Newswire Items 7/19/06
-- The New England Patriots have announced the signing of rookie tight end Garrett Mills to a four-year deal yesterday. Mills can play tight end, fullback or H-back. Garrett played his college ball at Tulsa. First reported by Patriots Insider and Scout.com the move was expected. Mills will compete for playing time and a possible roster spot with veterans Patrick Pass and Heath Evan at the fullback position. ESPN reports that the fourth-round draft pick's deal was reportedly worth a little more than $2 million with a $460K signing bonus.
-- Despite a report published in the Boston Globe that New England Patriot's rookie running back Laurence Maroney fired the Lock, Metz & Malinovic Sports firm, there appeared to be a misunderstanding of the situation. A new agency is not the case reports the Boston Herald. "Maroney had to re-file some of his paperwork with the union, which may have given the appearance that Malinovic had been terminated.
Patriots Insider readers learned yesterday about the status of Maroney's agent when members asked the experts about the situation in the Ask The Insider's forum. According to a league source familiar with the agency, Maroney is still represented by the same firm. The confusion arose when one member of the firm apparently moved to a different agency. Maroney's paperwork needed to be adjusted according to the Patriots Insider source.
-- With New England Patriot head coach Bill Belichick in attendance, former player Harry Carson was honored for the man that he was. Belichick tells the Associated Press "It's all about respect
" Carson played middle linebacker for the Giants when Belichick was a coach in New York under Bill Parcells. Carson will soon be inducted into the NFL Football Hall of Fame.
-- The United States Senate marked the 60th anniversary of pro football's integration with a resolution that will be presented at the annual Hall of Fame game next month. As reported by the Associated Press, "The integration of major professional sports dealt a blow to segregation across the country, causing other racial barriers to fall," said Voinovich, a former mayor of Cleveland. "The players deserve to be recognized not only for their outstanding contributions on the field but for the vital roles they played in history."
-- Dr. James Nicholas has died of colon cancer at the age of 85. Nicholas operated on former New York Jet's quarterback Joe Namath's knees.
-- The San Francisco 49ers would consider moving to Santa Clara if their plans for a new stadium falls through according to the Associated Press. The 49ers continue to play in one of older stadiums in the league at the old Candlestick Pack.
-- Warpaint Illustrated reports that the rush to sign Ty Law is in effect, just a two team race, despite reports in the media otherwise. Other teams reportedly in the mix, including the Arizona Cardinals, appear to be more bystanders than active participants. Visitors to the Patriots Insider Chat Tuesday night learned that the Law will likely sign a deal sooner than training camp, and that deal will more likely than not, come from either the Patriots or the Chiefs.
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