Newswire: Flutie, Law, Cassel & More

News from around the web: New England Patriots' Doug Flutie retires; Quarterback Matt Cassel vies for a backup spot; and Ty Law's physical confirmed. Insiders can read reaction from one league source on Law's possible return (from a contract perspective), and more on Herm Edward's thoughts regarding Law's discussions with the Chiefs.

Following a pro career that spans some 21 years, New England Patriot's own Doug Flutie retired at a press conference held at Gillette Stadium as reported by Patriots Insider.

In Flutie's own words, "I want to thank Mr. Kraft and Bill for…bringing me back here for one more year, to New England…Those of you who know me know how attached I am to this area…Along those lines, yes, I am officially retiring today."

"I'm just a big kid," Flutie said. "I think that's pretty evident in the fact that I joined a men's baseball league with my brothers this spring. I just love playing football." Reports the Boston Herald.

Flutie will be well remembered for the game ending 'Hail Mary' pass to Gerard Phelan as the Boston College Eagles beat the Miami Hurricanes back in 1984. Equally remembered will be his drop kick -- the first in the NFL since 1941 -- against the Miami Dolphins on this past New Years Day.

Flutie joins the staffs of ABC and ESPN as a college football analyst come this fall.

San Diego media recall Flutie's magic during his brief stay on the west coast. The San Diego Union-Tribune has more on the reaction from the Charger's perspective including A.J. Smith's reaction to the news of Flutie's retirement. Smith was responsible for bringing Flutie to Buffalo when with the Bills, and then to San Diego when he took a postition with the Chargers.

“Everyone roots for the underdog, the little guy who doesn't fit the mold,” Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith told the Union-Tribune. “Even when (Flutie) came back (to the NFL), it was an uphill battle. Doug's had a chip on his shoulder. It's been a driving force. There's no question in his mind he believes in his abilities.”

Not to be outdone by New England and the Chargers media, the Rochester Democrat& Chronicle has their own reaction to Flutie's retirement news. They'll miss watching him play reports one beat writer.

-- New England Patriot's Matt Cassel has seemingly spent his career backing up former Heisman Trophy winners. (USC's Matt Leinart and the Patriot's Doug Flutie).

With the retirement of Doug Flutie, Cassel hopes to win that number 2 spot.

"He can grasp it all," Flutie said. "He can do the things that Tom does or he will be able to, mentally…I think you saw just about everything you needed to see in that last game. I would feel very confident if he ended up being No. 2 this year and having to step in." The Boston Globe reports.

"You grow and mature a lot in the system from one year to the next," Cassel said. "I'm not saying that there's not a tremendous amount to still learn and to improve upon, but you just feel a lot more comfortable."

-- Ty Law, former cornerback of the New England Patriots, was in town to take a physical for the Patriots last week as confirmed by Law's agent Carl Poston.

Law also had a physical with the Tennessee Titans and has been speaking with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Boston Globe reports, ''I often have clients take physicals that lead to nothing," Poston said.

Insiders can read what one league source thought it would take to bring Law to town (contract talks) in the Insiders Lounge. (Membership required). Also on the agenda is reaction from Herm Edwards, and another insider source that has more on Law's conversation with Herm Edwards of the Chiefs.

-- has released an updated list of the best free agents still available. The list is broken out by position. regulars on the Patriots Insider message boards are wondering if another lineman may be on the Patriots' radar.

-- The Sun Chronicle is reporting that the Patriots have filed their plans to develop 265 acres around Gillette Stadium. The plan calls for hotel, retail, restaurant, theater, and office space to be created along with a Patriots meuseum. The development will be named "Patriot Place."

The rest of today's newswire:Wednesday's Wire


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