NFL sees no evidence of Patriots tampering with Martellus Bennett

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The abrupt departure of Martellus Bennett from Green Bay and his subsequent return to New England is not raising any concerns about tampering, according to the league office.

On an NFL media conference call today, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe asked league spokesman Joe Lockhart if there are any tampering issues surrounding the Patriots and Bennett. Lockhart’s answer was an emphatic, “No.”

Bennett has been vocal in his criticism of the Packers, whom he accused of pressuring him to play through a shoulder injury. But when the Patriots picked him up off waivers from the Packers, he was healthy enough to play on Sunday.

But while Bennett was undoubtedly glad to leave the Packers for the Patriots, there wouldn’t be any rules violation unless the Packers attempted to orchestrate Bennett’s departure. And the NFL sounds confident nothing like that happened.

215 responses to “NFL sees no evidence of Patriots tampering with Martellus Bennett

  1. And now let’s hear it from the whiners and those that have to support their miserable loser teams with their quick wit comments . . . C’mon, let’s hear how smart you sound saying ‘cheaters’!!!!!

  2. You got it in the last paragraph. If there was a fix or any sort of tampering, the Packers would be the main culprit and at the center of a possible investigation.

    I’m really hopeful though that GB will pursue their grievance of failure to disclose. But somehow I doubt it they will. It’s not like GB is squeaky-clean here anyway.

  3. I see this as Martellus wanting to play for a contender. I feel that players will go the extra mile when it means something. It’s like any job, money is important, but what you do and who you do it with are important as well.

  4. The tampering thing is dumb, you cant stop teams from doing it, they will allways find a way.

    you think for 1 second BB brought bennett in not knowing if he would play or not? NO

    infact no team would except maybe the browns.

  5. Wib @ his lies again! The only tampering regarding Revis was by the Jets, there was no taping of practices ( guess you missed the apology from the Herald on the front page), and Mother Nature is the one who “ tampered “ with footballs.

  6. The Pat’s didnt wave him, and they would be the last team able to claim him. Of course they didn’t tamper…

  7. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    But they did tamper with revis, deflate footballs and tape practices
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    Thank you Hanna Storm.
    I needed a good laugh today!

  8. 29 other teams could have claimed him before the Patriots waiver claim was authorized. Money is the risk. Patriots risk having to pay him next season if they have to IR him. He is already hurt and that NFL melody of atrophy and attrition doesn’t stop in mid-Novmeber.

  9. Losers obsess over winners whereas winners only think about losers from the perspective of how to beat them some more. Same in sports as in politics.

    Give that a thought, losers.

  10. Here’s what I don’t get. What if another team ahead of the Pats on the waiver wire showed interest and Bennett told them he’s having surgery, even though he had no intention of having surgery, just so he could get to the Patriots? Could one of those teams have a grievance? I don’t know.

  11. 2015: Legendary coach Don Shula calls out Bill Belichick

    The former Miami Dolphins coaching legend, who went head-to-head with Belichick, had a hilarious nickname for the Pats coach.

    During an interview, he said,

    The embers of competition have cooled some. But they’re still warm, if you care to see them. The coach can still can bring it when he wants, like when a forgotten scab is picked with the mention of the current king, New England’s Bill Belichick. ‘Beli-cheat?

  12. …On an NFL media conference call today, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe asked league spokesman Joe Lockhart if there are any tampering issues surrounding the Patriots and Bennett….
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    Were Dan Shaughnessy and Ron Borges unavailable to ask that question?

  13. But they did tamper with revis, deflate footballs and tape practices.

    – uhh, the Jets tampered with Revis, not the Pats
    – yeah, you didn’t real pay much attention to the “deflategate” saga, did you?
    – never happened. one jilted ex-employee accused the Pats of doing it then later recanted his story when asked for evidence

  14. Vindicated again. Once again Belichick broke out the 3D Wizard chess board to school some more GMs. The King Reigns on.

  15. whywerule says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    …On an NFL media conference call today, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe asked league spokesman Joe Lockhart if there are any tampering issues surrounding the Patriots and Bennett….
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    Were Dan Shaughnessy and Ron Borges unavailable to ask that question?

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    Volin is quickly becoming the next version of those guys.

  16. Teams and players game the waiver wire all the time. Bennett and the Patriots just have marquee names. I’ve had rotator cuff surgery. Pre-surgery it is uncomfortable, at times painful, but not completely debilitating. Unless is snaps, you can have the surgery “now or later.” It takes 6 months to heal and longer to lift weights like NFL players need to. Since the season’s goals were lost in GB when Rodgers went down, Bennett wanted to have the surgery now and be ready to play 100%, in sync with when Rodgers was back at 100%. I don’t buy the retirement BS. However, Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy and GM Ted Thompson have jobs on the line this season, and understandably want Bennett to play NOW. I can’t blame either side. But GB waived him, nobody wanted to take a chance on his injury/contract/reputation, so the Patriots rolled the dice and picked him up. For Bennett, New England is the one place that he could snap into with minimal effort, and he doesn’t have to be “The Man” at tight end. Factor in the cat fight with GB along with the “now or later” option on surgery and the potential playoff money and SB ring possibility, and I can see why he decided to play in New England. Nothing to see here really.

  17. As things go this was fairly minor, or at least the Patriots organization thinks so, because they have been consistently accused of manipulating the IR by players. Including practicing while on the IR in 2001 and former Patriots saying the IR was used as punishment in 2014.

  18. The Patriots didn’t do anything wrong. The only thing I don’t like is Bennett running his mouth saying the Packers tried to make him play through an injury, but yet he suits up for the Pats this past weekend. Not really a fan of this guy or his brother.

  19. They couldve put him on IR but they waived him. Any other team couldve claimed him. Hell some team couldve claimed him for the sake of blocking NE, but he made it all the way to their claim. Whatever Bennett is saying sounds off, I am sure he didnt want to play there after Rodgers got hurt and they didnt want him but NE did so they have him. Bennett is better off not trying to save face because no one will ever think what he says is true or makes sense. He should be straight forward. The whole saga with GB seems odd though, I could see them going after his bonus.

  20. They had to at least let him know they’d want him if he could secure his release. And to all of you saying 30 teams could’ve claimed him: curiously, only one team was confident he wasn’t too injured to play. Hmmm…

  21. Don’t believe Patriots tampered but think this was all conspired by Bennett. Told Packers he would not be able to play on Sunday because of his shoulder but actually could play Sunday with Brady. Total Liar.

  22. The Packers released Bennett when they did because Free Agent signings released before week ten don’t count against the team when it comes to the compensatory pick formula. Last week was week ten. The question is what happens if the player doesn’t clear waivers? New England would be the beneficiary of a comp pick for losing Bennett last year. By claiming him they may have got the player but also saved their compensatory pick next year.

  23. kenmasters34 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    Bennett went through waivers. So 30 other teams had their chance at him and passed.

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    Because he missed recent games, said he was injured, and stated he was going to retire after this season. Who would want to pick that up? Unless he isn’t really injured THAT bad and will probably change his mind about retiring….now….

  24. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    They had to at least let him know they’d want him if he could secure his release. And to all of you saying 30 teams could’ve claimed him: curiously, only one team was confident he wasn’t too injured to play. Hmmm…

    …………………………………

    The Patriots can waive Bennett any time right now and it will only cost $50k which is basically Bennett’s weekly salary. There is no guaranteed money this year other than what the Packers paid him. If you’re a GM and decide to save $50k and not claim Bennett just to check how bad he is, you deserve to be fired. Period. No Hmmmms about it.

  25. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    2015: Legendary coach Don Shula calls out Bill Belichick

    The former Miami Dolphins coaching legend, who went head-to-head with Belichick, had a hilarious nickname for the Pats coach: ‘Beli-cheat?
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    Of course the dude is bitter – he had the best QB in the NFL for 15 years and couldn’t win the big one.

