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Reports: Bill Belichick gets upset with NFL at league meeting over fixed camera proposal 03.26.15 at 8:11 am ET
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Bill Belichick apparently got upset at a league meeting in Arizona earlier this week. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick apparently got upset at a league meeting in Arizona earlier this week. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It’s been known for years Bill Belichick has been in favor of having fixed cameras on all boundary lines on the playing field to help with instant replay reviews.

His proposal was tabled this year for more review and research. In the past it has been turned down reportedly because of the costs of the cameras being put in place.

Belichick reportedly became upset over this at this weeks NFL annual meetings, with varying accounts of exactly took place at the meeting.

Appearing on “Olbermann” on Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter described Belichick as using “profane” language and other NFL officials “laughing” at him.

“They were in a meeting the other day with Dean Blandino, the head of the officials, and Bill Belichick got up there, and in profane language, told the NFL: ‘€˜We spend money to send the Pro Bowl to Brazil, we spend money to go overseas to London, but we can’€™t spend money to have four cameras in the end zone, four cameras to help determine the correct call in the end zone on certain plays?” Schefter said on the program (via Pro Football Talk). “He went off, and the way it was explained to me, from people in the room at the time, they were laughing at it because his language was so profane and because he was so incensed about it, and the NFL didn’€™t know how to handle it.

“But the bottom line is, they did not introduce the four cameras in the end zone, they thought right now it’€™s too cost-prohibitive for the NFL even, and they don’€™t know how to do it. They’€™ll probably continue to look at this, but Bill Belichick left these owners’€™ meetings not particularly happy.”

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio heard differently. He says three different sources who were in the room said Belichick did not engage in a profane tirade. One said there may have been a single F-bomb used by Belichick and the source said, “I’€™ve heard much worse in that room during discussions.”

Another source told Florio: “The quote was something like, ‘€˜Let me get this straight, we can bring this game to Brazil and effing China but we can’€™t afford to put a camera in a pylon?'”

Regardless of what Belichick exactly was like in the meeting, it’s clear he is upset with the cameras not already being in place.

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Darrelle Revis: Patriots’ offer ‘wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for’ 03.25.15 at 7:09 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis said Wednesday the Patriots' offer to him wasn't in the ballpark of what he was looking for. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis said Wednesday the Patriots’ offer to him wasn’t in the ballpark of what he was looking for. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Even though the Patriots didn’t pick up Darrelle Revis’ $20 million team option for 2015, the team still had a chance to sign him — just like every other team in the league — via free agency.

Ultimately the Patriots did make an offer to Revis, but it fell short of what he was looking for.

“Obviously I’m not going to speak to numbers,” Revis said on The Michael Kay Show in New York Wednesday. “But I had the option — the $20 million option — that they could’ve exercised and they didn’t. We tried to work on a deal, and the deal, we felt that it wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for. We moved on and they moved on too. Had a great conversation with Bill [Belichick], and we moved forward just like they did. That’s how you look at it.”

Revis ultimately signed with the Jets for five years and $70 million, with $39 million guaranteed. Some may say Revis only chose the Jets because of the money he was offered. He said it takes both sides to agree upon a deal.

“Contracts are contracts. We all know that, man,” said Revis. “Both sides have to agree on the deal and the numbers are the numbers. If a team doesn’t want to pay you money, they won’t pay you, they will give you a lesser deal. If they want to pay you, they will pay you. Everybody knows that. It’s not just one side. Contracts don’t get done one-sided. They get done with both sides agreeing to the terms.”

Playing for the Jets for the first six years of his career and then being traded to Tampa Bay in 2013, Revis said he was actually surprised the Jets would be interested in bringing him back for a second time. It was a place he wanted to return to, a place he calls “home.”

“I think at that point I was surprised,” Revis said. “It was a lot of back-and-forth with the tampering, what Mr. [Woody] Johnson said. There was just a lot of stuff going on at that time. In free agency they were one of the teams that called. The Jets were one of the teams that called. It was a bunch of teams. It was the Steelers, it was Cleveland, it was the Chiefs, it was the Packers, Baltimore — I mean, it was every team as well. Guys were willing to fly down and meet with me.

“The whole situation was like I said, it will always go back to that is where I got drafted. That is where I felt most comfortable. That is where I feel familiar with. I know a lot of people in the building and I felt like for me it was time to come home.”

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Roger Goodell: ‘We have not put a timeframe on Ted Wells’ with Deflategate investigation 03.25.15 at 3:06 pm ET
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Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed Deflategate during his state of the league address Friday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t put a timeframe on the Deflategate investigation when speaking Wednesday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The investigation led by Ted Wells into Deflategate has now approached two months, and it doesn’t look like an end is coming anytime soon.

Speaking at the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, Roger Goodell said the league hasn’t put a timeframe on the investigation.

“We have not put a timeframe on Ted Wells,” Goodell said. “We’€™ve asked him to be thorough, complete and when he is finished with that, he’€™ll give that to us and to the public in general.”

