BOSTON (CBS) — It’s a day that ends in Y, so we have a few more Tom Brady “updates” from around the NFL. And on this particular Thursday, they are not good for those who want the quarterback to remain in New England.
First up, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington went on ESPN’s “Get Up” and told the world he’d be “stunned” if Brady returns to the Patriots this offseason.
“There are people very close to Tom Brady who are being told by Tom Brady, ‘It’s not going to happen. I’m going somewhere else,'” said Darlington. “That’s the way we’re operating here. … I am now at the point where I would be stunned if Tom Brady returns to the Patriots.”
Feeling the vitriol of Patriots fans on Twitter, he sent out a follow-up tweet explaining that while Brady could return to New England, the quarterback is very much looking forward to hitting free agency on March 18.
RIP, my mentions.
I know you’ll hate me. I know you’ll tell me I’m an idiot. And I understand why it’s so hard for all of us — myself included — to start accepting this likelihood. Hey, there’s still a chance. But… the reality is… Brady is looking forward to free agency. https://t.co/jDooyna2Hc
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 27, 2020
Then, the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian took it a little further. According to the longtime Patriots reporter, the Pats brass still has not reached out to Brady. According to Guregian’s sources, “it’s not looking good” for a Brady return.
The Patriots still have not reached out to Tom Brady. According to a source, “it’s not looking good”
— Karen Guregian (@kguregian) February 27, 2020
Well that escalated quickly. The Patriots are the only team that can chat with Brady until March 16, and the fact they haven’t done so makes it seem like they don’t want the 42-year-old back.
Adam Schefter jumped in on the fun later Thursday afternoon, saying that negotiations surrounding a new CBA have held up the talks between Brady and the Patriots.
Discussions surrounding a potential new CBA have held up any potential contract discussions between the Patriots and Tom Brady, per sources. pic.twitter.com/CQ5508BJRa
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2020
And maybe, considering they’ve been together for two decades, the two sides already know where the other stands. If Brady is set on testing the free agency waters, there isn’t much the Patriots can do to stop him. But with teams lining up to try and woo Brady away from the Patriots, Thursday’s updates certainly don’t bode well for the QB’s future with the only team he’s ever played for.
UPDATE: Well, this would seemingly be significant. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport went on air Thursday afternoon and said, “I can’t even believe I have to say this: Tom Brady is in fact in the Patriots’ plans for 2020.”