The agent for cornerback Leigh Bodden said this morning that his client will make a decision on where he plans to visit this afternoon. Alvin Keels, who represents Bodden, made the statement via Twitter, saying Bodden "will decide this afternoon on his order of visits. Lots of early interest." Bodden, who signed a one-year contract with the Patriots before the start of the 2009 season, is believed to have already drawn interest from several teams, including Pittsburgh, Houston, Seattle and the Patriots.
This past season, he was New England's most consistent corner. He started 14 of the 15 games he played for the Patriots, and finished with a team-high five interceptions (including three in one game against the Jets), along with 55 tackles, 18 pass deflections and one forced fumble.
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Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network is reporting that the Patriots have an offer on the table for free agent defensive end Julius Peppers. It is believed that the Bears have the inside track on landing Peppers — just hours into free agency the former Panthers pass-rusher already had a meeting scheduled with Chicago — but both the Patriots and Eagles reportedly are making a pitch for Peppers.
Considered an elite pass-rusher, the 6-foot-7, 283-pounder has compiled 81 career sacks, including 10.5 sacks or more in five of the last six seasons with the Panthers. New England has been listed as a possible destination for Peppers several times over the last year. Before he was tagged by Carolina prior to last season’s free agency period, it was believed the Patriots were ready to make him an offer. In addition, Peppers has been linked to New England on many occasions since the end of the 2009 season.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka, in his first bullpen session of the spring, threw 58 pitches of varying intensity. He had bullpen catcher Mani Martinez stand for the first 25 tosses, switch to an intermediate squat for the next 21, and then squat for Matsuzaka's final 12 pitches. Manager Terry Francona said before the session that Matsuzaka will follow a progression that includes more bullpens and then live batting practice sessions before he pitches in games. Though the Sox have made it clear they won't rush a pitcher back to the mound from an injury (in Matsuzaka's case, a mild mid upper-back strain), there is little urgency for Matsuzaka's progression, since the Sox might not need a fifth starter until mid-April. Matsuzaka will throw first full bullpen session on Sunday. No timetable yet for him to enter a game. Pitching coach John Farrell said that it was "too early to say" when Matsuzaka would be ready for the start of the season, but said...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona reports that Mike Lowell was politicking to get into next Wednesday’s game in Fort Myers. “Obviously, he’s feeling good,” said Francona. “I still think that’s a little quick.” Francona said that if all goes well, Lowell could more likely see his first game activity on March 13, after a pair of road games on the east coast of the state. Ideally, Francona would like to use Lowell as a DH, but he said that could present a logistical challenge, given the need to have David Ortiz get at-bats. Visit the Full Count blog for more.
The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs to a CB-needy team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed his 100th fight as a Boston Bruin last night. He added that he hopes the Bruins remain intact at today's NHL deadline.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today they discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding the Oscars and Andrew Garfield.
The guys opened the show by discussing Nick Cafardo's column on Stephen Drew. Everyone disagreed with the premise that it is time to panic and sign Drew.
Our friend and Jimmy Fund Patient Sam Thomas discussing his desire to meet Ellen. #EllenMeetSam
Mut and Lou talk about which free agents they want to hear rumored to be going to the Pats.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, shares his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
The three man booth breaks down all the rumors, possibilities, trade scenarios, signings and more, and takes your calls about it all.
We tackle four topics that surround the great BIG MAN athletes of sports. BIG as in chubby.
Tom E Curran and Michael Holley talked Celtics, Rondo and the return of Paul Pierce to the Garden, and we were joined by a fan who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and wasn't afraid to show them for the Celtics.
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins the program to discuss Rajon Rondo's rocky relationship with Danny Ainge, the future of the struggling Celtics, and the possibility of Vince Wilfork being cut by the PatriotsMore from this show