Posts Tagged ‘Contract Signing’

Gareth Bale is taking his talents to Hollywood.

The Welsh superstar has agreed to join Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC on a one-year contract, reports David Ornstein of The Athletic.

The agreement includes an option to extend the 33-year-old’s stay a further 18 months.

Bale became a free agent after ending his nine-year spell at Real Madrid, where he scored 106 goals in 256 appearances. He moved to Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then-world-record fee of £85 million.

Bale was previously linked with a move back to Spurs and hometown club Cardiff City in recent weeks, as well as Spanish side Getafe, whose president said that Bale was “offered” to the Spanish club earlier this month.

It’s understood that LAFC won’t have to use a Designated Player spot on Bale, with Tom Bogert of Major League Soccer reporting that the American club will instead use Targeted Allocation Money to complete the deal.

Additionally, Carlos Vela will reportedly commit to staying in Los Angeles as a Designated Player. The Mexican forward is expected to extend his stay with a one-year contract, according to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman.

The reported agreement with Bale comes weeks after LAFC completed a deal to sign Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Both players could be eligible to make their respective debuts for the Western Conference-leading club when LAFC take on city rivals Los Angeles Galaxy on July 8, Bogert adds.

The New York Yankees avoided an arbitration hearing with star outfielder Aaron Judge after the two sides settled on a $19-million salary plus incentives for the 2022 season, a source told’s Mark Feinsand.

Judge can earn $250,000 for a first-place MVP finish and another $250,000 for winning World Series MVP, Feinsand reports.

The Yankees initially offered $17 million, with Judge countering at $21 million. The two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term extension before the season after the latter rejected a seven-year $213.5-million offer.

Judge is authoring a terrific campaign so far, helping the Yankees to baseball’s best record. The three-time All-Star leads MLB with 27 home runs while appearing in 68 of 70 games this season.

The 30-year-old is set to arguably become the most coveted free agent following this season. Despite an uncertain future, the slugger remains most focused on helping the Yankees win a championship for the first time since 2009.

“I’m not really motivated by that kind of stuff,” Judge said earlier this week, according to’s Bryan Hoch.

“I’m more motivated by the type of team we’ve got, the special talent we have here, and the opportunity we have ahead of us. I try to just keep focusing on that, and it makes it pretty easy to block this other stuff with the business side out.”

Patrice Bergeron isn’t going anywhere.

The Boston Bruins captain has decided to re-up with the club and is expected to sign a one-year contract, reports the Worcester Telegram and Gazette’s Joe McDonald.

Bergeron would’ve been one of the most coveted players on the market had he decided to test it this summer as an unrestricted free agent. The veteran center, who’ll turn 37 in July, won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward for a league-record fifth time earlier this spring.

He had a stellar 2021-22 season despite his age. Bergeron collected 25 goals and 40 assists over 73 contests. The versatile forward was his typically dominant self in terms of possession and defense as well. He led all NHL forwards in defensive goals above replacement, expected defensive goals above replacement, and expected goals against per 60 minutes at five-on-five.

Bergeron also ranked first in expected goals for percentage and scoring chances for percentage at five-on-five among the league’s skaters who played at least 500 minutes in those situations.

He’s spent his entire 18-year career with the Bruins, who drafted him 45th overall in 2003. Bergeron ranks fourth among the franchise’s all-time leaders in goals, assists, and points. He sits third in games played and has worn the “C” for the last two seasons.

The future Hall of Famer helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011 and reach the final in both 2013 and 2019.

The Vancouver Canucks landed coveted free-agent forward Andrei Kuzmenko.

His agent, Dan Milstein, confirmed the news, adding that the contract details will be worked out soon. Kuzmenko, 26, can only sign a one-year, entry-level deal at a maximum of $925,000 because of his age.

He can’t officially put pen to paper until the free-agent signing period begins July 13, per TSN’s Pierre Lebrun.

Kuzmenko reportedly also interviewed with the Edmonton Oilers and two American teams. The Canucks held the edge thanks in part to head coach Bruce Boudreau making the effort to meet and speak with him, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Milstein added that Kuzmenko had a strong connection with general manager Patrik Allvin, per CHEK TV’s Rick Dhaliwal.

Kuzmenko enjoyed a breakout season with the KHL’s SKA Saint Petersburg in 2021-22. The winger finished second in the league’s points race with 20 goals and 33 assists in 45 games. Kuzmenko continued to impress in the playoffs, recording seven goals and seven assists in 16 contests.

He played the last four seasons with SKA Saint Petersburg after spending his first four campaigns with CSKA Moscow. He captured a silver medal with Russia at the world juniors in 2016.

The Philadelphia Eagles are signing safety Jaquiski Tartt to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday.

Tartt, 30, spent seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, starting 64 of 80 games. The 2015 second-round pick recorded 367 tackles with 21 tackles for loss and hauled in four interceptions during his tenure with the Niners.

Last season, the Alabama native racked up 66 tackles, including five tackles for loss, and one QB hit.

