Rampant speculation about Tom Brady’s future continues to rage on. One notable former Patriots staffer thinks it is time for everyone to calm down.
Scott Pioli spent the bulk of his front office career with the New England Patriots. From 2000-08, he was the director of player personnel, and later team vice president. He won three Super Bowls as a member of the front office. Obviously, he was a major part of the teams in which Brady developed form sixth round pick to superstar quarterback.
Pioli went on to serve as the Kansas City Chiefs general manager from 2009-12. He was the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons from 2014-19, resigning after last year’s NFL Draft. Now, he is in the media, and he’s often relied upon for his knowledge of Brady, Bill Belichick, and the rest of the Patriots’ higher-ups.
Over the last few months, Pioli has been very skeptical of all of the Brady speculation. In early January, speaking to CBS Sports Radio‘s Damon Amendolara, he called the entire story “narrative” and “all speculation.” Pioli cited the fact that Brady and his agent Don Yee have never said that he is definitely looking to cash in on a huge deal, as he’s always taken less in order to help the Patriots as a whole. In a recent interview with Fubo Sports’ Julie Stewart-Binks
Pioli says he doesn’t have any inside information on what Tom Brady will do, but the everyday speculation is what “drove him crazy when you’re with a club.”
“What’s going to happen with Tom? I don’t know. It’s so funny, every day I open up the Internet and there’s this new story, and I’m watching how many people are getting traction out of Tommy’s life and his story,” Pioli said. “It’s just so funny how every last thing is put under the microscope, and how much people want to speculate.”
“Because, not only as an executive or a coach or an assistant coach or as a player … no matter what Tommy does, people are looking at it as ‘It’s a sign of something.’ Not everything in life is a sign of what you might be doing.’’