The locals were beaten to the scoop last night when NBC’s Peter King broke the news at halftime of the Saints/Vikings season opener that Robert Kraft had told him that the Patriots had finalized a new four year contract with quarterback Tom Brady.
For all the absurdity that this situation garnered in the offseason, with reports of a “disconnect,” (that were eagerly jumped on by the local media) hints that the situation could get ugly, and that the Patriots were using the upcoming labor situation as an excuse not to pay Brady, the Patriots took care of business and got a deal done that handsomely rewards their superstar and keeps him here through 2014. Some will make the claim that the the Patriots made Brady “beg” for the new deal, and wonder why they waited so long. But they got it done before the Colts and Peyton Manning, despite claims from the Colts owner early this year that Manning would be signed – claims that many took at face value.
Meanwhile, does anyone think it still would’ve been a good idea for Brady to have held out of camp? Would this deal have gotten done? Are you paying attention, Logan Mankins?
It all adds up to a worthwhile deal - Albert R Breer with some analysis on what the deal means for Brady, the Patriots and the league.
Breaking down the Brady deal - Christopher Price says that both sides can claim victory in this deal.
An optimist’s view of Pats season - We’ve heard over and over about all the negatives and uncertainties about this Patriots team. Bill Burt tries to look for the positive.
Accuracy takes hit from rush - Chad Finn looks at the hazards of Twitter as a news source, highlighted by Tom Brady’s life this week. Steve Buckley attempts to defend the actions of the media mob in Foxboro yesterday.
Simms is picking Jets (sort of) - Bill Doyle has CBS’ Phil Simms reluctantly picking the Jets to win the AFC East.
This preseason, Pats in the market for players - Paul Kenyon’s Patriots Journal makes an interesting point – in the last few years, the Patriots were trading away players on cutdown day, this year they were trading for players.
Even Jerod Mayo can’t know - Ian Rapoport’s notebook says that even the Patriots linebacker doesn’t know what to expect from his defense.
Saltalamacchia cherishes chance to prove himself - Daniel Barbarisi has the Red Sox catcher looking to make an impression in the time remaining in the season.
Top 10 places to get better - Peter Abraham’s minor league notebook looks at how only two of the Red Sox top ten prospects showed great improvement this season.
It’s showtime for Red Sox prospects - Joe McDonald has the Red Sox giving the kids a shot.
Versatile Martinez wants a long-term deal - Maureen Mullen looks at what makes Victor Martinez so valuable.
McDonald earned a winter vacation - Abraham’s notebook has Darnell McDonald looking forward to a winter with his family for the first time in his career.
Ice brink - Kevin Paul Dupont has a feature on Bruins top pick Tyler Seguin, the most talked-about Bruins rookie since Joe Thornton.
Check out the Patriots Daily offerings for this weekend’s season opener:
Worry Wart – Game One vs. Bengals - By Chris Warner
First Impressions – Cincinnati Bengals - By Greg Doyle
Matchups Of The Week – Bengals at Patriots - By Dan Zeigarnik
Around The League – Week One (Part One – AFC Preview) By Jeremy Gottlieb