McCann: Second Circuit 'can take as long as it wants' with Brady decision

McCann: Second Circuit 'can take as long as it wants' with Brady decision

The Second Circuit's decision to rehear Tom Brady's case against the NFL could come any minute. Or it could be another week. Or two weeks.

There is no real timetable,'s legal analyst Michael McCann explained this week.

"We’re within the expected time frame when a decision is expected as to whether or not the Second Circuit will grant a re-hearing," McCann said. "Five weeks is about the length of time one would expect given past cases. That said, the Second Circuit can take as long as it wants. There’s no deadline. It could be this week. It could be next. It could be August. It could be September.

"I don’t think it's gonna go that long, but there’s no guarantee when it will occur. And I know a lot of Patriots fans are thinking, 'Is that good news or bad news in terms of the delay?' But it doesn’t really mean anything necessarily. They have other cases. The judges have their own schedules and sometimes it can take awhile to review a case."

Brady and the NFLPA filed a petition for a rehearing on May 23. Since then, amicus briefs from the likes of the AFL-CIO and well-known arbitrator Kenneth Feinberg have been filed to the Second Circuit on Brady's behalf. Still, no word from the court itself on whether or not it will grant the Patriots quarterback the rehearing that he desires. 

As far as McCann is concerned, it still appears as though Brady's odds at a rehearing are slim. 

"The most likely verdict is the Second Circuit will not grant a re-hearing," he said. "The Second Circuit grants re-hearings at less than one percent of the time. The odds are certainly not good for Brady. That said, he has made, you could argue, a compelling argument about process. He’s had several influential advocates, including Ken Feinberg, provide amicus briefs that suggest the second circuit should take the case. The odds are not good for Brady by any means, but they're not zero, and I think Brady is in a position where he'll play it out as long as he can."

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. 


Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

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Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

After missing out on coveted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and brought back Josh McCown as short-term solutions at QB, but with the trade they made with the Colts on Saturday, their future franchise QB could be drafted next month.

The Jets acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the April 26 draft from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the sixth overall pick, two 2018 second-round picks (37th and 49th) and a 2019 second-rounder.

UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold are considered the top QBs in the draft. The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have the first two picks, the Browns have No. 4, too, and could be eyeing a QB. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could be among the top picks as well. 

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