Schefter - Despite some uncertainty within the New England Patriots organization, Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, said he expects his client Tom Brady to return for the 2018 season.
“Tom’s intentions have not changed,” Yee said Monday. “He’s consistently said he’ll play beyond this contract and into his mid-40s, or until he feels he isn’t playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he’s been firm about.”
Just last week, multiple sources said they believed, but didn’t know, that Brady would return for the 2018 season. One source even estimated that there was a “75 percent” chance that Brady would be back … But Yee tried to dispel this idea Monday.
To that point, Brady is training every day. …
Asked how Brady feels about his contract, which will pay him well less than what his former understudy Jimmy Garoppolo will make in San Francisco, Yee said: “His objective every year is to outperform his contract and his own goals. And like every player, yes, he thinks about his contract — it’s a pretty natural thing to do. Every team’s management knows this.”
Holy moly, Schefty. Way to bury the lede under an avalanche of qualifiers. I know his bosses at the World Wide Leader want him delivering pure, weapons grade clickbait. But that’s no reason to lose sight of the only thing that matters. Brady is going to play for the Patriots until he’s physically incapable of playing for the Patriots. There’ll be no contract holdouts. No drawing lines in the sand demanding Alex Guerrero gets Employee of the Month and a desk in Belchick’s office. No walking away in a snit to go become the world’s first Resistance Band billionaire. His career goal to play into his mid-40s goes on as planned. He’s leaving this game either with his shield or on it.
Despite all you’ve heard. The interpretation of what was said in the last five minutes of Tom vs. Time. The rampant media speculation. The mindreading. People trying to channel Gisele’s thoughts. None of it means jack squat because TB12 isn’t going anywhere. And this is coming from the only “source” other than hearing it from the GOAT’s lips that matters. The real Don Yee, not the Ron Borges fictional Don Yee. And all the couching Yee’s quotes with stuff about 75 percent, what was said by someone else last week and how much Jimmy G is getting paid matters not. Yee hasn’t “tried to dispel” anything. He flat out blew all rumors to the contrary into another dimension and confirmed that Brady has multiple years still in him. 100 percent. Which is very bad news for the rest of football. And unquestionably the best news (so far) in this dreary, desultory 2018 calendar year so far. Roger That.
Now, that’s one very important piece taken care of. That wasn’t so hard, was it? Rob Gronkowski, the ball is in your court.