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Another example of Tom Brady's discontent with the Patriots

NFL_brady2_250.jpgOn the surface, neither the Patriots nor quarterback Tom Brady have given any credence to the notion that the relationship between team and player isn’t as rosy as it used to be.  Those in the know know that it isn’t, as Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports pointed out last month.

Brady wants a new deal, the team has invoked the uncertain status of the labor deal to justify delay, and as Albert Breer of the Boston Globe recently observed it all points to the likely use of the franchise tag on Brady come 2011, if there’s a franchise tag in 2011.  Or a football season.

In the interim, Brady stayed away from this year’s offseason workouts at an eyebrow-raising rate.

One point of frustration, we’re told, comes from the manner in which the team has used Brady’s willingness to take less than top dollar in the past as a tool for leveraging others in the organization (players and non-players alike) to do the same.  As we hear it, Brady never intended his decision to provide the franchise with a blueprint for squeezing his colleagues.

And so, possibly for that very reason, all indications are that Brady wants top dollar this time around — especially since he saw Peyton Manning take top dollar with a salary cap in place, which didn’t keep the Colts from contending on a regular basis.

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  1. patriotscpfc says: Jul 5, 2010 4:11 PM

    You are using Bert Breer as a source?
    This guy got chucked out of Minicamp practices because he’s a douchebag.
    The 30% rule means that they may have to Franchise Brady to get a full-on contract sorted for him and prevent him from hitting Free Agency.

  2. pacificamike says: Jul 5, 2010 4:11 PM

    The Pats need to show some RESPECT to perhaps the greatest football player that ever lived

  3. Slow Joe says: Jul 5, 2010 4:15 PM

    Pay the man.

  4. Rick says: Jul 5, 2010 4:17 PM

    The Patriots are still better than the Steelers

  5. fmax says: Jul 5, 2010 4:19 PM

    Cmon Flo,
    I’m not a Pats fan but I do know that they will take care of TB by any means necessary. One thing I can say about TB is that he truly has a team first mentality. Besides, do you really think money is an issue with him. Those two incomes in one household could almost revive our economy.
    If you don’t believe that, then I suggest you change products. That grecian formula has saturated your skull.

  6. Jon Evans says: Jul 5, 2010 4:20 PM

    “The Pats need to show some RESPECT to perhaps the greatest football player that ever lived”=========================================
    I think that was the funniest comment I will ever hear in my life.

  7. kristoff says: Jul 5, 2010 4:21 PM

    the owners r doing this 2 evreyone. collusion,plain and simple. why r so many free agents still on the market?

  8. Brat Favre says: Jul 5, 2010 4:21 PM

    @pacificamike
    I agree, the Pats should show some respect to John Elway. But what does that have to do with Tom Bundchen’s contract negotiations?

  9. Insomniac says: Jul 5, 2010 4:27 PM

    The new CBA saved so many teams from cap hell. As soon as that happened, there was no such thing. The cap grew as fast as teams could spend the big money.

  10. tb2010 says: Jul 5, 2010 4:30 PM

    Wow. What great journalism skills.
    Brady didn’t “stay away” from offseason workouts, he just didn’t work out in Boston for the entire offseason as he has in the past because of his family life. Logan Mankins “stayed away” for offseason workouts aka did not set foot in the Patriots’ facility after their locker clean out day. Brady’s absence obviously had nothing to do with the fact that he has a son who lives in L.A. and every offseason since the kid was born he has spent more and more time on the West Coast to be near him. But no, you’re right, he avoided the offseason program at an alarming rate. Even though he was, by all accounts, in and out of the practice facility between March and May and didn’t miss a second of organized activities, voluntary or otherwise. And wow, all that working out he was doing with Wes Welker obviously shows his lack of commitment to the team and of getting better and keeping chemistry with his receivers.
    Brady will sign a contract worth the money he deserves. Let’s not forget this is the team that signed Bledsoe to a, what, 10 year, $100 million contract or something like that? Robert Kraft did that. And he will do it again. 5 – 6 years, $90 – $100 mil. Everyone wins.

