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Looks like Tom Brady deal could be "imminent," after all

Earlier today, the Boston Herald reported that a contract extension between the Patriots and quarterback was “imminent.”  Then, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that “two knowledgeable people say reports of deal being in place are ‘inaccurate’ and ‘wrong’.”

The Herald thereafter clarified its story, explaining that “[w]e are reporting a deal is ‘imminent‘ not done.”

Now, Schefter seems to be acknowledging that a deal may be “imminent,” after all.  “Just bc people say a story is ‘wrong’ or ‘inaccurate’ doesn’t mean it is,” Schefter said via Twitter.  “Ron Borges is experienced.  Brady deal could be close.  Let’s see.”

It could be a matter of semantics.  The Herald said only that a deal was “imminent”; Schefter’s original report disputed that reports of a “deal being in place” are “inaccurate” or “wrong.”   

As a result, Schefter’s backtracking (though admirable) may have been unnecessary.

Either way, Schefter now seems to agree that something could be going down soon.  Stay tuned.

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38 Responses to “Looks like Tom Brady deal could be "imminent," after all”
  1. Topher says: Sep 7, 2010 7:33 PM

    I’m a bit over this pissing match between reporters trying to scoop each other.
    Just report the damn news.

  2. Doctor Connors says: Sep 7, 2010 7:34 PM

    Brian Hoyer should be the starting QB. Brady hasn’t won since the defense went downhill in 2005. Brady is a good game manager who let the stellar defense cover up for his weaknesses.
    Since Belichick decided to rely on Brady’s noodle arm, he’s 5-4 in the playoffs with a lot of multiple turnover games. 2 INTs/1 fumble against the Broncos, 3 INTs against the Chargers, the game sealing INT against the Colts, 3 INTs against the Chargers (again), 14 points in the Super Bowl with the best offense ever, and then 3 INTs and a fumble against the Ravens.
    QBs in general are horribly overrated. Forehead Manning is a regular season stat padder. All these pugs like Matt Schaub are throwing for 4000 yards nowadays in the Arena League.
    I’ll give Brees credit for a great postseason. 8 TDs, no interceptions, and 82 percent completion percentage in the SB. But everyone else is an overrated dog.

  3. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 7, 2010 7:36 PM

    PFT gets bogged down in meaningless details again.
    But wait- PFT is always interested in who “broke” the story (no matter how trivial it is in the end) and if they are reliable. Florio’s heritage as a lawyer is always there…

  4. Cincinnasty says: Sep 7, 2010 7:40 PM

    I love how you guys just monitor and track who’s breaking the story instead of actually breaking it..

  5. vikes_favre says: Sep 7, 2010 7:48 PM

    The Pats are locking up Brady now, so he won’t bail at the end of the season when Randy Moss is traded to the Vikings for draft picks in a week or two. ;)

  6. Wonderlicker says: Sep 7, 2010 7:49 PM

    How many angels can YOU fit on the head of a pin?
    Everyone with a brain knew the deal would get done – we didn’t need the sports media Nimrods to tell us that.

  7. DEMOLITION says: Sep 7, 2010 7:52 PM

    you ‘journalists’ crack me up

  8. In & Out Burger says: Sep 7, 2010 7:53 PM

    I have heard 3 years $58 million, from a few different places. Thats just a little under 20 a year still, but it is a lot of money.

  9. grant says: Sep 7, 2010 7:53 PM

    It’s a schism in the journalistic front!

  10. Buck Stallion says: Sep 7, 2010 8:09 PM

    Schefter & Mort appear to be approaching the accuracy of a good weatherman.

  11. toddyarbroughjr says: Sep 7, 2010 8:17 PM

    The odds of Brady going to another team are about as likely as the Rams making an appearance in Dallas in February of 2011. There’s no chance the Pats are about to let their franchise QB, and honestly the best QB in the history of their franchise or possibly the NFL, hit the open market. And to push a deal off until the last second would be an insult to Brady. Not only will he get a deal worth his time, but watch for Moss and even Mankins to follow no too far behind.

  12. agenice says: Sep 7, 2010 8:23 PM

    Schefter is immenently an idiot!

