NFL Insider Would Be ‘Stunned’ if Tom Brady Returns to Patriots


ESPN's Jeff Darlington has been at the forefront of those suggesting Tom Brady leaving the Patriots is a very real possibility, but he took things a few steps further Thursday morning on "Get Up."

"I’m now at the point where I would be stunned if Tom Brady went back to New England," Darlington said, citing a source close to Brady who told him a return to the Patriots isn't happening.

Darlington followed up on Twitter, writing, "I know you’ll hate me. I know you’ll tell me I’m an idiot. And I understand why it’s so hard for all of us — myself included — to start accepting this likelihood. Hey, there’s still a chance. But... the reality is... Brady is looking forward to free agency."

If you were hoping for someone else to immediately refute Darlington and provide some reassurances, well, the exact opposite happened. A few minutes later, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald tweeted that the Patriots still haven't reached out to Brady and that "it's not looking good."

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