Monday July 27th, 2015

The NFL has engaged the NFLPA in discussions about a settlement of Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension, reports FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo. 

According to Garafolo, the NFL and the players' association have had "an open line of communication in recent days" in hopes of reaching a settlement before New England begins training camp on July 30. 

ESPN reported last Thursday the NFLPA reached out to the NFL about a settlement earlier in July, but were met with "silence."

Brady was suspended May 11 for his role in the Deflategate scandal as well as his refusal to cooperate during an investigation by lawyer Ted Wells. Brady appealed the suspension in June.

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported Colts owner Jim Irsay and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti are among a group of AFC owners pressuring the NFL to uphold the suspension. Garafolo reported the league is still inclined for Brady to miss playing time due to his role in Deflategate.

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Brady has maintained his innocence, and reportedly will only accept a fine for refusing to cooperate with investigators. The NFLPA will reportedly challenge in federal court if Brady is still suspended any games after his appeal.

- Rohan Nadkarni

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