Chat with Mike Reiss
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPNBoston.com New England Patriots blogger Mike Reiss stops by to chat.
Reiss joined ESPNBoston.com in September 2009 and is a native New Englander. He first started covering the Patriots in 1997 with the team's official newspaper, Patriots Football Weekly, before moving on to the MetroWest Daily News in his hometown of Framingham. From 2005 to 2009, he covered the Patriots for The Boston Globe, while also writing on the NFL. He started his popular Patriots blog in 2004.
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Mike (11:28 AM)
Good morning and welcome to our weekly Patriots chat here on ESPNBoston.com.
Mike (11:29 AM)
The auto update is on and the idea is to start a little earlier than normal because there is so much ground to cover (Welker and non-Welker), and I'll have to conclude by 12:55 p.m. ET as there is a conference call with new Patriots safety Adrian Wilson at 1 p.m.
Mike (11:29 AM)
We'll kick it off here in a few...
Mike (11:33 AM)
A few quick Welker thoughts. Stepping back from it, as a fan of the game and a fan of Welker, it is a big disappointment. My all-time favorite Patriot = Welker.
Mike (11:35 AM)
As is often the case, both sides can share some of the responsibility for this unexpected ending. If you asked Welker a few weeks ago, I think he would have been shocked at the thought of playing elsewhere. This isn't what he was expecting. Likewise for the Patriots. They had aligned goals, but ultimately a major gap in their view of the reshaped marketplace.
Mike (11:37 AM)
If you want to hold the agents accountable, it's for overshooting the market so badly. They were asking for a $15 million signing bonus on the first day of free agency. Seeing how Welker wound up with 2 years, $12 million with the Broncos, it's not even close. Everyone knows that in any negotiation, one side starts high, the other starts low, and you try to compromise and meet somewhere in the middle. But if your starting points are so far apart, and one is so unrealistic, it makes that process a lot tougher to go through.
Mike (11:40 AM)
As for the Patriots, if you want to hold them accountable, in my view it's for moving on as quickly as they did once free agency began. Should they have given Welker another 24-48 hours, given all he did for the franchise, before moving on to Amendola? I could make the case that they should have. The Patriots probably would have lost Amendola if they did that (he had other suitors lined up), but to me, Welker was a special case. The Patriots will counter by saying that they had no realistic expectation that a deal could get done with Welker because of the unrealistic demands made by Welker's agents, and then what if they lost both Amendola and Welker? They have a point there. This is the cold part of the business.
Mike (11:42 AM)
I'm going to step outside the journalistic realm for one moment and sum it up this way: The whole thing stinks. Welker should have been here and I truly believe he wanted to be here. It's disappointing to me that he's not. There are so many layers to the situation, and I'm happy to dissect them all if we so desire. That's why I wanted to start a little early today -- to be able to cover anything Welker-related because it's been so polarizing, but also the non-Welker related stuff.
Mike (11:42 AM)
Here we go...
Ethan (Isla Vista)
Mike, Wes Welker your ALL TIME favorite?! From a character standpoint, you definitely know leagues more than I do, however based on the surface and the memories, here are my favorites: Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown, Bruschi, Harrison, and Big Vince. I think McCourty has the potential to jump over. (I'm only 19 so I didn't get to see Grogan, Tippett, Hannah, etc. play)
Mike (11:44 AM)
For me, Ethan, it's the the idea of the little guy playing a big man's game and dominating in his own way. The big hits and getting back up. The toughness -- both mentally and physically. And also, to be honest, a little bit of a personal connection there.
Doc (Palm Coast Fl.)
As a Pats fan since their inception, I'm baffeled by the entire Welker situation... but, I'm amused by the "CYA" tatics of the Pats and Mr. Krafts statements to the press. It appears to be smoke and mirrors. "Don't believe your lying eyes n' ears tatics". Two things jumped out at me. The Pats had two years to lock Wes up and failed to do so. There was no love evident and the appearence was to force Welker's hand with a low ball offer. I believe they counted on his pride to cause him to walk. Second thing that had me sneerng was the tenor, and wording of the response by Mr. Karft to a reporters question regarding input from Tom Brady. Reportedly Mr. Kraft first stated that "I don't answer to Tom Brady"! and then went on to say that he was never contacted by Tom...Perhaps there is a thread of truth, in which Brady did not directly contact Mr. Kraft, but his feelings regarding Wes are well documented...I'm certain Brady let his preference known BB and others. Kraft had to know! Now it seems there are reports to counter that denial. Brady can't be very happy that the front office discounted his statements regarding Welker abilities, work ethic and league leading stats and apparently, disregarded Brady's preference? Your thoughts please?
