For a long period of time the general thought – one promoted by the G.O.A.T. himself – was that Tom Brady was focused on playing until at least the age of 45.
But this offseason, in the wake of the Super Bowl LII loss and "Tom vs. Time" docu-series, it began to feel that Brady's career might not last as long as once believed.
TB12 created a social media storm this week, though, when he responded to an ESPN post regarding his playing future. ESPNBoston.com says that Brady "hinted" at playing until 45 on Instagram.
The Boston Globe writes that every time Brady seems to speak these days it feels like it's about creating leverage for himself. The Globe also looks at the options as to who may protect Brady's blindside in 2018.
The Boston Herald speculates as to what Brady may do at whatever point he does retire. TheHeraldsaid Brady "teases" with his Instagram post.
ESPN.com notes that Brady is up for best male athlete at its own awards show, The ESPYs.
WEEI.com has its post on the Brady social media post.
NBC Sports Boston writes that the Patriots may take an old approach to the new rules for NFL kickoffs this season.
NFL.com picks one player to make his first Pro Bowl for every AFC team, with Trey Flowers earning the nod for New England. In case you missed it, NFL.com lists Rob Gronkowski among its most likely holdouts heading toward training camp.
Fun has been a hot topic this offseason in New England, so Boston.com wonders if it's still fun to be a Patriots fan.