Tom Brady reacts to report relationship with Bill Belichick is ‘not great’
Tom Brady on Monday morning blew off a report suggesting that his relationship with Bill Belichick is “not great” and that someone in his “camp” believes he could be traded by the New England Patriots following the 2017 season.
“I don’t even know who my camp is,” Brady said of the report on WEEI radio.
Brady was asked about the status of his relationship with Belichick.
“I think it’s the way it has always been,” Brady said. “I think he is a great coach and there is obviously no coach I would rather play for. I love playing for this team and I’ve tried to do it for a long time and I have done it for a long time. I enjoy doing it and hopefully I can do it for a long time.”
Belichick would never allow any notion of loyalty prevent him from doing what’s best for the Patriots. Brady understands that to be the case and pragmatically admits even he could be traded at some point.
“I mean, everyone has the opportunity to go to another team or get traded, or cut, or released,” Brady said, as transcribed by NESN. “I have played with so many great players that that has happened to, several times, and coaches too. Player movement is not new to anyone.”
A report surfaced Sunday that San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch gauged the Patriots’ interest in trading Brady during the offseason.
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The 49ers of course landed Brady’s backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, in a trade last week.
Still, is there something to the rumors of a rift between Brady and Belichick? A report last week indicated a Belichick confidante believes there is a “collision coming” between the Patriots head coach and Alex Guerrero, Brady’s trainer and business partner. Brady had no interest in wading into that particular issue.
“No, I don’t have any insight,” Brady said. “… I have no idea (if there’s an issue between Belichick and Guerrero).”