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Brandon Spikes’ contract

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston gives details about the contract LB Brandon Spikes signed to rejoin the Patriots.

Term: One year

Base salary: $800,000

Split salary: $413,000 (in event of injury)

Signing bonus: $25,000

Workout bonus: $50,000


Spikes’ is a very good run stopping LB who gets exposed in pass coverage. Assuming his role is minimized  in that area he should be a decent addition while starters Donta’ Hightower and Jerod Mayo recoer from their injuries.



Darrelle Revis spoke with Manish Mehta of NY Jets  and said some seemingly anti Patriot things.

“Everybody’s blowing it up because it is Tom Brady,” Revis told the Daily News Wednesday in his first extended comments on the Deflategate fallout. “I understand that. But if (the NFL) feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that. (The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that.… Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.”

“New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble,” Revis said. “When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do.”

Revis of course got his only ring with the Patriots last year and some might feel that he is insulting the Pats because he no longer has any use for them. If true that reflects poorly on Revis but is not really surprising considering his past history. However the reader needs to pause a little and understand that lot of these questions must have been leading and in the end Revis did not say anything other than, “If the Pats are cheating they should be punished “, which is fine if the Pats are cheating.

Goodell Press conference

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston is spot on  (as usual) in calling out Roger Goodell for not addressing the leaks by NFL office regarding the deflate gate issue.

“I think Ted Wells did address that in his report. I asked him specifically when I engaged him to evaluate the league’s conduct to determine what we could have done differently,” he said. “He was very clear in the report, so I would disagree on that point.”

Wells might have been very clear, but he was hardly thorough.

Of the 243 pages of the Wells report, there was one paragraph — one! — that touched on this topic.

From Page 21, in the executive summary, Wells wrote: “At various points in the investigation, counsel for the Patriots questioned the integrity and objectivity of game officials, various NFL executives and certain NFL Security representatives present at the AFC Championship Game or otherwise involved in the investigative process. We found no evidence to substantiate the questions raised by counsel. Specifically, we identified no evidence of any bias or unfairness. We believe that the game officials, NFL executives, NFL Security representatives and other members of the NFL staff who participated in the testing of the footballs and the subsequent investigative process acted fairly, properly and responsibly.”

How did Wells come to this conclusion? What about the damning media leaks that enraged owner Robert Kraft at the Super Bowl?

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