Former Alabama linebacker Harris joins Patriots practice squad


Former Alabama linebacker Harris joins Patriots practice squad

FOXBORO -- There's currently a locker for linebacker Jerrell Harris at Gillette.

Harris, a former member of the Alabama Crimson Tide and teammate of Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, was wandering through the dressing room Tuesday morning. The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that he has been signed to the practice squad.

Bill Belichick's relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban is known well enough that the move makes sense.

The 6-foot-3, 242-pound linebacker went undrafted in 2012, but was considered a top free agent in the aftermath. He was first picked up by Atlanta and made it through training camp until final roster cuts. He made two tackles in the Falcons' four preseason games.

Jacksonville signed Harris in late September. He was cut less than a month later.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.