August 2015 - New England Patriots Wiretap

Brady Was Open To One-Game Suspension, NFL Would Have Accepted Two

Aug 31, 2015 9:29 PM

Tom Brady was believed to be "open" to serving a one-game suspension for not cooperating with Ted Wells' investigation as part of a potential settlement.

Talks never got far as settlement talks broke down on Monday and Judge Richard Berman informed both sides they were too far apart to continue.

Brady maintained his position that he would not accept the findings of the Wells Report and was unwilling to accept responsibility for his potential role in the deflation of footballs.

The NFL appeared set to offer to shorten Brady's four-game suspension by two games, provided he accept some responsibility.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Suspension

Tom Brady, NFL Unable To Reach Settlement

Aug 31, 2015 11:40 AM

The NFL and Tom Brady were unable to reach a settlement, which means Judge Richard Berman will make a decision on his four-game suspension.

“We did not reach a settlement. The parties tried quite hard I think,” Berman said, via Stephen Brown of the New York Daily News. “In some case [a settlement] doesn’t happen. This is one of those cases.”

A ruling likely will come on Tuesday or Wednesday as both sides have asked Berman to decide by Sept. 4.

Berman could uphold the suspension, reduce or eliminate the suspension or rule for another appeal heard by someone other than Roger Goodell.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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

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

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

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.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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

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

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.

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

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

Bears Acquire Matthew Wells From Pats For Ryan Groy
Linebacker Matthew Wells was drafted in the sixth round by the Patriots in the 2015 NFL draft.

Press Release

Judge Urges NFL, Union, Brady To Settle
Judge Richard Berman has ordered the sides to have "further good faith settlement efforts."

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.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

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