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Trent Dilfer on D&H clarifies past comments on Adam Schefter: I was not implying he was a pawn for the Patriots

01.03.17 at 5:12 pm ET
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Trent Dilfer clarified his past comments about Adam Schefter on Tuesday. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports)

Trent Dilfer clarified his past comments about Adam Schefter on Tuesday. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports)

It’s been a war of words over the last week between ESPN’s Trent Dilfer and Adam Schefter.

Last week on Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe, Dilfer didn’t agree with Schefter saying the starting point for the Patriots in a Jimmy Garoppolo trade would be a first and a fourth rounder.

“It’s smart that the brass in New England is using Adam [Schefter] to get that headline out there because now they are starting the market there,” Dilfer said last week.

Schefter took offense to the comments when appearing on Kirk & Callahan Tuesday morning.

“I can tell you this: Nobody in New England has ever told me a certain price that they would want, or are expecting on Jimmy Garoppolo,” Schefter said. “I can promise you that. The New England brass is not using me to get a price out on Jimmy Garoppolo. That is a fact that we can dispel right there. That is factually incorrect.”

“And again, facts will be used to correct Trent there, nobody in New England has ever stated any price to me on Jimmy Garoppolo and nobody has ever said to me, ‘Can you please put that out there so we can drum up the interest,'” he added. “It’s amazing that somebody that I work with and respect as much as I do would say something like that.”

Appearing back on Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe Tuesday, Dilfer had a different tone after hearing what he said last week again.

“Well, yeah, and by the way, Adam and I are very, very good friends. I almost feel apologetic,” Dilfer said. “When I said that last week, it was that — I felt like the Patriots were creating that message to start a bidding war for Jimmy Garoppolo. I did not mean to throw Adam’s name in there by any stretch of the imagination. I listed to my sound and I sounded like I was accusing Adam of being a pawn for the New England Patriots. By no means was I implying that whatsoever.

“I regretfully take back putting Adam’s name into that. I stand by my comments saying that this is very common in the NFL where teams will get a bidding war going by getting numbers out there. I guess that was what I was trying to say last week. I feel bad that this has become a thing because I respect Adam as much as anybody at ESPN.”

Dilfer said he will be calling Schefter to clear the air because he feels bad for what has happened.

“It does sound like, when my sound was played back for me, it sounds like Adam is being used and by no means do I think that,” he said. “Adam is a pro now. I’ve been around Adam. Adam has been on phone calls with other organizations. He doesn’t back down and he doesn’t play pawn to anybody. I feel really bad, actually. That was the first time I heard the sound since I was on the show last week. I feel bad Adam had to respond to that. In fact, when we hang up I will probably call Adam and get things right with him.”

As for the compensation for a potential Garoppolo trade, Dilfer still doesn’t think it will be more than a first-round pick.

“I think it’s a first rounder, I just don’t think it is a first and something else,” Dilfer said. “I don’t think it is a high first. I could be wrong. I am just going based off the people I talk to. I don’t talk to all 32 teams. I don’t know who else is in the market for him. I think he is a really good player. I think he is worth exploring a trade for. I think he has developed really well, but when you’re talking a first and a fourth, which was the conversation last week, to me it just seemed high after talking to people that I have talked to. I am not talking to all the owners and GM’s and presidents, you’re just getting a general feel for what the perceived value is for a player on the market.”

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