What can Stroud do for Patriots?


What can Stroud do for Patriots?

By Tom E. Curran

It's not official as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, but there is confirmed interest on the part of the Patriots in signing Marcus Stroud. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports it will bea two-year deal when it's all said and done. The 32-year-old Stroud was released by Buffalo last week after struggling in 2010 with a switch from 4-3 defensive tackle to 3-4 defensive end. "I know they want to get younger on the field and I have no problem with that,"Stroud told the Buffalo News after his release."When you play this game as long as I have, you know these kinds of things can happen. I'll just have to bounce back and keep on coming . . .
"I wanted to come back, but no hard feelings, no gripes," he added. "It's water under the bridge and now it's time for me to rehab, get my shoulder well and go to work and find another team to play for. If not, I can't complain because I had a great career. I played 10 years in this league and played some good ball. A lot of people can't say that."The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder made three Pro Bowls (2003-05) as he and John Henderson formed one of the league's best defensive-tackle tandems in Jacksonville. He was traded to the Bills in 2008 and started 45 of the 46 games he played. He's coming off a shoulder surgery. Buffalo made the move a) to get younger and b) because Stroud's contract had him making 4.5 million in 2011 - highest on the Bills roster. With Stroud coming in, it casts further intrigue into the future of the Warrens. Ty Warren is coming off hip surgery and is due to make over 3 million in salary this year. Gerard Warren is a free agent who played well for the Pats in a pinch in 2010. Meanwhile, it also makes you wonder about the health of Mike Wright who was laid low by a severe concussion last year and struggled to get back. We'll keep working to hear what the skinny is on the level Stroud can be expected to play at and contribute.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Tom Brady's daughter Vivian is a natural on skis.

The New England Patriots quarterback and apparently proud father posted a comical video of his 4-year-old daughter tearing it up on the ski hill. Vivian took on the bottom section of the run while adhering to the all-important instructions from the Super Cool Ski Instructor from the Comedy Central show, "South Park."

Brady added the audio from the "South Park" ski instructor to the video of his daughter skiing, and included a joke about "french frying" and "pizzaing" at the correct moments. 

"That’s my girl! Pizzaing when she's supposed to pizza, French frying when she's supposed to French fry... NOT having a bad time!!" Brady joked on Instagram.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 


But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents