The Green Bay Packers released tight end Brandon Bostick. The 6-3, 250-pound tight end took to Twitter to bid farewell, writing "Thankful To Spend The First 3 Years Of My Career In GB. Unfortunately My Time There Has Ended. I Appreciate The Support From Everyone In GB!"
Bostick, a former Division II wide receiver at Newberry College, finishes his career with the Packers with nine receptions for 123 yards, two touchdowns and, of course, the dropped onside kick at Seattle in the NFC Championship.
For three years, the Packers tried developing Bostick at tight end. And while he flashed athleticism at times, he didn't master the playbook to a point where coaches trusted him on the field. Andrew Quarless (58.1 percent of the snaps) and Richard Rodgers (44.5 percent) were the team's primary tight ends all season.
Bostick suffered a leg fracture Aug. 16 that sidelined him for a month and then he played only 33 snaps from scrimmage.
With the Packers one onside recovery and one first down away from reaching the Super Bowl in Arizona, Bostick was supposed to block and let Jordy Nelson recover. Instead, he attempted to catch the ball and it bounced off his helmet, accelerating the Seattle rally.
After the game, and then the next day in the Packers locker room, Bostick pointed the finger at himself.
He vowed to somehow move on.
"I'm just trying to deal with this," Bostick said. "I'll just move on from it, come back here and just work hard and just try to put that behind me."
Stoudemire to join Mavericks
A person with direct knowledge of the talks says Amare Stoudemire has agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks after taking a buyout from the Knicks.
The veteran forward can't make his verbal commitment official until he clears waivers Wednesday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official, said Monday night that Stoudemire could be available when Dallas returns from the All-Star break Thursday at Oklahoma City.
The 32-year-old Stoudemire was waived Monday after requesting the Knicks buy out the remainder of his contract that was set to expire after this season. He's likely to clear waivers.
In 2010, Stoudemire signed a five-year deal worth $99.7 million with the Knicks. He was an All-Star and led New York to the playoffs that first year, but injuries, particularly to his knees, plagued him the rest of his time with the team.
"Amar'e's period as a Knickerbocker has come to pass, at his request," the team's president, Phil Jackson, said in a statement. "His time here should be marked by recognizing his effort — it was 100 percent."
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