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NFL, NFLPA Open Settlement Talks On Tom Brady Suspension

Jul 27, 2015 3:02 PM

The NFL and NFLPA have opened talks on a settlement for Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

Tuesday will mark five weeks since Goodell heard Brady's appeal in Manhattan. A source said Brady has become frustrated with the lack of a decision from Goodell.

Brady's camp is prepared to fight the suspension in the courts but he will accept a fine.

Mike Garafolo/Fox Sports

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Junior Seau's Family Not Allowed To Speak At Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Jul 24, 2015 3:51 PM

Junior Seau's family will not be allowed to speak at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Aug. 8th.

Seau had told this family if he ever made it, he wanted his daughter, Sydney, to introduce him.

The Hall of Fame will only show a video that will commemorate his career, while avoiding questions about his suicide in 2012 and the subsequent diagnosis of traumatic brain injury that doctors said they believed was brought on by hits to his head. Nor will the video mention the lawsuit that Seau’s family has filed against the N.F.L., which is trying to curb injuries in active players and address brain disease in thousands of retired ones.

“It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful,” Sydney said. “I just want to give the speech he would have given. It wasn’t going to be about this mess. My speech was solely about him.”

Seau’s brain injury and suicide have nothing to with the decision to only show a video, according to Joe Horrigan, a spokesman for the Hall of Fame who has overseen the ceremony for about 20 years.


For deceased inductees, presenters spoke but Horrigan said they often repeated what was in the video, prolonging an already lengthy ceremony. So a few years ago, the Hall eliminated speeches in these cases.

“There was an acceptance speech for deceased players but it got redundant,” Horrigan said. “The honor is supposed to be for the individual.”

Ken Belson/New York Times

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NFL Ignores NFLPA Settlement Offer On Tom Brady Case

Jul 23, 2015 12:11 PM

The NFLPA extended a settlement offer to the NFL last week regarding Tom Brady's four-game suspension. The offer was ignored by the NFL.

It is believed that Brady is holding firm on his refusal to accept any suspension, though he would consider accepting a fine.

Brady is expected to go to federal court to fight the decision if the NFL upholds any part of the suspension.

Any delay in the announcement is rooted not in whether Goodell has made up his mind, but in the belief that Brady will challenge the issue in court, and that the NFL's decision must be designed, vetted and written to withstand that challenge.


Dan Graziano/ESPN

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Dan Connolly Retires At 32 Citing Family, Health

Jul 16, 2015 11:28 AM

Dan Connolly has decided to retire from the NFL at the age of 32. Connolly was a captain on the New England Patriots in 2014.

Connolly had interest from NFL clubs, but was weighing multiple factors.

He and his wife, Lori, have three daughters under 6 years old, and he didn't want to move the family or be away from them while he played in a different city.

Furthermore, health was the "biggest factor" in his thought process, as he had four diagnosed concussions in the NFL, as well as a fifth when playing at Marquette High School in Chesterfield, Missouri.

"It's important to me to leave the game healthy," Connolly said. "I'm able to be here for my kids and walk away on my own terms. I feel like I got everything I could out of football in playing 10 years, winning a Super Bowl, and playing alongside some truly great players."

Mike Reiss/ESPN

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Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots Agree Upon Four-Year, $17.2M Deal

Jul 15, 2015 2:25 PM

The New England Patriots and Stephen Gostkowski have agreed upon a long-term deal.

Gostkowski will sign a four-year, $17.2 million deal.

The Patriots were using their franchise tag on Gostkowski.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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NFLPA To Take Tom Brady's Appeal To Federal Court If Ban Not Reduced

Jul 15, 2015 11:35 AM

The NFL Players Association intends to contest the results of Tom Brady's appeal in federal court if his four-game suspension remains.

The NFLPA will argue the ball-deflation policy was incorrectly applied to Brady, as the rules were meant for club personnel and not players.

If it is determined the ball-deflation policy did apply to Brady, the league failed to give him notice of the penalty, in essence making up the punishment with precedent. Goodell should have recused himself as the arbitrator for Brady's appeal hearing.

The commissioner said last week that he expected to have a ruling soon, possibly sometime this week.


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Tom Brady Appeal Decision 'Coming Soon'

Jul 9, 2015 1:50 PM

Roger Goodell says his decision on Tom Brady's appeal of a four-game suspension is coming soon and will possibly be announced within the next week.

Goodell's remarks came at an annual business and tech conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.


Patriots owner Robert Kraft also is attending the conference, and the two were spotted together Wednesday.

The penalties were announced after Wells found that it was "more probable than not" that the Patriots illegally underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

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Union Files Complaint Against Patriots On Malcolm Butler Punishment

Jun 25, 2015 7:12 PM

The NFL Players Association has filed a complaint against the New England Patriots for not allowing Malcolm Butler to participate in on-field activities because the cornerback missed a voluntary session on May 26.

The complaint by the union was filed Wednesday and done without Butler's approval following an initial review, sources told ESPN.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) consistently.


