FOXBORO -- In an outpouring of emotion and appreciation, Aaron Hernandez gave thanks to the Kraft family and the Patriots organization Monday night hours after agreeing to a five-year, $40 million extension that will keep him in a Patriots uniform through 2018.
"This is probably one of the best days of my life," Hernandez said before the annual team gala at Gillette Stadium. "I'll remember this day forever."
As part of the contract extension, Hernandez will receive a $12.5 million signing bonus, bringing guaranteed money in the deal to $16.4 million. The money will come in handy as Hernandez acknowledged he has a child on the way.
"It's surreal. Is it really true?," Hernandez said when asked what his reaction was to the news this morning when the deal was finalized.
As part of the deal, Hernandez donated $50,000 to the Myra Kraft Foundation, the organization Monday night's gala benefits...
The Patriots made a series of moves on Monday to reach the NFL roster limit of 75 players.
The team announced they have released defensive lineman Tim Bulman, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, defensive back Ross Ventrone and defensive lineman Gerard Warren. In addition, they have placed defensive back Will Allen, safety Josh Barrett and fullback Spencer Larsen on injured reserve.
They also put tight end Jake Ballard and defensive lineman Myron Pryor on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. And rookie free agent offensive lineman Markus Zusevics was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. And they also claimed first-year wide receiver Kerry Taylor.
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said during his weekly interview with The Big Show that he would talk with wide receiver Wes Welker about whether the wide receiver would play in the team's final preseason game against the Giants on Wednesday. Welker has missed the last two games with what he called "personal reasons."
"We'll see how that goes," Belichick said. "It's something personal with Wes so I don't feel comfortable getting into it. We'll talk to him and make a decision on that. That's one of the many considerations we have, and we'll have to evaluate and discuss as we talk about the way we actually play the game against the Giants."
The coach added that they would probably decide later Monday or early Tuesday how they will approach the final preseason game.
Belichick praised tight end Aaron Hernandez, who recently signed an extension with the team.
"Aaron's done a good job for us. He's been...
Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka won his first big league game in almost 16 months, and in the process became just the third pitcher born in Japan to win 50 games in his big league career. The right-hander improved to 1-3 this year and 50-33 in his six-year big league career as the Red Sox beat the Royals, 5-1.
Matsuzaka was outstanding in seven innings, allowing just one unearned run on five hits while striking out six and walking two. He was efficient as well, requiring just 101 pitches to sail through seven innings, his longest outing since last April.
The outfield trio of Jacoby Ellsbury (2-for-4, HR, 2B, RBI), Cody Ross (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Scott Podsednik did the lion's share of damage in giving Matsuzaka all the support he would need. After the Sox fell behind, 1-0, Ellsbury went deep in the bottom of the first for his second homer of the year and his first since July 22, after a span of 129 at-bats without going deep. Ross adde...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that Alfredo Aceves, whose three-game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team" will conclude after Monday's game, will travel to Anaheim separately from the rest of the team and be ready to pitch against the Angels. However, asked whether Aceves would serve as the closer going forward, said that the Sox "haven't made that determination."
Aceves is 2-8 with a 4.60 ERA this year. He's 25-for-32 in save opportunities, with his seven blown saves tied for the most in the American League. On Friday night, WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia reported, he tore off his jersey on his way off the field after Andrew Bailey recorded a four-out save -- one day after Aceves had a two-inning, five-run, six-hit yield against the Angels. (More on the actions that led to the suspension are here.)
Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.
Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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