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New York Jets general manager John Idzik and Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik continue to discuss a trade involving All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis and a very interesting name has surfaced in those talks.
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, the two sides have discussed the possibility of including quarterback Mark Sanchez in a trade centered around Revis.
Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has not been shy about his desire to increase the competition at the quarterback position this offseason, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Apparently, Schiano is not sold on Josh Freeman, who was selected 12 spots behind Sanchez in the 2009 draft and is coming off a season where he established career-highs for passing yards (4,065) and passing touchdowns (27).
Meanwhile, Sanchez is clearly not the franchise quarterback the Jets thought he would be when they traded up to the No. 5 spot in the 2009 NFL draft to select him coming out of USC. Sanchez may have been the starting quarterback of a team that went to the playoffs his first two seasons in the NFL, but his production plummeted in 2012 as he completed just 54.3 percent of his pass attempts for 2,883 yards with 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Sanchez also lost eight fumbles was benched in favor of 2011 seventh-round pick Greg McElroy late in the season.
If it weren’t for the $ 8.25 million in fully guaranteed base salary that Sanchez is due in 2013, he likely would have been released this offseason.
According to NFLPA records, the Buccaneers have $ 32.844 million in available cap space, which is the second-highest amount in the league and more than enough to take on $ 8.75 million for Sanchez, who has a $ 500,000 offseason workout bonus in addition to his enormous base salary. However, the Buccaneers have been a budget-conscious team in recent seasons — Tampa Bay is the only NFL team to not issue a signing bonus this offseason — and spending nearly $ 9 million for one season of a backup quarterback would be a peculiar use of their cash and cap space, both of which would be better spent on a new contract for Revis or rolled over in 2014 (and future seasons).
The only way acquiring Sanchez makes sense for the Buccaneers would be if taking on that salary somehow lowered the Jets’ asking price for Revis, which appears unlikely. The Jets are holding firm on their demands for the No. 13 overall pick, which for them, is a far more suitable return for a premier asset like Revis.
No one disputes that the Wii is old, but old enough to retire? It seems so, at least in the case of a number of its internet services, which Nintendo has scheduled for closure on June 28th. An End of Life notice to Japanese customers reveals that a total of six channels will be put out to pasture, including News and Weather, as will the the ability for Wii Friends to exchange data over Wii Connect24. It’s not clear whether these terminations will apply globally, and in any case Nintendo explicitly says that other key services will continue for the time being, such as the Wii Shop Channel. Nevertheless, the latest iteration of the Wii — the Wii Mini — wasn’t able to connect to any internet services from the outset, so it certainly seems like the game company wants to shift its focus to the future — and maybe that isn’t such a bad idea. The source link has further details along with the obligatory “sorry to everyone” message.
Source: Nintendo (Japanese)
As is usually the case, there’s always a ton of bogus Super Bowl jerseys floating around when the game comes near.
It’s unusual when someone gets caught in the act of trying to ship them.
That’s what happened in two Ohio airports, as Federal customs officials say they took in $ 3.4 million in counterfeit goods, including Super Bowl jerseys.
The goods were seized over the last 9 days by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. They were taken in at the DHL hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the UPS hub at Louisville International Airport.
A Customs spokeswoman says most of the items were jerseys but the fake goods included other clothing and consumer electronics.
So if your waiting for that fake Super Bowl Ravens jersey of Ray Lewis, don’t hold your breath.
Automakers from around the globe are gearing up for the Geneva Motor Show next month, and Toyota is giving us a couple teasers of what will be in its display. In addition to what appears to be a single-seat concept called the i-Road (shown at right), Toyota will also give us our first look at a droptop Scion FR-S courtesy of the FT-86 Open Concept.
All we have to go on right now is this sketch shown above, but we do see that this car will retain its rear seats, which could be a potential advantage over one of its key rivals, the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Toyota says that this concept will be used to gauge public interest in such a convertible, but we’ve already heard that a Scion convertible is already planned to go on sale as soon as early next year. As far as Toyota’s other concept, there also isn’t much information about the i-Road except that it will be a zero-emissions vehicle and it will have seating for two passengers, which based on the drawing will have the driver sitting in front of the passenger.
Toyota will also show off the European version of the new RAV4 as well as its new Auris Touring Sports, which it refers to as a “medium-size estate.” Scroll down for Toyota’s tease of a press release.