  11. KILLER FIN says: Jul 5, 2010 4:32 PM

    It should say the greatest player the patsies ever had, not greatest player ever!!! They’re on the down hill slide for the next 20 years or so anyway so WHO CARES!!! GO FINS!!!

  12. Mean and Nasty says: Jul 5, 2010 4:32 PM

    Brady is expendable. Hes hardly the “greatest player that ever lived” you ignorant fools!! Matt Cassel, a guy who didnt even play in college, led this team to 11 wins. They can win without Brady, hes a system quarterback. If Mo Lewis didnt demolish Drew Bledsoe on the sideline 10 years ago Brady would’ve never even PLAYED in the league!!

  13. caljetsfan says: Jul 5, 2010 4:32 PM

    I hate the guy but pay the man for his skills

  14. SomeFans says: Jul 5, 2010 4:35 PM

    Turn out the light…. The party’s OVER…..
    Good riddence poser.

  15. DcNinerFan says: Jul 5, 2010 4:36 PM

    now is the winter of their discontent… No more pats dynasty (oh wait, that died after losing to the Giants).
    pacificamike – Wow, apparently you’ve never heard of players like Montana, Rice, Manning, Emmit Smith, etc. History, its a wonderful thing. Read. Learn. Then speak.

  16. BSBI says: Jul 5, 2010 4:39 PM

    @pacificamike YOUR JOKING, RIGHT!!??

  17. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jul 5, 2010 4:40 PM

    A sixth rounder that got lucky and did well with it.
    Symbiosis

  18. NOwillrepeat says: Jul 5, 2010 4:47 PM

    Brady is good but NOT better than Montana

  19. pbrady89 says: Jul 5, 2010 4:50 PM

    Let’s be honest, Tom Brady is only staying away because he realizes that he is no longer the best quarterback on the roster. As soon as the name Zac Robinson flashed across the ticker in mid april he has known that his stint as the golden boy in boston was over. He wants to get traded before he gets Bledsoed.

  20. denverpilot says: Jul 5, 2010 4:53 PM

    Players are soon enough going to or have realized that players play. Their inherent risk is life and limb. On the surface – noble. Owners own and the inherent risk? Losing thier business and, in turn, 100’s of employees lose their benefits and wags.
    I would collude if I were an owner and the economy is in the tank, and the players are at 60% share? Hell no.

  21. novanative says: Jul 5, 2010 4:54 PM

    “Brady didn’t ‘stay away’ from offseason workouts, he just didn’t work out in Boston for the entire offseason as he has in the past because of his family life”
    lol. is this guy serious?

  22. We need linemen says: Jul 5, 2010 4:55 PM

    Brady is coming to the end of his career, maybe he wants a shot at playing for his home town team before he retires.
    Moving out west would make things easier for his family life, and the chance to play for the team that you cheered on as a kid must be pretty hard to turn away from.

  23. Doctor Connors says: Jul 5, 2010 4:58 PM

    Yeah, according to Dean Graziosi…..er, I mean, Mike Florio, the Patriots should also be penalized for following the rules.
    Graziosi…..er Florio, just do everyone a favor and get a new job.

  24. pacificamike says: Jul 5, 2010 5:00 PM

    ahahhahahhahahhhahahaha. elway, are you serious? maybe the greatest c*ck sucker ever, thats about all
    have any of yall ever even played the game?

  25. Ufanforreal says: Jul 5, 2010 5:01 PM

    # Mean and Nasty says: July 5, 2010 4:32 PM
    Brady is expendable. Hes hardly the “greatest player that ever lived” you ignorant fools!! Matt Cassel, a guy who didnt even play in college, led this team to 11 wins. They can win without Brady, hes a system quarterback. If Mo Lewis didnt demolish Drew Bledsoe on the sideline 10 years ago Brady would’ve never even PLAYED in the league!!
    —————————————————-Me being a COLTS fan I think you need to learn the game of football before you call anyone ignorant.
    As a COLTS fan there is plenty of times I didn’t like Brady but calling him a system QB is ignorant, if you would of took the time to watch how the Pats played or played down to Cassel level so they could get the best out of his limited QB experience you should of known then that Brady wasn’t a system QB.
    How anyone who is suppose to or at least thinks they know the game could actually watch Brady play the game and see some of the things he can do and thinks he’s a system QB is really beyond belief,