Mike (11:48 AM)
Doc, in terms of the two years to lock up Welker, it comes back to both sides being a little realistic. When this process started, Welker's agents were asking for Larry Fitzgerald/Calvin Johnson money. Let's just say that started the negotiations off on the wrong foot. I liken it to a real-estate analogy. They were living in a neighborhood where houses went from $200,000-$300,000 and were looking for $600,000 for theirs. It just wasn't realistic. So it's sort of difficult to strike a deal when one side has a dramatically different view ...
Mike (11:50 AM)
As for the Patriots counting on Welker's pride, I think what they were counting on more than anything was Welker and his representatives getting a "dose of reality" with the market and readjusting their financial goals. That's what the three-day legal tampering period was supposed to be for. At that point, Welker and his reps should have had a good idea of where a potential contract would fall. ...
Mike (11:51 AM)
... But it didn't happen for some reason. That's one aspect of this that doesn't add up to me.
Mike (11:52 AM)
... Finally, as to the Kraft remarks on Tom Brady, this was a situation where Brady was kept abreast of all developments as they unfolded. Did he like the end result? Nope. How could he? Welker is one of his best pals, not to mention a great player. But when the facts were laid out in front of him, and the timeline was shared, it is easier to understand.
Hey Mike,I read everything you write, and am a huge Patriots fan. Overall, I think you are spot-on in just about all of your Patriots-related opinions. On the Welker front, however, I think you are missing some important perspective, and perhaps letting the fact that he was your favorite player cloud your reporting. From my view, I feel like Tom overly-relied on Wes, especially in important situations, leaving the defense knowing where the ball was going. Additionally, nowhere have I seen the acknowledgment of Wes' big drops (not to mention the many drops that weren't as big).Yes, Welker was a great Patriot, but I think with Amendola (who has better hands, better pass-catching range, and is more of a vertical threat), and Brady spreading the ball around more, this offense could actually be better without Welker. I'd like to also point you to Bill Barnwell's article on Grantland, discussing the differences between the two players.
Mike (11:54 AM)
Thanks for adding the perspective, Zach. I don't overlook the drops. My perspective is rooted in the belief that the Patriots wanted Welker back (at their price, which essentially turned out to be what he signed for in Denver), and Welker wanted to be here. So I don't think they moved on to Amendola because they thought he was an upgrade over Welker. I think they moved on because of negotiating circumstances. ... All that said, great piece by Barnwell IMO.
Tman (Belmont, MA)
Hi Mike. Pats have yet to solve their "X" issue. In Pittsburgh, when the two were playing at the same time, Wallace was the X; so, do we have enough of a track record to know whether Sanders can be an effective X? Doesn't this seem to force them, no matter whether they sign Sanders or not, to have to draft an X WR in one of the top 2 rounds?
Mike (11:55 AM)
Tman, in reading reports out of Pittsburgh, I think the Steelers were projecting Sanders to the X spot. Don't hold me to it (things have been swirling this last week), but I believe it's a realistic expectation to think he could fit there in New England.
i know this is my second post but since i don't usually get any answered, what does it hurt....glad to see you mnetion that the Patriots could/should have given another 24-48 hours. I didn't see you mention that before. that's another piece that doesn't add up to me I know they had to move on Amendola but it just seems that their decision to fianlly "move on" seems a bit abrupt after two years of talks. if wes was on the phone with Kraft one final time, they really just shoudl have worked this out.
Mike (11:56 AM)
Dave, I mentioned this in the piece that brought great criticism from Boston sports radio hosts Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti. I am going to dig up the link now.