  26. “Bennett went through waivers. So 30 other teams had their chance at him and passed.”

    Funny, that. He claimed in the media that he was too hurt to play and that the mean ol’ Packers wanted to MAKE him play. Patriots claim him and he’s able to magically play the first week? Nah, smells FINE! To paraphrase Patriots fans, “Cheaters don’t admit cheating. They just keep cheating so they can keep winning. The punishment never outweighs another ring!”

  27. This is much ado about nothing. Marty didn’t want to play for GB while being injured. He thought it was worthless. Now that is selfish, but he’s played hurt now for two years in a row and didn’t want to play hurt for Hundley. Playing hurt on a playoff drive with Tom Brady is another story. The Patriots will move on from him right after the season and he will retire because no other team will put up with him. This is his final chapter and he wants to go out on his terms. He’s acting selfish, but these contracts are all selfish with teams cutting players when they want. Marty worked the system to his advantage and is playing for the one team that actually understands him and knows how to get the most from him.

  28. My complaint would not be with the Patriots, but rather with Bennett.
    The guy says he can’t play, he needs surgery and that the Packers should pay him, because he is injuried and can’t play. Packers Doctor says he can play, that he doesn’t need surgery. Bennett criticized the Doctor calling him incompetent etc. Packers cut Bennett and Lord God, It’s a miracle, He can play !
    He should be charged with fraud or something and should repay a prorated portion of his signing bonus to the Packers.

  29. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    2015: Legendary coach Don Shula calls out Bill Belichick

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    1970: Dolphins lose 1st round draft pick for tampering when they sign Don Shula away from Colts.

  30. dragonfly99 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm
    Don’t believe Patriots tampered but think this was all conspired by Bennett. Told Packers he would not be able to play on Sunday because of his shoulder but actually could play Sunday with Brady. Total Liar.

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    Agree. But, the Pats have done nothing wrong, but be really good at what they do.

    If you think about it, this is one more reason why BB is so great. He has the ability to rein in malcontent type players because of team-building environment he has created there.

    – Pats Fan

  31. Bennett TOLD HIS AGENT to tell all teams do NOT put a claim in because i plan to get the surgery done and retire. 30 teams skipped him. Belichick played roulette and took a gamble. When his agent informed him it was Foxborough calling, he said it was worth a discussion. He flew to Foxborough, talked with Tom and Bill, and did practice. Belichick said IF YOU DO NOT FEEL UP FOR IT, NO BIG DEAL.

    This is not the first time the pats took a gamble on an injured player. in 2012, Bill put a waiver claim in on Bear Pascoe of the giants to see if it was worth the risk because Gronk and that other guy were recovery from surgery/injured.

  32. The NFL has the fix in on too many other teams/situations right now. They don’t want to tip the scales over and make it more obvious than it already is.

  33. Bennett is a liar, it’s as simple as that. Worse, he’s a quitter. He quit on the Packers when Rodgers went down, and all he wanted was out. He got his wish and now he’s back in New England. Now I hope the Packers can go after him for some of the money he stole from them.

  34. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm
    Brady destroyed evidence

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    Nope. Factually wrong. He simply bought a new phone, weeks after he was interviewed for 4 hours, and OFFERED everything on his phone.

  35. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    But they did tamper with revis, deflate footballs and tape practices

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    that was actually the jets that tampered with revis. and they didnt deflate footballs unless you ignore every piece of credible science known to mankind. matt walsh admitted he made that story up and failed to produce any evidence, but because a former employee with an ax to grind said it it must be true right? try again

  36. superpatriotsfan says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm
    Why do new England fans defend cheating?

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    Why do you idiots claim something is “cheating” when it isn’t? Go sit with Goodell on Park Ave and cheat away, little Millennial.

    I weep for this country’s future. I already do, actually.

  37. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    But they did tamper with revis, deflate footballs and tape practices
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    Actually the Jests tampered with Revis not the Pats. The NFL never proved they let the air out of any footballs and scientists call it the “Ideal Gas Law”. As to taping practices there is no evidence, as in ZERO, this ever happened. Otherwise your comment was right.

  38. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    But they did tamper with revis, deflate footballs and tape practices

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    Nope, nope and nope.

    Why do the mods let this troll post?

  39. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    As things go this was fairly minor, or at least the Patriots organization thinks so, because they have been consistently accused of manipulating the IR by players. Including practicing while on the IR in 2001 and former Patriots saying the IR was used as punishment in 2014.
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    Give us the names of these players…You’ve got to be able to come up with at least one!
    Your last name must be Disney, because for sure you live in FANTASY LAND!

  40. Its obvious that Bennett lied and manipulated his way back to New England with or without the direct support of the Patriots. His story makes no sense. He complained publically that the Packers were trying to force him to play through a terribly painful injury despite his intent to have surgery. Then he’s released and makes sure every team knows that he plans to have surgery but wait, the patriots claim him, he plays the next week. Truth is, this was his goal and this was the only way to make it happen. I doubt anyone would blame him – but we can acknowledge his deceit. Integrity – for Martellus Bennett and the New England Patriots is just not that big a deal. So what.

  41. Any team could have claimed Bennett even though his agent told all NFL teams he was having surgery. Alas the Pats were the only team to claim him. It is not BB fault the other GM’s decided to pass on Bennett.

  42. Of course they don’t. Whether they were directly involved or Bennett manipulated this stinks. People on this site complain about Goodell, but excuse everything else. It all destroys the league.

  43. XaqFields says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    The NFL has the fix in on too many other teams/situations right now. They don’t want to tip the scales over and make it more obvious than it already is.

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    First thing I thought of when I read this ridiculous headline. At another time, maybe pre Deflategate, it wouldn’t be so obvious how much Goodell has used stupid made up crap like this to frame and cheat the Pats.

    If he did it here, it would be beyond obvious that he was using this as a way to frame and cheat them again.

  44. I’m not sure a lot of you understand what tampering is, or how it could happen in this case. Problems started after Rodgers was injured and before the trade deadline ended. Here’s a scenario for you:

    1. Rodgers gets injured
    2. Bennett tells agent he doesn’t want to play for Packers any longer .. perhaps wants to be traded.
    3. Agent talks to the Patriots (his former team)
    4. Patriots say they don’t wish to trade for Bennett, but would have interest if he was waived.
    5. Bennett then begins talking about retirement via twitter
    6. Bennett tells Packers his shoulder is injured and he wants surgery
    7. Packers feel the guy has quit on them because he never missed a practice and the shoulder wasn’t an issue when Rodgers was healthy.
    8. Packers decide to cut bait on a player who is quitting on them.
    9. Patriots claim the guy
    10. Bennett passes physical and drops retirement talk and plays for Patriots.

  45. the exact same thing happened with Pittsburgh and Lagarrette Blount (sorry about the spelling). He fooled around until Pittsburgh finally got frustrated and cut him and he was in a Patriots uniform before they could launder his jersey. I would think this is suspicious that it happened twice with New England and never with any other team, but fortunately the league cleared it all.

  46. Give us the names of these players…You’ve got to be able to come up with at least one!
    Your last name must be Disney, because for sure you live in FANTASY LAND!

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    “Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib have both said since leaving New England in free agency that when they were on the Patriots last year, the team gave them injury designations that weren’t accurate. Spikes ended last season on injured reserve with a knee injury, and there were reports that Patriots coach Bill Belichick actually put Spikes on IR because Spikes had shown up late to practice. Spikes seemed to confirm that in an interview on WGR in Buffalo.”

  47. This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.

  48. babygaga19 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    Amazing the Pats are always under investigation for cheating. Why is that, exactly? Tommy?
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    What investigation are the Patriots involved in?

  49. That was fast, almost as quick as their dismissal of the case against Peyton Manning and PEDs. The NFL is amazingly quick at investigating when they already know the outcome they want.

    That said, Bennett is a dope, and he did this all on his own I’m sure. He’s not smart enough to think that many steps down the line.

