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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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U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman ordered Tom Brady and Roger Goodell to appear in court for two conferences on Aug. 12 and 19.
Berman requested the two sides "engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12." Though the judge did not mention the NFL's and NFLPA's joint request to have the case resolved by Sept. 4, the immediacy of the conferences suggests a resolution could be handed down quickly. Hopefully this ridiculous episode will come to an end before the season begins. Aug 1 - 6:31 AM

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A Minnesota judge has transferred the NFLPA's Tom Brady lawsuit back to New York.

The NFLPA filed the suit in Minnesota in an effort to get Judge David Doty, who has historically sided with the Player's Association. U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle saw through that, kicking the case back to Manhattan where the NFL preemptively filed. "The Court sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesota at all," Kyle wrote. "Brady plays for a team in Massachusetts; the Union is headquartered in Washington, D.C.; the NFL is headquartered in New York; the arbitration proceedings took place in New York; and the award was issued in New York." It's a win for the NFL as the real legal battle gets going.
Jul 30 - 9:56 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "inside the building" there is a belief at Patriots headquarters that suspended QB Tom Brady "ends up on the field."

RapSheet isn't specific about when the Patriots expect Brady "on the field," but this presumably is in reference to Week 1. The Patriots are staying optimistic that Brady's four-game suspension could be overturned or postponed in a court of law. We've seen betting books take the Patriots' Opening Day game against the Steelers off the board while the situation plays out.
Jul 29 - 11:52 AM

Suspended QB Tom Brady wrote on Facebook Wednesday morning, "I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either."

"...To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. [Ted] Wells requested," Brady continued. "...There is no "smoking gun" and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing. I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioner's authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight." Brady also explained his "destroyed" cell phone in his response, saying he simply replaced an old, broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6.
Jul 29 - 8:30 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the NFL offered suspended QB Tom Brady a two-game reduction on his four-game suspension in exchange for a guilty admission.

Per Florio's source, Brady had to admit to having knowledge of whatever ball men John Jastremski and Jim McNally were doing to the footballs, admit to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation and then apologize. Brady's ban would have then dropped to at least two games and possibly one. It appears Brady is dead-set on taking the NFL to court to get his suspension wiped out completely or he's going to take the heat and sit the four games.
Jul 28 - 8:55 PM

NFL Network reports the sides were "moving close" to a settlement that would have reduced Tom Brady's suspension to one game, but that the league refused to "seal" the records.

For its part, the NFLPA called the report "rubbish." In a searing and vitriolic statement Tuesday afternoon, the players association also officially announced it would be appealing Brady's suspension to federal court.
Jul 28 - 5:41 PM

The New York Daily News reports Tom Brady will "definitely" file for an injunction to stay his four-game suspension while the legal process plays out.

The league has already sought to "confirm" Brady's suspension in federal court, while Brady is prepared to file a lawsuit of his own. We're nowhere near the end of this melodrama, which has been given the gravity of an international incident.
Jul 28 - 4:09 PM

Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick reports the NFL has asked the U.S. District Court in Manhattan to "confirm" Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

In other words, they're suing Brady before he can sue them. Brady's 2014-15 decision to slightly under-inflate his footballs has resulted in an all-out war with the league. The SportsBusiness Journal's Daniel Kaplan speculates the league's suit is designed to get the matter out of judge David Doty's jurisdiction in Minnesota. Doty has often been a thorn in the NFL's side. Brady's case is looking a bit shaky amidst the revelation he intentionally destroyed his phone on the day of his meeting with investigator Ted Wells.
Jul 28 - 3:37 PM

The league has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

After a summer of waffling, commissioner Roger Goodell decided to hold firm on Brady's shockingly-severe punishment. It means the matter is now headed to federal court, where Brady will sue the league. Brady will reportedly "seek an injunction that will allow him to play while his case works its way through the courts." Buried in the league's statement was confirmation that Brady destroyed his cellphone, apparently on the same day he met with investigator Ted Wells. Reading the reports, "Deflategate" sometimes comes across as a matter of national security instead of the silly sports controversy that it is. As it stands, Jimmy Garoppolo will start against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys.
Jul 28 - 2:34 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that Tom Brady and the NFL were still discussing a settlement as of Tuesday morning.

It remains highly unlikely the two sides will reach an agreement before Patriots training camp opens Thursday. Stephen A. Smith is "hearing" the four-game ban will be upheld within the next 24-48 hours, which is the no-brainer outcome given Roger Goodell's stance on the matter. Of course, none of this matters too much as Brady is widely expected to challenge the NFL in court. He will "seek an injunction that will allow him to play while his case works its way through the courts," per ESPN.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 11:39 AM

Appearing on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith said the NFL will announce Tom Brady's four-game suspension has been upheld within the next 24-48 hours.

Stephen A. is not the kind of media personality we like to cite for breaking news. But Adam Schefter opined similarly this morning, saying the NFL doesn't feel "inclined to budge much" and adding he expects the suspension to stay at four games. Making an announcement before the Patriots open training camp Thursday is only fair. Brady and the NFLPA won't go down without a fight though, as they'll likely sue the NFL in court and try to get Brady on the field Week 1. Roger Goodell knew that, giving him zero incentive to look weak and reduce the ban.
Jul 28 - 10:08 AM

Sources tell FOX Sports the NFLPA and the NFL had an "open line of communication" in recent days regarding a potential settlement of Tom Brady's case.

Despite the negotiations, we'd still be surprised if a settlement is reached. Brady won't accept missing any games and Roger Goodell is petrified of looking weak on discipline. Meanwhile, Brady was at the team facility Monday morning getting ready for Thursday's first day of camp. It's been five weeks since Brady formally appealed his four-game suspension.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 27 - 12:20 PM

Speaking in a Friday radio interview, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio said the Ravens and Colts are the "two most vocal" teams lobbying the league not to reduce Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

In other words, the Pats' most bitter rivals, and the two clubs they vanquished en route to Super Bowl XLIX. "(By reducing the suspension), you’re angering some of the hardcore owners out there," SalPal said. "(Those and others) in the AFC who believe the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly." Commissioner Roger Goodell shouldn't consider the wishes of other teams when considering Brady's punishment, but that doesn't mean he won't.
Jul 25 - 12:05 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports there's "zero chance" the NFL will announce its ruling on Tom Brady's suspension appeal on Friday.

The NFL has been known to "news dump" on Friday afternoons heading into the weekend, but it doesn't sound like that's what we'll get regarding Brady this week. It's been six months since Brady was suspended. It's well past time for commissioner Roger Goodell to make up his mind on the appeal.
Jul 24 - 9:28 AM

The Washington Post reports a settlement is unlikely in Tom Brady's appeal, and that league-wide support for his four-game ban is "considerable."

Mark Maske's report is via "people with knowledge of the sport’s inner workings." Instead of taking his medicine or negotiating a reduced ban, Brady appears hellbent on heading to court to get his punishment thrown out entirely. It's a fitting melodrama for a league that's been littered with them of late.
Jul 23 - 3:46 PM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Matt Flynn
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Brandon Bolden
3Jonas Gray
4James White
5Travaris Cadet
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
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
2Scott Chandler
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4AJ Derby
5Jake Bequette
K1Stephen Gostkowski