  13. 90ragtop says: Sep 7, 2010 8:28 PM

    “Looks like Tom Brady deal could be imminent”
    *****************
    This just in from a reliable source. Captain America gets a three-year deal with a guaranteed $15 million annually plus incentives, plus two supermodel bimbos and another out-of-wedlock kid.

  14. YungSmurf says: Sep 7, 2010 8:30 PM

    who cares just follow me @YungSmurf

  15. raidersteve413 says: Sep 7, 2010 8:32 PM

    Shouldnt this guy be fired by now? H emakes up shit in his head all the time. His sources are all in is head. He lies about the raiders almost everyday…
    I should put a list together of all his lies

  16. Richm2257 says: Sep 7, 2010 8:34 PM

    Ron Borges would be the LAST person to get inside info on something like this …… New England hates this POS

  17. capetide says: Sep 7, 2010 8:45 PM

    What happened to the disconnect between Brady and the mean, stingy Patriots?
    (BTW Interesting that the Colts , who the media hasn’t criticized, havent signed Peyton. Is there a disconnect in Indy? Can Peyton be n his way out of town?)

  18. robert ethen says: Sep 7, 2010 8:58 PM

    Deal Imminent with His Eminence!

  19. JohnnyFootballHero says: Sep 7, 2010 9:19 PM

    Well, if it really was imminent (as claimed this morning), it would have been signed by now, wouldn’t it?

  20. kovvboyzfan says: Sep 7, 2010 9:23 PM

    Oh Damn….I thought you said Ron Burgandy

  21. Peester15 says: Sep 7, 2010 9:27 PM

    Who Cares!! The Patriots are done anyway. No chance of winning the Big One for awhile.

  22. PittsburghSteelerz says: Sep 7, 2010 9:32 PM

    “Just bc people say a story is ‘wrong’ or ‘inaccurate’ doesn’t mean it is,” Schefter said via Twitter
    ——————
    Regarding his own story. Seriously?
    Florio – you’re slippin! If that wasn’t one of your “buddies” you would have destroyed him (rightfully so)

  23. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Sep 7, 2010 9:36 PM

    In my judgment, Tom Brady should probably be the second highest paid quarterback in the NFL—second only to Peyton Manning, who, in my opinion, is the only quarterback playing today as an “on-field head coach.” Of course, in fairness to the great No. 12, one can only speculate as to how our beloved Coach “Hoodie” would react if Tom waived the kicking unit back to the sideline on a key 4th and short yardage play….

  24. BP says: Sep 7, 2010 9:40 PM

    Schefter didn’t say reports of a deal being imminent were wrong. He said reports of a deal being in place were wrong.
    So he’s an idiot because there were no reports of a deal being in place so he was dispelling reports that didn’t exist.
    His backtracking was necessary because he had to somehow try to not look like an idiot. But hey, we all have our moments.

  25. H4X0R says: Sep 7, 2010 10:06 PM

    Brady would whine about getting roughed up in a match against a girl scout troupe. Best ever LMFAO!
    Dear Tom “Take your skirt off and go play football like a man”

  26. JoeSixPack says: Sep 7, 2010 10:15 PM

    Florio – here’s the real story behind the story…
    Most Patsfans – and likely Schefter – assume that the Herald is jumping the gun because theyre desperate for a good news scoop ever since completely blowing the Spygate story, reporting an outright falsehood just before the Super Bowl
    … so forgive us Boston Herald if you’re viewed as the sports journalism version of the Boy Who Cried Wolf

  27. august says: Sep 7, 2010 10:20 PM

    Schefter is always right. Sorry San fran, Alex Smith for awhile.