Mike (11:57 AM)
Mike (11:58 AM)
Here is the excerpt: "Talks between the Patriots and Welker's representatives broke off in the hours before free agency began Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. At that point, after a year of discussions that didn't produce an extension, the Patriots had a decision to make: Risk losing backup target Danny Amendola by waiting on Welker, or move on. They decided to move on. Should they have waited? Should it have even reached that point? Those are fair questions, and maybe Welker, after everything he'd done for the organization, deserved another 24-48 hours from the team."
munchkin (glenwood springs, co)
Mike, Fleger and Massarotti are entertainers and pretty good at what they do; but journalistic integrity is not a high priority when you are in an airwaves battle. And they aren't alone. Unfortunately sensationalism attracts dollars while levelheadedness is boring. Parsing one's words makes for bad radio. Thanks for keeping it real. There is way too much appealing to the lowest common denominator going on in the mass media; that is nothing new. What you do isn't necessarily new either, but it is unfortunately becoming less common. I, and I know there are many more, find it refreshing to hear an honest voice. Thanks to you, Field and Mike for putting to substance to"print" Sad to see the Boston Phoenix closing its doors. Loved the paper when I lived back there in the 80's. Peace I know this isn't going to be part of the chat but I wanted to extend a thank you.
Mike (12:03 PM)
Thanks for those thoughts. A couple leftover thoughts from this perspective on the radio fireworks with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti. First, I have a very solid relationship with both of them. I emailed with Michael right after the segment, and text with Tony. It has been common for me and Tony to talk about Patriots-related issues before he goes on the air, just to go over facts and background so he's more informed, or at least hears a perspective of someone closer to it than he is. I think that context is important. There is absolutely nothing personal here.
Mike (12:06 PM)
That said, the one thing I hope people come away with after Friday's exchange is that people in my position are out in the field, doing the hard work, reporting, talking to sources (from both sides), and nothing is more important than our integrity and ability to gather the most accurate information possible to produce the most truthful account of events. Specific to Michael and Tony, that is not what they do. They are opining on things from a much less informed position. They need to answer to the ratings book, and thus, their work is much more rooted in entertainment (as you pointed out). ...
Mike (12:10 PM)
Maybe the best comparison I can make is that they are living in a WWE world. We're living in the real world. What was surprising to me is that since they have both been on this side in the past as newspaper reporters that they would even go there. Such a baseless charge couldn't go unchecked.
John T16 [via mobile]
Hi Mike, I was wondering where the Cap number is for the Patriots is? Thanks.
Mike (12:12 PM)
John, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe had it at $15 million as of a couple days ago. It's in that range. One thing to account for is that the team is in a holding pattern until Sebastian Vollmer's status is solidified. That would eat up a chunk of it (let's say $5 million). They also want to leave themselves some flexibility for future moves too.
Dave (San Francisco)
Since the Pats cut Brandon Lloyd, the salary he was set to get paid becomes dead cap money. If they resign him, can that dead cap money become 'alive' and be used to help cover the salary for his new contract? Also, it seems in general that dead cap space is toxic for a team like the Patriots that does so well with the cap in general. Does being willing to accept dead space after cutting lloyd indicate that they really misjudged his value last year when signing him? They would have had to know then that cutting him before he got his bonus this year would incur the dead space.
Mike (12:14 PM)
Dave, unfortunately for teams, that's not the way it works. Dead money can't become alive. It would still be dead and then they'd have to account for any new money that Lloyd signed for. The decision to absorb that dead money is an acknowledgment that what they paid him doesn't match what they projected to receive in 2013.
I am very amused with your answers regarding the Felger clash. You seem to dismiss the original Felger sentiment that you are being fed by the organization. Don't you think a former embedded reporter can easily spot an agenda driven piece. I guess it was just a coincidence that your agent hit piece front ran Kraft's podium "blame the agent" rant. Mike, stop hiding behind the "I look at all sides" because on this issue, it is clear who your source is
Mike (12:15 PM)
Peyton, I do dismiss Felger's sentiment that I am being fed. I would hope that anyone understands that in my job, if I'm not talking to high-level members of the organization, I'm failing. How is that being fed? And if you read my work, it's clear that I'm not just talking to high-level members of the organization, but also high-level people on the other side of the negotiating table. So that's where I'm calling Felger out for BS.
Mike (12:16 PM)
Peyton, read this piece and tell me both sides aren't represented. http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9050742/2013-nfl-free-agency-new-england-patriots-quickly-shifted-wes-welker-danny-amendola
Mike (12:18 PM)
Woodhead leaving more a sign of confidence in Vereen or more then Pats would pay?
Mike (12:20 PM)
Jeffrey, it's hard to answer until I see the terms of Woodhead's deal. My understanding of it is that the Patriots wanted Woodhead back, but as they often do, they set their price and weren't going to move too far off it. I assume the Chargers upped the ante to a level the Patriots weren't comfortable going. I think the Patriots could regret this one, but it's hard to be decisive until seeing the contract numbers.
