Shady character Ornstein involved in Saints case

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Shady character Ornstein involved in Saints case

Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com rightly points out the stupidity of the Saints for brazenly associating with a guy named Mike Ornstein. An agentmarketing repproblem-fixer (creator), Ornstein'scheckered past should have made him radioactive to anyone in the NFL. Yet he's often inside-the-ropes and behind-the-scenesat league events like the Super Bowl and NFL Owners Meetings. He's a name-dropper of the highest order and he drops the most powerful names you can imagine.E-mails from Ornstein to Saints coach Sean Payton showed Ornstein paying into the Saints bounty kitty on more than one occasion. A former league employee convicted of defrauding the league of more than 300,000 in 1995, he worked in NFL Properties and as a league VP of Marketing. He was also Reggie Bush's marketing agent, cutting deals that led to Bush forfeiting the Heisman Trophy. Ornstein served prison time for scalping Super Bowl tickets from 1998 to 2006. Of this individual, Payton said in his book, "We agreed: If we were going to Miami, Ornstein would oversee the non-game logistics. Room assignments. Travel plans. How many tickets Reggies family might need. If you think issues like those cant erupt into major catastrophes . . . I dont know all the details of what Mike Ornstein did. But I do know the players and their families were extremely well taken care of."Freeman also cites the passage in Payton's book "Home Team."I had Mike Ornstein running special ops. Mike had no official title with the Saints. His name appeared nowhere on the team payroll or organizational chart. But he played an absolutely crucial role in the Saints Super Bowl victory, and hardly anybody knows what he did . . . More than anyone else I know, he understands how to get things done in the pro-sports world. He also has a taste for mischief Now he was a close friend of mine and a great asset to the team, flying into Miami and softening up the off-field for us.Read thisto get more of a flavor for this person. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if there's a lot of people at very high levels sweating bullets about the involvement of Ornstein and whether that day will come where he sings like a canary.Local hook? Bill Belichick's nobody's angel but the guy surrounds himself with football guys, not scam artists.

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.

A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.

Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.

Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.

Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.

David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

The Patriots have themselves another "big back" option for 2017. 

The Bills announced that they have opted not to match the restricted free agent offer sheet that New England made to Mike Gillislee last week. That means the 5-foot-11, 219-pounder is now a member of the Patriots. Buffalo had until 4 p.m. on Monday to match.

Gillislee was reportedly extended an offer sheet by the Patriots that is worth $6.4 million and $4 million in the first year. The Bills had the cap space to match the offer, but with LeSean McCoy already atop their depth chart, the price tag may have been too rich for them to choose to hold onto the 26-year-old.

Because Gillislee was given the original-round tender by the Bills, the Patriots will send Buffalo a fifth-round pick as compensation. That gives Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio six picks in this weekend's draft: two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh.

Gillislee joins Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and DJ Foster on the running back depth chart in New England.