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DNB scheme refocuses investment policy on liabilities

first_imgThe €1.8bn pension fund of Dutch supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has fully focused its investment policy on covering its liabilities.In its annual report for 2016, it said it had simplified its investments and divided them between a matching and a return portfolio, both under passive management.By placing only Dutch and German long government bonds and interest swaps in its new liabilities portfolio, the scheme said it expected to improve management of its interest rate hedge and drive down costs. Its strategic allocation to this portfolio is 60.6%The scheme added that planned to improve the implementation of its investment principle of “passive, unless”, as well as its responsible investment policy. Implementing responsible investment had been difficult for funds investing in credit or emerging market government bonds, the scheme said.The new set up meant that the pension fund divested its emerging market holdings, as well as allocations to euro-denominated core bonds, global high-yield bonds and US credit.With returns of between 10.5% and 15.9%, these investments performed well last year.The pension fund said credit and high yield had benefited from investors’ search for income, as well as the ECB’s bond purchasing programme and limited market liquidity.The 26% equity allocation has remained unchanged within the new strategic return portfolio. The scheme also kept 2% in cash.However, the DNB scheme increased its property holdings to 11.4%, at the expense of fixed income.The property allocation – largely invested through REITs – yielded 9.4% last year. Worldwide equity generated 11.2%, and UK equity also performed well, the scheme said.Pensioenfonds DNB posted a net overall result of 11.6% for the year.The pension fund added that it kept its interest rate hedge at 75%, as well as retaining its full currency cover of the dollar, the pound and the yen.It said that a survey had indicated that there was no need yet for the DNB scheme to co-operate with the pension fund of fellow supervisor AFM through a general pension fund (APF).Communication watchdog AFM has decided to place its pension arrangements into a commercial APF and has issued a tender.Last year, the Pensioenfonds DNB granted its active partipants an indexation of 0.03% based on the consumer index. A small group of pensioners and deferred members, who still qualify for inflation compensation based on the salary index, received a 0.66% indexation.The scheme saw its transaction costs drop 8 basis points to 0.12%, while its asset management costs decreased from 30 to 27 basis points. Its administration costs, however, rose from €326 to €369 per participant.At year-end, the pension fund had 1,955 active participants, 1,430 pensioners and 1,625 deferred members. Last June, its coverage ratio stood at 118.3%.last_img read more

Top News of the Week, 9 – 15 October 2017

first_imgGlobal Marine Acquires Fugro’s Cable Laying Business in EUR 61 Million DealGlobal Marine Group is set to acquire Fugro’s trenching and cable laying business after the two companies signed an agreement under which Fugro will, in return, get an equity stake of 23.6% in Global Marine Holdings.Four Companies Unite to Form Single O&M ProviderThe Fred. Olsen related companies, led by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and with Global Wind Service, Natural Power and ZephIR Lidar, have joined forces to create a single operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for offshore wind farm operators.Pieter van Oord: “We Need to Build Turbines Like We Build Cars”“We need to build wind turbines like we build cars,” said Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord, at the opening of the Offshore WIND Conference 2017 (OWC17) in Amsterdam.Offshore WIND Conference Speakers Spice Up Day 1The eighth Offshore WIND Conference was opened on Monday, 9 October, by Bent Thambo Jensen, Chief Commercial Officer of Ziton and the Chairman of the first day of the conference. The sessions saw straight-to-the-point statements and some interesting discussions.Buss Setting the Stage for Merkur Offshore Wind FarmBuss Offshore Solutions has begun with preparations for the 396MW Merkur offshore wind farm at its Orange Blue Terminal in the Dutch port of Eemshaven.last_img read more

