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San Francisco 49ers trade LB Kwon Alexander to New Orleans Saints

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METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints continued their aggressive approach toward the 2020 season by acquiring linebacker Kwon Alexander from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso and a conditional fifth-round draft pick, coach Sean Payton announced Monday.

Both linebackers are on the mend from injuries. Alexander missed the past three weeks with a high ankle sprain but returned to practice last week. Alonso, meanwhile, has not played yet this season after tearing his ACL in January. But he also returned to practice last month.

The 49ers signed Alexander to a four-year, $54 million contract as a free agent from Tampa Bay last season. But Alexander, 26, was limited last year by a torn pectoral muscle before returning for their playoff run. This was a way for the 49ers to shed salary because they like their depth at the position — specifically second-year linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who has started in Alexander’s place whenever he has been injured.

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The Saints, meanwhile, have one of the NFL’s best run defenses. But the athletic 6-foot-1, 227-pounder should help their pass coverage while playing alongside All-Pro Demario Davis. Both players are Mike/Will linebacker hybrids.

Payton said the Saints envision Alexander as a Will linebacker, where he will compete for playing time with current starter Alex Anzalone while Davis plays more of the Mike linebacker role.

Payton said it would be difficult for Alexander to play Sunday night at Tampa Bay because of the five-day onboarding process that is required. But Payton said the “goal” is for Alexander to be able to suit up in Week 10 — against the 49ers of all teams in New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“We’ve had a chance obviously to see this player in our division,” Payton said of Alexander, who spent his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “It’s adding another player that we think fits what we’re doing. It also gives us another athletic player at that position that can run.”

Payton disagreed with the idea that Alexander’s pass coverage is his most significant trait.

“No, I wouldn’t just say that. He’s very good in coverage, but he’s also very good in defending the run game,” Payton said. “He does a lot of things well. He’s smart, he’s instinctive, he’s a run-and-hit player that has very good speed and instincts.”

The Saints can easily afford Alexander’s deal for the rest of this season, as he is due less than $1 million in base salary and per-game roster bonuses over their final nine games. However, they will have a decision to make next year before Alexander is due an additional $13.4 million in salary and bonuses. Only $2 million is guaranteed for injury-only. Alexander is due another $13.5 million in 2022, none of which is guaranteed.

The 49ers wound up paying Alexander about $26 million for his year and a half with the team, according to figures from ESPN’s Roster Management System. They will incur a dead-money hit of just under $7 million for 2021 from the bonuses and guaranteed money that they have already paid to Alexander. But that still marks a savings from his scheduled 2021 cap hit of $16.5 million.

Alexander, who was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round out of LSU in 2015, made the Pro Bowl in 2017. He has started a total of 59 games in his career with 444 tackles, seven interceptions and eight forced fumbles.

Alonso, 30, was a 2013 second-round draft pick who has now been traded four times in his eight-year career from Buffalo to Philadelphia to Miami to New Orleans to San Francisco. The 6-foot-3, 239-pounder has started 67 career games with 588 tackles, 10 interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Alonso is a versatile linebacker who joined the Saints in a trade just before the 2019 season and played well in a part-time role. He tore the ACL in his right knee during their playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings — the third time he had torn an ACL dating back to college (the right knee twice and the left knee once). Alonso is due $850,000 in remaining salary this season, plus some not-likely-to-be-earned bonuses.

ESPN’s Nick Wagoner contributed to this report.

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Ashworth Barnes & 713 Motoring Design “HoneyBadger” Car for Tyrann Mathieu

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Houston’s own Ashworth Barnes and his custom auto shop 713 Motoring have created a masterpiece with the new “HoneyBadger” car. The car is a reimagined 1987 Monte Carlo owned by NFL star Tyrann Mathieu. The car’s design is based off the football players nickname the HoneyBadger.  The car features a gold on gold concept, house of colors pagan gold candy paint with 24k forgiato gold accessories. The hinges and vents have been gold plated as well. It aslo features a peanut butter leather and suede combination on a fully redesigned interior layout. This layout is highlighted with an iPad mini, bluetooth capabilities and LED lights. Passenger door has a tribute to Tyrann Mathieu’s alma mater LSU and driver door had the Lombardi trophy commemorating the Chiefs 2020 Super Bowl win. 

