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Reggie Wayne Agrees To One-Year Deal With Patriots

Aug 24, 2015 1:15 PM

Reggie Wayne and the New England Patriots have agreed upon a one-year deal.

Wayne was a free agent after spending his entire career with the Indianapolis Colts.

Wayne also received interest from the Green Bay Packers.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Packers, Patriots Interested In Reggie Wayne

Aug 24, 2015 10:20 AM

The Green Bay Packers are interested in signing Reggie Wayne.

Wayne was taking a physical for the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Wayne is a free agent after spending his entire career with the Indianapolis Colts.


Tags: Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Colts Sweep For Bugs In Visitor Locker Room Of Gillette Stadium

Aug 21, 2015 1:07 PM

The Indianapolis Colts sweep for eavesdropping bugs when they play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Tony Dungy said Peyton Manning would refuse to discuss certain parts of the Colts' strategy in the visiting locker room due to those fears.

The Colts had an atrocious record against the Patriots throughout Manning's tenure.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots

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Judge To Rule On Sept. 4 If No Deflategate Settlement Reached

Aug 19, 2015 10:59 AM

Judge Richard Berman has scheduled a hearing for Aug. 31st that both Tom Brady and Roger Goodell must attend.

Berman has urged the NFL and the union to reach a "logical and rational" conclusion to the dispute.

Berman will rule on the case by Sept. 4th if no deal is reached.

Berman reportedly was critical of Goodell's comparison of ball deflation to steroids and that the Wells Report has no Brady link to Jan. 18. Herman had issues with the language of the Wells Report and the appeal process.

"There is a bit of a quantum leap from the finding of Mr. Wells to the finding of Mr. Goodell," said Berman.

The New England Patriots' first game will be played on Sept. 10th.

Nate Raymond/Reuters

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Tom Brady Willing To Accept Ban For Failing To Cooperate

Aug 19, 2015 10:43 AM

Tom Brady is open to accepting a suspension of some form if it is only for failing to cooperate with the NFL rather than admit guilt in Deflategate.

Even with those parameters, however, league sources said Wednesday that settlement discussions on Brady's attempt to overturn a four-game suspension have gone "nowhere."


Brady and Goodell were both present Tuesday in the meeting with U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis, who is working with U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman, a source told Schefter. The meeting was held at an undisclosed location instead of the federal courthouse in Manhattan in order to avoid media attention, sources told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.


Brady is seeking to overturn the suspension for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. Goodell upheld the suspension on July 29 when Brady appealed, prompting Brady to file suit in federal court.


Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Tom Brady, NFL At Stalemate In Settlement Talks

Aug 18, 2015 8:16 PM

Settlement negotiations between Tom Brady and the NFL were at a stalemate on Tuesday.

Brady was in New York with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to participate in the settlement talks and, according to multiple reports, initially had planned to attend a federal court hearing for the second straight week Wednesday.

But the sides "got nowhere," a source told Schefter, prompting Brady to change his mind and join the New England Patriots for their practice Wednesday in West Virginia.

Brady's attorneys filed documents Friday in U.S. District Court, alleging a smear campaign against the two-time NFL MVP and reiterating their claims of unfair treatment by Goodell and the league.

Brady is seeking to overturn the suspension for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Patriots Acquire Asante Cleveland From 49ers

Aug 18, 2015 12:01 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have traded Asante Cleveland to the New England Patriots.

The 49ers had extra depth at tight end.

On Saturday night in the exhibition opener, Cleveland caught three passes for 10 yards in the 49ers’ 23-10 loss the Houston Texans. He played 11 snaps of offense in the game.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Tags: New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brady Apologizes To Peyton For Comments In Email

Aug 12, 2015 8:21 PM

Tom Brady apologized to Peyton Manning for questioning in an email how long his rival can continue playing.

In an email, released in documents that were filed as part of the NFL Players Association's lawsuit on behalf of Brady against the NFL, Brady wrote:

"I've got another 7 or 8 years. He has 2. That's the final chapter."

"Game on."

Manning addressed the emails for the first time on Wednesday, after Broncos practice.