  50. wib22 says:

    November 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    But they did tamper with revis, deflate footballs and tape practices

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    Nope to all three. JETS tampered with Revis and were fined by the NFL. The other two were obviously debunked long ago. All three are pretty easy to look up.

  51. @wib22:

    Talib was put on IR AFTER a collision with then Bronco Wes Welker…I believe it was for a hip flexor.
    Spikes was waived by NE last year after being involved in a hit and run accident!
    Spikes in his first stint with NE was IR’d for a knee injury…As BB says, I coach the team, I don’t do surgery.

  52. superpatriotsfan says:

    November 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Why do new England fans defend cheating?

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    There are no recently converted English soccer fans commenting here, wrong thread. And using the waiver wire is not cheating. Please do some research.

  53. Here come the Patriot trolls again. I do recall that the Jets tampered with Revis to get him back. It was pretty much understood that DR was with the Pats to get a ring, mission accomplished, and it was very unlikely that he would stay longer. The Jets did speak up about wanting him back before his contract with the Pats expired and I don’t believed they were fined (Another NY team escapes the commissioner’s axe) but there was at least a verbal warning.

    The deflategate thing has been explained by many different scientific sources but like our president, it appears that Commissioner Goodel doesn’t believe in science.

    Then the so called spygate thing originated in New York, Eric Mangini was the coach of the Jets, and any accusation that originates in NY immediately has legs because of where the league offices are located. Remember that the Colts people who reported the “underinflated footballs” during the playoff game in question, they presented their “evidence” to a former NY Jets security guy who then worked for NFL security, and then it became an issue after the story was then leaked to Chris Mortensen at ESPN. More garbage was fed to Stephen A Smith and the league had mouthpiece for Brady and Pats to be tried on the NFL’s media of choice. One that they had large contracts with and they could force the ESPN reporters to be spineless.

    Now this with Bennett. 30 teams needed to pass on him for the Pats to get him. Yeah, that’s tampering in the eyes of the people who cheer for lousy teams and hate the Patriots

    One question, what about the NY Giants and the fake merchandise going back 6 months? Another New York team given a pass. I guess nobody cares because they’re 1-8 but I haven’t forgotten.

  54. 8oneanddones says:

    November 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.

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    That means the Raiders aren’t good at preparing. Nothing is stopping them from practicing at altitude. What rule are you referring to exactly?

  55. honestly laughable how scared everyone is of the patriots, for them to have tampered with martellus they would have needed 30 teams to be in on the deal in order not claim him on waivers for the grand cost of 500 000$ till the end of the season with no money guaranteed after if they cut him at the end of the season

    people are so scared of the pats that one guy on this board said the pats tampered with revis which is actually hysterical since the jets actually tampered with revis while he was on the patriots

    must suck being so envious of a team that you spend your days dreaming up excuses on how the patriots cant be this good without a nefarious reason.

  56. If any tampering occurred here it was by GB, cutting Bennett rather than IR, with some lame excuse of an “undisclosed” injury, all to save a compensatory pick and get out of the silly $21M money with $6M guaranteed they paid to lure him away from the Pats’ modest $6M offer.

    Bennett played injured all 2nd-half of last season and postseason – ankle, SHOULDER, knee – and was limited at times. If GB truly did not MRI him in their rush to sign him that’s their problem, but he was being treated and prescribed for the shoulder. Had this been the Pats cutting Bennett after Brady went down, and claiming an “undisclosed” to get out of a big contract, you’d all be screaming LIARS at the Pats and “Integrity” Goodell licking his lips. But it was Aaron “over-inflated balls” Rodgers’ team so look the other way.

  57. Ben Volin: “Have you stopped beating your wife?”

    Volin championed, tirelessly, the fraudulent assertions and blatant manipulations of Goodell in the atmospheric alteration of footballs, in the cold and rain.

    Volin has a very large axe to grind with NE; they don’t send him Season’s Greetings cards anymore

  58. shutupbrees says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    That was fast, almost as quick as their dismissal of the case against Peyton Manning and PEDs. The NFL is amazingly quick at investigating when they already know the outcome they want.

    That said, Bennett is a dope, and he did this all on his own I’m sure. He’s not smart enough to think that many steps down the line.

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    Or, very, very slow working hard on a framejob that takes time with lawyers and special wording in fraud “investigations”.

    Like with Brady and now Elliott..

    Manning ADMITTED PEDS were sent to his house which carries a precedent setting 6 game suspension which Goodell used in 2006.

    There was no investigation needed there, just a cover up.

  59. 8oneanddones says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.

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    LOL!

    We were joking about that actually being another Goodell Framejob last week. Wouldn’t shock me at all considering how desperate the scumbag is.

  60. wib22 says:

    November 14, 2017 at 3:36 pm

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    “Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib have both said since leaving New England in free agency that when they were on the Patriots last year, the team gave them injury designations that weren’t accurate. Spikes ended last season on injured reserve with a knee injury, and there were reports that Patriots coach Bill Belichick actually put Spikes on IR because Spikes had shown up late to practice. Spikes seemed to confirm that in an interview on WGR in Buffalo.”
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    But tell us again about the Revis tampering?

  61. reddzen says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    And yes nyneal…Bennett is a liar and a quitter. Bad for the league.

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    Goodell is a pathological liar and isn’t good for the league either, certainly worse than a back up TE.

  62. Kraft is on the committee to give Goodell 50 mill a year.
    Dont think he’s pissing off owner on that committee.

    If you tell 30 teams your retiring and 1 your not. Seems like tampering to me.

  63. November 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.

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    And who is stopping the Raiders from going somewhere else to practice before the game???? The Raiders, that’s who…

  64. aaronrodgers618 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm
    Glad the Patriots have him. He is a bum and a locker room cancer.

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    Not in NE he isn’t. Get it?

  65. objectivefootballfan says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Don’t tell me the Patriots are at it again, lol.
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    Yep. Still winning.

  66. streetyson says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    If any tampering occurred here it was by GB, cutting Bennett rather than IR, with some lame excuse of an “undisclosed” injury, all to save a compensatory pick and get out of the silly $21M money with $6M guaranteed they paid to lure him away from the Pats’ modest $6M offer.

    Bennett played injured all 2nd-half of last season and postseason – ankle, SHOULDER, knee – and was limited at times. If GB truly did not MRI him in their rush to sign him that’s their problem, but he was being treated and prescribed for the shoulder. Had this been the Pats cutting Bennett after Brady went down, and claiming an “undisclosed” to get out of a big contract, you’d all be screaming LIARS at the Pats and “Integrity” Goodell licking his lips. But it was Aaron “over-inflated balls” Rodgers’ team so look the other way.

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    The Pack don’t work that way pal. No way do we walk away from a contract unless someone is an absolute cancer which is Bennet. Guy quit on a team second after his HOF QB got hurt. Go figure he gets cut and we win. Either way your not close to being right. Bennet and the Pats set this up and Bennet could find a DR anywhere to lie and say he’s hurt and needs surgery. Then to tell all teams he doesn’t want to be pick up, oh except for the Pats. Give me a break. Common sense would suggest he told all teams but the Pats to stay clear, and knowing the Pats are a bit thin at a at WR why not. Guy is a clown.

  67. How many plays did Bennett play? Very few, less than ten, as opposed to being the Packers #1 tight-end.

    How many practices did Bennett see contact with the Patriots? Zero. The Packers wanted him to practice.

    Doesn’t a player have a right to decide whether he gets surgery or plays if the former is an option? Yes, and he also has the right to be used sparingly if the team he plays for has a viable chance to win it all which the Pats have and the Packers do not.

  68. It’s irresponsible enquirer type reporting by Volin. GB cut Bennett on their own and based on their medical team’s assessment he was released with the failure to report medical condition designation. Then, 29 teams passed on Bennett. His agent may very well have told them all he was going for season ending surgery, but he can tell them what ever he wants. The teams all could have spent a few hundred thousand to stash him on IR and prevent the Patriots from getting him and they could have cut him free of charge at the start of next season by not paying him his 2MM bonus.

