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Larry, spend some time in NE, fix you right up! 11.10.09 at 5:16 pm ET
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On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs released running back Larry Johnson, the day he was scheduled to return to the field after serving a two-week suspension for inappropriate comments he made on his Twitter feed and in the locker room.

Despite Johnson’s declining numbers in recent years, it is widely held that present-day LJ is still solid, or behind a good guard and tackle, can be the LJ of 2006, when he rushed for more than 1,700 yards on 416 carries. The question now: What team will take a chance on him? In recent history, the New England has become a place where players can spend some time competing for championship rings as well as rehabilitating their image. Since Bill Belichick took over the reins, several players have benefited from spending time at the “New England Patriots Image and Career Rehabilitation Center.”

Randy Moss is a player that immediately comes to mind. Moss’ issues began in college when a full scholarship to Notre Dame was rescinded when he got into a fight and ruptured the spleen of a student. Then coach of Notre Dame, Lou Holtz recommended Moss to Florida State, but he was kicked out of FSU for violating the terms of his work-release probation. Despite putting up school-record numbers at Marshall, Moss was drafted late in the first round because of the character issues he exhibited in his college career.

Let’s not forget the “Straight cash, homey” incident either ‘€” Moss’ refusal to obey traffic laws led to that memorable line and a few others. It was only a matter of time before he was traded to the Raiders from the Vikings in 2005. At the time, Minnesota appeared to be fed up with his antics, which included pretending to moon Green Bay fans and walking off the field with two seconds left in a regular season game loss against the Redskins. In Oakland, he was remembered for letting people know when he’ll play.

Yet when he came to New England, suddenly we saw a Randy Moss that reminded us of the player from the Vikings. He and Tom Brady not only torched opposing defenses but also set the record for most touchdown receptions in a season. You remember the catch in the regular-season game against the Giants, right?

At this point, not only is Moss considered one of the better wide receivers playing the game, but he also has the reputation of being a team player, something he was cultivating in Minnesota and never had in Oakland.

How about Brandon Meriweather? Here’s a player who had much potential coming out of the University of Miami. Then there was that on-field brawl with Florida International.

Meriweather is No. 19, prominently seen stomping a FIU player who is on the ground. While the incident hurt his draft stock, it wasn’t enough to deter the Patriots from picking him as the 24th overall selection. Obviously, the Pats know what they’re doing. Meriweather has been an excellent addition to the secondary and worth the accolades he has received.

While Moss and Meriweather generally benefited from playing in New England, Corey Dillon had a career resurgence upon arriving in Foxboro. The definition of a disgruntled player, Dillon is (in)famous for demanding to be traded to Dallas during a media session in the Bengals locker room. The beauty here, is that once he got to New England, he was no longer the petulant star but the hard-working team player, devoid of all the ego seen in Cincy.

Perhaps LJ can have the same type of resurgence as Dillon. With injuries to Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris, a tough-running, punishing back could be the perfect balance to Laurence Maroney’s scat-back style and Kevin Faulk’s third-down consistency.

As for the Patriots, why not turn another malcontent into a happy camper by putting him on a team with realistic Super Bowl aspirations? It’s not like Belichick is opposed to the idea, right?

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Rodney Harrison, we hardly knew ye! 06.03.09 at 10:40 am ET
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Today marks the end of an era in the National Football League, as Rodney Harrison closed the curtain on an illustrious 15-year career.

Harrison was taken by the San Diego Chargers in the 5th round of the 1994 NFL draft out of Western Illinois. The career that the hard-hitting safety had wasn’t exactly expected on that April afternoon over a decade ago.

Harrison leaves the gridiron for the bright lights of broadcasting with NBC Sports, most likely as a member of the peacock’s Football Night in America. NBC auditioned Harrison for a future job during this year’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage.

Check out the stats on Harrison. Despite contact with certain pharmaceutical products, this strong safety should be in line for a bust in Canton, Ohio. Harrison twice played in the Pro Bowl, in 1998 and 2003.

