Though it would make sense for the NFL to pursue a settlement with Tom Brady, as Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran explained earlier this week, it looks like that's not going to happen any time soon.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the league "does not see any need to re-open any settlement talks" with Brady.
"NFL believes neither NFLPA nor anyone from Brady's camp has provided any rationale for settlement discussions," Schefter wrote. "The league believes the time for those talks has come and gone, after the two sides had discussed a settlement last summer."
Brady's four-game suspension as a result of Deflategate was reinstated this week by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. While experts say there is a good chance the punishment will not be reheard by the entire Second Circuit and overturned, the possibility exists. Brady and the NFLPA have 14 days from the time of the Second Circuit's decision to petition for a rehearing.
As far as Brady is concerned, a settlement has seemed unlikely from the time the decision came down. His lawyer Jeffrey Kessler told ESPN Radio that a settlement could have been had a long time ago "if the NFL was willing to be reasonable."
NFLPA spokesperson George Atallah told the Dan Patrick Show this week that a settlement is unlikely unless there is an NFL owner who can step in to help broker an agreement.
"I think the only chance that we have at this point for mediation or for a settlement, I think we would need a level-headed and influential team owner to step in and broker some kind of deal," he said. "We've always felt that way, that if it was between the commissioner making up his mind to come up with some sort of reasonable solution to this, we wouldn't get there. And it's been proved that we haven't got there.
"Unfortunately the one owner who comes to mind (as someone who could broker a settlement) at this point, and he had such sway in 2011, also happened to be on the receiving end of these penalties (i.e., the Patriots' Robert Kraft). Unless somebody else from that ownership group, from that management council, steps up and shows some necessary leadership here, again, I don't really see how that's going to happen."