    The Patriots couldn’t make any of that happen. They just had to hope it was possible. It was the actions of GB and the inactions of the 29 other teams that allowed this to happen.

    His injury is obviously real if GB cut him with that designation and that injury can be easily played through, but it could risk more damage for Bennett, but if he really will retire, then why not try to win another Super Bowl in the meantime. That’s a good reason to play through an injury that limits strength raising your arms, but not leverage pushing and it is not very painful.

  69. 8oneanddones says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.

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    What kind of bone headed coach would not go to a higher altitude location to acclimatize a week before given it is fully allowed. That’s pretty dumb.

  70. It must be killing Jerry Jones that (1) the Bennett didn’t even want to play for the NFC team that keeps knocking the Cowboys out of the playoffs; (2) the Patriots are teed up for another run at a SB and he’s not; (3) Kraft could surpass him in franchise value; and, (4) his boy Goodell aided the Patriots by sitting Brady (keeping him fresh) in a SB winning year while taking his running back off the field and ending the Cowboy’s season that he thought was SB bound.

  71. dmca12 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    Here’s what I don’t get. What if another team ahead of the Pats on the waiver wire showed interest and Bennett told them he’s having surgery, even though he had no intention of having surgery, just so he could get to the Patriots? Could one of those teams have a grievance? I don’t know.

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    No, it’s part of Bennett’s warning label as a malcontent which is why no one claimed him.

    But, if these GMs in the AFC in particular were smart, they would have claimed him immediately and IR’d him to BLOCK him from NE.

    One reason why the ratings are dropping is because most NFL teams are really, really dumb.

    And, NE is not.

    Have a nice day!

  72. upper23 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm
    Kraft is on the committee to give Goodell 50 mill a year.
    Dont think he’s pissing off owner on that committee.
    If you tell 30 teams your retiring and 1 your not. Seems like tampering to me.

    ——————

    Player tampering?

    He can tell teams whatever he wants to try and convince them not to take him. They could still take him anyway. Why on earth the Bills, Steelers and KC did not do that and stash him on IR is beyond me.

  73. shutupbrees says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    That was fast, almost as quick as their dismissal of the case against Peyton Manning and PEDs. The NFL is amazingly quick at investigating when they already know the outcome they want.
    That said, Bennett is a dope, and he did this all on his own I’m sure. He’s not smart enough to think that many steps down the line.

    ———-

    He did what on his own? Is he a Jedi now? He can make a team cut him instead of just putting him on IR?

  74. BILL BELICHIK TO ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER:
    “Things don’t seem to be going too well for your buddy LaGarrette/Martellus there in Pittsburgh/Green Bay. I wish we didn’t let him go. We could sure use him.”

    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE LAGARRETTE BLOUNT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I;m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”

    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE MARTELLUS BENNETT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I’m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”

    It’s that simple. All the player has to do is make sure he’s such an A$$hole, or so injured, that no one else will claim him.

    THE PATRIOT WAY!

  75. reddzen says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    And yes nyneal…Bennett is a liar and a quitter. Bad for the league.
    ———

    Good players that are law abiding like Bennett are good for the league. Bennett also does so many things off the field that are good for his community.

    So what if he plays for one team and not another. You can have a bone to pick with him about it, but it’s still fun to see him out on the field.

    Randy Moss was terrible for Oakland, but great in Minn and in NE. He was still fun to watch at his best, but I am sure Oakland fans don’t love him. He wasn’t bad for the league. That’s for sure.

  76. The Patriots might be a lot of things, but they didn’t tamper with this guy. No chance. All risk and little reward. A thing that we know the Patriots aren’t, is stupid.

  77. upper23 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    If you tell 30 teams your retiring and 1 your not. Seems like tampering to me.

    ————
    Let’s think logically, shall we? When did he tell the Patriots this? AFTER he had been waived. It’s tampering IF they discuss salary while he’s employed elsewhere. The Packers waived him for some reason. That means he’s not employed. They could have just IR’d him, it wouldn’t have cost them much. They could have suspended him without pay and it wouldn’t cost them a cent. Why waive?

    It’s Jedi mind tricks. And it’s “you’re” not “your”.

  78. BILL BELICHIK TO ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER:
    “Things don’t seem to be going too well for your buddy LaGarrette/Martellus there in Pittsburgh/Green Bay. I wish we didn’t let him go. We could sure use him.”

    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE LAGARRETTE BLOUNT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I;m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”

    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE MARTELLUS BENNETT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I’m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”

    It’s that simple. All the player has to do is make sure he’s such an A$$hole, or so injured, that no one else will claim him.

    THE PATRIOT WAY!
    ——-
    More idiocy, I’m afraid.

    All the Steelers had to do was suspend him for conduct detrimental and they would have kept him from playing. Or another team could have put in a waiver claim. He was free for the taking. He HAS to play for that team, or he doesn’t get PAID. Instead 30 teams pass and the 31st, the Patriots take him. It’s a conspiracy I tell ya!

  79. lastwordonpft says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    BILL BELICHIK TO ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER:
    “Things don’t seem to be going too well for your buddy LaGarrette/Martellus there in Pittsburgh/Green Bay. I wish we didn’t let him go. We could sure use him.”
    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE LAGARRETTE BLOUNT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I;m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”
    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE MARTELLUS BENNETT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I’m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”
    It’s that simple. All the player has to do is make sure he’s such an A$$hole, or so injured, that no one else will claim him.
    THE PATRIOT WAY!

    ———–

    Ah… “that simple”. Then Green Bay management is so dumb that they also couldn’t think of something “that simple” and not cut him but just stashed him on IR? The Patriots key AFC opponents couldn’t decipher the situation and claim him for the remainder of his 2017 salary to prevent the Patriots from getting him? You do know it was public knowledge that his contract has an out next year, so the risk of picking him up was minimal right?

    Even if what you are saying happened, why did the other teams let it happen?

  80. tylawspick6 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Why do the mods let this troll post?
    ——————————————————————————————————————————
    The only logical explanation I can come up with is that this troll and others like him are actually employees of this site who post nothing but inane crap 100s of times a day in order to generate responses and traffic to the site.

  81. bullcharger says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    What kind of bone headed coach would not go to a higher altitude location to acclimatize a week before given it is fully allowed.
    ———————-

    Jack Del Rio

  82. packers291 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm
    Of course the Packers orchestrated Bennett’s departure. They cut him.

    ————

    Packers cut him to try and get out of paying him.

    Other teams didn’t sign him because they didn’t want to waste a few hundred K.

    GB isn’t in the same conference as NE and they lost Rodgers, so I can see why they might try to cut their losses and recover some money. And if they make NE better in the process then it might prevent Minn from winning a Super Bowl. Not terrible for them.

    As for why the other teams in the AFC were so small minded to not waste a bit of money to prevent the Patriots from getting him, I have no idea. If the situation were that the Steelers were going to pick him up I think BB would have grabbed him and tried to convince him to play and if not he would have put him on IR and tried to work something out before next year.

  83. lastwordonpft says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    BILL BELICHIK TO ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER:
    “Things don’t seem to be going too well for your buddy LaGarrette/Martellus there in Pittsburgh/Green Bay. I wish we didn’t let him go. We could sure use him.”

    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE LAGARRETTE BLOUNT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I;m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”

    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE MARTELLUS BENNETT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I’m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”

    It’s that simple. All the player has to do is make sure he’s such an A$$hole, or so injured, that no one else will claim him.

    THE PATRIOT WAY!

    Christ!’ You crybabies are stupid, you make it really easy.

    I don’t know what’s better about being a Patriots fan. All the winning
    , watching how stupid other teams are when they play the Patriots or see the jealous crybabies twist themselves into a pretzel trying to discredit the Patriots on PFT

  84. I’m pretty sure the chap making the comment about training at altitude while the Raiders don’t… is being a bit cheeky.

    you know, ironic.

    if not, … well… this is a football comment board afterall

  85. What a great example the pats set for children. Don’t like your situation, whine about it, and then go to a place that does shady stuff.

