Tom Brady has been a Patriot for the entirety of his 20-year NFL career, but it’s looking more and more like that won’t be the case in 2020.
The rumors that Brady won’t rejoin the Patriots next year reached a new level on Saturday when Brady — attending a college basketball game between North Carolina and Syracuse — appeared to say he wouldn’t return to New England. Naturally, that was in response to longtime teammate Julian Edelman egging him on in front of ESPN cameras:
Julian Edelman: “He’s coming back, he’s coming back.”
Tom Brady: pic.twitter.com/mApgCLbMpF
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 1, 2020
There’s a lot to unpack here: Brady not only looks uncomfortable upon hearing Edelman’s claims — whether he said it jokingly is irrelevant at that point — but Brady shakes his head before saying, “He’s not.” Seeing Edelman match Brady’s discomfort at the end of the clip is the awkward cherry to the whole 13-second video.
Adding to the intrigue: Brady and Edelman were seen FaceTiming with Titans coach Mike Vrabel; Tennessee has been considered a popular landing spot for the future Hall of Famer.
Tom Brady and Julian Edelman FaceTimed with Titans head coach and former Patriot Mike Vrabel at a Syracuse game
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 1, 2020
Edelman, not to be deterred, doubled down on Twitter by posting a link to some election-themed merchandise asking for Brady to remain the Pats’ quarterback:
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) March 1, 2020
Of course, this has no real bearing on Brady’s plans for the future. But it at least offers a small window into his thought process as he makes his decision.
If that brief interaction with Edelman is anything to go off of, then it seems Brady is thinking his time in New England is over.
(Editor’s note: This story has been updated from a previous version).
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