Out in the open

The Baltimore Sun

Bill Belichick insists there are no new revelations forthcoming about Spygate.

"I think they've addressed everything they possibly can address," the New England Patriots coach said yesterday morning.

Belichick, speaking during the AFC coaches breakfast at the NFL meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., said he was interviewed again after the Super Bowl about allegations that former team employee Matt Walsh had illegal tapes. Those tapes presumably included a walkthrough by the St. Louis Rams on the day before the 2002 Super Bowl, a game the Patriots won.

"I've addressed so many questions so many times from so many people I don't know what else the league could ask," Belichick said.

Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that the NFL spoke again with Belichick and other Patriots employees after February's Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants. The league has been negotiating an agreement with Walsh that it hopes will get Walsh, a golf pro in Hawaii, to come forward with what he has.

"We followed up," Goodell said of the added round of interviews with Belichick and other members of the Patriots' front office.

Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed the owners later in the morning, promising that Spygate was behind them.

In what one person in the closed-door meeting described as a heartfelt speech, Kraft apologized for the Patriots' illegal videotaping procedures that have cast a cloud over the NFL. He spoke of how the actions did not represent what his family was about, and that he would make sure illegal videotaping would never happen again.

"I thought it was very, very sincere and heartfelt, and I appreciated what he had to say," Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said.

After Kraft's remarks, Belichick addressed the room and explained his actions, while also detailing how the team's football operation has been improved so such incidents would not happen again.

At one point, there was applause.

Yesterday was the first time anyone disclosed that Belichick and other Patriots staffers were re-interviewed after the Super Bowl, when the Walsh allegations surfaced.

Spygate developed after the first game of the season, when tapes of the New York Jets' defensive signals were confiscated from a Patriots employee on the sideline. Belichick was fined $500,000, and the team was fined $250,000 and stripped of its first-round draft choice.

Broncos -- Jay Cutler has had it with all the drama and headlines surrounding top target Brandon Marshall. The Denver quarterback called out his No. 1 wide receiver and fellow third-year star who suffered a gash on his right forearm while horsing around last month. "Yeah, he's not my favorite person right now," Cutler said.

Packers -- Wide receiver Ruvell Martin signed a one-year, $445,000 contract as an exclusive rights free agent.

Eagles -- Restricted free-agent cornerback Joselio Hanson re-signed, agreeing to a one-year contract.

Bears -- Restricted free-agent safety Brandon McGowan will remain with the team after signing a one-year tender offer.

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