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Tom Brady | Quarterback

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/3/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
College: Michigan
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated Wednesday that he is open to hearing any "new information" Tom Brady can offer in connection with his Deflategate suspension, prior to Brady's appeal.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport came away believing the "door seems very open" to a reduction of Brady's four-game ban. On Tuesday, owner Bob Kraft announced the Patriots would not appeal their $1 million fine and loss of draft picks, which led some observers to speculate the Pats might have a tacit agreement that the NFL would, in turn, back off on its discipline of Brady. Brady initially balked at providing the league with his cellphone and email. Perhaps the suspension will be reduced if he gives them those things now. May 20 - 3:47 PM

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A "high-ranking NFL source" tells Sports Illustrated's Greg A. Bedard that the Patriots' decision to forego an appeal of their Deflategate punishment does not include a tacit agreement that Tom Brady's suspension will be reduced.

Owner Robert Kraft is getting praised for having some sort of master plan, but it appears he's going more by gut feel. It stands to reason to any logical person that Tuesday's announcement will work in Brady's favor as he works to get his four-game ban reduced. It also remains possible Kraft and commissioner Roger Goodell reached a wink/nod agreement behind closed doors.
May 19 - 1:55 PM

The Patriots will not appeal their $1 million fine and loss of draft picks in the "Deflategate" scandal.

Owner Robert Kraft is waving the white flag on New England's 2016 first-rounder and 2017 fourth-rounder. Kraft says he's doing it for the greater good of the NFL, but perhaps he hopes it will curry favor in Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. Kraft is correct that this absurd saga has drawn on for months too long. The Pats broke the rules, but it should have never been a federal case. Hopefully the Pats' surrender is a step toward downsizing the punishment-industrial complex that's enveloped the NFL over the past few seasons.
May 19 - 1:16 PM

Tom Brady hasn't missed any of the Patriots' voluntary workouts this offseason.

In the past, Brady has skipped these workouts in favor of training elsewhere. But with a four-game suspension looming, he wants to get as many reps in as possible, hoping to build a foundation with his teammates before handing the reigns over to Jimmy Garoppolo. The Patriots are hoping Brady's appeal will lead to a reduced punishment.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 9:24 AM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will personally preside over Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

Reporter Mike Freeman calls the development "huge and unexpected." The NFLPA had been seeking a neutral arbitrator. With Goodell personally taking responsibility for the case, he's putting the result squarely on his own shoulders. We'd interpret it as the commissioner looking for an out after a week of brutal publicity. It wouldn't be shocking if Brady's four-game ban was slashed to 1-2 games. Although it's become clear there were willful rule violations by the Pats, this is a molehill that's become a mountain. Ball pressure simply isn't that big of an advantage, and appears to be a rule that is skirted league wide, not just in New England.
May 14 - 10:27 PM

The Patriots are claiming the term "Deflator" was used to reference Jim McNally losing weight, not deflate footballs.

The Patriots have launched a website called WellsReportContext (linked below) that responds to the assertions made in the Wells Report. "The conclusions of the Wells Report are, at best, incomplete, incorrect and lack context," the introduction says. The site goes on to cite a Nobel Prize winner about PSI levels and makes the insulting claim that football handler McNally called himself the "Deflator" because he was trying to shed pounds. We've reached new lows in the absurdity of Deflategate.
May 14 - 12:04 PM

One source texted ESPN's Adam Schefter saying he thinks Tom Brady's four-game suspension could be overturned altogether.

Another source described the legal team Brady is putting together for his appeal as "unreal." It's made up of a load of experienced lawyers, including Jeffrey Kessler. Many believe Brady at least has a better than even chance to have his suspension reduced. "I don't think the Patriots are going to go quietly into the night," Schefter said. "I think this story is just getting started." Deflategate still has months to go, but smart money is on Brady not serving his full four-game ban.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 9:14 AM

Deflategate investigator Ted Wells says the Patriots believed it was a "sting operation."

The theater of the absurd grows more melodramatic by the day. "(The) Patriots were all over me from Day 1 on why the NFL did not warn them of the complaint, and alleging it was a sting operation," were Wells' exact words. Both the Pats and Wells feel aggrieved, with Wells speaking out after Tom Brady's agent questioned his impartiality. Wells also disclosed his investigation cost in the "millions." Unfortunately, this scandal still has months to go.
May 12 - 2:21 PM

Tom Brady will appeal his four-game Deflategate suspension.