Tarttt also brings some postseason experience with six playoff appearances under his belt.

The Eagles continue to be among the more active clubs in the league when it comes to free-agent additions. Haason ReddickJames Bradberry, and Kyzir White are among Philadelphia’s key signings this offseason.

The Montreal Canadiens have signed pending unrestricted free-agent defenseman Chris Wideman to a two-year contract.

The pact is worth the league minimum of $750,000 per season, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels.

Wideman tallied four goals and 23 assists in 64 games last season, tying Jeff Petry for the lead among Habs defensemen with 27 points.

The 32-year-old shoots right and stands at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds.

Ottawa drafted Wideman in the fourth round in 2009, and he played the first four years of his career with the Senators, Edmonton Oilers, and Florida Panthers. He spent 2019-20 in the AHL and 2020-21 in the KHL before signing a one-year deal with Montreal last offseason.

Running back D’Ernest Johnson agreed to terms Saturday on a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns worth up to $2.43 million, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said.

Johnson, who did a nice job filling in last season when Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt were out injured, will get $900,000 guaranteed.

The team placed a restricted free agent tender on Johnson in March. The tender was also worth $2.43 million, but the new deal gives him guaranteed money and the Browns some salary-cap flexibility.

The 26-year-old Johnson rushed for 534 yards and scored three touchdowns last season. He also caught 19 passes for 137 yards. He had his best game when Chubb and Hunt were out, rushing for a career-high 146 yards in a win over Denver.

Johnson gives the Browns added depth behind Chubb and Hunt. Cleveland also drafted Cincinnati’s Jerome Ford in the fifth round this season, and Demetric Felton is working in the backfield and as a wide receiver this offseason.

Johnson has become a fan favorite, partly due to him working on a fishing boat in Florida before making Cleveland’s roster in 2019 as an unsigned free agent.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached an agreement with former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks on a one-year deal worth up to $10 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Hicks, a Pro Bowler in 2018, spent the last six seasons with the Bears, starting 77 games. The 32-year-old, who’s been a solid run defender throughout his entire career, was one of football’s most disruptive defensive linemen early in his stint in Chicago. He racked up 23 sacks and 38 tackles for loss from 2016-18.

Injuries have bothered Hicks lately; he hasn’t played a full season since 2018. The veteran defender appeared in only five games in 2019 before missing one and eight contests in 2020 and 2021, respectively. He amassed 25 tackles and 3.5 sacks across nine games last year.

Hicks checks a lot of boxes for the Buccaneers, who’ve been looking for an experienced defensive lineman this offseason after they didn’t re-sign Ndamukong Suh and Steve McLendon. Suh started all 49 regular-season games for the Bucs over the last three campaigns.

Tampa Bay also bolstered its defensive front by drafting lineman Logan Hall in the second round this year. The team’s defensive depth chart already features Pro Bowl tackle Vita Vea.

The Bucs will be the fourth different team of Hicks’ career. The 2012 third-round pick played for the New Orleans Saints (2012-15) and New England Patriots (2015) before joining the Bears in 2016.

CFL players voted to ratify the tentative collective bargaining agreement, the CFLPA announced Thursday.

The league and the union agreed to the new deal earlier Thursday. The CFL’s board of governors also has to ratify the CBA.

“We are pleased that players have now ratified a new collective bargaining agreement between the CFL and CFLPA,” commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. “The CFL’s board of governors will conduct its ratification vote shortly.

“We look forward to a successful season – including preseason games this weekend – and a long and productive partnership with our players.”

The agreement includes a ratification bonus for players worth around $1.25 million, up from the CFL’s previous $1 million offer, according to 3DownNation’s John Hodge.

The lack of a ratification bonus in the first union-approved proposal reportedly was one of the main reasons players voted it down.

The brief work stoppage was the CFL’s first since 1974. Seven of the nine teams went on strike after the CBA expired on May 15, with the Edmonton Elks and Calgary Stampeders prohibited from joining the rest of the league’s stoppage due to Alberta’s labor laws.

The regular season begins June 9 with a matchup between the Montreal Alouettes and Stampeders. The preseason will kick off on Friday.

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with cornerback Kyle Fuller, the team announced Tuesday.

The 30-year-old spent the 2021 season with the Denver Broncos after playing his first seven NFL campaigns on the Chicago Bears.

Fuller, a native of Baltimore, started 10 games for Denver last year, though he allowed a passer rating of 119.8 while in coverage, according to Pro Football Reference.

The 2014 first-round pick added two Pro Bowl berths to his resume in 2018 and 2019. He also earned a first-team All-Pro nod in 2018 after leading the NFL with seven interceptions and 21 pass breakups.

Fuller adds depth and experience to a Ravens cornerback corps that lost Anthony Averett and Tavon Young in free agency. Baltimore also drafted corners Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams in the fourth round this year.

The Ravens have an explosive duo of star cornerbacks in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, though both battled injuries in 2021. Humphrey finished the season on injured reserve with a pectoral injury, while Peters didn’t play at all due to a torn ACL.