  28. cutler_eats_it says: Sep 7, 2010 10:42 PM

    Doc Connors: You must be a proctologist…because you’re an a$$ man!
    Sorry…that was just too easy and cheesy.
    You lose all credibility with your opening statement about Hoyer starting.
    Since 2005 Brady has won numerous honors your QB, whoever that is, could only hope to achieve: MVP, Division and Conference titles, scoring and passing records etc.
    You’re just a hack hater. Anyone with a football brain cell would love to have Brady, Manning, or Brees “managing” their team. Your ignorance of facts is disgusting and with out balance.
    Go back and read your own post. Specifically the comment about how awful Brady was in the Pats playoff losses. Just keep repeating the phrase “SuperBowl with the best offense ever”
    That might be the dumbest phrase ever. Perhaps someday you’ll be able to say either end of that phrase in referrence to you lame team/QB.
    You haters just kill me with your lame envious comments like: “your team only won their 3 superbowls by 3 points”
    Really? Do you realize what you’ve just said?
    People! Stop, think before you write and then have the decency to reread before you press submit.
    Thanks,
    Common Sense Management
    (not to be confused with Spelling and Grammar Management)

  29. spudz says: Sep 7, 2010 11:11 PM

    Doctor Connors says:
    September 7, 2010 7:34 PM
    Brian Hoyer should be the starting QB
    Although I like Hoyer and think he is better than a number of starters in the NFL…..my opinion of Doctor Conners is that he is retarded.
    Poor fellow….

  30. Doctor Connors says: Sep 7, 2010 11:12 PM

    CutlerEatsIt:
    I’m a Patriots fan.

  31. BCGreg says: Sep 7, 2010 11:39 PM

    Oh, now a deal might be imminent. A few weeks ago it was “holdout”, “may have played his last game in NE”, “icy relationship with ownership”, “Brady’s pissed”, “waiting for Manning”, “current labor situation”.
    Like an earlier poster said, just report when there’s something to report in terms of contracts (see the whole Revis situation).
    On a tangent, Polian said he would make Manning the highest paid player. Well, then do it already. What’s the problem?

  32. OneBillsDrive says: Sep 8, 2010 12:19 AM

    Why does Schefter still have a job? None of his stories are ever accurate. Even the Raiders called him a liar.
    Doesn’t ESPN have enough, former player, mediocre reporters they can replace him with to report inaccurate information? Give Emmitt a paycheck and a Twitter account.

  33. patpatriotagain says: Sep 8, 2010 3:28 AM

    Shefter tried to dismiss ian rappaport’s initial report, which Borges tried to claim. Shefter wanted to be able to claim it for his own when it did go down. he got called on it by a bunch of sources, because no one ever said the deal ‘was done’.

  34. We need linemen says: Sep 8, 2010 4:55 AM

    All you have to do is keep on repeating this speculation until Brady signs and eventually it will be right.
    That or he’ll leave the Patriots at the end of his contract and all the reporters who made up stories will completely get away with it, just like always.
    None of the bs merchants that claimed Haynesworth was just about to be traded during the draft weekend lost their jobs. Why bother investigating anything when you can just guess.

  35. Tom Brady's Hair Plugs says: Sep 8, 2010 9:20 AM

    Florio – here’s the real story behind the story…
    Most Patsfans – and likely Schefter – assume that the Herald is jumping the gun because theyre desperate for a good news scoop ever since completely blowing the Spygate story, reporting an outright falsehood just before the Super Bowl
    … so forgive us Boston Herald if you’re viewed as the sports journalism version of the Boy Who Cried Wolf
    Wait you don’t think the Pats taped the walk through?
    not surpised dumb chowd

  36. cutler_eats_it says: Sep 8, 2010 12:22 PM

    doc, if you’re a pats fan…you certainly are a clueless one. And I doubt your Patriots fan.

  37. JoeSixPack says: Sep 8, 2010 2:07 PM

    Tom Brady’s Hair Plugs: Wait you don’t think the Pats taped the walk through?
    not surpised dumb chowd
    This is what you get for never learning to properly read. The Boston Herald which ran the original story retracted it and admitted they were wrong – which is why no one believes them now.
    … and while we’re at it, the Tuck Rule remains to this day, deemed a proper rule and properly applied.
    … and while we’re at it, look around the stands at the next football game and notice how many cameras are recording the game action and the play calling… and ask yourself why coaches from other teams cover their mouths when calling in plays
    Dumb F*ck

  38. cutler_eats_it says: Sep 8, 2010 4:24 PM

    doc, if you’re a pats fan…you certainly are a clueless one. And I doubt your Patriots fan.

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