  26. patsSB44champs says: Jul 5, 2010 5:07 PM

    He “stayed away” from offseason workouts because he has KIDS, idiot.
    But thank you, Patriot Hater, for reaching once again for something that is not there. You can now join Breer, Borges, Tomase and all the other haters in the corner.

  27. BP says: Jul 5, 2010 5:08 PM

    Manning isn’t being signed either. Owners with a brain are waiting to see how bad the economy goes back into the crapper.

  28. Laxer37 says: Jul 5, 2010 5:10 PM

    Rick says:
    July 5, 2010 4:17 PM
    The Patriots are still better than the Steelers
    ———————————————–
    Just because you can type it doesn’t make you look any less foolish.
    Let’s look at the facts…
    -Pats have six Superbowl appearances.
    -Steelers have six Superbowl wins.
    Winning championships is still the goal, right?

  29. Monarch says: Jul 5, 2010 5:10 PM

    I agree with Joe, Pay the man

  30. T-Money says: Jul 5, 2010 5:12 PM

    @mean and nasty
    You’re an idiot. Name one great quarterback that wasn’t a “system quarterback”. Why would a team try to get a quarterback to play in a system that doesn’t fit his skill set? How many quarterback draws have you seen Manning or Montana run? Not very many. Why? Because those quarterbacks aren’t a threat to run. So why try and get them to do something they’re not good at? If a quarterback is successful in the NFL, he’s playing in a system that allows him to excel. The term system quarterback is usually used by fools like you who have no idea what they’re talking about.

  31. Rick says: Jul 5, 2010 5:12 PM

    Did I miss the Florio piece about Manning feeling disrespected because the Colts haven’t signed him long term?

  32. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Jul 5, 2010 5:16 PM

    @denverpilot…have you crashed your plane recently?

  33. edgy says: Jul 5, 2010 5:16 PM

    Mean and Nasty says:
    Matt Cassel, a guy who didnt even play in college, led this team to 11 wins.
    *******************
    He didn’t START but he played. He only threw 33 passes over 4 years but he DID get into a game or two or 13 (The actual number of games that he played in).

  34. bobinpuertorico says: Jul 5, 2010 5:23 PM

    Tom Brady has been an outstanding QB for the Patriots and his willingness to accept less than fair compensation has contributed to their success and also to their profitability. Unfortunately, Brady needs to understand that with the Patriots loyalty is a one way street. New England will not hesitate to franchise him and the moment they think they can replace him, his years of loyalty will not prevent them from cutting him. Conversely, when the Buffalo Bills decided that it was time to move on without Jim Kelly at QB, the team signed him to a substantial personal services contract, rather than forcing him to play for another team. It is probably too late for Brady to ever recover even a fraction of what he passed up over the years with the Patriots, but it is good to see that he is at least no longer willing to be their patsy.

  35. CaptainFantastik says: Jul 5, 2010 5:24 PM

    Just because you can type it doesn’t make you look any less foolish.
    Let’s look at the facts…
    -Pats have six Superbowl appearances.
    -Steelers have six Superbowl wins.
    Winning championships is still the goal, right?
    ——————————————
    Actually, no. The Pats hang banners for regular season accomplishments in their stadium.

  36. RedsGhost says: Jul 5, 2010 5:37 PM

    Jon Evans says:
    July 5, 2010 4:20 PM
    “The Pats need to show some RESPECT to perhaps the greatest football player that ever lived”============== ==================== =======
    I think that was the funniest comment I will ever hear in my life.
    But, also the most accurate comment you’ll ever hear in your life.

