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Tom Brady confident compromise will be reached, 2011 will be played

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The lead named plaintiff in the players’ lawsuit against the NFL says he’s confident that something will get worked out and there will be a 2011 season.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked by Boomer Esiason if he believes the 2011 season will happen, and he responded in the affirmative.

“I believe it,” Brady said, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Certainly I think there are too many players and too many owners that want it. There are a lot of people in the negotiating room and I know players are looking out, not only for ourselves, but for the past players, and the owners are trying to build a business.”

In the short term, offseason activities are beginning not because both sides are satisfied but because the players have gone to court and gotten an order forcing the owners to open up their facilities. But in the long term, Brady thinks a deal will get done that can make all sides happy.

“I think with any of that, there needs to be compromise,” Brady said. “I know that before now and whenever the scheduled start of the season is -– whether it’s training camp or the first game of the season -– I think there are going to be a lot of talks that take place, a lot of negotiating sessions, and hopefully a lot of compromise comes from that. That’s business.”

Right now, there are no negotiating sessions, just courtroom appearances. But even though he’s the man whose name is on the lawsuit, Brady seems to think a less acrimonious way of beginning the season is coming.

Here’s hoping he’s right.

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28 Responses to “Tom Brady confident compromise will be reached, 2011 will be played”
  1. brazy44 says: Apr 29, 2011 12:31 PM

    they should just do the deal i though the owners were looking for originally.
    take a total of $2B off the top of revenues and split how they had been.
    cut the rookie pool to a reasonable amount.
    rookie contracts should be max 4 years.
    same free agency as before.

  2. ingloriousmaster says: Apr 29, 2011 12:36 PM

    Brady is doing the fans a favor by involving himself in this lawsuit. It shows that he really does care that the season is played, and that the players are just trying to play and get paid fairly (obviously they get paid $$$$) compared to the owners. The NFL is a cash cow and the players just want to protect their pay by staying status quo and perhaps some extra $ for those who made the game. IMO the very wealthy owners have to stop letting us the average fan, and the yes,wealthy players (who do risk serious injury for our pleasure)down.

  3. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Apr 29, 2011 12:42 PM

    Alas, we have at long last heard from the plaintiff-in-chief. Brady is absolutely correct: Compromise is the answer. Now, he should dedicate himself to sharing that message with his own side which, to date at least, has acted as if that word is not a part of their vocabulary.

  4. dexterismyhero says: Apr 29, 2011 12:44 PM

    Biebermania in the NFL!!!!!

  5. CKL says: Apr 29, 2011 12:45 PM

    Hey TB…about that compromise thingy…..you may wanna have a little chat with DeCertified Smith, Kessler etc. about that. And your owner can have his own chat about it with Mr. Jones. I would mention Goodelll but he’s just a puppet anyway…cut out the middleman!

  6. brownsfn says: Apr 29, 2011 12:46 PM

    This dude’s always gotta put himself in the headlines…just go away pretty boy…oh ya and QUIT SUING THE LEAGUE!!

  7. smacklayer says: Apr 29, 2011 12:47 PM

    If he really believes that, why did he walk away from negotiations and sue?

  8. smacklayer says: Apr 29, 2011 12:50 PM

    BTW, comments take WAY too long to be posted on this site. You should speed it up or make it real time. If you get flamers, just ban them like every other message board does.

    Also you should have the comments be threaded so we can reply to each other’s comments in a thread.

    And lastly, you should put a thumbs up/down for your own articles. Some of the stuff you post is total crap and some of it is gold.

  9. boblavoie says: Apr 29, 2011 12:51 PM

    Thanks Tom, I hope you’re right. Saw and talked to Bob Kraft last night (Draft Party) – I thanked him for bring a wonderful team to New England. You are very much apart of that success SO lets keep it going. Play ball.

  10. chapnastier says: Apr 29, 2011 12:52 PM

    SO he finally got off the beach and decided to have something to do with this whole thing? Well I guess he did lend his name to the lawsuit.

  11. jimr10 says: Apr 29, 2011 12:55 PM

    Tom, why aren’t you there?

  12. mick730 says: Apr 29, 2011 12:55 PM

    Well, that’s nice to hear, but just maybe, Brady needs to take a more active role in the whole thing, and in particular, instruct his attorneys, Kessler and De Dig IT, to find a compromise that works for both sides.

  13. guppies66 says: Apr 29, 2011 1:01 PM

    Right! Tom Brady is a pompous jackass who doesn’t care about the common players in the league.
    Here’s hoping that he goes away and we never have to hear from him again.

