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Brady holdout speculation dismissed as "foolish"

T. Brady.jpgJohn Clayton of ESPN has apparently been peddling the notion that it’s a “possibility” Tom Brady could hold out of the start of training camp.  In the words of our old pal Tom Curran, now of Comcast Sports New England:

“Last week, ESPN insider John Clayton threw a pile up against the wall
wondering if Tom Brady would hold out from the start of training camp,” Curran writes. “We scratched our heads and explained that
wouldn’t be happening
.”

Clayton repeated the notion today on the radio, but Curran reports that Brady is expected to arrive in Boston over the weekend.  The word “foolish” was used to describe speculation Brady would miss any part of camp.

“A ‘possibility’ gives one a pretty good amount of leeway,” Curran writes.  “For instance,
there’s a possibility the Patriots will invite me to camp to replace
Brady if he opted to not show. But it’s a very, very slim one.”

Aww . . . we almost forgot how much we miss Tommy around these parts.

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  1. Tim_Stead says: Jul 20, 2010 11:49 AM

    We fans in New England have a term for blathering know-nothings in the media. They’re collectively known as (media + idiots =) “mediots”
    Clayton is a card carrying member
    Tom Brady will not holdout
    Tom Brady will sign a nice big fat new contract with the Patriots once the terms of the new salary cap are in place.

  2. tb2010 says: Jul 20, 2010 11:51 AM

    FINALLY. Someone with a brain in their head pointing out the obvious. Brady won’t hold out. He’s way too good for that crap.

  3. T-Money says: Jul 20, 2010 11:53 AM

    I didn’t even know John Clayton still had a job.

  4. nohio says: Jul 20, 2010 11:56 AM

    So your saying there’s a chance.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcGj57cQIeg

  5. ADogDC says: Jul 20, 2010 11:57 AM

    “For instance, there’s a possibility the Patriots will invite me to camp to replace Brady if he opted to not show. But it’s a very, very slim one.”
    Talk about BAD EXAMPLE…CHANCES = ZERO

  6. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jul 20, 2010 11:58 AM

    “A ‘possibility’ gives one a pretty good amount of leeway,” Curran writes. “For instance, there’s a possibility the Patriots will invite me to camp to replace Brady if he opted to not show. But it’s a very, very slim one.”
    Now THAT’S funny. Way to go, Tom.

  7. Pistol says: Jul 20, 2010 12:02 PM

    The Cryptkeeper strikes again.

  8. Shaun Lowrie says: Jul 20, 2010 12:06 PM

    I would be willing to bet a million of your American dollareydoos that Florio would have been pokey-bum-wanking himself off over that kind of speculation were it not for someone sane.
    Florio basically takes that ‘nth degree possibility’ and runs with it on every single story, in case you hadn’t noticed?
    Yeah, I do miss Curran actually.

  9. Pistol says: Jul 20, 2010 12:23 PM

    Shaun Lowrie says:
    July 20, 2010 12:06 PM
    …. pokey-bum-wanking himself ….
    —————————–
    rotfl… I think I peed a bit.

  10. CKL says: Jul 20, 2010 12:34 PM

    Here’s what I hate: where the eff does Clayton GET that thing he keeps saying about HE KNOWS BRADY WANTS TOP DOLLAR? He has said this in articles and out loud on TV. He never even says he heard from a source or ANYTHING. He doesn’t know jack crap obviously. It’s irresponsible
    ” journalism” to present speculation as FACT.
    My opinion has long been they will let him play out his deal then franchise him so they know the parameters of the new CBA and can work out a LT deal. This is based on NOTHING factual except a conclusion drawn from the way the Pats have conducted business in the past.

  11. rasalas says: Jul 20, 2010 12:41 PM

    It’s so funny when PFT makes fun of other media outlets for stupid speculation or throwing “a pile up against the wall” — kinda sad, too.

  12. HarrisonHits says: Jul 20, 2010 12:43 PM

    The Crypt Keeper is one of the singular worst “analysts” there is. He is a total and complete idiot.
    I can’t remember whether it was 03 or 04 every single week he picked the Pats to lose. He hates the Pats and often makes up crap to try and start BS in the team.
    FU Crypt Keeper.

  13. CliveRush says: Jul 20, 2010 1:00 PM

    Jonathon Kraft has been spreading the rumors of Brady losing his physical skills. His old man did the same thing to Parcells when he was here. This type of talk is only said in front of his rich buddies at the Country Club. There is a plan in the organization to be prepared to go without him.

  14. ncoolong says: Jul 20, 2010 1:03 PM

    Aren’t you the pot calling the kettle black, Gregg?
    Didn’t you write a post today about an unsubstantiated belief that Ed Reed will miss the first six games of this season? Granted, the Baltimore Post came up with the story, but you ran it with the same amount of speculation and lack of evidence as Clayton did.
    And ya know what? That’s ok. Cuz it makes for interesting reading, and it certainly is a possibility, just like Brady’s potential holdout.
    Along those same lines, didn’t Mike run this utterly ridiculous claim yesterday?
    “Jets: Santonio Holmes will be suspended four games to start the season, and the Jets currently are in the business of rounding up recognizable names. Owens may be willing to take a lot less money if it means playing for a high-profile team that could help launch an acting career ”
    What is this statement based on? Last season, he went to Buffalo when he was in the same situation he is in now.
    Again, not strongly supported by anything, but entertaining to read. Let’s just not bash a guy for doing the same thing that got you your job with PFT.

