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An NFLPA source has confirmed that the player's union will challenge the NFL in federal court if Tom Brady is suspended for any games. They are not willing to accept any reduction that does not completely eliminate a suspension. Brady could possibly get an injunction that could hold off a suspension until 2016. Being that previously the punishment for ball tampering was previously a warning, they believe they have a great shot to win their case.
Sure, franchise tagged players Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Justin Houston got a long-term deal done but only one franchise player that has the top ADP at his position got a new contract signed. That's right, the Patriots signed kicker Stephen Gostkowski to a four-year $17.2 million contract. The deal makes him the highest-paid kicker in the league.
Chris Ivory fantasy owners watched in horror last season as the Jets continuously turned to Chris Johnson. Ivory saw 10 carries or less in 6 games. The coaching staff was concerned with injury, however, what held him back even more was miserable performance in the passing game. Not only is he a subpar receiver, he is among the league's worst pass blockers. Pro Football Focus ranked him 56th out of 57 in pass blocking and 61st out of 62 in pass blocking efficiency. This forces Ivory to come off the field in the majority of obvious passing situations.
The Jets acquired Brandon Marshall from the Bears this offseason. He signed a three-year deal with the team and is now 31 years old. Responding to a question on Twitter, Marshall emphatically declared that the Jets are the last NFL team he'll ever play for. "After Jets, I'm done," Marshall tweeted. "If I'm cut tomorrow, I'll retire. This will be my last team."
Tom Brady has a major chip on his shoulder heading into the season. Last time Brady and the Patriots wanted to prove a point was after "Spygate" surfaced. Brady led the Pats to a 16-0 season and broke the single season TD record. According Julian Edelman, Brady may be back to that mindset. "He's fired up -- we'll say that," Edelman said. "You don't want a mad Tom Brady, and he's a little ticked off."
Free agent wideout Reggie Wayne recently made it clear that he intends to play this season. He also mentioned that teams have been calling. Today four teams were named as possible suitors for the 36-year-old receiver. The teams named were the Patriots, Ravens, Texans and Packers. There is no word yet on a favorite, however, it appears the teams have been narrowed down. Nonetheless, this does not guarantee Wayne will make a roster or even be offered a deal.
According to sources the Ravens are not interested in free agent wideout Reggie Wayne. This contradicts a recent report that they were one of four teams interested in the former Colts WR. Despite having next to nothing after 36-year-old Smith, the Ravens reportedly do not wish to add the veteran receiver. They could still add another wide receiver before the start of the season.
Of the four teams that were reportedly interested in Reggie Wayne two have now denied any interest. The Texans reportedly will not pursue the 36-year-old veteran. The Ravens also denied any intent to sign the former Colts wideout. It appears Wayne's options are becoming more limited by the hour. We will have to wait and see how this shakes out.
As reigning Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady continues to wait for a decision on the appeal of his four-game suspension for possibly being aware of somebody deflating footballs, Commissioner Roger Goodell is still taking his time coming up with a decision. He plans to take his time and attempt to get it right. "We are focused on it," Goodell said. "We are obviously being very thorough and want to make sure we consider all aspects of his appeal. We will make a decision as quickly as possible … There is no timeline. We want to make sure we have a fair and open process."
It only took one jump for Bills wideout Marquise Goodwin to qualify for the long-jump finals at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. The two-time NCAA champion will participate for Team USA after jumping 8.05 meters. Goodwin has also participated in the Olympics as well for the USA. After his jump Goodwin tweeted out, "Told ya, One&Done !"