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NFL Notes: Tom Brady, Bills, Broncos, & Seahawks

Tom Brady

Albert Breer reports that Tom Brady’s appeal hearing hinges upon four major points:

  1. The NFLPA believes the sanctions handed down by the NFL are reliant on the Wells Report, and lack enough direct evidence to find Brady definitively guilty. (Albert Breer)
  2. The NFLPA contends that this discipline should not be determined by Troy Vincent due to the CBA, and should instead come from Roger Goodell or a hearings officer. (Albert Breer)
  3. The NFLPA is arguing that the punishment is inconsistent with similar transgressions while the league reportedly considers this case to be unique, and without precedent. (Albert Breer)
  4. Based on past history between the league and NFLPA, the union is expected to argue that a neutral arbitrator is absolutely necessary in this case. (Albert Breer)

Goodell is expected to select an arbitrator and then set a date for the hearing. Breer mentions that the hearing will likely take place be in June after Greg Hardy’s case.

Bills

  • Bills signed third-round pick G John Miller to a four-year contract.
  • Bills signed fifth-round pick RB Karlos Williams to a four-year contract.

Broncos

  • Broncos signed seventh-round S Josh Furman to a four-year contract. (Aaron Wilson)

Seahawks