Report: Tom Brady has not yet ‘committed to playing in 2018’
Tom Brady playing with the New England Patriots in the 2018 NFL season is not yet assured, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
League sources reportedly told ESPN Wednesday that even though Brady has yet to commit to playing next season the belief is he will nevertheless do so.
“My money would be on him playing football for the foreseeable future, but what goes on away from the football field, I don’t know,” one source told ESPN. “I don’t know.”
Brady, who turns 41 in August, has long insisted he intends to play well into his 40s. However, Gotham Chopra, the director of the Brady documentary, Facebook’s “Tom vs. Time,” recently stated he has a “hard time envisioning” seeing the Patriots quarterback playing four or five more seasons.
Chopra also weighed in on the impact of allegations concerning strife within the Patriots organization, saying it “hasn’t been easy” on Brady.
Much has been made as well of late concerning Gisele Bundchen’s purported desire for Brady to retire from football. However, Brady said in March his wife has been “so supportive” of his decision to continue his NFL career.
Still, another ESPN source nevertheless believes Brady will suit up in 2018.
“I believe he’s going to be there,” the source said. “However, having said that, we’re dealing with a human being. Things can change. But I do believe he will be playing.”
Brady missed the opening of the Patriots offseason program this week to perform charity work in Qatar. An NBC Sports report this week also stated Brady is leading the “pushback” against Patriots head coach Bill Belichick amid reports of a power struggle involving the two and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
With all this in mind, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the coming months. That said, it would seem that sources ESPN have been in contact believe Brady will be back. But where there’s smoke, there’s often fire.