Just when the New England Patriots appeared on the verge of putting out one major fire, another one started simmering again.
The Boston Herald first reported Tuesday that extension negotiations between the Patriots and staring quarterback Tom Brady were going so well that a three-year, $58 million US deal could be signed, sealed and delivered within 24 hours.
Though sources later said the report was inaccurate, another source told ESPN momentum was building and a deal being struck before the start of the season Sunday vs. the Cincinnati Bengals was likely.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to comment on the contract talks.
Brady had previously signed a pair of four-year contracts with the team, but missed all but the opening game of the 2008 season and is not getting any younger. Still, he had a typically masterful 2009 campaign and remains one of the game's elite signal-callers.
On the bad news front for the Patriots, Randy Moss is up to his old tricks again.
After complaining at various times this off-season, the mercurial wide receiver told cbssports.com this week he feels under appreciated in New England.
Going into the last year of his contract, Moss said: "I am taking (not being re-upped) in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling -- feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down," Moss said.
"I am a little older and understand the nature of the business -- the older you get the more your skills supposedly diminish, but I think I am getting wiser in how to use my physical skills. That's the frustrating part when you put so much heart and desire into things and feel like you are not wanted."
Moss, 33, is due to earn $6.4 million this season and neglects to mention the Pats made him relevant again after he disappointed elsewhere, especially in Oakland. MCNABB BACKS ALBERT
Albert Haynesworth's interesting time as a member of the Washington Redskins could be drawing to a close -- the Tennessee Titans are trying hard to reacquire the defensive tackle -- but Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb hopes it does not come to that.
"We can't win without him," McNabb said on his weekly ESPN radio show.
"Albert is one of our brothers in the locker room. I think he'll be here. I hope he'll be here."
If the Redskins continue to demand a ton for Haynesworth -- the word is they want two high draft picks since they have paid the big man $32 million already after signing him away from the Titans, McNabb won't have to worry about not having him around.
It is looking like the Buffalo Bills will have an embarrassment of riches, at least one position, Sunday vs. The Miami Dolphins. Fred Jackson, the club's leading running back last season, has been able to make it through consecutive practices and appears ready to join flashy rookie C.J. Spiller and Marshawn Lynch in the lineup. "He's coming along real well," Bills head coach Chan Gailey told bills.com ... Anthony Gonzalez is not pleased with the Colts. After missing the 2009 season, Gonzalez expected to be given the chance to get his job back from Pierre Garcon. Gonzalez alluded to the Indianapolis Star that he was not given a fair shot, despite being promised that would be the case ... Broncos running back LenDale White underwent successful surgery to fix a ruptured Achilles tendon Tuesday. He will miss the entire season ... The NFL might be far and away North America's most profitable and successful pro sports league, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have any attendance problems. We're not talking Florida Panthers/Atlanta Thrashers level apathy, but several NFL franchises will have games blacked out this season due to non-sellouts. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the poster boys for the malaise, but their Florida brethrens, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already said they aren't expecting a sellout for opening day against the Cleveland Browns ... Speaking of the Browns, it is expected they will break out the wildcat offence liberally against the Bucs. The team steered away from it during the preseason, but with uber-athletic backup quarterback Seneca Wallace and speedy wide receiver Josh Cribbs (381 rushing yards, 6.9 yards per carry last season) itching to complement starter Jake Delhomme's passing game, the wildcat will surely be in play. "Coach is trying to hold us down," Cribbs told cantonrep.com. "Because we know we have something."