Brandon Lloyd's reps say no issue with Pats

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Brandon Lloyd's reps say no issue with Pats

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ben Dogra and Tom Condon, the lead agents at CAA, indicated on Friday that they would welcome the chance to talk with the Patriots about soon-to-be free agent wideout Brandon Lloyd. Asked about the rancor that arose between the Patriots and Condon during the 2004 rookie contract negotiation for Benjamin Watson, Dogra scoffed at the notion it would be an impediment to business going forward. "I understand why it's a story" said Dogra. "But it's not an issue."
Condon, when asked about if the relationship with New England is workable, said "If I didn't talk to everyone I've had hard negotiations with, I wouldn't talk to anyone."Lloyd has indicated he'd like to keep working with Josh McDaniels. When the current Patriots offensive coordinator was in Denver, Lloyd had a breakout 2010 season. Last season, Lloyd was dealt to the St. Louis Rams and reunited with McDaniels and had a solidyear for an otherwise disappointing team. Dogra indicated that the presence of McDaniels in New England continues to be a huge draw to Lloyd. Free agency opens March 13.

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

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Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.