PHILADELPHIA - Here's some smoke. We'll see if there's some fire. Hours after our good friend Mike Florio relayed the newsthat there's a team "very interested" in signing Terrell Owens, Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus is on the Patriots sideline as New England gets ready for the Eagles. The report, which originated with ESPN's Adam Schefter, said that Rosenhaus wouldn't name the team because of the sensitive nature of the discussions. As Florio noted, "merely flirting with T.O. will create nearly the same distractions as signing him. So the team would be wise to make a final decision before making it known that theres even a mild interest."Could it be the Patriots? Well, New England has an outstanding relationship with Rosenhaus. They also have a need for an outside receiver at this point since Chad Ochocinco (another Rosenhaus client) hasbeen a brutal flop. The Patriots' offense has become increasingly stagnant in recent weeks and absolutely needs an infusion of explosiveness. There's mountains of evidence showing Bill Belichick will take a chance if it helps his team on the field. But that's where the argument against T.O. begins. Albert Haynesworth didn't change his spots here and bombed. Ocho is in the process of doing the same thing. Owens is no genius route-runner and his hands are ordinary to bad. Why not just go after Randy Moss if T.O. is on the radar. Signing T.O. is fraught with danger. But for a Patriots team that is solid record-wise but isn't nearly as potent as their statistics indicate, doing nothing may be just as dangerous. Whether Rosenhaus is here representing T.O.'s interests or merely in Philly to touch base with the numerous clients he has on either team isn't known. But we may soon find out.
With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.
When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.
"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"
Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year.
Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone.
"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."
Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1.
Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.