Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Middays with MFB on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the latest Deflategate rumors and other NFL news. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

A report from ESPN’s Ryan Smith on Wednesday indicated that unless Tom Brady‘s suspension is lifted completely, the QB will take his case to federal court. Schefter said nothing about this really surprises anyone, noting that everybody all along felt that Brady “would not be satisfied short of having the four-game suspension lifted” and that he wants to have “whatever he can of his reputation restored.”

If Brady were to go to federal court, Schefter said it puts the league in an interesting and dangerous position because the court weighs the precedence, procedure and protocol of the the suspension, not the act itself.

“The precedence has never been that anybody’s gotten a punishment that he has, and the procedure is such that there’s never been a standard operating procedure, and the protocols are not firmly established by the league, so the process by which he was suspended is at the very least going to be called into question,” he said. “Now we’re running into an area where lawyers are probably better qualified to answer than me, but I’ve said all along, my guess, and it’s purely a guess, is it will not surprise me if Tom Brady does not miss a single game. If he’s playing in the opener somehow, some way, whether that’s through a decision the NFL makes, whether that’s through a compromise the two sides reach, whether that’s through an injunction that a judge grants, whatever it may be, I don’t know. I’m not smart enough legally to know the direction and route that this story is going to take.

“We’ve seen it go out in areas that nobody would have imagined, but I do believe, my guess, at this point there’s a chance that Tom Brady won’t miss a game, but we’ll see how that plays out.”

That being said, no one really knows when the ruling will come down. According to Schefter, the only people who probably know anything are Roger Goodell and maybe a trusted adviser or two. The Patriots don’t, the NFLPA doesn’t and most in the league offices don’t, either. He added that while there have been rumblings of a decision being announced in the next few days, his sense, though it’s just a guess, is nothing will come until late July. If it does, it could have something to do with other cases the league is involved in right now.

“You’ve got the unsettled case of Greg Hardy, who still may file suit against the NFL because a lot of people believe, as egregious as his act was, that in court, the process again, the language would be such that he would be able to have that suspension reduced even further from four to two games,” Schefter said. “And you also have the contempt of court case involving Adrian Peterson and Roger Goodell that’s scheduled to be in August, so you have an Adrian Peterson case, a potential Greg Hardy case, a potential Tom Brady case. You would think that it would be in the best interest of the NFL and the NFLPA to sit down and see if somehow they could almost horse trade and work these things out together so that they don’t have to go to court at all.”

Schefter said if there haven’t been any backroom deals discussed or calls made, they probably are on the horizon. However, he said at the very least that calls have been attempted, though whether sides have spoken is a different story. It’s possible they’ve spoken, but it’s also possible they haven’t, he said.

“I don’t know if they’re going to discuss it,” he said. “People have reached out to people to talk, but I don’t know that any of those calls have been connected or thoroughly discussed, or whatever the situation may be. It’s not like people want to advertise this stuff. … If they hadn’t attempted calls, they wouldn’t be doing their jobs, and like I said, at some point they’re going to have to discuss these things as a package deal to see if it makes any sense for both sides to see if they can come up with some sort of resolution that would prevent a lot of legal work and discussion that has gone on too long already.”

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has agreed to a four-year deal worth about $17 million, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has agreed to a four-year deal worth about $17 million, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

The sides were working to beat a 4 p.m. deadline, at which time Gostkowski would have been locked in to playing under the one-year, $4.59 million franchise tender he signed in March.

Gostkowski, 31, has played nine seasons for the Patriots since being drafted out of Memphis in 2006 to replace Adam Vinatieri. In 2014 he hit 35 of his 37 field goal attempts for a career-high 94.6 percent mark, leading to his third Pro Bowl selection and a second-team All-Pro honor. He also led the league in scoring with 156 points, booted 53 kickoffs for touchbacks (tied for fifth most in the league) and hit all 51 PATs he attempted.

In his career he sits at 86.8 percent on field goals.

