Jets will heave big names overboard


Jets will heave big names overboard

By TomE. Curran
The Jets' big-name purge is under way.Informed of their pending walk off the plankroster are Jason Taylor, Damien Woody, Vernon Gholston and Kris Jenkins. Manish Mehta of the Daily News reported it first. According to Mehta, the Jets will save themselves 13.5 million in salaries and bonuses and that's not including the 10 million negotiable bonus Taylor was due to receive. Taylor is a possible Hall of Famer; Woody and Jenkins were very good players who are on the downside (Jenkins has been hurt the past two seasons). Gholston, the sixth overall pick in 2008, has been an unmitigated bust at outside linebacker. Mehta says the Jets may try to re-sign some of the players at reduced rates later. That will be an interesting proposition, given there will be about 500 free agents and about 250 rookies and undrafted free agents looking to join teams when the lockoutwork stoppage that's about to happen comes to an end. Throw on the fact that the salary cap could conceivably go down some from the 130 million it was at in 2010 if the owners get their way and there will be a lot of players getting asked to play for less than they were making previously. Looking at some of the Patriots' salary numbers chronicled by the indefatigable Miguel, Ty Warren could be another Patriots in line for a haircut similar to what the team asked Nick Kaczur to take. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots officially side with Brady vs. NFL by filing amicus brief


Patriots officially side with Brady vs. NFL by filing amicus brief

Robert Kraft and the Patriots organization have been saying for a long time that they hope Tom Brady prevails in his fight with the league over Deflategate. Kraft reiterated that stance on Tuesday at the NFL's annual spring meetings.

But on Wednesday, the Patriots took their support for Brady to a different platform. The team has filed an amicus brief stating that it supports Brady and the NFLPA now that the union has filed a petition to be granted a rehearing by the Second Circuit. 

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, it is a noteworthy move because the last time an NFL team took legal action against league was when late Raiders owner Al Davis sued the NFL. It is important to note, though, as's Michael McCann explains, that the Patriots have not actually "switched sides" in this instance. As one of 32 teams in the league, they are technically still a part of the NFL Management Council et al. v. NFL Players Association et al. With its amicus brief, however, the team is advocating for a rehearing of a case that the NFL recently won. 

Filing the brief may not necessarily have any legal impact on the case -- judges can ignore the team's opinion in its amicus brief if they so choose -- but its value may be more than simply symbolic in nature. Attorney Daniel Wallach notes that the team's amicus brief covers ground that Brady's petition for rehearing couldn't cover due to page limits. 

On the first page of the amicus brief, in the document's second footnote, the language is strong: "From the outset of this matter, the League's conduct reflects less a search for the truth than pursuit of a pre-determined result and defense of a report which, despite no direct evidence of tampering or Mr. Brady's involvement, was reiled on to impose penalties with no precedent or correlation to the alleged offense."

The Patriots have continued to update The Wells Report in Context, a website that argues the findings of the NFL's investigation into Brady that has also accumulated various reports and scientific studies that support Brady's innocence. But this amicus brief is another way for the team to show that it has its quarterback's back. 

The NFLPA filed its petition for a rehearing on Monday and now awaits a decision from the 13 judges of the Second Circuit as to whether or not they will grant Brady a rehearing.

Statistically speaking, Brady is facing long odds to be given a rehearing, but his legal team believes there's reason for optimism