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02/16/2010 - 5:44pm
Kirwan: Pats favorite to land Peppers

Longtime NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan said the Patriots are the team most likely to land potential free agent defensive end Julius Peppers.


 

“I still think the Patriots are the team that had the most interest in him, and they struggled in the pass rush last season,” Kirwan said during a live chat Monday on NFL.com. “Bill Belichick has had great success with the hybrid players, like Willie McGinest, who can play in both three- and four-man fronts. The Redskins are notorious for spending money. But I think Peppers wants to play for a playoff contender, along with making a ton of money.”

 

Peppers, who has played for Carolina since he entered the league in 2002, already expressed an interest in not signing a long-term deal with the Panthers, telling...

02/16/2010 - 5:13pm
Wilfork family watching the market

As the window to place the franchise tag on Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork starts to close (the team has until Feb. 25 to assign either the franchise tag or the transition tag to him), it’s clear his family is paying close attention to the market. Wilfork and his camp have been mostly silent this offseason — he did conduct an exclusive interview with WEEI shortly before the Pro Bowl when he mde it clear he wanted no part of the franchise tag. He also talked about the possibility of playing in South Florida. But in the wake of Tuesday’s news that kicker Sebastian Janikowski received a four-year, $16 million deal from the Raiders — with $9 million...

02/16/2010 - 1:29pm
Papelbon speaks on his future

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a 19-minute interview session with the media at the Red Sox' minor league training facility Jonathan Papelbon spoke about a variety of topics, including how he is approaching his future with the Sox. "I think that's a perception that I'm going to go somewhere else. I think it's all a perception," Papelbon said. "Right now this is the way it's working out. It's one year at a time. It's working out and both sides are happy so why would you try and do anything else, is my way of thinking. Of course I would love to be with Boston for a long time, but this is the way it is right now. I'm happy going one year at a time. This is the organization I started with, this is the organization that gave me the opportunity to play major league baseball so of course I would love to stay here for 15 years. Right now one year at a time is the way it's working and I'm happy and everybody else is happy so why not."

 

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02/16/2010 - 8:30am
Mashup: Trouble for cyclist Landis

American cyclist Floyd Landis, who won the 2006 Tour de France but was charged with doping and banned from the sport for two years, is being sought by French authorities for hacking into the doping laboratory that tested him. Read more about that story, plus get caught up on the day's top stories and check out videos — including one from the world's largest dodgeball game — and trivia at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


02/15/2010 - 9:54pm
Report: Ex-Pats FB Pass to retire

Former Patriots fullback Patrick Pass will formally retire from the NFL, according to a report in the Boston Herald. Pass, a seventh-round pick out of Georgia in 2000, had remarkable staying power around Foxboro, excelling mostly on special teams and helping New England win three Super Bowl titles in his seven years with the Patriots. (He last played in an NFL game with the Giants in 2007 and attempted a brief comeback last summer with New England.) In 79 career games, Pass ran for 526 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 66 receptions for 570 yards and one touchdown as a receiver. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


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