The Patriots announced Wednesday they have signed defensive back Nate Jones, who is in his eighth NFL season. Terms of the contract were not announced.
Jones, 29, has played with Dallas (2004-07), Miami (2008-09, 11) and Denver (2010). He originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by Dallas (205th overall) out of Rutgers in 2004. Jones, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, has played in 101 games with 10 starts and has 163 total tackles, 6.0 sacks, three interceptions and 59 special teams tackles. Jones has also played in three postseason games, two with Dallas and one with Miami.
After four seasons in Dallas, Jones signed with Miami as an unrestricted free agent in 2008. He signed with Denver as an unrestricted free agent in 2010. Jones was released by Denver on Aug. 29 and signed back with Miami on Sept. 20 and played in two games with the Dolphins before being released on Oct. 5.
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NESN analyst Andy Brickley joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning for his weekly appearance and to discuss the Bruins' home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs that starts on Wednesday night in Toronto. The teams will square off in Boston in the second game on Saturday.
The Leafs lead the Northeast division with 30 points, while the Bruins are right on their heels with 29 points in second place. Boston already is 2-0 against the Leafs this season, though, winning the latest game on Nov. 5 in blowout fashion, 7-0. Brickley explained that the Bruins match up well with the Maple Leafs.
"I like the matchups. I think Boston matches up pretty good against Toronto," Brickley said. "It'll be a little bit more difficult here in Toronto because of the change situation, so you'll see a little bit of chess match tonight trying to get [Zdeno] Chara basically and his partner out there tonight against Phil Kessel and his...
Steve Phillips, who was general manager of the Mets during Bobby Valentine's last managerial stint a decade ago, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the man reported to be Red Sox' new bench boss.
"He's certainly a big personality and a guy that I think has proven he can handle a large market," Phillips said. "He can be polarizing, there's no question about that, because he is such an emotional guy. But he's also one of the best students of the game. He's a great teacher. I came across Bobby when I was a minor league player in the Mets farm system, and he was the most impactful coach I ever had contact with. And then working with him in the front office, he's very good at evaluating talent. He is a guy that is very good at the strategic aspect of the game, the tactical aspect of the game.
"I think he's going to do a terrific job, I really do. I know that he and I had our battles at times, but...
Last week, it was a Giants player who expressed concern about New York fans' loyalty. On Tuesday, it was the Jets' turn. Safety Jim Leonhard is not pleased that quarterback Mark Sanchez received a mix of cheers and boos when he was introduced to the MetLife Stadium crowd before Sunday's win over the Bills.
"I think we have a great crowd," Leonhard said. "I think probably for one of the first times, I was kind of disappointed. Our starting quarterback gets booed in introductions. It’s kind of one of those things, that’s frustrating when … as players, you kind of turn to each other and say, ‘You know what? I guess we’re in this one today by ourselves. We can’t rely on the crowd to give us that energy because it’s already started out on a bad note.’ So I will say that this past weekend was really the first time that I’ve been kind of frustrated going into a game, which is bad.”...
Celtics president Danny Ainge may be up to something big. According to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick, Ainge is actively trying to trade Rajon Rondo for New Orleans guard Chris Paul.
Citing multiple sources, Amick said that Ainge is "highly motivated" to land Paul but has run into resistance from the Hornets, who need a third team to make the trade work. Ainge tried to acquire Paul in the 2005 draft, offering Paul Pierce in an attempt to move up to the third pick in the draft.
Paul can be a free agent after this season, and speculation had him interested in joining the Knicks, but New York lacks the trade resources to land the four-time All-Star. There will be a long list of teams interested in acquiring Paul, including the Lakers.
Meanwhile, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that Ainge offered Rondo and Jeff...
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
Schill joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk after his controversial Facebook post sparked outrage on social media.More from this show
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.More from this show
Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.More from this show