Just ask former Ravens head coach Brian Billick about his feelings on Rodney Harrison. Actually, Billick’s affection for the former Patriot was caught on tape by ESPN, so no need to ask the question.

The HGH suspension, aside, Harrison certainly found himself some controversy during his 15 years in professional football. After then-Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt said that the Patriots were “ripe for the picking”during the 2005 playoffs, Harrison gave Vanderjagt a new nickname.

Harrison was also named the NFL’s dirtiest player in a 2004 player’s poll. In this interview with SI, the title doesn’t seem to affect him much.

After being given such a dubious distinction, Harrison tried his hand at officiating. The results of this experiment were captured in this story for ESPN.

Rodney Harrison’s career will be judged not by his refereeing skills or his Chris Berman-esque nicknames, but it will be judged on how he performed on the game’s biggest stage, the Super Bowl.

Harrison ends his career with a pair of Super Bowl rings with the Patriots, including an interception in Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles. However, when the words Super Bowl and Rodney Harrison will be paired together, this infamous moment will almost certainly come to mind.

Considering the outcry by sportswriters about pro athlete’s and their use of steroids, will Rodney Harrison ultimately end up in Canton? He certainly has the numbers to warrant a bronze bust and yellow jacket.

To quote mathmaticians the world over, the numbers don’t lie. And for No. 37, the chapter on playing football closes, and the chapter on retirement and broadcasting begins.

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On second thought… 01.12.09 at 10:00 am ET
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The developments are coming fast and furious out in Mile High city. Josh McDaniels, according to both ESPN.com and The NFL Network, will be named the new head coach of the Denver Broncos today. The hiring of a 32-year-old former Patriots offensive coordinator makes sense in one key area, McDaniels has worked with Tom Brady and the great Patriots offense of 2007 and this season, worked with Matt Cassel and oversaw a surprisingly powerful offense. Now McDaniels will get the chance to work with the talented signal-caller Jay Cutler. Receiver Brandon Marshall certainly seems stoked about McDaniels. On the defensive side, it was reported by the Denver Post that Dom Capers would leave the Patriots to take the reigns as the defensive coordinator. But now, the NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports that former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan will get that gig. Stay tuned.

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Tackling a tough issue… 12.23.08 at 10:55 am ET
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The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro has an indepth look at local Todd Kobus, the Iraqi war veteran who was arraigned and charged on Monday with jumping out of the stands and tackling Junior Seau in the fourth quarter of the Patriots win over Arizona on Sunday. Meanwhile, Pro Football Weekly has the low-down on the snow-throwing, hot-air blowing Shaun Ellis incident in Seattle following the Jets’ debacle. And despite all the rumors and assumptions that Romeo Crennel is done in Cleveland following a 14-0 loss at home to Cincinnati, he may have one final chance to save his job in Pittsburgh this weekend.

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This would never happen in Foxboro… 12.18.08 at 12:49 pm ET
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Bill Belichick has dealt with his share of controversy and not-so amicable lines of questioning in Foxboro. From Spygate to Tom Brady’s left knee to the pressure of a perfect season, he has managed to contain his composure unlike any other. Marvin Lewis is the head coach of the 2-11-1 Cincinnati Bengals. Dustin Dow of the Cincinnati Enquirer asked Lewis if the team won its final three games, (one already in the bank with their win over the Redskins), would it mean the team’s heading in the right direction. This was the coach’s response. (Courtesy, 700 WLW, Cincinnati)

Backstory: Dow questioned the logic (read: sanity) of continuing to work out quarterback Carson Palmer (right elbow) and not placing him on injured reserve the rest of the season to protect one of only a handful of valuable players in the organization. Columnist Paul Daugherty then had this column about how Lewis blew it.

And capping it off on this note, there’s this from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on one of the best receivers in the game, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who in many circles is compared favorably to Wes Welker.

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Welcome back Commish… 12.12.08 at 10:33 am ET
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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has an interesting tidbit about a special guest at this Sunday’s tilt between the Patriots and Raiders in Oakland. Florio and company are calling for a huge game from Randy Moss as he returns to Oakland for the first time since the spring 2007 trade that sent him to New England.

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