FOXBORO -- The clock is ticking toward a deadline to agree to terms on a contract extension with Patriots receiver Wes Welker. The star receiver signed his franchise tag tender in May, guaranteeing him $9.5 million for the 2012 season. Under the terms of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, Welker, his agent David Dunn and the Patriots have until July 16 to reach an agreement on a long-term contract or be forced to wait until next offseason.
"I don't really expect anything. I expect for me to go out there and do my job to the best of my ability," Welker said after Tuesday's first of three minicamp workouts and practices at Gillette Stadium. "I'm not worried about that all. Right now, I'm here and I'm happy. I'm just here to help our team win here in 2012.
FOXBORO -- Veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters was not at Patriots minicamp on Tuesday as the mandatory three-day session began outside Gillette Stadium. The 35-year-old played all 16 games for the Patriots in 2011 and is a 12-year NFL veteran. Waters is under contract for 2012 and is due to make $1.4 million.
"Players are working hard. I think we're heading in the right direction," Belichick said in his opening statement Tuesday morning. "All of the players are here except for Brian Waters. He's excused for personal reasons. We have some players out there who are not participating that are at various stages of rehab. We'll evaluate those guys on a day-to-day basis, like we always do. Another day at the office."
Belichick did not expand when asked whether he or the team has been given any indication on whether Waters is considering retirement.
"I don't have anything to add," Belichick said. "...
FOXBORO -- On the first day of June minicamp, Bill Belichick said he hadn't given much thought to the release last week of wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. One receiver who will get an opportunity is Jesse Holley, the receiver who won a tryout in Cowboys camp in 2009 after winning a competition on Michael Irvin's reality show. The Patriots signed him this week as part of their roster manuvering.
"We've added and released a number of players here in the last couple of weeks," said Belichick, before alluding to the release of Ochocinco. "With all the players coming in, there's an opportunity for them. With the players we released, we feel like for whatever reason, it's time to move on and there are other options that are better for the team."
Asked directly about why Ochocinco was cut in New England, Belichick said simply that's in the past.
"I don't know. Bottom line is that's in the past," Belichick...
MLB on FOX reporter and FOXSports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan Show on Tuesday morning. Rosenthal was asked about recent trade rumors surrounding Kevin Youkilis. Rosenthal had a report over the weekend that the Pirates have inquired about Youkilis, who is hitting .224 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 36 games this season.
"There are some complications here, as you guys know," Rosnethal said. "First, it's a declining performance. He's not really hitting since coming back, about .233, I believe. And he's slowed down at third base, better at first at this point. His body breaks down, all that, plus he's owed about $8 million for the rest of this year plus the $1 million buyout. It's not conducive to making a trade, all of these factors. The other issue is what do you get back? That's what people always want to know, and that is part of the problem. You're not going to get...
As bad as things have been for the Red Sox, they've been worse for former Sox slugger Jason Bay. The Mets outfielder, in his third subpar season in New York after signing a four-year, $66 million free agent deal, returned from six weeks on the disabled list (fractured rib) and went 0-for-11 over the weekend as the Mets were swept by the Yankees. Bay is hitting .197 with three home runs and five RBIs in 61 at-bats this year, showing few signs of being the player who contributed in a number of ways during his brief stint in Boston.
"Production-wise, it hasn't been on par, I understand that, but I still feel like I can do those things -- that is the frustrating part," Bay told the New York Post. "If I didn't feel like I can do it, I think it wouldn't be that tough. You wouldn't be so hard on yourself, but I feel like I can do it and it's just been a couple of years of searching for it."
Bay, who hit 36 home runs with the Red Sox in...
Patriots Safety Devin McCourty joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and talked about covering the Steelers Wide Receivers, and how he's helping the players who are in the AFC Championship for the first time prepare.
ProFootball Talk's Mike Florio told Glenn, Lou, and Christian that the Patriots have a quiet confidence that they can outscore the Steelers, since they've proven they have the ability.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
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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