By Tom E. Curran
The last night of the league year is usually pretty fun. NFL teams gassing up their owner's private planes so they can touch down right after midnight and brand new free agents can be courted.This year? Not so fun. When the league year ends at midnight, the lights may go out for a while. The collective bargaining agreement expires, there's a gulf to be bridged between the NFL and the NFLPA before a new one is enacted and the lawyers are foiling up for a fight. We'll follow the progress down there and link you through to the poobah, Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com when necessary. His explanation of why the NFLPA may not want to decertify is good for the brain today as talk of decertification looms and most people don't know what the hell it means. Also today, there's a collection of Patriots at Children's Hospital for the Mix 104.1 "Cares for Kids Radiothon."Leigh Bodden, Patrick Chung, Jerod Mayo and Rob Ninkovich are expected to be there. We'll catch up with them after they visit with patients and help with the fundraising effort.
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Martellus Bennett is as good at Twitter as he is at football. Add to that the fact that all eyes are on whether the free agent will stay in New England and the @MartysaurusRex account becomes a must-follow.
On Wednesday, Bennett put his powers to good use and shared a glimpse into his line of thinking regarding free agency.
Bennett, who could very well leave the Pats for more money, responded to a criticism of his desire to get paid and followed it with several more musings.
Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.
Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida.
Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility.
Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.