  37. RedsGhost says: Jul 5, 2010 5:40 PM

    KILLER FIN says:
    July 5, 2010 4:32 PM
    It should say the greatest player the patsies ever had, not greatest player ever!!! They’re on the down hill slide for the next 20 years or so anyway so WHO CARES!!! GO FINS!!!
    That’s hilarious coming from a Dolphins fan- the downhill slide? Could tell me the last time the Dolphins WON a Superbowl? Now THAT’S a downhill slide!!

  38. funi says: Jul 5, 2010 5:41 PM

    The dismise of the Pats begin!! Brady tp the Raiders next season!

  39. Terry says: Jul 5, 2010 5:41 PM

    While the Patriots certainly can do what they’re doing, which may come to haunt them; If Brady had balls, which may be debatable, He should walk into Mr. Kraft’s luxury box ON OPENING DAY with copies of his retirement papers and A NEW CONTRACT and ask Bob to pick one!

  40. PFK says: Jul 5, 2010 5:41 PM

    MIKE, making it up as you go a long. First you reference a piece by that fraud Silver who USED to have an inside Brday source (one of his sister’s supposedly), but that was also SUPPOSEDLY shut off when he went on an unreasonable rant about Brady fathering a child out of wedlock.
    So somehow you link Silver’s SPECULATION, with Breer’s equally unfounded SPECULATION and then report your own UNFOUNDED speculation as the truth
    …..and people say you have no agenda lol

  41. DirtDawg55 says: Jul 5, 2010 5:45 PM

    It is entirely possible Brady is feeling the heat from the NFLPA this time around. Athlete unions do not like it when players sign “team friendly” contracts and give “hometown discounts” and the like. You may recall the baseball players union effectively torpedoing a proposed A-Rod trade over that very issue a few years back.
    If Brady’s previous contract led the Patriots to at all exploit it to create even further below market deals with athletes, the union would be rightfully pissed. Now that Brady is an union rep I am sure he is seeing another side to this equation, especially since the Pats haven’t won the SB since Tom signed that contract extension.
    Tom could also better understand this game is not kind to veterans, even good ones or great ones. They all go at some point and when the individual can’t make the decision, the team usually will. With his team ravaged of its veterans over the years Tom has to think his time could be up too, so he better max out the opportunity.
    As for anyone who calls him a “system QB”, get real you morons. All great QBS are a function of a great system and vice versa. Systems are designed to fit and then exploit the skill sets of the talent you have, leveraging them to maximum effect. I say this without being a Brady or Patriots fan.

  42. polishkingski says: Jul 5, 2010 5:47 PM

    reading the comments here about tom b are very funny. i believe there was a stretch a few years back when he was the best trigger man in the nfl. better than payton. he is still good and has been a very cooperative employee for the pats organization. for what he has done for the franchise in the past years ALONE, he deserves his huge payday. especially if he truly does believe his team mates are being squeezed directly or indirectly because of him being “flexible” with his contract in order to help the team. i gotta admit i use to hate him but i don`t any longer. he seems like a good joe and i also hear he thinking of running for office as a democrat. bills should try to pry him loose.

  43. edgy says: Jul 5, 2010 5:51 PM

    # BP says:
    Manning isn’t being signed either. Owners with a brain are waiting to see how bad the economy goes back into the crapper.
    ******************************
    Baloney. Who told you this, the ownership fairy? The Colts only have to worry about losing as the only reason for them to lose customers. Even with the economy as bad as it was, they drew an average of 65,000 during the preseason, 66,000+ during the regular season and 67,000+ for the post season. All this with an average ticket price that’s over $82 per game, which is one of the highest ticket prices in the NFL.
    If you piss off Manning and he takes his ball and goes home, THAT will have more of an impact on how much they make than giving him a contract NOW and the owner knows that (as do the other owners, who are trying to hold out so they can have more favorable terms).
    Now, it would be harder for the Patriots this year because Brady’s contract was so front loaded (He will make $6.5 million this year because of that. Manning, on the other hand, will make $15.8 million). Now, I could be mistaken about that fact but it seems that Patriots will have to put up a big signing bonus, which would help get around the 30% rule.
    Also, let’s not forget that the league signed an EXTENSION to their TV contracts that resulted in a small increase and that contract goes until 2014. The NFL is suckling from a $3 billion YEARLY TV teat and they have that as a MINIMUM of cost certainty. If they lock out the players, even if they pay back the networks, they will still have the money AND they won’t be paying the players for one of those years. Come 2014, even if the economy tanks even more, the league will get plenty of TV money and may even see an increase in rights money.