About Ashworth Barnes

Ashworth Barnes is an custom automotive entrepreneur from Houston, Texas. His company, 713 Motoring was recognized by Complex Magazine in 2013 as being one of the 20 best custom car shops in America. When he isn’t conceptually creating or customizing the baddest cars in the country, Ashworth enjoys travel, live sporting events and live music. Ashworth also attributes staying active in the community and attending church gives him the inspiration he needs to create colorfully. During his 18 year career in the automotive industry he has reached several accolades Ashworth has won carshows graced magazine covers and coordinated holiday food drives for the less fortunate. Over the years Ashworth has maintained professional relationships with several A listers, professional athletes and entertainers. Ashworth was raised on the aouthside of Houston, Texas by a single mother with the help of grandparents and a host of relatives.

About 713 Motoring

In 2002, 713 Motoring was founded with one intention, to become the Architect Of An Automotive Lifestyle, using the most innovative tools and technology while maintaining our signature trendsetting designs. Today, we continue to expand upon these values to offer our clients the highest quality and most unique lifestyles possible.   Through aggressive marketing, exceptional customer service, superior product quality and innovative designs, we have become the leader in the auto customization industry.  

To keep ups with Ashworth Barnes & 713 Motoring, you can follow him Instagram @713ab.

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Alexander Rodriguez, aka ItsAlexHype, Makes a Profit From the Internet

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At 17-years-old, Alexander Rodriguez, aka ItsAlexHype, has managed to utilize the internet for profit. As a Hispanic influencer and entrepreneur from Florida, Alexander advertises on his network, along with growth campaigns, and is engaged in drop shipping which is an extremely popular business model for new entrepreneurs. 

Other than that, he is also a TikToker who has accumulated over 50 million views with his 4 million followers. 

How He Began on the Internet 

Throughout his whole life, Alexander shares that the internet has inspired him while his drive to earn money keeps him motivated. 

He began his journey at the young age of 12 where he was creating and running niché pages in sports, memes, relatable content, and many more. This was Alexander’s beginning and was where he first left his mark on the internet. 

An Upcoming Entrepreneur 

Realizing his natural ability to skyrocket growth on his social media accounts, Alexander started drop shipping, a business model that purchases the items it sells from a third-party supplier or manufacturer, who then sends the order directly to the consumer. 

By utilizing his large following network and other promotional methods, Alexander was able to target his products to the niche of his audience which allowed for a large number of sales along with returning customers. 

Growing His Following

Other than being an entrepreneur, Alexander is also an influencer. His chosen platform is TikTok where he is currently sitting on about 452,000 followers and is growing exponentially by the day thanks to his followers who are known as the Hamsters.

Together with his Hamster gang, Alexander is on a mission this 2021 to take over the platform and win the race with other TikTok users by reaching the goal of amassing a total of one million followers. 

“I also am growing with clients who enjoy branding and blowing up their businesses! Musicians, entrepreneurs, and public figures have been working closely with me to be able to grow and expand my network and resources,” Alexander said. 

What He’s Learned So Far

On his journey to success, Alexander has learned a great deal such as the importance of networking and loyalty to achieve a properly working team. 

He has also discovered the true value of his loyal followers who have followed him from platform to platform and niche to niche since he started, eventually becoming part of his secret to success. 

“I also realized how important it is to prioritize your time because as I got older I realized how much I was doing at such a young age and that I was not alone, tons of teens were making money and expanding their online presence as well,” he added. 
Get to know more about Alexander, aka ItsAlexHype, by checking his accounts on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.

At 17-years-old, Alexander Rodriguez, aka ItsAlexHype, has managed to utilize the internet for profit. As a Hispanic influencer and entrepreneur from Florida, Alexander advertises on his network, along with growth campaigns, and is engaged in drop shipping which is an extremely popular business model for new entrepreneurs. 

Other than that, he is also a TikToker who has accumulated over 50 million views with his 4 million followers. 

How He Began on the Internet 

Throughout his whole life, Alexander shares that the internet has inspired him while his drive to earn money keeps him motivated. 

