A short time ago, the Patriots issued a statement on the franchise tag designation on Vince Wilfork. Here is the full text of that announcement:
The New England Patriots announced that they are utilizing the franchise designation on nose tackle Vince Wilfork in an effort to continue negotiating a long-term agreement. The franchise designation was first used by the Patriots in 2002 when the team applied it to retain the rights to Adam Vinatieri. The designation was later removed when the two sides agreed to a three-year contract extension.
A statement from the Patriots: “A long-term agreement with Vince Wilfork has been the team's top contractual priority for some time. Unfortunately, despite numerous conversations and proposals, the goal has not yet been realized. Vince is a tremendous player for our team and remains a significant part of our future plans. It is because of Vince's importance to this organization that we have...
WEEI.com has learned that the Patriots have assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
The news that Wilfork was franchised was first reported by the Providence Journal.
Wilfork, who just finished the final season of a six-year contract he signed as a rookie, had expressed anger about the possibility of being franchised by the Patriots, saying that would be a “slap in the face.”
“I want a long-term deal, or I want to be free. Point blank. And that’s how I’m looking at it,” he told WEEI. “That’s how my family is looking at it. It’s a short window of opportunity for me to go and make the type of money that I want to make. And hey, like I said, family comes first.
“Yeah, [the franchise tag is] decent money for most people out there. What I do, it’s OK,” he added. “But I...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz made his debut in camp on Monday in Fort Myers and came out swinging against his critics who think he's getting less productive as a slugger. He said it will motivate him this season.
"I think people give up on me too early, too fast, start talking about age and all that kind of stuff," said Ortiz of his critics during a 2009 season in which he batted .238 with 28 homers and 99 RBIs. "You listen to it for a minute, it was the same people who were clapping for you a year before and saying good things about you. Mind change that quick, I don't believe in that but it's a one-minute thing. That's the way I see it. I'm strong enough to deal with that and put that in the past."
For a look at what the future might hold for Ortiz beyond 2010,...
The Patriots announced Monday morning that the field at Gillette Stadium is being resurfaced with FieldTurf Duraspine PRO, scheduled to begin today. The new FieldTurf system will be in place when the Revolution play their 2010 home opener on April 10 against Toronto FC. The first event on the new surface will be the New England Lacrosse Classic on April 3.
“The Patriots and Revolution have enjoyed great success on FieldTurf at Gillette Stadium,” said Jonathan Kraft, president of The Kraft Group. “When we heard that FieldTurf was finalizing the development of Duraspine PRO, we wanted to be one of the first to have it. The surface will set the stadium apart, particularly for soccer events, which pay close attention to the differences in playing surface dynamics when choosing venues.”
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Manny Ramirez made his first appearance at Dodgers spring training Monday morning and said he expects this will be his final season with Los Angeles. "I won't be here next year, so I just want to enjoy myself," Ramirez told the assembled media. "I don't know [if I'll play next year]. I just know I'm not going to be here. When the season is over, I will see where I'm at." The former Red Sox slugger said he has not been told by the team that he isn't in its plans, adding: "I'm just speculating, but I'm not 23 anymore." He also said he would have enjoyed spending more of his career with the Dodgers. "That has been great," he said of his 1-1/2 seasons in LA since being traded from Boston. "I wish I could have been there a long time ago." Read more at the Full Count blog.
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
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.
It's a baseball round table from the winter meetings in Orlando, Rob Bradford talks with Ian Browne, Scott Lauber, Tim Britton, and Jason Mastrodonato.
Buster joins Mut and Merloni live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Buster explains that the market for Stephen Drew has cooled off considerably and executives around the league believe he will return to Boston.
Hazen talks with Mut and Merloni about the on-going offseason process. Mike explains how the Red Sox dove in to free agency immediately after the team’s World Series win. He also explains how the team creates opportunities for young players that are ready to make the jump to the Major League level.
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.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys went over a list of the most annoying people to see on your flight.
The guys opened the show discussing the great reception Doc Rivers got last night at The Garden. They said it was not surprising and well deserved.
Boston College running back Andre Williams joined the show and discussed his record setting season. He said that he will work on his acceptance speech on the flight down to New York.
Jackie MacMullan joins the show to discuss the return of Doc Rivers to Boston and what really happened during the offseason that led to Doc's departure.
Brick joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Shawn Thornton's on ice actions last week against the Penguins and what type of suspension he may be facing.
Mut and Merloni react to Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston and they discuss the way he left the Celtics.
We debate the hit, and what Shawn Thornton deserves to get and will get for a suspension from the NHL when he faces his discipline hearing on Friday for his K/O hit of the Penguins Brooks Orpik.
We check in with Jack Edwards of NESN and focus on the Bruins, and more specifically Sean Thornton's upcoming discipline hearing for his cheap-shot hit on Brooks Orpik of the Penguins.
We focus on multi-sport athletes in today's four topics at 4PM.
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.
No Jenny Dell today, but Mikey's back and we're answering questions bitches!
We answer what you ask... and by we mean Salk, Holley and special guest Jenny Dell of NESN!
Answering questions, its what we do.
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