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New England Patriots Links 7/19/10 - Team Will Take Care of Scouts if Lockout Occurs

Albert Breer reports the Patriots will take care of scouts in the event of a lockout.

With a lockout looming in 2011, the real victims are a lot of the people caught in-between -- The lower-level coaches and scouts and all the non-football team employees that have to worry about sustaining themselves and their families through a potential work stoppages.

So it was nice to read in Dan Pompei's top-notch debut effort over at the National Football Post that the local team will be taking care of some of its employees. Pompei writes 24 of the NFL's 32 teams have lockout language in their scouts' contracts that call for 25-50 percent paycuts in the event of a work stoppage, even though those are the people on the football side that will keep working.

The Patriots, along with the Colts, Saints and Seahawks, are among those that don't have such provisions in their scouts' deals, according to Pompei.

That reflects well on the Patriots, and the Kraft family, as well as Jim Irsay in Indy, Tom Benson in New Orleans and Paul Allen in Seattle. And it's the kind of thing that, down the line, guys will remember when they're picking where they want to work.

Albert Breer notes Colts Center Jeff Saturday pays Vince Wilfork compliments on NFL Network.

"I've played this guy on a ton in my career," Saturday said. "He makes the Patriots defense go. Nobody talks about him. He's a great run stuffer, but he can also get great push against the play-action pass, and he's a smart player who really helps his linebackers really shine in that defense."

Albert Breer gets Jay Glazer's opinion about one aspect of Tom Brady's training regimen.

"Well, if it’s good enough for Tom Brady, it’s good enough for anyone else,’’ Glazer said. "I know [Cardinals quarterback] Matt [Leinart] talked a lot to him about boxing, and Matt said [Brady’s] work ethic is off the charts. So it makes sense that he’d be doing it, because it’s about pushing yourself beyond your limits.’’