Anthony Powell (Boynton Beach, FL)
Mike this is not the First Time the Patriots have made a Controversial Decision letting a Fan Favorite Go and sign with another team remember Adam Vinateiri 2006
Mike (12:21 PM)
True, Anthony. Some similarities between the two, but also some differences.
Mike - We didn't hear much about Jeremy Ebert last year - did he progress, what does the braintrust think of him, how did he look in practices? Pretender or contender?
Mike (12:23 PM)
Miguel, I think the biggest thing for Ebert (7th round, Northwestern) is physically getting a little stronger. Having a full offseason in the team's program/system should help. But at this point, he has to be viewed as a longshot. That can always change, but based on the picture we're looking at now, tough to be able to count on much at this point.
Mike....You need to go back and reread your agent hit piece. Not one ounce of Dunn's sentiment is reflected in your story. Guess your "opinion" just happen to align with Kraft. That's smart business...for you
Mike (12:24 PM)
Peyton, I do think the agents botched this one. It just so happens to align with Kraft's view. But if I thought Kraft botched it, I wouldn't hesitate to say it.
Neil (South Boston)
Mike, I will say that I've been reading your work for years and you've always struck me as fair and level-headed. However, it's nice to see you get fired up once in awhile like this.
Mike (12:26 PM)
Neil, this one fires me up because it's an attack on the fundamental principle of what I stand for. I usually let criticism roll off my back, but this crossed a line beyond that. Now let's move on.
Mike, might the Pats kick the tires on Brian Urlacher?
Mike (12:28 PM)
Michael, when I think of where Urlacher would fit on this defense, it's in the Spikes-type role. They could kick the tires, but I'm not sure it's in the pressing category for them.
Hi Mike, after all these weeks of being bombarded by you and the rest of the NE writers regarding the 'Brady restructure' and how the Pats were top-10 in cap space I have seen NOTHING being done. Wheres the pass-rush? Wheres the extra help for our secondary? Who does TB have as offensive weapons down the field? Lots of questions Mike and I see no answers. Specially in a year where NE uncharacteristically has no depth in draft picks. Pls tell me im wrong.
Mike (12:35 PM)
George, I understand the viewpoint. I look at it slightly different, and part of my thought process is that it's an incomplete picture right now. Furthermore, if we look at some of the most successful teams in the NFL over the years, this is a time they use to complement their core, not create it. I thought the Talib re-signing was critical. A full year with him, and creating a situation where overall d-back continuity can potentially spark improvement. I don't think you're necessarily wrong in your viewpoint -- their moves might turn out to be poor (2012 wasn't exactly a bonanza) -- but I'd just urge for a little patience at this point.
Chesty LaRue (Boston, MA)
Seems to me the league has been successful in bringing down player salaries, the players can't be happy with the deal they signed can they?
Mike (12:36 PM)
Chesty, this has been stunning to watch from this perspective. Last year, the top cornerback on the market (Cortland Finnegan) got a deal that averages $10 million per season. This year's top cornerbacks (e.g. Talib) are right around $5 million per season. Not good for players.
grandjordanian (San Diego, CA)
So many questions, Mike, but let's start with one you couldn't possibly be able to predict. Do you think BB sees his team right now needing impact players in the draft, and therefore being inclined to use his picks where they are, or will he be certain to trade down to accumulate more? What I mean is, let's say the highest guy on his draft board is there when our team picks in the first round, but 6 of his next tier guys are still available. Does he trade back to pick a lesser guy(s) in his mind and get more ammo, or does he think, "This guy helps us win a Super Bowl THIS year?"
Mike (12:37 PM)
I think he trades back in this scenario, Grand.
Jeff (Arlington, VA)
Mike:In his comments about Welker a few days ago, Kraft specifically noted the need to "invest in the defense." However, the Pats haven't really added any new pieces to the defense so far, other than Adrian Wilson (a mid-level player). I'm hoping the Pats will be able to add a couple more mid-level defensive players over the next few weeks. Do you think that is a possibility? They seem to have the cap space to do so. Even if the Pats resigned Vollmer, I think they would still have the cap space to sign one more mid-level player for the defense.
Mike (12:38 PM)
I do think it's a possibility, Jeff, and part of that is waiting to see where the market settles with veteran ends such as Elvis Dumervil, John Abraham and Dwight Freeney. My feeling is that anything big to semi-big is basically on hold right now until the Vollmer situation is resolved. They want him back, but it's always the question about "what price?"
