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NFL insider: Tom Brady’s ‘odd’ situation could spell end to Patriots tenure

Predicting when Tom Brady will hang up his cleats for good and retire has been the subject of conjecture for years. Heading into the 2019 NFL season, however, many NFL pundits, insiders and the like have speculated it’s at a minimum a possibility that Brady’s long and successful tenure with the New England Patriots could be nearing its end.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has joined the ranks of those who believe there are factors in play that arguably hint at how Brady conceivably could leave the Patriots at season’s end.

In an interview Wednesday on WEEI, Schefter laid out how certain circumstances in Brady’s personal and professional life could lead one to infer that the legendary quarterback, setting aside the potential of retirement, at the very least may no longer be a member of the Patriots organization during the 2020 offseason.

Specifically, Schefter makes note of how Brady’s recently signed two-year, $70 million extension effectively makes him a free agent after the 2019 season. Further, the ESPN analyst adds how Brady recently put his mansion in Brookline, Mass., on the market is another possible mitigating factor.

“If it’s me just looking at it from the outside — I’m just reading the signs, right?” Schefter said, via NBC Sports Boston. “His home is for sale. He’s on a contract that voids. It’s just saying that this has the potential, one way or another, for this to be his last season in New England…

“Let me repeat that: His home is for sale. His contract voids. … I’m just telling you, the elements are in place for it to be (his last season in New England). I’m not saying it will be. But isn’t that odd, all those things? Doesn’t it make you go, ‘Hmm, that’s interesting?’ It makes me go, ‘Hmm, that’s interesting.'”

Schefter made sure to note that he has not heard anything that amounts to the perception of “discord” between Brady and the Patriots organization. That said, it would be among the biggest NFL stories in years if Brady were to leave the Patriots at the end of the season.