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#pounditTuesday, September 29, 2020

Tom Brady not worried about ‘nostalgia’ of potential final game with Patriots

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There is at least a possibility that Tom Brady could be playing the final game of his career with the New England Patriots on Saturday night. Even if he leads the team to a win over the Tennessee Titans, the game may be Brady’s last home contest at Gillette Stadium. Of course, he’s not thinking about any of that.

Brady was asked on Thursday if he has let any “sentimental” thoughts creep in ahead of Saturday’s game. You can hear his response at around the 1:05 mark below:

“I’m not much for nostalgia,” Brady said. “I’m just pretty focused on what I need to do and this week has felt like pretty much every other week for the past 20 years.”

Brady was asked a similar question later in the press conference, and he essentially repeated what he already said.

The troubling thing for Patriots fans is that Brady didn’t say anything that resembled, “I plan to be here next year.” His contract is set to expire after the season, and it includes a clause that prevents the team from placing the franchise tag on him. Unless an extension is reached between now and March, Brady will be a free agent for the first time in his Hall of Fame career.

While it is still almost impossible to envision Brady in another uniform, he has given Patriots fans plenty of reasons to believe he could be on his way out the door. That could all change with another magical postseason run and a new contract, but the thought of Brady taking snaps for another team has never been closer to a reality.

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