FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On Monday morning, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona called Bobby Valentines ban on beer in the clubhouse a PR move, even though Valentine, when he announced the ban, said he has had similar bans for other teams he has managed.
I dont know. How is it PR? Valentine said after the days workout. That means like 20 teams are looking for PR and that's why theyre making good decisions?
Francona is now an analyst for ESPN and made his comments to ESPN Radio. Valentine held a similar position prior to taking the Sox job. Asked if Franconas comments might add a little spice to the first Sunday night Red Sox game hes scheduled to work, Valentine responded:
I doubt it. Remember you get paid over there for saying stuff. You get paid over here for doing stuff.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler to a future contract. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target last played for the Bears but was released at the end of training camp.
Housler won't be eligible to participate with the Patriots during the postseason, but he will be available for the offseason program and training camp leading up to the 2017 campaign.
Housler taken in the third round by the Cardinals with the 69th overall selection in 2011. In 65 career games, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and one touchdown.
The Patriots may have been intrigued by Housler's skill set last summer when he caught one pass for 52 yards -- making two Patriots defenders miss in the process -- during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Bears held joint training camp practices in August that would have given Patriots coaches and scouts a closer look at everything Housler has to offer as a player.
Housler was one of the better athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash (fastest among tight ends), posting a 6.9-second three-cone drill, and recording a 37-inch vertical leap.
Bill Belichick and his staff hit big on a future-contract signing two years ago when a running back with a significant injury history was available to scoop up at the behest of then-assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi. Since then, the Patriots still have never lost with Dion Lewis in uniform.