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1 Reason Tom Brady is ‘Far From Guaranteed’ to Return to the Patriots

In the days that have followed the New England Patriots early-playoff exit, there has been much chatter around star quarterback Tom Brady‘s long-term future with the franchise. It has led to the growing notion that he finished his final season with New England. That was taken to another level with Brady’s comments after the wildcard loss to the Tennessee Titans only further fueled the chatter. Things have taken yet another uncertain approach, as the most recent reports suggest that change could be a real possibility this upcoming offseason.

Tom Brady’s future in New England

In no other time has Brady‘s future with the Patriots been so uncertain around the franchise heading into an offseason. Throughout the year, the 42-year-old had stayed the course to voice his focus was what lay ahead in the 2019 campaign.

It has come to an abrupt close in the wildcard round for the first time in a decade, snapping an eight-year streak of reaching at least the AFC Championship game. It has sent the organization into unfamiliar territory, while questions around Brady’s future with the franchise have been moved to the forefront.

That is more the case after the star quarterback voiced he doesn’t know what lies ahead of him, aside from his desire to keep playing for at least another year. Head coach Bill Belichick has taken the approach of avoiding the topic altogether by grouping Brady’s future with the other pending free agents the team has heading into the offseason.

It’s still quite early in the process, but some reports were shedding some light on where things stand now.

Tom Brady controls his own destiny

Brady is going to enter another crucial offseason, where leaving New England could be entirely as legitimate a possibility as it has ever been over the last few years.

That has rung even clearer, with Jeff Darlington of ESPN reporting over the weekend that there’s no certainty by any means that Brady will return to the Patriots for another season.

“Tom Brady will enter free agency potentially without an extension from the Patriots for the first time of his career. He’s likes the the idea of being able to make decisions on his own. I spoke to some people that are close to Brady and they did say this is a guy that is going to due to it on his own terms.”

It’s a situation that is quite different from any before as Brady appears ready to take full command of the next chapter of this career. That could put options on the table such as the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts if he chooses to explore free agency.

What lies ahead for Tom Brady?

The only thing that is evident at this juncture is that Brady has no desire to retire. That alone should help make it a smoother process for him as he moves through the offseason.

His NFL future is in his hands as the Patriots will not be able to dictate the entire situation as they can’t place a franchise tag on him or prevent him from entering free agency. Brady will dictate how he plans to approach the matter in the coming months.

What Brady decides to do will have a monumental impact on how the Patriots go about the entire offseason regarding shaping the roster for the 2020 season and possibly well beyond that. There is undoubtedly much more to come on this front in the coming weeks, which will further fuel what could very well see him don another uniform aside from the Patriots for the first time in his illustrious career.