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Randy Cross on D&C: Jets are team to beat in East, Steelers are AFC favorite 08.10.11 at 9:07 am ET
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CBS football analyst Randy Cross joined the Dennis & Callahan show with Dale Arnold and Rob Bradford filling in Wednesday morning to discuss the Patriots and their recent acquisitions as well as the upcoming season. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Cross was asked what he thinks of the AFC East heading into the first preseason game for the Patriots Thursday night. With the Jets winning last season’s playoff game vs. the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, he said the Jets are the team to beat in the AFC East ‘€” adding it may not be a bad thing for the Patriots.

“If I were going to handicap the AFC East right now, I think you have to start with the Jets in the 1 spot,” Cross said. “That is based only on what happened in this stadium last January and the way they played against the Patriots and the sort of a bad match at times they can be for this team, which makes them right now going in kind of the team to beat in the AFC East, which is a perfect position for the Patriots to be in, especially coming off of a 14-2 season.”

Asked for an early Super Bowl prediction, Cross went with the Steelers vs. the Packers in a rematch of last season’s title game. “I’m going to go with the Pittsburgh Steelers ’til proven otherwise,” he said of the defending AFC champions. “They’re doing nothing but getting better. They’re a tough, physical defense, and that’s always been the key.”

The Patriots currently have 20 players who play on the defensive line. Cross said this is unusual for the Patriots as they are usually a team that has extra linebackers on their roster. He notes that it could have an impact on special teams as well.

“It does present a compelling difference philosophically as far as how do you stock a roster when it comes to cutting the last 53 guys,” he said. “This has been a team defensively that has always highlighted the linebackers, and it seems to be a shift of of way and a year linebackers won’t be at the premium that they have been in the past. Down linemen will take up an extra roster spot or two. That also kind of raises an interesting story from a special teams standpoint. You’re light a few bodies on the special teams side that maybe play linebacker.”

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Peter King: Randy Moss visited Robert Kraft after wife’s death 08.08.11 at 9:30 am ET
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Recently retired wide receiver Randy Moss visited Patriots owner Robert Kraft following the death of Kraft’s wife, Myra, writes Peter King in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback for Sports Illustrated.

King writes that Moss flew up from Florida to personally tell Kraft how highly he regarded Myra. Moss was anxious about the trip and talked to former teammate Vince Wilfork about it.

“Randy is a good friend of mine,” Wilfork told King. “He called me and said, ‘Vince, I’m nervous about coming up. But I want to come. I shared a bond with her. I really want to be there.’ Guys who don’t know Randy, they’ll say he’s arrogant. But if he could have retired here, he would have. He came here for one reason and one reason only: He wanted to support the Kraft family.'”

King adds that back when Moss signed with the Patriots in 2007, Kraft called him into his office and told him he would always be in the Patriot family. Moss apparently still considers himself a part of the family as he signed Myra’s sympathy card “Randy Moss Kraft.”

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Report: Saints to trade Reggie Bush to Dolphins 07.28.11 at 8:19 am ET
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According to a tweet from FoxSports.com’s Jay Glazer, the Saints and Dolphins have worked out terms for a trade that would send running back Reggie Bush to the Dolphins. The trade is contingent upon Bush agreeing to a new contract with the Dolphins.

Last season Bush only played in eight games after breaking his right fibula in September. In 2009 he ran for five touchdowns, while catching three out of the backfield. In his five years with the Saints he caught 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 17.

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Jets reportedly re-sign Santonio Holmes 07.27.11 at 10:58 am ET
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The Jets agreed to a five-year contract with free agent wide receiver Santonio Holmes, according to multiple reports. The financial terms are unknown, but it’s been speculated as being worth about $10 million per year.

Holmes has played five years in the league, the first four with the Steelers and last season with the Jets (after a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy). Last year he had 52 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII, when the Steelers defeated the Cardinals, 27-23.

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Titans reportedly will release Vince Young Thursday 07.27.11 at 10:48 am ET
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The Titans will release quarterback Vince Young Thursday, according to TitanInsider. This comes after the team reportedly agreed to terms with former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on Wednesday.

Young is due a $4.25 million roster bonus and has a salary of more than $8 million due this season. He was placed on injured reserve last season after suffering a thumb injury. Owner Bud Adams said in January that Young would not return to the team after numerous incidents with then-coach Jeff Fisher.

TitanInsider also is reporting that teams believed to be interested in Young are the Cardinals, Dolphins and Eagles.

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Report: Jets ‘serious’ about Nnamdi Asomugha 07.27.11 at 10:32 am ET
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The Jets appear to be locked in on signing free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, tweets NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi. His sources indicate the talks are “serious, I mean serious.”

The Jets already have cornerback Darrelle Revis under contract for $7 million this season plus an $18 million option bonus, but Lombardi tweeted that the Jets can make room for whoever they want. He added on Twitter: with a five year spread of bonus money and option money they can make [Asomugha’s] 11 cap number low.

Asomugha has played his entire eight-year career with the Raiders.

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Report: Donte’ Stallworth agrees to terms with Redskins 07.27.11 at 9:48 am ET
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Veteran wide reciever Donte’€™ Stallworth agreed to terms with the Redskins, a league source tells ProFootballTalk.com. The former Patriots receiver had been rumored as a player that Patriots might be interested in acquiring.

Stallworth has played eight seasons in the league with the Saints, Eagles, Patriots, Browns and most recently the Ravens. He was a member of the 2007 Patriots when the team went 16-0 in the regular season before falling to the Giants in the Super Bowl. He had 49 catches for 697 yards and three touchdowns that season.

He was suspended for the entire 2009 season after pleading guilty to felony DUI manslaughter.

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