The Patriots' tumultuous offseason, which had finally seemed to calm a bit, shifted back into overdrive late Thursday night when the Boston Herald's Ron Borges, citing sources, reported that Tom Brady was envious of the record-setting contract signed by his former backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, and might sit out all organized offseason team activities if his own deal wasn't renegotiated to include similar up-front money to what Garoppolo received in San Francisco.
NBC Sports Boston's Patriots insider Tom E. Curran quickly shot down the notion that Brady would sit out OTAs.
Curran said on Boston Sports Tonight that the report he received conflicted completely with Borges. He went on to add that his source is rock solid.
Of course, it was because the Brady holdout story was a hoax.
A WEEI caller “Nick in Boston” said on the air this morning that he pretended to be Don Yee, the agent for both Brady and Garoppolo and fooled Borges into thinking the Brady holdout scenario was for real. The Herald has since taken down the story down from its website, Borges has been suspended and the Herald issued this statement apologizing for the false story.
A column by Ron Borges in today’s Herald regarding Patriot Tom Brady’s salary discussions was based on information which proved to be false. The Herald apologizes to Brady, his agent Don Yee and the Patriots, and to our readers for this erroneous report. Borges’ column has been suspended pending further review.
Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.4 million deal with $74 million guaranteed.