The Associated Press reports the Patriots are 10-1 odds to win the Super Bowl next season. Before them are the Colts (7-1), Chargers (8-1) and the Saints (9-1). The St. Louis Rams are a 150-1 shot of making it, the longest margin of any team.
ESPN Boston reports QB Tom Brady will receive a $3 million roster bonus on March 5, which is the first day of the 2010 NFL year. The story suggests the roster bonus could speed up contract discussions with Brady, who is entering the final year of his current deal.
In an interview with WBZ-TV's Steve Burton, TE Benjamin Watsonaddressed his future plans as he enters unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career. "I don't know who is going to be throwing me passes next year," said Watson according to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. "Hopefully it's Tom Brady." Click here to read Watson's comments on the vibe of the locker room.
RB Fred Taylormade it clear he seeks to return with the Patriots for the final year of his two-year pact according to the Boston Globe. "I signed a two-year deal," Taylor said. "In my mind, I would like to finish it. I haven't really spoke to anyone regarding what's going to happen, but we'll see soon, I think." Taylor had four touchdowns this season but missed significant time because of an ankle injury. "I feel like I let some people down, including myself," he said. "But I've got another chance, another opportunity to prove myself."
Sam Farmer of the *Los Angeles Times *ranked the top ten NFL games of the 2009 season. The Patriots-Colts contest in Week 10 landed in the No. 8 spot. The Patriots needed to convert a fourth-and-two from their own 28 to seal the win but came up short on Kevin Faulk's completion. The Patriots ended up losing in the final minute.