FOXBORO -- With all of the uncertainty revolving around the NFL labor situation and the move by Deion Branch to restructure his contract, Wes Welker was asked Friday if he would like to see the Patriots come forward and re-work his current, five-year, $18 million deal, signed in March, 2007.
"Not really at all,” Welker said. “All I know is, I’m under contract and I’m just happy to be here, happy to be a Patriot and just look forward to winning some ballgames.”
Welker is considered one of the most underpaid receivers in the NFL, and with the trade of Randy Moss to Minnesota, he becomes the active team leader in receptions and touchdowns since his arrival in 2007. This season, Welker leads the Patriots with 26 catches, 217 yards and three touchdown catches.
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Offensive lineman Stephen Neal made his weekly Patriots Friday appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon, as the Pats prepare to host the Ravens on Sunday.
Neal was asked how he felt about watching game film from last season's playoff game in which the Ravens routed the Patriots, 33-14. "I really don't like to think back about how it felt that day and the next couple of months that followed, but it's important to go back and watch to see what could have been a lot better and what was pretty good," he said. "It definitely gives you a little bit of extra motivation. It was not something I wanted to do, but it's something that's necessary."
Neal spent some talking talking about the strategy of the dominating Baltimore defense. "On early downs, they line up with you and they'll slug it out with you," he said. "Then you get into their sub personnel, the smaller groupings, and...
Peter King from Sports Illustrated and NBC joined Dale & Holley for his weekly conversation about the Patriots and the NFL. Among the topics discussed by the crew: Brett Favre's status, the return of Ben Roethlisberger and how the Patriots offense will perform without Randy Moss.
Even without Moss, King thinks the Pats will still have a high-scoring offense and he is high on Brandon Tate and Aaron Hernandez. "I sort of think Brandon Tate is going to be a revelation to a lot of people who don't know him very much," King said. "I think Aaron Hernandez has shown the ability to be not just a tight end. You saw against the Jets in Week 2, cornerbacks were lining up against him and there was one completion from [Tom] Brady where he beat [Antonio] Cromartie on a play. I think he's going to be really different kind of player. As far as [Deion] Branch goes, who knows? It's hard to think that, even though he played with Brady, it's...
In a joint press release from New England Sports Ventures, the parent company of the Red Sox, and the Liverpool soccer team it is acquiring, John Henry and Tom Werner expressed their enthusiasm with the sale finally going through. This follows developments of early Friday morning, when previous American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr., withdrew their Texas court order blocking the sale after being threatened with a contempt charge from the British High Court.
While it appears Hicks and Gillett have exhausted their options to prevent the sale, the pair announced plans to sue for at least $1.6 billion for "an extraordinary swindle."
Meanwhile, Henry has begun his attempts to win over Liverpool supporters. "On behalf of the entire NESV partnership, I want to express how incredibly proud and humbled we are to be confirmed as the new owners of Liverpool FC," he said in the press release...
FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor was again the only player not spotted at Patriots practice on Friday as the team worked out in a brisk wind on the stadium field at Gillette.
Taylor has been nursing a toe injury since a Week 3 win over the Bills and was inactive for the Patriots' 41-14 win over the Dolphins on Oct. 4.
The team practiced in sweats and shells as they continued preparations for the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET in Foxboro.
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Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the Patriots choice not to use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk kick off thier second to last day in Fort Myers by looking at the competition in center field.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins MFB to talk about his column about Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets' possible pursuit of Darrelle Revis
Jackie MacMullen of ESPN Boston joins MFB for their weekly to talk about Patriots offseason moves and news from the NBA
Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England talks about the Patriots placing the franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski and what is going on with Darrelle Revis' contract situation
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins AFTER the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
We examine four trade deadline day deals that helped or affected Boston teams in recent history.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins before the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about their time in Fort Myers and are joined by a special guest, Doug Lane.
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