  14. bsandcs says: Apr 29, 2011 1:07 PM

    yup. COMP-RO-MISE.
    both sides have some serious faults in this mess but if often seems like De Smith has this personal, ulterior motive just to stick it to the owners

  15. bluepike says: Apr 29, 2011 1:07 PM

    Less acrimonious? Not if DeMaurice Smith is still around.

  16. benh999 says: Apr 29, 2011 1:20 PM

    If Tommy O’Bundchen says it, it must be true.

  17. capslockkey says: Apr 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    Nice to finally see a player open his mouth about this whole labor situation and not have to stick his foot in it for once.

  18. scytherius says: Apr 29, 2011 1:29 PM

    So they are gonna gag and hog ti Jerry Jones and put him in the closet?

    He’s probably correct. Because those that moved to shut down the season (the owners) are getting, and will get, KILLED in Court. And good.

  19. boblavoie says: Apr 29, 2011 1:30 PM

    guppie face says:

    Right! Tom Brady is a pompous jackass who doesn’t care about the common players in the league.
    Here’s hoping that he goes away and we never have to hear from him again.

    ——-
    Even if he went away, you pompous jackass, your team would still lose two to the best team in the NFL. Read’im and weep!

  20. zaggs says: Apr 29, 2011 1:35 PM

    “I know players are looking out, not only for ourselves, but for the past players,”

    Uh Tom, you’re lying. There is a reason why the NFLPA got sued by retired players and why Demoron smith, with your permission, has attacked George Martin aka head of the NFL alumni association.

  21. eagleswin says: Apr 29, 2011 1:41 PM

    “I believe it,” Brady said, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Certainly I think there are too many players and too many owners that want it. There are a lot of people in the negotiating room and I know players are looking out, not only for ourselves, but for the past players, and the owners are trying to build a business.”

    ————————————

    There are several parts of his statement which crack me up. First off, there’s noone in the negotiating room because the players moved all future proceedings to the court room. Also, I can’t think of a single instance of the current players (Brady included) of the current players looking out for the former players. There are past instances where when it came down to retired player benefits and “straight cash” the players have chosen “straight cash” every single time.

    They have indicated that they want the owners to pay for retired benefits (only if it doesn’t come out of their share of the pie). I suppose putting the burden on someone else to help the retired players counts in Tom’s mind.

  22. pastabelly says: Apr 29, 2011 1:41 PM

    It’s pretty funny that you have a player taking the position that both sides need to compromise and not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs and the Brady hate comes out in full force here.

  23. p4ever says: Apr 29, 2011 1:47 PM

    how can you compromise with commisioner GoodOld moron? He seems to hear everything but doesn’t comprehend it.

  24. vomitingliberals says: Apr 29, 2011 2:00 PM

    The players are the ones who walked away from talks because they knew they had a liberal, union-loving, Obamabot judge waiting to rule in their favor in Minnesota, but the litigation war is far from over as of yet. I hope the players and DeMo get spanked down the line. The future sustainability of the league is at stake here.

  25. mistrezzrachael says: Apr 29, 2011 2:26 PM

    Rhode Island Patriots Fan says:
    Apr 29, 2011 12:42 PM
    Alas, we have at long last heard from the plaintiff-in-chief. Brady is absolutely correct: Compromise is the answer. Now, he should dedicate himself to sharing that message with his own side which, to date at least, has acted as if that word is not a part of their vocabulary.

    NICE TO SEE SOMEONE OUT HERE W/A BRAIN.

    Cannot wait for imbeciles like DEB to reply and state how players tried to negociate for a long time…and how they were all about compromise…Owners offer before decertification was extremely strong..players blew it .

  26. jasonfinfan says: Apr 29, 2011 2:44 PM

    Im not very optimistic an agreement will be reached before training camp.

    Teams will be in more chaos then they would be now Scrambling to put together a roster, sign rookies,train players, and have everyone understand the playbook.

  27. dd393 says: Apr 29, 2011 5:01 PM

    Well, if the season doesn’t start, maybe you could sue somebody. Oh, yeah, you already did. Never mind.

  28. tatum064 says: Apr 29, 2011 5:16 PM

    Uh Tom, you’re lying. There is a reason why the NFLPA got sued by retired players and why Demoron smith, with your permission, has attacked George Martin aka head of the NFL alumni association.
    ===============================
    you mean George “Puppet Martin , who was brought in as some idiotic tool to get the fans from the players side to the owners side?

    Yes, the NFL alumni has it “so good” after retirement, dont they? Those that moved to shut down the season (the owners) are getting KILLED in Court…ultimately it could mean the end of the draft.

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