It’s not time for Tom to hang it up — not yet
Here’s a question for you:
Which will come first – a Boston Red Sox loss, a bright, sunny day here with no chilly wind when the temperature goes above 60 degrees…or the end of all this New England Patriots Tom Brady/Rob Gronkowski drama?
Wednesday it hit the point of absolute foolishness, with ESPN reporter Adam Schefter’s morning report that basically Brady hasn’t told anyone he is definitely playing next season.
Oh but many think he still will.
Excuse me, but does a player who is under contract for a couple more years always announce he’s coming back? It set off hysteria all over social media, to the point of pure foolishness.
This obviously all stems from the Alex Guerrero controversy, and the fact that Brady and Rob Gronkowski, also a Guerrero disciple, haven’t taken part in the Patriots off-season conditioning program. Brady was out of the country earlier this week and Gronkowski is reportedly cavorting out west somewhere. Big deal.
We’ve said it before, Gronkowski’s issues deal with one thing and one thing only – a new contract. He wants one. Given his status in the game, one can surmise that he’s underpaid compared to other top pass catchers. The problem is he’s a tight end with a lot of injury issues and the Patriots probably will throw more incentives his way like they did a year ago.
Brady, a couple of reports said, may want a new contract (his runs out after 2019). He obviously isn’t as gung-ho about playing until he’s 101, or whatever the age people were looking at. Besides his reported spat with his boss, Bill Belichick, over the exile of his guru, Guerrero, there could be other things impacting his thoughts.
First, he probably wants to spend more time with his family, and you can bet if he retired today his model wife would be ecstatic. He obviously doesn’t want to regret not seeing his kids grow up.
The Brady yours truly has covered over the years has thrived on not only the competition but the camaradrie with his teammates. The competition factor is still there – anyone who would sit at a laptop all morning and review film – is into it. But remember, now there is a big age gap between Brady and his teammates as he will turn 41 in August. His days of hanging out with teammates are likely done.
All this being said, all the discussed drama has to end at some point, if it exists to the level everyone perceives it to be at. You have to like Belichick’s answer a month ago about how he’ll rely on his direct conversations with players like Brady rather than a video like “Tom vs. Time”. What any of those conversations have included we have no real idea.
Instead the spins persist. The Patriots could have leaked “uncertain” feelings as a way to get Brady to show up and get with the program. Or Brady’s camp circulated things to again hint at his dissatisfaction over the way things are going off the field.
Once the Patriots take the field for OTA work, and there’s no Brady or Gronkowski, then we have an official Patriot Pout Party.
We’ll see what happens in the coming weeks with the Pout Players. Brady stepping away ? It’s not time for Tom. Not yet.
But it is time to stop the nonsense.
But before that happens, we say the Red Sox will lose a game. They have to, right?
Tom King can be reached at 594-1251, or @Telegraph_TomK.firstname.lastname@example.org