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During Speaking Engagement, Brady Asked About Wells Report

Rob Carr/Getty Images(SALEM, Mass.) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about his thoughts on the newly released Wells Report during a speaking engagement at Salem State University Thursday night.

"I don't really have any reaction," Brady said to moderator Jim Gray. "Our owner commented on it yesterday. It's only been 30 hours, so I haven't had much time to digest it fully, but when I do, I'll let you know. I'll be sure to let you know how I feel about it, and everybody else."

Brady was also asked about whether the report taints the Patriots Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks to which he replied, to applause, "absolutely not." As for if he's bothered by the investigation of underinflated footballs, Brady answered, "I've dealt with a lot of things in the past, and I dealt with this three months ago before the Super Bowl. I've dealt with a lot of adversity over the course of my career, my life. I'm very fortunate to have so many people that love me and support me."

He continued, "Life is so much about the ups and downs and certainly I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure, and I think a lot it -- you take the good with the bad. Dealing with the different adversities in life, you just try to do the best you can do. I was raised by a great mom and dad, and I have a lot of great teammates that support me, so we'll get through it."

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Deflategate Report Says Patriots Probably Knew About Footballs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A report released on Wednesday by the independent attorney hired by the NFL concludes "it's more probable than not" that New England Patriots personnel "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots games balls after the balls were examined by the referee."

The investigation, led by attorney Ted Wells, stated it "is more than probable" that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" involving the release of air from the Patriots' footballs. But the report said there was no deliberate attempt by the Patriots to introduce a non-approved kicking ball during the AFC Championship game against the Indiana Colts on Jan. 18.

The Patriots won 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

The report names Jim McNally, the Patriots' locker room attendant, and John Jastremski, a Patriots equipment assistant, as having "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee."

Patriots CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement, "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement. In addition, given our level of cooperation throughout the process, I was offended by the comments made in the Wells Report in reference to not making an individual available for a follow-up interview. What the report fails to mention is that he had already been interviewed four times and we felt the fifth request for access was excessive for a part-time game day employee who has a full-time job with another employer."

He added: "While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me."

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Irsay: Not 'Super Bowl-or-Bust' for Pagano in 2015

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay won't put any pressure on head coach Chuck Pagano, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Irsay said that Pagano's future doesn't depend on winning a Super Bowl title next season.

"These things are ongoing a lot of times behind the scenes," Irsay told The Indianapolis Star.  "We're working on contracts, whether it's management, coaches, players. We had discussions and it doesn't mean that they won't continue. It's not a Super Bowl-or-bust season or anything like that."

The Colts were smacked around by the Patriots in the AFC Championship game in January and fell short of quarterback Andrew Luck making his first Super Bowl appearance.

"We were proud of our (2014) season and I really feel positive about Chuck and what he's done for us," Irsay told the paper. "There's no question that he's accomplished a lot since he's been here."

Indianapolis has the 29th pick of Thursday's NFL Draft after finishing 11-5 last year.

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Hakeem Nicks Signs 1-Year Deal with Titans

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year deal with receiver Hakeem Nicks, the team announced Friday.

After playing his first five NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Nicks played last season with the Indianapolis Colts. It was a down year for Nicks who played in 16 games but only made 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns.

Nicks was originally selected by the Giants with the 29th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft.

After a solid rookie year, Nicks posted back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Nicks joins a Titans squad that already has Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas, and Kendall Wright at receiver.

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Luck's Option Picked Up by Colts

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts picked up Andrew Luck's fifth-year option meaning the quarterback is officially under contract through the 2016 season.

The 25-year-old will make $16.15 million in 2016.

As for signing Luck to a new deal, Colts owner Jim Irsay said at the NFL owner's meetings last month that likely won't happen until after the 2015 season.

“Andrew still has two years left, and whatever our talks are between Andrew and his people will remain confidential," Irsay said. "It's not like we don't have conversations about a possibility, so to speak, of something. But I really think most likely the scenario is going to be going into the offseason next year is when that second contract will come up. That's the vision I have right now."

In Luck's three NFL seasons, he's thrown for 12,957 yards, 86 touchdowns, and 43 interceptions.

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Report: Colts Will Wait on New Deal for Chuck Pagano

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- According to a media report, the Indianapolis Colts and coach Chuck Pagano will not reach a deal on a contract extension before the season.

Two sources told that the team will allow Pagano to see out the final year of the four-year contract he signed in 2012.

Indianapolis has made the playoffs in each of Pagano's three seasons, going 11-5 last season and reaching the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to eventual Super Bowl champion New England 45-7.

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Oakland Raiders Sign RB Trent Richardson

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders signed free agent running back Trent Richardson, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last week, the Colts cut the 24-year-old Richardson after nearly two seasons in Indianapolis. In 15 games in 2014, he rushed for 519 yards and three touchdowns on 159 carries.

Richardson was originally selected by the Browns out of Alabama with the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. During his three-year career, he has rushed for 2,032 yards and 17 touchdowns on 614 attempts.

Richardson is expected to compete with Latavius Murray for the starting running back job with the Raiders.

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Trent Richardson Files Grievance Against Colts

Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- Just days after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, running back Trent Richardson has filed a grievance against the team as he seeks to re-coup the money he was scheduled to earn during the 2015 season.

Richardson was released by the Colts Thursday after two disappointing season with Indianapolis. 

The Colts suspended Richardson for the final game of the teams 2014 season -- the AFC Title game against the New England Patriots.  Richardson stated that he was late to the team's final walkthrough because his wife had been hospitalized with pregnancy complications and failed to notify the team.

Richardson told that his phone had died and by the time he was able to reach head coach Chuck Pagano, he was told not to show up as he had been deactivated for the game. 

As a result of the suspension, language in Richardson's contract -- his rookie contract -- allows the Colts to void the final year of his deal and the team can avoid paying him the $3.184 million he was due to earn in 2015.

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Colts Release RB Trent Richardson

Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts released running back Trent Richardson Thursday.

Richardson was traded to the Colts by the Cleveland Browns a few games into the 2013 season. Since then, the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft has disappointed.

During his time with Indianapolis, Richardson played in 29 regular season games, rushing for 977 yards on an average of 3.1 yards-per-carry.

Richardson, 23, did nothing for the Colts in their three playoff games last season. After not receiving a carry in the team's wild card win against the Cincinnati Bengals, he was inactive for the following game against the Denver Broncos and the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. It was later found out that Richardson was actually suspended for two games, the first one being the team's game against the Pats.

The Colts have a slew of running backs on their roster: They signed Frank Gore this week, and have Daniel Herron, Zurlon Tipton, and Vick Ballard returning.

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Colts Sign Free Agent WR Andre Johnson

NFL Shield (NFL)(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent wide receiver Andre Johnson on Wednesday. The deal is for three years and $21 million, according to ESPN.

The Texans originally selected Johnson out of the University of Miami with the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. In 169 regular-season games with Houston, Johnson had 1,012 receptions for 13,597 receiving yards and 64 touchdowns.

Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards in 2008 (1,575) and 2009 (1,569). He is also a seven-time Pro Bowler and is a two-time First-Team All-Pro.

On Tuesday, the Colts signed free agent running back Frank Gore to a three-year, $12 million contract. Gore and Johnson were teammates at the University of Miami.

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