  44. Spacemonkey says: Jul 5, 2010 5:55 PM

    Heads up people, Steelers fan here.
    Yup, I said it. STEELERS FAN.
    Regardless of where you live, however, you should all be able to hear me slapping my forehead at the though of the Patriots not doing whatever they can to lock up Tom Brady long term and put a big smile on his face.
    This is INSANE, my dear hated rival friends!
    Ok, done now, have to go outside and burn my keyboard.

  45. dogma1 says: Jul 5, 2010 5:56 PM

    The Patriots have 2 first round picks in the 2011 NFL Draft and they have Tom Brady as trade bait. The Patriots are putting themselves in a position to draft a QB in round 1 in 2011
    Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Ryan Luck, Pat Devlin… one of those guys will be a Patriot.
    Tom Brady will be playing in Oakland or Kansas City.

  46. GirthyOne says: Jul 5, 2010 5:58 PM

    pacificamike says:
    July 5, 2010 4:11 PM
    The Pats need to show some RESPECT to perhaps the greatest football player that ever lived.
    ==================
    What a moron. Place the asterisk for cheating next to the most over-rated QB who has maybe ever lived. Maybe the Pats don’t want to pay him since he will be a 24 TD per year guy once Moss is gone.

  47. daffy87 says: Jul 5, 2010 6:00 PM

    Trade Brady to San Francisco.

  48. Rick says: Jul 5, 2010 6:01 PM

    weren’t you mouth breathers also saying the Mighty Patriots were disrespecting Vince Wilfork by not giving him a contract yet? How did that one turn out?

  49. patsfanlisa says: Jul 5, 2010 6:12 PM

    Speculation compounded by more speculation. AND you say “those in the know” and reference that fraud, Silver. He doesn’t know jack shit. And neither do you.
    The rest of you yahoos thinking Kraft will trade the golden goose that built his Land Of Oz in Foxboro have another think coming. He’s going nowhere.
    And he stayed out of VOLUNTARY OTA’s for a week. Big friggin deal. But every news outlet in America was posting pics of him throwing the ball around to Welker out on the West Coast.
    It really is a slow news day, huh, Florio?

  50. Bell63 says: Jul 5, 2010 6:14 PM

    I don’t see the logic in Brady making a big stink over this contract. He has never been much about the money, so why all of a sudden change that? Until Brady does or says something major, this all seems like a nonstory.

  51. buzzbissinger says: Jul 5, 2010 6:17 PM

    Jon Evans says:
    I think that was the funniest comment I will ever hear in my life.
    You must’ve heard it because you are too stupid to read.

  52. Buck Stallion says: Jul 5, 2010 6:18 PM

    The Pats typically get rid of players when they think they are about to go downhill. Perhaps they are preparing for 2011, when they may feel Brady may fit that description.
    And yeah, Elway was better than Brady. And so was Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Jim Brown, Jim Thorpe, etc.

  53. ericmetcalf says: Jul 5, 2010 6:20 PM

    I hope everyone saying “pay the man” said the same thing in all the comments on the Chris Johnson posts.

  54. Bossman says: Jul 5, 2010 6:26 PM

    Florio, Breer, Borges…. All absolute Patriot haters. That’s fine. Borges is pretty much a non-entity. Breer was thrown out of the facility. Florio is on his way to becoming a complete non-factor to Patriot fans.
    Florio, how did a guy like you ever get a blog about football? Seriously, you should have a Gossip Column in some small-town’s newspaper. What a moron.

