Published: March 10th, 2010 | Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Gradkowski, Clark Haggans, Dallas Cowboys, Darren Urban, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jeff Garcia, Joey Porter, Larry Foote, Martellus Bennett, Mike Vrabel, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Rodney Harrison, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tedy Bruschi, Tim Tebow, Vince Wilfork
Patriots DT Vince Wilfork is ready to take on the leadership torch passed to him from Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel and Rodney Harrison. Wilfork met with reporters on Wednesday and talked about what he expected from his Patriots teammates this season.
He said he is going to start with weeding out the bad seeds (via the Boston Herald).
“If you’re on the field, you have to give me 100. You have to give me 100 percent. Always. We have to weed out the bad seeds, point blank. If you can’t give me what I’m giving you on the field, I don’t need you on the field with me. Point blank. That’s how you win.
“You got to build trust. Show me that I can trust you. I have no problem, if a guy’s not giving me that, I have no problem telling that guy I don’t need him on the field, and I have no problem going to tell Bill (Belichick) I don’t want him on the field. That’s point blank.”
Other news around the Web on a Wednesday:
- A poll among 800 season ticket holders shows that Jaguars fans do not want the team to draft QB Tim Tebow, according to the Florida Times-Union. The results were kind of stunner, as many figured that Jaguars fan would want the Jacksonville-bred Tebow on the roster. The vote was still close, however, with a 55-45 split.
- Lions GM Martin Mayhew told the Detroit News that the Lions “had a number of guys on defense who would have been better a step back from where they were actually having to play every week.”
- Free agent QB Jeff Garcia wants to continue to play in 2010, but he probably will not be playing in Tampa Bay. Garcia told that Tampa Tribune, “I don’t know what the thoughts are from the ownership [Glazers] standpoint, or general manager [Mark Dominik] standpoint, but it’s tough when you’re not necessarily opening the door to free agency to come in and help your team, or try to strengthen your team in a certain way outside of the draft.” Garcia had drawn some interest from the Giants, but the team went with former Colts backup Jim Sorgi.
- Free agent LBs Joey Porter and Larry Foote are visiting with the Cardinals on Wednesday, according to the Cardinals’ official Web site. Darren Urban notes that the Cardinals could recreate the Steelers’ old linebacking corps — possibly reuniting the duo with Clark Haggans.
- Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski told the San Francisco Chronicle that he did not need surgery on his torn MCLs and that he will be good to go for next season. Gradkowski has been working out in Alameda, Calif. with WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.
- Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett told the Dallas Morning News that he could be one of the “all-time greats,” and blamed the coaches for his lack of production. Bennett did not have a touchdown in 2009, after scoring four TDs during a promising rookie season.