A league source confirmed a report to WEEI.com that the Patriots have expressed interest in free agent defensive end Marques Douglas and the two sides have spoken, but Douglas has not yet been to Foxboro for a visit. Douglas is a 6-foot-2, 290-pounder who just completed his 11th season in the NFL, and has played for the Jets (2009), Baltimore (1999, 2001-04, 2008), San Francisco (2005-07) and New Orleans (2000). The 32-year-old had his finest season in 2004 with the Ravens, when he finished with 72 tackles and 5.5 sacks. The news was first reported by the Boston Herald. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King was a guest on the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon to talk about NFL offseason maneuverings and downplayed the effect of free agency, calling it "a little bit of fool's gold now." Said King: "For the most part, free agency, especially expensive, first-weekend free agency, very rarely pays off as effectively as a team had hoped it would."
King addressed the Patriots' wide receiver situation and said it's a big concern. "I just think right now you can bring in the Josh Reeds and you can do a lot of the things of that sort of Scotch taping the receiver position together," King said. "But I tell you one thing, that position would really worry me on Labor Day weekend if the Patriots don't have an established receiver added to their stable right now."
Asked about oft-criticized Adalius Thomas, King predicted the linebacker will not return to...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's Monday game against the Cardinals at City of Palms Park that Mike Lowell hopes to play in a game later in the week. Lowell took another round of batting practice Monday while continuing his comeback from thumb surgery. In other Sox news, Francona noted that Daisuke Matsuzaka might have to push his next bullpen session back from Tuesday to Wednesday due to the team's travel schedule and pitching coach John Farrell's availability. Outfielder Zach Daeges has been moved to the minor league camp to get treatment on a back (lat) injury that has prevented him from swinging throughout spring training. For Red Sox updates throughout the day, visit the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about NFL free agency. Schefter said the Patriots still are in position to retain defensive back Leigh Bodden if they are willing to make the commitment. "They're still in the picture," he said. "It will come down to Houston or New England, and I would imagine we'll get an answer here in relatively short order, although last year Leigh Bodden dragged his feet in free agency, so perhaps he does it again this year."
Schefter said New England is not a likely landing spot for Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall. "I have not heard Brandon Marshall's name mentioned in New England," Schefter said, noting that the Patriots already have committed a lot of money to re-sign players on their roster, with Tom Brady likely to get a new deal as well this offseason. This leaves the draft as the main source of...
At the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Saturday, there was a presentation of a study that analyzed officials' calls in all the major sports. The results indicate that referees do indeed swallow their whistles in close games and show favoritism toward star players. Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
Butch Stearns, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie discuss the Patriots comeback win over Cleveland and the loss of Rob Gronkowski for the season.
The guys finish up their breakdowns on what to expect today at Gillette and give their pick for a winner.
Curran calls the boys live from Gillette to break down today's game against the Browns. He thinks Cleveland will be a much tougher opponent than most. He also gets into the Ridley situation and if the Pats will look to sign Edelman.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
We stir up a pot of crap when we debate the world cup and the popularity of soccer... pro callers, con-callers, plus Jack Edwards!
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Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
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