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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Is Tom Brady setting up to leave the Patriots? Adam Schefter thinks so

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Tom Brady has been with the New England Patriots since 2000. He has won six Super Bowls with the team and become the greatest quarterback in history while playing for the franchise. And he’s still playing at a high level even at age 42. But does Brady anticipate remaining with the Patriots beyond this season? He seems to be preparing for a future without them.

Prior to the Patriots’ “Monday Night Football” game against the New York Jets, ESPN’s crew had a discussion about Brady’s future. Adam Schefter listed all the reasons why he believes Brady is preparing to move on from New England.

“Let’s boil this down to the basic facts once again,” Schefter said. “Let’s look at some simple things: has he put his home for sale? Yes. Has his trainer put his home for sale? Yes. Has he set up his contract to void after this season to become a free agent? Yes. So if he’s selling his home and his trainer is selling his home and he’s voiding his contract? What does that tell you? He’s setting up to move on.”

Schefter cautions that Brady could change his mind, but in Schefter’s view, Brady is thinking about leaving New England.

Suzy Kolber added that the subject came up during their discussion ahead of the game.

“He said ‘how many people get to work for the same company their whole careers? Sometimes teams want to do different things. If it doesn’t work out, so be it. This is bonus time for me.'”

This matter is not a new topic. In 2015, Brady’s father said Bill Belichick would not hesitate to cut the quarterback if the coach no longer thinks Tom can perform. Perhaps Brady is trying to get a step ahead in that process.

Brady has suggested in the past that he wants to play until he’s 45 years old. If the Patriots want to move on from him, other teams would probably want the legend as their QB.

Back in August, Brady said not to read too much into his decision to sell his house.



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