an opportunity to play quite a bit, when I hadn’t the other seasons,” Dray said. “I was able to catch a few balls and make some catches and play consistently, so that’s why I think it was my best season.”

“I feel like I’m just scratching the surface, and I think I can do more,” Dray said. “You always have confidence in yourself that you can get the job done.”

In 2010, the Cardinals drafted the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Dray in the seventh round out of Stanford University. He has started 18 of the 55 games in which he has appeared, compiling 33 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns.

Dray will join a tight ends corps led by Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron. The Browns also have Gary Barnidge, who served as Cameron’s primary backup last season, MarQueis Gray, Keavon Milton and Andre Smith on the roster.

The Browns obviously won’t keep six tight ends heading into next season. Dray is not fazed by the numbers game, and he shouldn’t be. He believes new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan makes good use of tight ends, and that he’ll be a good fit in the system. The Browns agree, and they hope they’re right.

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Upper Deck Football Card Celebrates Shayne Skov’s Mexican Heritage http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/shayne-skovs-2014-upper-deck-football-card/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/shayne-skovs-2014-upper-deck-football-card/#respond Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:00:16 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=279 Shayne Skov Trading Card

Upper Deck has decided to print all the text on Shayne Skov’s rookie card in Spanish not only to celebrate his Mexican heritage, but to make a collectible available that will appeal to his Mexican fan base both here in the U.S.A. and in Mexico.

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By Chris Carlin

Reprinted from Upper Deck Blog.

Shayne Skov Trading CardBrothers Patrick and Shayne Skov learned to play football in Guadalajara, Mexico of all places. They actually played with a local team called the Carneros (Rams) when they were growing up there before coming to the United States. Shayne ultimately attended Stanford and was able to have a memorable career with the Cardinal and now he spends his time preparing to enter the NFL Draft. And even though he spent most of his life in the United States, Mexico is still very important to him.

“Certain places make you who you are,” said Shayne Skov. “There is no way I can deny that part of my life.”

In working with Shayne and his team, Upper Deck wanted to look to do something different with his Star Rookie card set to release in mid-April found in 2014 Upper Deck Football. No, he will not be featured as a “fútbol” player on the card as it is fútbol americano Skov has come to love. Instead Upper Deck has decided to print all the text on Skov’s rookie card in Spanish not only to celebrate his Mexican heritage, but to make a collectible available that will appeal to his Mexican fan base both here in the U.S.A. and in Mexico.

American collectors will likely give the card a double take when they examine it fresh from a pack of 2014 Upper Deck Football, maybe even wondering if it is some type of error card. It is our hope that it will encourage them to go online and find out more about Shayne’s unique upbringing that will make him a dynamic athlete at the next level with all of Mexico behind him.

Below is an advance look at the card back of Shayne Skov’s 2014 Upper Deck “Star Rookie” card:

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A young fan holds a mock up of Skov’s 2014 Upper Deck Rookie card as Shayne is interviewed by ESPN in the background.

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Alex Debniak Visits Family House for Valentine’s Day http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/alex-debniak-visits-family-house-for-valentines-day/ http://www.bakersports.com/articles/news/alex-debniak-visits-family-house-for-valentines-day/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:57:48 +0000 http://www.bakersports.com/?p=520 tumblr_n198uqptuM1ql0js2o9_1280Valentine’s Day party at Family House! Visit from 49’er Alex Debniak, a Family Dinner prepared by the Giving Tree Meetup Group, and arts & crafts care of HearSay Social. Thank you all for making the day wonderful for Family House kids!

See photos from the event here.

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tumblr_n198uqptuM1ql0js2o9_1280Valentine’s Day party at Family House! Visit from 49’er Alex Debniak, a Family Dinner prepared by the Giving Tree Meetup Group, and arts & crafts care of HearSay Social. Thank you all for making the day wonderful for Family House kids!

See photos from the event here.

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