Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, in an interview on ESPN's Mike & Mike Show, discussed his desire for a long-term deal and why he has yet to sign a one-year, $9.5 million franchise tenure.
"Right now, i'm just kind of in a wait and see position," Welker said in the interview. "I feel like my body of work over the last five years, it hadn't been any sort of one-hit wonder or anything else. I think it's deserving of a long-term contract. Hopefully we come to that point and make something happen. I think we'll get on the same page. It's just a matter of getting those discussions going and make something happen."
Asked whether he would hold out if a long-term deal was not worked out, Welker did not have a definitive answer.
"It just kind of depends. Obviously, I want to be in New England. Obviously, it's the perfect fit for me,...
The Saints' nightmarish offseason got a little worse Monday as the team denied an ESPN report that claimed general manager Mickey Loomis' booth in the Superdome was wired so he could listen to opposing coaches' radio communications during games.
The "Outside the Lines" report said the system was in place from 2002 until it was disabled following damage to the stadium from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There was no determination if it was ever used.
Loomis explained in a team statement that he watches the games on a small TV in his booth while listening to the radio broadcast through an earpiece.
"To think I am sitting in there listening and actually … doing something with the offensive and defensive play calls of the opposing teams makes this story and the unnamed sources that provided the false information that much more less credible," he said. "It just didn't happen."
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Cody Ross launched a pair of homers, including a go-ahead solo blast to right field in the top of the ninth inning, to propel the Red Sox to a 6-5 win over the Twins in Minnesota. Ross also launched a game-tying two-run blast in the top of the seventh, at a time when the Sox were trailing, 5-3.
The homers were the fourth and fifth of the year for Ross, who leads the Sox in longballs. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia also went deep for the Sox.
Ross' blast made a winner of Daniel Bard, who made his first relief appearance of 2011 in what had appeared an impossible jam. After reliever Franklin Morales allowed a leadoff hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 5-5 tie, Morales retired lefty Joe Mauer on a grounder to first and then handed the baton to Bard, who recorded the second out of the inning when Josh Willingham scorched a liner to third base and then, after an intentional walk, got Ryan Doumit on a flyball to shortstop to end the inning...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and pitcher Daniel Bard both told reporters in Minneapolis, prior to Monday's game between the Red Sox and Twins, that the pitcher's availability in the bullpen is considered temporary. With Bard being skipped in the rotation after Sunday's rainout against the Yankees, the right-hander will be able to pitch in relief, but Valentine portrayed that as a measure intended to keep the pitcher sharp between starts, rather than a longer-term move to address a Red Sox bullpen that ranks last in the majors in ERA.
"It's not a move. It's to keep him active," Valentine told reporters, noting that having Bard pitch would have meant having Jon Lester and Josh Beckett pitch on six days of rest. "[Bard will be] skipped, and to keep him fresh, he'll be in the bullpen. [Moving him to the bullpen for the rest of the year] doesn't look like it's a great temptation. Daniel's pretty well set on being a starter. He's pitched...
Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, in his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work for the Salem Red Sox of the High-A Carolina League. Matsuzaka allowed a pair of solo homers to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, an affiliate of the Royals. He threw 58 pitches, 41 for strikes. He didn't walk any batters while striking out three (all swinging).
The start commenced a 30-day rehab assignment for Matsuzaka during which he will remain on the disabled list. At the conclusion of that, if Matsuzaka is healthy, then he would not be able to pitch again in minor league games.
The 31-year-old is 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA in five seasons with the Red Sox, and went 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in eight games for the Sox last year before suffering a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.
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We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday
Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
The Yankees finished their sweep of the Sox but were ousted from post season contention tonight by the Orioles. The Yankees celebrated David Ortiz' final night in New York with a 5-1 win. Christian Arcand recaps the game.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who is in line to serve as the team's No. 1 starter heading into the postseason. Porcello offers insight in terms of how previous playoff experiences have shaped him heading into this October, while going into detail how he plans on preparing for these starts. The righty also talks about an interesting change he made this season on days he doesn't pitch.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox skipper John Farrell about the turnaround from last season with his club and how hard they worked to reach this point
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Pete, Gerry and Kirk talked with Mike Lombardi and Kirk loves John Krasinski more than Curtis.
Chris Russo on Tom Brady's suspension and Tony Mazz wrote a love letter to David Ortiz.
Pete "randomly" takes callers who think he is doing a great job and Headlines with Kirk.
This week's edition of the WEEI whiner line
Glenn and Lou break down the latest Find Mass Money commercial from Fauria and discover something oddly similar to another famous ad campaign. The guys also discuss the Pats match up vs. the Buffalo Bills, and what the keys to the game will be
Glenn, Lou, and Christian speculate what this weekends retirement ceremony will contain for David Ortiz. They talk about the Dodgers send off of Vin Scully, and his stirring rendition of "wind beneath my wings"
The playmaker is back with Dale and Holley with Thornton previewing Patriots/Bills, plus an amazing answer on whether he'd still play football knowing the risks that are known nowadays.
With David Ortiz's final regular season games this weekend, we look at four of his most iconic regular season moments.
Hours 3 and 4 consisted mostly of Patriots/Bills discussion.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
The guys talk about the latest scandal in English soccer, the recent Champions League game, and the best young players in Europe.
After a snoozer on Thursday night and a sizeable series of rants and musing about chimpanzees being more qualified to run the NFL than Roger Goddell, Steriods and Donald Trump the boys get to solid starts and year to date over-performers in this week’s podcast. Kirk Cousins, Brock Osweiler & the woes of Ryan Fitzpatrick add to early segment nonsense. Then it’s onto the meat of the show featuring conversation about the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, LeGarette Blount, Jordan Howard (play him), Terrelle Pryor (fool’s gold?) and 4 great starts at Tight End. Enjoy the madness and come back to WEEI on Sunday at 8am for the full Fantasy Football meal. All 4 courses!
Gary Tanguay walked out on the show for the second time in three months this morning. Here is the management approved version of today's events.More from this show
In two we play some of Rex Ryan's conversation with Julian Edelman and read about Gary Tanguay's appearance in the Herald during Headlines.More from this show
In the fourth and final hour Curt Schilling discussed Ortiz and Betts as MVP candidates and gave his thoughts on Monday's debate.More from this show
Pete, Gerry and Kirk talked with Mike Lombardi and Kirk loves John Krasinski more than Curtis.More from this show