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NFL Unlikely To Discuss Settlement With Tom Brady

Apr 28, 2016 8:44 AM

The NFL doesn't think it's necessary to reopen settlement talks with Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association regarding the quarterback's four-game suspension, according to a source.

The league doesn't believe the NFLPA or anyone from Brady's camp has provided a reason to renew settlement discussions after the suspension was upheld by a federal appeals court this week.

The two sides engaged in talks for several months last summer in an attempt to reach a settlement in Brady's appeal of the suspension for his involvement in the Deflategate scandal.

Roger Goodell, speaking to reporters Wednesday in Chicago on the eve of the NFL draft, said the league would like to move forward.

"I think the most important thing from the ruling is that the judgment that the district court made last summer was incorrect. They obviously reversed that," Goodell said. "They reinforced our authority here, and they reinforced the fact that we have the facts correct, that it was a fair process and that we came to the conclusion that they supported. From our standpoint, we think that's the right decision and frankly should have been the decision last time."

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Court Rules Tom Brady Must Serve Four-Game Suspension

Apr 25, 2016 11:56 AM

A federal appeals court has ruled that Tom Brady must serve a four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union.

"We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in New York.

The decision by a three-judge panel may end the legal debate over the scandal that led to months of football fans arguing over air pressure and the reputation of one of the league's top teams. It is also likely to fuel a fresh round of debate over what role, if any, the quarterback and top NFL star played in using underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game in January 2015.

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Ron Brace Dies At Age 29

Apr 25, 2016 9:40 AM

Ron Brace, a second-round draft choice of the New England Patriots in 2009, has died at the age of 29.

Brace's death was confirmed by the Springfield (Massachusetts) Police Department. An investigation into the defensive lineman's death is ongoing.

The cause of death is not suspicious.

"We were deeply saddened to hear the news this morning of Ron Brace's death," the Patriots said in a statement.

"Seven years ago tomorrow, we drafted Ron after his standout career at Boston College. During his Patriots career, the Springfield native was always eager to volunteer and give back in our communities, especially when those community initiatives were held in Western Mass. It is difficult to believe that someone so young and in the prime of his life is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron's family, friends and the many former teammates who will mourn Ron's passing."

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Rob Gronkowski Has No Concerns With Contract Status

Apr 22, 2016 2:42 PM

Rob Gronkowski is not concerned about his contract status.

The New England Patriots exercised their option on Gronkowski, keeping him underpaid relative to his production.

Gronkowski is set to make a $2.25 million base salary this season, which escalates to $4.25 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019.

Gronkowski's tweet last month saying the option "basically equals pay cut" was viewed as part humor and part discontentment.

"No, that's not on my mind at all," he told USA Today's For The Win, when asked if he had any contract concerns. "I started offseason workouts yesterday. It just feels great to be back with the team working out, getting back in football shape and getting prepared for the season."

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Patriots Release Dominique Easley

Apr 13, 2016 4:11 PM

The New England Patriots have released Dominique Easley.

Easley battled injuries, playing in only 22 games over two seasons and he also had off the field issues.

Easley tore his ACL in both knees in college and ended his rookie season with a knee injury. He tore his quadriceps in 2015.

Easley was the 29th overall pick in 2014 out of Florida.

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LeGarrette Blount Re-Signs With Patriots

Apr 12, 2016 12:56 PM

LeGarrette Blount has re-signed with the New England Patriots.

Blount finished with a team-high 703 yards on 165 carries with six touchdowns before suffering a season-ending hip injury Dec. 13.

Blount's career has twice been revived with New England. 

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Patrick Chung Signs Extension With Patriots

Apr 1, 2016 1:18 PM

The New England Patriots have signed Patrick Chung to a one-year extension.

The deal is worth $5.7 million in new money over the next three seasons.

After a mediocre first five seasons to his career, Chung has quickly turned it around the past two seasons in New England. Chung has since been one of the NFL's best safeties.

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Nate Washington Signs With Patriots

Mar 24, 2016 8:55 PM

Nate Washington has signed with the New England Patriots.

The Patriots hosted Washington on a free-agent visit March 14, as they looked to add another pass-catching target after signing Chris Hogan to a three-year, $12 million contract three days earlier.

A 12-year veteran, Washington also spent six seasons with the Tennessee Titans and four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Washington caught 47 passes on 95 targets last season for 658 yards after signing a one-year deal with Houston.

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Roger Goodell Won't Return Patriots' Draft Picks

Mar 23, 2016 3:53 PM

Roger Goodell confirmed he received a letter from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft asking for the return of the team's draft picks as part of Deflategate penalties, yet he isn't changing the discipline.