  86. carloswlassiter says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Why do the mods let this troll post?
    ——————————————————————————————————————————
    The only logical explanation I can come up with is that this troll and others like him are actually employees of this site who post nothing but inane crap 100s of times a day in order to generate responses and traffic to the site.

    1 0 Rate This

    —————

    That would actually make sense. I noticed at certain times of the day or night, one or more troll mods censor my comments, while allowing complete troll work by obvious trolls.

    Today, however, the mods have allowed my comments. So, someone there protects GOodell, but another mod does not want to protect Goodell.

  87. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    What a great example the pats set for children. Don’t like your situation, whine about it, and then go to a place that does shady stuff.

    0 3 Rate This

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    Like Jay Cutler or Jay Ajai?

  88. Sounds like a lot of people hear do not know what NFL tampering is. Claiming someone off waivers is not tampering. Speaking about the possibility of acquiring a player publically (ie Revis case with Woody Johnson) or speaking directly to an opponents player outside of legal negotiating free agent period. Neither one has been evidenced here. Move along.

  89. wib22 says:

    November 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    What a great example the pats set for children. Don’t like your situation, whine about it, and then go to a place that does shady stuff

    =====
    Actually the “bad example” is by you by providing zero evidence and having a weak understanding of what the facts and rules are and just flinging stuff against the wall

  90. Congrats to the Patriots on getting a player that might help them win another Super Bowl.

    Marty, you’ll ALWAYS be a packer. One great big douche packer!

  91. lastwordonpft says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    BILL BELICHIK TO ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER:
    “Things don’t seem to be going too well for your buddy LaGarrette/Martellus there in Pittsburgh/Green Bay. I wish we didn’t let him go. We could sure use him.”

    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE LAGARRETTE BLOUNT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I;m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”

    ANONYMOUS PATS PLAYER TWEETS TO EX-TEAMMATE MARTELLUS BENNETT:
    “Sorry you’re unhappy there. I’m pretty sure if they released you, we’d pick you up.”

    It’s that simple. All the player has to do is make sure he’s such an A$$hole, or so injured, that no one else will claim him.

    THE PATRIOT WAY!
    —————————————————————-
    or MB retiring after season figures he can get shoulder repaired, never play a down again and get paid. GB waves him (they could’ve IR’d him). No one claims him so Pats do. PATRIOT WAY!!!!!

  92. “This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.”

    Beyond hilarious.

    Scandal are you kidding me? Any team is free to stay and practice anywhere they want to. There is absolutely no NFL rule against this. It is in fact within the rules and other teams have done similar things over the years.

    The Raiders are free to arrange any practice facility they want at high altitude. Its there choice not to.

    Remember when hard work and innovation used to be respected in this country, and not somehow considered “cheating”?

    Oh noes oh noes, they worked harder than and us and won, they cheated !!! They were smarter than us, being smart is cheating !!!!

  93. This was all Bennett. Complain, talk about retiring to scare off the bad teams, get cut, then call the pats. He was either going to retire (read: quit) or chase another ring with the pats.

  94. Two months later Packers security in Green Bay noticed a man filming with a small handheld camera on the sideline. When the man was confronted, he said the Patriots coaches wanted him to capture field conditions. In the second quarter security saw him apparently filming signals from a tunnel in an end zone corner and stopped him again.

  95. Thanks for stopping by kids! It’s about time we got some real salt back in the troll tears. chip/wib/life/super/beach/ethelmerman/skwah/unobjective/drnkraider/etc’s low sodium tears have no real buoyancy.

  96. The way this whole thing seems to of gone down smells. Whether there is anything to it, rule breaking wise, we will probably never no. Regardless, it sure as heck doesn’t look good for a league that already seems to have enough problems.

  97. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    But they did tamper with revis, deflate footballs and tape practices

    ———————-

    1) Wrong team – the Jets are the ones who tampered with Revis.

    2) In order to prove that the Patriots deliberately deflated footballs, the NFL would first need to prove that the balls were actually missing air pressure. They were never able to achieve this standard of proof once the appropriate corrections were made for the atmospheric conditions during the game in question. It’s not the Patriots fault that the commissioner and his cronies all failed HS physics. It would be like accusing someone of murder without even knowing if a murder had actually taken place.

    3) Patriots never taped practices and the news outlet that first reported it was forced to print a retraction

    What else ya got?

  98. diveleft says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    Can’t blame a guy for wanting to get out of Green Bay.

    ——————————————————————————————-

    Yeah. It’s only the greatest franchise in NFL history with more championships than any other team. The Packers are the Yankees of the NFL.

  99. jetsmmt says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    Marty The Liar and New Cheatland were made for each other.

    ————-

    You need some work on your insulting nicknames. I’ve seen better.

  100. weepingjebus says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm
    Bring it on, chumps. We want more rings.

    ————————————————————————————-
    Sure you do. You have a long way to go before you catch up to the Packers.

  101. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm
    Two months later Packers security in Green Bay noticed a man filming with a small handheld camera on the sideline. When the man was confronted, he said the Patriots coaches wanted him to capture field conditions. In the second quarter security saw him apparently filming signals from a tunnel in an end zone corner and stopped him agai

    Keep up the good fight little guy

  102. This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.
    ============
    That means the Raiders aren’t good at preparing. Nothing is stopping them from practicing at altitude. What rule are you referring to exactly?
    ========================

    Wait until the Raiders hear that they need passports to get into Mexico. More cheating!

  103. jetsmmt says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    Marty The Liar and New Cheatland were made for each other.

    2 6 Rate This

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    says a jets loser whose cheating owner hired the cheatinng commissioner

  104. Volin championed, tirelessly, the fraudulent assertions and blatant manipulations of Goodell in the atmospheric alteration of footballs, in the cold and rain.
    Volin has a very large axe to grind with NE; they don’t send him Season’s Greetings cards anymore
    =============

    When AEI debunked Exponent’s work in the Wells Report, Volin decided to research them to see if they had ties to the Patriots. He found a smoking gun and pointed out that AEI if funded by the Kraft Foundation. His joy was short lived when it was discovered that the Kraft Foundation has nothing to do with Robert Kraft. In his zeal to discredit the Patriots, he forgot that it’s possible for more than one person in the world to have the same last name and have no connection to each other.

  105. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    What a great example the pats set for children. Don’t like your situation, whine about it, and then go to a place that does shady stuff.

    —————

    Who made the decision. Green Bay cut him. You think BB would have released him in that situation? Uh… no.

  106. Hey Patriots fans — I have spent a lot of time defending Tom Brady and your Patriots over deflategate. I thought was about as inconsequential as anything I had ever heard of. I equate it to a pitcher in baseball throwing a spit ball. Yeah, it’s illegal, but we all knows players still do it.
    But — I have to let the air out of you Patriots fans. You are being absolutely arrogant over what happened in this case. You all know as well as everyone else knows that this was a done deal as soon as Rodgers went down. Bennett made no secret of trying to get out of GB and anyone who doesn’t think he contacted the Pats to let them know he wanted to come back there believes in ghosts and fairies. Yeah, Bennett cleared waivers — because every team saw what he did in GB — which was nothing but cause trouble and drop passes — and knew he’d do the same thing with them. So they didn’t bother to claim him. The result is precisely what happened. Bennett is in New England his shoulder magically got better.
    Bennett is a jerk and a liar. He’s also a quitter. It’s no secret, either, and it’s why he’s worn out his welcome wherever he’s been.
    Finally, when the Patriots have 13 championships, then come and talk to me about how good they are. Because that’s how many the Packers have.
    And by the way, Patriots fans — you aren’t winning the Super Bowl this year because your defense isn’t good enough. So stop counting your chickens and realize your time as the dominant team in the NFL is nearly over. You will never find another Tom Brady in a hundred years. And as soon as he goes, Belichick will throw in the towel too, because he knows as well as anyone that Brady is the #1 reason his teams have been as good as they have.

