Light defends Belichick on Spygate: 'He would never hurt the game'

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Light defends Belichick on Spygate: 'He would never hurt the game'

Matt Light defended Bill Belichick on the topic of Spygate -- calling it a "non-issue" and something that was "blown out of proportion" -- by saying his former coach "would never do anything to disrespect the game".

Football "has been Belichick's entire life," the newly retired Patriots offensive tackle told Dan Patrick on Tuesday's 'The Dan Patrick Show'. "He truly has a respect for the game and he would never do that.

"Now he will, and he'll be the first to tell you, he'll push right up to the edge. He'll try to get as big an edge as he can, gather as much information as he can and everything else. But at no point would he ever go outside the rules.

"And that's always been the model to us as players, too. We don't overstep certain boundaries. And when it comes to on-the-field issues, if there's a guy that's doing something that's ridiculous, he'll pull a guy from a game. He has a ton of respect for football . . . "

While admitting there's information in the taping that could be beneficial ("It can. You can," he responded when Patrick asked if taping could help a team), Light also said such benefits were also minimal.

"You realize that half the time, all the digging and all the people that are digging through film and footage and trying to get every little last piece of information, that half the time that hurts you more than it helps you," he said. "Because you're sitting there working all these things out through your mind, you got coaches telling you, you know, 'On third-and-long, you gotta worry about this, that and 500 other things.' "

"From a player's perspective," Light also said, "we all understand that every team is doing everything they can to get as much knowledge on any other team."

Light said he thinks most people understand the matter was blown out of proportion "unless you're a Jet fan or somebody that truly has a hatred for New England . . . "

The Spygate conversation begins at about the four-minute mark of the attached video.

Mike Giardi: Don’t think Patriots will use franchise tag on Dont'a Hightower

Mike Giardi: Don’t think Patriots will use franchise tag on Dont'a Hightower

Mike Giardi discusses the odds that the New England Patriots franchise tag Dont'a Hightower and what he expects the Pats to get if they were to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

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Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals, in an anticipated move, have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones after failing to reach a long-term deal with the player.

The non-exclusive tag allows the Cardinals to continue negotiating with Jones through July 15. If another team makes him an offer, Arizona can either match it or receive two first-round draft picks.

It's unlikely that any team would express interest in Jones, however, given what it would cost.

Under the franchise tag, Jones would receive about $15 million for the coming season.

Acquired in a trade with New England a year ago, Jones had 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 tackles for loss last season

Jones has 25 1-2 sacks over the past two seasons, third-most in the NFL over that span.

The Cardinals' move came two days before the NFL deadline for making franchise designations.

It also came on Jones' 27th birthday, prompting teammate David Johnson to tweet "Happy BDay to `The Man,' `Mr. Franchise' himself.....The one and only."

The franchise tag move came as no surprise.

Club President Michael Bidwill has stated all along that Jones would not be going anywhere, that the team didn't make the trade - sending guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick to New England - to keep him just for one season.

"We're not going to mess around with that," Bidwill said in a recent interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He's a great pass rusher, but if we can't agree to terms that work for us, we're just going to franchise him, and his people know that."

Jones immediately upgraded what had been an average Cardinals pass rush at best. His fellow outside linebacker Markus Golden had 12 1-2 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Together they form one of the better outside pass rush combinations in the NFL.

By all accounts, the contract talks with Jones have been cordial and Jones has said he wants to stay in Arizona.

"I love it here," he said near the end of last season. "I love the vibe that the people give off and I can see myself being here for a long time."

Chandler heads a long list of free agents that the Cardinals must either re-sign or let go. That group includes starters defensive tackle Calais Campbell, safety Tony Jefferson and inside linebacker Kevin Minter.