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Florio: Goodell's Underlings Were Out To Get Patriots

Jun 24, 2015 9:09 PM

Mike Florio believes the NFL acted in a manner to portray the New England Patriots in a negative light with Deflategate.

Florio said that a common thread in all of the league's scandals was that “the NFL reaches a decision early on about what it wants to do, and they start from the ending point, and they work backwards to justify that knee-jerk gut-level reaction that someone at the league office gets.” 

Florio believes it was the failure of Roger Goodell to react decisively in the Ray Rice debacle that enabled those beneath him to seize on this Patriots' situation.

“I think that they deliberately delayed the process of getting the real numbers out because having the false numbers out there kept the Patriots feeling like they were on the ropes when the reality was that they were on ropes that weren’t even there,” Florio said. “We didn’t get the truth until May. That is the one fact that bothers me more than anything in this entire ordeal, and that’s the one fact that causes me to believe that someone was out to get the Patriots. The false information was put out there, or deliberately not corrected.”

Ryan Glasspiegel/The Big Lead

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Tom Brady Has 10-Hour Appeal Hearing

Jun 23, 2015 11:03 PM

Tom Brady had a 10-hour appeal hearing on Tuesday to determine if his four-game suspension may be reduced by Roger Goodell.

Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

"I think we put in a very compelling case," Kessler said, adding that no timetable on a decision by Goodell had been given.

No details of the hearing were immediately available but a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that "Tom Brady's greatest ally today was Tom Brady."

Sources also told Schefter that Brady came off as very genuine, earnest, and persuasive, addressing every issue raised in the league-sanctioned Wells report.

One of the sources called it "an A+ performance."

Rachel Cohen/AP

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Rob Gronkowski Only Living Off Endorsement Money
Rob Gronkowski has yet to spend any of the $10 million he's earned on his contract with the Patriots over his first five NFL seasons.


Ted Wells To Attend Tom Brady's Appeal Hearing
Ted Wells will be available to answer questions from both Tom Brady's side and commissioner Roger Goodell.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Patriots Release Fred Davis
Fred Davis joined the Patriots on a one-year deal May 11, four days after being reinstated by the NFL.

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Matt Flynn Signs With Patriots
If Tom Brady is going to miss games in September under suspension, Matt Flynn would provide a veteran backup option for Jimmy Garoppolo.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Patriots Release Tim Wright
The Patriots will move forward with Scott Chandler behind Rob Gronkowski at tight end.

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

Malcolm Butler Benched For Being Late Due To Canceled Flight
Bill Belichick had kept Malcolm Butler off the field until this week.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Patriots Release Brandon Spikes Hours After Car Incident
The Patriots re-signed Brandon Spikes, who played for them from 2010 to 2013, to a one-year deal worth a maximum value of $2 million on May 16.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Devin McCourty Doesn't Want To Return To Cornerback
The Patriots now turn to Logan Ryan, Eagles castoff Bradley Fletcher and undrafted Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler.

Marc Sessler/

Wes Welker Open To Returning To Patriots
Wes Welker wants to continue his NFL career despite a lack of interest this offseason.

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Belichick On Deflategate: We're On To Next Year
Bill Belichick made his first public comments since the NFL punished Tom Brady and the Patriots for Deflategate.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

DeMaurice Smith: Wells Report Delivered What Client Wanted
The Wells Report was commissioned by the NFL and returned findings that found the New England Patriots as being culpable in deflating footballs


Darrelle Revis: Patriots Have History Of 'Doing Stuff'
Darrelle Revis was critical of the Patriots' history with circumventing rules just months after winning a Super Bowl with the franchise.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Patriots Won't Appeal NFL's Punishment For Deflategate
The Patriots received a $1 million fine and the loss of a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round selection in 2017.

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Brandon Spikes Returns To Patriots On One-Year Deal
Brandon Spikes played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2013 before signing a one-year deal with the Bills in 2014.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Roger Goodell Will Preside Over Appeal Of Tom Brady
Roger Goodell has decided to invoke his right under the collective bargaining agreement to preside over the appeal.

Mike Freeman/Bleacher Report

NFLPA Appeals Tom Brady's Suspension
"Given the NFL's history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal," the union said in a release.


Patriots Issue 20,000 Word Rebuttal To Wells Report
The Patriots sent out a link to, a site which exhaustively attempts to point out inconsistencies in Ted Wells' 243 pages of findings on Tom Brady.

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Owners Waiting 'Nervously' To See What Kraft Does With Goodell
For much or Roger Goodell's tenure as commissioner of the NFL, his closest ally has been Robert Kraft.

Mike Freeman/Bleacher Report

Kraft: Tom Brady Has Our Unconditional Support
Robert Kraft said the punishment "exceeded any reasonable expectation."

RealGM Staff Report

Tom Brady Suspended Four Games By NFL
The Patriots will lose a first rounder in 2016, a fourth rounder in 2017 and also will be fined $1 million.

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