Patriots guard Logan Mankins told the Boston Herald on Friday that he doesn't believe the Patriots want to re-sign him. Mankins, the team's first round pick (32nd overall) in the 2005 draft, is a free agent and feels his next deal could be with a different team.
“I would never say the door is totally shut,’’ Mankins told the Herald. “But the way it’s looking right now, I don’t see it happening. I don’t see them trying to keep me, unless it’s with the franchise tag.’’
Mankins, who sat out the first seven games of the season over his displeasure with his contractual situation, said he would be unhappy with the team if they were to franchise him.
“No, I wouldn’t be happy about that, if that’s what...
Speaking at an event honoring the Red Sox’ Opening Weekend Experience winners at Fenway Park, general manager Theo Epstein said that other than a potential late minor-league signing the team’s spring training roster is fully constructed.
“Who knows when there might be a waiver claim, or one more minor-league sign,” said Epstein, “but, we’re more or less set.”
The GM did note that one area the Red Sox might add another piece for depth on a minor-league deal is in the form of a potential starter.
“We do feel OK about our starting depth. That’s one area we’re still looking, there might be a late minor-league sign, somebody who can go to Triple A,” said Epstein, who has already signed veteran starters Brandon Duckworth and Jason Bergmann for organizational depth. “But right now those guys are looking for major league jobs, so we...
Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the latest news in the NFL.
The Titans' decision to fire Jeff Fisher with one year left on his contract was a surprise to many, but King said it makes sense for owner Bud Adams if he did not plan to give Fisher an extension.
"If you look at the Tennessee Titans right now, they're fated to have the kind of year — if there's a normal NFL season in 2011 — that the Carolina Panthers have just gone through, if Fisher had stayed — lame duck coach, no starting quarterback, problems all over the roster as far as depth and ability go," he said. "That's a bad team right now. So, first of all, if you're Bud Adams, why do you want Jeff Fisher to be a lame duck? Why can't you start your rebuilding process right now? You look at it right now, it makes a lot of sense. But that...
Colts president Bill Polian told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger -- who is now one win away from a third Super Bowl title at the age of 28 -- belongs in any discussion of the best quarterback in the NFL today.
For the last decade, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have been viewed by most as the top quarterbacks in the league. But Polian now feels that Roethlisberger has to be placed right next to the two future Hall of Famers.
“Bottom line, if you ask football people, they’re going to put Ben Roethlisberger up there with [Peyton Manning and Tom Brady] almost unanimously,” Polian said. “No one would leave him out. And others who have made the Pro Bowl, for example, wouldn’t even get consideration if you took a poll of all 32 general managers.”
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ESPN's Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the collective bargaining agreement and the Titans' coaching situation, among other things.
On Thursday, Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin was asked about the collective bargaining agreement negotiations and seemed uninterested. The hosts asked Schefter if Austin reflected the majority of players.
“I think everybody’s got a different agenda,” Schefter said. “I think right now if you’re Vincent Jackson, if you’re Logan Mankins, if you’re Peyton Manning, somebody whose contract is expiring and you’re set to become a free agent, you damn well care about these negotiations and where they’re going. Because you’re not getting paid until there’s a new deal.
“Miles Austin had a contract extension last fall, a big contract...
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.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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 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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.
We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.
A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.
The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.
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.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?More from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show