Josh Freeman had his say on Monday, responding to a report regarding his status in the league's substance abuse program. In a statement issued to PFT. ... "Unfortunately, it appears that some people who may have noticed the testing at my workplace have made hurtful and incorrect assumptions and chosen to disseminate inaccurate and very disturbing information," Freeman says. "It is a shame that when times have gotten tough, people have chosen to attack the character of others, rather than supporting each other." Freeman doesn't name names, but he's necessarily referring to people in his workplace. Given his recent issues with his head coach and given that these rumors and reports have arisen in the wake of those issues, it's not all that hard to connect dots back Greg Schiano or someone acting on his behalf. (Pro Football Talk) Comment
Jack Del Rio isn't likely be leaving the Broncos during this NFL season, but it's not about his contract. It's his moral conscience. Del Rio, the Broncos' defensive coordinator, likely will eventually become a leading candidate for the Southern California head coaching position that opened Sunday with the firing of Lane Kiffin. The position has been filled on a temporary basis by longtime assistant coach Ed Orgeron. Del Rio has told people inside Broncos headquarters that his moral standards would never allow him to leave the team until his obligation is finished at season's end. He is in the final year of his two-year contract with the Broncos. Although Broncos sources have said they would not allow Del Rio to break his contract, that binding agreement technically only prevents him from joining another NFL team. (The Denver Post) Comment
Even if Theo Epstein says he doesn't feel any pressure to bring in a big name, Joe Girardi might help sell some tickets. [Girardi] was an upper-management favorite for the job when then-general manager Jim Hendry hired Lou Piniella seven years ago, and he is said to have coveted the job for a long time. Those close to Girardi say he and his family have a keen interest in returning to their Chicago roots and that it wouldn't take winning a bidding war to persuade him to leave the Yankees. Industry sources say the Cubs and Girardi have communicated mutual interest through back channels in recent weeks. ... The Washington Nationals also have begun to pursue him, sources say. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and business president Crane Kenney are said to have pushed strongly for Girardi. (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment
Drew Brees celebrates after the Saints defeated the Miami Dolphins and moved to 4-0 on the season. (Bill Feig/AP)
Here's the final David Price and Evan Longoria led the Tampa Bay Rays to victory over the Texas Rangers in a one-game playoff for the second AL Wild Card spot. Here's the final out of the game.