Jamal (Hoover, AL)
Hey Mike, after some Gostkowski misses last year, do you see the Pats bringing in some camp competition? What's his contract look like?
Mike (12:40 PM)
Jamal, Gostkowski is on the books for $2.5 million this season. I could envision a scenario where competition is brought in, which would really be the first time that legitimately happened. In 2005-2006, this was around the range in salary when the Patriots began thinking about life without Adam Vinatieri. I'm not sure that means much, and the market has obviously shifted and evolved from that point, but it was a point of information that interested me.
jim (Fall River)
Mike should we expect from Ballard this year?
Mike (12:41 PM)
Jim, I asked Belichick about Ballard on Tuesday morning and the indication I got was that Ballard's rehab was on a positive course at the end of 2012. This puts him in position to potentially be in the tight end mix for 2013.
Trevor Nicholls (Beavercreek, Ohio)
Hey Mike what do you think Adrian Wilson brings to this team? Safety depth, or a true playmaker at the position?
Mike (12:42 PM)
Trevor, the first word that comes to mind for me is "toughness." I'm not sure how well he still runs, and that will be a key to watch, but if I had to guess I think BB will do some creative things with him in sub packages as an in-the-box, blitzing type player. The Patriots were in sub 57 percent of the time last season.
T.J. (Melbourne, FL)
Mike, Long time, thanks for the time you put in. Do you think the loss of Lloyd, Welker, Woodhead, and possibly Edelman is too much change for the Pats? Basically evert WR will be new for Brady. Is training camp enough time to full get the offense ready for the season, which has a very tough schedule this year?
Mike (12:44 PM)
Edelman could still be back, T.J., so let's not rule him out unless something has happened over the last hour or so here. The change has to be a concern. I was expecting change, but not this much, because I thought Welker would be back. Let's not overlook the TEs, though. They are all back, and part of the passing game, naturally.
Mike, Do you have any knowledge of the PATS ever make Ed Reed an offer?
Mike (12:44 PM)
I don't have any knowledge of that, Brian.
Mike, I'm hoping this is the year that I get proven wrong regarding the "second year leap." Its hard to think of too many Pats players who have taken a substantial step forward in their second year recently. This year though, I'm hoping either Jones, Hightower, and/or Wilson will take the big step onto the big stage. Who do you think is most likely to pull it off?
Mike (12:46 PM)
I'll go with Chandler Jones, Zack. The main thing that stands out to me with Jones is how he said he would use this offseason to improve his upper-body strength. He felt his body was a bit disproportional. Good insight as to how he's approaching things this offseason. If Jones does that, I'm interested to see what a difference it makes for him.
Marc (Malden, MA)
The Patriots are a bunch of cheapskates. All they do is spend quarters on 2nd/3rd tier guys. I want them to spend dollars on 1st tier guys. Stop with this 12 pack of Natty Light over 6 pack of Sam Adams philosophy.
Mike (12:47 PM)
I remember the Natty Light days, Marc. No question, they don't always make the right decisions. But one of the best lines I heard in all of this came from Scott Pioli a few weeks back. It went something like this: "They don't give out a trophy for spending the most money, or spending it the fastest. It's about spending smartly." We've seen enough examples where spending big doesn't produce the desired results.
Steve-O (Philadelphia, PA)
Do you think the Patriots will offer a contract to Emmanuel Sanders? If so, do you think Steelers will match or work out a trade instead of Patriots giving up 3rd rounder?
Mike (12:48 PM)
Steve, this is a complete hunch, and so many things have to come together, but I think they will go ahead with an offer sheet. It's impossible to say if the Steelers will match without knowing the terms of it.
Gerard Mansfield (Stockton, CA)
Hi Mike,Do you see the Patriots targeting a receiver other than Sanders during FA-gency? Do you think Belichick would be willing to ship a 1st to NY for V. Cruz? I personally don't see it happening, but would go absolutely nuts if it did. It sure seems to me that we need a legit, healthy number one option for Brady.
Mike (12:49 PM)
Gerard, I don't see the Patriots doing that for Cruz. Too much draft capital and salary to give up, which represents buying an asset at its highest point.
Hi Mike,The more time that passes the Vollmer isn't resigned the more I think he is all done here in NE. I read a report about Winston being a possibility for NE. Do you think they feel Cannon is the answer at RT and are low balling Sea Bass? My preference would to see them resign Sea Bass and try Cannon at RG
Mike (12:50 PM)
Rick, you could be right, but I actually see it a little differently. The longer he's on the market, the more I think he might he might come back because it reflects a lack of other teams stepping up to meet his desired price. As for Cannon, I thought BB was pretty strong on him Tuesday. I'll dig up the quote now...
