The Patriots and offensive lineman Logan Mankins have agreed to a six-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Pro Bowl offensive lineman had signed a one-year franchise tender earlier in training camp, but now figures to be with the Patriots long term, something New England owner Robert Kraft hinted at when he talked with reporters Wednesday afternoon. In speaking with the media, Kraft expressed optimism that the two sides, which had quarreled over the last year about a new deal for the offensive lineman, could reach a deal sooner rather than later.
“I hope that after locking up our core veterans and bringing in these seasons veterans as I call them, and probably you’ll see our good friend Logan Mankins will be signed up soon hopefully to be a Patriot for life,” Kraft said.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that he discussed the deliberate pace of Sunday night's Red Sox-Yankees game with MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre. In that contest, Josh Beckett's times to home plate were well in excess of normal, something that Francona suggesed reflected the humidity and Beckett's discomfort at times on the mound. Even so, the Sox manager agreed after talking to Torre -- his former counterpart for years with the Yankees -- to address the topic with his pitcher.
"He was working slow," said Francona. "I promised [Torre] that I would kind of give [Beckett] a kick in the pants."
Francona raved about communication with Torre, whose perspective on managing games between the Red Sox and Yankees is obviously informed by a wealth of experience.
"He's a great guy to talk to," said Francona.
Francona also addressed a...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said in his weekly interview on The Big Show that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will get his first day off in two months. On a day when the Sox will face Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn, Pedroia will sit in favor of Mike Aviles (3-for-8 against Blackburn), who will make his first start for the Sox at second base. Marco Scutaro will start at shortstop and play second, while Jed Lowrie will get a day off.
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FOXBORO -- An emotional Robert Kraft met with the media on the field at Gillette Stadium Wednesday, remembering his late wife Myra as "the real deal" and discussing the future of the Patriots.
One notable bit of information shared was that he was confident the team would sign two-time All-Pro guard Logan Mankins to a longterm extension. Kraft said the team planned carefully to lock up key members of the team including Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork and Stephen Gostkowski and bring in other veterans on shorter deals in order to make it feasible to retain or add the players they desire.
"I hope that after locking up our core veterans and bringing in these seasons veterans as I call them, and probably you'll see our good friend Logan Mankins will be signed up soon hopefully to be a Patriot for life," Kraft said.
Though it hasn't always been smooth between the Patriots and Mankins' camp (he did not report to the team...
The Patriots announced Wednesday afternoon they have claimed rookie offensive guard Mark Wetterer off waivers from Cincinnati, and have released safety Ross Ventrone. Wetterer, 6-foot-5 and 319 pounds, was originally signed by Cincinnati as a rookie free agent on July 26 out of Louisville. He was waived by Cincinnati on Aug. 8. The 22-year old Wetterer started in 28 games at Louisville and was named a 2010 First-Team All-Big East player. Ventrone, 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 4, 2010 and then signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19, 2010. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
We discuss the QB situation, Bill's longevity in the league, the players who lead, the 4th pre-season game and much more on this Patriots Monday-Wednesday.
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Kirk and Callahan start the 9am discussing the soon-to-come Tom Brady four game suspension and what will happen during that stretch for TB12 and the Pats. The guys then dig back into the Kaepernick discussion in this 9am hour podcast.
Kirk Minihane reads the Wednesday news & gossip headlines, much to the chagrin of the auditioning Gary Tanguay who had prepared to take the lead.
Kirk, Gerry and Gary Tanguay welcome Pats QB Jimmy G to the program, and then discuss the Pats' QB situation in this upload of the entire 8am hour of Wednesday's show.
Dave Dombrowski said the Red Sox weren't going to rush out to sign Tebow after his baseball workout yesterday. Lou and Christian talk about how obviously bad Tebow would be in the MLB and why this is just a stunt.
Dont'a Hightower calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about stepping up in the Patriots locker room, how his new locker means he's following the footsteps of some big names, and how the Patriots defense is shaping up heading into the season.
LaGarrette Blount calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about the end of the preseason, what the locker room is like during these cut-periods, and the overall feel of the Patriots offense heading into the season.
We discuss what worked and what didn't work for the Sox as they blew the lead, but then came back to win an afternoon game at Fenway.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
College football is back, so Anthony and Austin talk about what they're looking forward to as the season starts up. Also, they ask a very, very important question -- is the Alabama dynasty finally dead?
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.