ESPN's Jeff Darlington explains why he strongly believes Tom Brady will leave Patriots


Everyone seems to have a take on where Tom Brady will play in 2020.

One of the most outspoken reporters when it comes to the 42-year-old leaving the Patriots has been ESPN's Jeff Darlington. He's gone as far as saying he would be stunned and shocked if the quarterback returned to New England.

Darlington appeared on Adam Schefter's podcast this week and he explained why he feels so strongly about the situation.

“Based on conversations that I have had -- not only in the last several weeks, but in the past several months, in the past several years -- just following this probably more closely than I think people maybe realize, that I just don’t expect Tom to end up back with the Patriots," he said. "I think he has laid out a plan and continues to maintain the expectation of carrying out that plan. 

“I think a lot of people — I think what happens when you say something that doesn’t fit into the narrative that people want to believe they are immediately going to attack it. And I think that is the case here. People would say they would be shocked if Tom left the Patriots. To which I would say, why? Why is that? Why would we be so surprised if Tom Brady at this point left the New England Patriots? Because quite honestly, if we really opened our minds to it and recognize beyond just the conversations that I have had behind the scenes, but if we just opened our eyes to what is right in front of our faces, I think it is far more reasonable than not to expect Tom Brady to leave the Patriots. That is not including the inside knowledge I have on this.”

Brady will make his decision some time next week, as free agency officially begins on Wednesday afternoon.

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