"Tremendous progress" has been made on a new contract for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and the deal is close to being done, according to sources close to WEEI’s "Dennis & Callahan" show. (To listen to the audio of the report click here.) The Boston Herald is also reporting that the deal could be worth three years, $58 million.

The timing of Randy Moss' comments were curious.</p>
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Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie has cleared waivers and will be added to the Patriots practice squad. McKenzie, 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, was drafted by the Patriots in the third round (97th overall) of the 2009 draft out of South Florida. He missed the entire 2009 training camp due to an injury and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31 and missed his rookie season. He was released over the weekend, but will now join New England's practice squad. ESPN was the first to report the news.

In an interview Monday with CBSSports.com, Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss spoke about his frustration regarding his current contract status. Moss is entering the final year of a three-year deal and believes that his level of the play with the Patriots warrants an extension.

 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show Monday and discussed the flurry of moves made by the team over the weekend. In getting the roster down to 53 players, the team cut the likes of Derrick Burgess, whom Belichick said can still play in the NFL. The team also added safety Jarrad Page and linebacker Tracy White. 

 

Of the 25-year-old Page, Belichick said the safety is "very sharp, understands concepts, [and] picks things up pretty quickly." He called White, who came over from Philadelphia, an "outstanding special teams player."

FOXBORO — The Patriots filled two more practice squad positions Monday with the signing of rookie running back Javarris James and tight end Jeron Mastrud.

New England now has six players signed to its eight-man practice squad.

FOXBORO — The following players were not on the field during the media availability portion of Patriots practice on Monday: cornerback Terrence Wheatley, offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur. The following players were on the field but in sweats: wide receiver Julian Edelman, cornerback Kyle Arrington, running back Laurence Maroney, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, defensive lineman Ron Brace and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com.

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork joined the Dale & Holley show Monday and talked about the Patriots' preparation for Sunday's season-opener vs. the Benglas. Asked if he felt good about the defense heading into the season, Wilfork replied: "The season starts this week, whether you feel good or not. It is what it is. Every day, you try to get better and move forward. That's where we're at right now. We have a big game coming up with the Bengals. We'll see on Sunday where we're at. I mean, the season's here. You can't go back and re-do anything.

FOXBORO -- Asked whether he would do what Jets coach Rex Ryan did and travel to Florida to help get star cornerback Darrelle Revis on the team, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he wasn't paying attention. 

 

"Yeah, I'm not really familiar with all that," Belichick said. "I don't know what everybody else does. I'm just going to coach the team, do what's best for our team, that's what I'm going to do."

 

Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday to talk about Sunday's season-opener against the Bengals. Meriweather said he's looking forward to going up against the duo of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. "Any time you get a chance to play against two of the elite receivers ever to play the game, you get excited," he said.