Posted on: July 30, 2010 4:27 pm
The art of speaking and saying nothing is mastered by anyone who has spent more than three years in the Patriots organization. (We’ll call this Patspeak). Today, Tom Brady exhibited textbook Patspeak when asked about his contract situation:
“I’ve always been privileged to play for Coach Belichick, who I’ve always said is the best coach in the history of the league. And Mr. Kraft, I have a great relationship with him. I’m not into playing games. I just want to come out here and do the best I can do. You know, whether you make $1 playing, or you make millions of dollars like we do make, I just really enjoy playing quarterback for this team. I have since the day I stepped on the field. It’s something I relish, and every year is an opportunity. You don’t get these opportunities back. I want to play for another 10 years hopefully. Each year is an opportunity for us to accomplish something pretty special. I don’t want anything to ever get in the way of that.”
-- Andy Benoit
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Posted on: July 25, 2010 11:30 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2010 11:41 pm
Getting in a tizzy over Tom Brady's contract status is more dramatic than Patriot fans need to be, but, well, there's probably no stopping them. Brady and Bill Belichick -- regardless of how well Matt Cassel performed two years ago -- are the two biggest keys to the team's success.
Good news on that front comes from ESPN's Adam Schefter , who reports that talks between Brady and the Pats are heading in a "positive" direction.
But one person familiar with the talks said there is ongoing dialogue that he described as positive and, while no deal is imminent, one now is within reach. Brady has one year remaining on his contract. Schefter also notes that there's good likelihood that an agreement could be reached this summer, with the uncertainties of the next CBA potentially holding it back.
Additionally, it appears as if Brady's holdout -- something that was believed to be a concern -- is unlikely to happen.
It seems unlikely that Brady isn't upset about the contract situation (especially giving his willingness to sacrifice cash on his previous deal for the good of the team), but it's now starting to sound more and more as if the whole "strained" relationship between the franchise quarterback and the brass is a little overblown.
We can put that all to rest (and end "Brady Watch") if Adam Caplan's report at Fox Sports is true . Caplan has a source that says Brady showed up for camp on Sunday along with the rookies. This of course would mean that there is no holdout and that talks between the Pats and Brady are indeed further along than we thought.
-- Will Brinson
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Posted on: July 23, 2010 10:45 pm
The clamor about Tom Brady possibly holding out in New England seems to be picking up. Right now, the general thinking is that it won’t come to that. Still, there could be animosity between the superstar quarterback and Patriot organization. Yesterday, Chris Mortensen appeared on ESPN’s NFL Live and had this to say:
“He's going to make $6.5 million this year. Robert Kraft, the owner, has alluded to the uncertain labor situation. Just as you see with the Broncos and Elvis Dumervil, if you want to get a deal done, you can get a deal done. [The Patriots] did one with Vince Wilfork.
"I think on principle, Brady is disappointed that they haven't stepped up and done the right thing. We'll see if something gets done. There has been a lot of speculation about whether he'd miss a day of training camp just to make a statement. I don't see that happening. Tom is too competitive. He's very professional. But the relationship has definitely chilled, and I think it has chilled on a business level and on a personal level."
Posted on: July 20, 2010 3:16 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:40 pm
Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit saved everyone's favorite position ranking debate for last.
Posted on: July 12, 2010 7:11 pm
Atlanta QB Matt Ryan fills in for Peter King in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column on SI.com , and he makes some fascinating comments about how he prepares in the offseason.
Basically, after reviewing film of his entire 2009 season, he requested video of six teams that have similar personnel to the Falcons – the Patriots, Colts, Cowboys, Saints, Packers and Chargers. Then, he studied each of the quarterbacks to see how they ran their offense so effectively.
Writes Ryan: “I learned several things about the game and about my own game during my film work, but I was mostly impressed with the patience under fire exhibited by (Peyton) Manning and (Tom) Brady.
“Both of those guys consistently take the underneath routes when they are given to them and don't ever think about going to another route until the defense takes the underneath route away. It amazes me how precise and accurate with the football all six of those guys are, and I can tell you that this was a really beneficial exercise that I feel will make me a better player as my career progresses.”
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Posted on: July 5, 2010 9:31 pm
For a quick, rock-solid view of how the Patriots organization operates, what the NFL's uncertain labor negotiations mean for superstar players’ contracts and how it could all be leading Tom Brady to frustration in New England, read Albert Breer’s extra points column.
Brady is reportedly not thrilled with his slow/non-developing contract negotiation. He has spent an unusual amount of time in California (i.e. away from Foxoro) this offseason. Pro Football Talk, adding to Breer’s article, says:
One point of frustration, we're told, comes from the manner in which the team has used Brady's willingness to take less than top dollar in the past as a tool for leveraging others in the organization (players and non-players alike) to do the same. As we hear it, Brady never intended his decision to provide the franchise with a blueprint for squeezing his colleagues.
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:15 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 5:18 pm
In our neverending quest to find an NFL player – any NFL player – who will say they think playing an 18-game schedule is a great idea, we turn to SI.com’s Ross Tucker , who conducted a round table discussion to, well, discuss the possibility of enhancing the ledger.
We talked to Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth about this last week , and he didn’t like the idea. Patriots QB Tom Brady and Ravens LB Ray Lewis also have given their disapproval. What do you think the chances of us finding a member of the NFLPA who will say something – ANYTHING? – nice about erasing two preseason games and replacing them with real contests?
Here are a few quotes from the players:
OK, I might be paraphrasing a bit.
Here’s what some of them actually told Tucker.
Derrick Brooks, free agent LB: "The owners can't have it both ways. If they want an 18-game season, then they need to say it. I know they are saying it publicly, but they are not saying it at the bargaining table. They need to tell us what they are going to give up and what we as players are going to get in terms of guaranteed money. We are asking for a certain percentage of the contract to be guaranteed if they want to add 120 or more plays a season."
Larry Izzo, free agent LB: “I think this is simply a diversionary tactic on their part. The owners get the full value of the ticket prices from the preseason games already. I think this entire CBA is a big PR battle and this is one of the league's strategies to win that battle."
Read the full article. Some interesting stuff in there.
And on a completely different topic, Tucker asked if there was any sympathy for Washington’s Albert Haynesworth. Six out of eight players said no.
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Posted on: June 17, 2010 1:11 pm
The NFL Players Union isn’t thrilled with the PR campaign the NFL has put forth for extending to an 18-game season. After the two sides discussed the issue Wednesday, NFL executives (namely Packers president Mark Murphy) rushed to the media and spoke glowingly about what the league is calling an “enhanced season”.
Murphy said, “Part of it is really providing more value to our fans.”
“I know our fans may not like preseason games and I don’t like all of them,” said Lewis, “but swapping two preseason games for two end-of-season games — when players already play hurt — comes at a huge cost for the player and the team.”
“I’ve taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games,” said Brady. “The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well documented. Look no further than the players that came before we did. Each player today has to play three years in order to earn five years of post-career health care.”
Because the preseason is a time for young fringe players to gain experience, Murphy said the NFL may consider establishing a developmental league to make up for the lost opportunities. (The NFL’s current D-League is known as the NCAA.)
The 18-game season will be a sizzling debate in the coming months. Under the CBA, the league has the right to expand to a 22-game season (18 regular season games; four preseason games). But because Roger Goodell and owners want to shorten the low-quality preseason, the league is pushing for an 18-regular, 2-pre season game format.
Expanding the NFL regular season by two games is the equivalent of expanding the Major League Baseball season by 20 games. The financial repercussions are significant and, as Lewis and Brady iterated, so are the physical ones.
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