Mike Florio of NBCSports, and ProFootballTalk.com, joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib, and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs, to a CB-needy team.
[0:03:09] ... where he said he looks forward to working with a new coach LovieSmith there's been no smoke signals. From Revis is people as to what he would like to do now keep this in mind ... [0:04:59] ... know what. You got a lot of good well now for hiring LovieSmith you can move on from Darrelle Revis depends on what you get by way of trade -- now's the time to do ... [0:06:05] ... million dollar a year offer that's what Grimes is getting from the MiamiDolphins and the problem for the patriots and this is an Aaron Hernandez offshoot. You can't give a big chunk of money to ... [0:08:04] ... Vontae Davis Terrell brown from the 49ers Walter Thurmond from the Seahawks CharlesTillman although he's. On the wrong side of thirty as well so there are other options out there for the patriots if they ...
San Francisco also announced Monday that the two sides agreed to a two-year deal, but the team did not disclose the terms of the contract. According to ESPN NFL insider ED Werder, sources believe Boldin agreed to a deal worth $12 million that includes a guaranteed $9 million.
“We are pleased that Anquan has chosen to continue his career as a 49er,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a team statement. “He is a consummate professional whose love and respect for the game provide a tremendous example for all players.
“Anquan has been a very productive player throughout his career, and we look forward to his future contributions to our team and community.”
Last season, the 33-year-old wide receiver had 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns.
During a press conference following the announcement of the deal, Boldin also came out in defense of his coachJim Harbaugh. A recent report by the San Francisco Chronicle stated that a rift existed in the 49ers locker room because of the coach.
“I don’t think there’s any rift between players and coaches, particularly coach Harbaugh,” Boldin said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “He has good rapport with all the guys I know of. There’s no gripes in the locker room when it comes to coach Harbaugh. He wants to win and everybody in the locker room wants to do the same. We’re usually on the same page and if not, we have it where we can talk to him and he can talk to us.”
– NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter Monday morning that linebacker Donald Butler and the Chargers have signed a multi-tiered deal that will keep Butler in San Diego for at least three years.
Butler will make roughly $12 million in the first year of his contract and will make $15 million over the next two seasons. The Chargers, who picked up Butler in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft, then have an option for a four-year extension where Butler will make between $8 million and $9.5 million per year.
Last season, Butler served as the Chargers defensive captain while making 85 tackles and picking up one interception even though he suffered a groin injury that forced him out of three games.
– Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes and the Dolphins have agreed to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.
According to ESPN, the extension is worth $32 million and will include $16 million in guaranteed money.
“I want to be back,” Grimes said. “But you never know in this business and when it all worked out, I was happy.”
After suffering a torn Achilles in 2012 while playing for the Falcons, Grimes and Miami agreed to a one-year deal. Then, Grimes had one of the best seasons of his career as he was tied for the team lead with four interceptions and earned his second Pro Bowl bid.
“If we just make a few more game-changing plays and fix the little things, that will give us the opportunity to win more games and go deeper into the playoffs,” Grimes said.
The deal marked the first major contract agreement for Miami’s new general manager Dennis Hickey.
“I am thrilled that we have been able to reach an agreement with Brent to keep him as a member of the Miami Dolphins,” Hickey said. “Brent is a two-time Pro Bowler who has been a valuable piece to our organization.”
–SafetyBernard Pollard announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that he will remain with Tennessee for the next couple of years.
Thank God!!! I’ll be a Titan for the next couple years!!! TitanUp
Pollard, who said late in the season that he did not know what his future was with the Titans, led Tennessee with 142 tackles this past season and was second on the team with two interceptions. He had previously penned an one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Titans last offseason after he was released by the Ravens.
“We were pleased with the job Bernard did for us in his first season with us last year,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said. “Getting this deal done today helps our overall plan for this offsason. We still have work ahead of us trying to retain some of our other players, but we are glad to be able to get this one done.”
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the off-season. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agents relationship with the team.
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Lightning at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Heat at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pelicans at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV) College basketball: Florida State at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: UCF at Temple, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa State at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Florida at Houston, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Marquette at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Alabama at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Arizona State at Oregon, 11 p.m. (FS1)
MLB preseason: Astros at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Rangers at Angels, 3 p.m. (FS1)
MLB preseason: Orioles at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
– Jason Collins, who was warmly received by the Brooklyn crowd during his home debut with the Nets on Monday night, will return to the team on a second 10-day contract after his current deal expires Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Collins, the league’s first openly gay player, then is expected to be signed for the remainder of the season after his second 10-day deal.
“I’m just trying to be Jason Collins,” he said. “What Jackie Robinson did for the sport of baseball and our society [is] tremendous. But I am just trying to be Jason Collins.”
Collins’ jersey has been a best-seller since shortly after he signed on Feb. 23. He wears No. 98 in honor of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student from Wyoming who was tortured and killed in 1998.
“Honestly, I have been a little bit surprised,” Collins said. “But it is great to see all that support for the jersey and all that it stands for and why I chose the number. It is one of those pleasant surprises in life, and thank you to all the people who have gone out there and bought the jersey.”
– The U.S. Soccer team is scheduled to play Ukraine in an exhibition game Wednesday, and the game appears to be on despite the political violence ravaging the country. The match was moved out of Ukraine to Cyprus last week, but the head of Ukraine’s soccer federation said Monday that the team would not go following Russia’s intervention in the crisis over the weekend.
However, that appears to have changed, as U.S. Soccer released a statement Monday night saying: “The Football Federation of Ukraine confirmed that their team will travel to Cyprus and the match will proceed as scheduled.”
Meanwhile, the referee slated to work the match had his car bombed in Cyprus on Friday. While Leontios Trattou was not in the car and escaped injury, Cyprus postponed all of its first-division matches over the weekend.
Ukraine did not qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
A vacancy opened when Tim McCarver retired after last season, and Fox decided on Reynolds and Verducci a couple of months ago, after having them do a practice broadcast together in St. Louis late last season.
“The people calling the World Series have a unique relationship with the game and a special responsibility to baseball,” Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said (via Sports Illustrated). “The broadcasting side of baseball is kind of placed on a mantle, and with someone doing it for 30 years like Tim, it was the biggest decision in my time here.”
Former Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler and 2014 Hall of Famer Frank Thomas will be part of the pregame show, hosted by Kevin Burkhardt.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 4, 1984, which standout Red Sox catcher from the 1930s was chosen for the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee?