Posted by Josh Katzowitz
- Patriots G Stephen Neal is officially retired. The 34-year-old played in eight games last season before a shoulder injury forced him to the injured reserve list. Did you know he once beat Brock Lesnar in a college wrestling match? That’s pretty badass, right?
- You want to know how badly new Saints DT Shaun Rogers wanted to play in New Orleans? He left an additional $2 million on the table with another team so he could sign a $4 million contract with the Saints.
- If you want to take a look at all of the Jets biggest draft busts of the past 30 years, this is a pretty good list.
- Steelers LB James Harrison had another back surgery that will keep him out another four weeks or so.
- The Saints and K Garrett Hartley have reached terms on a five-year contract extension. For now, he’s the only kicker signed on the roster. Though John Carney is always lurking close by.
- It’s always nice to see a player, after he retires or is released, take out a full-page color advertisement in the local newspaper to thank the fans and city. That’s what former Bears DE Tommie Harris did today in the Chicago Tribune. Classy move.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams will not return to Minnesota, saying he’s going to finish his career elsewhere. Period, next paragraph.
- Perhaps another reason why former Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis left the organization to take the same position at the University of Florida: he didn’t want his salary slashed because of the potential lockout.
- Former Alabama WR Julio Jones, who took part in the NFL combine with a fractured freakin’ foot, will have surgery Saturday so doctors can insert a screw into his foot. Jones should be healed in six to eight weeks.
- This isn’t football-related, but I thought it was relevant to the continued concussion storylines. Former hockey enforcer Bob Probert, who died last year at the age of 45, was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Just like Dave Duerson and a host of other NFL players who have died recently.
- Former Lions WR Tommie Boyd pleaded guilty to a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Boyd, who admitted guilt to having sex with a 15-year-old student, awaits sentencing.
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