Earlier today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has not yet committed to returning to the team in 2018. However, all signs point to the NFL's best quarterback not hanging up his cleats just yet: Not only do Schefter's sources expect Brady back, the 40-year old has also given multiple indications earlier this offseason that he plans on returning to the Patriots this season.
One more such indication was reported by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio in the wake of Schefter's report:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Brady already has made arrangements to get together with some of his teammates between the end of the offseason program and the start of training camp in order to better prepare for the season to come.
This hardly sounds like the actions of a man planning his retirement (not even mentioning that Brady simply stepping away in the middle of the offseason seems highly out of character for him) as it is a continuation of Brady's usual offseason approach: He has regularly met with his favorite targets in the past – including wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola last year, as documented in episode three of Tom vs Time.
Edelman, with whom Brady also worked out earlier this offseason, will also likely be part of Brady's summer camp this year. And according to Patriots radio analyst and former quarterback Scott Zolak (per NFL Watchdog), tight end Rob Gronkowski – himself at the center of numerous rumors – will also be there.