At a certain point it’s time to acknowledge there may be something seriously wrong in Foxboro right now. The latest bombshell coming from ESPN’s Adam Schefter who is reporting that Tom Brady has yet to commit to playing for the Patriots in 2018.
Patriots’ QB Tom Brady still has not committed to playing in 2018, even though people who know him believe he will back coming season, league sources told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2018
Later that evening the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo went on TV and reported that Brady’s camp believes the Quarterback will play in 2018 but also has a desire to revisit his contract. TB-12 is scheduled to make $14 million each of the next two seasons. Garofolo however maintained that this is NOT what is keeping Brady from the offseason workout program right now.
“It’s not anything that is contentious right now. But Brady would absolutely be interested in revisiting this contract,” Garofolo said.
I guess it’s a good sign that he’s leaning towards playing but the fact that no one knows for sure is a clear indication that the Star Quarterback isn’t happy.
His decision to stay away for the team’s offseason workout program is not to be taken lightly.
Mayo said that Brady staying away from OTAs is a huge decision if he sticks to that throughout spring. https://t.co/iOdw342yof
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) April 18, 2018
Brady’s wife Giselle Bundchen has also openly hinted at Brady’s dissatisfaction with this situation in Foxboro in Brady’s Facebook special last month.
“These last two years have been very challenging for him in so many ways,” she said. “And he tells me, ‘I love it so much and I just want to go to work and feel appreciated and have fun.’ ”
While Brady may feel ‘underappreciated’ or is just getting tired of Bill Belichick’s tyrannical ways in Foxboro, he is by most accounts still preparing as if he is going to play this season and beyond.
A pair of Tom Brady's teammates tell me they've spoken to the QB this offseason, including discussions about the upcoming season, and he's never indicated he wasn't playing/retiring. Also, Brady continued his normal workout regimen/diet to this point, even while in Qatar.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 18, 2018
While smart money has Brady returning this season there us still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding Rob Gronkowski and his increasingly murky future in Foxboro.
Like Patriots’ QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of New England’s off-season program Monday, per source.
Gronkowski still is considering whether to play the upcoming 2018 season, and has had “good communication” with the Patriots, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 15, 2018
So Patriots Nation, it it time to panic?