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02/16/2011 - 3:14pm
Seymour now highest-paid defensive player
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Raiders worth as much as $30 million. The deal, which contains $22.5 million in guaranteed money, makes him the highest-paid defensive player in football.

 

Seymour was franchised for the 2010-11 season, earning $12.398 million in his second season in Oakland.

 

Selected by the Patriots with the sixth overall pick of the 2001 draft, Seymour played eight seasons in New England and won three Super Bowl titles. He was traded to the Raiders for a 2011 first-round pick prior to the 2009-10 season.

 

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02/16/2011 - 1:29pm
Chara: Prior teammate Kelly 'great addition'
By: DJ Bean

 

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins will see a new face in their lineup when Chris Kelly, acquired in a trade with Ottawa Tuesday night, joins the team for either Thursday or Friday's game. While Kelly will have nearly an entire Bruins dressing room full of new teammates, he will be reunited with B's captain Zdeno Chara, with whom he played in Ottawa in the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons. Chara had high praise for is former teammate and the move that the team made to acquire him. 

 

"It's a great addition. He's a hard-working player, a smart player," Chara said following Wednesday's practice. "He always plays his role well and is going to give us more depth in the middle and the experience he has. I think it's a great addition.

 

"He's always a guy that you can rely on to get the job done. He's a very smart player, and he's always thinking on the ice before he does anything." 

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02/16/2011 - 12:49pm
Milbury on D&H: Kelly move 'a wise decision'

Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk Bruins and NHL news.

 

Milbury indicated he likes the Bruins' acquisition of Chris Kelly from the Senators. "I think the Bruins have made a wise decision to add to their depth and toughness," he said. "In both cases, you can't get enough of it, particularly when it comes time for playoff time."

 

The Bruins reportedly have interest in Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. "He's a quiet player," Milbury said. "He's efficient, he's not a physical force, doesn't have a big shot, moves it pretty well from the point. I didn't mean to be too critical of him the last time we spoke. If I was, I stand somewhat corrected."

 

Added Milbury: "This is a player that's going to need to step it up in terms of intensity and commitment level if he does come to Boston....

02/16/2011 - 12:32pm
Francona: Varitek can catch as long as Fisk

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As long as Terry Francona is the manager, Jason Varitek will be a Red Sox catcher, provided the veteran catcher still "wants to." 

 

"If he wants to," Francona said when asked if he could catch until he was 45 like Carlton Fisk. "There comes a point where you get done with the season and are you willing to [train] because you have to work harder. That's not for me to say. I guess as long as I'm here, I hope he wants to keep coming back because he's tremendous." 

 

Varitek batted .232 in 39 games in 2010 as the back-up to Victor Martinez. He will again serve as a back-up, this season to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Varitek is beginning his 14th full season with the Red Sox and his seventh as team captain. For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the...

02/16/2011 - 12:16pm
Francona: Starting Salty is no charity case

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona made it clear Wednesday he has tabbed Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the club's regular catcher because he worked hard to earn it. Francona was asked what it means that veteran pitchers like Josh Beckett have said Saltalamacchia looks more like Jason Varitek every day behind the plate. 

 

"[Catching coach Gary Tuck] said he's never seen somebody buy in so much as Salty did," Francona said. "Tuckster really rode him pretty hard. We talked about the opportunity for Salty, I think he's actually earned this. He's worked hard at this. We wouldn't have just done this out of the goodness of our heart. We want to win really bad. He's bought into everything. The idea that somebody is dropping a Varitek [comparison] on him is a pretty big compliment."

 

In another sign of just how much the team is relying on Saltalamacchia, he spent Wednesday morning catching the 45...

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