Hacksaw’s Headlines–Monday

Posted by on March 30th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 


(Free Agency)…10-Signings on Weekend…Total (200-signings-13-trades)

Chargers..Sign FA-KR-Darius Jennings-ex Titans (27.7YPR)
Chargers..Report viewing private workout video FA-QB-Cam Newton
Chargers..RB-Austin Ekeler strong vote of confidence to QB-Tyrod Taylor…”Super freak…super smart…super dedicated…super athlete”

Rams..Re-sign FA-DT-Michael Brockers-failed Baltimore physical
Rams..Lose FG-K-Greg Zeurlein-signs with Dallas Cowboys


(Roster Moves)

Ravens..Sign FA-DE-Derek Wolfe-ex Broncos
Lions..Sign FA-LB-Reggie Raglund-ex Chiefs..
Lions..Sign FA-LB-Elijah Lee-ex 49ers
Lions..Sign FA-WR-Geronimo Allison-ex Packers
Redskins..Sign FA-CB-Ron Darby-ex Eagles
Giants..Sign FA-TE-Eric Tomlinson-ex Jets

Raiders..Sign FA-DT-Daniel Ross-ex Cowboys
Atlanta..Sign FA-LB-Edmund Robinson-XFL-Houston

Bengals..Open talks with XFL-WR-Cam Phillips-Houston..( 31R-455Y-9TD)

Seattle..Open talks with FA-DE-Michael Bennett-ex Patriots
49ers..Put RB-Matt Brieda-WR-Marquis Goodwin on trade block
Jets..Release S-Marquis Christian..CB-Daryl Roberts
Jacksonville..Release CB-Darqueze Dennard


(NFL Notes)

NFL..Owners to vote this week on expanding playoffs for 2020 season..adding 1-wildcard team in each conference….1-bye in AFC and NFC…Other 3-divisional winners will play the 3-wildcard teams in each conference.

NFL..Announces the league, teams, Union, individual players have contributed a combed 35M to Covid-19 research

Jacksonville…Jaguars former tackle-CBS broadcaster Tony Boselli-in ICU with virus complications
New Orleans..Father of Saints former QB-Bobby Hebert-passes from virus (81)
Denver..Former WR-Orlando McDaniels passes from virus (59Y)

New Orleans..Accolades to Drew Brees-5M contribution to that city
Las Vegas..QB-Marcus Mariota to buy 30,000 meals for school children in Hawaii.
Cleveland..DE-Myles Garrett donates 24,000 lbs of food to Food Bank
Arizona..WR-DeAndre Hopkins donates  (150,000) to Arizona food Bank.
Houston..QB-Deshaun Watson caters breakfasts and lunches for workers in Houston hospitals.

Denver..RB-Melvin Gordon admits he made mistake holding out last season with Chargers-missed 6-games…Critical of LA situation…’Never had home games in LA’.

Carolina…QB-Cam Newton and Chargers QB-Tyrod Taylor working out together.


(College Football)

Alabama…Cancel Tua Tagovailoa ‘Pro Day’ scheduled for April 9th….is working out on own…Agent providing workout videos to NFL teams….

Mississippi State….Lands transfer QB-Alan Walters-Vanderbilt…after getting Stanford transfer QB-KJ Costello.

Indians..Lands transfer DE-Jovan Swann-ex Stanford.

NCAA…Floats idea of moving up college football season with games in July-August-September…to play in ‘hot weather’ when virus threat is shutdown…Big 10-Conference ADs say they would never vote for that.




MLB-Union reach agreement on plans for 2020 season:

..Hope to play 140G-schedule-June into October
..Hope to play doubleheaders on Sunday-possible 7-inning games
..Will consider games in neutral sights
..Will not play games in empty stadiums

..Will consider playoff games in November in warm weather cities-domes-neutral sights.
..Approve expansion of playoffs this fall adding wildcard teams in AL-NL..1-Division winner gets bye..other 3-division winners play 3-wildcard teams…3-division winners will pick wildcard team they want to play…3-division winners will host all 3-wildcard games

..Draft cut to 5-rounds-will be moved from June till late summer
..Signing bonuses cut to 100,000…paid in 3-installments
..Undrafted players have max bonus 20,000
..International signing date moved from July 2nd to January 15th
..Draft pool money remains the same
..International slot pool remains the same

..Luxury Tax threshold remains the same for 2020
..Players salaries will be pro-rated based on number games played
..Players cannot file grievance over lost money due to shutdown
..Free agency-Players on 40Man Roster and DL get full year service time
..Payroll..MLB gives teams total 170M for players on 40-man roster and DL to be distributed till season starts
..Minor League players-given cost of living stipend thru April 9th

..Opening day rosters expand to 29-players for first month of season
..Teams to pay travel costs all players when camps reopen
..Hope to release newly revised schedule-April 11th with June 1st target date to start season.

