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- Tom Brady will not be showing up to the start of the New England Patriots voluntary OTAs, an event he has usually attended in the past.
- Brady’s decision comes amid ongoing rumors that he was mulling retirement, and of tension between Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
- For the Patriots, the NFL’s model of consistent excellency, to be facing such an uncertain situation is an unusual development.
Tom Brady’s future is surprisingly up in the air right now for a starting quarterback coming off of another Super Bowl appearance, with rumors circulating that he was considering retirement and ongoing reports of tension between Brady and Bill Belichick.
Well, on Monday, it was reported that Brady has opted to skip the start of the Patriots voluntary Organized Team Activities, which he has consistently been a part of in the past, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Of course, the NFL offseason is long, and there is still plenty of time for Brady to rejoin the Patriots. Still, it is safe to say this latest development has raised eyebrows around the NFL.
Bumping this up. Brady's reported absence from OTAs this morning is glaring https://t.co/pELnqiVVa3
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 21, 2018
I know you don't want to hear about it. I know you're sick of the drama, but it's strange that Tom Brady won't be at OTAs. There used to be snickers when players like Alan Branch would skip these voluntary sessions. Now it's the team's most important player.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) May 21, 2018
Again, there is still plenty of time for Brady to re-join the Patriots and for this to become a minor story. Still, it is clear by now that the most dominant NFL franchise of a generation is in a period of greater uncertainty than ever before.