Asians speak up against casino deal

first_imgNZ Herald 3 September 2013  More Asian people will lose their jobs and businesses if the SkyCity convention centre deal goes ahead, MPs have been told.A stream of Asian community groups spoke against the deal yesterday when select committee hearings opened on the NZ International Convention Centre Bill, which allows SkyCity 230 extra poker machines, 52 extra gaming tables and an extension of its licence until 2048 in return for building a $400 million convention centre.The Auckland Council also opposed the bill, but it was supported by the Heart of the City business lobby and by the Catholic Church’s Auckland Diocese Justice and Peace Commission because of the extra jobs it will create.Problem gambling counsellor Donghwan (Gus) Lim of the Korean Community Wellness Society said Asian people made up only 9 per cent of the population but 64 per cent of problem gamblers who were excluded, or excluded themselves, from the casino in the six months to June last year.“There are so many Asian people disproportionately getting harmed by SkyCity,” he said.http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11118462last_img read more

Aklan to put up own COVID-19 testing lab

first_imgAklan’s COVID-19 testing laboratory is located inside the compound of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo town. Once the facility’s construction is finished aside from receiving accreditation, healthcare personnel assigned there can conduct virus testing to Aklanons. AKLAN PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT KALIBO, Aklan – The provincial government is set to establish its own testing laboratory for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) located at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) in this capital town.Gov. Florencio Miraflores said the facility – currently under ongoing construction – is considered by the provincial government as one of the priorities in the continuing fight against the virus.“Our desire to have our own COVID-19 testing laboratory here in Aklan now comes to reality, said Miraflores on his Facebook page post on May 21. The governor added that with Aklan having its own testing facility, the detection of the virus will be hastened.If patients turned out positive for the virus, they could be given immediate intervention.On May 15, this province acquired a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine which will be installed in the laboratory, along with the other equipment needed for COVID-19 testing.The provincial government is also currently fast-tracking the accreditation process of the DRSTMH as a testing facility for the virus.Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr., meanwhile, said that healthcare personnel such as medical technologists, encoders and administrative staff who will be assigned to manage the COVID-19 testing laboratory are currently on training to ensure that they are qualified to conduct biosafety and RT-PCR procedures.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

Educational Tax Credit Deadline Looms

first_imgState Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Chairman of the Indiana Education Savings Authority, reminds Hoosiers that to be eligible for the CollegeChoice 529 state income tax credit, their contributions must be received by Dec. 31.“What better gift can one give to your kids or grandkids than the gift of an education?” stated Treasurer Mourdock. “The latest game box or tablet might be fun, but it’s short-lived. A post-secondary education is priceless and lasts a lifetime.”Hoosiers who contribute to a CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan before the deadline are eligible to receive a 20% state income tax credit, of up to $1,000, based on their contributions. Any Indiana taxpayer who makes a contribution is eligible to receive the tax credit.Indiana’s 529 Savings Plans are tax-advantaged educational savings programs that provide Hoosiers an affordable, flexible way to save for post-secondary education expenses. Since 2007, the 529 Savings Plans have experienced over 1,000 % growth in assets and accounts.Currently, there are over 200,000 Hoosiers saving in Indiana’s 529 Plans with over $2.5 billion in assets under management.Click here to learn more.last_img read more

Freda Luke

first_imgFreda Luke, 87, of Georgetown, Kentucky, formerly of Dillsboro, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Dover Manor in Georgetown.  Freda was born Monday, October 26, 1931 in Ripley County, the daughter of Lue Roscoe and Alta Mae (Lanham) Hallgarth.  She married Glenn F. Luke April 23, 1955 whom she spent her life on the farm with on Farmers Retreat Road until his death March 31, 2011.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed growing flowers, gardening, baking, cooking, spending time with family and was an adult care provider for 10 plus years.Freda is survived by sons: John (Joann) Luke of Georgetown, Kentucky and Denton “Denny” (Virna) Luke of Jacksonville, Florida; seven grandchildren: Jonathan, Anna, Alan, Jenna, Desi, Darby and Shannon; and three great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Glenn; brothers: Orville, Charles and Ernest Hallgarth; and sister Ruby Jean Demaree.A service celebrating her life will be held 1 PM Wednesday, October 16 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home in Dillsboro with Pastor Charles Miller officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 11 AM – 1 PM Wednesday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Freda to Oakdale Cemetery.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Distin set for Goodison send-off

