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Big WillieBoston Herald – Willie McGinest would love to return to Foxboro and finish his career where it started. The former Patriots [team stats] linebacker hinted at that scenario during an online chat last night with fans on

The 37-year-old McGinest has played 15 seasons including the past three with the Cleveland Browns. He is currently a free agent and apparently not ready to retire. McGinest put the Pats on a short list of teams he would play for.

“I enjoyed my run there. Don’t count me out, I might spend my last year in New England,” McGinest wrote in response to one questioner before answering a second, “All I can say is that it has to be the right team and the right situation, and the Patriots are on that list.”

Sign ’em up, BB can do something with him.  His skills have diminished and all but we need bodies, i’ll take him, Seau, Rosey, hell I would even take Andre Tippet.

No one ever knows what BB will do with his picks, but as always in BB we trust.

New England now has six selections in the top 100. They have their own first-round pick (No. 23 overall). Three second-round selections — No. 34 (acquired from the Chiefs for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel), No. 47 (acquired in a trade with the Chargers during the 2008 draft) and their own pick at No. 58. Then they have a pair of third-rounders — their own pick (No. 89) and the compensatory pick.

The Patriots now have a total of 11 picks in the seven-round draft. However, compensatory picks cannot be traded.


—LB Eric Alexander (not tendered as RFA): $620,000/1 yr.

—OT Wesley Britt: Not tendered as RFA; $535,000/1 yr.

—P Chris Hanson: UFA; terms unknown.

—OG Russ Hochstein: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

—S James Sanders: UFA; $9M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

—S Ray Ventrone: ERFA; $460,000/1 yr.

—S Tank Williams: UFA; $620,000/1 yr.

—DE Mike Wright: UFA; $7.5M/4 yrs, guarantees unknown.

—C/G Billy Yates: FA Patriots; $620,000/1 yr.


—TE Chris Baker: FA Jets; terms unknown.

—LB Tully Banta-Cain: FA 49ers; terms unknown.

—CB Leigh Bodden: FA Lions; $2.25M/1 yr, guarantees unknown.

—OT Damane Duckett: UFA 49ers; terms unknown.

—WR Joey Galloway: FA Buccaneers; 1 yr, terms unknown.

—LS Nathan Hodel: FA Cardinals; terms unknown.

—C Al Johnson: UFA Dolphins; $950,000/1 yr.

—WR Greg Lewis (trade Eagles).

—CB Shawn Springs: FA Redskins; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

—RB Fred Taylor: FA Jaguars; $8M/2 yrs, SB unknown.


—QB Matt Cassel (traded Chiefs).

—RB Heath Evans: UFA Saints; terms unknown.

—WR Jabar Gaffney: UFA Broncos; $10M/4 yrs, $3M guaranteed.

—LB Larry Izzo: UFA Jets; terms unknown.

—RB LaMont Jordan: UFA Broncos; $2.5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.

—LS Lonie Paxton: UFA Broncos; $5.38M/5 yrs, $1M SB.

—LB Darrell Robertson (released).

—LB Mike Vrabel (traded Chiefs).

—WR Kelley Washington (released).

Heeding to the advice of Big Ray Ray, is resuming its daily updates in preperation for the draft and the season.  Help us spread the word and please email us with stories, cool shit, tips, anything!!! We need your help to get this shit going…

Have heard a lot of different rumors out there, eei, and a few other places.  Here’s some of what I have heard.

– Cassel to Detroit for the 20th pick (from DAL via Roy Williams) and a 3rd-4th

– Cassel to KC for Tony Gonzalez and a 3rd-4th

– Cassel  Minnesota for ?

– Cassel to Seattle in a three-way deal with Minnesota for ?


Any other rumors you have heard, please comment!!

gassontowerGlobe – Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani returned to The Heights yesterday after a week of recruiting and hired close friend and former Navy coach Gary Tranquill as his offensive coordinator, according to sources close to the program.


I don’t know if I like this move.  I don’t want to see the offense Navy ran last year at the Heights.  I like the pro-style offense, Logan used with Matty Ice and Crane.  But if this kid Davis if the QB then they need this offense.  But according to an inside source, (H!) Justin Tuggle will be taking the reigns at QB and I want to see what the redshirt frosh can do! None of this wishbone option shit.

In Tom Brady’s first interview since his going down, he goes on Tornto Radio with some creep.  Would it have killed you to call up EEI so I could have planned my whole day around it?  Thanks dick.


Some text from interview if you don’t wanna/can’t listen to it.


Brady did not provide a timetable for his return at any point during his 10-minute interview, but answered the question on his rehabilitation this way:

“It’s going really well. Anyone who has come back injuries that require surgery, it’s just a process. There are some good days, some bad days, and you just have to keep plugging through them. That’s life. Like I said, things come up and you just have to focus your energy and attention on all the positive things that you can gain. It tests you in a lot of ways. Like I said, I’m excited about the process, I’m excited about the work — there are so many wonderful people that have helped me. I said I’m the most well taken care of knee patient in history. I’m very, very fortunate.”

Earlier in the interview, Brady was asked a question about what it was like to be on the sidelines for most of the season. His response:

“You play this game long enough and [bleep] happens, so to speak. The reality is that it happens to everybody. I’m at a new part of my career and a different process that I’m excited about — rehabilitation and different challenges. The tough part is that you’re not experiencing something you love to do. But you get over that and focus on what you have to focus on. You just say ‘OK, it happened, we’re moving on,’ and that’s what we’ve done.”

At the end of the interview, Brady was asked about the Patriots’ defections, such as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli. His response:

“There is change every year and I think you have to get used to that in the NFL. You look at Tony Dungy, for the Colts, the head coach, he retired. … Every team deals with it. We dealt with it about three or four years ago with our two coordinators, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. Eric Mangini left. This year, it’s different defections. They’re incredible coaches that have been a huge part of our success, they get opportunities. People who work hard deserve those opportunities. They take with them all the great memories and experiences they’ve had from our team. It’s the responsibility of the people who are still with the Patriots to worry about the Patriots. As long as we have Robert and Jonathan Kraft, and as long as we have Coach Belichick, I would think we’re going to be just fine.”

There were rumors out there before this year even started that Jake Delhomme would be a salary cap casualty  following the end of the season.   After his piss poor peformance against Arizona, I am sure more grumblings are coming out of Carolina getting rid of Delhomme’s ass.  

Also in Carolina, Julius Peppers wants out!  He has stated he wishes to play in a 3-4 defense as a DE/OLB hyrbrid type player.  Well isn’t that a coincidence, since the Patriots practically invented ‘hybrd’ players in general.  

So, where does this bring us?  The Patriots have this guy named Matt Cassel, he proved through this year he can be a good NFL QB.  If the Panthers cut Delhomme (he is 34) and wish to go younger (and better), Cassel makes a lot of sense.  Obviously the Pats are going to franchise Cassel and get something in return for him.  To me, Peppers makes sense.  He can provide some pressure on the rush, something we didn’t see all year, and something we haven’t seen on a consistent basis since 2004.  So if I am Bill Belichick, I am making a call to Carolina, offering Cassel and a 2nd day draft pick.  Lets bring Peppers and Mayo together and see what can happen in Foxboro.


Our  (backup) QB can punt 57 yards!

Who else would have thought of that besides BB?  Are you kidding me, wow we are awesome.