A league source confirmed a report to WEEI.com that the Patriots have expressed interest in free agent defensive end Marques Douglas and the two sides have spoken, but Douglas has not yet been to Foxboro for a visit. Douglas is a 6-foot-2, 290-pounder who just completed his 11th season in the NFL, and has played for the Jets (2009), Baltimore (1999, 2001-04, 2008), San Francisco (2005-07) and New Orleans (2000). The 32-year-old had his finest season in 2004 with the Ravens, when he finished with 72 tackles and 5.5 sacks. The news was first reported by the Boston Herald. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King was a guest on the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon to talk about NFL offseason maneuverings and downplayed the effect of free agency, calling it "a little bit of fool's gold now." Said King: "For the most part, free agency, especially expensive, first-weekend free agency, very rarely pays off as effectively as a team had hoped it would."
King addressed the Patriots' wide receiver situation and said it's a big concern. "I just think right now you can bring in the Josh Reeds and you can do a lot of the things of that sort of Scotch taping the receiver position together," King said. "But I tell you one thing, that position would really worry me on Labor Day weekend if the Patriots don't have an established receiver added to their stable right now."
Asked about oft-criticized Adalius Thomas, King predicted the linebacker will not return to...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's Monday game against the Cardinals at City of Palms Park that Mike Lowell hopes to play in a game later in the week. Lowell took another round of batting practice Monday while continuing his comeback from thumb surgery. In other Sox news, Francona noted that Daisuke Matsuzaka might have to push his next bullpen session back from Tuesday to Wednesday due to the team's travel schedule and pitching coach John Farrell's availability. Outfielder Zach Daeges has been moved to the minor league camp to get treatment on a back (lat) injury that has prevented him from swinging throughout spring training. For Red Sox updates throughout the day, visit the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about NFL free agency. Schefter said the Patriots still are in position to retain defensive back Leigh Bodden if they are willing to make the commitment. "They're still in the picture," he said. "It will come down to Houston or New England, and I would imagine we'll get an answer here in relatively short order, although last year Leigh Bodden dragged his feet in free agency, so perhaps he does it again this year."
Schefter said New England is not a likely landing spot for Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall. "I have not heard Brandon Marshall's name mentioned in New England," Schefter said, noting that the Patriots already have committed a lot of money to re-sign players on their roster, with Tom Brady likely to get a new deal as well this offseason. This leaves the draft as the main source of...
At the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Saturday, there was a presentation of a study that analyzed officials' calls in all the major sports. The results indicate that referees do indeed swallow their whistles in close games and show favoritism toward star players. Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discussing the Patriots getting back to their normal routine now that Media Day is in the past and they're no longer answering Deflategate questions.
Rich Gannon stops by to talk about his 6 days as a New England Patriot and give another QB's perspective of deflate gate.
ESPN's John Brenkus stops by to talk about the science experiments he conducted with regards to deflate gate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
The best sounds of Christian during the Media Day festivities.
Gordie Gronkowski talks about his son's wild year and tells some stories about raising his sons.
Kurt Warner, NFL Network and former Super Bowl winning QB, spoke with Christian Fauria regarding "Deflategate." He said that he WANTS to believe Tom but after Spygate, he's not so sure. He also said he wants to believe that nothing fishy happened during Super Bowl 36, but he can't ignore the recent developments.
We talk about four of our favorite Super Bowls (We only chose one Pats Super Bowl)
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.More from this show