first_img Fellow defender Antolin Alcaraz, five years younger, is also out of contract but he will not be fit to make an appearance. His future is in doubt, as is that of 21-year-old Luke Garbutt whose current deal only has a month left to run. “We all know Luke is a young man who has been part of a very successful story, an academy graduate who has been given a chance in the first team,” added Martinez. “He is not 100 per cent (certain) yet on what he wants to do and that is something we have to respect. “We made an offer and we want to keep him. We always felt we put in a good programme in order to develop him and we have future ideas to take him to the next level but the player needs to be fully on board on that. “He hasn’t made his mind up in that respect but we will find out very soon.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists he has had no personal issues with Sylvain Distin after promising the French defender a chance to say farewell to Goodison Park at the weekend. “Sometimes as a manager you have a tough job to make decisions for the good of the team and that happens in every dressing room,” Martinez told the Liverpool Echo. “You don’t have anything personal with any player – all you want is what’s good for the team. “Sometimes you have the advantage of being neutral when you make decisions and other times you have to make tough calls. That’s part of the manager’s job.” Martinez added at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s visit of Tottenham: “He has had a bit of an illness in the last two or three days. “We will assess him and if he is available he will have an opportunity just to give his farewell to the fans. “It has been a tough season and it is fair to say it hasn’t quite worked out this season. “It is quite easy to see what a great servant he has been to the club in the last five seasons. “Last campaign he was immaculate with his performances and he deserves the opportunity to give his final farewell – if the game allows it against Spurs.” Press Association The 37-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has been frozen out in the second half of the season and forced to play with the under-21s after last featuring in a Premier League match day squad on January 31. However, Martinez said the Frenchman, who did not attend the club’s annual awards on Wednesday night but was apparently photographed at an event in Cannes the following day, would be given the opportunity to end his career in front of home fans, providing “the game allows it”. last_img read more

Health Advisory Lifted for Nearly All PBC Beaches

first_imgIf you are a beach person, there’s some good news for you.The Florida Department of Health announced Wednesday that it is once again to go in the water at almost all county beaches.There is one exception: Ocean Inlet Park in Ocean Ridge.Due to bacteria levels that are higher than acceptable, the water there has been graded as poor, and the health advisory continues for that beach.All other beaches are now in the good range.Enjoy the water!Health Dept Issues Precautionary Swim Advisory for All PBC Beacheslast_img read more

Man arrested for shooting 1-year-old boy in Broward County

first_imgA nine-time convicted felon is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend’s 1-year-old son according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.36-year-old Jeffrey Simmons of Fort Lauderdale was arrested Wednesday in connection with Sunday evening’s shooting in Broward County.Police say Simmons followed his ex-girlfriend form a KFC restaurant on Sunrise Boulevard before shooting at her car. The woman attempted to get away, but Simmons followed the car into a parking lot near Marshalls on Broward Boulevard, where he fired two more shots, one which hit her 1-year-old son.BSO spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said the young victim’s surgery was successful, but it’s not known what physical limitations he has suffered.Simmons faces several charges, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and shooting into a dwelling or vehicle.He was being held without bond at the main Broward County jail.last_img read more

