Brady unanimous AP All-Pro
The record-setting Patriots quarterback is the leading vote-getter for The Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro Team, the seventh straight year at least one player has gotten every vote. Three years ago, when Brady set the league record for touchdown passes, he missed by a half-vote of being unanimous, sharing a ballot with Brett Favre.
Linebacker Clay Matthews was the only Green Bay Packer named to the first team.
Brady led the Patriots to a 14-2 season before losing in the playoffs to the Jets.
Brady won those 14 games as the league’s leading passer, and he went a record 335 attempts without an interception. Overall, he threw for 36 touchdowns and had just four picks.
Brady is one of three New England players selected to the squad by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. He is joined by guard Logan Mankins and inside linebacker Jerod Mayo.
(AP All-Pro list, Page 2B)
A player has made the team unanimously since 2004, including one of this year’s All-Pros, Baltimore safety Ed Reed. The Ravens also have defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and kicker Billy Cundiff on the team.
One rookie made the honor team: Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who had 10 sacks that ranked him tops at his position.
Oakland punter Shane Lechler has the most All-Pro selections of anyone on the 2010 team, six.
The AFC is the dominant conference with 18 of the 27 spots: nine on offense, seven on defense, two special teamers.
Joining Brady in the backfield is one of the season’s biggest surprises, Houston running back Arian Foster. He went from a nonentity with the Texans to the league’s leading rusher with 1,616 yards and 16 TDs. The other tailback is Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles, like Foster a first-time choice.
Foster’s guide through holes in the line, Vonta Leach, is the fullback, also for the first time.
The wide receivers are Atlanta’s Roddy White and Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne, both newcomers. White led the league with 115 catches.
Dallas tight end Jason Witten makes it for the second time.
Up front are Mankins and New Orleans’ Jahri Evans at guard, Miami’s Jake Long and Cleveland’s Joe Thomas at tackle, and center Nick Mangold of the New York Jets. Evans, Thomas and Mangold are repeaters from last season. Long and Mankins are first-timers.
Cundiff and Lechler are joined on special teams by Chicago returner Devin Hester, who also was an All-Pro in 2006 and 2007. This season, Hester’s 17.1-yard punt return average set a record, and he passed Brian Mitchell for career kick return touchdowns with 14.
Along with Reed, making his fifth All-Pro squad, Ngata, Suh and Mayo on defense are ends Julius Peppers and John Abraham; outside linebackers Matthews of Green Bay and James Harrison of Pittsburgh; inside linebacker Patrick Willis of San Francisco; cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha of Oakland and Darrelle Revis of the Jets; and safety Troy Polamalu of Pittsburgh.
Defensive repeaters from 2009 are Willis and Revis.
Polamalu, Peppers and Willis make it for the third time, Abraham, Harrison and Asomugha for the second.
In all, 10 AFC teams and eight from the NFC are represented. Chicago and Atlanta are the only two NFC clubs with two players.
Bengals won’t trade Palmer
The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t willing to trade Carson Palmer, who wants to leave one of the NFL’s least-successful franchises while he’s still in his prime.
Owner Mike Brown said Monday that the 31-year-old quarterback asked for a trade a little more than a week ago. Brown told Palmer the team wouldn’t trade him because he’s central to its plans.
“He was told that, and that we count on him going forward,” Brown told The Cincinnati Enquirer and the team’s website in Mobile, Ala. “He was told that we are not in a position to trade him.”
The franchise quarterback has decided it’s time to leave his mess of a franchise.
Palmer hasn’t talked to the media since making his trade request.
Palmer was the franchise’s building block when it made him the first overall pick in 2003, Marvin Lewis’ first season as coach. He led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2005 and 2009—their only winning records in the last 20 years—and rebounded from severe knee and elbow injuries along the way.
The Bengals are coming off a 4-12 season.