When Tom Brady walked off the field after the New England Patriots’ 20-13 wild card loss against the Tennessee Titans, he headed into an uncertain future — one that could see him enter free agency for the first time in his legendary career: Brady’s contract will void in March and the 42-year-old is thus scheduled to hit the open market in a little more than two months. There is a chance he has played his last game for the Patriots and in the NFL.
Brady would not comment too much on his future during his postgame press conference after Saturday’s game. However, he pointed out that retiring does not seem like the most realistic option at this point in time and said that it is “pretty unlikely” he will end his career after his 20th season in the NFL came to an end in disappointing fashion. However, whether or not he continues it in New England is a different story given his contract situation.
The future Hall of Famer would not comment directly when asked about his personal outlook with the club, but he did speak positively about the Patriots organization during his postgame presser: “I love the Patriots. [...] It’s the greatest organization and playing for Mr. Kraft all these years, and for Coach Belichick — there’s nobody who has had a better career, I would say, than me being with them — so I’m very blessed.”
“I don’t know what the future looks like so I’m not going to predict it,” Brady continued after already sharing his gratitude for playing with the Patriots and in front of their fans: “Just very grateful for the experience playing this year for the team, this organization, and over the course of my career too. I appreciate it. I hope I’ve always tried to do the right thing out there. Who knows what the future holds? So, I’ll leave it at that.”
Brady is one of numerous core Patriots headed for free agency, but his name is obviously the biggest on the list. Needless to say that his future and by extension that of New England’s pro football organization will be a big topic of debate this offseason.