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Bill Belichick tight-lipped on draft, mum on Tom Brady’s future

Bill Belichick not surprisingly was tight-lipped and unwilling to divulge much information about anything while fielding questions from the media Friday morning.

Two topics in particular resulted in Belichick becoming predictably mum: Whether the New England Patriots would draft a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft and Tom Brady’s future.

There has been some buzz — some due to comments made by Patriots owner Robert Kraft — about the team selecting a quarterback early on so the team can groom Brady’s heir apparent.

Later, speculation abounded whether Lamar Jackson could conceivably pique Belichick’s interest. This notion was perhaps ushered along thanks to Tom Brady’s social media activity earlier this week.

Belichick of course declined to get too specific on the Pats’ draft plans concerning that particular position.

“We’ll do what’s best for the football team,” Belichick said, via the Boston Herald. “We’ll examine our options and do what’s best.”

Regarding 2018’s quarterback draft class, Belichick added, “There’s a wide range. … In the end, you have to put the whole composite together for each player and put a value on him. It’s the same thing for every position.”

Belichick — not shockingly in light of all the chatter this offseason on the subject — was also asked about Brady’s future.

“I’m happy to answer the draft questions,” Belichick said. “I’m not going to get into everything else here.”

Eyebrows were raised earlier this week when it was reported Brady could miss Monday’s opening offseason session due to commitments related to his charity. Despite speculation there could be more to the story, Belichick blew off the notion Brady could be sending some kind of message given reports of organizational dysfunction and power struggles.

“I know there are a couple players I’ve talked to that have other commitments,” Belichick said. “But that’s the way it always is, too. So there’s nothing new there.”

In other words, taken as a whole, it was a typical Belichick press conference.