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Robert Kraft Calls NFL's Brady Decision 'Unfathomable'

Jul 29, 2015 10:15 AM

Robert Kraft called the decision by the NFL to uphold their four-game suspension of Tom Brady "unfathomable."

"I continue to believe and unequivocally support Tom Brady," said Kraft.

Kraft expressed regret stepping aside in May and accepting the NFL's penalties for the New England Patriots. Kraft said he had hoped accepting penalties for the Patriots would lead to a better outcome for Brady.

"I was wrong to put my faith in the league," said Kraft.

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Jerry Jones: Roger Goodell Doing 'Outstanding Job'

Jul 29, 2015 9:34 PM

Jerry Jones voiced his support for Roger Goodell on Wednesday.

"He's got obviously a very tough job," Jones said. "Now I see some people doing that, that's that old violin that's not feeling too sorry for him because that's why you pay the big bucks is to deal with the big problems. But he's doing an outstanding job. I can tell you firsthand that in his spot you have to with people that you are counting on to help build and to help excel as far as the National Football League, I'm talking about the owners, you have to know that you're going to make some decisions that are very unpopular with that particular group. This is the case.

"I can speak to that because on a personal basis as well as for my franchise and our Dallas Cowboys franchise, we've had that happen to us. I'm sitting there living with the result of the commissioner's decision still today that I didn't agree with when it happened. And so some of the very people sometimes that have the biggest complaints, they're the ones who give you a phone call and say, 'Hey let's be a team player now and let's all get in here and realize that this happens to everybody and let's go on and compete. We've got a great league and a great game.'"

The Dallas Cowboys were stripped of $10 million in salary cap space in 2012.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys

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Kam Chancellor Threatening To Hold Out

Jul 29, 2015 4:54 PM

Kam Chancellor wants more money in his deal and is threatening to hold out as the Seattle Seahawks begin training camp.

Chancellor has three seasons remaining on the deal he signed in 2013 and is scheduled to count $5.65 million against the salary cap.

The Seahawks redid Marshawn Lynch's contract last year to get him into camp.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

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David Fluellen Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Titans

Jul 29, 2015 4:44 PM

David Fluellen has agreed upon a two-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, a source tells RealGM.

Fluellen is a running back out of Toledo, who went undrafted in 2014.

Fluellen initially signed with the Indianapolis Colts and then was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last summer. Fluellen has since had workouts with the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.

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Brady: Phone Controversy Manufactured As Distraction

Jul 29, 2015 10:43 AM

Tom Brady released the following statement following the NFL's decision to uphold his four-game suspension:

"I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.

"Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was 'probable' that I was 'generally aware' of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.

"I also disagree with yesterday's narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.

"Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong.

"To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. Wells requested. We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time. Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing. There is no 'smoking gun' and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.

"I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioner's authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.

"Lastly, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support of family, friends and our fans who have supported me since the false accusations were made after the AFC Championship game. I look forward to the opportunity to resume playing with my teammates and winning more games for the New England Patriots."

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Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Brady Offered NFL Every Individual He Communicated With On Phone

Jul 29, 2015 10:35 AM

The NFL leaked to ESPN that Tom Brady destroy his cell phone as they announced they would not reduce his four-game suspension.

The following, however, is in the Wells Report:

“After the hearing and after the submission of post-hearing briefs, Mr. Brady’s certified agents offered to provide a spreadsheet that would identify all of the individuals with whom Mr. Brady had exchanged text messages during [the relevant time] period; the agents suggested that the League could contact those individuals and request production of any relevant text messages that they retained. Aside from the fact that, under Article 46, Section 2(f) of the CBA, such information could and should have been provided long before the hearing, the approach suggested in the agents’ letter — which would require tracking down numerous individuals and seeking consent from each to retrieve from their cellphones detailed information about their text message communications during the relevant period — is simply not practical.”

The NFL refused to attempt to track down the people Brady communicated with.

The NFL also leaked the 11-of-12 footballs had a deflated PSI to ESPN, which was not true.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Eric Berry Cleared To Return To Practice After Cancer Treatment

Jul 29, 2015 12:18 AM

Eric Berry has been cleared to return to practice with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Last December, Berry, 26, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, which accounts for about 10 percent of lymphoma cases and is considered to be highly curable.

Lymphoma is a group of cancers of a part of the immune system called the lymph system. The cancers fall into two main types, Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Berry informed his teammates of his condition, and was placed on the non-football illness list, which ended his season.

Terez Paylor/Kansas City Star

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Tom Brady Offered Reduced Suspension If He Admitted Guilt, Apologize

Jul 28, 2015 9:05 PM

The NFL offered to reduce Tom Brady's suspension to two games and possibly one if he did the following things:

1. Admit to having knowledge of whatever John Jastremski and Jim McNally did to the footballs.

2. Admit to failing to cooperate with the investigation of Ted Wells.

3. Apologized. 

Settlement talks can continue independent of litigation.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Brady, NFL Were Moving Towards One-Game Suspension Settlement

Jul 28, 2015 5:17 PM

Tom Brady and the NFL were moving towards a one-game suspension settlement, but Brady reportedly wanted the records sealed. The NFL wouldn't relent on that issue and so the four-game suspension was upheld and it will be taken to the courts.

