Brady: I'll let Patriots fans tell the NFL how to handle Deflategate 2

Brady: I'll let Patriots fans tell the NFL how to handle Deflategate 2

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady probably has some advice for the NFL as it deals with the fallout from a football deflation incident that came to light over the weekend. But he's keeping it to himself.

He knows his fans will have plenty of opinions when it comes to that so he'll let them have at it, he told Jim Gray of Westwood One in a radio interview on Monday.

"I'll leave that to all the Patriot fans," he said when asked if he had any suggestions for the league on how to proceed. "I'm sure they have pretty strong opinions, too."

According to Fox Sports, the Giants filed a complaint against the Steelers for using deflated footballs during a Steelers Week 14 win. The NFL says that the Giants never filed a formal complaint to the league office and insisted there were no issues when it came to game-ball procedures that day. 

"There were no chain of command issues," an NFL spokesman said. "All footballs were in compliance and no formal complaint was filed by the Giants with our office."

When Gray asked Brady about the report and the league's response, Brady laughed.

"It's really inconsequential to me," he said. "I put my situation behind me a long time ago, and they'll decide whatever they want to do. That's their perogative as a league. But for me, I got plenty of things that I've moved on from. My job is football and playing well. That has to be my focus, especially just before one of the biggest games of our season."

Here's more from Brady's interview with Gray . . . 

On the rivalry with the Ravens: There is a lot at stake. We know it. They know it. And to do it on Monday night makes it extra special.

On similarities between the Ravens and Patriots: "I feel in a lot of ways, they're a similar team to us. I think they're mentally and physically tough. They're well-coached . . . and they really make you earn it."

On Stephen Gostkowski: "He's missed a couple this year, but we have so much confidence in him . . . He's one of the best kickers to ever play the game. Hopefully it doesn't come down to one of the kickers on either side of the ball."

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.