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Berman zeroes in on NFL refusing to let Pash be questioned

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Berman zeroes in on NFL refusing to let Pash be questioned

NEW YORK -- Roger Goodell's decision to keep high-ranking NFL attorney Jeffrey Pash off-limits from questioning by the NFLPA seems to rankle Judge Richard Berman.

During Wednesday's oral arguments on Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension by commissioner Roger Goodell, Berman asked Daniel Nash, the NFL Management Council attorney, as to why Pash wasn't allowed to be questioned.

"What's the problem having [Pash] testify?" asked Berman. "He edited the Wells Report. Nobody else edited the Wells Report. He was the co-lead on the investigation with Mr. Wells."

Nash responded that Goodell felt Pash "was not a relevant witness," which is why Pash was not questioned during Brady's June 26 appeal.

According to Nash, Goodell did allow the NFLPA to question Wells as to Pash's importance. Berman appeared to waggle his head upon hearing that explanation.

Nash also blamed a press release announcing Wells and Pash as co- investigators as having fermented unnecessary interest in Pash's role, to which Berman said, "Well, you all wrote [the press release]."

When Nash tried to move away from the question of Pash, Berman returned to the topic, again asking who else edited the Wells Report.

Nash explained that Goodell determined Pash's testimony was "cumulative" and there was no need for questioning. Author's confession: I'm not sure exactly what that means, but the notion of employing "cumulative" testimony by the NFL really rankled Berman, who said cases have been vacated based on allowing "cumulative" testimony.

"It's not sufficient just to say his testimony would have been cumulative," said Berman.

Pash's role is becoming more significant in Berman's mind. During the NFLPA's hour of arguments on Wednesday, Berman said to union attorney Jeffrey Kessler that being able to question Pash would have been valuable to the NFLPA.

NFL Rumors: Why Patriots are gaining nearly $10M in extra cap space

NFL Rumors: Why Patriots are gaining nearly $10M in extra cap space

Remember when the cash-strapped New England Patriots entered the 2020 NFL Draft with a paltry $1.07 million in cap space?

It's safe to say they're no longer cash-strapped.

Teams are set to gain additional cap space after the NFL management council informed them that signing bonus prorations for players who opted out of the 2020 NFL season will be removed from the team's payroll and toll to 2021 instead, per NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.

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What does this mean for the Patriots, who have had an NFL-high eight players back out of the 2020 season already? According to Patriots cap wizard Miguel Benzan, New England's available cap space increases by roughly $9.2 million, from $26 million to $35.28 million.

According to OverTheCap.com, the Patriots now have the third-most cap space of any NFL team -- behind only the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Football Team -- after entering the draft with the least cap space.

That's a double-edged sword, of course: New England has gained so much cap space because it has lost so many well-paid, key contributors like linebacker Dont'a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung and offensive tackle Marcus Cannon.

Training camp is ramping up this week, so the Patriots may look to fill that personnel void by signing free agents or swinging trades. While they may not spend big on a marquee name like pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, they certainly have the resources to add some quality talent.

Beau Allen, Dalton Keene have amazing Patriots headshot photos

Beau Allen, Dalton Keene have amazing Patriots headshot photos

The New England Patriots unveiled their 2020 player headshots on Monday, and it was the newcomers who stole the show with their photos.

We finally got our first official look at Cam Newton in a Patriots uniform, but that wasn't even the highlight. Defensive tackle Beau Allen and rookie tight end Dalton Keene have the best headshots of the bunch, and it isn't even close.

Just check out the photos below, shared by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal:


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Incredible.

Allen signed a two-year deal worth $8 million with New England in March. The 28-year-old appeared in 13 games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tallying 0.5 sacks and 10 total tackles. He's spent six seasons in the NFL: four with Philly and two with Tampa. His amazing headshot is definitely another reason why he could become a fan favorite this season.

As for Keene, the Virginia Tech product was selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 21-year-old could have a big role for the Patriots in 2020, especially with tight end Matt LaCosse deciding to opt out of the season. He could also help out at fullback with Danny Vitale opting out as well.