FOXBORO -- Tom Brady admitted Wednesday he has a very close friendship with Randy Moss off the field but he stopped well short of pleading to coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots to make a waiver claim on the troubled wide receiver. 


FOXBORO -- One day after reporting following a three-month holdout, offensive guard Logan Mankins admitted he's not sure if he got what he wanted out of his dispute with the Patriots. But he acknowledged Wednesday at a news conference at Gillette Stadium that he missed the game and was happy to be back with his teammates.


"I'm not looking at it like I'm early," said Mankins, who came back two weeks before the deadline for receiving credit for playing this season. "I'm eight weeks late. I felt like it was the time to come back."


Mike Florio of joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to offer his insight on the latest NFL news, mainly the Randy Moss waiver situation.


Said Florio: "My first thought when this all went down Monday is that New York had better get ready for Randy Moss, because he fits the profile. ... Rex Ryan presses the right buttons and gets maximum performance out of these guys. But the Jets are down near the bottom of the list when it comes down to the waiver priority."


Wide receiver Randy Moss was in New Jersey meeting with members of the Jets on Tuesday morning, according to New York's WFAN Radio. Host Craig Carton, citing unidentified sources, said Wednesday morning that Moss was meeting, “at the same spot Mark Sanchez likes to frequent near his home.” Moss was placed on waivers by the Vikings on Tuesday, and teams have 24 hours to claim the wide receiver, with the team that has the worst record getting first crack at landing him. The Patriots, who at 6-1 have the best record in the NFL, will have the last chance to claim him.

While most everyone else was taking bets on where he would end up — the Dolphins, the Rams, the Seahawks, the Jets ... or even (gasp) the Patriots — wide receiver Randy Moss wants your opinion on where he should go.

The Patriots worked out wide receiver Taj Smith earlier this week, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Smith, 27, was an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse who signed with the Packers in 2008 but was cut before the start of the season and spent much of the next two years with the Colts before he was released prior to the start of the 2010 campaign. A 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, his best collegiate season came as a junior when he caught 44 passes for 822 yards and five touchdowns for Syracuse.

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The Patriots have signed quarterback Jonathan Crompton to the practice squad, according to a league source. The 23-year-old Crompton was a fifth-round pick of the Chargers in 2010 out of Tennessee, but was cut before the start of the regular season. Last season with the Vols, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder completed 58.3 percent of his throws for 2,800 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. For more Patriots news, check out

According to multiple reports, wide receiver Randy Moss has officially been placed on waivers by the Vikings.

The Patriots confirmed that guard Logan Mankins has returned to the team. While there has not yet been a roster move to add Mankins, head coach Bill Belichick said that he expected that move to take place today.


"It’s good to have him back with the team. He’s part of the team now," Belichick said in a conference call, praising the two-time Pro Bowler for his toughness, intelligence and dependability. "You just can’t have too many guys like that on your football team. We’re glad he’s back."