For the first time in his 20-year NFL career, Tom Brady will be a free agent next month.
But, before that happens on March 18, the Patriots are the only team in the league that can negotiate with him regarding a new contract.
Appearing on Westwood One Radio with Jim Gray prior to the Super Bowl, Brady admitted he and the team have spoken, but he wouldn't elaborate.
“Yeah, I have. Yep," he said when asked if he's spoken to the Patriots. "I am not going to elaborate much more than that, but yes, I have. I think that is a pretty normal thing for me. Again, these are people who have been a part of my life for a very long time.”
Brady added: “Yeah, what a great two decades it has been. I think they know how I feel about them and I know how they feel about me. We’ve always had a great relationship and we always will. There’s not much to say other than that. There’s a lot again — everyone needs to take some time to evaluate where they are at and evaluate the decisions they need to make moving forward. The Patriots will do that, every team will do that, the players who have the opportunity to be free agents will do that, and then when the time is right, I guess in six weeks from now, everyone will make their decisions.”
As for all the rumors this past week, which included him looking at property in Vegas and visiting a school in Nashville, it doesn't seem like there was much to them as Brady said he hasn't really given his situation much thought at this point.
“I certainly don’t want to take away from anything that is happening today and there’s a lot of speculation, a lot of people who don’t have any information — I haven’t put too much thought into those things other than understanding the situation I am in, which I knew I was going to be in at the beginning of the year and just taking these things day-by-day," he said. "Again, the reality for me is the season didn’t end that long ago. There is still time to decompress a little bit and that will happen and continue to happen after the season. I will take those days as I need them and deal with the different emotions and ultimately when the time comes decide what’s next, that is what I will do.”