Speaking on The Big Show on Tuesday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said linebacker Marques Murrell has agreed to join the Patriots. A linebacker out of Appalachian State, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Murrell has played the last three seasons for the Jets, primarily as a special teamer. This past season was the best of his three-year career, as he finished with 12 tackles in 10 games. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Daisuke Matsuzaka told WEEI.com Tuesday morning prior to a Red Sox workout at City of Palms Park that he would like to play at least 10 more years in the United States and hopes to pitch until he is "44 or 45," citing former major leaguer Nolan Ryan as his role model. “I think both personally and from a family standpoint we’re all enjoying our lives over here in the U.S., and if at all possible I would like to play over here as long as I can,” Matsuzaka said through translator Masa Hoshino. “I guess in the very least I hope that I can play for at least another 10 years here in the U.S. Yeah, 10 years is a long time and it’s tough to imagine what it’s going to be like that far out, but at the same time, when I’m 40, or older than 40, I want to still be able to pitch....
A report from Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network indicates that cornerback Leigh Bodden has a five-year, $28.5 million deal in place with the Patriots, including $10 million guaranteed. (UPDATE, 4:39 p.m.: Bodden's agent Alvin Keels is now saying Bodden signed a four-year deal with New England.) Bodden had five interceptions last season with the Patriots, his first in New England. In a seven-year NFL career that has included stops in Cleveland and Detroit, Bodden has 345 tackles and 18 interceptions. For more Patriots updates, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Free agent defensive lineman Jarvis Green signed a four-year contract with the Denver Broncos Tuesday afternoon. Green, a 2002 draft pick of the Patriots, spent the last eight seasons in New England, finishing with 28 career sacks, including 7.5 in 2006. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
In his first interview since signing a long-term deal with the Patriots, Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork said there were a "bunch of times" he wondered about his future during negotiations, but in the end, the two sides were able to come to an accord.
"It was frustrating. It was very frustrating," he acknowledged in an interview with Patriots Football Weekly and Patriots.com. "But I guess that's negotiation. We had to go through those things to get to where we wanted to get to."
Wilfork announced that the two sides had reached an agreement on a long-term deal via his Twitter account on March 5. Contract information was not made available, but ESPN is reporting the deal is for five years and $40 million, which includes an $18 million signing bonus and $25 million in guaranteed money.
The 28-year-old Wilfork, who just completed the final year of a six-year deal he signed as a rookie, said...
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are in and talking about all the moves made by the Red Sox at the trade deadline, because the most fun thing about the day is talking about the moves of the day. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington held a press conference talking about the Red Sox moves, and Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the moves made at the deadline.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.More from this show
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.More from this show