Report: NFLPA offered settlement to NFL regarding Tom Brady suspension
The NFL Players Association made a settlement offer earlier this month to the NFL regarding Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
The NFL responded to the NFLPA's offer with "silence," Graziano reports.
On Wednesday, Pro Football Talk reported that settlement talks between the two sides had taken place. Pro Football Talk also reported that a vocal minority of owners has been pushing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to uphold Brady's original suspension.
Goodell handed Brady a four-game suspension for his role in the Patriots' use of underinflated footballs during the team's AFC championship game against the Colts. Brady was also suspended for failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation that followed initial allegations of wrongdoing.
Brady appealed his suspension in June.
The NFLPA will reportedly challenge in federal court if Brady is still suspended any games after his appeal.
The Patriots open their 2015 campaign on Sept. 10 against the Steelers. Under the terms of Brady's current suspension, the quarterback would be able to return for the team's Oct. 18 game against the Colts.
- Stanley Kay