Brady Appeal Goes Into Early Evening at NFL Office

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Tom Brady and representatives from the players’ union have been meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters for much of Tuesday as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension, the Associated Press reports.

Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady’s defense.

The hearing was expected to adjourn in late afternoon.

The NFL Players Association had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.

Based on the league-sanctioned Wells report, Brady was suspended and the Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks.

Patriots agree to 4 year deal with their first-round pick

Malcom Brown signs rookie contract with the Patriots. (Photo By: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire)

Malcom Brown signs rookie contract with the Patriots.
(Photo By: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE – Presswire)

The Patriots have come to terms with their 2015 first-round draft pick, DT Malcom Brown. 

The two agreed to a four-year deal, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

The Patriots have reached contracts with all of their 2015 NFL draft picks.

In other news, Patriots release TE Logan Stokes and the Bills signed former Pats TE Matt Mulligan. 

 

 

Patriots sign QB Matt Flynn

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The Patriots add an insurance plan at QB today.

The New England Patriots have signed former Packers QB Matt Flynn to a deal, according to ESPN’s Dianna Marie Russini.

The Patriots may not have Tom Brady through the first four games, at the very least, the first game, so they needed another QB, and will need one more on the roster while Brady serves his suspension.

Flynn will backup current backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who will be the team’s day one starter if Brady misses the game due to his suspension.

If Brady sits longer than one or two games and Garoppolo struggles, Flynn makes a great backup’s backup plan.

The Pats waived QB Garrett Gilbert, unsurprising, since they wanted to sign Flynn.  They also released WR Zach D’Orazio.

They also announced they signed a couple UDFA’s: LB D.J. Lynch (Bowling Green), TE Jimmay Mundine (Kansas), and TE Logan Stokes (LSU).

Also, in other news, a big breaking news, the Eagles released guard Evan Mathis. It’s big news for this site because it was reported earlier, the Pats may have had an interest in the guard, and now he’s a free agent. We will see what happens.

Report: The Patriots work out former Green Bay QB

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The New England Patriots worked out former Packers QB Matt Flynn on Wedsenday, according to ESPN’s Dianna Marie Russini. 

Matt Flynn made a name for himself when he played the Packers and had to come in for an injured Aaron Rodgers, against the Patriots in 2010. He threw 24 completions for 251 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception in a losing effort. The Packers lost that game, 27-31.

Flynn would really break out in 2013, when he came in for Aaron Rodgers after an injury, leading them to a 2-2-1 record, keeping the Packers playoff hopes alive. He led an amazing comeback against the Dallas Cowboys, 37-35 win.

He flourished in the Packers system, but never broke out for the Raiders or Seahawks, where he was beaten out by Terrell Pryor and Russel Wilson. 

The Pats may be looking at all options just in case Brady’s suspension stands at four games and Jimmy Garoppolo struggles.

There are currently no contract talk between the Pats and Flynn.

 

Patriots release TE Tim Wright

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In a surprising move, the Patriots have released tight end Tim Wright, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported today.

The Patriots traded long time OL Logan Mankins to Tampa for 25 year old Tim Wright and a 4th round pick last year.

All Wright did was catch touchdown passes for New England last year, catching six of them. He didn’t catch many passes, catching only 26 for 259 yards. He caught two touchdowns in week 12 on 5 catches for the Patriots, but did go six straight games without a single catch. He also didn’t catch a single pass during the team’s postseason run.

New England signed tight end Scott Chandler during the off-season. Chandler caught 47 catches for 497 yards and 3 touchdowns. Chandler is expected to be the 2nd tight end behind Gronk, with huge size and a huge red zone presence. Micahel Hoomanawanui is the pure blocking tight end, probably why he remains on the team and Wright doesn’t. The Pats also drafted tight end A.J. Derby, who caught 22 catches for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns during his final year in Arkansas, and his only year as a tight end. He’s 6’5 and 255 pounds. He certainly has a better shot to make the team now than he did a day ago.

I’m sure Tim Wright won’t last long on the open market with teams like Atlanta and New Orleans needing a tight end.

 

Patriots Release LB Brandon Spikes Following Accident

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The Patriots have released linebacker Brandon Spikes, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports citing a source.

Spikes’ damaged abandoned car was found by state police over the weekend. The operator via the OnStar on-board navigation system reported hitting a deer.

Whoever had been driving it was no longer at the scene. An investigation indicates the Mercedes is registered to Brandon Spikes. No deer was located but another car was found down the road that was involved in a hit and run.

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TE Rob Gronkowski Shaves Head For Kids with Cancer

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski took part in the “One Mission” Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer at Gillette Stadium on Sunday morning, shaving his head and then shaving others heads as well.

The tight end has been at the event in past years it has been held.