..MLB teams will pay full salaries of all employees thru April.

Union…President Tony Clark says players willing to make the 2020 season a ‘laboratory’ experiment in games.



Padres…Owner Ron Fowler holds 30-minute conference call on Friday with employees and stadium workers.  Informs them they will be paid in full thru the last day of April.  Says decisions will be made in April on workers status, and layoff notices may be given in mid-April if it appears baseball is not ready to restart in May….Fowler told employees ‘Petco Park’ cannot function as a business entity indefinitely if there are no events-income’.
Padres…Release veteran SS-Gord Beckham
Padres…Option P-Gerrardo Reyes to AAA-El Paso

Brewers..Option P-Eric Yardley
Boston..Option P-Colton Brewer
Arizona..Option 1B-Kevin Cron
Phillies..Option OF-Nick Williams
Cardinals..Option P-Alex Reyes
Indians..Option OF-Brad Zimmer..P-Zach Plesac
Tampa Bay..Option P-Brendan McKay
Washington..Option P-Eric Fedde
Mets..Option P-Daniel Zamora
White Sox..Option P-Mike Kopech
Angels..Option P-Ryan Buchter-Taylor Cole



NYKnicks…Owner James Dolan tests positive for Virus-quarantined at home in Hamptons on Long Island.

Clippers..Owner Steve Bollmer donates 25M to Corono research
Utah..F-Rudy Gobert..G-Donovan Mitchell-cleared from quarantine

Knicks..Donate 3M-to relief fund to pay Madison Square Garden workers

NBA…considering starting season with “Play in Tourney” for bottom standing teams to qualify for playoffs…Tourney would be held in Las Vegas.

NCAA………Because of cancellation of March Madness…revenue sharing checks for each Division 1-school drastically cut…..Instead of paying out 600M-teams get 225M….Division II schools pie from 53M-to 13.9M…..Division III allotment goes from 35M-to-10M…..San Diego State will get 800,000 less in NCAA monies this year.

Alabama…Power F-Herbert Jones-files for daft (7P-6R)
Arizona..F-Zeke Nnai-files for draft… (6’11)..(16PPG)
DePaul..F-Paul Reed files for draft..(6’9)..(15PPG)

OJ Mayo…Former NBA veteran signs to play for Lisoning in Chinese League..Joins G-Lance Stephenson.



Humboldt Broncos…Paralyzed player Ryan Strashnitzki files (13.5M) lawsuit against Bus Company, Truck Company, driver of bus and truck, and province of Saskatchewan…for negligence in bus crash two years ago that killed 16-players and coaches on road trip in bus-truck crash in rural province during playoff trip…..Go Fund Me campaign started by NHL players raised 15M for families of deceased.

St Louis-Ottawa….Broadcaster John Kelly-Blues…Gord Wilson-Senators…both test positive for virus-now in quarantine.

Ducks..Sign #1-draft pick Trevor Zigras..had 36-points in 33-games for Boston University.
Ducks..Sign F-Jack Badini-Harvard
Ducks..Sign D-Hunter Drew-played for Gulls-Tulsas

Toronto..Offers contract to Alex Barabanov-scored (62G) in KHL-St Petersburgh-Russia

Flyers..Sign F-Wade Allison-Western Michigan
Blues..Sign F-Scot Perunovich-Minnesota Duluth

Edmonton..Tell #1 pick Philip Broberg to remain in Sweden next year..scored just 1-goal this past season.



France…Michel Hidalgo-former coach French World Cup team-Euro championship team passes away (84Y)

Sheffield United…8-players from EPL team test positive virus

Davis Love III….Home on St. Simon Island, Georgia burns to ground on Friday morning at 5am…7M-home destroyed…Family escaped

Jimmie Johnson…Negotiating drive in Indy Car Grand Prix on July 4th weekend.

Tokyo Olympics…IOC reschedules it for July 21st, 2021.

US Open…PGA-USGA considering cancelling tourney at Winged Foot in New York on June 23rd…move to later date.


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