Report: ‘Highly Unlikely’ Patriots Will Try To Recoup Lost Draft Picks


After Tom Brady had his four-game suspension wiped away Thursday, there was speculation as to whether his team would attempt to do the same with its own Deflategate punishment.

According to one report, it will not.

The chances of the New England Patriots attempting to recoup the two draft picks (a first-rounder and a fourth-rounder) and the $1 million fine it was docked as a result of the NFL’s investigation are “extremely remote,” CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran reported Thursday, citing a source “very high in the organization.”

“To go back on that now would really cast (Patriots owner) Robert Kraft as someone going back on his word,” Curran wrote, via “As a result, it’s highly, highly, highly unlikely that the Patriots would try to recoup those draft picks.

“However, there is an extreme feeling of validation (in the Patriots’ organization) right now.”

Kraft said in May the team would not appeal its sanctions.

Read Judge Berman’s full ruling vacating Brady’s suspension >>

Thumbnail photo via Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Jan 26, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during the team arrival at Sky Harbor Airport in preparation for Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports Images

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