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Brown: Why Brady's suspension is longer than Rice's


Brown: Why Brady's suspension is longer than Rice's

Tom Brady is a great quarterback, but far less great at telling the truth.

That was my opinion after watching Brady in January, trying to explain that he played no part in “Deflategate”. That remains my opinion now, after Brady’s four-game suspension by the NFL.

According to NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent, Brady didn’t cooperate fully with the Wells investigation, refusing to hand over pertinent texts and phone records. I thought Brady was arrogant and flippant in January when it was first suggested that footballs in the AFC Championship game might have been underinflated.

If anything is unfair about the NFL’s punishment, I think it’s the loss of draft picks, and the $1 million fine. If Brady and the two equipment managers were acting alone, why should the entire Patriots organization be punished so severely? I don’t think the Patriots’ involvement in Spygate in 2007 should have weighed into this punishment. Apparently, the NFL saw things differently.

I’ve seen comparisons being made on social media between Brady’s suspension and Ray Rice’s suspension, asking how could Brady get four games, when Rice initially only got two games? I think the NFL got Rice’s suspension terribly wrong the first time. Does that mean the NFL should continue getting suspensions wrong?


I think Brady deserved to be suspended. Two games would have been fine. But a four-game suspension isn’t crazy, not considering how Brady handled this, and that he has the right to appeal.

If Brady had nothing to hide, he should have been more forthcoming and defended his integrity more vigorously. If guilty, Brady should have admitted his mistake, not denied it.

This isn’t about Brady getting a significant edge on the field. Brady can win football games with underinflated footballs, overinflated footballs, or anything in between. This is about Brady being accused of breaking the rules in blatant fashion, then trying to cover it up.

Call me naive, but I don’t think it’s common for teams to tamper with footballs after the league has inspected them in the hours leading up to kickoff. That’s a premeditated act to circumvent the rules. Plain and simple, that’s cheating.

There is no question this tarnishes Brady’s legacy. You’ll hear about Brady’s accomplishments 50 years from now, but you’ll also hear people bring up “Deflategate”, especially Brady haters and Patriots haters.

If Brady is being slammed for something he didn’t do, he needs to say a lot more. Maybe now is the time to make those phone records and texts available. Brady has already been embarrassed. If Brady is really innocent, he should attack the NFL and the Wells report as aggressively as he went after the Ravens’ secondary during the playoffs.

No way the NFL hierarchy enjoys suspending Tom Brady. But he didn’t leave much choice. On the field, Brady has made a convincing case as an all-time great. But in “Deflategate”, he fell woefully short of convincing the NFL that he was innocent.

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?