NFL Suspends Tom Brady 4 Games For Role in Deflategate
The NFL has decided what should be done with Tom Brady. Per reports, the New England Patriots star quarterback will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for his role in Deflategate, and the team will lose their first round draft pick for the 2016 NFL Draft.
New England will also lose a fourth round draft pick for the 2017 NFL Draft and will be fined $1 million from the league.
Brady was tentatively found guilty of playing some type of a role in deflating footballs to his liking, and will now serve a suspension to start the season. He’ll surely appeal, which could potentially end with Brady seeing a reduced sentence; perhaps two games instead of four.
Either way, it’s a slap on the wrist for Brady, who could have easily seen a full season-long ban, had the league wanted to make an example of him. That being said, Ray Rice got a two-game ban from the league initially for domestic violence, and that could be seen by many as a worse offense.
Regardless, the Pats will be without Brady for a few games in 2015, and will probably have to sign a new quarterback to sit behind Jimmy Garoppolo, who will likely start for as long as Brady is out.
New England’s Penalty
The penalty against the Pats seems much more strict, as New England loses two draft picks and a nice chunk of cash. In the grand scheme of things two picks isn’t a big fee, though, especially considering New England usually makes the playoffs and ends the year with a pick somewhere between 26-32.
New England could be a team to monitor that could think about trading up into round one for next year’s draft.
The picks and money may impact the Pats down the road, but it shouldn’t hit them too hard. Brady sitting out the first four games of 2015 could hurt them pretty badly, though, as the Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys in the first four weeks. New England has their bye week in week five, and then Brady would be allowed to return in week six against the Indianapolis Colts.
There’s the sweet irony, as Brady would make his 2015 debut against the team that helped hand him the ban in the first place.
Naturally, losing a quarterback of Brady’s caliber could set the Pats back to start the year. NFL bettors may want to refrain from backing New England to start the year, as three of their games (Bills, Steelers and Cowboys) will be very tough matchups to overcome without their offensive leader. Jacksonville should still allow New England to be the clear favorite, however.
Overall, the Pats may struggle through a slow start and may not be the best pick to go win it all again. However, considering some of the issues the league has had to hand down suspensions for in recent memory, Brady and co. could be dealing with a lot worse.
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