The agent for second-round pick Brandon Spikes said Sunday morning he is "hopeful" the Patriots will agree to their latest contract offer.
"Regarding the Spikes negotiation, I have put together a contract offer to them that meets past precedent and custom," said Terry Watson. "I am hopeful they accept it."
With the news that fellow second-rounders Rob Gronkowski and Jermaine Cunningham have come to terms, Spikes and first-round pick Devin McCourty are the only two (of the dozen) members of the 2010 draft class who have yet to agree to a contract. The rookie portion of training camp is set to begin Sunday, while veterans report for their first practice on Thursday.
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According to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter the Patriots have signed second-round pick Rob Gronkowski. The news comes on the heels of the Pats agreeing to terms with defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, according to a report by WEEI.com's Christopher Price. The Patriots' other second round pick, linebacker Brandon Spikes, remains unsigned, as does first-round selection Devin McCourty.
Update: According to ProFootballTalk.com, Gronkowski's deal is worth four years at $4.44 million, $2.59 million of which is guaranteed. For a complete breakdown of the deal click here.
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Red Sox starter Jon Lester had the stuff to make history on Saturday, retiring the first 16 Mariners hitters he faced, 10 of them by way of the strikeout. But his bid for perfection was ended with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, when a line drive to left-center by Seattle shortstop Jack Wilson clanged off the glove of center fielder Eric Patterson for an error. Wilson reached second, and against the next batter, Lester -- pitching out of the stretch for the first time of the game -- hung a curveball to Michael Saunders, who crushed it into the right field stands for a two-run home run.
The Mariners later rallied for three more runs in the eighth against Lester (11-5) and reliever Manny Delcarmen. Those additional runs proved unnecessary against a Sox team that could produce no offense of its own en route to a startling 5-1 loss.
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Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell, in his second rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket, went 4-for-4 with three doubles against the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A affiliate of the Indians) on Saturday. Two of the doubles were lined to left field, one kicked off the glove of the Clippers' first baseman and into right field and the single was dunked into right. After his fourth hit, Lowell -- who played first base on Saturday -- was lifted for a pinch-runner.
Lowell has now played two rehab games for Pawtucket. He will play again on Sunday, starting at third base.
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Rajon Rondo told Yahoo! Sports that although the Miami Heat "should be good" in 2009-10, they aren't necessarily the favorites to win the NBA crown.
"They should be good, but they ain't done nothing yet," Rondo told Marc Spears following a recent practice for Team USA in Las Vegas. "They ain't done nothing."
The prospect of facing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami doesn't appear to faze the All-Star point guard.
"What is there to be nervous for?” Rondo said to Yahoo!. “I’m worried about L.A. That’s the team we need to beat. Miami looks really good on paper, and I’m sure they’re going to be really good. But they still have to come together as a team. I’m not saying they won’t, but who knows if those guys can jell?
Tom joined the show after the close win over Oakland.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 16-9 win over the Raiders and debate how big the Patriots' issues are.
Tom E. calls the boys to give his take on the week 3 home opener in which it should end in a Patriots victory.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe and Dave talk with David Ortiz after he hits two home runs to propel the Red Sox to an extra-innings win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.
As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Tom joined the show after the close win over Oakland.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to discuss week 3 in the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Jerod Mayo gives Christian karaoke advice and previews the Patriots home opener.
Christian chooses his song for Karaoke tonight.
Adam Schefter joins MFB to talk about the latest with Roger Goodell and how he is going to handle his upcoming press conference.
We check in with the great 88, the playmaker Michael Irvin joins Dale and Holley.
Michael, Dale and Tom E. Curran break down, react and take your calls about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's first public press conference this regular season.
For our final segment we take a look back at the infamous Snow Bowl and the Tuck Rule play, this time via Raiders radio and more.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Jerry Thornton joins Dino and Kirk for the second edition of Breaking Balls. They dive into a variety of topics including their feelings about polarizing Boston sports media members.
Your beloved hosts are joined by WEEI.com Bruins reporter DJ Bean as well as producer of the Dennis & Callahan Show, Craig "Sausage" Sawisch. Support America: Support Your Local Post Office
Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.
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