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Lions Sign Trufant – Thursday Sports Wrap


The Finlandia University softball team has added a new recruit. Makayla Escobedo hit .429 last season for Westview High School in Glendale, Arizona, and was her team’s defensive player of the year.

The Lions men’s soccer team is also adding a player. Francisco Arreaza is a two-time most valuable player for Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore.


Major League Baseball is considering not holding this year’s amateur draft, and delaying its international signing period. Establishing no new player contracts would save money for teams that face the possibility of losing much of their revenue from ticket sales and broadcast rights because of the COVID-19 shutdown. MLB owners have begun negotiations with the players union about existing contracts. Owners want to prorate salaries based on the number of games played. The union wants players to receive full salaries, even if no games are played.


The Detroit Lions have reportedly reached a two-year deal with cornerback Desmond Trufant. Word is that it’s worth a potential $21-million, with $14-million guaranteed.

That news comes as the Lions are said to be discussing a deal that would send former All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles. Slay is eager for a trade.

Yesterday, the Lions also agreed to a two-year contract with former New England Patriots defensive tackle Danny Shelton. And, Detroit picked up veteran safety Duron Harmon in a trade with the Patriots. The Lions will assume the final year of Harmon’s contract, in exchange for some low-round draft compensation.

Former Lions linebacker Devon Kennard has agreed to a three-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Green Bay Packers have remained fairly quiet in this year’s free agency derby.

The Chicago Bears have spun the quarterback wheel again. They’ve brought in Nick Foles via trade from Jacksonville. The Jaguars will get a fourth-round draft pick. Foles is one year into a four-season, $88-million deal. He missed much of last season after breaking his clavicle.

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