He began his journey at the young age of 12 where he was creating and running niché pages in sports, memes, relatable content, and many more. This was Alexander’s beginning and was where he first left his mark on the internet. 

An Upcoming Entrepreneur 

Realizing his natural ability to skyrocket growth on his social media accounts, Alexander started drop shipping, a business model that purchases the items it sells from a third-party supplier or manufacturer, who then sends the order directly to the consumer. 

By utilizing his large following network and other promotional methods, Alexander was able to target his products to the niche of his audience which allowed for a large number of sales along with returning customers. 

Growing His Following

Other than being an entrepreneur, Alexander is also an influencer. His chosen platform is TikTok where he is currently sitting on about 452,000 followers and is growing exponentially by the day thanks to his followers who are known as the Hamsters.

Together with his Hamster gang, Alexander is on a mission this 2021 to take over the platform and win the race with other TikTok users by reaching the goal of amassing a total of one million followers. 

“I also am growing with clients who enjoy branding and blowing up their businesses! Musicians, entrepreneurs, and public figures have been working closely with me to be able to grow and expand my network and resources,” Alexander said. 

What He’s Learned So Far

On his journey to success, Alexander has learned a great deal such as the importance of networking and loyalty to achieve a properly working team. 

He has also discovered the true value of his loyal followers who have followed him from platform to platform and niche to niche since he started, eventually becoming part of his secret to success. 

“I also realized how important it is to prioritize your time because as I got older I realized how much I was doing at such a young age and that I was not alone, tons of teens were making money and expanding their online presence as well,” he added
Get to know more about Alexander, aka ItsAlexHype, by checking his accounts on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.

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HAKKI’S: A CHAMPION OF GOLD HEART

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2020 has been one of the toughest years. From pandemics to all time unemployment highs, there is no doubt that this year will have its downturns forever edged in history. For most, this year has meant survival for friends and family. Yet, it seems that a simple pizza chef is taking things further, reaching beyond his own circle of people to help strangers in dire need.

Hakki Akdeniz, owner of Champion Pizza, is one of the hidden gens who has been helping feed the homeless during a year where they were hit the hardest. From hurricane to pandemic, https://www.instagram.com/p/CHudcMtFioW/?igshid=1d18mt8t7oe2a nothing seems to stop this man from being charitable to his greatest capabilities. Of his impressive charitable acts including delivering food to the homeless via food trucks during a recent charity event in New York City. That is just one event of many more events which he has already done and continues to do. Hakki Akdeniz recently began a new company, Hakki’s Pizza, which is now selling frozen pizza at supermarkets. 

Hakki Akdeniz does not limit himself to giving out food to the homeless. He also gives out money and clothes, some of which as seen on social media even tend to be his own clothes. https://www.instagram.com/p/CJPQ0zxFkt0/?igshid=kfh8296lhjyy

I asked Hakki what his inspiration was for giving out so much, especially during times of scarcity where giving is the hardest thing. He said “You know, I really just want to give back. I once was homeless too, and I know what it’s like to be there. That’s why I feel the need to help those in need and spread love and kindness to everyone regardless of who they are. My goal is to inspire others to do the same. I believe that if we can all work together more, then anything will be possible. Just look at me, no one would’ve thought back when I was homeless that I would’ve created such a large brand. This is why we need to give back. We need to give everyone an equal chance to chase opportunities which they were never able to get because of their situation.”

I asked Hakki Akdeniz how he was able to spend so much on charitable deeds, assuming he must make a lot of money. I also asked how he expects the average person to do such charitable deeds if they don’t earn such large amounts of money. Hakki Akdeniz answered “I really don’t have as much money as people think. But, the one thing I believe in most is the cycle of life. When I give this money to the homeless, good things always come back. But I don’t do it for good things, I do it to genuinely help them. I am saying this because I want to encourage more people to do more to help. Anything can be done, it doesn’t have to be money. It can be as simple as giving advice to the homeless or some other simple actions. Charity does not always have to be glamorous, as it can be as simple as spreading kind words to the homeless and showing them the same respect you would show anyone else.”

A champion of gold heart, Hakki Akdeniz uses pizza and compassion to help the homeless and serves as an inspiration to others to do the same. To keep up with Hakki, you can follow him in Instagram @hakkiakdenizz

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