The Latest: Cowboys, WR Cooper agree to 5-year deal

first_imgThe Titans announced they had agreed to terms. Kelly has started 16 of his 58 games since the Titans acquired him in a trade in 2016 that sent Philadelphia wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Kelly has been versatile, starting at right tackle, left tackle, left guard and tight end in his career.The 6-foot-8, 321-pound Kelly caught two touchdown passes last season, including one in Tennessee’s loss to Kansas City in the AFC championship game.___5:40 p.m. March 16, 2020 ___2:30 p.m.A person familiar with the deal says free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Kwiatkoski can’t officially sign the deal until the new league year starts on Wednesday.The Raiders are in dire need of upgrades at linebacker after a revolving door at the position the past few years. The only linebacker who started a game last season that is still under contract with the Raiders is Marquel Lee. ___3:55 p.m.The Dallas Cowboys are moving forward with their plan to replace record-setting tight end Jason Witten.The Cowboys have re-signed Blake Jarwin, giving their fourth-year player a $24 million, three-year contract with $9 million guaranteed. The move came a few weeks after Witten said he wanted to keep playing, even if it wasn’t in Dallas.Witten set a club record by spending 16 seasons with the Cowboys, the most recent last season after retiring and spending one year in broadcasting. The 37-year-old is also the Dallas leader in catches and yards receiving. Witten is one receiving touchdown behind Dez Bryant’s career franchise record of 73. Associated Press ___5:30 p.m.The Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement with punter Britton Colquitt on a three-year, $9 million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not yet been finalized. Colquitt will get $5 million in guaranteed money, the person said.Colquitt was eighth in the NFL last season with a net average per punt of 42.6 yards. He was the only punter in the league with 12 or more attempts, according to SportRadar, who did not have any touchbacks. The 11th-year veteran joined the Vikings in 2019, after three seasons with Cleveland and six seasons with Denver. ___4:15 p.m.Ben Watson is hanging up his cleats for the second time. The 39-year-old tight end announced his retirement in a message on Twitter on Monday, marking the end of a 15-year NFL career that included two stints in New England, as well as stops in Cleveland, New Orleans and Baltimore. Watson retires with 547 catches for 6,058 yards and 44 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Patriots in 2004, winning a Super Bowl ring as a rookie. He spent his first six seasons in New England. Although the versatile Glasgow can also play center and incumbent Connor McGovern is set to hit free agency, Glasgow will get his first look at guard following the Broncos’ decision to cut ties with oft-injured right guard Ronald Leary.— AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Englewood, Colorado.___6:40 p.m.The Tennessee Titans are keeping veteran Dennis Kelly around with a new multi-year contract after losing right tackle Jack Conklin to the Cleveland Browns. The Indianapolis Colts have released defensive tackle Margus Hunt and will re-sign receiver Daurice Fountain.Releasing Hunt will save the Colts roughly $4 million against the cap.He signed a two-year deal worth $9.1 million last year after having his best season in the NFL. But he lost the starting job in 2019 and wound up with 17 tackles, no sacks and no tackles for loss.Fountain spent all of last season on injured reserve after suffering a dislocated and fractured left ankle in training camp. The Colts offered the exclusive free agent a one-year tender, which his agent, Andy Simms, says he will sign. — Michael Marot reporting from Indianapolis. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the contract can’t be signed until Wednesday, when the NFL’s new league year begins.ESPN first reported the Jets’ agreement with Fant, saying it includes $13.7 million in guaranteed money.The 27-year-old Fant was signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky in 2016. He has played in 46 games, while starting in 24. The 6-foot-5, 322-pound offensive lineman can play left and right tackle, filling a need at either spot for New York. Both of last year’s primary starters — left tackle Kelvin Beachum and right tackle Brandon Shell — are unrestricted free agents.Fant was a power forward for Western Kentucky’s basketball team and didn’t join the football team until his final season, playing tight end. He converted to tackle after signing with Seattle and became a starter as a rookie.It was the first move of the legal tampering period for Jets general manager Joe Douglas. 10:40 p.m.The Seattle Seahawks and defensive tackle Jarran Reed have agreed on a two-year contract that keeps him with the only team he’s played for.Reed’s agent, Andy Simms, confirmed the signing on Monday night, which is reportedly worth $23 million.Reed, 27, was a second-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2016. His best season came in 2018 when he had a career-high 10½ sacks and seemed in line for a big payday as an interior pass rusher.Reed had a down year last season that included a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. When he returned, Reed struggled to make the same impact. He had 27 tackles and two sacks in 10 games. Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster is retiring.The 11-year veteran made the announcement on Instagram, saying “when the time comes, you just know and now is a time for me to take a bow.”Foster made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Tennessee in 2009. He became a steadying force on a unit that evolved into one of the league’s best, helping pave the way for a high-powered offense that led Pittsburgh to four straight playoff appearances from 2014-17. Foster turned 34 in January and the Steelers have several placements ready. Though he had a year left on the two-year, $8.25 million extension he signed in 2019, Foster figured to become a salary cap casualty if he didn’t decide to step away from the game. —- Will Graves reporting from Pittsburgh Jarwin had 365 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season. The fourth-year pro tied the Dallas club record for touchdowns receiving in a game for a tight end in 2018 with three in the regular-season finale at the New York Giants. Those were the first three TDs of his career.— Schuyler Dixon in Dallas___3:45 p.m.A person familiar with the negotiations says defensive end Shaq Lawson has agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. NFL Network reported the sides have agreed to terms on a package that will make Hooper the NFL’s highest-paid tight end.New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski preferred to run two-tight end formations during his one season as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator. Hooper could be paired with 2017 first-round pick David Njoku, who missed most of last season with a broken wrist suffered in Week 2.Hooper had 75 catches for 787 yards and six touchdowns last season.— Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.___ Weatherly agreed to a two-year, $12.5 million deal, his agent Blake Baratz announced on Twitter. Weatherly has played in 32 games and started seven in the past two seasons with the Vikings, with 59 tackles and six sacks. He could be a potential replacement for Mario Addison, who is an unrestricted free agent.Burris announced on Instagram that he is coming home to play for the Panthers. No immediate terms were available on his contract.—Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, N.C.___8:15 p.m. The Latest: Cowboys, WR Cooper agree to 5-year deal 1 p.m.The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green, giving them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback.Green, 31, wants to finish his career in Cincinnati, where he has put down roots. Although he’s open to a multi-year extension that would pay him as an elite receiver, he has objected to staying for only one more season on a franchise designation.Green has said he’ll skip voluntary offseason workouts if he’s tagged. The Bengals are expected to take Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow or another quarterback with the first overall pick in the draft.The Bengals are free to negotiate with Green on a long-term deal through July 15. — Charles Odum in Atlanta and David Ginsburg in Owings Mills, Md. ___4:55 p.m.A person with knowledge of the move said the Redskins on Monday agreed to re-sign inside linebacker Jon Bostic to a $6.6 million, two-year deal.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be official until the start of the new league year Wednesday. Schweitzer is going into his fourth NFL season after spending the first three with the Atlanta Falcons.___9:05 p.m.A person familiar with the negotiations says linebacker Kyle Van Noy has agreed to a $51 million, four-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.The person confirmed the deal on the condition of anonymity because the NFL signing period hasn’t begun. Van Noy tweeted “MiamiDolphins” with emojis wearing sunglasses. ___7:45 p.m.A person familiar with the situation says Saints starting defensive tackle David Onyemata will re-sign with New Orleans instead of entering free agency.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced. The agreement was first reported by NFL Network.The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Onyemata started all 15 regular-season games in which he played and the Saints’ lone playoff game last season, his first as a full-time starter. He had three sacks, giving him 7½ during the past two seasons. Van Noy started the past three seasons for New England and totaled 15½ sacks, including a career-high 6½ last year. He’ll upgrade a Miami pass rush that finished last in the NFL in 2019 with 23 sacks.— Steven Wine reporting from Miami.___8:45 p.m.The Panthers have agreed to terms with two free agents — Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly and Browns cornerback Juston Burris. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis___5:10 p.m. The Atlanta Falcons have acquired tight end Hayden Hurst from the Baltimore Ravens, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade won’t be officially announced before the NFL’s business year begins Wednesday. The Falcons also acquired a 2020 fourth-round pick from the Ravens. Baltimore acquired second and fifth-round picks in this year’s draft from the Falcons.The Falcons needed help at tight end after losing two-time Pro Bowler Austin Hooper to free agency. The Falcons cut backup tight end Luke Stocker on Monday, one of several moves to clear cap space. The Falcons also cut offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo and are releasing running back Devonta Freeman and cornerback Desmond Trufant.Hurst played in 16 games with Baltimore in 2019, including four starts. Early on, it became evident that another tight end, Mark Andrews, would be quarterback Lamar Jackson’s favorite option.Hurst finished with 30 catches — third among Ravens tight ends — for 349 yards and two touchdowns. — Tim Booth reporting from Seattle.