Tom Brady is set to hit NFL free agency in about a month. There's a real chance the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback leaves New England for another franchise.
The 42-year-old quarterback has already been linked to multiple NFL franchises. The Patriots are reportedly willing to let Brady hit the open market. It's possible Bill Belichick will be starting someone other than Brady under center when the 2020 regular season begins.
Brady returning to New England is probably still the most-likely outcome, though. The Patriots are still believed to be the favorite to land Brady, even though he is hitting free agency. One plugged-in ESPN reporter believes it's a greater than 50 percent chance.
ESPN's Patriots insider, Mike Reiss, has tabbed Brady's odds of returning to New England at about 80 percent. That seems high, based on how many free agency rumors are swirling, but it's not that surprising. The Patriots are set up to win now and it's unclear if another team would provide Brady with a better situation.
"The Patriots are expected to seek clarity on Brady's intentions before the start of free agency on March 18, because his decision will have a significant trickle-down effect on the team's overall plans. With no movement to date, I’m sticking with 80% odds on Brady's return at this time," he reported today.
Brady has been linked to several different NFL franchises so far this offseason. It's unclear who the favorite actually is.
But teams like the Chargers and Raiders, among others, are expected to make serious plays for Brady when free agency opens up in mid-March. Brady is expected to command north of $30 million a season.