Eagles Change Course, Will Pay Patterson

The Eagles had a change of heart today and have come to an agreement with Mike Patterson, agent J.R Rickert told Tim McManus.

“I’m pleased that the Eagles and Howie Roseman in particular were able to work on this with us and come to a resolution,” Rickert said. “I attribute the long-standing relationship we have had over the years as the reason we were able to do it.”

A league source tells McManus that Patterson will receive the full $150,000.

Just yesterday, the Eagles placed Patterson on the non-football injury/illness list. Patterson was hospitalized last week with viral pneumonia and will not play again this season. His agents went public and criticized the Eagles for docking his pay.

“This is not the way an organization should treat a player who has been a solid citizen and a leader on the team and somebody who does nothing but contribute to your club on and off the field,” Rickert said yesterday.

“This is not the message you want to send of how you deal with people. …This is a guy who had a serious health condition and  fought his way back because he wants to contribute to the team.”

The team felt the need to do some damage control yesterday, releasing a statement that simply said, “Our number one priority is to get Mike Patterson well enough to get back on the football field. He has worked hard this year to get back and has our full support as an organization.”

During training camp in 2011, Patterson suffered a seizure and was diagnosed with a brain AVM. Patterson played the entire year and had brain surgery in the offseason. He returned to the field in Week 9 against the Saints.

Patterson, 29, has appeared in 115 games with the Eagles in eight NFL seasons. He’s under contract through 2016.

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  • Paradox_What?

    Per Patterson’s agent: “After a day of reflection, the Eagles and [G.M.] Howie Roseman decided to treat Mike like the high-character player that he is,” agent Peter Schaffer tells PFT. “They’re doing it because they believe that players who have done what Mike has done for the franchise should be rewarded. They always had Mike’s best interests at heart. So they renegotiated his contract to remove the provision that automatically dropped his pay.”

    Key word being “automatically.” It appears that Patterson’s agent simply used the media to drum up a non-issue to overide a contract term in order to score Patterson an extra $150k without having to argue that the injury was football-related. Great job by Schaffer (Patterson’s agent) and kudos to the Eagles’ front office for seizing the opportunity to proactively improve their company image.

    • Mike

      “Proactively improve the company image”?? I think this is a dictionary definition of a reactionary move to terrible publicity. Shame no one in charge there had the limited sense to forecast the fallout from the original move.

      • Paradox_What?

        It is proactive in contrast to actually having this drag out in front of the NFL’s appeals board to determine whether it is a football-related injury. I was viewing the baseline organization’s action as sticking with contractual terms and favoring the appeals process, with a quick contract change (that needed to get approved by the NFL btw) as being a proactive remedy to a situation that could have potentially escalated. Imagine how much worse the team would have looked if this situation had dragged out for a few weeks during a league investigation into whether this was a NFI.

        IMO Having someone forecast and diagnose the potential fallout from this situation and intervene beforehand would have been a preventive action (but also does fall under the standard definition of a proactive resolution). Very difficult to do in a corporate setting, especially when there is a contractual baseline and it is unlikely that the person who would signify for the team to cut the pay in accordance with the contract is the same person who would have the authority to override the contract terms and motion the league for a release from contractual terms.

        • GoBirds1

          Why don’t you and the other hired pro Howie spin doctors take your obvious defensive non-sense elsewhere. Do you really think that the Eagles fans at large are that stupid and oblivious to your intentions.

          Proactive would have been, we are aware of the language in Mike’s contract and we are taking the necessary steps to change it, such that he will receive the balance of his pay. That would have been the right thing to do. Not wait for the public outcry and then respond.

          PeeWee is an arrogant egotistical weasel hatched under the kings of such attitude, Reid, Banner and Lurie!

        • GoBirds1

          Secondly, your explanation is complete bs!

  • johnGiam

    happy hanuka from the eagles!

  • FMWarner

    Good move. Glad to see the Eagles able to acknowledge a mistake and correct it.

  • morgan c

    Stupid decision originally, but at least they issued a quick mea culpa (probably as a result of the bad media coverage), and did the right thing.

  • Mr. Magee

    Yeah, I think this is a case of the eagles eating crow

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    I’m glad they got it sorted it out. There’s a chance Patt will not be back next season and this would not be the way he deserves to go out. He’s been a soldier for the Eagles now, playing on a bad salary for the past 6 years without a peep. Not to mention battling back from brain surgery.

    Dude is a Philly guy through and through. If this is the end of the road, he’ll always be a favourite.