Is the Tom Brady era in New England finally coming to a close?
Brady is set to become a free agent on March 18, and there’s already plenty of rumors swirling over whether he’ll return to the Patriots or pick a new home.
However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the 42-year-old quarterback isn’t going anywhere.
“Tom Brady is in fact for the Patriots’ plans for 2020,” he said.
Brady’s agent Don Yee is in Indianapolis meeting with teams at the NFL combine. Brady does not have an offer from the Patriots, as reportedly New England is waiting to see what will happen with the new collective bargaining agreement and the salary cap. Yee is talking with multiple teams about “potentially” signing Brady, including the Raiders, Chargers, Colts and Dolphins, per Rapoport.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians also said he’d contact Brady if the QB has not made his decision by the start of free agency, according to the Tampa Bay Times‘ Rick Stroud.
Earlier on Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported Brady is “operating under the belief that he will enter free agency.” He can begin negotiations with teams two days prior to the start of the new league year, and he is likely to meet with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick before making his decision, per Darlington. Brady and Belichick have won six Super Bowls together since 2001.
Brady has played all 20 of his NFL seasons with New England, but after losing in the AFC Wild Card roound in 2019, the three-time league MVP is “evaluating the NFL landscape with the intention of departing,” according to Darlington.
Brady may be the NFL’s oldest quarterback, but he will still be a coveted commodity if he enters the free agent market.
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