It seems like since the Super Bowl in February, not much has gone right for the New England Patriots who have almost seen their whole world fall apart.
First of all, the Patriots saw many of their biggest names leave and find new homes in free agency including both of their starting cornerbacks from Super Bowl XLIX and long serving defensive lineman Vince Wilfork.
The Patriots saw a lot of talent leave New England this off-season and have brought in some new faces to try and replace them but fans have been generally concerned.
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It got worse for the Patriots following the release of the Ted Wells report which seemingly pined the blame for the Deflategate controversy on several Patriots personnel and forced the NFL to punish the franchize.
New England were fined $1 million and lost two draft picks including their 1st round pick in next year's draft.
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With the Patriots having paid dearly for the Deflategate scandal, they now have several days left to appeal their punishment.
The Patriots must appeal their punishment before Friday but reports have claimed that the franchize are working with the NFL in order to avoid having to go through the process.
ESPN have claimed that the league and the team are working together to settle their differences and avoid the appeals process or any litigation that may come with it.
The Patriots are still said to be weighing up their options ahead of Friday's deadline and with the Spring NFL Owners' meetings starting on Tuesday, the question remains, when will they make their choice?
Both Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are expected to be at the owners meetings but Kraft himself has refused to comment on the possibility of violating NFL bylaws and going to court to get their penalties overturned.
"I'm not going to comment on that at this point in time. I'm going to leave it. I won't say."
Learn from Brady?
The Patriots as a franchize have paid dearly for the Deflategate scandal but the one punishment not directly aimed at them, was aimed at their star quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady has been suspended for the first four games of next season and despite the punishment being aimed at the future hall of famer, it will have massive ramifications on the Patriots Super Bowl defense.
Brady has already appealed his punishment to the league and only time will tell if the franchise appeal theirs and more importantly, what will come of those appeals.
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