ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the goings-on around the league.
Asked for an analysis of defensive end Trevor Pryce's acquisition by the Jets, Schefter explained: "Basically, Baltimore assumed that he would just re-sign with them. And the more I looked into this situation, the more I thought, 'Boy, I think that was a little naive.' Because basically, they cut his salary in the offseason by $2 1/2 million. And I think anybody that has their salary cut by any employer has a little thing inside them.
"So, they cut his salary, then they cut him — which, he's got his salary guaranteed. But they give him a window to go out and talk to Rex Ryan, who he vowed if he ever had the chance to play for, he would. The Jets need pass rushers from the inside part of the defensive line. They called Trevor, and boom, the deal got done...
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as the team prepares for Monday night's game against the Dolphins in Miami.
Mayo said the key for the Patriots is to improve their run-stopping defense. "A lot of teams have been trying to get us out of our base defense, base 3-4 defense, trying to get us in sub packages, like nickel and dime and things like that, and run the ball," he said. "So, I think if we can go out there and stay in base and stop the run in sub, I think we'll be fine."
Mayo also addressed the defense's struggles on third down. "On third down, I don't know, we haven't been able to get off the field," he said. "Sometimes it's penalties, sometimes it's been lack of awareness of where the sticks are. We have to change that, We have to change that trend, hopefully Monday."
While the Jets...
As part of a plea deal with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, sports columnist Jay Mariotti pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence Thursday and was sentenced to three years probation and 40 hours of community labor. Mariotti was arrested in August after allegedly pushing and grabbing his girlfriend. Read more about that story, plus check out other news, videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
CHICAGO -- Adrian Beltre's player option for 2011 officially doubled, from $5 million to $10 million, after he reached 640 plate appearances for the season with his three at-bats in the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the White Sox, Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Beltre, who came into the game with 638 plate appearances, hadn't reached the level of PA's since 2006, when he finished with 681. The third baseman has now had at least 640 plate appearances four times in his career.
Even with option jumping up by $5 million, it almost certainly won't factor into Beltre's approach to committing to a team this offseason. He inked the one-year, $10 million deal with the Red Sox prior to the 2010 campaign with an eye on securing a multi-year deal following the season. The plan has worked for the 31-year-old, who is hitting .321 with 28 home runs and an OPS of .923.
"It doesn't mean anything to me," said Beltre, who has...
CHICAGO -- Jon Lester failed in his attempt to become the first Red Sox' left-handed pitcher to win 20 games since Mel Parnell accomplished the feat in 1953, giving up eight runs on nine hits over four innings against the White Sox, Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The end result of the outing was an 8-2 loss for the Red Sox in their series finale against the White Sox.
Lester, who would have been the Red Sox' first 20-game winner (and 28th overall) since Josh Beckett (2007), succumbed to a grand slam by Paul Konkero in the fourth inning, and a Dayan Viciedo two-run shot in the fifth. Lester finishes the season at 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA. He left the game with the Red Sox carrying a six-run deficit.
The Red Sox' offense was supplied by Victor Martinez, who launched a two-run homer to left field, scoring Marco Scutaro in the third inning, giving the visitors a one-run lead at the time.
OXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Week 16 battle between the 11-3 Patriots and 3-11 New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Curtis spoke with some nut jobs outside the courtroom.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Jeff Goodman discussed the Rondo trade.
Christian quizzes Lou and Tim on which songs were used for torture by the CIA, and Tim is upset he couldn't remember Team America: World Police
We check in with the playmaker, the hall of famer Michael Irvin for a look at the NFL and all things Patriots as they prepare to face the Jets.
Dale and Michael discuss the trade of Rajon Rondo, and whether it ultimately was a good deal for the Celtics.
We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
Jen Royle joins the show to talk about The Taste and what its like working with amazing chefs and how her personality is going over with viewers.
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Dale and Michael are live on the air as the Rondo deal goes down.More from this show