Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Tom Brady’s four-game suspension due to Deflategate has been reinstated by the federal court. He will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, as of now.

This is from the ruling: We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad 19 discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his 20 procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and 21 did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness.

For the full ruling, click here.

More to come…

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

So much for the Deflategate scandal impinging on Tom Brady’s ability to move product.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

So much for the Deflategate scandal impinging on Tom Brady’s ability to move product.

According to a Monday announcement from the NFLPA, the Patriots’ quarterback finished first on the top 50 player sales list for the 2015-16 season, retaking the top spot from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. (Brady had previously held the No. 1 ranking for the first quarter of 2015.) Wilson dropped to third, while Denver quarterback Peyton Manning finished second.

It was believed by some that Brady’s perceived role in Deflategate would damage his reputation with the public, but the quarterback has not lost any of his high-profile endorsements along the way. In addition, Brady continues to be a regular presence at or near the top of most of these sorts of lists, including overall jersey sales.

Brady wasn’t the only member of the Patriots in the top 10 — tight end Rob Gronkowski finished eighth overall. Julian Edelman (23rd) was the only other member of the Patriots in the top 50.

The list is released quarterly by the NFLPA, via its licensing and marketing arm NFL Players Inc., and is based on overall sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets. The list is based on total sale of all merchandise from March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

So much for the Deflategate scandal impinging on Tom Brady’s ability to move product.

According to a Monday announcement from the NFLPA, the Patriots’ quarterback finished first on the top 50 player sales list for the 2015-16 season, retaking the top spot from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. (Brady had previously held the No. 1 ranking for the first quarter of 2015.) Wilson dropped to third, while Denver quarterback Peyton Manning finished second.

It was believed by some that Brady’s perceived role in Deflategate would damage his reputation with the public, but the quarterback has not lost any of his high-profile endorsements along the way. In addition, Brady continues to be a regular presence at or near the top of most of these sorts of lists, including overall jersey sales.

Brady wasn’t the only member of the Patriots in the top 10 — tight end Rob Gronkowski finished eighth overall. Julian Edelman (23rd) was the only other member of the Patriots in the top 50.

The list is released quarterly by the NFLPA, via its licensing and marketing arm NFL Players Inc., and is based on overall sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets. The list is based on total sale of all merchandise from March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Following the announcement that former second-round pick Ron Brace had died over the weekend, several of his former Patriots’ teammates took to Twitter to express their grief over his passing.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

The Patriots have released a statement in the wake of the death of former defensive lineman Ron Brace.

The Patriots have released a statement in the wake of the death of former defensive lineman Ron Brace.

“We were deeply saddened to hear the news this morning of Ron Brace’s death. Seven years ago tomorrow, we drafted Ron after his standout career at Boston College. During his Patriots career, the Springfield native was always eager to volunteer and give back in our communities, especially when those community initiatives were held in Western Mass. It is difficult to believe that someone so young and in the prime of his life is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron’s family, friends and the many former teammates who will mourn Ron’s passing.”

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Northwestern “superback” Danny Vitale joined Mike Giardi and Chris Price on WEEI’s “NFL Sunday” to discuss the draft, the combine, and interviewing with various NFL teams — including the Patriots. The highest-rated fullback in the draft, he says he’d welcome the chance to be taken by New England.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Former Boston College and Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace has died at age 29, according to social media posts from friends, relatives and former teammates.

Ron Brace was 29. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Ron Brace was 29. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Former Boston College and Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace has died at age 29, according to social media posts from friends, relatives and former teammates.

Brace attended Burncoat Senior High School in Worcester before playing four years at BC from 2005-08. His standout career for the Eagles resulted in the Patriots drafting him in the second round (40th overall) in 2009.

Brace battled injuries throughout his NFL career and wound up playing 39 games over four seasons for New England from 2009-12. He signed with the Redskins in 2013 but was cut before the season started, effectively ending his career.

The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Blog Author: 
WEEI