Sources: NFL, Pats work on Deflategate solution

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The NFL and the New England Patriots are engaged in “back-channel conversations” to see if the two sides can resolve their differences without an appeal or possible litigation following the league’s Deflategate punishment, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Patriots are weighing their next move in terms of reacting to the discipline meted out by the NFL and have until before Friday to file an appeal of their penalties, which consist of the loss of two draft picks — including a first-rounder — and a $ 1 million fine.

  • Deflategate and other scandals have revealed the NFL to be a league without integrity run by a commissioner, Roger Goodell, without credibility, Dan Le Batard writes.

The team’s penalties were for, among other issues, what the NFL said was a lack of cooperation with the investigation.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell are expected to attend the spring owners’ meetings, which start Tuesday in San Francisco.

Kraft, when asked by The MMQB whether he would violate NFL bylaws by going to court to try to get the league penalties overturned, declined to comment, saying, “I’m not going to comment on that at this point in time. I’m going to leave it. I won’t say.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games for his likely knowledge of the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts. Brady has officially appealed his suspension to the league. – TOP

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