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Feinberg says he was asked by Brady’s lawyers to submit amicus brief

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Feinberg says he was asked by Brady’s lawyers to submit amicus brief

Tom Brady’s lawyers sought and received those amicus briefs that have been appearing on the Patriots quarterback’s behalf in his attempt to get a rehearing of his Deflategate appeal with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who submitted one of the briefs, told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on Thursday.

It was all generated I assume by Mr. Brady’s lawyers,” Feinberg said, citing the “very steep challenge they’ve got to try and get the full appellate court to review the panel’s decision It’s very very rare that that happens and I think Mr. Brady’s lawyers are hoping that with some friend of the court briefs, mine, the AFL[-CIO], the physicists, that perhaps the full court will review what the appellate court did in voting in favor of the Commissioner.

More from Florio’s story: 

Appearing on Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, renowned arbitrator Kenneth Feinberg explained the genesis of his involvement in the effort to obtain a rehearing of the appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

“Like a lot of people, I’ve been reading about the case and I was impressed by Judge Richard Berman’s decision in the district court in New York a few months ago determining that the arbitration was unfair, it was arbitrary, it was unbiased,” Feinberg said. “Then I continued my interest like a lot of people when I read the Second Circuit appellate court opinion, where by a vote of 2-1 the majority felt that the process had been fair and the Chief Judge of that court — Judge Katzmann — dissented, agreeing with Judge Berman. So there’s two judges that were with Brady and two judges that were with the Commissioner.

“Then I got a call from Mr. Brady’s lawyers asking, making requests to me, with my background, would I be willing to submit an amicus brief expressing concern about the arbitration process that governed in Mr. Brady’s case? I said I would and I submitted the brief. I never expected it to receive the type of publicity that 10-page brief received but I thought it was the right thing to do.”

Does Caserio's contract clause with Patriots violate NFL rules?

Does Caserio's contract clause with Patriots violate NFL rules?

The tampering dispute between the Patriots and Houston Texans over Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio appears to be settled - for now - after an exchange of statements Friday between Robert Kraft and Texans CEO Cal McNair.

Still, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out that the clause in Caserio's contract that keeps him from leaving for other teams being questioned. "Some in league circles are now asking whether the Caserio clause complies with league rules," as Florio puts it.

Other teams thinking the Patriots are violating league rules? When has that ever happened?

This is the part of the NFL's anti-tampering rule that's the focus of the issue:

"..the inquiring club is prepared to offer a position as a high-level employee . . . the employer club may not deny the employee the opportunity to discuss and accept such employment.”

Seeking a Patriots employee to become your team's general manager would certainly qualify as "high-level." Florio reports that one source says at least one other team's non-"high-level" employee had a similar clause and when it was challenged, the NFL ultimately invalidated it.

The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Texans asked what they would have to give up in a trade to get Caserio, whose Patriots contract is up after the 2020 draft.

The Texans will reportedly go without a GM this season. Sounds as if this is far from over.

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

Chandler Jones has settled in as a member of the Cardinals, but he isn't getting too comfortable.

The former Patriot knows the nature of the business in the NFL and that he can be traded any given moment. Jones found that out the hard way when he was traded from New England to Arizona back in 2016, and he still uses that trade as motivation three years later.

“I feel like at any time I can be traded,” Jones said, via Kyle Odegard of azcardinals.com. “It might sound bizarre to say, but I’m someone who has been in that situation. I’ve been traded before and that little sense of rejection is a crappy feeling, honestly. That’s what drives me. That’s what motivates me. I never want to get traded again.”

Jones shifted from defensive end to linebacker after joining the Cardinals, and he continues to produce at a high level. The 29-year-old has racked up double-digit sacks in each of his three seasons with Arizona (11 in 2016, 17 in 2017, 13 in 2018).

But it appears Jones may have learned a valuable lesson from his time under Pats head coach Bill Belichick: it isn't all about stats.

“It’s not about getting double-digit sacks,” Jones told Odegard. “The big thing is just being consistent. Speaking from a coach’s perspective, you want a player that’s consistent. You want a player that you know what you’re going to get day in and day out, on and off the field. A lot of that gives credit to some of my numbers, and hopefully I can stay consistent.”

Jones signed a five-year, $82.5 million extension in 2017, so using his trade from the Patriots as fuel certainly seems to have paid off.

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