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Patterson will file grievance against Eagles


A fight is brewing between the Eagles and one of their key defensive players.

As we reported earlier in the day, the Eagles have placed defensive tackle Mike Patterson on the non-football illness list, following his hospitalization for viral pneumonia.  As we also reported, the Eagles have decided to reduce Patterson’s salary over the final three weeks of the season, which will cost him roughly $150,000.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Patterson will file a grievance challenging the decision.

“This is not how you treat people if you’re a winning organization,” agent Peter Schaffer told McLane.

Schaeffer believes Patterson developed the illness due to work.

“I think it’s pretty clear that he got it at practice or at the NovaCare Complex,” Schaffer said. “That’s where he spends all his time. That’s all he’s doing is practicing and working out.”

Schaffer also said he addressed the decision directly with G.M. Howie Roseman.

“I told Howie this morning that if he could prove to be that Mike didn’t get pneumonia at practice I wouldn’t file a grievance,” Schaffer said. “He said he couldn’t. . . .  I love Howie, but this is wrong and petty.  To do this to one of your leaders and to a guy that fought back from brain surgery is just wrong.”

The Eagles addressed the situation generally.  “Our number one priority is to get Mike Patterson well enough to get back on the football field,” the team said in a statement.  “He has worked hard this year to get back and he has our full support as an organization.”

Patterson may have their full support, but he’s not getting his full pay.

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33 Responses to “Patterson will file grievance against Eagles”
  1. seanx40 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:39 PM

    I understand that football is a business. But there are ways to conduct business. The guy got pneumonia. He didn’t crash a motocycle, or a get in a drunken car wreck. For a team in serious need of rebuilding, that is hardly the way to attract quality free agents. The Eagles really are awful at everything.

  2. blacknole08 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:43 PM

    That is messed up! I’m sitting in the hospital right now with something similar to viral pneumonia and I can tell u that the fastest way to recovery is having support from your family, friends, and especially your employers.

    I wish him well because this flu virus going aroun now is no joke!

  3. nfcbeastly says: Dec 12, 2012 8:46 PM

    This is straight up bush league on the part of the Eagles. Patterson has been one of the hardest working guys in the organization the past 5 years. I never thought I’d see the day that the organization sink this low. Sad to call myself an Eagles fan these days.

  4. mt99808 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:50 PM

    The NFLPA is an absolute embarrassment. I realize it’s hard to take a stand on issues when half your membership is broke when they miss one pay cheque but they do nothing to change that culture.

  5. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Dec 12, 2012 8:54 PM

    Stay classy Eagles… I suppose that’s saying something coming from a Raiders fan.

  6. norton20 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:57 PM

    This is just so wrong on so many levels. What are they thinking? Classless. Petty. A horrifying way to treat any employee much less one of your better players. I hope free agents see this and think twice about ever becoming an Eagle.

  7. ironhawk says: Dec 12, 2012 9:02 PM

    Only in the “best country in the world” does an employee under contract making a yearly salary, get pay taking away because he got sick. It’s disgusting. This is something that happens in Ethiopia, not a first world country.

  8. lbijake says: Dec 12, 2012 9:11 PM

    This is not how you treat people if you’re a winning organization,” agent Peter Schaffer told McLane.

    Well, the Eagles are 4-9 so your point is well taken. Howie screwed the pooch in his first big bor decision.

  9. bobonmycob says: Dec 12, 2012 9:13 PM

    Wow you people are dumb. This is a business. If I barely played in a season I would understand a pay cut. He literally did nothing… Therefore he does not deserve fully salary. Having emotions and love in business is bad business. This is why none of you run a football organization. A bunch of softies.

  10. toybkshr says: Dec 12, 2012 9:17 PM

    Boy – has this organization sunk to the bottom or what?

  11. 6thsense79 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:17 PM

    That is just so low. All that bad press and gaining the reputation of a petty employer amongst free agents for what? Pennies on the dollar saved? The hit to the organization’s rep will cost more than anything they end up saving.

  12. rajbais says: Dec 12, 2012 9:23 PM

    The Eagles are a classless organization!!!!

    Now they deserve to get a butt whooping from Cincy!!!

  13. ronin262 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:25 PM

    Man that is a weak move from the Eagles. If this is the thought process of Eagles management, that team is starting a long period of mediocrity. What agent will steer his players there? Other teams will use this against the Eagles when recruiting free agents.

