Tom Brady's future in New England is in doubt for the first time in his career. After leading the Patriots to six Super Bowl titles, Brady will be a free agent for the first time and is reportedly expected to explore his options.
On Wednesday morning, ESPN Patriots insider Mike Reiss penned a column about the future of the longtime Patriots quarterback. Reiss addressed the timeline surrounding Brady's decision and how it could impact his time in New England.
The Patriots will carry a $13.5 million cap hit into the 2020 season if Brady is not on the roster when the new league year kicks in. According to Reiss, if Brady wants to explore his options, it "decreases the likelihood of his return."
From the report:
If Brady is committed to visiting other teams, which can happen only once the 2020 league year begins, it puts the Patriots in a tough financial spot and decreases the likelihood of his return. That would mean the Patriots would have to absorb a $13.5 million cap charge regardless.
It's seems like an obvious statement, but one that gives a reasonable expectation for when this could be wrapped up. If New England doesn't re-sign Brady before the new league year, it sounds like he could be gone.
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