  55. DiamondDave13 says: Jul 5, 2010 6:29 PM

    Im actually dumber for having read through these moronic posts.
    This message board is a bastion of homerism and mental retardation. Ignorant fools with no idea about the game and the business of the game spending their time writing foolish things…such a hacking on Florio who’s got more knowledge in his left testicle than your tiny brains could ever comprehend.
    Just because a player doesnt play on your team doesnt mean he sucks and if a guy does play on your favorite team doesnt mean he’s a hall of famer.
    Open your mind, breathe through your nose, talk to the opposite sex and get a clue.

  56. TheWizard says: Jul 5, 2010 6:50 PM

    Yeah, my heart bleeds for him if he gets 80 million instead of 100.
    Who would even get out of bed for that?

  57. alabaster says: Jul 5, 2010 6:55 PM

    I’m a Giants fan, and I believe Brady deserves top-dollar. He may be a sore loser; but the Pats need him, and he’s always top 5, statistically, each year.

  58. holycow says: Jul 5, 2010 6:59 PM

    Where was the example? I missed it.

  59. ampats says: Jul 5, 2010 7:02 PM

    The sky is falling in West Virginia and why haven’t the Patriots signed Brady like the Colts did with Manning ????

  60. prophet of the light says: Jul 5, 2010 7:26 PM

    @edgy,
    The owners don’t make money off of ticket sales. That pays beer sellers, floor sweepers, and the rest of the vendors and such.
    The owners make the dollars on advertising deals and the legal/contractual side of the business.
    Brady and Manning can both be given the exclusive franchise tag and I think both will be given it to see the CBA put in place before major deals are signed. I think the players are not happy about this but both will play ball next year and get paid.

  61. Little Tommy says: Jul 5, 2010 7:44 PM

    “The Pats need to show some RESPECT to perhaps the greatest football player that ever lived”============== ==================== =======
    Respect my ass. Pro sports is a business. They pay him…he performs…end of subject.

  62. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jul 5, 2010 7:46 PM

    Too bad Tom Brady never won a legit Super Bowl
    Mark your calendars ladies – SpyGate payback night, November 14th at Heinz Field

  63. patsSB44champs says: Jul 5, 2010 7:56 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    July 5, 2010 7:46 PM
    Too bad Tom Brady never won a legit Super Bowl
    Mark your calendars ladies – SpyGate payback night, November 14th at Heinz Field
    _____________________
    Lookin’ forward to it. Rapistberger won’t know what hit him.

  64. edgy says: Jul 5, 2010 8:28 PM

    prophet of the light says:
    @edgy,
    The owners don’t make money off of ticket sales. That pays beer sellers, floor sweepers, and the rest of the vendors and such.
    ****************************
    Seriously, do you honestly believe that? For heavens sake, you HONESTLY believe that? In the first place, do you think that the vendors don’t pay their employees their salaries or what? At $6, $7 and $8 a beer and $3.5-$5 per hot dog and the other outrageous prices that they charge, I guarantee you that none of these vendors need to be paid by the owners and I’m not even counting how much they charge for CATERING for the luxury boxes. Lucas Oil Stadium, for example, made a MINIMUM of $10 million last year just for beer, soft drinks and hot dogs sold to the general and club seat holders and again, that’s not counting what they charged the luxury box owners (Never mind that I’ve not added in nachos, peanuts and other concessions). Did I forget to tell you that in exchange for a 30 year lease that the CITY pays for game day expenses and the Colts pay NADA, which means that NONE of their ticket revenue goes to the sweeper and the vendors. Oh, that’s right, guys like you just assume that these guys must pay because they paid for the stadiums. Oh, I guess I should tell you that the Colts only paid $100 million of the $720 million cost of the stadium (and Lucas Oil paid them $121 million for 20 years so there’s their $100 million).
    I have to wonder if you get your info from the same place as Bob Nelson, who can’t seem to get anything right when he talks about NFL revenue.
    You’re assuming that there will still be tags when the dust settles.