"Everybody has been speculating on that for a long time, so I guess he's joining the list of trying to predict,'' Manning said. "Hey, Tom sent me an apology text that was unnecessary. The fact his emails got revealed, that doesn't make a lot of sense to me.''

In another email, a friend of Brady's wrote: "Manning needs things to be perfect to succeed, weather, his system, etc.'' Brady's response to the email was that "we are some hard working grinders beav. That's what our team is all about. Our best is still ahead of us.''

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots

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Bears Acquire Matthew Wells From Pats For Ryan Groy

Aug 11, 2015 12:45 PM

The Bears have acquired LB Matthew Wells via trade with the Patriots for G Ryan Groy.

Wells was drafted in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Patriots out of Mississippi State. 

Collegiately, he appeared in 52 games with 33 starts at Mississippi State, recording 165 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2014, Wells started all 13 games at outside linebacker, putting together 45 tackles and four sacks.    

Press Release

Tags: Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Judge Urges NFL, Union, Brady To Settle

Aug 11, 2015 12:26 PM

NEW YORK -- A judge is urging last-minute settlement talks between the NFL, the players' union and Tom Brady before a Wednesday hearing in the legal dispute over the quarterback's suspension for using under inflated footballs.

Judge Richard Berman on Tuesday ordered the sides to have "further good faith settlement efforts" prior to the first meeting since the sides took the scandal known as "Deflategate" to federal court.

Tags: New England Patriots, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Patriots To Release Matt Flynn, Sign Ryan Lindley
Ryan Lindley, a sixth-round draft pick in 2012, started Arizona's playoff loss last season to the Panthers.

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Brady Never Warned About Punishment For Not Handing Over Phone
Tom Brady denied under oath to Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game.


Patriots Pay Rob Gronkowski $6M Of $10M 2016 Option Bonus
The Patriots have until the end of the 2015 league year to decide whether to officially exercise that team option on Rob Gronkowski.

Jeff Howe/Boston Herald

Tom Brady, NFL Set For Aug. 12 Settlement Talks
Settlement talks between Tom Brady and the NFL are set for Aug. 12.

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Mike Kensil 'Main Source' Of ESPN's Incorrect Deflategate Report
Mike Kensil is the NFL's Vice President of Game Operations and was the driving force behind the investigation.

Tom E. Curran/Comcast

Chris Mortensen To Finally Address Erroneous Initial Deflategate Story
At a minimum, the NFL failed to dispute or to correct the erroneous report, with the Patriots not knowing the true reading until late March.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Judge Rules Tom Brady's Suit Moved To New York
The players association filed the suit in Minnesota where they had won previous litigation against the NFL.

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Brady: Phone Controversy Manufactured As Distraction
Tom Brady said he has "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."


Brady Offered NFL Every Individual He Communicated With On Phone
The NFL refused to attempt to track down the people Tom Brady communicated with.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Robert Kraft Calls NFL's Brady Decision 'Unfathomable'
Robert Kraft said he was wrong to put his faith in the NFL.

RealGM Staff Report

Tom Brady Offered Reduced Suspension If He Admitted Guilt, Apologize
The NFL offered to reduce Tom Brady's suspension to two games and possibly one.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Brady, NFL Were Moving Towards One-Game Suspension Settlement
Tom Brady reportedly wanted the records sealed as part of the deal.

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Brady's Agent: The Appeal Process Was A Sham
Tom Brady's agent and attorney, Don Yee, released a statement in response to the NFL upholding his four-game suspension.

RealGM Staff Report

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

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

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 Ignores NFLPA Settlement Offer On Tom Brady Case
It is believed that Tom Brady is holding firm on his refusal to accept any suspension, though he would consider accepting a fine.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Dan Connolly Retires At 32 Citing Family, Health
Dan Connolly was a captain on the Patriots in 2014.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots Agree Upon Four-Year, $17.2M Deal
The Patriots were using their franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

NFLPA To Take Tom Brady's Appeal To Federal Court If Ban Not Reduced
The NFLPA will argue the ball-deflation policy was incorrectly applied to Tom Brady, as the rules were meant for club personnel and not players.


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