It was a good day. We finally had a jam-packed day of sports news. Football owned the day with the start of the open negotiating period in which NFL teams can talk with free agents. Baseball is still trying to figure out how to handle spring training with things shut down. And there was a lot more where that came from.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
– The Chiefs placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on DT Chris Jones.
– The Chiefs picked up the options on RB Damien Williams and LB Damien Wilson. Williams will make $2.3 million in 2020.
– The Chiefs tendered a qualifying offer to exclusive rights free agents G Andrew Wylie and TE Deon Yelder.
– The Chiefs did not pick up the option on OL Cam Erving. He becomes an unrestricted free agent.
– The Chiefs re-signed QB Chad Henne to a two-year contract.
– The Royals still have 20-22 players from the major league roster still working out at the spring training facility. Dayton Moore and assistant general manager JJ Picollo are still in Arizona. The rest of the baseball operations staff were sent home.
– The spring training facility will remain open for players on the 40-man roster and international players who cannot travel home.
Kansas was voted #1 in the final coaches poll of the season. The Jayhawks finished ahead of Gonzaga, Dayton, Baylor and Florida State. Kansas received 29 of the 32 first place votes. Gonzaga received the other three. Bill Self said that he would be open to using a method other than the NCAA tournament to declare a national champion this season.
Kansas State Football named Steve Stanard its new linebackers coach. Stanard replaces Scottie Hazelton who left to take the defensive coordinator job with Michigan State.
– The Houston Texans traded WR DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth round pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for RB David Johnson and a second round pick this year and a fourth round pick next year.
– The Indianapolis Colts traded their 2020 first round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for DT DeForest Buckner. The Colts then signed Buckner to a contract worth $21 million per season.
– The Minnesota Vikings traded WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 first round, fifth round, sixth round and a 2021 fourth round draft pick.
– The Baltimore Ravens traded TE Hayden Hurst and a 2030 fourth round pick to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for 2020 second and fifth round picks.
– The NFL said today that because of the current situation the country is in, teams may not travel to or bring in any free agent. Players can get a physical exam from a neutral doctor prior to signing a free agent deal.
– The NFL said Monday that offseason team activities will be delayed indefinitely.
– The NFL draft will take place April 23-25 as scheduled but without public events.
– The open negotiating window started Monday at 11am. Teams can talk with agents and agree on contracts but cannot sign until free agency starts Wednesday at 3pm.
– Major League Baseball is temporarily prohibiting all scouting activity without exception. The amateur draft is still scheduled for June 10-12 as of now.
– Major League Baseball acknowledged that the season will not begin on April 9. That’s the day MLB initially pushed the season back to because of the Wuhan Chinese coronavirus. MLB will play as many games as possible when the season is able to start. The CDC recommended limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people for the next eight weeks starting on Sunday, March 15. The eight weeks would end in Sunday, May 10. If spring training is able to resume on May 11, players could take three weeks to prepare and still start the season on June 1.
– The MSHSAA cancelled the remainder of the Missouri state high school basketball championships.
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