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Adam Schefter on D&C: Jeff Fisher’s departure comes as a surprise

01.28.11 at 10:19 am ET
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Adam Schefter of ESPN 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. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

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.

‘€œI think everybody’€™s got a different agenda,’€ Schefter said. ‘€œI 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.

‘€œMiles Austin had a contract extension last fall, a big contract extension with a lot of guaranteed money up front. So, in his own way, I understand where he’€™s coming from. ‘€˜You know what? Can’€™t control it. I’€™ve got my money. I got paid. Whatever it’€™ll be, it’€™ll be.’€™ ‘€

Schefter also talked about the coaching situation in Tennessee, where the Titans and Jeff Fisher agreed to part ways.

‘€œThis would not have been a surprise if it had happened on January 7,’€ Schefter said. ‘€œThe fact that it happened on January 27 was a big surprise. It was a big surprise because the Titans basically had said, ‘€˜OK, we’€™re bringing back Jeff Fisher. We’€™d like to have him back.’€™

‘€œBut the truth of the matter is there was an uneasy truce between the two sides, and Jeff Fisher was not going to sign a contract extension with Tennessee. Tennessee was not going to offer a contract extension. As somebody in the NFL told me last night, if something’€™s inevitable, you might as well make the move immediately. And that’€™s what happened. Both sides knew that eventually this was going to get to a divorce.’€

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League still plans on having franchise tag in place next month

01.28.11 at 1:08 am ET
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In a sitdown with a handful of reporters on Thursday afternoon, an NFL spokesman talked about the financial consequences of a possible lockout, and one of the things that came up was the fact that the league expects the franchise tag to still be in place for teams to use this year, beginning in February. With the looming labor uncertainty, there was some question as to whether or not the franchise tag would still be in place.

This should have an impact on the Patriots when it comes to sitting down at the bargaining table with free agent Logan Mankins. New England has commonly used the franchise tag on players while they continue to negotiate with them ‘€” they did it last year with Vince Wilfork, and also did it in the past with former kicker Adam Vinatieri ‘€” and could use it as they talk with Mankins about a new deal.

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Tom Brady checks in at No. 5 on BusinessWeek list of most powerful athletes

01.28.11 at 12:48 am ET
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BusinessWeek magazine has revealed their list of the 100 most powerful athletes in sports, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is No. 5, up from No. 30 last year. The magazine salutes Brady’s on-field talents, but gives a nod to his off-field business acumen as well.

They write: “Tom Brady signed a contract in September that earned him a spot as the highest-paid player in football, then had one of his best-ever regular seasons, with only four interceptions. Three Super Bowl rings and chiseled good looks make Brady a perfect pitchman for everything from Stetson hats to girly UGG boots. (It doesn’t hurt that he’s married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen.) We estimate that he pulled in a cool $20 million in endorsements.”

For what it’s worth, Brady’s most famous contemporary ‘€” Peyton Manning ‘€” tops the list.

For more on Brady’s spot, click here.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Shane Vereen

01.27.11 at 10:37 pm ET
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Position: Running back

School: Cal

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 204 pounds

Achievements: Vereen earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in his final collegiate season (also first-team by Phil Steele, second-team according to as a junior in 2010; honorable mention All-Pac-10 player during his 2009 sophomore campaign despite spending most of the campaign as a backup to Heisman Trophy candidate and 2010 first-round pick Jahvid Best.

What he brings: A three-down back, the 21-year-old Vereen brings a versatility to the backfield with skills as a runner and a pass catcher. (He also has experience as a return man.) As a collegian, the speedy Vereen posted 1,667 career rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns on the ground in 325 carries for an impressive average of 5.1 yards per rush. In all, he has totaled 2,693 career all-purpose yards, adding 465 receiving yards and three TDs on 52 catches and 551 kick return yards on 24 returns.

Where the Patriots could get him: Third or fourth round.

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Patriots defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick has surgery

01.27.11 at 5:32 pm ET
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Patriots defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick underwent surgery Thursday.

Adam Cohen, the director of football operations for Perennial Sports Entertainment, Tweeted on Thursday afternoon: “Best wishes to PSE Client and Patriots’ DL Brandon Deaderick who is having surgery today. Get well soon, my man!”

Deaderick suffered a shoulder injury in a December win over Green Bay. In his first season with the Patriots, the rookie out of Alabama had 17 tackles and two sacks. However, he was suspended briefly at the end of the regular season for an unspecified reason.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Cincinnati’s Armon Binns

01.27.11 at 5:15 pm ET
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Position: Wide Receiver

School: Cincinnati

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 211 pounds

Achievements: Binns was an All-Big East First Team selection after recording 75 receptions for 1,101 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Bearcats (2010); second-team All-Big East selection (2009); led Big East in receptions per game (6.2) and receiving yards per game (91.8) in 2010.

What he brings: Binns was a consistent target for the Bearcats in 2010, leading the league in receptions per game. He became just the seventh Bearcat all-time to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a singe season. His height and weight coupled with his downfield speed (average 4.56 40-yard dash time) made him a deep threat in the Cincinnati offense. Binns’€™ consistency to put up receiving yards near the 100-yard mark per game (91.8 ypg) left him first in the Big East conference in 2010.

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Patriots by position: Quarterback

01.27.11 at 1:28 pm ET
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As the Patriots offseason gets underway, we’€™ll present a snapshot of the team by position. We’€™ve already examined the defensive backs, the linebackers, the defensive line and special teams. Here’€™s a look at the quarterbacks:

On the roster: Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer. (Jonathan Crompton was on the practice squad at the end of the season.)

Stat standouts: Across the board it’€™s Brady, who finished the second-best season of his career (at least statistically) with 3,900 passing yards and a 66 percent completion rate, as well as 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Best single game: Brady had a bunch of great performances in 2010, but we’€™ll submit two: The first came against Detroit, when he was 21-for-27 for 341 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. The second was against the Steelers, when he finished 30-for-43 for 350 yards, three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdowns and zero interceptions.

2010, in three sentences: Extraordinary. When it comes to his 16-game regular season, football historians can put Brady’€™s performance in a time capsule for future generations to admire, a performance made all the more impressive by the fact that the Patriots traded away their No. 1 receiver and No. 1 running back during the season. No wonder he’€™s the odds on favorite to win his second MVP when the winner is announced next month.
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