Holdouts Will Play This Season

Or at least, they should play this season.  Word is starting to circle that the New York Jets are close to a deal with Darrelle Revis, which was first reported via a Tweet from Tim Cowlishaw that I was fully ready to call b.s. on, so touche and good for you, Tim — unless you still turn out to be wrong.

The Jets have also agreed to a monstrous deal with center Nick Mangold (7 years, $55 million), so as of now it’s fair to say their front office is taking care of business.  The Mangold deal has huge implications in strengthening the position of another player who is currently holding out, the Patriots’ Logan Mankins.  According to an ESPN Boston report, Mankins is so put off by the way negotiations have gone that he is prepared to sit out the entire upcoming season.  As Mike Reiss points out, the current collective bargaining agreement requires a player to report by week 10 of the season in order for that year to count toward their free agent status, meaning if Mankins sat out the entire year the Patriots could go through the same fiasco with him again next season if that part of the CBA doesn’t change.

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Rex Ryan to Tom Brady: I Don’t Like You, Either

You didn’t think Rex Ryan would let Tom Brady say he hates the Jets and not have a comment, did you?  Tony Dungy and Ryan may have been able to make nice after a very short-lived verbal feud, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for the same to happen now that Brady and the Jets coach have come out and said they dislike one another.  Here is what Rex Ryan said in response to the comments Brady made about Hard Knocks and the Jets on Monday morning, courtesy of Pro Football Talk:

“He knows we hate the Patriots. Join the [Jets-hating] club.”

“My brother has a couple Super Bowl rings and he loves Tom Brady,” Ryan said. “ I don’t have them so I don’t like Tom Brady. I respect him, but I don’t like him.”

Rex is of course referring to his brother, Rob Ryan, who worked under Bill Belichick for the 2001 and 2003 Patriots Super Bowl teams.  We already told you we think Brady handled himself well when talking about the Jets on Monday morning.  The same goes for Ryan.  There was no way he was going to back down from the comments and we know Rex is as big a fan of trash talk as anyone, but at the same time I think he let a bit of humility show through with the Super Bowl ring comment.  God help us if and when the Jets win a championship.  Better start getting the aspirin ready now.

Rex Ryan: I don’t like Tom Brady; he knows we hate the Patriots [Pro Football Talk]

Tom Brady Hates the Jets, and That Is a Good Thing

In his weekly appearance on The Dennis and Callahan Show on WEEI, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he wasn’t watching HBO’s Hard Knocks because he hates the Jets. Most of the 20-minute appearance was spent talking about the offense and the development of the team’s three new tight ends, but Brady leveled when asked if he had watched the Jets on Hard Knocks as relayed by Pro Football Talk:

You know, I haven’t turned it on. I hate the Jets. I refuse to support that show. … I’m sure it’s great TV and I’m glad people are liking it. But that’s something I have no interest in watching. I’d love to say a lot of mean things, too, but I’d rather not do that, either.”

I think Brady handled that quite well. Even though he was on local Boston sports radio, I don’t think he was playing to the audience. Tom was smart not to elaborate and explained how it’s probably entertaining but not for him.

We went through something similar when Brandon Phillips said he hated the Cardinals. I liked seeing Phillips share his feelings (and those of the fans), but he went too far calling them “bitches.” Brady shared his thoughts without getting into offensive territory the way Phillips did. Tom plays in the AFC East — he should hate the Jets and his other rivals the same way the fans do. These comments should provide a nice relief for Pats fans who have questioned Tom’s allegiances recently.

Tom Brady talks about HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ among other things [WEEI]
Tom Brady on Hard Knocks: “I hate the Jets. I refuse to watch the show.” [Pro Football Talk]

Haynesworth: Redskins Intentionally Making Me Look Bad

The spat between Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Albert Haynesworth took yet another turn this week. Haynesworth missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of “headaches” according to the team. The massive defensive lineman then didn’t enter Saturday night’s preseason game against the Ravens until the second half and was not happy about it. After the game, he let loose on the Skins without holding back his true feelings. If you want the full feeling, video is below. Here’s the meat of his complaints from CSN Washington:

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Cromartie Wasn’t Quite Mr. Popular in SD

It just has not been Antonio Cromartie’s week. The new Jets CB was roasted for struggling to name his children — all eight of them — but defended himself saying HBO’s producers made him look bad. I’m not sure how Cromartie will defend himself against the latest criticism. In Thursday’s Union Tribune via Rotoworld, Kevin Acee said that the Chargers secondary is much more united now that Cromartie is gone.

Things apparently are much more peaceful in the San Diego secondary and there is less drama. Additionally, as safety Eric Weddle noted, everyone is on the same page now. To clarify Weddle’s comments, there are people on the team that are willing to tackle unlike Cromartie who was lambasted for going Deion in San Diego’s playoff loss to the Jets.

If you read between the lines in the article, you can tell that many of the players wanted to point fingers in the past but didn’t. All the drama off the field that distracted Cromartie the past two years certainly spilled onto the field and into the locker room and was not appreciated. He can only hope his fortunes are different in New York. At the least, the good news is he doesn’t have to tackle Shonn Greene in games anymore. Just practice.

Peace in Chargers secondary could bring prosperity [Union-Tribune]

Brett Favre Has Already Prepared Us for Another Un-Retirement

I don’t think anyone was shocked on Wednesday to discover that Brett Favre would return for another season with the Minnesota Vikings. But the dramatic quarterback didn’t just want yesterday to be about his return, he also wanted to talk about his next retirement stint. Are we really talking about 2011 already? My head hurts just thinking about it.

Grandpa football said that this is his last year and that after 20 seasons he’ll be ready to throw in the towel. Part of me wants to believe the drama queen is telling the truth, but his retirement track record says otherwise. Yes, he always gets the attention because he is one of the biggest names in the NFL, but is anyone else tired of hearing it? Who knows if he’ll even last the whole season because players will be targeting his ankle. Then what? Are we going to hear that because he got injured six weeks into the season it didn’t really count and he’ll be playing football again in 2011?

I really am sick and tired of going through this every year with him. Ever hear of the little boy who cried wolf? Well Favre, you’re the old man who cried retirement and eventually no one is going to listen anymore. I can’t help but respect the man, but please give it a rest.

So, here’s my proposal Brett Favre: I’ll stop ragging on you if you really don’t return next season. You may be big news nationwide but believe me, it’s bigger news here in NFC North country. I’ve gone through it when you retired from the Packers, and now again with the Vikings, and I just can’t handle the hype around your retirement anymore. Thankfully, I have an entire year until I know if you hold up your end of the bargain. That means another year of poking fun at old man Favre.

Favre returns to the Vikings for 20th season [AP/Fox Sports]

Joe Buck Calls Tom Brady ‘Dreamy’ on TV

When he’s not in the middle of an A-Rod injury issue, apparently Joe Buck is fawning over Tom Brady. It’s actually difficult to tell if Buck was joking or being serious when he called Brady “dreamy” during Thursday’s preseason telecast of the Patriots and Falcons game. Here’s the video of Joe Buck calling Brady dreamy for you to decide if this was genuine swooning or sarcasm:

This wasn’t anything near what Thom Brennaman did praising Tim Tebow during the national championship game, but it certainly raised eyebrows. I’m chalking it up as somewhere in between genuine admiration of Brady and sarcasm over his superhero status. Gotta love Joe Buck keeping us on our toes! Who knows, maybe this was part of a bet.

Video Credit: YouTube user notohous