Palmer on Brady: 'Get busted, suffer the consequences'

Palmer on Brady: 'Get busted, suffer the consequences'

FOXBORO -- Carson Palmer was a gold mine of information during a conference call with New England media Wednesday afternoon.

Informative, insightful and willing to answer every question during a 15-minute session.

The only time Palmer slipped from highly articulate to a little bit tongue-tied was when he was asked about Tom Brady’s suspension. Palmer, the Cardinals quarterback, tried to tightrope between saying how he really feels and being wary of causing a major poopstorm. Suffice to say, 1) he has little sympathy for Brady and 2) he probably caused a poopstorm.

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Asked by Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald how he felt about Brady’s treatment, Palmer said, “I tried not to follow it just because it was everywhere for so long but I go back and … you follow what the rule book says and go about your business and your work and if they tell you not to do it and you get busted and what happens happens then you suffer the consequences.

“I’m sure you guys look at it a lot differently but I know a lot of players around the league just looking at it . . . ” and here Palmer stopped and seemed to veer away from saying most players agreed with him and concluded saying, “I don’t know if you can feel too strongly about it one way or the other.”

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I said that, around New England, the feeling is the league didn’t prove anything. Asked if he felt differently, Palmer said, “To be honest … there was … supposedly the balls went somewhere and they weren’t supposed to go there. There was humidity and not enough humidity and whatever it was and altitude. I don’t really know. I didn’t follow the story. As soon as it came on I just turned it off because I was so sick of hearing about it.“Whatever the league comes down upon and whatever ruling they make is what they make,” Palmer said. “You don’t have much of a decision after that and you can fight it for a little bit but after a while, you just gotta abide by what they say.”

That Palmer will be facing off with Jimmy Garoppolo instead of Tom Brady Sunday night can’t be bad news for him. But it will be interesting if -- come February -- the two veteran quarterbacks’ paths end up crossing in Houston.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.