Although ex-Patriots quarterback and current team radio analyst Scott Zolak says Tom Brady will never accept a suspension as part of a settlement with the NFL, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that Brady is willing to accept some type of suspension for a failure to cooperate.
However, the Patriots quarterback - as Zolak noted -- isn't willing to admit to the findings of the Wells Report and the NFL insists that he do, which is why settlement talks have been unsuccessful.
From Schefter's Facebook page: "Tom Brady is open to accepting some form of suspension, but only if it can be for failing to cooperate with the NFL rather than admitting to the Wells' Report findings, per league sources. The NFL has been adamant that Brady admits to the report's findings, something he doesn't seem willing to ever do. With that in mind, settlement discussions have gone 'nowhere', according to sources, and the two sides are back in court today."
Brady was in Manhattan on Tuesday to further discuss settlement options but was told that his presence in federal court on Wednesday for the scheduled public hearing was not necessary. As a result, he has traveled to West Virginia to meet up with the rest of the Patriots, where they will hold joint practices with the Saints.
Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran is in New York for the hearing and will have updates as soon as his cellphone is returned to him.