  107. “In his zeal to discredit the Patriots, he forgot that it’s possible for more than one person in the world to have the same last name and have no connection to each other.”

    Lol see it all the time. Many times have seen posts on PFT claiming Robert Kraft is responsible for all the lousy food sold by Kraft Foods, which he has absolutely nothing to do with.

  108. johnwaldron8 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    When AEI debunked Exponent’s work in the Wells Report, Volin decided to research them to see if they had ties to the Patriots. He found a smoking gun and pointed out that AEI if funded by the Kraft Foundation. His joy was short lived when it was discovered that the Kraft Foundation has nothing to do with Robert Kraft. In his zeal to discredit the Patriots, he forgot that it’s possible for more than one person in the world to have the same last name and have no connection to each other.
    ————————-

    He’s not the only one. Back during the psigate heyday, there more than a few bozos that vowed to stop eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

  109. MTLighthouse69 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    The way this whole thing seems to of gone down smells. Whether there is anything to it, rule breaking wise, we will probably never no. Regardless, it sure as heck doesn’t look good for a league that already seems to have enough problems.

    ————-

    Was their anything to it, rule breaking wise? Never… no.

  110. I am amused that people who don’t see collusion in Don Jr engaged in an email exchange with Wikileaks and meeting with a bevy of Russians about “dirt” on Hillary do see collusion in anything and everything Patriots.

    I think its called confirmation bias.

  111. @newyorkneal,

    You’re right, you are a good and generally knowledgeable fan and have stuck up for the Pats through the insanity of framegate.

    But lets be real. This may have been a “done deal the moment Rodgers went down”, but not because the Pats tampered with Marty. He did this all on his own. And as many other have pointed out, 30 other teams could have claimed him on waivers at very little cost to their caps for the remainder of this season.

    You’re right in that given the #2 TE on the Pats had zero catches this season before last weekend made it attractive to bring Marty back. It was an obvious move the moment he talked his way out of GB. But how stupid was it for the likes of Pittsburgh or KC not to grab him and simply IR him for the purpose of keeping the Pats weaker since it was so obvious?

    You can’t blame the Pats for the actions of Bennett, you can’t blame the Pats for the lack of forethought and strategy by 30 other teams, and you can’t blame the Pats for picking him up when every other team with a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl passed on him.

  112. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    But they did tamper with revis, deflate footballs and tape practices
    _____________________________________________________________________

    Actually, NONE of that happened. But Woody Johnson DID tamper with Revis by saying he’d like him back when he was still under contract with the Patriots.

  113. Then the Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, the cheating program’s mastermind, spoke. He said he had merely misinterpreted a league rule, explaining that he thought it was legal to videotape opposing teams’ signals as long as the material wasn’t used in real time. Few in the room bought it. Belichick said he had made a mistake — “my mistake.

  114. tylawspick6 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    dmca12 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    Here’s what I don’t get. What if another team ahead of the Pats on the waiver wire showed interest and Bennett told them he’s having surgery, even though he had no intention of having surgery, just so he could get to the Patriots? Could one of those teams have a grievance? I don’t know.

    44 21 Rate This

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    No, it’s part of Bennett’s warning label as a malcontent which is why no one claimed him.

    But, if these GMs in the AFC in particular were smart, they would have claimed him immediately and IR’d him to BLOCK him from NE.

    One reason why the ratings are dropping is because most NFL teams are really, really dumb.

    And, NE is not.

    Have a nice day!

    __________________________________

    That’s exactly what I said Russ. He schools people at GM and Coaching every day.
    All you have to do is watch half the games around the NFL to see terrible clock management and play calling. His GM Work speaks for itself and Players want to come play for the Pats. I’d laugh if Blount got cut and we brought him back in too. BB know how to make the pieces fit together.

  115. nyneal says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    Hey Patriots fans — I have spent a lot of time defending Tom Brady and your Patriots over deflategate. I thought was about as inconsequential as anything I had ever heard of. I equate it to a pitcher in baseball throwing a spit ball. Yeah, it’s illegal, but we all knows players still do it.
    But — I have to let the air out of you Patriots fans. You are being absolutely arrogant over what happened in this case. You all know as well as everyone else knows that this was a done deal as soon as Rodgers went down. Bennett made no secret of trying to get out of GB and anyone who doesn’t think he contacted the Pats to let them know he wanted to come back there believes in ghosts and fairies. Yeah, Bennett cleared waivers — because every team saw what he did in GB — which was nothing but cause trouble and drop passes — and knew he’d do the same thing with them. So they didn’t bother to claim him. The result is precisely what happened. Bennett is in New England his shoulder magically got better.
    Bennett is a jerk and a liar. He’s also a quitter. It’s no secret, either, and it’s why he’s worn out his welcome wherever he’s been.
    Finally, when the Patriots have 13 championships, then come and talk to me about how good they are. Because that’s how many the Packers have.
    And by the way, Patriots fans — you aren’t winning the Super Bowl this year because your defense isn’t good enough. So stop counting your chickens and realize your time as the dominant team in the NFL is nearly over. You will never find another Tom Brady in a hundred years. And as soon as he goes, Belichick will throw in the towel too, because he knows as well as anyone that Brady is the #1 reason his teams have been as good as they have.

    —————

    Oh my, that’s bitter.

    Green Bay is a historically great franchise. Really far back in history, mind you. No one is doubting that. However, in the era where professional athletes are paid millions of dollars and don’t have day jobs, the Patriots are the best the league has seen so far.

    As for the Patriots defense, their scoring defense is second in the NFL in the last 5 weeks to Jacksonville and they are now back to 14th overall including the first 4 games. So things change week to week in the NFL. Counting out Brady isn’t wise generally. Not saying they will definitely win, as they have only won 5 in the last 16 years. They can’t winnem all. However, they are right in position again, which I am sure is annoying to you.

    As for this particular issue, Green Bay cut Bennett. It was never a done deal or even a consideration because Patriots fans never thought they would ever release him. Why not let the guy sit out and see if he changes his mind next year. Pretty dumb to cut him. Once they released him and I figured out he had to clear waivers due to the time of the year, I assumed someone else would pick him up and put him on IR. I was astounded when I heard the Patriots got him. It’s amazing. It’s not arrogance, it’s that Patriots fans can’t believe the other teams let it happen.

  116. Every other team tampered with the Patriots but not taking Bennett. Gives the hsters some fake news to amuse themselves with.

  117. mmack66 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    johnwaldron8 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    When AEI debunked Exponent’s work in the Wells Report, Volin decided to research them to see if they had ties to the Patriots. He found a smoking gun and pointed out that AEI if funded by the Kraft Foundation. His joy was short lived when it was discovered that the Kraft Foundation has nothing to do with Robert Kraft. In his zeal to discredit the Patriots, he forgot that it’s possible for more than one person in the world to have the same last name and have no connection to each other.
    ————————-
    He’s not the only one. Back during the psigate heyday, there more than a few bozos that vowed to stop eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

    ———

    Now that is funny.

  118. 8oneanddones says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.

    ———————————
    This is the only Patriots accusation I have read here that even remotely has its facts straight. Unlike the rest of the nonsense guys are pushing in these comments this one is real. If there is even a single rule against what the Patriots are doing here they should get the maximum punishment.

  119. nyneal says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Sure you do. You have a long way to go before you catch up to the Packers.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————
    Dude, everyone who lives outside of Green Bay Wisconsin chuckles when they hear this nonsense about your 1924 win over the Decatur Staleys. But by all means keep posting about it – you are definitely converting us to your view as we harken back to 8 man football played by all white guys in sweaters.

