The New England Patriots have a long list of free agents, but two of the top players don’t seem open to the idea of returning on a below-market contract. LB Dont’a Hightower and TE Martellus Bennett have expressed a willingness to play under the franchise tag, but both have taken to Twitter to laugh at Patriots fans that expect them to play for less money in New England. It’s a fair response. Players value facets of a team differently- winning, location, teammates, money- and each player is unique. Just because QB Tom Brady plays on a cheaper contract doesn’t mean that every other player will sign a below-value deal in New England. Some players, like veteran EDGE Chris Long, will sign a cheap
Chris Cooley was flowing, building up to his bombshell. The former Redskins tight end, who’s now paid by the team as a radio host and TV color analyst, put forward his supposed theory on radio, knowing so many news outlets would pounce: Perhaps the team’s general manager, Scot McCloughan, who’s had a history of problems with alcohol, is drinking again. Why did someone on the team’s payroll speculate about something so sensitive regarding one of the valued minds of the team? And why did the Redskins remain silent after Cooley’s accusation? The questions don’t have answers, but may offer a peek into the Redskins’ internal power struggle. Cooley’s comments came the morning of Feb. 14, but signs
With the center of the NFL’s personnel universe shifting toward the annual scouting combine in a couple of weeks, a soon-to-be 37-year-old quarterback is set to take the stage as the biggest story of this young offseason. Two sources close to the quarterback said Romo expects to get an answer – likely in the form of an outright release – from the Dallas Cowboys by the conclusion of the combine. The sources said Romo spoke with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after the Super Bowl and indicated he wants to be a starter in the NFL next season.