Patriots' Tom Brady has not committed to playing in 2018

Arnold Nichols
April 19, 2018

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that Brady has yet to commit to returning for the 2018 season, though those close to him believe he'll keep playing.

New England are unlikely to see much of the five-time Super Bowl victor in pre-season, as Brady is expected to spend more time with body coach Alex Guerrero. "However, having said that, we're dealing with a human being. I think the people around and the people inside that organization think that he'll play, but they don't know that he will play".

According to an ESPN report in January, New England head coach Bill Belichick objected to the trade because he had been grooming Garoppolo to take over for the Patriots when Brady did decide to retire.

That leaves the Patriots with journeyman Brian Hoyer, a competent back-up but not who you want leading a Super Bowl contender.


This will certainly be something to monitor, but it would be shocking not to see Brady as the quarterback for the Patriots next season. Both players have worked under contracts worth far less than their true value in recent seasons, and it's possible they're hoping for raises before reporting to the team, though Brady probably has other reasons.

Gronkowski missed the Patriots's first training session of the season on Monday, and while attendance to the first day of the workout sessions is voluntary, his absence suggests he still has not made his mind up about his future. Brady set multiple Super Bowl records - most passing yards (505), games played (eight), most passes in his Super Bowl career (235), passing yards in a career (2,576) and career touchdown passes (18).

While Brady stays away - he was in Qatar over the weekend - New England is carrying on without him. The Patriots have been examining options in next week's draft, and many around the league believe New England - armed with two first-round picks and two second-round picks - will use one of its high picks on a quarterback.

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