Mike (12:52 PM)
BB on Cannon: "Huge gains last year ... has improved tremendously as a player ... the opportunities he had to play early in the year, and even later in the year, he showed that improvement on the field in games as well as the practice field."
Mike (12:52 PM)
Let's go for another 5, as I'll have to run for Adrian Wilson's conference call at 1.
Hi Mike. Woodhead and Welker are, to me, everything that is right about football. Guys who have proved naysayers wring through their dedication, toughness/durability, high energy, hard work, and plain heart. Was so great to see these kind of guys in a Pats uniform. Withiout individuals like this on one's team it's just rooting for laundry. I think the departures of these sort of character guys who can also play will have a very negative impact on the team's performance in the upcoming year.
Mike (12:54 PM)
Glen, I think Welker and Woodhead represent so many good things about football. It is a hit. I wonder if the team will ultimately regret not being able to reach a compromise to bring both back. That said, just because they are gone doesn't mean the team can't find/groom players in the same way. Let's see how it unfolds.
Paul (nashua, nh)
Mike. I know you are tired of Welker questions, but the player could not have contact with teams during the tampering period, just the agents. But didn't Wes state that it was him who contacted John Elway, and not the other way around?
Mike (12:57 PM)
Paul, the conversation between Welker and Elway came after free agency started. Welker pitched himself to Elway. One thing about this to consider that Elway has traditionally liked bigger receivers.
Mike, First, I have a lot of respect for your integrity and am a loyal reader but Wow, calling Felger & Mazz the WWE is pretty harsh. Felger can be harsh too, especially concerning issues related to the Pats FO, but he made good points when he was on the phone with you. 'Why did people report that the sides were close to a deal before FA if in reality they were no where near close?" Just because both sides wanted to do a deal doesn't mean there should be much cause for optimism. As a fan it seems clear cut that the Patriots should have offered more to keep him.Additionally, it seems the Pats FO floated the rumor that Emmanuel Sanders signed an offer sheet to certain reporters as a way of getting Lloyd to restructure before the deadline. That agrees with Felger's point about reporters saying what the team wants for their benefit.
Mike (1:01 PM)
Todd, some of those reports on the Welker-Pats being close lacked context. The reason those reports were out there were because sources from both sides had indicated that the No. 1 priority on each side was to get it done. So that right there generates optimism when you have aligned goals. Were those reports too aggressive? Perhaps and that's fair. I wrote that things were looking up at the time because both sides had aligned goals, and I am accountable for that. Had I known more about the finances, I probably would have held back. But I didn't have that information at the time.
Hey Mike! If Dennard does wind up getting jail-time, any chance the Patriots move McCourty back to corner for the year and pick up another safety? I heard Kerry Rhodes was cut by the Cardinals, could he be a possible option? Also, the Cardinals had a solid secondary due mainly to the fact that their safety play was always a high level, maybe the Patriots reunite them if Dennard is unable to come back. Thoughts?
Mike (1:02 PM)
Frank, I'd be surprised if they move McCourty back to CB at this point. My sense is that they want to give McCourty a full offseason at safety and see what it looks like.
Dan (New London, CT)
Mike, loved the Welker free mail bag earlier this week. Any chance we can have a similar Moss free chat/mailbag policy? Getting very tired of reading the same Moss questions and answers over and over. Moss is not coming back, lets all just move on.
Mike (1:02 PM)
Yes, Dan, we're going to make that happen. I said it to someone on Twitter, the other day, "no mas." Or in this case, no Moss.
Ken Endicott NY [via mobile]
Mike love your writing since moving away from the local Boston papers. Question I have is. What do you think the Pats are doing with the 29 pick? I am starting to think they may try to draft DJ Fluker from Alabama. Do you think that has any merit?
Mike (1:04 PM)
Let's end on this one, Ken. I like Fluker and there is the obvious Alabama tie-in. To me, that's a situation where you have a potential plug-and-play rookie, or at the least, a very good competition with Cannon. This could always change if they bring Vollmer back.
Mike (1:05 PM)
Thanks to everyone for chatting. We went through a lot, and there were a few things that were important for me to communicate. Let's plan on doing it again next Thursday.