From Comcast SportsNet Thursday, August 18, 2011
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Michael Vicks tells GQ magazine that he didn't want to come to Philadelphia to be a third-string quarterback after his release from federal prison two years ago. Vick, who rejuvenated his career with the Eagles and started in the Pro Bowl last year, says in the September issue that commissioner Roger Goodell was among those who convinced him Philadelphia was the right destination. "I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth," Vick says. "I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options." Vick says he's happy he ended up in Philadelphia because it's "the right situation." Vick played sparingly in 2009 behind Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb. McNabb was traded to Washington in April 2010, and Vick eventually replaced Kolb after he was injured in the season opener last year. Vick had the best all-around season of his career, led the Eagles to the NFC East title and was The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year. Vick and the Eagles take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night in their second preseason game.
FOXBORO -- Not long after Bill Belichick confirmed that Jamie Collins' absence from Day 1 of training camp practice was excused, the fourth-year linebacker was spotted on the field loosening up with his teammates for Day 2.
Given the impact Collins has on the Patriots defense when he's healthy and on the field, his return to work was not an insignificant one. His health didn't appear to be an issue as he worked in for reps with the first-team defense alongside fellow linebacker Dont'a Hightower in the middle of the field.
He explained that his contract is not an issue at the moment, either. In the final year of his rookie deal, the 2015 Pro Bowler is scheduled to make $917,864 in base salary this season -- far below what he would make on an annual basis if he were to hit free agency.
"I'm just handling business, man," Collins said when asked if there were any updates on his contract status. "That'll take care of itself."
The Patriots are in an unusual position in that they have a handful of young players of import to the defense that in the final years of their deals. Hightower is set to become a free agent after this season, as are defensive end Jabaal Sheard, safety Duron Harmon and corner Logan Ryan. Malcolm Butler, a Pro Bowl corner last season, will be a restricted free agent after the season.
Signing them all could be difficult if not impossible, but there have been no holdouts to this point. After being publicly excused from Thursday's on-the-field work by Belichick, and after hearing from him on Friday, Collins' brief absence certainly would not fall under that category.
BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.
But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.
Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.
The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.
But who will they be?
That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.
In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.