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Patriots: NFL Pursued Predetermined Result On Deflategate

May 25, 2016 4:06 PM

The New England Patriots said in court papers filed Wednesday in Manhattan that it has a "strong interest" in sparing Tom Brady from starting the season with a four-game suspension.

The papers say the Patriots "strongly believe" nobody tampered with footballs at the 2015 AFC Championship Game. New England defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in that game and went on to win the Super Bowl.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-to-1 last month to reinstate Brady's four-game suspension. A lower-court judge had ruled last September that the NFL erred in its handling of the probe regarding the deflated footballs and he rejected the suspension a week before the season began.

The following was in a footnote from the Patriots:

“From the outset of this matter the League’s conduct reflects less a search for the truth than pursuit of a predetermined result and defense of a report which, despite no direct evidence of tampering or Mr. Brady’s involvement, was relied on to impose penalties with no precedent or correlation to the alleged offense. The League’s commitment to the conclusions of the Wells Report on which the penalties were based was so absolute that in Mr. Brady’s appeal one of the chief Paul Weiss investigators and an author of the Report, Mr. [Lorin] Reisner, served as the League’s counsel and examined witnesses. In addition, at the very outset of the investigation the League leaked materially incorrect PSI information and refused to correct it for months, allowing public misperceptions to fester. At the AFC Championship Game itself, and despite having no knowledge of the impact of weather on PSI (as admitted under oath), League personnel were already accusing the Patriots of cheating. The League made a ‘preliminary finding’ of wrongdoing by Patriots’ employees less than 24 hours after the Game. Penalties were imposed only three business days after receipt of the 139 page Wells Report and the 82 page Exponent Report and obviously without any critical assessment of either. The Commissioner publicly praised the Wells Report, imposed penalties based on it, and then insisted on hearing and deciding Mr. Brady’s appeal himself despite the authority to appoint an independent person to do so. When evidence at that hearing did not provide support for enhanced findings against Mr. Brady (to go beyond ‘general awareness’ of violations by others), the Commissioner made new findings and changed the basis on which Mr. Brady was being penalized.”

AP

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Tom Brady To Appeal Four-Game Suspension

May 23, 2016 11:11 AM

Tom Brady will appeal Monday for a second hearing by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in regard to his four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL.

NFL Players Association attorney Theodore B. Olson told ABC News on Monday morning in an interview aired on "Good Morning America" that it plans to file the appeal later Monday.

"The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it," Olson told ABC News.

The court upheld Brady's suspension in a 2-1 decision April 25.

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Brandon Boykin Released By Panthers

May 16, 2016 3:09 PM

The Carolina Panthers have released Brandon Boykin.

Boykin signed a one-year, $840,000 deal in March with the Panthers.

Boykin started just one game in Pittsburgh last season after several solid seasons as a slot corner in Philadelphia.

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Rob Gronkowski Selected For Madden Cover

May 12, 2016 7:57 PM

Rob Gronkowski has been selected for the cover of Madden NFL '17.

Gronkowski is both the first tight end and member of the New England Patriots to be selected for the cover.

"My rookie year [in 2010], it was just an honor to be in the game, just using yourself as a player, throwing yourself the ball every single time you can at home, just playing the game," Gronkowski told SportsCenter. "Now it's a dream come true, going into my seventh season and being on the cover.

"When I first found out, I was blessed. It was a surreal moment."

Gronkowski was a finalist for the cover last year when it instead went to Odell Beckham Jr. 

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Julian Edelman Underwent Surgery On Foot

May 11, 2016 5:37 PM

Julian Edelman underwent surgery on his left foot this offseason but he's on track to return in time for training camp.

Edelman recently was spotted in New York City with a "big boot" on his foot, riding a motorized device to get around.

Edelman's most recent foot surgery, the second on his left foot within the past year, was considered a "cleanup procedure" that is not expected to impact his 2016 regular season.

Edelman initially broke his left foot in November but he returned for the playoffs.

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Danny Amendola Takes $4.4M Pay Cut To Remain With Patriots

May 10, 2016 5:22 PM

Danny Amendola took a $4.4 million pay cut to remain with the New England Patriots.

The most money Amendola can make in 2016 is $1.6 million.

Under his old deal, Amendola's base salary in 2016 would've been worth $5 million alone (along with the opportunity to earn more money due to incentives).

Amendola lost out on $2.3 million last season.

Sean Wagner-McGough/CBS Sports

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Tom Brady's $200 Cookbook Sells Out

May 10, 2016 5:04 PM

Tom Brady's $200 cookbook has sold out days after being released.

The cookbook features 89 recipes and is printed on 100-pound text paper with covers made from natural wood.

Brady described the cookbook as "another step toward achieving your peak performance."

Recipes include avocado ice cream and carrot cake.

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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
Rob 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.

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Patriots Release Dominique Easley
Dominique Easley tore his ACL in both knees in college and ended his rookie season with a knee injury.

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LeGarrette Blount Re-Signs With Patriots
LeGarrette Blount's career has twice been revived with New England.

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Patrick Chung Signs Extension With Patriots
Patrick Chung's deal is worth $5.7 million in new money over the next three seasons.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Robert Kraft Writes Letter To Goodell Requesting Return Of Picks
Robert Kraft said his letter was in response to Roger Goodell's remarks that if any new facts were learned, Goodell would reconsider the punishment.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

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

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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.

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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.

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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.

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