  65. Jetsgirlymanlosah says: Jul 5, 2010 10:07 PM

    Killer Fin you are gay dude. I remember Don Shoeless Schula handing out free steak knifes @ the Ravens game during the undefeated season. Trying to get the Ravefins (Dolphins North) some support to defeat the Patriots to no avail.
    Also to you Indy fans Manning needs to go home to the Titans where he belongs!!!!!

  66. TheWizard says: Jul 5, 2010 10:26 PM

    never won a legit Super Bowl
    Three of them, actually.
    Plus a 16-0 season, only one in history.
    Plus, “Team of the Decade” honors for the 00’s.
    In case you weren’t out of the institution when these things occurred.

  67. CaptainFantastik says: Jul 5, 2010 10:28 PM

    Lookin’ forward to it. Rapistberger won’t know what hit him.
    —————————————
    Neither will Welker. In fact his ears are still ringing from the last time Ryan Clark laid him out.
    Oh, and forensic evidence proved that not only was Ben’s accuser lying…..but that they never even had sex. It is literally impossible to have unprotected sex (as per the accuser’s drunken claim) and leave “far less than a nanogram” (GBI forensic Investigator’s words) of DNA. Hence, no charges. No case.

  68. jealousoftherings says: Jul 5, 2010 11:08 PM

    Let’s give Tom some credit….he’s done something that Big Ben has not done………lose a SUPER BOWL.

  69. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jul 5, 2010 11:16 PM

    @TheWizard
    “Plus a 16-0 season, only one in history.”
    =========================
    It was 19-0, dumb-a$$. At least, according to hundreds of Patsie t-shirt wearing kids in Nicaragua.
    The Perfect Season – perfectly disastrous when you lose to the team with the worst record ever to win a title, that is….

  70. monet99 says: Jul 5, 2010 11:26 PM

    I think their offer of 8 dollars an hour is low.

  71. monet99 says: Jul 5, 2010 11:28 PM

    Defending Big Ben is like defending BP.

  72. smithopher says: Jul 5, 2010 11:31 PM

    If I was Tom Brady I’d want 15+ mil next year. I think Tom Brady’s worth it and I’m a Jet fan. I hate the Patriots but I gotta hand it to Brady. Can’t say I hate the idea of him leaving New England though, it would be cool to see him end up with the 49ers or something.

  73. Richm2256 says: Jul 5, 2010 11:59 PM

    CaptainFantastik says:
    “Neither will Welker. In fact his ears are still ringing from the last time Ryan Clark laid him out. ”
    ————————————————
    Ummm, I believe it was the $hitty turf that destroyed Welker’s knee, had nothing to do with Ryan Clark
    ————————————————–
    “Oh, and forensic evidence proved that not only was Ben’s accuser lying…..but that they never even had sex. It is literally impossible to have unprotected sex (as per the accuser’s drunken claim) and leave “far less than a nanogram” (GBI forensic Investigator’s words) of DNA. Hence, no charges. No case.”
    That, from the “OJ is innocent” school of thought. Care to lock your 20 year old sister in a bathroom with a liquored up Roethlisberegr?

  74. Mike Daly says: Jul 6, 2010 12:02 AM

    Uh, let’s not cite “forensic evidence” here, because there’s no credible evidence that Roethlisberger didn’t do something bad here.
    As for Brady, if he’s angry at the Patriots, he has no right to be, because the Patriots are only conducting the business end of the football situation with a greater level of objective measurement of a player’s value than a lot of other teams do.
    Saying Manning took top dollar and the Colts stayed in contention is grossly misleading – every year the Colts fail come playoff time (usually going 1-and-out) and the reasons they do stem from two things – Manning fundamentally is not capable of elevating his playoff game, and the Colts always show holes in their team (O-line, defense, what have you) that are never fixed adequately because they’ve spent too much of their cap on Manning.

  75. Ralphie says: Jul 6, 2010 8:30 AM

    Captain FantasDick,
    You should just stick to your usual musings on what it’s like to have Big Ben’s balls bounce of your chin like a speedbag, otherwise you look like you’re depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.

