Oswalt reportedly will sit out until midseason

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Oswalt reportedly will sit out until midseason

One thing that's become abundantly clear this offseason: Roy Oswalt really doesn't want to play for the Red Sox.

It looks like Oswalt is going to announce sometime today that he plans to stay unemployed until midseason, when -- as Roger Clemens did in 2006 and '07 and as Curt Schilling once pondered doing in '08 -- he may auction himself off to the highest bidder. This decision apparently was sparked by the dual facts that a) the two teams he wants to play for (the Cardinals and Astros) don't want himcan't afford him, at least not now, and b) the team that wants him (the Red Sox, albeit at their price), he wants no part of.

Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra approves:

To be honest, it may be his most lucrative one. Every team thinks they have a decent rotation now. Such is the nature of February. When reality intrudes, however, and clubs are holding their rotations together with bailing wire and chewing gum, Roy Oswalt is going to look like a pretty damn good option.
Probably true. And it's a good career move . . . almost as good as the decision to stay out of a hitter's ballpark (Fenway Park) in the offense-happy A.L. East at age 34.

Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady

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Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady

Three NFL owners have expressed “extreme disappointment” in Robert Kraft and the Patriots filing an amicus brief on behalf of Tom Brady in the quarterback’s appeal of the Second Circuit Court’s reinstatement of his Deflategate suspension, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. 

The Patriots filed the brief on Wednesday. 

The owners see the move as a publicity stunt done to appease Brady and the Patriots fans, Cole said, and they don’t believe Kraft did it any seriousness because the issue speaks to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ability to punish players and undermines the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players.

If Kraft thought it mattered, he wouldn't have done it, Cole said one owner told him. 
 

Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

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Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

FOXBORO – A fleet of Patriots have expiring contracts after this season but Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins are the two most prominent on that list.

With the sport being the way it is – a nearly 100-percent casualty rate every season – it’s never comfortable for a player to enter a contract year without knowing his long-term future. And it’s especially uncomfortable for players whose first contracts are expiring because the second NFL contract is usually the bonanza.

Both Hightower and Collins can entertain thoughts of contracts worth more than $50M if good fortune sticks with them.

The question as it pertains to both of these players is whether they get contract extensions this summer or whether they go into the year with contract pressure bearing down and ultimately become free agents.

Neither player was very forthcoming after their OTA practice Thursday.

With Collins, that’s often the case. He’s never been expansive with media. It was very uncharacteristic for Hightower to be so clipped in his answers, though.

Every question posed to Hightower was met with a variation of, “I’m just trying to get better.”

Asked about his contract, Hightower replied, “I ain’t got nothing to do with none of that. I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates.”

When it was pointed out that Hightower does indeed have say on his contract, he answered, “That might be. But there’s a time and place for everything and I’m just out here trying to get better.

“If I get better I feel like that’ll take care of everything else,” he added. “If I get better each and every day that’s all I can ask for.”

Asked whether he’s at all focused on his deal, Collins replied, “No, I come out here and I handle my business and I let the rest speak for itself … My first priority is me. So I’m gonna handle me."