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Did Belichick break an unwritten rule?

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08:04 AM ET 06.14 | Tom Coughlin said he wouldn't talk much about Jake Ballard, but the little he did say spoke volumes: "Discouraged is a minor description. ... Very disappointing. ... We are very disappointed." Asked to comment on whether the Patriots broke an unwritten rule by claiming former Giants tight end Jake Ballard off waivers Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick denied the sheer existence of such customs. "First of all, there aren't any unwrittens," Belichick said. "You can't negotiate a contract with a player while he's under contract. You can't negotiate a contract, release him, and then renegotiate another contract with him that was already done in advance. I'm sure the Giants weren't doing that."

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June 14, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Coughlin needs to change out of his skirt.

June 14, 2012  08:13 AM ET

BB likes his TE's.

June 14, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Don't waive a guy you want to keep.

Seriously, why would any team pass up on a player that can be an improvement in the future.

There are no "unwritten rules".

June 14, 2012  08:18 AM ET

It happens...

June 14, 2012  08:19 AM ET

Where can I read up on these unwritten rules?

June 14, 2012  08:21 AM ET
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Where can I read up on these unwritten rules?

Coughlin has the only copy, I guess.

June 14, 2012  08:22 AM ET
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Where can I read up on these unwritten rules?

Best I could find.

June 14, 2012  08:22 AM ET

This is typical of BB - he is the consummate strategist and he thinks multiple moves ahead of his opponents. The Giants have beaten him three times in a row, twice in the SB, so he saw an opportunity to improve his team and weaken a rival. Not all that different from when he traded for Welker. The Giants took what they thought was a low risk, and it blew up on them.

June 14, 2012  08:25 AM ET

If not for the stupid statements by Harbaugh about Manning recently, this would be the dumbest comment of the offseason.

June 14, 2012  08:26 AM ET

unwritten rules aren't worth the paper they are not written on.

June 14, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Best I could find.

You made Rex Ryan's day.

June 14, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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Random knockoff crap and various other garbage

Please die in an unfortunate accident.

Thanks,

FanNation

June 14, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Snooze and lose...

June 14, 2012  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Please die in an unfortunate accident.Thanks,FanNation

If they can't spell "safety", they can't guarantee it, either.

June 14, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Sounds like Belicheat is still smarting from losing the Super Bowl, now twice, to the Giants.

June 14, 2012  08:50 AM ET

I'm really taken aback by New England's decision to sign Ballard. They're already stacked at tight end, and Ballard won't even play next year. It's like taking 500 grand, and tossing it in a fire. Are we sure he'll be back up to 100% after ACL surgery?

June 14, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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Sounds like Belicheat is still smarting from losing the Super Bowl, now twice, to the Giants.

Belicheat. How clever. How droll. I stand in awe of your obvious sports knowledge superiority.

June 14, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Ballard will make $545,000 this year. He will never play a down. Next year he becomes an exclusive rights free agent. Recovering from a torn ACL and micro fracture surgery is a two year process if you recover fully at all.

He will likely never play a down for the Patriots. Could just be one of those lets see what he can tell us things about the team he played for before. Happens all the time. I think BB is a little tired of superbowls to the Giants. All is fair. I wish Ballard luck, he is a steady, if unspectacular player and a good guy.

 
June 14, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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I'm really taken aback by New England's decision to sign Ballard. They're already stacked at tight end, and Ballard won't even play next year. It's like taking 500 grand, and tossing it in a fire. Are we sure he'll be back up to 100% after ACL surgery?

I'm thinking this is a step in the process of converting Hernandez to WR, as he basically is one already.

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