Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he’d return to Foxborough if invited. Well, Mr. Commissioner, consider the invitation sent.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement to ESPN that Goodell would be welcome at Gillette Stadium. Should the Patriots beat the Falcons on Sunday in Super Bowl 51, Kraft even set a date.
Foster later retweeted several messages from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., blasting the DOJ’s decision. The serious nature of the topic aside, it’s nice to see Foster has found a pastime to keep him busy in his retirement.
Foster retired in December at age 30 after eight NFL seasons, spending most of his career with the Texans before finishing in Miami last year. The four-time Pro Bowler finished with 8,873 yards and 68 touchdowns.
Freeman, who says he wants what is best for his future but also the team, could resort to a holdout or a trade request to land a new contract. That could be hard for the team to pull off, however, if Blank offers Ryan a massive deal.
“When Matt was being interviewed this week, somebody asked him, ‘What do you think about Tom Brady, his age, being 39 and will be 40 in August?’ and Matt said, ‘I’d like to play as long as Tom,”’ Blank said.
“That’s when I jumped up off the sofa and starting clicking my heels. We have a lot of young talent on both sides of the ball. But to have our quarterback in place for an extended period of time will be incredible news for Atlanta. Matt is in great shape and takes wonderful care of himself. So, I’m excited.”
Despite Freeman’s stellar play, he’s losing carries to the bigger and younger Tevin Coleman. In the NFC championship game against the Packers, Freeman got 14 carries to Coleman’s 11. Giving a running back in a timeshare an “elite” contract seems unlikely, but this will be an interesting storyline to follow this offseason.