Brady was initially reportedly unwilling to accept any suspension though he would have given up his fight if he were to be simply fined by the league.

Judy Battista/NFL.com

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Brady's Agent: The Appeal Process Was A Sham

Jul 28, 2015 5:00 PM

Tom Brady's agent and attorney, Don Yee, released the following statement in response to the NFL upholding his four-game suspension:

"The Commissioner's decision is deeply disappointing, but not surprising because the appeal process was thoroughly lacking in procedural fairness.

"Most importantly, neither Tom nor the Patriots did anything wrong. And the NFL has no evidence that anything in appropriate occurred. 

"The appeal process was a sham, resulting in the Commissioner rubber-stamping his own decision. For example, the Wells investigative team was given over 100 days to conduct its investigation. Just days prior to the appeal hearing, we were notified we would only have four hours to present a defense; therefore, we didn't have enough time to examine important witnesses. Likewise, it was represented to the public that the Wells team was 'independent'; however, when we requested documents from Wells, out request was rejected on the basis of privilege. We therefore had no ideas as to what Wells found from other witnesses, nor did we know what those other witnesses said.

"These are just two examples of how the Commissioner failed to ensure a fair process.

"Additionally, the science in the Wells Report was junk. It has been thoroughly discredited by independent third parties.

"Finally, as to the issue of cooperation, we presented the Commissioner with an unprecedented amount of electronic data, all of which is incontrovertible. I do not think that any private citizen would have agreed to provide anyone with the amount of information that Tom was willing to reveal to the Commissioner. Tom was completely transparent. All of the electronic information was ignored; we don't know why. The extent to which Tom opened up his private life to the Commissioner will become clear in the coming days.

The Commissioner's decision and discipline has no precedent in all of NFL history. His decision alters the competitive balance of the upcoming season. The decision is wrong and has no basis and it diminishes the integrity of the game."

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Owners Discussed How To Handle 'Concussion' Movie Fallout
Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovers CTE in the brains of two NFL players that later leads them to suicides.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Le'Veon Bell Suspension Reduced From Three To Two Games
Last season, Le'Veon Bell was second in the NFL in rushing yards (1,361) and receptions for a running back (83).

Jarrett Bell/ESPN

NFL Upholds Tom Brady's Four-Game Suspension
Roger Goodell cited new information that on or shortly before March 6, Tom Brady had directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Muhammad Wilkerson Will Report To Jets' Camp
Muhammad Wilkerson is scheduled to make $6.97 million as part of the team's fifth-year option.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

ESPN Changes QBR Formula, Wilson Jumps From 12th To 8th In Rankings
How interception returns, pressure and credit for yards after the catch are factored were changed.

Sharon Katz/ESPN

49ers' OC: Colin Kaepernick Didn't Regress In 2014
Colin Kaepernick had a career high in passing yards and his completion percentage improved but he threw more interceptions, fewer touchdowns and also took 13 more sacks.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Vikings To Give Adrian Peterson As Many Carries As Possible
The Vikings will pay Adrian Peterson $26 million over the next two seasons.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Dolphins Re-Sign Josh Freeman
The Dolphins have re-signed Josh Freeman just four days after cutting him.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Cardinals Hire NFL's First Female Coach
Jen Welter is a former collegiate rugby player who played 14 seasons of pro football, mostly in the Woman's Football Alliance.

Darren Urban/NFL.com

Browns Willing To Consider Johnny Manziel As Starting QB
Johnny Manziel will enter training camp as the Browns' backup quarterback, but he can still win the job with a strong showing in the preseason.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Jadeveon Clowney Placed On PUP List
Jadeveon Clowney will begin training camp on the list and still count against the Texans' active roster.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Jonathan Martin Retires At Age Of 25
Jonathan Martin was a second round pick out of Stanford in 2012.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

NFL, NFLPA Open Settlement Talks On Tom Brady Suspension
Tuesday will mark five weeks since Roger Goodell heard Tom Brady's appeal in Manhattan.

Mike Garafolo/Fox Sports

Colts Release Gosder Cherilus
Gosder Cherilus was the Colts' starting right tackle.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Mike Holmgren Had Interest In 49ers' Job
Mike Holmgren went 161-111 in 17 seasons as an NFL head coach.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Le'Veon Bell Waiting For Appeal Hearing On Suspension
Le'Veon Bell received 15 months probation in February following an arrest for marijuana possession and DUI in August 2014.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Jermaine Gresham Signs With Cardinals
Jermaine Gresham has averaged 56 catches and 544 yards per season during his five-year career with the Bengals.

Kyle Odegard/AZCardinals.com

Junior Seau's Family Not Allowed To Speak At Hall Of Fame Ceremony
Junior Seau had told this family if he ever made it, he wanted his daughter, Sydney, to introduce him.

Ken Belson/New York Times

NFL Hires Tod Leiweke As Chief Operating Officer
Tod Leiweke was most recently with the NHL's Lightning and was previously with the Seahawks.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Sean Smith Receives Three-Game Suspension
Sean Smith pled guilty in April on a 2014 DUI charge.

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