Report: Patriots extend Josh Barrett's contact


Report: Patriots extend Josh Barrett's contact

The Patriots have reportedly extended the contact of safety Josh Barrett, according to a league source. The extenstion comes before Barrett became a restricted free agent under the rules of the current collective bargaining agreement, due to his three year tenure with the NFL.The news was reported by Mike Rodakand Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston. The deal is reported to be worth Barrett's base salary of 725,000 in 2011 and 775,000 in 2012 along with a 250,000 signing bonus. Barrett spent the entire 2010 season on the injured reserve while recovering from shoulder surgery which he underwent as a Bronco. Barrett wasclaimed of waivers from theBroncoson August 6 of this year.

Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

FOXBORO -- Leave it to Martellus Bennett, the children's book author, to make a cartoon reference when asked about the lingering effects of Deflategate. 

Could hear the "Where's Roger?" chants that rang throughout Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, a reporter wondered? Bennett deflected at first. 

"Who's Roger," he asked? 

Then it was pointed out to him that the chants were directed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who opted to attend the NFC title game in Atlanta -- his second trip to the Georgia Dome in as many weeks -- instead of the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers. 

"Oh yeah," Bennett said, his memory apparently jogged. "Where is he? He's like Waldo right now. He didn't want to come here."

Tom Brady was asked about the chants as well. He had to have heard them, a reporter noted. 

"I didn't hear that chant," Brady insisted. "I did hear them singing to Bon Jovi, though, that was pretty cool."

Awaiting the Patriots in Houston will be the Atlanta Falcons, obviously, but one side plot will be the potential for a face-to-face for Goodell and the Patriots.

In the past, Goodell has handed the Lombardi Trophy to the Super Bowl winner following the game -- a tradition one would expect would continue this year regardless of who wins. The commissioner has also awarded the game's MVP award to the honoree on the morning after the game. Following the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Brady and Goodell shared a stage as Brady accepted the MVP hardware.