Former Ravens coach and current Fox NFL analyst Brian Billick joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to discuss the current workings of the NFL, how the general managers dominate the league, and what he sees the Patriots doing during this training camp.

 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media Thursday morning as the team prepared to open training camp. Asked about disgruntled offensive lineman Logan Mankins, Belichick stated: "All the players that are here are under contract. Logan's not under contract."

 

Belichick addressed the release of linebacker Shawn Crable, who failed a team physical. "We didn't feel like he was ready to compete and participate right now," Belichick said of the 2008 third-round draft pick. The coach implied that Crable could eventually be brought back.

The Patriots announced Wednesday afternoon that they had signed first-round pick Devin McCourty and released outside linebacker Shawn Crable. Crable, a third-round pick of New England in 2008, was dogged by injures in his two seasons with the Patriots, landing on season-ending injured reserve in both 2008 and 2009. Thought to be a player who could give the pass rush a jolt, the Michigan product never played in a single regular-season game for New England.

The Patriots have agreed to terms on a contract with first-round draft pick Devin McCourty, a source told ESPN's Mike Reiss. McCourty, the last of the team's 12 draft picks to sign, is expected to be on the field for Thursday's first practice of training camp.

 

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I have a confession to make about a very serious matter. They say that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, so here goes. I’m going to admit this publicly for the first time.

My name is Jerry. And I’m … a Patriots Training Camp-oholic.



According to Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com, the Bengals and wide receiver Terrell Owens have agreed on a one-year contract.

 

The wideout will receive a base salary of $2 million and can earn another $2 million in incentives, according to the report.

 

Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five TDs last season in Buffalo. 

 

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Jack Tatum, the former Raiders defensive back whose paralyzing hit on Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley during an exhibition game in 1978 made him a target of New England fans, died Tuesday at 61 after a heart attack, according to Ohio's 10TV.com. Tatum was an All-American at Ohio State who went on to have a 10-year career in the NFL, spending nine of those seasons in Oakland. Tatum, who went to three Pro Bowls, was nicknamed "The Assassin" and played off his reputation as a hard-hitting defensive back who often left wide receivers with concussions or worse.

Wide receiver Wes Welker, outside linebacker Shawn Crable and defensive lineman Kade Weston have all placed on the active/physically unable to perform list by the Patriots, according to a league source. All three players are eligible to come off the list at any time, but in doing so, the team has left open the possibility that they could start the regular season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list — which would force them to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. While they are on the PUP list, it also frees up roster spots.

ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about news around the league. Touching on the Tom Brady situation, Mortensen insists that Brady is not happy despite reports that his contract talks with the team are progressing. "I think he'll always handle it like a pro, but I trust very much the people I talk to that he absolutely has not been happy about this situation," Mortensen said, adding, "Why would we expect Tom to be happy, making $6.5 million?

A league source has confirmed that Patriots second-round pick Brandon Spikes has agreed to a four-year deal worth just over $3.2 million, with a signing bonus of $960,000. Spikes is the 11th member of New England's 12-man draft class to agree to a deal, leaving only first-round pick Devin McCourty without a contract.

 

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