Tom Brady's 'Intentions Have Not Changed,' QB Expected to Play amid Rumors

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady #12 is seen against the Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. The Eagles won the game 41-33. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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While there seems to be some doubt about whether Tom Brady will play in 2018, his agent, Don Yee, eased concerns from the New England Patriots.

"Tom's intentions have not changed," Yee said Monday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. "He's consistently said he'll play beyond this contract and into his mid-40s, or until he feels he isn't playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he's been firm about."

Schefter reported last week Brady hasn't committed to playing next season.

"My money would be on him playing football for the foreseeable future, but what goes on away from the football field, I don't know," a source told Schefter, who also noted people around Brady want him to retire.

Despite the uncertainty, the 41-year-old continues to prepare for the season as usual, according to Michael Giardi of NBC Sports Boston.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk also reported Sunday that both Brady and Rob Gronkowski—who has also been coy about his commitment to 2018—are expected to play for the Patriots next season.

Brady remains under contract for the next two seasons, so if Yee is correct, the quarterback will play through at least 2019. Even at his age, there is no reason to expect any sort of decline based on what we have seen the past few years.

The quarterback led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards in 2017, posting a quarterback rating of 102.8, which was the third year in a row he topped 100. He was also named first-team All-Pro for just the third time in his 18-year career.

With only Brian Hoyer behind him on the depth chart, however, his decision to return is an important one for the Patriots.

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