September 2015 - New England Patriots Wiretap

Tom Brady Earning $10M Per Year Below Market Value

Sep 30, 2015 9:33 PM

Tom Brady has one of the most team-friendly contracts in the NFL due to a restructured contract in 2013 and a subsequent extension.

Before the renegotiation, Brady was scheduled to make $30 million through a couple of high salaries. After the renegotiation, that number became $33 million, consisting of a $30 million signing bonus (the last deferred payment of which was paid in February to the tune of $5 million) and salaries of $1 million for 2013 and $2 million for 2014. Thus, the Patriots got better cap flexibility due to the prorated bonus while Brady received significantly better cash flow and an extra $3 million to boot.

The deal added an extension with "out years" in 2015, 2016 and 2017 at salaries of $7 million, $8 million and $9 million respectively, which are low for a quarterback of Brady's caliber.

At the end of last season, there was a renegotiation to bring the salaries for those years up by $1 million per season.

Brady is earning roughly $10 million per year below his market value.

Andrew Brandt/Sports Illustrated

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

NFL's Appeal Of Tom Brady Suspension Won't Be Heard Until 2016

Sep 29, 2015 7:11 PM

The NFL and NFL Players Association' request to expedite an appeal hearing on Tom Brady's eliminated suspension has been denied.

The move virtually guarantees Brady will play the entire regular season and postseason without the threat of being suspended for his role in Deflategate.


The appeal then will be heard as early as the week of Feb. 1, 2016.


Brady was initially suspended for the first four games of the season.

On Sept. 3, U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman overturned the suspension.

The NFL appealed Berman's decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals.


Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

Tom Brady: Way Too Early To Think About 2007 Comparisons

Sep 28, 2015 12:04 PM

The New England Patriots have scored 119 points over their first three games, more than they did over the same timeframe in 2007 when they rampaged the NFL on their way to a perfect regular season record.

The Patriots appeared to be on a mission that season following the Spygate controversy.

“No, I can’t understand that one quite yet,” Brady said on the Dennis and Callahan Show on WEEI. “It’s like three games into the year. There’s so much football left. And there’s so many different things that can happen. Not even a quarter of the way through the season. It’s way too early to think about anything.”

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New England Patriots

NFL Refutes Report Of Tom Brady Serving Four-Game Suspension In 2015

Sep 25, 2015 12:23 PM

On Friday’s “Boomer and Carton” program, WFAN host Craig Carton said a "very influential person in the NFL" told him "there's no doubt in his mind" Tom Brady will serve a four-game suspension this season after the NFL's appeal is heard.

The NFL responded to the report to Pro Football Talk.

"It is highly unlikely that the appeal will be decided before the end of the season."

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

Randy Moss Hasn't Attempted To Find NFL Team

Sep 21, 2015 1:41 PM

Randy Moss is remaining retired as he hasn't received any interest from teams in need of a wide receiver and he hasn't solicited interest either.

Moss is believed to only have interest in returning to the NFL to play with Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but he has no interest in playing just to play. Moss has publicly mused about a possible return.

Moss has an emerging career in broadcasting.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Bill Polian: Colts Had First Round Grade On Tom Brady

Sep 19, 2015 11:19 AM

Bill Polian claims he was very high on Tom Brady when the Indianapolis Colts already had Peyton Manning.

Polian was asked which quarterbacks the Colts may have drafted if they didn't already have Manning.

"Well, (Ben) Roethlisberger later on (in 2004) -- we were really high on him. Aaron Rodgers the year after," Polian said. "That's the only name that comes to mind right away. And I don't think there was a guy in between, but Tom Brady would have been a guy, and we were very high on him. Our guys really loved him, but we weren't in the quarterback market, obviously. Those would be the guys I remember us giving solid, first-round, can-lead-you-to-a-championship grades."

Brady was drafted 199th overall in 2000 by the New England Patriots.

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Tags: Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots

Van Natta Working On Follow-Up To Patriots' Piece

Sep 17, 2015 5:32 PM

ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. says he's working on a follow-up to his report on the New England Patriots.

The piece investigated Spygate and Deflategate.

Van Natta says some "interesting leads" and "very ripe fruit" came out of their publishing the original story.

“When you do a story like this, you shake the tree and very ripe fruit falls into your lap,” Van Natta said. “There are some interesting leads that Seth (Wickersham) and I are going to address. I don't think we're done with this just yet."

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Tags: New England Patriots

Terrelle Pryor Works Out For Patriots

Sep 15, 2015 11:58 AM

Terrelle Pryor has worked out for the New England Patriots.

Charlie Weis considered Pryor a top wide receiver prospect as a prep.

Pryor was cut by the Cleveland Browns before the start of the season.

Jason Cole/Bleacher Report

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

Watt, Gronkowski Most Dominant Compared To Positional Peers

Sep 12, 2015 3:42 PM

Pro Football Focus outgraded Rob Gronkowski over every other player at his position by a considerable margin during the 2014 season.

Gronkowski had a season grade of +22.9 with Jason Witten ranking second at +14.2.

J.J. Watt is the only player who dominates his position group better than Gronkowski.

Gronkowski had three touchdowns in Week 1.

Gordon McGuinness/Pro Football Focus

Tags: Houston Texans, New England Patriots

NFL Clears Patriots Of Tampering With Steelers' Headsets

Sep 11, 2015 8:25 PM

The New England Patriots have been cleared of wrongdoing in regards to the audio interference experienced by the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 1 game.

Spokesman Michael Signora said Friday that the league believes the problem "involved no manipulation by any individual and that the Patriots had nothing to do with it."

The statement said the problem was "entirely attributable to an electrical issue made worse by the inclement weather" and that the league "will continue to review the matter to determine if there are technical steps that can be taken to avoid similar problems from occurring in other games."

Mike Tomlin said communication problems are "always the case" when playing at New England. 

But the Steelers decided not to file a formal complaint.


Tags: New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers' Headsets Have Issues At Gillette Stadium
The Steelers' coach-to-coach headsets picked up the Patriots' radio broadcast for most of the first of Week 1's game.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

ESPN Removes Criticism Of Their Own 10,000-Word Spygate Piece
Mike Reiss of ESPN wrote a reaction piece with seven takeaways from a 10,000-word piece by ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham about the Patriots' Spygate story.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Nate Solder Agrees To Two-Year, $20.62M Extension With Patriots
Nate Solder is the Patriots' starting left tackle and is now under contract through the 2017 season.

Adam Schefter, Mike Reiss/ESPN

Report: Goodell Made Up For Spygate With Deflategate Punishments
At least 19 teams have confirmed that they took extra precautions when playing the Patriots due to concerns about spying.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Patriots Release Jonas Gray
Jonas Gray had 199 yards on 38 carries with four touchdowns in Week 11 last season against the Colts.

Chris Wesseling/

Reggie Wayne Released By Patriots
Reggie Wayne signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on Aug. 25th.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Roger Goodell Won't Attend NFL Opening Night In Foxboro
Roger Goodell reportedly believes the focus should be on the game instead of the ongoing Deflategate controversy.

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

NFL Will Appeal Ruling On Tom Brady's Suspension
Roger Goodell said they will appeal the ruling "in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game."

Conor Orr/

Tom Brady's Four-Game Suspension Nullified
Richard Berman announced his decision after Tom Brady and the NFL failed to reach a settlement following several weeks of talks.


Jimmy Garoppolo Preparing To Start In Week 1 For Patriots
Jimmy Garoppolo has endured an up-and-down preseason.

Chris Mason/Boston Herald

Belichick Praises Work Of Michael Lombardi With Patriots
Michael Lombardi attends nearly every practice and his opinion is sought by Bill Belichick in multiple areas.

Mike Reiss/ESPN