___7 p.m.The New Orleans Saints and long snapper Zach Wood have agreed to terms of a four-year contract worth nearly $4.8 millionWood’s agent, Mike Abadir, confirmed the agreement on Monday. Bostic is staying with Washington after just one season there. He was tied for second on the team with 105 tackles in 2019.New coach Ron Rivera and his regime liked Bostic enough to bring the veteran back. The soon-to-be 29-year-old will play in a different system under new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.Bostic is entering his seventh pro season after previously spending time with the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. He has 419 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks in 86 regular-season games.The Redskins are stocked along the defensive line with 2017 and 2018 first-round picks Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne and could select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick. They also have Ryan Kerrigan and Ryan Anderson as outside linebackers and impressive 2019 pick Cole Holcomb inside to pair with Bostic.— Stephen Whyno reporting from Washington Free agent tackle Jack Conklin has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with the Browns, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated PressConklin, perhaps the best tackle available on this year’s market, will get $30 million guaranteed and earn $20 million in his first year, Rosenhaus said. Conklin will only be 28 when the deal expires.The No. 8 overall pick in 2016, Conklin spent the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He started all 16 games last season and helped block for NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry.The Browns were looking for an upgrade at both tackle spots, and will slot Conklin in on the right side while perhaps drafting one next month. There are some top prospects available in this year’s class.__ Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland. The 26-year-old Kwiatkoski was a fourth-round pick by Chicago in 2016. He had his most extensive playing time last year when he had career bests with 76 tackles, three sacks, one interception and four passes defensed.— Josh Dubow reporting from Alameda, California___1:55 p.m.Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers has agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. ___4:20 p.m.The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Arik Armstead to a five-year contract worth up to $85 million before he hit the market as a free agent.The defending NFC champion Niners locked up one of the key pieces of their defense with a long-term deal instead of using the franchise tag.Armstead was a first-round pick for San Francisco in 2015 but didn’t make a big impact in his first four seasons in the league as he dealt with injuries that limited his playing time in 2016-17 and finding the right fit for his skills. — Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from New York.___9:30 p.m. A person with knowledge of the move says the Washington Redskins are signing guard Wes Schweitzer. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anoymity because the contract cannot be signed until Wednesday.Schweitzer figures to compete for the starting left guard job as Washington replaces Ereck Flowers. The Redskins already placed the franchise tag on starting right guard Brandon Scherff. “I entered this league with a duffel bag and a dream,” Watson wrote in his Twitter post. “I exit holding the loving hand of my best friend, my wife of 14 years, and the (seven) tender gifts God has graciously given us to lead and love.”His best season was in 2015 with New Orleans when he caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns — all career highs.He initially planned to retire following the 2018 season but was courted by several teams. The Patriots eventually signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal as they looked to fill the hole created by the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.He began his last NFL season by serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance following his final season in New Orleans in 2018. He appeared in 10 games for the Patriots in 2019, catching 17 passes for 173 yards. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on NFL free agency. Teams were required to use franchise tags on players by noon EDT Monday. Teams can negotiate with representatives of free agents for the next two days but cannot finalize any agreements. (all times EDT):11:30 p.m.A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Cowboys and top receiver Amari Cooper have agreed on a long-term contract. Cooper was set to become an unrestricted free agent and was already free to talk to other teams when the deal was reached. The person said Cooper’s contract was worth up to $100 million over five years. