In yesterday's news blitz, we featured an article that said Tom Brady's window is far from closing. Last night Patriots owner Robert Kraft echoed that idea during an interview with the NFL Network. Kraft said that he believes Brady has a lot left in the tank and he hopes #12 will retire as a Patriot.
"We believe that Tom has a lot of play left," Kraft said. "The way he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains, people look up to him."
As NBC Sports reporter, Mike Florio points out, one of the major factors in the Brady timetable will be his salary cap number.
"Things get interesting once the current deal expires and a 40-year-old Brady is looking for one more contract, from Kraft or someone else," writes Florio.
Comcast Sports Net's Tom Curran is one guy who doesn't believe Mr. Brady will remain a Patriot forever. Last night, Curran explained that Brady loves football more than he loves playing in New England.
"Four years remain on Tom Brady's contract," said Tom Curran on CSN's Quick Slants. "But when that four years are up Tom Brady intends to keep playing. I think he plays someplace else before it's done."
According to a NBC Sports report, former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley will be visiting a team this week after being medically cleared to play football again. Finely declined to mention the team's name per the request of the organization, which sounds a lot like something Bill Belichick would ask. The 27-year-old tight end suffered a spinal chord contusion in 2013, but the neurosurgeon who performed Finley's spinal fusion has since cleared him to resume football activities.
Last night Andy Gresh appeared on CSN's Early Edition to talk about how Finley would fit in New England.
As the Patriots begin organized team activities, one player to look out for is Logan Ryan -- or more specifically, where he's playing. With the addition of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this offseason, the Patriots appear to be stacked at cornerback. This has led to the belief that second-year CB Logan Ryan may find himself lining up next to Devin McCourty at safety. According to NESN's Doug Kyed, Ryan is open to the idea.
"Ryan could have a big season in his second year with the Patriots," believes Kyed. "It would be wise for Belichick to find a spot on the starting or nickel defense for the second-year defensive back, whether it's at corner or safety."
As the offseason program kicks into gear, it's safe to say that fans are most excited to see how the team's newest star player will perform. Though we haven't had a chance to see Revis on the practice field yet, Devin McCourty has and he's impressed. McCourty appeared on CSN's Quick Slants last night and spoke to Tom Curran about his new teammate.
"Just from sitting there talking to him, you can tell he's a gamer." said McCourty on the show. "He's a guy that loves to be out there on Sunday…Loves knowing what's going on, and that's how he's been one of the best corners, arguably the best corner, in the league."
In addition to Revis and Logan Ryan, the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe gives us five focal points to keep an eye on during the Patriots OTAs and minicamp. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss posted a similar article, with Vince Wilfork's recovery at the very top of his watch list.
"A ruptured Achilles is a tough injury to come back from, which is why Wilfork's presence on the practice field stood out in a video posted by the Patriots' official website on Thursday," said Reiss. "Watching Wilfork run indicates that he continues to make solid progress from the serious injury sustained September 29."