"The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis," Brady's agent Don Yee said. "In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever. There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits. ... We will appeal, and if the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic. The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside." There's a good chance Brady's ban will be reduced.
May 11 - 8:15 PM

NFL suspended Patriots QB Tom Brady four games for "conduct detrimental to the league" in connection with Brady's role in DeflateGate.

The league has also stripped New England of its 2016 first-round pick and a fourth-rounder in 2017, in addition to fining the franchise $1 million. It's an incredibly steep punishment for the organization. Brady figures to appeal his ban, which could result in a reduction to two or three games. Keep in mind the same league suspended Ray Rice two games for punching out his fiancee in an elevator. If Brady's suspension stands at four weeks, he will miss games against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars, and Cowboys before returning in Week 6 against the Colts. The Patriots have a Week 4 bye. 2014 preseason star Jimmy Garoppolo will open the season as New England's starting quarterback.
May 11 - 5:33 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests the Patriots could add a quarterback if Tom Brady faces a lengthy suspension.

Behind Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, practice squad player Garrett Gilbert is the only other quarterback on New England's roster. Former Packers backup Matt Flynn is available and the Eagles have a surplus of signal callers behind starter Sam Bradford. Brady is likely looking at a multi-game suspension for his involvement in the DeflateGate scandal.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 10:57 AM

Citing "several key sources," the New York Daily News reports Roger Goodell is expected to announce Tom Brady's suspension next week.

The Daily News' Gary Myers writes, "it is no longer a matter of if the NFL commissioner will suspend Brady, but for how long he will suspend him." Myers reports there is "little doubt" Goodell considers Brady's ball-deflation tactics "a serious violation," and that the Ted Wells investigation shows "Brady cheated." Myers' "feeling" is Brady will be suspended for only two games, which would be good news after CSN New England reported the Patriots are "bracing" for a 6-8 game ban. Myers hints that Bill Belichick may also face discipline for "ignorance" in the matter, a la Sean Payton following the BountyGate scandal.
May 8 - 8:20 PM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports the Patriots are "bracing for the worst" regarding DeflateGate discipline for Tom Brady and are "fearful" of a 6-8 game suspension.

To this point, only a 1-2 game ban has been feared amongst a majority of NFL observers. A 6-8 suspension would be wildly and unreasonably harsh from a league that stripped Ray Rice of just two games after he rendered his fiancee unconscious with a punch to the face in an elevator. Brady wanted footballs deflated to get a better grip. The possibility of a lengthy suspension makes Brady -- and Rob Gronkowski, Brandon LaFell, and Julian Edelman -- high-risk propositions in fantasy leagues that draft early. 2014 second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo is next up on New England's quarterback depth chart.
May 8 - 4:36 PM

The Boston Herald reports a ruling on "DeflateGate" could come as early as Friday.

Ted Wells released his 243-page report Wednesday, revealing that New England likely committed a violation by manipulating footballs during the Patriots' AFC Championship win over Indianapolis. While the blame has mostly been placed on Tom Brady and New England's two ball attendants, John Jastremski and Jim McNally, it's possible head coach Bill Belichick will be punished as well. Most outlets are suggesting a multi-game suspension for Brady. The organization may also be subject to a fine and loss of draft picks.
May 8 - 12:20 PM

Tom Brady said Thursday during an appearance at Salem State University that he is still trying to process the Ted Wells report and will wait to comment on it.

Brady told Jim Gray he will allow "the process" to unfold before addressing claims made in the report. By "process" we assume he means discipline from the league. Brady went on to say the DeflateGate scandal has not "tainted" New England's Super Bowl victory. Brady's agent Don Yee called the report a "terrible disappointment" while accusing the Colts of "perpetrating a sting operation." The consensus around the league is that Brady will face at least some kind of suspension for his role in DeflateGate. Jimmy Garoppolo would be called on to start if Brady misses time.
May 7 - 9:48 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Garrett Gilbert
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Brandon Bolden
3Jonas Gray
4James White
5Travaris Cadet
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3RB1Brandon Bolden
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brandon Gibson
4Brian Tyms
5Jonathan Krause
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Chris Harper
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
4Scott Chandler
5AJ Derby
K1Stephen Gostkowski