December 17, 2011
-- Hold the Mayo? Not in Foxboro, buddy. The New England Patriots have signed inside linebacker Jerod Mayo to a five-year contract extension. One of the few bright spots on the current New England defense, Mayo will probably be spying St. Tebow on Sunday. [Adam Schefter]
-- Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson added insult to injury after his team spanked the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-14 last Thursday night. "They haven't had anyone decent since Jimmy Smith," Robinson said, speaking of the last Jags receiver with a 1,000-yard season. Smith retired in 2005. "Those guys couldn't get a [bleeping] receiver if it hit them in the head," Robinson said. Hard to argue. [ESPN Florida]
-- The NFL hasn't changed its concussion policy since the Colt McCoy incident, but at least the league has been proactive in deciding not to sell photos of concussed players on its website! [Pro Football Talk].
By the way, we seem to remember that the league had the same problem last year after photos of supposedly illegal hits by James Harrison and Brandon Meriweather wound up on the NFL's website. A Harrison hit on Cleveland Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was briefly sold as a 15 x 20-inch unframed print for $54.95, but you could have also gotten that size framed for $169.95, or a custom canvas gallery wrap for $249.95. No hypocrisy there!
-- The new NFL television deals mean a lot more money for all involved. Who's paying the tab? That would be you, dear viewer. [New York Times]
-- Last but not least, our podcast buddy Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN's NFL Matchup is now also providing his game tape insights over at NFL Films' new blog. Tape nerds, you'll want to bookmark this one! [NFL Films]
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