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49ers hand Trent Williams’ richest contract ever at OL
UNDATED (AP) – The San Francisco 49ers locked their biggest potential free agent long-term by agreeing to give Trent Williams the richest contract ever for an offensive lineman.
Williams’ agents at Elite Loyalty Sports say the deal will pay Williams $ 138.1 million over the next six years, surpassing the $ 138 million deal David Bakhtiari received from Green Bay last season Has. Williams will also receive the largest signing bonus ever for an offensive lineman at $ 30.1 million, with a $ 55.1 million guarantee.
Williams sat out the entire 2019 Washington season over an argument with the front office before reviving his career in San Francisco and receiving his eighth Pro Bowl selection.
In other NFL news:
– Shaquil Barrett, Lavonte David, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski all live with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barrett signed a four-year $ 72 million contract with a $ 36 million guarantee. Barrett has been one of the league’s top pass rushers for the past two seasons.
– The Washington Football Team dived into the free agent pool and spent a lot of money filling a void at cornerback. The team agreed to sign William Jackson a $ 42 million contract with a $ 26 million guarantee over a three-year period, according to one person with knowledge of the deal. Jackson replaces Ronald Darby, who signed with the Denver Broncos. Washington also signed a reserve, which Lamar Miller returned to a one-year contract.
– The Kansas City Chiefs plan to sign defense attorney Taco Charlton and roll back Darrel Williams to one-year contracts, according to one familiar with the situation. The Chiefs have also advertised wide receiver Byron Pringle and offensive lineman Andrew Wylie.
– A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Rams made a deal that sent seasoned veterans to the Detroit Lions against Michael Brockers.
– A person familiar with the deal says the Las Vegas Raiders struck a one-year contract with free agent recipient John Brown to replace the departing Nelson Agholor.
– A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Patriots have agreed to sign the Ted Karras Free Agent Center on a one-year $ 4 million contract to reunite him with the franchise, in which he began his NFL career.
– Free agent cornerback Justin Coleman has reached a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.
– Offensive Tackle Nate Solder has renegotiated his contract with the New York Giants and will return to the NFL after leaving last season due to family concerns over COVID-19. Solder should make $ 9.9 million this season under his old contract and around $ 4 million this season. The team also said they have signed receiver CJ Board, defensive tackle Austin Johnson and long snapper Casey Kreiter.
– The Atlanta Falcons added a blocking ending to new coach Arthur Smith’s offense. The Hawks acquired veteran Lee Smith from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a seventh round selection in the 2022 NFL draft. Smith, 33, has returned to the Bills for the past two seasons.
– A person with direct knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to sign veteran recipient Emmanuel Sanders pending a physical exam. Sanders turned 34 on Wednesday. The 11-year-old veteran is preparing to join his fourth team in three years.
– The Seattle Seahawks have signed a two-year deal with Poona Ford that completes one of the key elements of their defense. The 25-year-old signed with Seattle in 2018 as an unoccupied free agent. Ford have started 30 of 31 games in the last two seasons.
– A Baltimore Ravens defense attorney was arrested in Northern Virginia after police alleged he tried to break into parked cars. Arlington County Police say Broderick Washington, of Baltimore, has been charged with property destruction, both a criminal offense and a misdemeanor, and tampering with a vehicle. Online court records show he is bailed out and will be charged on March 31st.
Sabers Fire Coach Krueger during a 12 game skid
UNDATED (AP) – The Buffalo Sabers fired coach Ralph Krueger in less than two years of his tenure and with the free-falling team in the middle of a 0-10-2 skid. The Sabers made the move the morning after a 3-2 loss in New Jersey to a Devils team that slipped 11 games home. Assistant coach Don Granato takes over temporarily. General Manager Kevyn Adams hasn’t ruled out further changes, noting that he’s open to “anything and everything” before the April 12th NHL trading deadline.
In other NHL news:
– New York Islanders captain Anders Lee is out for the remainder of the season with a right knee injury that requires surgery to fix a torn ACL later this week. Lee tore himself apart when he tangled up with Pavel Zacha (ZAH’-kah) of New Jersey on March 11 for the trading deadline. Lee was leading New York by 12 goals when injured.
– The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defender Carson Soucy from one game for attacking Arizona Coyotes forward Conor Garland. Soucy received a five-minute major on charges against Garland in the first stage of Minnesota’s 3-0 victory on Tuesday night. Soucy left his feet and made contact with Garland’s head. The league’s player safety department announced the suspension today. Soucy is set to lose nearly $ 24,000 and miss the start of a two-game series in Colorado on Thursday.
AP sources: Heat sends Leonard to Thunder for Ariza
MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Heat has agreed to swap Meyers Leonard and a future election in the second round for Trevor Ariza for Oklahoma Arizon Thunder, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. They told The Associated Press that the teams were working to schedule a trade call with the league that will sign all deals, but said Leonard, who had to sign the deal because of his contract status, did so.
The Thunder is not expected to keep Leonard, who is unable to play for the remainder of this season due to a shoulder injury and has a team option for about $ 10.2 million next season.
Leonard was more than a week away from the heat after a video with an anti-Semitic bow surfaced where he live streamed a video game. He apologized for the incident, which was heavily criticized by the heat, Jewish groups and NBA commissioner Adam Silver. He fined Leonard $ 50,000 and banned him from being in the heat for a week.
In other NBA news:
– Former NBA player Shawn Bradley announced that he was paralyzed when he was hit by a vehicle from behind while riding a bicycle near his home in Utah. Bradley said in a statement almost two months after the accident that he wanted to raise awareness about the safety of bicycles. The incident with the 48-year-old occurred in January in St. George, Utah. The 7-foot-6 Bradley was number 2 in the 1993 Philadelphia draft. The former BYU star spent most of his 12-year career at Dallas.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS
Runaway Cavs hoping to attend the NCAA party in Indiana
UNDATED (AP) – The last team to cut the nets as Division I national basketball champions are preparing for this year’s NCAA tournament like no other. Virginia is the only team not yet in Indianapolis, home of this year’s tournament, as they abandoned last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament due to a positive COVID test.
Guard Sam Hauser says preparing the team included custom workouts and conditioning sessions, as well as zoom strategy calls. As long as their tests continue positive, the Cavaliers will train at home on Friday before heading to Indianapolis on Saturday night to play Ohio.
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Dick Hoyt, who bumped his son in several Boston marathons, dies
BOSTON (AP) – Dick Hoyt, who inspired thousands of runners, fathers and disabled athletes by pushing his son Rick in a wheelchair at dozen of Boston marathons and hundreds of other races, has died. He was 80 years old.
The Boston Athletic Association, which runs the marathon, announced Hoyt’s death and called him a legend.
Hoyt pushed his son, who is paraplegic and cerebral palsy, for the first time at the 1980 Boston Marathon. Dick and Rick together completed 32 Boston marathons until Dick retired in 2014 citing health issues.
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