Some more NFL tidbits & rumors. Enjoy.
Tom Brady faced his first blitz of the season today, and deftly ducked it. The Pats QB was at the center of a media scrum after practice, and managed to stay calm in the pocket. Though more comfortable talking about football than family, Brady did reveal that wife Gisele Bundchen is not pregnant, contrary to reports circulating on the Internet. "No. It's...No," said Brady. "One is enough. I have dogs and that's all I need."
Plaxico Burress may be rejecting the advice of his lawyers to take the best deal on the table for the weapons charges he faces. The problem, Giants radio voice Bob Papa said on Sirius satellite radio, is Burress is "deathly afraid" of going to jail. Papa said if Burress had accepted the deal with about two months jail time served in early April, he would be close to getting out and free to seek a new NFL job. "They worked out something where they had it down to about a three-month jail term with actually only two months served and about 1,500 hours of community service," Papa said. "He shot down the deal. . . . My guess is that the city of New York is not gonna back off any kind of jail time."
Coach Raheem Morris indicated Thursday that the Bucs will monitor the case of former Giants WR Plaxico Burress. A team representative contacted Burress last week, but there has been no talk of signing the troubled receiver. If Burress clears his legal hurdles, he still could face a suspension by the NFL. Agent Drew Rosenhaus has said three teams have expressed interest but none wants to be identified.
Two NFL sources said -- and a team source confirmed -- that Donald Driver was absent because he wants the Packers to sweeten his contract. Driver, 34, has two years remaining on his contract, which calls for a $3.9 million base salary this season and a $4 million base salary in 2010. This is the fourth straight year that Driver has approached the team about reworking his deal, the team source said.
If the conversation is about the NFL's best active running backs, the names Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams, Clinton Portis and LaDainian Tomlinson have to be mentioned. Ronnie Brown? He was the NFL's 19th-leading rusher a season ago, and his professional resume includes only one 1,000-yard season, that coming two coaches and seemingly a lifetime ago in 2006. But Brown, 27, who is about to embark on the most important season of his career, already believes his name belongs with the league's elite runners. ''I definitely do,'' Brown said Thursday after the Dolphins finished their latest organized team activities session. "You got to have confidence on this level and, you know, if I didn't, I wouldn't want to be playing this game. So, obviously, when their names are brought up I want my name to be in that same group.''
One of Bill Belichick's sons was arrested at Gillette Stadium earlier this week. 17-year-old Brian Belichick of Weston was one of several people arrested by Foxboro police Monday for underage drinking during the NCAA Lacrosse Championships. He appeared in Wrentham District Court Tuesday, paid a fine and the case was closed. n October 2006, Belichick's son Stephen was arrested for marijuana possession. He was placed on probation for six months. He was 19 at the time.
Is nose tackle Vince Wilfork set to make a statement about his displeasure over stagnant contract negotiations? Wilfork, who sent out three "tweets" on his Twitter account yesterday at the same time the Patriots were practicing at Gillette Stadium, has been frustrated at the lack of progress on contract talks. The sides haven't negotiated this offseason.
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo wants to explore every option in terms of upgrading the team. But don't expect the Bears to make a serious run at free-agent receiver Matt Jones. When asked about Jones during a community visit in Waukegan Wednesday afternoon, Angelo seemed to have reservations about adding the former Jacksonville Jaguar. "He was a first-round draft pick and he is a very talented player," Angelo said, "but it's case by case. We're not quick to move on any player." No doubt the Bears are concerned about Jones' checkered past, one that included an arrest for cocaine possession last July.
When news broke that receiver Anquan Boldin had dismissed agent Drew Rosenhaus and was seeking new representation, Cardinals fans hoped it would lead to a breakthrough. It might be wishful thinking. Boldin, who has been at odds with the team regarding his contract and had expressed a desire to be traded, did not attend Wednesday's voluntary organized team activities at the club's Tempe training facility, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said it was unclear whether anything has changed.
It appears Maurice Clarett is still thinking about football. And after reading one of his latest blog posts (he writes a blog from prison, where he is serving 3 1/2 years on robbery and illegal weapons possession), it wouldn't be a surprise if he attempts a comeback when he is released. Clarett was given a 3 1/2-year sentence in September, 2006, and will theoretically be freed in time for the 2010 season.
Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams delivered a strong message to quarterback Tarvaris Jackson: Work harder. Jackson is locked in a fight for the starting quarterback job with Sage Rosenfels, and he has been put on notice by Williams, an outspoken team leader. "I talk to Tarvaris all the time (and) tell him you have to put in the time," Williams said recently on Sirius NFL Radio. "This ain't college no more. This is the NFL. You have to put in more time than you are used to putting in. If you are putting in four hours, you have to put in eight. You have to put in more time than what he's doing. I think if he puts the right time in, he will be a great quarterback in the league." Williams is one of the most respected veterans in the Vikings' locker room, so the Pro Bowler's comments carry significant weight. Jackson played poorly in Minnesota's first-round playoff loss to Philadelphia last season, throwing a critical interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who has a residence in Miami, has told people he would love to join the Dolphins if his legal problems are resolved. However, the Dolphins are not interested in his services. The Jets and Buccaneers are reportedly interested. Burress will appear in court next month and faces the possibility of a 3 1/2 year sentence for carrying an unlicensed firearm.