– The Chiefs have signed CB Stanford Routt to a 3-year/$20M contract ($19.4M + $4M signing bonus). With the signing, CB Brandon Carr will likely receive a big contract as a free agent, while WR Dwayne Bowe is franchise tagged. Routt, 28 posted career highs in interceptions (4) and pass breakups (15) last season. Pro Football Focus graded Routt as the NFL’s 19th-best cornerback in terms of coverage.
– NFL.com reports the Seahawks are “deep in talks” with free agent RB Marshawn Lynch on a long-term deal. The Seahawks are reportedly prepared, however, to use the franchise tag if talks “fall apart.” Despite falling short of expectations for essentially his entire career, he was a critical part of the offence last season, and his value is even more critical given that the team doesn’t have a true quarterback ready.
– Phillies’ LHP Cole Hamels hasn’t given the Phillies a deadline for negotiations toward a long-term extension. Hamels and his agent are expected to meet with Phillies officials this spring in Clearwater, Florida and will look to build the framework for a new contract. The 28-year-old is thought to be seeking a multi-year deal worth around $20M annually.
– Marlins’ RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo will not report to camp on time. Oviedo is still working through legal issues in the Dominican Republic after admitting to falsifying his identity near the end of the 2011 season. He could also face discipline from the league once he’s finally cleared to travel to the United States. It’s not yet clear when he might be active again.
– Braves’ RHP Tommy Hanson blew a tire and bumped his head Monday morning while traveling to Braves camp. Hanson eventually made it to the Braves’ facility in Lake Buena Vista, Florida but opted to head to a local hospital for a precautionary evaluation. The results of his exams aren’t available yet, but the Braves don’t seem all that concerned. Hanson, 25, posted a 3.60 ERA and 142/46 K/BB ratio in 130 innings last year.
– There is speculation backstage that The Undertaker will show up on RAW tonight either bald or with a very altered appearance.
– As reported over the weekend, the April 23rd RAW Supershow from Detroit, Michigan will be a 3-hour show. There are tentative plans for this show to feature the 2012 WWE Draft.
– NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal confirmed to HollywoodLife.com over the weekend that he would be wrestling at WrestleMania 28. Shaq hosted the Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards on Saturday and was asked whether he’ll be wrestling at WrestleMania. He said:
“Yes I’ll be there!”
Shaq would not say who he’ll be wrestling, but Shaq stated several months ago during a radio interview that his opponent will be the Big Show. Shaq and Big Show have crossed paths several times on WWE television in recent years – usually resulting in a physical confrontation between the two giants. Check out this video of Shaq & the Big Show getting physical on RAW from July 2009:
– According to Arda Ocai of TheScore.com, it could snow in New Jersey next year on April 7th, when WrestleMania 29 takes place from the open-dome Metlife Stadium. Looking back at the weather on April 7th over the past 10 years, the average temperature has been 47.7 °F (9 °C). The high has been 58.71 °F (15 °C) and the low has been 37.79 °F (3 °C).
– Headed into Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber PPV, WWE officials reportedly weren’t sure if CM Punk would be keeping the WWE title. The decision was made sometime this weekend to have Punk win the match.
– Chris Jericho was knocked out during Sunday’s Elimination Chamber match. Later in the show, he was shown backstage getting checked out by medical personnel and looked to be totally out of it. The WWE website posted the following update on Chris Jericho’s condition:
“The WWE Universe is buzzing about what Jericho has to say regarding his departure at the hands of The Straight Edge Superstar. Although he was unable to comment earlier, WWE.com is attempting to locate him in Milwaukee’s Bradley Center tonight to get his thoughts on the Raw Elimination Chamber Match and CM Punk.”
WWE.com tracked down Chris Jericho backstage after his match at Elimination Chamber. Jericho, who got knocked out during the match and was never officially eliminated, said:
“I was not eliminated from the Chamber. He (C.M. Punk) never beat me. C.M. Punk proved nothing!”
Check out this video of Jericho’s post-match interview:
– The “Major Announcement” that John Laurinaitis was teasing for Elimoination Chamber turned out to be the surprise returns of Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry and Christian. All three Superstars returned to show their support of Laurinaitis and suggested that he become the permanent General Manager for not just RAW, but SmackDown as well. An article on the WWE website is teasing that we may find out if Laurinaitis will get the job of permanent General Manager tonight on RAW.
– After arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota for tonight’s Raw SuperShow, Vickie Guerrero wrote the following on Twitter:
“I’m here in Minneapolis with a heavy heart….I will focus on good thoughts.”
Her late husband, Eddie Guerrero, who was found dead in a Minneapolis hotel room prior to a WWE television taping on November 13, 2005.
– Sunday’s Elimination Chamber event was the first time since the show’s inception back in 2009 that neither the WWE title or World Heavyweight title changed hands.
– As previously reported, Santino received strong praise backstage for his work last night at the PPV. Beth Phoenix and Tamina, who complimented each other on Twitter after their match, also got a lot great feedback from WWE agents after their match. As previously reported, Phoenix wore white wrist tape and a plaid belt during the show to pay homage to WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper.
– John Cena spoke to The Miami Herald to discuss his role as the honorary race starter at this Saturday’s Daytona 500 NASCAR race. Here are some highlights of what Cena said about:
Being the race starter this Saturday: “I am so honored to be able to start this great race. To me, not only being a car enthusiast but to now really being into NASCAR as well, it’s something I really can’t believe is happening, and I won’t get the full effect until I’m up there for the second lap and they come by at about 190 miles an hour.”
If he owns better cars than The Rock: “Yes. I’m sure Rocky can buy whatever he wants, but as an enthusiast I have a few 200 mile per hour cars locked up in safe keeping.”
WWE stars being into NASCAR: “I know a few [WWE] guys are into it. I can’t necessarily say some money has exchanged hands [among WWE personnel] because that would be wrong, but some points go back and forth every weekend when the [NASCAR] guys race because we have a few eyes that watch very closely on the weekend.
“I’d say about 60% of our crew — from superstars to techs to everybody — are into NASCAR. When I tell you as a group we all watch on weekends, we all watch on weekends.”
– Oilers’ G Nikolai Khabibulin (groin) will miss the next 7-10 days. Khabibulin left Sunday’s game because of the injury. He has a 2.60 GAA and .914 SV% in 34 starts this season.
– TNA Knockouts Brooke Tessmacher, Gail Kim and Winter and former WWE Superstars Billy Gunn and Chavo Guerrero are slated to appear in a mixed martial arts themed independent film set for release in the summer 2013, according to a press release issued by SaintSinner Entertainment and Jaunted Productions. The synopsis for Double Fury reads:
“Double Fury is a martial arts action packed tale of two estranged brothers brought back together after their father is murdered by a megalomaniacal madman who’s looking for a volatile package in one of their possession that could destroy all that they hold dear.”
– Gail Kim turns 35 today.