According to multiple reports, the NFL has released the guaranteed salaries for free agents who receive the franchise tag and transition tag from their current teams. Among the figures, it was revealed that the franchise tag figure for defensive tackles -- a group that includes Patriots free-agent lineman Vince Wilfork -- is $7.003 million.
That would mean that the Patriots would have to make Wilfork a one-year, $7.003 million offer to retain his rights for 2010 (or, in the case of a "non-exclusive" franchise tag, would give them the right to match any deal offered by another team or entitle the Pats to a pair of first-round picks should Wilfork depart) if they decide to apply the designation to him. Wilfork suggested on the Dale & Holley Show earlier this week would represent "a slap in the...
NFL analyst Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports visited the Dale & Holley Show on Friday to discuss the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl and what lies ahead for the Patriots this offseason. King suggested that, based on the strong relationship between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer, which has in turn resulted in a mutual admiration society of Belichick and quarterback Tim Tebow, that it will be worth monitoring New England's interest in the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner.
"The obvious guy who I’ll just be looking at for just connections to the Patriots, not that I think necessarily they’re going to pick him, but I’d be just watching for Tebow. Obviously Bill Belichick has great regard for both Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow. Tebow loves Belichick. He has spoken on many occasions of the great advice he’s gotten from Belichick. So I think there’s a seedling...
Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to remind fans that the majority of single-game tickets for the 2010 season will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Check the team's website (redsox.com) for more information. Asked about complaints that Fenway Park is too old and too small for many fans, Lucchino replied: "We are convinced more than ever that we did exactly the right thing by preserving, protecting, enhancing, improving, expanding Fenway Park. ... We've got one more year of Fenway improvements to do and then we will have completed a 10-year renovation plan, and then we will have a ballpark that people are proud of, that people enjoy."
Added Lucchino: "The first year that we were here, in 2001, 2002, I'd go out and it was about 55, 60 percent in favor of the replacement of Fenway Park, and 40, 45 percent in favor of renovating Fenway Park. After we did the Green...
During his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Patriots hired ex-Notre Dame defensive coordinator and former Patriots safety Corwin Brown, likely to coach New England's defensive backs. Prior to coaching at ND, Brown coached the Jets defensive backs for three seasons (2004-06). He was drafted by the Patriots out of Michigan in 1993 and played four seasons for Bill Parcells before spending two years each with the Jets and Lions.
Schefter also said he would not be surprised if the team does not announce a new defensive coordinator to replace Dean Pees (now in Baltimore), instead leaving the coaching staff as is, without formally making any of the assistants in charge of the defense. "I don't believe that ultimately they'll wind up going to a defensive coordinator," Schefter said. "I think they probably are set with what they have right now."...
Details emerged about a dispute that occurred during a Celtics-Suns game in Phoenix last month in which Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and his brother, New York Yankees prospect Brandon Laird, were arrested. According to a newspaper report, the dispute allegedly started when the Lairds' grandfather was accused of groping the wife of Celtics guard Eddie House. Read more about this, plus get links to the day's top stories, videos and more at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
Heath Evans of the NFL Network joins Mut and Lou to talk how Revis and Browner impact the Patriots defense, the Vince Wilfork Situation, and the arms race between Denver and New England
We talk Revis with his friend and mentor, former Patriot Ty Law.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins Mut, Lou, and Christian to talk about Rajon Rondo in the booth, the rest of the Celtics losing season, and the epic battle between the Pacers and Heat.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox starting left fielder, Grady Sizemore. grady talks about what it was like to hit a home run off his old teammate, C.C. Sabathia, and his reaction to not seeing Koji on the mound in a save situation.
Steve Lyons joins Dale and Holley to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees series and Michael Pineda's sticky hand.
Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.
2 games left in the season and the Bruins are in the driver's seat for the President's Cup which is allowing them to coast and get healthy. Pierre McGuire updates Mut and Lou on the possibility of Seidenberg's return and talks about situations elsewhere in the NHL.
Crystel called in to defend the terrorists.
Our friend Michele McPhee joined the show to discuss the latest with Kayvon.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Buster Olney joined Mut and Merloni to discuss the Lester contract offer and the trickle-down effect in the clubhouse, the defense of Xander Bogaerts, and the slow start
Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins Red Wings series, a possible Seidenberg return, and the power play.
We discuss the Red Sox after our interview with John Farrell, and Dustin Pedroia in the lead-off position has become a hot topic.
We discuss the Bruins first round matchup vs the Red Wings, and why many national folks think this series could be the one to watch for an early round upset.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Aaron Hernandez getting in more jailhouse trouble.More from this show
Friend of the show, Brad Faxon, checks in to examine all the Masters action and to evaluate Bubba Watson's performance.More from this show