The second-longest-tenured player on the team (behind Tom Brady), Gostkowski became the franchise’s career scoring leader last season, passing Vinatieri. He has 1,179 points in 136 career games.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

With the league awaiting Roger Goodell’s ruling on Tom Brady‘s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, the NFL Players Association apparently is preparing for its next move.

With the league awaiting Roger Goodell’s ruling on Tom Brady‘s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, the NFL Players Association apparently is preparing for its next move.

According to a report from ABC News legal analyst Ryan Smith, the NFLPA will head to federal court to challenge the league if Brady still is suspended for any games.

Brady met with Goodell last month at NFL headquarters in New York to plead his case.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

We all know what Gronk’s been up to lately, but what about the rest of the Patriots? Here are some of their recent tweets about what they’ve done with their summer vacation:

Julian Edelman certainly started off his summer with a bang when he got the chance to direct the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Maybe they recruited him after watching him direct the offense.

More recently, we learned that Edelman is incredibly passionate about Shark Week.

Edelman’s partner in crime Danny Amendola has been enjoying some backstage action with guitarist Gary Clark Jr.

Devin McCourty and his brother Jason made their way to Bristol, Connecticut as they made multiple studio appearances for ESPN last Thursday.

Apparently, Dont’a Hightower has struggled with his newfound fame as a Super Bowl champion.

Chandler Jones has been trying his hand on the links and providing entertainment for all those involved.

Aside from following the U.S. rugby team, Nate Ebner’s been enjoying the spotlight on the diamond.

Marcus Cannon’s got the right idea.

“Vacation” isn’t in Super Bowl heroes’ vocabulary.

Marcus Forston and Co. have been enjoying their time outdoors before practice begins.

Aaron Dobson proving that pro athletes can enjoy dinosaurs just as much as the next person.

Logan Ryan’s been content with watching his alma mater dominate the sports world of late.

Everyone needs it, even Jamie Collins.

The west coast seems to be treating Ryan Allen well.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

Patriots linebacker Dont’€™a Hightower told ESPN.com Monday that his shoulder recovery is ahead of schedule and that he hopes to play in New England’€™s season-opener.

Dont'a Hightower

Dont’a Hightower

Patriots linebacker Dont’€™a Hightower told ESPN.com Monday that his shoulder recovery is ahead of schedule and that he hopes to play in New England’€™s season-opener.

Hightower, who had surgery on the shoulder in February, was expected to miss six to seven months. He said he doesn’€™t have a target date, but that his recovery is ‘€œgoing great’€ and that his fingers are crossed for Sept. 10.

“I’ve seen doc, and everything is going great right now,’€ Hightower said. ‘€œI’€™m right on track, if not a little ahead of schedule. It’s something that’s going to take time. I can’t say ‘three weeks’ or whatever. It feels great. I’m doing good. Doc loved everything. He said I’m ahead of schedule, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.”

As for Tom Brady, Hightower expressed a preference to have his quarterback on the field with him when the season starts. Brady and the rest of the league are awaiting word on the appeal of Brady’€™s four-game suspension.

“Obviously, I would rather him not be suspended,” Hightower said. “It’s out of my hands and it’s way out of my pay grade. We’re just sitting and waiting, I guess.”

Blog Author: 
WEEI

Another former teammate is backing quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. This time it is former wide receiver Randy Moss.

Randy Moss defended Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Randy Moss defended Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Another former teammate is backing quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. This time it is former wide receiver Randy Moss.

“I’ve always stood in Tom’s corner,” Moss said to the Fay Observer. “I called myself a professional but that man was definitely a letter grade above me.”

Brady was suspended four-games for his role in Deflategate, something Moss seems to disagree with.

“Over some air?” Moss said. “If he did it, so what? He hasn’t shown me anything but how he carries himself as a professional man, husband, father and athlete.

“Tom Brady is a pro’s pro. I love the man and everything he’s accomplished.”

Moss finished his four-year career with the Patriots totaling 259 catches for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns, including 23 in the historic 2007 season.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable