Danny Trevathan will not hit the open market after the Chicago Bears signed the linebacker to a three-year contract extension.The Bears have confirmed Trevathan, 29, has signed new terms on a deal reportedly worth $21.75 million, with $14 million guaranteed. NFL FREE AGENCY: SN’s franchise tag trackerInitially drafted by the Denver Broncos — with whom he won the Super Bowl — as a sixth-round pick in 2012, he has spent the past four years in Chicago.”Bringing Danny back is a key re-signing for us,” said Bears general manager Ryan Pace.”Not only is he a great inside linebacker and great leader on our team, he is a big part of our culture. We are proud to have him under contract in Chicago for three more seasons.”Good [email protected]_59’s BACK. pic.twitter.com/fU7SFfzBTz— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 14, 2020Trevathan added: “You never know what’s going to happen in free agency but luckily they brought to me a good offer and they took good care of me. “I feel like it’s something special when you have people having your back. It makes you want to work hard for the common goal, which is to get to the Super Bowl. My work here is not done.”Elsewhere, the New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year extension with special teams star Matthew Slater, who made his eighth Pro Bowl last year.Deals are increasing in frequency as NFL teams finalize their plans ahead of the start of free agency on March 18.
TRUCKS: In the next 20 years, nearly $6 billion could be saved in health-care costs, research suggests. By Kristopher Hanson STAFF WRITER An economic study released Friday shows that using employee truck drivers and clean-burning trucks to move goods through the ports would significantly drive up transportation costs but save lives and reduce health-care costs in and around local harbor communities. Those savings would come primarily from reduced hospital stays, fewer deaths and less missed work caused by health problems blamed, in part, on the more than 16,000 soot-spewing diesel trucks doing business in and around the port complex daily. “Implementation of the program will reduce particulate air pollution and result in public health improvements,” Husing said in the study. “Studies have shown a strong relationship between particulate air pollution and premature deaths, respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and other health effects.” Currently, most port hauling is handled by contract drivers who own their trucks and are paid by the load. The new program would disallow the contract status for concessionaires and also shift the burden of truck purchase and maintenance to the licensed motor carriers. The study, commissioned by the ports, predicts that under the program, truck driver wages would likely rise from about $12 an hour now to about $20, and motor carriers would be forced to carry health care and other benefits for drivers. The burden of purchasing and maintaining new trucks would also be shifted to motor carriers, with costs ranging from about $90,000 to $100,000 per vehicle. To help smaller truck companies make these new truck purchases needed to gain concessions, the ports and state could offer loans, the study suggests. In addition, higher employee and truck costs could be offset by hikes in the costs to transport containers and cargo to retailers, manufacturers and other cargo owners. Husing’s study suggests that to cover increased business costs, motor carriers would have to increase their prices by $75 to $150 per move. However, such an increase would represent only about one-tenth of a percent of the $70,000 median value of goods inside an average 40-foot container. The International Warehouse and Logistics Association, a national trade organization representing trucking and distribution, said the study highlighted many important topics. “The trucking industry understands that we’re moving into a new era – the environmental concerns are very real. But we also need a balance to ensure businesses have the opportunity to survive these changes,” said Patty Senecal, ILWU director of government affairs. “We do not support the status quo, and we’re going to change with the times, but it’s not going to be easy for any of the stakeholders to get through some of the changes before us.” The Clean Trucks Program, the study notes, would also encourage companies to hire drivers capable of meeting upcoming federal security regulations. Those stipulations, as outlined in the Transportation Worker Identification Card program, would restrict access to marine terminals to legal residents with limited criminal histories. “The study shows that the consequence of inaction are far worse than the consequences of action,” said Melissa Lin Perrella of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which supports the port plan. “The study clearly shows us again that with security changes, growth of the ports, air pollution problems and impact on surrounding communities, there’s a change that’s needed, and this program will help meet those challenges.” The plan has been widely opposed by the trucking industry, which argues it is exclusionary and possibly in violation of federal interstate commerce laws. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The report focused on the business effect of a port-sponsored plan to establish taxicab-style concessions for truck drivers hauling cargo to and from waterfront terminals in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The controversial plan, known as the Clean Trucks Program, would give concessions to motor carriers using the cleanest trucks driven by employee drivers. Companies not meeting those conditions would be excluded from lucrative marine terminals in the nation’s largest seaport – which combined handles more than 16 million containers annually. The study, led by trade economist John Husing, notes an economic benefit of $4.7 billion to $5.9 billion in saved health-care costs over 20 years. read more