NFL won't settle if Tom Brady won't accept findings of Wells report

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The NFL on Tuesday changed its settlement offer to Tom Brady, saying there will be no settlement unless Brady accepts the findings of the Wells report, sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

The NFL had no comment Wednesday.

The NFL commissioned attorney Ted Wells to investigate the New England Patriots' use of underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts last January. The report was released May 6 and concluded that it was "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel deliberately deflated footballs during the game, and that Brady was probably "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell later suspended Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season for his role in the incident.

Brady, meanwhile, remains firm on his settlement terms: He will accept a fine, but no suspension, and will not admit guilt in the matter, sources say.

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