  76. finsbooyah says: Jul 6, 2010 10:29 AM

    Don’t put any stock in anything Silver says

  77. patriotscpfc says: Jul 6, 2010 1:47 PM

    Mark your calendars ladies – SpyGate payback night, November 14th at Heinz Field
    ————————————–
    Spygate payback night was in Dec 2007.
    You got raped by an old, ageing, average defense.
    So Ben got his own back on some girls instead.
    Hang on, i’m arguing with a Steelers fan?
    Dude, your team lost to the Browns, Raiders and Chiefs.
    DOUCHEBAG.

  78. Bious says: Jul 6, 2010 6:08 PM

    Their D is not 1/10th what it used to be and their draft picking has gotten terrible
    I can see Brady opting out for a LOT of money and a better, younger team

  79. this class sucks says: Jul 7, 2010 3:21 AM

    @Pacificamike
    Indeed the Pats should respect Joe Montana. But what does that have to do with Tom Brady’s contract situation?

  80. tatum32 says: Jul 7, 2010 11:03 AM

    Actually, no. The Pats hang banners for regular season accomplishments in their stadium.
    ========================
    uh….The Boston Celtics hang banners. Everyone in Beantown knows that. The Pats have 3 rings in 6 appearances, and Tom Brady is no doubt the greatest player in Patriot history.

  81. aimeee says: Jul 7, 2010 12:13 PM

    really?
    @CaptainFantastik if you’ve even seen that game, you’ll know that welker hurt it as he turned. Ryan Clark didn’t even hit him until AFTER he was falling. Idiot. And it’s just like a Steelers fan to bring up all those Super Bowl wins when most of them happened before you were BORN. Did you forget the crappy teams you lost to this year? Come back when you can beat the Chiefs. Yeah I’m a Patriot fan but so what? Have the Pats ever just signed a contract? No they make it into a clusterf*ck every year, with every player. And if Brady gets greedy, which i doubt, he’ll be gone just like Ty Law, Asante Samuel, and eventually Logan Mankins. Tedy Bruschi didn’t spend his entire offseason at work outs. Kids are the reason that they are optional. OPTIONAL. He hasn’t missed a required. Obviously times have changed. After Brady’s injury, he’s not what he used to be, but don’t think Belicheck doesn’t know his value. And while Brady was in LA, he was meeting Welker to keep the chemistry. C’mon. Get your facts, people. I’m not a Ravens fan, but I can still talk about how great Ray Lewis is. Don’t hate the player for the team. Do I think Brady is the greatest player? No. That goes to Montana. I do think he is the best QB in the league. Brees is fantastic, but he has outstanding players besides himself on that team. Reggie Bush, etc. Manning? No. He has had amazing receivers but he still falls apart when the game is on the line. He would be the best if it wasn’t for that fact. We saw that interception at the Super Bowl.

  82. overkil2 says: Jul 7, 2010 4:45 PM

    Brady is underpaid for what he has accomplished as a Patriot. Plain and simple.
    Revis wants $15,000,000.50 a year for being the 2nd best CB in the game.
    Well, Brady was the Best QB or at least top 2 QB in the game for at least 4 years and he’s taken less money so the team can get players around him. Now, they choose to stiff everyone, he should demand his money and if they won’t pay it, go to another team that will. He has his rings.

  83. footballisfun says: Jul 8, 2010 8:04 AM

    I love how you even reference Peyton Manning in one part of the article but make no reference to thefact that he’s in the same boat as Brady right now. And to be honest, we can argue the who’s the best all we want, if we change the argument to who is more “valuable” to their team, the answer is clearly Manning. And Manning and Brady are quite possible the first two examples of when it would be worth paying up the two first rounders for. I mean think about it, if you’re the Vikings you go through one more year with Favre, assume he may finally be declining with age, sacrifice two first rounders and now you can have Peyton Manning finish his career there too.
    Manning and Brady will get signed

  84. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Jul 8, 2010 11:07 AM

    He’s never been the same since the spy cameras were shut down.

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