Eagles' Reid, Jenkins discuss sideline dustup

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Eagles' Reid, Jenkins discuss sideline dustup

FOXBORO - Undisciplined Eagles? Pretty much.

During a sloppy and torturous game, the Eagles committed 22 penalties (16 were accepted by New England), yet escaped with a 27-17 win thanks in part to the fact New England played the back half of its roster.

Twice on a New England touchdown drive, Philly drew third down penalties wiping out a pick and a sack.

But all the lack of control on the field paled in comparison to a sideline confrontation between head coach Andy Reid and defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. The two went nose-to-mustache during the first half in a scene that seemed very uncomfortable.

Former Eagle Ike Reese tweeted about the dustup, saying, "That's NOT a good sign, I've never seen Andy Reid disrespected like that by one of his players. This guy(97) is SUPPOSED to be a LEADER."

After the game, both men dismissed it as heat-of-the-moment intensity bubbling over.

"It's an emotional game," said Reid. "He was fired up; I was fired up. Those things happen. Cullen's my primary leader on the defensive line so I count on him for a lot of things. He was upset; I was upset. We talked about it afterwards and we are OK."

"It's football," said Jenkins. "Football causes that. If you're out there playing, you've got to be emotional. ... It's an emotional game and sometimes you need that spark and especially now in the preseason."

How will this impact the Eagles over the long haul? Probably not that much. It's a veteran team that had a flat night against the Patriots' second-string. Things got pushed to the edge and then were talked away. There will likely be no more sideline rancor.

Or nights when 22 flags fly. But on this night, it happened. And it was a strange sight to see unfold.

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

It was reported last week that multiple NFL executives are convinced that Darrelle Revis will return to the New England Patriots next season.

Talking with the New York Daily News, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he’d be open to a reunion with the 31-year-old cornerback.

“I would love it,” Kraft said. “Speaking for myself, if he wanted to come back, he’s a great competitor, I’d welcome him if he wanted to come.”

Asked if the team has had discussions with Revis, Kraft said “ask my boy,” in reference to coach Bill Belichick.

Revis spent the 2014 season with the Patriots, helping them win Super Bowl XLIX. He bolted back to the New York Jets the next season, signing a five-year, $70 million contract ($39 million guaranteed).

The Jets released Revis earlier this month after the incident in Pittsburgh. A judge dismissed the charges.

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

PHOENIX -- The idea that Malcolm Butler could be traded by the Patriots before the start of the 2017 season has been floated for weeks. But if Robert Kraft had his way, he'd like for the hero of Super Bowl XLIX to stick around. 

At the Biltmore hotel on Day 2 of the league's annual meetings, Kraft was asked if he anticipated having Butler back in New England for next season.

"I sure hope so," he said. "We have [a first-round tender] out to him, and I know he has the ability to go out in the market and get someone to sign him, and then we either match it or get the first-round draft pick.

"I'm rooting, I hope, he's with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us. I have a great affection for him. He was part of probably the greatest play in the history of our team, but there are a lot of people involved in that."

The Patriots can't trade any player who isn't under contract, and they can't talk about a trade for a player not on their roster. Therefore, even if the Patriots hoped to deal Butler and get something in return for the Pro Bowl-caliber corner before he hits unrestricted free agency in 2018, it's not something that the owner of the team would be at liberty to discuss with dozens of microphones in front of his face. 

The tender offer of $3.91 million for one season is still out there for Butler. He could sign it and play in New England. He could sign it and be traded. For now, Kraft says he's hoping for the former -- and insists that the Patriots didn't have designs on the latter all along.

"I don't want to, in any way, take away from his rights [as a restricted free agent]," he said, adding, "I want to be clear. I hope he's with us."