Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Patriots chime in with their statement on Brady ruling

The NFL announced Tuesday it has upheld its decision to suspend New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games in the wake of the DeflateGate scandal.

Brady's players union has given its take on the ruling, and now his employer has chimed in. The Patriots released the following statement Tuesday evening:
"We are extremely disappointed in today’s ruling by Commissioner Goodell. We cannot comprehend the league’s position in this matter. Most would agree that the penalties levied originally were excessive and unprecedented, especially in light of the fact that the league has no hard evidence of wrongdoing. We continue to unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady. 
We also believe that the laws of science continue to underscore the folly of this entire ordeal. Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives."
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Bills release guard Chris Williams after failed physical

Chris Williams' first season with the Buffalo Bills was cut short last year due to injury. This year, it was cut even shorter for another reason.

The Bills released the former first round guard Tuesday due to a failed physical, according to The Buffalo News. Williams was entering the second year of a $13 million contract--a year in which he was set to make $2 million.

Williams, who turns 30 next month, started three games last season before going under the knife for a back ailment.

The Bills also waived safety Deon Broomfield, leaving a pair of roster spots open just before camp opens.

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NFLPA vows to appeal "outrageous decision" on Brady

Your turn, NFLPA.

Just a couple hours after the NFL announced it has upheld its decision to suspend New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games, the league's players association has fired back.

Here is the full statement from the union:
"The Commissioner's ruling today did nothing to address the legal deficiencies of due process. The NFL remains stuck with the following facts:
  • The NFL had no policy that applied to players;
  • The NFL provided no notice of any such policy or potential discipline to players;
  • The NFL resorted to a nebulous standard of "general awareness" to predicate a legally unjustified punishment;
  • The NFL had no procedures in place until two days ago to test air pressure in footballs; and
  • The NFL violated the plain meaning of the collective bargaining agreement.
The fact that the NFL would resort to basing a suspension on a smoke screen of irrelevant text messages instead of admitting that they have all of the phone records they asked for is a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors. 
The NFLPA will appeal this outrageous decision on behalf of Tom Brady."
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Jets sign undrafted free agent receiver Austin Hill

The New York Jets have signed free agent wide receiver Austin Hill, the team announced Tuesday. In a corresponding move, Gang Green released kicker Andrew Furney.

Standing at 6-3, 212-ponds, Hill was signed in May by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona. He was released later that month.

In 37 games at Arizona, Hill snagged 151 receptions for 2,310 yards and 17 touchdowns. In 2012--his best season--he hauled in 81 catches for 1,364 yards and 11 scores before sitting out 2013 with an injury.

Furney signed with the Jets last offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State and inked a reserve/future contract to return to the team at the end of last year.

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RPT: Muhammad Wilkerson to report to camp

Muhammad Wilkerson will be in attendance for the start of New York Jets training camp.

According to Brian Costello of the NY Post, and other subsequent media reports, the star defensive lineman will report to camp Wednesday, just as he did for mandatory minicamp sessions. He skipped voluntary workouts earlier this year.

Wilkerson was basically expected all along to show his face despite the absence of a new contract. He said in June that he was "very confident" in negotiations, and he'd get docked $30,000 a day for skipping camp.

He's currently working on the final year of his rookie contract, which will pay him $6.96 million for the season.


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Dolphins bring back camp arm Josh Freeman

On second thought...

The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday they have re-signed Josh Freeman after releasing the malign quarterback four days ago. Freeman originally signed with the Dolphins at the beginning of April but was let go last Friday.

Miami had a trio of roster spots to fill prior to the start of training camp later this week, so they called on Freeman's arm again.

He'll rejoin starter Ryan Tannehill and entrenched backup Matt Moore, as well as reserve signal-caller  McLeod Bethel-Thompson, on the summer depth chart. He'll be duking it out for the third spot, though it's likely Miami still enters the season with two quarterbacks, barring an injury or some other unforeseen circumstance.

Freeman joined Miami after spending five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before short stints with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. He was a first-round pick in 2009.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Dolphins ditch Josh Freeman as camp approaches

The Miami Dolphins are moving on from quarterback Josh Freeman, the team announced Friday.

Freeman originally signed with the Dolphins at the beginning of April as a free agent and was essentially Ryan Tannehill's backup's (Matt Moore) backup.

Unless it make another move for a reserve signal-caller, Miami is set to enter training camp with three QBs. McLeod Bethel-Thompson is the third.

Freeman joined Miami after spending five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as short stints with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. He was a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Darrelle Revis does his best Joe Namath impression

Check it out, check-it-outers:

Read more about it here.

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Wayne Hunter's stay with Bills lasts less than a month

Well, that was over quickly.

Less than a month after signing free agent Wayne Hunter, the Buffalo Bills have released the veteran offensive tackle.

The team announced the move Tuesday.

It was a questionable acquisition to begin with, as Hunter had been out of the NFL since 2012. Before that, he was a serviceable blocker and had his share of struggles with the New York Jets under now Bills coach Rex Ryan.

So sorry Jets fans, the joke is over... Then again, of course, now he's available for a return to Gang Green. Wouldn't you like that?

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Gronk: 'Roger, just wipe out those four games, baby'

What does New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski have to say to Roger Goodell about quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension?

“I think he should just get the four games wiped out, baby,” Gronkowski told CBS This Morning Friday, via WEEI. “Roger, just wipe out those four games, make it easy. Put this is the past.

"It’s pretty annoying that you keep holding it up.”

Touché, Gronk.


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