A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback 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 NFL Players Association.
"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 a 2-1 decision in New York.
The NFLPA and Brady can petition for a re-hearing in front of the same panel then the entire 2nd Circuit Court or take their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. They would have to request a stay of Brady's suspension during the appeal.
The NFL has the option to implement the full suspension or attempt to reach a settlement and avoid further appeals.
The Angry Tom Strategy lives! Barring a successful appeal (unlikely), Brady will have to serve the four-game suspension in 2016. His ADP is currently in the 8th round, but is likely to take a hit as early drafters learn the news. Savvy owners can scoop up Brady in the 10th or 11th round, draft a backup in the later rounds (Tyrod Taylor?) and then enjoy Brady's production from Week 5 on.
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Bob Quinn worked for the Patriots before being hired in Detroit, so he was on hand when the Patriots used relatively early picks on Kevin O’Connell, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo to back up Tom Brady. He was also hired in 2000, which was the same year that the Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round and a year before Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe in a franchise-shifting move.
Quinn suggested the same might be in store for the Lions in this year’s draft.
“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,” Quinn said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game.”
The story mentioned the Lions would look in the mid-to-late rounds for a possible QB selection.
Tom Brady’s new contract would save him a lot of money — almost $2 million — if he ends up being suspended for Deflategate.
A three-judge panel is currently weighing whether to overturn a judge’s decision last August that reversed the NFL’s decision to suspend the Patriots quarterback for four games. If they agree with the NFL, which appealed Judge Richard M. Berman’s ruling, Brady would face being sidelined for the first four games of the 2016 season.
Honestly, we thought Deflategate was behind us, but it's like a bad penny that continues to turn up. It sounds as if there's a real possibility that the three-judge panel will overturn the judge's decision, which would mean that Brady would have to serve his original four-game ban. If that's the case, his draft stock will take a hit, and there's an opportunity to use the Angry Tom strategy again in 2016.
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Tom Brady is down but not out in New England.
Armed with the AFC's second-overall playoff seed, New England won't play until Saturday, Jan. 16, giving Brady another 12 days to rest the ankle, which he hurt on a crushing hit from defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.
"I'm pretty sore," Brady said after the game, per ESPN.com, "but it will be all right."
"That's a really important position for us. It always has been over the years. Because we're such a passing-oriented offense, I think that role as a sub back is so critical," Brady said.
"And it's not just catching, it's also blitz pickup. It's really gaining the confidence of everybody that you know what to do, you know how to do it. And then you never know when your number is going to get called because Gronk gets throws, Julian [Edelman] gets throws, Danny [Amendola] gets throws. Then all of the sudden, man, the sub back is there and he makes a play, so it's such a critical role in the red area, on third down. James really came through for us, so it's been great to see."
White is the safest of the NE backs heading into Week 16. The team signed Steven Jackson but how many touches he gets over the next couple of weeks certainly isn't set in stone. White especially makes for a nice PPR play and should continue to be heavily involved in the passing offense.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has reported that Brady's feeling better and that the Patriots are "not concerned about his ability to start on Sunday."
Brady's absence from practice raised some eyebrows on Friday, not necessarily because he missed practice, but because his illness was serious enough that the Patriots decided to list him as questionable on their final injury report. That label means the team only felt there was a 50 percent chance that Brady would play when they turned the injury report in on Friday afternoon, the story said.
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Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 15. Brady is expected to start, though owners may want to have a backup plan handy just in case. The Patriots play early on Sunday.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that TE Rob Gronkowski is unlikely to miss more than one game and might not even miss one.
With the Patriots already losing Dion Lewis (ACL) for the season, Julian Edelman (foot) for the regular season and Danny Amendola (knee) for an unknown amount of time, Tom Brady couldn't afford to lose Gronk too.
Brady might be able to get along with a patchwork wide receiver group, but he can't survive long without Gronkowski. The tight end has been the lynchpin to the Pats' offense.
Fantasy owners should probably still have a backup plan, just in case, as the Pats could decide to sit him out for safety reasons against the struggling Eagles in Week 13 - a game they should win at home.
What's not: The Pats will need Scott Chandler going forward.
"We're going to need to rely on him quite a bit," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said late Sunday. "So I think one way or another he's going to have to be a major contributor for our team. And we'll see how it goes going forward."
Chandler was targeted a team-high 11 times Sunday. He pulled in five grabs for 58 yards, 32 of which came on the final drive of regulation. He scored an early touchdown, but committed a pair of drops, too. The 6-foot-7 tight end hasn't been as heavily involved in the Pats offense as many expected. His 11 targets Sunday nearly matched his total from the previous five games. Against the Jets, Dolphins, Redskins, Giants and Bills, he was targeted only 12 times, the story said. Gronk's knee injury may not be as serious as first thought, but with Pat receivers getting hurt every week, Chandler certainly has a chance to at least but a useful, short-term pickup.
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