"I responded to him two weeks ago and told him that I had considered his views and I didn't think there was any new information in there that would cause us to alter the discipline," Goodell said Wednesday at the NFL's annual meeting at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. "So there will be no change to the discipline."

On Monday, Kraft told reporters that he sent the letter about a month ago.

"I personally believe that when the league made their decision, they did not factor in the Ideal Gas Law. They admitted that publicly. They had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was, and make any judgments there," Kraft said. "We have laid it out pretty straightforward. And now it's up for them to decide. ...

"They did their own testing, they have results, and for whatever reason, they haven't shared them with any of us. We actually requested at the beginning of the season that they test every game throughout the league and do that, but they chose to do it their way."

The NFL stripped the Patriots of a 2016 first-round draft choice and 2017 fourth-round draft choice.

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Robert Kraft Writes Letter To Goodell Requesting Return Of Picks

Mar 21, 2016 3:52 PM

Robert Kraft wrote a letter to Roger Goodell over a month ago requesting the NFL reinstate draft picks tripped as part of the Deflategate penalties.

Kraft is not optimistic it will spark a change.

Kraft said his letter was in response to Goodell's remarks that if any new facts were learned, Goodell would reconsider the punishment of a 2016 first-round pick, 2017 fourth-round pick, the four-game suspension of Brady and a $1 million fine.

"I personally believe that when the league made their decision, they did not factor in the Ideal Gas Law. They admitted that publicly. They had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was, and make any judgments there," Kraft told reporters at the Boca Raton Resort. "We have laid it out pretty straightforward. And now it's up for them to decide."

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Patriots Agree To Trade With Bears For Martellus Bennett
The Patriots will likely swap mid to late round picks in exchange for Martellus Bennett.

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Chris Long Signs One-Year Deal With Patriots
Chris Long has battled injuries over the past two seasons and turns 31 this month.

Trey Wingo/ESPN

Patriots Trade Chandler Jones To Cardinals For Cooper, 2nd Rounder
The Cardinals are sending Jonathan Cooper and a second round pick to the Patriots for Chandler Jones.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Patriots Bracing For Tom Brady To Serve Suspension
The Patriots dropped the base salary of Tom Brady to $1 million over the next two seasons and released an 8,000 word piece debunking the top 15 myths about Deflategate.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

C.J. Anderson Receiving Interest From Dolphins, Bears, Pats, 49ers
The Broncos can match an offer but rival teams won't have to worry about giving up a draft pick in a deal for C.J. Anderson.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Rob Gronkowski: Patriots' Option Means Pay Cut
Rob Gronkowski is currently 14th in base salary for the 2016 season at his position.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Logan Mankins Retires After 11 NFL Seasons
Logan Mankins spent the majority of his career (2005-13) with the Patriots.

Scott Smith/Buccaneers.com

Tom Brady Signs Extension With Patriots Through 2019
Tom Brady had two years left on his contract, paying him $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017.

Dianna Russini/ESPN

Jerod Mayo Retiring From NFL After Eight Seasons
Jerod Mayo was set to make $3.4 million in salary and a $4.5 million roster bonus in 2016.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Robert Kraft On Mannings: We Have One Son Who Has Won Four Super Bowls
Robert Kraft called Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as "the greatest coach and quarterback of all time."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

Oskar Garcia/AP

NFL Found No Inflation Violations During Spot Checks
The NFL claims to have found no issues with the inflation of footballs while checking at various games during the 2015 season.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Team With Better Defense 10-7 In Brady-Manning Games
Tom Brady had the better defense 10 times in his head-to-head meetings compared to seven for Peyton Manning.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tom Brady Hit 20 Times In AFC Title Game, Most Of Any QB This Season
Tom Brady took 99 hits in his previous 17 games, an average of 5.8 per game.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Pats Considered Trying To Lure Jim Harbaugh Out Of Retirement In 2001
"I don't think we're talking about John Elway here," said Bill Belichick before Tom Brady's first start.

Kent Babb/Washington Post

2015 Championship Game Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The Panthers, Cardinals and Patriots are much more well-rounded teams than the Broncos, who rely heavily on their defense.

RealGM Staff Report

Panthers, Cardinals Were Two Of Five Teams In Top-10 Off., Def. DVOA
The Panthers and Cardinals were top-10 teams in the regular season on both sides of the ball, while the Patriots were in the top-10 only on offense and the Broncos were in the top-10 only on defense.

RealGM Staff Report

NFL Final Four Matchups Since 2005 (Infographic)
The Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game for the fifth straight season and for the 10th time during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 Divisional Round Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the strengths and weaknesses of every team as the second round begins.

RealGM Staff Report

Rob Gronkowski Receives Injection In Knee At Hospital
The Patriots still believe Rob Gronkowski will play in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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