Tom Brady Will Fight No More Forever (But NFLPA Could Carry On)
Tom Brady, having circled July 16 as the day that his Deflategate fight would officially become a team distraction, announced that he would end the legal battle with NFL authorities and return to the reservation. And so the factions who monitor air in a football have seemingly won, and Brady will serve his four-game suspension, which begins Sept. 2.
BUT ... this may not be over. Even though he's decided to personally back off, Brady has still authorized the NFLPA to petition the Supreme Court if they wish.
Tom Brady has given up hope of staving off suspension, but NFLPA still expected to take case to Supreme Court to challenge Goodell's power.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2016
That means that a favorable ruling by SCOTUS could undo everything that Roger Goodell hoped to accomplish. Brady would still serve his suspension, but Goodell's power would be undone -- and then the commissioner has gained nothing out of this. This entire farce has been much less about Brady than it has been about Goodell's power.
During his suspension, Brady can have no contact with the team, and Jimmy Garappolo is your Patriots starting quarterback. For you fantasy players, that means proudly removing Blaine Gabbert from his packaging, taking off the bubble wrap and silently making the sign of the cross.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) July 15, 2016
So Brady is 0-2 so far this season -- don't forget that he showed up and had a large role at the pitch meeting that the Celtics had with Kevin Durant earlier this month.
But what if Garappolo doesn't work out? That's a tough, Brady-less four-game stretch to open the season (Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans, Bills) and the Patriots can't afford to go 1-3. So I say Julian Edelman should play QB.
Edelman, one forgets, played quarterback in high school -- he made all-league at Woodside High (Calif.), carving a reputation as a running quarterback that few teams had success in stopping. The Wildcats went 13–0 in Edelman's senior year, as he had 2,237 yards passing and 964 yards rushing. Woodside, ironically, is only about 10 miles from Serra High in San Mateo, where Brady played eight years earlier.
Also, the suspension could be good for Brady. At age 38, a 12-game schedule looks a lot more appealing, physically, than one of 16 games.
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