Sports roundup: Saints sign free agent guard Grubbs … Brees makes the rounds on TV … LSU coaches and Alleva pool cash to make NCAA women's tourney games free for students
Changing of the guard: Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs agreed to terms on a five-year, $36 million free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints today as the team moved to fill the void left by All-Pro left guard Carl Nicks' free agency split to NFC South Division rival Tampa Bay. The contract, worked out between Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and Grubbs' agent, Pat Dye Jr., includes about $16 million in guaranteed money, including a signing bonus of about $10 million. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Grubbs, a former Auburn standout, was selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 2007 draft, the 29th pick overall. He became a starter at right guard during his rookie season, then switched to left guard the following year.
Channel surfing: Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees touched on a number of topical issues, including his ongoing contract discussions, his teams' bounty scandal and his thoughts on fellow QB Peyton Manning. "This has been a really tough few weeks for everybody within the Saints organization and really for us, we're hoping just to get through this as quickly as we can and move on to much more positive things," Brees said of the bounty investigation. The Times-Picayune has a clip of Brees' appearance on the Leno show here. The popular quarterback is also slated to appear today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Chipping in: LSU men's football, basketball and baseball coaches—Les Miles, Trent Johnson and Paul Mainieri, respectively—along with vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva, have each contributed $1,000 in an effort to get LSU students free admission into the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament starting on Sunday afternoon at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU students will be let in free for both games scheduled Sunday and the one on Tuesday, as long as they have with them their LSU identification. On Sunday, Penn State faces Texas-El Paso at 4:15 p.m., followed by the LSU-San Diego State contest at approximately 6:30. The two winners will square off on Tuesday night at 8:30.
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