Wednesday morning ESPN reported that Tom Brady had not yet “committed” to playing in 2018.
Later in the day, more information came out indicating, though, that TB12 is indeed readying himself for yet another season in New England.
The rumor site ProFootballTalk.com reported that Brady “already has made arrangements to get together with some of his teammates between the end of the offseason program and the start of training camp in order to better prepare for the season to come.”
In a somewhat related post, ProFootballTalk.com wonders if the Patriots and 49ers could be involved in another trade revolving around the quarterback position on draft weekend.
NBC Sports Boston writes that some of his teammates say that Brady’s indeed playing in 2018.
The Boston Globe wonders if the next Jimmy Garoppolo might be available in this year’s draft class. The Globe notes that the NFL will announce its 2018 league-wide schedule on Thursday night.
The* Boston Herald* declares that the Patriots Big 3 – Brady, Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft – must come to an understanding. *Herald *columnist Steve Buckley says that Patriots fans should ask their team what the heck is going on. The *Herald *Patriots notebook looks at the finalists for the team’s hall of fame – Matt Light, Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel. The *Herald *also writes that the choice is easy if Brady is leading a revolt against Belichick.
Heading into the draft, the Providence Journal says the Patriots front seven could use a boost. The Pro Jo observes that the Patriots workouts in the offseason program go on as usual without Brady and Gronkowski.
ESPNBoston.com says the Patriots are in need of a linebacker and might be in position to get one on draft weekend. ESPNBoston.com passes along word that Gronkowski has bought a stake in a Kentucky Derby horse that bears his last name. ESPNBoston.com also explains why the Patriots must solidify a post-Brady plan at quarterback.
WEEI.com asks, “what Brady is trying to get this offseason?” WEEI.com passes on a USA Today poll of agents that listed Belichick as the second-most respected NFL executive. WEEI.com says you need to pick a side in the looming civil war with the Patriots – either Belichick or Brady.
NBC Sports Boston wonders what the end game is in the cold war in Foxborough, including some insightful comments on the situation from former Patriots Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo. NBC Sports Boston looks at the wide receiver prospects available in next week’s draft.
NFL.com writes that Brady is eyeing a revised contract prior to the season – the quarterback would “absolutely be interested in revisiting this contract." NFL.com ranks the NFL’s 32 general managers, with Belichick deservedly taking the top spot on the list.
MassLive.com has 23 possilbites for the Patriots with the 23rd pick in the first round of the draft.