  14. enochmh2 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    This is why i always support players when it comes to hold outs! Management keeps referring to honoring contracts but they rarely do it themselves!

  15. nyfootballgiants says: Dec 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    I am a Giants fan, and I hope there is more to this story. Based on what is presented in this story, it really makes the Eagles look like a minor league organization.

  16. walkenrules says: Dec 12, 2012 9:37 PM

    Let’s analyze this: Howie Roseman and Jeffry Lurie. Any ideas?

  17. sufferingbirdsfan says: Dec 12, 2012 9:38 PM

    I been embarrassed many times by the Eagles during my over three decades as a fan. This nickel and dime treatment of a guy that has always been a good soldier ranks right up there…

  18. jazz607 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:39 PM

    Now it’s time for Lurie to go!

  19. mancave001 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:40 PM

    It’s not wrong. The guy has been paid through his health problems and still will be. It’s no different than long term disability. No issue with the tram’s actions here.

  20. cdrion21 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:49 PM

    Redskins fans, how great is it to no longer be the joke of the nfc east?

  21. grendelg says: Dec 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    It’s gonna cost them 25% more to sign free agents now. Who’d want to work for an organization that will screw you out of your paycheck if they have other options? This is both morally wrong and a very bad business decision.

  22. bleedgreenation says: Dec 12, 2012 10:22 PM

    We really need to fire Howie… has anyone ever heard this dude speak… this nutjob doesn’t have a clue… compare Howie to Reece, Thompson, Colbert, and all the other successful GM’s and you realize he leaves a lot to be desired.

  23. st0n3r78 says: Dec 12, 2012 10:24 PM

    Us Eagles fans can thank the horrible GM Howie “the joke” Roseman. Since he stepped in our drafts have 80% been retarded reaches, position switching and what not. This is a guy who literally had brain surgery, did EVERYTHING in his power to get healthy and get back onto the field for the team and this is how HOWIE thanks him? I HOPE he wins the grievance and they are forced to pay him his due salary. I could see if he went out clubbing and got drunk and passed out in the Delaware River and got hypothermia, but he got pneumonia which is relatively easy to acquire. Such a horrible move by Howie and im almost certain that Reid does NOT support this.

  24. mp4philly says: Dec 12, 2012 10:27 PM

    Given the season so far I cannot say I’m surprised. The Eagles seem to fudge everything up this year.

  25. skolvikesskol says: Dec 12, 2012 10:51 PM

    Hey, it’s not a story about how bad an organization the Vikes are or how bad our fans are. Please keep doing what your doing Eagles, Cardinals, Jags, Raiders, Jets, Chiefs, Bungles… Thank you.

  26. cowboyscanada says: Dec 12, 2012 11:21 PM

    What a classless move by the Eagles! Out of all professional sports, NFL players get screwed over the most.

  27. goldensuneagle says: Dec 13, 2012 12:24 AM

    Does anyone know the cap situation for next year? I’m pretty sure that’s why they did it.

    All things considered, it’s a classless act for someone who has worked so hard to get back on the field for this organization. Sorry Patterson.

  28. xsfmed says: Dec 13, 2012 1:07 AM

    We’ll begin Festivus with the airing of the grievances!

  29. covercorner says: Dec 13, 2012 1:09 AM

    The Eagles will never win a Super Bowl. They are penny pinching pieces of fecal matter.

  30. bluebongzilla says: Dec 13, 2012 1:12 AM

    Philly seems to want to attract fewer free agents.

  31. electionconfidential says: Dec 13, 2012 5:18 AM

    Maybe the Eagles thought that team morale was too high…

    I know that it’s a business and all that, but that amount of money is small relative to the blowback they’ll get in future negotiations with all players.

    It’s one thing to throw in the towel and rebuild, maybe cutting some expensive players to get cap space, but it’s another to soil your reputation permanently. Kinda makes it hard to keep that “one big family” idea afloat.

  32. hisgirlgotburrelled says: Dec 13, 2012 9:23 AM

    This is pretty embarrassing.

    Patterson has no more guaranteed money. Wouldn’t be surprised if after this stupid stunt they release him as soon as the season is over.

  33. dcbassguy says: Dec 13, 2012 12:33 PM

    You guys know that the NFL is a business, right?

    He was paid last year and this year, and hadn’t played at all up until a few weeks ago. The organization has been more than generous with Patterson.

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