Brady: 'Compromise' key to labor solution


Brady: 'Compromise' key to labor solution

By Tom E. Curran
Even though he is the lead plaintiff in the antitrust suit that will ultimate cost owners tens of millions to fight, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is more than ready to extend an olive branch to get the NFL back on track. During a video chat with Boomer Esiason to hype the draft event Brady's doing with Under Armour, Esiason asked if Brady believed the 2011 season would be played. I believe it," Brady answered."Certainly I think there are too many players and too many owners that want it. There are a lot of people in the negotiating room and I know players are looking out, not only for ourselves, but for the past players, and the owners are trying to build a business.

"I think with any of that, there needs to be compromise. I know that before now and whenever the scheduled start of the season is whether its training camp or the first game of the season I think there are going to be a lot of talks that take place, a lot of negotiating sessions, and hopefully a lot of compromise comes from that. Thats business."Asked about the drafting Thursday night of left tackle Nate Solder, Brady answered, "That always makes a quarterback happy." Brady was quick to profess his long-standing love and admiration for furry Matt Light as well.(Gracious nod to Mike Reiss at for unearthing first...)
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Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'


Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."