With all that’s going on in and around the world of sports, it might seem strange to be talking NFL right now. But, as we’ve learned, there really is no offseason when it comes to the National Football League.
Today, the New England Patriots turned back the clock by signing veteran wide receiver David Patten. Patten, 35, was a staple of the Patriots teams that won three Super Bowls in the late 90s and early 2000s; Patten played in 54 regular-season games for the Pats, starting 44 of them. He caught 165 passes for 2,513 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also played in six playoff games, catching 15 passes, including two touchdowns.
The last few years have been tough on Patten, as a series of injuries kept him from even hitting the field in 2009. He was a late cut by the Cleveland Browns last season — prior to that, he caught 11 balls for 162 yards with the New Orleans Saints in 2008 while dealing with a groin injury.
Meanwhile, it appears the Patriots are close to re-signing Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork. Wilfork, another staple of the great Patriots teams of years past, was franchise tagged earlier in the week, meaning he’d earn $7 million this season. But team owner Robert Kraft told the Boston Globe that he feels a long-term deal is “close.”
Wilfork is widely considered to be one of, if not the, best nose tackles in the NFL. He’s been to two Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro once, thanks in large part to his outstanding strength and mobility (and size — Wilfork is 6’2, 325lbs).
How these two transactions play out will go a long way in telling the Patriots’ fortunes for the 2010 season. Over at the Sports Interaction online sportsbook, New England is currently listed at 10/1 to win Super Bowl XLV. If you’d like to check out this brand of NFL betting or other football betting futures, check out the Sports Interaction online sportsbook today!