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Monday Morning QB (cont.)

Posted: Monday April 9, 2007 7:59AM; Updated: Monday April 9, 2007 11:16AM
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Quote of the Week I

Pacman Jones could face a suspension from the NFL as early as next week.
Pacman Jones could face a suspension from the NFL as early as next week.
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"I have made horrible decisions about who I am with or who I am going places with ... Two of my friends who had never driven a Bentley, I let them drive my Bentley one night just because. Not just to show them the upside, but I never had anyone do that for me. It's always the little things that get me in trouble.''
-- Pacman Jones to Deion Sanders on the NFL Network.

Cry me a river.

Quote of the Week II

"Martin Luther King said he had been to the top of the mountain. Well, I've been to the top of the mountain in my profession.''
-- Former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, who won 408 games in his college coaching career, in 1992. Robinson died last week after a six-year battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Quote of the Week III

"Wes Welker is a good football player ... but you're not going to win championships with that kind of player.''
-- Sirius NFL Radio host and former Dallas personnel czar Gil Brandt, on his satellite show last week, discussing the wide receiver/returner who was traded from Miami to New England last month.

Now, of every quote that has been uttered by every person with some connection to the NFL this offseason, I can guarantee you this one will make the Patriots' bulletin board (either real or mental). There's no question that Bill Belichick will make sure that Welker knows Brandt uttered these words when training camp begins in Foxboro in July -- and likely beforehand.

I've always liked Brandt, but this kind of thinking strikes me as the reason why the classic NFL personnel man -- which Brandt is -- sometimes outthinks himself. Undrafted in 2004 because he was too small (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) and supposedly not fast enough, Welker signed with San Diego, got waived and hooked up with Miami. He has no business being a productive NFL player. But he is a good player for a simple reason: He will not be denied. Only two players in the last 15 years -- Derrick Mason with Tennessee in 2001 and Welker in Miami last year -- have led their teams in punt returns, kick returns and receptions in the same year. He works hard and reminds the Patriots of an offensive Tedy Bruschi ... or the second coming of Troy Brown. Speaking of versatile receiver/returners, Brown and Welker have a lot in common. Through seven rounds of the 1993 draft, no NFL team picked Brown, a receiver/returner from Marshall. Through seven rounds of the 2004 draft, no NFL team picked Welker, a receiver/returner from Texas Tech. And Brown has been a key component of three Super Bowl teams because of his winning versatility -- the same trait we've seen in Welker for the past three years.

It's foolish to guarantee the Patriots will ever win a Super Bowl with Welker on the roster. But I will disagree with Brandt. Welker is the kind of player you win championships with.

Stat of the Week

Salaries we have loved, with assistance from USA Today's annual baseball salary survey, and the salaries I have collected from the 32 NFL teams:

2007 salaries:

WISCONSIN FLAMETHROWERS
Brett Favre, Packers -- $11,000,000
Ben Sheets, Brewers -- $11,125,000

LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK
Eric Milton
, Reds -- $10,333,333
Leonard Davis, Cowboys -- $17,000,000

CRYING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK
Adam Wainwright
, Cardinals -- $410,000
Lance Briggs, Bears -- $466,160*

RIDICULOUSLY UNDERPAID RELIEVERS
Mariano Rivera
, Yankees -- $10,500,000
Trent Dilfer, 49ers -- $1,507,000

LUCKIEST MEN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH
Jason Giambi
, Yankees -- $23,428,571
Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings -- $8,200,000

* This was Briggs' pay in 2006. He's trying to force the Bears to trade him so he doesn't have to play for a one-year, $7.2-million contract in 2007. On second thought, maybe I should call this category, "They're Going To Get Theirs, Very Soon.''

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Jean Strahan (Michael Strahan's ex wife) filed a motion in Essex County (N.J.) family court last week saying she cannot afford her 30-room mansion -- which includes an in-home theater -- in Montclair, N.J., despite the fact she has a $3.7 million interest-bearing account with Smith Barney.

Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week

In the span of a day last Wednesday, in Kansas City, I had a barbequed turkey sandwich (Gates Barbeque) and barbequed pork (Arthur Bryant's Barbeque). First of all, barbequed meat done right is better than Ruth's Chris sirloin. Secondly, the Gates turkey had a slight edge. Superb sauce. I'm not saying Kansas City is Boston or Seattle on my list of top cities, but I am saying if I lived there, barbeque would be lunch and dinner 14 times a week. Or more.

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