Adam Schefter Doesn’t Believe Tom Brady Will Stay With Patriots

NFL insider Adam Schefter raised some eyebrows recently with his report that the New England Patriots and future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady could be parting ways. While the report seemed tough to believe at first, Schefter continues to say that Brady will not finish his career with the Patriots.

During an appearance on ESPN’s morning show Get Up on Thursday morning, Schefter said that Brady staying in New England will be one of the least likely scenarios for him to finish his career.

“I don’t think he knows how it’s going to play out after this year. But again, just look at the basic facts,” Schefter said. “He’s selling his house and he’s voiding his contract. Doesn’t that tell you something? There are three options: he’s staying in New England, retiring or playing somewhere else. I would think staying in New England is the least likely option of the three.”

Schefter first raised eyebrows with his comments on Monday Night Countdown, via CBS Boston:

Let’s just boil this down to the basic facts once again. When we talk about Tom and his future, let’s look at some simple things. Has he put his home for sale? Yes. Has his trainer put his home for sale? Yes. Has he set up his contract to void after the season to become a free agent? Yes.

So if he’s selling his home and his trainer is selling his home and he’s voiding his contract, what does that tell you?

He’s setting it up — and we’ll see — to move on.

Now listen, there are many times people set up things in their life to move on, and they walk to the abyss and they look down and they say, ‘Whoa! I’m not jumping now!’ So he could change his mind. I’m just telling you, if you look at it, in his mind, it has to be clear. He’s thinking about leaving New England!

I don’t know whether he’s going to play, not play, [or] move on.

Adam Schefter, WEEI, Aug. 21, 2019:

[Brady’s contract is] going to be an issue that just hangs out there all year long. …  Again, if it is me looking at it from the outside, I am just reading the signs, right? His home is for sale. He’s on a contract that voids. I mean, it’s just saying — 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. It has the potential — I’m not telling you it will be! But I’m just telling you, the elements are in place for it to be. That doesn’t mean it will be, but isn’t that odd? All those things, doesn’t that make you go, ‘Hm, that’s interesting’? It makes me go, ‘Hm, that’s interesting.’

Again, we’ll see what he does. I’m just telling you …

Did I say he was leaving? No. Did I say it’s curious and interesting? Yes.

Again, if you were in the last year of your contract at WEEI, and you put your home up for sale, and you structured your contract to be up for that year, and you had ties in other places, and your wife was an international star and celebrity, wouldn’t that raise your eyebrows a little bit?

Throughout his Hall of Fame career, the Patriots signal-caller has thrown for 72,506 yards and 528 touchdowns. Brady has been a part of six Super Bowl championship teams and is a four-time Super Bowl MVP and three-time NFL MVP.

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