  15. pfii63 says: Jul 20, 2010 1:10 PM

    Clayton is an idiotic tool. I’d like to be wrong as often as this guy is, keep my job, and get paid what he’s getting.

  16. deepthreat says: Jul 20, 2010 1:16 PM

    Curran also said that Brady would miss the entire season last year with a loose knee.

  17. JRod L.A. says: Jul 20, 2010 3:40 PM

    The Patriots and Tom Brady have done NOTHING since they were busted for using a camcorder on the other teams practices before games. They SpyCammed the Steelers, Dolphins and yes we all know they did it in the one game BETWEEN both of those games.. SB36 against the Rams. Yes, ever since they were busted they have done nothing. Can you say OVERRATED unless we have a camcorder.

  18. mtd324 says: Jul 20, 2010 4:19 PM

    “JRod L.A. says:
    July 20, 2010 3:40 PM
    The Patriots and Tom Brady have done NOTHING since they were busted for using a camcorder on the other teams practices before games. They SpyCammed the Steelers, Dolphins and yes we all know they did it in the one game BETWEEN both of those games.. SB36 against the Rams. Yes, ever since they were busted they have done nothing. Can you say OVERRATED unless we have a camcorder.”
    ….nothing except finish the season with a perfect record straight to the superbowl. Which was arguably one of the BEST games ever.
    Tool…..

  19. rusH1023 says: Jul 20, 2010 6:01 PM

    There’s an equal possibility that he’ll hit the lottery this weekend upon returning to New England.

  20. Kush says: Jul 20, 2010 6:03 PM

    @mtd324
    Right on dude! That guy is a total moron.
    Is it just me or does espn seem to be filled with a whole slew of these mediots? Minus Schefter and the great Chris Berman of course…

  21. BCGreg says: Jul 20, 2010 9:46 PM

    @ Kush
    Speaking of Berman, if he were commenting about Clayton regarding this story, it might go something like this…
    Heeee’s bumblin’, stumblin’…

  22. SpillerThriller says: Jul 21, 2010 5:39 AM

    He’s going to ether going to hang the cleats and retire or he is going to finish his career in a 49er ( San Francisco ) who wouldn’t want to follow in the footsteps of Joe Montana a legendary quarterback with Brady aging he could work well with Jimmy Raye he would have Frank Gore at halfback and Crabtree at widereciever if they could ink Owens to a muti – year deal now they’ll be in position to pull this off. Then you have Ted Ginn returning or playing slot. They have a pretty decent defense ran by Singletary a defensive whiz.
    Moss has made his future pretty clear and New England hasn’t made any arguments that they’re going to re-sign
    him.
    Brady however said he likes the low profile recieving corps he once had.
    This theory shouldn’t be ruled out UNLESS! New England can win a superbowl or get there this year which is highly unlikely because Baltimore has only gotten stronger and the Jets look like they pretty much bought there tickets this year. With that said order your Brady Niner Jerseys he’s going to shock the world next year.

  23. SpillerThriller says: Jul 21, 2010 5:40 AM

    He’s going to ether going to hang the cleats and retire or he is going to finish his career in a 49er ( San Francisco ) who wouldn’t want to follow in the footsteps of Joe Montana a legendary quarterback with Brady aging he could work well with Jimmy Raye he would have Frank Gore at halfback and Crabtree at widereciever if they could ink Owens to a muti – year deal now they’ll be in position to pull this off. Then you have Ted Ginn returning or playing slot. They have a pretty decent defense ran by Singletary a defensive whiz.
    Moss has made his future pretty clear and New England hasn’t made any arguments that they’re going to re-sign
    him.
    Brady however said he likes the low profile recieving corps he once had.
    This theory shouldn’t be ruled out UNLESS! New England can win a superbowl or get there this year which is highly unlikely because Baltimore has only gotten stronger and the Jets look like they pretty much bought there tickets this year. With that said order your Brady Niner Jerseys he’s going to shock the world next year.

  24. BP says: Jul 21, 2010 11:52 PM

    @ SpillerThriller
    Makes sense to me. Brady should leave the “Team of the Decade” and go to a team that hasn’t been able to win more games than they have lost in a season during that decade. Great strategy to try to pad those Hall of Fame stats and optimize another chance at a ring – not to mention blowing a career long connection to one franchise, a dynasty, and the marketing advantages that entails.
    Oh, btw, name me one big name QB that has ever left a team when it wasn’t the team wanting them gone or to take on lesser role?

  25. Bradwins says: Jul 23, 2010 12:02 PM

    Mr. Mackey, leave the senseless speculation about Tom Brady’s contract status to the no talent columnists at the Boston Globe.
    Anybody that follows the business of NFL football and has an IQ of 65 or better understands why Manning and Brady don’t have long-term deals right now. They also understand that they both will get them from their current teams and they are both going to be even more filthy rich than they already are.
    To suggest otherwise is either shamelessly irresponsible and done only in the interest of self-promotion, or it reveals such an unfathomable lack of knowledge and insight as to make the proponent of such drivel unfit and unqualified to cover football for a living.

  26. PatsTheStats says: Jul 23, 2010 2:44 PM

    @ Spillet Thriller
    Oh, btw, name me one big name QB that has ever left a team when it wasn’t the team wanting them gone or to take on lesser role?
    Umm…….How about Drew Brees?

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