It has been HEAVILY rumored all season that Tom Brady, since becoming a free agent after their playoff loss, would retire. He did said he would NOT be retiring and returning for his 21st season in the NFL. No word on where he will play.
However, coach Bill Belichick is now the one getting heavily rumored to be leaving the New England Patriots.
Boston Sports Journal’s Greg Bedard speculated about Belichick’s future:
“THERE HAVE BEEN INCREASING NFL RUMORS THAT PERHAPS BELICHICK IS NOT AS WEDDED TO FOXBOROUGH AS MANY OF US, CERTAINLY ME, THOUGHT.
IS BELICHICK SETTING UP A FINAL TEST ON WHETHER HE HAS COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE FOOTBALL OPERATIONS? I THINK BELICHICK WOULD BE OK WITH BRADY BEING BACK, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE REST OF THE TEAM.
THERE ARE FOUR OPENINGS OUT THERE AND THEY WON’T LAST FOREVER. IF BELICHICK IS CONTEMPLATING A MOVE, IT WOULD HAVE TO COME SOON. THERE’S NO SOLID INTEL, BUT SOME RUMBLINGS I HADN’T HEARD BEFORE. SO I DON’T RULE ANYTHING OUT.
“FOR THE RECORD, MY MONEY IS STILL ON BILL AND TOM BEING BACK TOGETHER AGAIN FOR YEAR 21.”
We'll see how their offseason goes, but it certainly will be top of mind until players return for training camp over the Summer.
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