Just when we start to think we know everything there is to know about BlackBerry 10, new details leak. Mobile blog The Gadget Masters on Friday published a video revealing the new BlackBerry 10 camera software included on a pre-release version of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. While the software on this prototype phone likely isn’t final, several new features that will be included in RIM’s (RIMM) new BlackBerry 10 camera software are displayed in the video. Among the highlights is a built-in photo editor that includes cropping, rotation and Instagram-like photo filters. The full video follows below.
When AT&T (T) announced earlier this year that it would support FaceTime video calling on Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone over cellular data connections only for those customers who switched to new shared data plans, people were not happy. The backlash came fast and furious, and some advocacy groups questioned whether or not the new policy was legal. AT&T eventually buckled under the pressure and said users with any tiered data plan and an LTE-enabled device would be able to use FaceTime over cellular. The move was seen as a big step in the right direction, but AT&T confirmed that the many iPhone users with grandfathered unlimited data plans still would not be able to make FaceTime calls over cellular connections. As it turns out, however, AT&T may have quietly reversed that decision as well.
MacRumors reports that a number of AT&T subscribers with unlimited data plans are claiming FaceTime has been enabled on their iPhones. The users stated on forums and social networks including Twitter and Facebook that FaceTime over cellular was enabled without warning on Tuesday night.
BGR has confirmed on two iPhone 5 handsets tied to unlimited data plans that FaceTime has indeed been enabled. After rebooting the iPhones Wednesday morning, Use Cellular Data for FaceTime was activated and a test call connected successfully over AT&T’s LTE network. BGR has also learned that some iPhone 4S handsets have FaceTime over cellular enabled despite not being compatible with AT&T’s LTE network.
To check if FaceTime over cellular was activated on your handset, reboot and then browse to Settings > General > Cellular. Scroll down to see if the FaceTime toggle is now on — if it is, FaceTime will now work over cellular data connections.
As for what happens to subscribers who switched off of unlimited data plans or other less expensive options in order to have access to FaceTime over cellular networks, it remains unclear if the carrier will allow users to switch back.
An AT&T spokesperson did not immediately have a comment available.
While most of its competitors have already showed off scores of concept cars headed to the 2012 SEMA Show, all we’ve seen from Toyota so far is the Sequoia Family Dragster. With less than a week to go until the show, Toyota has let its floodgates open showing off three concepts using the redesigned Avalon, a TRD version of the FJ Cruiser and a mean-looking, off-road Tundra.
Showing off its much shapelier new design, the 2013 Avalon will have no fewer than three show cars on display including a sporty TRD model, a tricked-out DUB edition and even a flashy version of the Avalon Hybrid. The car should look right at home at the Vegas show – it has been stripped off all its chrome and given a sinister-looking black paint job including matte black 22-inch wheels. Between these wheels and the lowered suspension, the DUB Avalon has what appears to be mere millimeters of clearance for that perfect slammed show-car stance. The hybrid Avalon HV Edition (shown above) is meant to show that hybrid vehicles don’t have to look boring, while the TRD Edition ups the Avalon’s performance with a supercharger to go with upgraded brakes, suspension and styling.
As you may remember, back in late August, Autoblog broke the news that Toyota is seriously considering a sporty Avalon. At the time, our company sources told us that the SEMA showcars could serve as an indicator of where Toyota may be heading with a production performance Avalon, so be sure to take a closer look.
Speaking of TRD, Toyota has used the same recipe for its TRD TX Baja Series Limited Edition and applied it to the FJ Cruiser. The result is the FJ-S Cruiser which uses some of the same equipment as the Tacoma such as the Bilstein race shocks, cat-back exhaust and beadlock wheels. The FJ-S also drops a TRD supercharger onto the V6 engine, improving output to 345 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque.
On the opposite extreme as the Sequoia Family Dragster, the Ultimate Fishing Tundra is a jacked-up off-road behemoth designed by pro angler Britt Myers. Starting off with a 12-inch lift and 38-inch mud tires, the Tundra CrewMax should be quite imposing in person, and inside, the interior has been customized with a massive video monitor and even bucket seats for the rear passengers. This truck has been designed to be the ultimate tackle box, with a slide-out storage system for all the gear an angler needs… including a refrigerator for cold beverages.