A followup question was then asked if the league was at all at fault for possibly staining the Patriots’ reputation in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

“We think we made it very clear at the Super Bowl,” said Goodell. “We were not making any judgments, that we were obligated as part of our role to make sure we understand the facts. Whenever there is a charge potentially of a violation of our rules, we take it very seriously, and that’€™s our obligation. That’€™s our obligation to the other 31 clubs. Ted Wells will be going through the report. If there was anything that we as a league did incorrectly, we’€™ll know in that report.”

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NFL approves more rule changes, including retractable roofs can now be opened at halftime 03.25.15 at 2:56 pm ET
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On top of the five rules to help with player safety, and getting rid of the unbalanced line like the Patriots used in the playoffs against the Ravens and Colts, the NFL also approved a few more rule changes as the NFL owners’ meetings wrapped up in Arizona on Wednesday.

Some of these include:

— Linebackers are now permitted to wear No.’s 40-49.

— Retractable roofs can now be opened at halftime, even if they were closed for the first half.

— Instant replay now includes a review of game clock on the final play of a half or overtime.

— Enforcement of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at the end of a half will now be applied to the ensuing kickoff to start the second half.

— The date for the beginning of the window during which players on the PUP list may begin practice has been modified to make it more competitively fair for teams playing on Thursday.

For complete details of all the NFL rules changes, visit the official NFL rules page here.

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Report: Sebastian Vollmer had offseason shoulder surgery 03.25.15 at 10:11 am ET
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For the Patriots, linebacker Dont’a Hightower isn’t the only player to have offseason shoulder surgery.

According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer underwent shoulder surgery after the Super Bowl. The surgery has reportedly altered his offseason to more of a focus on rehabilitation rather than a traditional workout regimen.

The report adds the surgery was to Vollmer’s labrum, although it was never serious enough to keep him out of game action. Vollmer is spending time at Gillette Stadium now rehabbing the injury and is expected to be ready “for action when it counts.”

Vollmer was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft and has spent all seven seasons in the league with the Patriots, emerging as one of the better right tackles in the league.

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Report: Jets file tampering charges against Patriots for Robert Kraft’s Darrelle Revis comments Monday 03.24.15 at 8:56 pm ET
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The rivalry continues.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Jets have filed tampering charges against Robert Kraft and the Patriots based on the owner’s comments Monday about Darrelle Revis who is now a member of the Jets.

“€œWe thought we made a very competitive offer,” Kraft told reporters while speaking at the NFL owners meetings. “I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots — we wanted to keep him. We wanted him in our system, and we have certain disciplines.

“We had hoped it worked out. It didn’€™t.”

The owner continued to say how he hated losing Revis, but trusts Bill Belichick to make the right decisions for the organization.

“As a fan, in March and April, I hate to lose [Revis],” Kraft told reporters Monday at the NFL owners meeting in Arizona. “But our real focus is what goes on in the fall and winter. I put my faith and respect with Bill [Belichick]. We have a lot of discussions, and he’€™s done pretty good the last 15 years. The fan in me argues all the time with him, but he has a pretty good record.”

Kraft was asked if he was talked out of matching the Jets offer by Belichick.

“No. I listen to what he says,” he said. “We discuss things thoroughly, but he has done a pretty good job. Once again, the emotion and fan in me, you want to keep all the good players and we have a salary cap. I know what it’€™s like when you lose a game in the fall and the winter, so the emotion of the spring has to have some discipline if you want to be good long-term. I think he’€™s proven to be a pretty good manager of our resources.”

This is likely in response to the Patriots filing tampering charges against the Jets for Woody Johnson‘s comments about Revis back in December.

Tampering rules prohibit: “€œ[a]ny public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’€™s player to that player’€™s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media.”

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NFL passes 5 new rules, including ‘Julian Edelman rule’ 03.24.15 at 7:49 pm ET
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The NFL is continuing to take player safety seriously, and to further the trend the league passed five new rules directed to player safety on Tuesday at the league meetings in Arizona.

In the Super Bowl Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman took a huge shot over the middle of the field from Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. Edelman appeared dazed, but stayed in the game, still appearing dazed a few plays after. With one of the rule changes, that may not have happened.

A rule passed Tuesday now says there will be an injury spotter, who can stop the game if he/she sees a player may have suffered a brain injury. The ATC spotter (athletic trainers) would be able to notify the side judge who can then call a medical timeout to remove the player from the game.

“You’€™d have to talk to the medical people about that. I was coaching the game,” Bill Belichick said of the play and if he thought Edelman should have came out of the game.

The other four changes are:

1. Defensive players can no longer push teammates at the line of scrimmage on punts.

2. Peel back blocks are banned.

3. Once a pass is intercepted, receivers now have defenseless receiver protection.

4. Running backs can no longer chop block a defensive player engaged by the waist outside the tackle box.

It’s worth noting Belichick’s proposal for fixed cameras on all boundary lines to aid in instant replay was tabled to allow for additional time for research and development.

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