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The Wolf Sports Newsletter: April 2, 2024

Catching you up with more big NFL news along with the MLB season getting underway and March Madness nearing its end.


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Rest in peace, Vontae Davis


Unfortunately, we start this week with the tragic news that former star cornerback Vontae Davis has passed away at 35. Our thoughts and prayers are with Davis’ family, friends, and former teammates.



Jets acquire Haason Reddick


✈️ A critical offseason for the Jets continued when the team acquired star pass rusher Haason Reddick from the Eagles for a conditional 2025 third-round pick that can become a second-rounder.



Philadelphia fans and talk radio are widely bashing the move considering Reddick, who wanted a new contract, has been highly productive with 27.0 sacks in two seasons with the Eagles. The team made it work with pass rusher Josh Sweat and also signed former Jets edge rusher Bryce Huff—and they have 2023 first-rounder Nolan Smith set to make a leap—but Reddick is obviously a tough loss. For New York, they lost Huff and replace him with Reddick.


Recent signings


The Rams signed former All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White, arguably one of the top free agents available this offseason, to a one-year deal.



The Panthers added veteran pass rusher and former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, who returns home to Carolina while joining his sixth NFL team.


➕ The Chiefs signed veteran quarterback and former No. 2 pick Carson Wentz to back up Patrick Mahomes.


Quickly after the NFL’s new kickoff rule was established, the Steelers added all-time great kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson.


✍️ The Broncos signed veteran receiver Josh Reynolds to a two-year deal.


The Chiefs signed rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit as part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program. He’s a very fast potential weapon for the two-time defending champs.



NFL player news


‍♂️ Police were searching for Chiefs Rashee Rice, who is suspected in a six-vehicle crash in Dallas over the weekend that apparently occurred due to street racing. Rice and others reportedly fled the scene of the incident, but his lawyer now says he will cooperate with the investigation.


Contract extensions: Linebacker Foye Oluokon signed a three-year extension with the Jaguars, the Dolphins signed running back Raheem Mostert to a new two-year contract through the 2025 season, and the Eagles extended safety Reed Blankenship through 2025.


Saints former All-Pro offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk might not be medically cleared to play in 2024 due to his knee issue.



Longtime special teamer Cody Davis has retired from the NFL.



More NFL news


Despite the holiday falling on a Wednesday, the NFL will have a Christmas Day doubleheader this season. Networks will bid on the rights to the games. From a business perspective, the league—which likes to operate around the fall and winter holidays—is wisely taking over Christmas from a television/sports landscape perspective.


Amazon Prime Video will exclusively stream a 2024 NFL postseason game.



The Week 1 Brazil game between the Eagles and an unnamed opponent will stream exclusively on Peacock.



As expected, the NFL officially passed the hybrid kickoff rule change for the 2024 season.



The Cardinals have been ordered to pay former team executive Terry McDonough for “false and defamatory” statements.


HBO’s in-season Hard Knocks will follow an entire division moving forward instead of just one team.



Other Sports Updates


March Madness: The Final Four consists of No. 1 seed UConn, No. 1 seed Purdue, No. 4 seed Alabama, and No. 11 seed NC State.


Boston College, Boston University, Michigan, and Denver made hockey’s Frozen Four.


⚾️ MLB opening weekend included a perfect 4-0 start for the Yankees, who swept the Astros. And yesterday, Ronel Blanco threw a no-hitter for Houston in his eighth career start.



In other MLB news, the Diamondbacks signed pitcher Jordan Montgomery, and the Dodgers signed catcher Will Smith to a ten-year, $140 million extension.


Washington Huskies defensive coordinator Steve Belichick joked about getting a job while his father Bill did not this offseason.



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