Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and one of the biggest topics of conversation was the NCAA sanctions against Carroll's previous employer, USC, and how Carroll believed that the Trojans were hurt by the actions of just one person (Lloyd Lake, who bestowed gifts on Reggie Bush in an effort to represent him) rather than it being an issue within the university.

 

According to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss has hired Joel Segal as his new agent Thursday, according a league source. Moss, who is entering the final year of his contract, fired his longtime agent, Tom DiPiero, in the spring. The 33-year-old proceeded to interview numerous candidates before settling on Segal, who also represents Patriots Gerard Warren and Brandon Tate. For more Patriots news see the team page at weei.com/patriots.

 

 

 

Wide receiver Terrell Owens said Wednesday morning he’d “definitely be open” to playing for the Patriots. The 36-year-old wide receiver, currently a free agent, told WJMN Radio he’d welcome an opportunity to play in New England.

“I’d definitely be open to that,” said Owens, who played with the Bills last season and caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns.

Multiple reports indicate the Patriots have signed seventh-round pick Brandon Deaderick to a four-year contract. (UPDATE, 4:44 pm: Sources have confirmed that Deaderick has indeed signed a four-year deal with New England.) In his four-year career with Alabama, the 6-foot-4, 287-pound Deaderick started 31 of 44 career games, and accumulated 82 total tackles and 8.0 sacks. Deaderick was taken 247th overall, one of three seventh-round picks by the Patriots. Deaderick's deal is reportedly worth $1.83 million dollars, and included a signing bonus of just over $40,000.

Multiple sources have told WEEI.com the Patriots were one of 20 teams in attendance today in Provo, Utah for the workout of BYU’s Harvey Unga. Unga, BYU’s all-time leading rusher, withdrew from the school in the spring, citing an honor code violation, and decided to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, scheduled for July 15.

The 6-foot, 237-pound Unga rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons with the Cougars. For his collegiate career, he gained 3,455 yards and scored 36 touchdowns.

For a guy who suffered an absolutely horrific knee injury in the regular-season finale against the Texans in January, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker looked surprisingly nimble in workouts this spring. He was limited, but was still able to participate in practice for large stretches of time — his usual MO involved working with the team through stretching and opening drills before retreating from sight when situational drills began.

Speaking on the Fenway Park field prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Saturday night, Bill Polian, the president of the Indianapolis Colts, spoke on what might await teams such as the Colts and Patriots when it comes to the challenges that will come with attempting to re-sign their superstar quarterbacks.

 

Bay Area quarterback guru Tom Martinez — who has worked with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady consistently since the signal-caller was a teenager — said Brady had a broken finger and three broken ribs at the end of the 2009 season.

The stretch between now and the final week of July — the start of training camp — is usually the quietest time on the NFL calendar. Most everyone is away prepping for the start of a new year, attempting to squeeze in a few final weeks of vacation before the long season ahead.



The New England Patriots released running back Pat Paschall Thursday afternoon. Paschall, 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of North Dakota State on April 29. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.