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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Rex Ryan basically did this on Hard Knocks. I'm sure Belichick will take 100x more crap for it.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Meh. I don't see anything coming of this.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Belichick mentioned that it was done to him when he was starting out, a coach would "tip" him gas money for a ride. He in turn did this as he got higher up the coaching chain, helping young assistants and staff personnel.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Slow news day or what--Come on write some interesting articles, do they realize the Patriots are in the middle of the 2011 season why write crap from YEARS ago.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    This is actually not too surprising, especially from that time. Lots of teams had bounties and such. This was all widely known. Good stuff though. Eaton was a mad man. I didn't realize he was even on the Browns.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Eventhough this a non-story, it isn't even a Patriots story. From the sound of the report it was when Eaton was a scrub in Cleveland before he followed Belichick here in 1996.

    I'm sure all the Belichick haters will turn this into a huge deal, but if any team is tarnished by this story it is the Ravens who were the Browns when this happened. Even then, I don't see how it tarnishes anyone. It isn't technically legal, but it isn't a huge offense. If Belichick was paying players to hurt players on other teams, then it would be a real story.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Id pay for somebody to start a fight with Ocho in hopes of lighting a fire under his 6 million dollar keester.

    Would anybody else like to chip in a few bucks?
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Happens with every team, but say Belichick did and it becomes evil and sinister. At least that's the intention, anyone with half a brain knows the drill by now.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Isn't this a very old story?
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    The "spygate" idiots are all responding to the post.

    -'ooh the cheater is busting the salary cap. once a cheater ... always'


    These guys are such morons. The salary cap only counts the top 45. And certainly not to a PS player.

    maybe there is a tax evasion charge but that would be on the receiver of the cash not the payer.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Its been going on in the NFL for decades.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Come on now, no point in letting facts get in the way of the village townfolks across the nation gathering with their pitchforks and torches. :rolleyes:
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    It only happened 16 or so years ago. Very topical! :D
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    No, I mean this particular story reported somewhere at least five years ago. Maybe in one of the Patriots books.

    Maybe a different player actually.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    One thing brought up in the comments on PFT that I didn't think of is that if Eaton was a practice squad player, Belichick did absolutely nothing wrong. There are no rules about how much you can pay a practice squad player other than a minimum. His salary didn't count against the cap either. It might have violated the spirit of the rules in some way, but the actually rules pretty much doesn't prohibit it as far as I can tell.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    I think Goodell should strip Cleveland of their 1st round pick. Forgot to add. That would be The Baltimore Ravens franchise now.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    There are a few in gathering in this town as well.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    There goes a #1 pick (only mild sarcasm intended).
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Considering that nobody cared when it was revealed that actual bounties were being placed on players in actual games, I don't foresee anyone caring too much about this.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Neither do I, but Florio is having a slow controversy day.. so he pulls up some crap about Belichick to get 'em salivating.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Thats old school! I'm sure it has happened a lot, especially back in the day. As already mentioned Rex Ryan recently did this old school tactic on hard knocks. Nothing wrong with it, imo.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    PS salaries do count against the cap. But that's for what the team pays you do on the playing field, not something non football related on the practice field. And probably not for something coaches do with personal funds. Not to mention the salary cap didn't commence until 1994, Bill's second to last season in Cleveland. And I believe the folks in Denver would attest that there was some confusion at the outset of the cap as to just what it covered...
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    That was the exact same thing I was thinking. I hate to say this but the fact that salary cap ramifications were mentioned in the article shows me that Florio is not ready for primetime. Anyone who thinks that this could affect the salary cap just does not know how the salary-cap operates so unless Belichick slipped Eatin an extra hundred grand, it's just not a salary-cap problem.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    You were thinking wrong and apparently don't know how the salary cap operates.

    Everything counts in season including PS. Only top 51 count in pre season.

    That said, the only time this could have happened is in 1995, the year Eaton was drafted and was apparently on the Cleveland PS. It was the second year of the NFL salary cap and I doubt many people in the league were entirely sure what counted back then.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Well I stand corrected but I have to say here that I don't think that coaches can pay players with their personal funds because what would stop a coach from getting a huge salary from a team and then paying a player a little extra from his "personal" money?

    Now I highly doubt an extra c-note would push Cleveland over the cap so I'm not sure this is really a controversy.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    I tried my very best to give a damn about this. Failed. Oh well.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Classic Mike Florio.

    Biggest douchebag in media history. **** him.
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    Did he really just write this? He basically is saying yes I do have a vendetta against the Patriots. I know my revelation is no more newsworthy than his but he gets paid to do it I dont.



    Oh and to the notion that this could be salary cap violation. I think that point would be made mute by the fact it was a Practice Squad player as I dont think they count against the cap.
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    Re: Former player says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

    Yes. Or it's another incident of the same type.

    Either way I don't care.
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