Ex-Pat Klecko, Reggie Jackson join anti-Jet chorus

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Ex-Pat Klecko, Reggie Jackson join anti-Jet chorus

By Art Martone
CSNNE.com

You'll get nothing out of the Stepford Patriots, of course, but there's mounting evidence the Pats -- and many in the athletic community -- have just about had it with the Jets' never-ending verbal assaults.

CSNNE.com's Tom E. Curran reported Thursday that former Patriot Dan Klecko sent him a text message -- "out of the blue" -- that he described thusly:

"Could you please make some mention," Curran related Klecko saying, "at some point, about the ridiculousness of the Jets' talking trash and showing a lack of respect toward the Patriots? It's driving me crazy."

(And the ironic thing? Klecko's father, Joe, was anall-time great for the Jets. He played for New York from 1977-87, is amember of the team's Ring of Honor -- in fact, he was in the inauguralclass -- and his jersey number 73 was retired by the team.)

This came on the same day that baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson called out the Jets' Antonio Cromartie for saying Tom Brady is an "a--hole."

Dan Klecko played for the Pats from 2003-05, winning two championships, but also won a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in 2006 and later played for the Eagles; he's not, as Curran pointed out, "a dyed-in-the-wool Patriot." This led Curran to conclude:

"If Dan Klecko is irritated about this, that shows how irritated the Patriots must be . . . Inside that locker room, and definitely inside that organization, the Patriots have had more than enough of the New York Jets. And if they get a chance to, they'll put their foot on their neck come Sunday."

Meanwhile, Jackson -- appearing on ESPN 1050 Radio in New York -- told Cromartie to "shut up and playfootball.

"What are you talking about? What are you doing? Shut up, playfootball, Jackson said. "What are you talking about Patriots coachBill Belichick and these people for? Spend your time looking at film,spend your time knocking down a pass. What are you doing? Youre notaffecting Brady; youre wasting time . . .

"Go look at the hardware, dude. Walk through the lobby up there andlook at the championship trophies that are there. You don't have that,you don't have anything close to that.

"You might want to shut up, you might learn something. Read, you mightfigure something out. Watch film, you might get educated. If not, youhave a chance to get embarrassed on Sunday. I hope you don't, because Ilike the Jets."

Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the Associated Press he's proud of the way his team has responded -- or, rather, hasn't responded -- to the Jets.

"I don't want to speak to how other people do things or be judgmentalabout what motivates other people," said Kraft. "But stylistically, I think we do things alittle bit different than the folks we're playing this weekend . . .

"I'm proud of the way the team is conducting itself right now. We're trying to let our actions speak when we play . . . The style of people from New England is to try to let our actions speakon Sunday at 4:30 and not have a lot of blather and say things that, insome ways, take away from the game."

Art Martone can be reached at amartone@comcastsportsnet.com.

Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady

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Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady

Three NFL owners have expressed “extreme disappointment” in Robert Kraft and the Patriots filing an amicus brief on behalf of Tom Brady in the quarterback’s appeal of the Second Circuit Court’s reinstatement of his Deflategate suspension, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. 

The Patriots filed the brief on Wednesday. 

The owners see the move as a publicity stunt done to appease Brady and the Patriots fans, Cole said, and they don’t believe Kraft did it any seriousness because the issue speaks to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ability to punish players and undermines the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players.

If Kraft thought it mattered, he wouldn't have done it, Cole said one owner told him. 
 

Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

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Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

FOXBORO – A fleet of Patriots have expiring contracts after this season but Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins are the two most prominent on that list.

With the sport being the way it is – a nearly 100-percent casualty rate every season – it’s never comfortable for a player to enter a contract year without knowing his long-term future. And it’s especially uncomfortable for players whose first contracts are expiring because the second NFL contract is usually the bonanza.

Both Hightower and Collins can entertain thoughts of contracts worth more than $50M if good fortune sticks with them.

The question as it pertains to both of these players is whether they get contract extensions this summer or whether they go into the year with contract pressure bearing down and ultimately become free agents.

Neither player was very forthcoming after their OTA practice Thursday.

With Collins, that’s often the case. He’s never been expansive with media. It was very uncharacteristic for Hightower to be so clipped in his answers, though.

Every question posed to Hightower was met with a variation of, “I’m just trying to get better.”

Asked about his contract, Hightower replied, “I ain’t got nothing to do with none of that. I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates.”

When it was pointed out that Hightower does indeed have say on his contract, he answered, “That might be. But there’s a time and place for everything and I’m just out here trying to get better.

“If I get better I feel like that’ll take care of everything else,” he added. “If I get better each and every day that’s all I can ask for.”

Asked whether he’s at all focused on his deal, Collins replied, “No, I come out here and I handle my business and I let the rest speak for itself … My first priority is me. So I’m gonna handle me."