  120. I agree there was no tampering by the Patriots. They simply took what fell to them. There was a ton of douchery from Bennett though. Green Bay and its fans have every right to be ticked off at the way he treated them. I dont think he violated any rules, but only because there isnt one against being a jerk. On the cotract issue, if Green Bay wants to be aggressive in trying to get some money back from him I cant say I blame them one bit. Im not sure if they can or not, but power to them if they try.

  121. Patriots are intelligent preparing in altitude for a game being played in Mexico City. Meanwhile Oakland?

  122. nyneal says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Hey Patriots fans — I have spent a lot of time defending Tom Brady and your Patriots over deflategate. I thought was about as inconsequential as anything I had ever heard of. I equate it to a pitcher in baseball throwing a spit ball. Yeah, it’s illegal, but we all knows players still do it.
    But — I have to let the air out of you Patriots fans. You are being absolutely arrogant over what happened in this case. You all know as well as everyone else knows that this was a done deal as soon as Rodgers went down. Bennett made no secret of trying to get out of GB and anyone who doesn’t think he contacted the Pats to let them know he wanted to come back there believes in ghosts and fairies. Yeah, Bennett cleared waivers — because every team saw what he did in GB — which was nothing but cause trouble and drop passes — and knew he’d do the same thing with them. So they didn’t bother to claim him. The result is precisely what happened. Bennett is in New England his shoulder magically got better.
    Bennett is a jerk and a liar. He’s also a quitter. It’s no secret, either, and it’s why he’s worn out his welcome wherever he’s been.
    Finally, when the Patriots have 13 championships, then come and talk to me about how good they are. Because that’s how many the Packers have.
    And by the way, Patriots fans — you aren’t winning the Super Bowl this year because your defense isn’t good enough. So stop counting your chickens and realize your time as the dominant team in the NFL is nearly over. You will never find another Tom Brady in a hundred years. And as soon as he goes, Belichick will throw in the towel too, because he knows as well as anyone that Brady is the #1 reason his teams have been as good as they have.
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    Such wasted passion.

  123. This just in – all you Patriot haters who want to jump on the ‘collusion’ band wagon. There is something called ‘waivers’. You should probably look that one up before you embarrass yourselves any further.

  124. Big Green Bird says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    8oneanddones says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.

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    This is the only Patriots accusation I have read here that even remotely has its facts straight. Unlike the rest of the nonsense guys are pushing in these comments this one is real. If there is even a single rule against what the Patriots are doing here they should get the maximum punishment.
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    I can’t tell who is real or fake anymore.

  125. nyneal says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    Hey Patriots fans — I have spent a lot of time defending Tom Brady and your Patriots over deflategate. I thought was about as inconsequential as anything I had ever heard of. I equate it to a pitcher in baseball throwing a spit ball. Yeah, it’s illegal, but we all knows players still do it.
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    On behalf of all Pats fans allow me to extend a heartfelt thank you for supporting the notion Brady was inconsequentially guilty. Suffice it to say the majority violently disagrees with you but … thanks again.

  126. aarons444 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I would love to have seen the outpouring of rage from Patriots fans if Bennett had joined his brother in Seattle.
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    Why would Patriot fans care if Bennett had gone to Seattle? NE doesn’t play Seattle this year, and it’s pretty clear the Seahawks aren’t going anywhere in the postseason (if they even get in).

  127. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    He said he had merely misinterpreted a league rule, explaining that he thought it was legal to videotape opposing teams’ signals as long as the material wasn’t used in real time.
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    No Bill, you were exactly right. In fact, there is no rule against taping signals.

  128. Big Green Bird says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    This is the only Patriots accusation I have read here that even remotely has its facts straight. Unlike the rest of the nonsense guys are pushing in these comments this one is real. If there is even a single rule against what the Patriots are doing here they should get the maximum punishment.
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    Is this a joke? Teams have held over in California, or Florida if they have two games in a row far from home. But you think there is a rule against doing it in Colorado? What about Nevada? Would that be alright?

    And wouldn’t that mean that the Broncos have an unfair advantage practicing at altitude all the time? Wait a minute – nevermind on that last one – I just watched the Broncos play last Sunday and my goodness they suck.

  129. The Patriot Way: preparing for each team as they come,taking away the opponent’s biggest strength,ignoring all of the outside yapping, figuring out their own weaknesses and fix them as best they can, working with who they have,never looking ahead to the next game, and WINNING…5 rings and counting. People can go ahead and hate. These are the facts.

  130. carloswlassiter says:
    November 14, 2017 at 6:29 pm
    Big Green Bird says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    This is the only Patriots accusation I have read here that even remotely has its facts straight. Unlike the rest of the nonsense guys are pushing in these comments this one is real. If there is even a single rule against what the Patriots are doing here they should get the maximum punishment.
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    Is this a joke? Teams have held over in California, or Florida if they have two games in a row far from home. But you think there is a rule against doing it in Colorado? What about Nevada? Would that be alright?

    And wouldn’t that mean that the Broncos have an unfair advantage practicing at altitude all the time? Wait a minute – nevermind on that last one – I just watched the Broncos play last Sunday and my goodness they suck.

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    My god learn to appreciate a little sarcasm when you see it. Of course there is no rule against it. The comment I responded too was an ‘accusation’ of the Pats doing something completely legal and smart. In case that went by you he was joking around too. My comment was simply getting his joke.

  131. aarons444 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    I would love to have seen the outpouring of rage from Patriots fans if Bennett had joined his brother in Seattle.

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    I dont think that would have bothered the Patriots fans any more or less than the rest of the fan bases.

  132. Can’t say I’m a big fan of the guy, but Gronk and Bennett in the offense at the same time is going to be fun to watch down the stretch. Good luck covering both of them at the same time.

  133. Trollin’ Volin. He’s always looking to disparage the Pats. I wish he’d move out of the NE market if he hates them so much.

  134. Why do you Patriot fans fall for this crap, you’re just being baited to get a rise out of you. NFL says emphatically No Tampering… end of story. Embrace the hate, it’s a badge of honor. There’s never been a team in any sport that’s been dominant over a period of time that doesn’t have an army of haters. No one hates a loser.

  135. Big Green Bird says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    8oneanddones says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    This isn’t even the biggest Patriots cheating scandal of the week. They are gaining an unfair advantage by staying in Colorado for a week to prepare for the Mexico City game. The Raiders, meanwhile, are staying at sea level until the night before the game.

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    This is the only Patriots accusation I have read here that even remotely has its facts straight. Unlike the rest of the nonsense guys are pushing in these comments this one is real. If there is even a single rule against what the Patriots are doing here they should get the maximum punishment.

    These 2 statements are unbelievable. The Patriots are free to practice wherever they want to,as are the Raiders,and every other team. If Jack Del Rio doesn’t have the common sense to have the team practice in altitude,well maybe the Raiders have a problem. The Dolphins play and practice in heat. Does that mean that they have an an unfair advantage over a cold weather team? Last I checked,the Dolphins stink. Does a dome team have an unfair advantage over an outdoor team? No. The Patriots are just being the smarter organization. That is not against any rule. Pay attention to how many teams try to copy what the Patriots do,because they want to win.

  136. In fact, many former New England coaches and employees insist that the taping of signals wasn’t even the most effective cheating method the Patriots deployed in that era. Several of them acknowledge that during pregame warm-ups, a low-level Patriots employee would sneak into the visiting locker room and steal the play sheet, listing the first 20 or so scripted calls for the opposing team’s offense. (The practice became so notorious that some coaches put out fake play sheets for the Patriots to swipe.) Numerous former employees say the Patriots would have someone rummage through the visiting team hotel for playbooks or scouting reports.

  137. I thought the same thing when i saw him playing this weekend ‘waiiitt he said he said packers made him play but hes playing’

    Somethings fishy

  138. Flash1287 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm
    Two months later Packers security in Green Bay noticed a man filming with a small handheld camera on the sideline. When the man was confronted, he said the Patriots coaches wanted him to capture field conditions. In the second quarter security saw him apparently filming signals from a tunnel in an end zone corner and stopped him agai

    Keep up the good fight little guy

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    All those little paragraphs he posts are from that ESPN article that they retracted and apologized for after admitting it was all unsubstantiated secondhand innuendo and some flat out falsehoods. He must have made himself a copy before they took it down and now even years later he lives vicariously through the thing.

  139. How about MB tampering with the Packers? It sure looks suspicious to me that he, personally, determined his need for surgery leading to GB cutting him and allowing him to immediately play for NE. He’s too cute by half as the Brits say.

  140. Browns GM, Bears/Texans/Jets GMs: So, whats up with Martellus? What’s the scoop?
    Bennett’s agent: Yeah, its been tough. Needs shoulder surgery. Maybe next year though if he doesn’t retire.

    Patriots GM: So, whats up with Martellus? What’s the scoop?
    Bennett’s agent: He’s good to go.

  141. aarons444 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Hmm.. I’ll keep it simple;

    Hypocrisy.
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    Does anyone know what this guy is talking about?

  142. carloswlassiter says:
    November 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Does anyone know what this guy is talking about?
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    Nope. Not ever. Just another Pavlovian Patriots Hater.

  143. I dont think the Pats tampered. Once Rodgers went down Bennett wanted out and basically forced the Packers to release him by opting for season ending shoulder surgery. The Pats then signed him.

    Low class move by Bennett, and bad break for this years playoff participants other than the Pats but I dont see any more to it than that.

  144. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    But they did tamper with revis, deflate footballs and tape practices

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    Funny how you fail to mention IN THE SAME GAME the footballs measured that were the Colts were also underinflated…and not all of them were measured.

    Keep wearing the tinfoil hat, Mr. Jealous

  145. If any team would have claimed Bennett before the Patriots did, he would have pulled his “I’m injured and can’t play” routine on them and they would have been stuck with paying him for sitting on the sidelines. The team that claimed would have had to be assured he would play for them, and chances are he gave that assurance to just one team. That’s how it works in the real world, folks, when you don’t look at the situation with blinders on.

  146. The World Champion Patriots love whooping the rest of the weakling teams in the league and laugh at them at the same time. Just like I do! 🙂

    If they can do that can you imagine how the Workd Champions would do if they really did cheat? WOW! They’d win every game 100-0! I would LOVE to see that!

    🙂

  147. johngaltwho says:
    November 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Browns GM, Bears/Texans/Jets GMs: So, whats up with Martellus? What’s the scoop?
    Bennett’s agent: Yeah, its been tough. Needs shoulder surgery. Maybe next year though if he doesn’t retire.

    Patriots GM: So, whats up with Martellus? What’s the scoop?
    Bennett’s agent: He’s good to go.
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    Does it surprise you that players want to play for a successful team where they’ll be told exactly what is expected of them, where they’ll be used in a way that suits their talents, and where the team will have a chance to compete for a SB every year?

  148. Is this a joke? Teams have held over in California, or Florida if they have two games in a row far from home. But you think there is a rule against doing it in Colorado? What about Nevada? Would that be alright?
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    Colorado and Nevada are ok but if they practiced in Santa Fe New Mexico, that would definitely be cheating.

  149. Sigh…
    Bennet wanted surgery.
    GB wanted him to play. Then they didn’t want to pay him so they cut him.
    He told his agent to say no to everyone. EVERYONE. Bill…being Bill claimed him anyway. THEN talked him back into playing.
    There is no mystery here.

    Sucks for the rest of the league that the Pats now have two pro-bowl TE’s.

  150. Can we stop all this already! Tommy got caught cheating. That’s all there is to it. Big deal. So did Roger Clemens. Big deal. The sun will come up in the morning. These guys are athletes. They’re not Saints. You can try to erase history, but it ain’t happening.

  151. Great Caesar’s Ghost says:

    November 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Green Bay released Bennett because they learned he is a bum and a quitter, plain and simple. There’s no room for players like that in Green Bay.
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    What?! your whole team quit once AR went down!

  152. How come Tom Brady has to put up with these puny weaklings who actually think they’re competition with the GOAT along with their inferior fans? I think it’s outrageous to be honest. Time to fold them all and get a REAL MAN’s team or two in here for competition to the GOAT and the NFL’s Greatest Dynasty, your 5 time World Champion Patriots.

    Laughable that Patriot Hater ever thought their weakling team is worthy of being in the same sentence as US.

    LAUGHABLE.

    😀

  153. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    He said he had merely misinterpreted a league rule, explaining that he thought it was legal to videotape opposing teams’ signals as long as the material wasn’t used in real time.
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    It’s tough to misinterpret a League rule when the RULE was only a MEMO!

  154. wib22 says:

    November 14, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Then the Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, the cheating program’s mastermind, spoke. He said he had merely misinterpreted a league rule, explaining that he thought it was legal to videotape opposing teams’ signals as long as the material wasn’t used in real time. Few in the room bought it. Belichick said he had made a mistake — “my mistake.

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    Yea Belichick was admittedly really dumb to try that. But the NFL agreed with the Pats in that zero competitive advantage was gained over the Jets in the that game, the first game after the league memo stating sideline taping was not allowed. But you omit that other coaches admitted to taping as well and that the official rule actually still does allow taping, just not from the sidelines.

  155. charliecharger says:

    November 15, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Can we stop all this already! Tommy got caught cheating. That’s all there is to it. Big deal. So did Roger Clemens. Big deal. The sun will come up in the morning. These guys are athletes. They’re not Saints. You can try to erase history, but it ain’t happening.

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    It’s funny you mention the sun coming up in the morning which is a mechanism of phyiscs. Physics also explained away Deflategate which was confirmed by all scientific outlets not collecting a check from the NFL.

  156. gman2all8734 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 10:42 pm
    The Pats did film the Rams prior to SB XXXVI 2001, fact. Stop telling us they don’t go too, and over the line, and have ever since.

    Get up to speed. The liar that lied that lie admitted he lied.

  157. gman2all8734 says:

    November 14, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    The Pats did film the Rams prior to SB XXXVI 2001, fact. Stop telling us they don’t go too, and over the line, and have ever since.
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    The paper that reported the story printed both a front and back page retraction, an unprecedented move for a major US metro paper. Marshall Faulk can cry all he wants but the Rams blew the game.

  158. wib22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    2015: Legendary coach Don Shula calls out Bill Belichick

    The former Miami Dolphins coaching legend, who went head-to-head with Belichick, had a hilarious nickname for the Pats coach.

    During an interview, he said,

    The embers of competition have cooled some. But they’re still warm, if you care to see them. The coach can still can bring it when he wants, like when a forgotten scab is picked with the mention of the current king, New England’s Bill Belichick. ‘Beli-cheat?
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    Shula is already known as “The second best ever to coach in the AFL/AFC” I’d say he’s a little sour about who #1 is, and it’s not even close.

  159. crush22 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm
    Look out!
    TyNosePicker is having another meltdown!
    Hahaha!!!
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    Pats 41-Denver 16 at Denver on Sunday. Pats 12-0 on the road in last 12 games. Pats 1st place 7-2 and reigning world champs for the 5th time in 18 years. Denver? 3-6, lost 4 straight. Meltdown? What meltdown?

  160. flviking says:
    November 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Don’t try and make sense of pats fan denying the patriots do not cheat. Its a losing battle. Its the same battle I have with my two year old.
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    Sounds like the two year old is winning the battle!

  161. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe asked the league? Must be a joy having your own local paper trying to gun you down..

  162. As much as the Patriots cheat, I doubt they cheated here. It’s much more likely that Bennett just quit on his team after the GOAT got injured.

  163. revelation123 says:

    November 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    As much as the Patriots cheat, I doubt they cheated here. It’s much more likely that Bennett just quit on his team after the GOAT got injured.

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    Brady is still playing. He got hit low yesterday but thankfully he was ok.

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