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced.The Cowboys had to use their franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott. That move left them vulnerable on Cooper. He was acquired from Oakland for a first-round pick in a midseason trade in 2018.The addition of Cooper did wonders for Prescott. But Cooper’s production tailed off in the second half of last season. The Cowboys underperformed and missed the playoffs amid high expectations. Dallas didn’t renew coach Jason Garrett’s contract and hired Mike McCarthy.The 25-year-old Cooper has 5,097 yards receiving and 33 touchdowns in five seasons. He was the fourth overall pick in 2015 by the Raiders.___ ___4:25 p.m.The San Francisco 49ers have traded star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft.A person familiar with the deal said Buckner will receive a new contract worth $21 million a year from the Colts. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal and contract can’t be finalized until the start of the league year Wednesday.— Josh Dubow in Santa Clara, California A person familiar with the deal said Monday the Raiders reached the deal with the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be signed until the start of the league year on Wednesday.The Raiders were one of the teams rumored to be in the running for Tom Brady if he decided to leave New England as a free agent. They ended up with Mariota instead to give coach Jon Gruden a proven backup who could also challenge Carr for the starting role.___9:45 p.m.A person with knowledge of the deal says the New York Jets and former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle George Fant have agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $30 million. Bringing back Reed gives Seattle some stability on the defensive line with the uncertainty of what will happen with Jadeveon Clowney in free agency.— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle.___10 p.m.The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed on a contract with free agent quarterback Marcus Mariota to provide an experienced backup behind starter Derek Carr. ___7:20 p.m.The Seattle Seahawks have given a second-round tender to restricted free agent tight end Jacob Hollister, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the designation. NFL Network first reported the designation.Hollister is coming off the best season of his young career, and will earn $3.259 million for the upcoming season if he stays with Seattle. Hollister can still negotiate with other teams, but the Seahawks would receive a second-round pick if they choose not to match. The deal was confirmed by Flowers’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who said $19.95 million is guaranteed.Flowers played for the Miami Hurricanes, was a first-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 2015 and started 46 games at tackle for them in his first three NFL seasons.He started all 16 games last year for Washington, splitting his time between guard and tackle.___1:45 p.m. ___4:35 p.m.The Panthers have released longtime special teams player Colin Jones.The 32-year-old Jones played eight seasons with the Panthers, also serving as a reserve safety. He led the team in special teams tackles with nine in 2019 and finished his career in Carolina with 61 special teams tackles, second-most in franchise history.— Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, N.C. __1:15 p.m.The Browns are working toward a deal with two-time Pro Bowl free agent tight end Austin Hooper, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.Hooper was one of the main free agency targets for Cleveland, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because teams can’t officially announce deals until Wednesday.Hooper has spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He’s had more than 70 catches the past two seasons. A person familiar with the negotiations says Byron Jones has agreed to a five-year contract worth more than $76.5 million with the Miami Dolphins, which will make him the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback.The person confirmed the deal on condition of anonymity because the NFL free agent signing period hasn’t begun.Last May, the Dolphins made Xavien Howard the league’s highest-paid cornerback. It’s uncertain whether Jones will replace or be paired with Howard, who has had at least one operation on each knee, most recently in December.Jones has only two career interceptions and none since 2017, but he has missed just one game in his five NFL seasons, all with Dallas. He was a first-round pick by the Cowboys in 2015 and made the Pro Bowl in 2018.— Steven Wine reporting from Miami The 27-year-old Wood has played for New Orleans since 2017, when the Saints’ current run of three straight playoff seasons began.___6:55 p.m.A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos have agreed to a four-year, $44 million free agent contract with offensive guard Graham Glasgow.The deal includes $26 million in guarantees. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL free-agent signing period hasn’t started. The contract could be worth up to $36 million, and $21 million will be guaranteed.Lawson spent his first four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills and last year had a career-high 6 1/2 sacks, which would have led the Dolphins. He was a first-round draft pick by the Bills in 2016.__ Steven Wine in Miami, with John Wawrow in Buffalo contributing.___3:35 p.m.last_img read more