Quarterback Tom Brady has yet to commit to rejoining the New England Patriots for the 2018 season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter called Brady’s retirement “seemingly unlikely,” and noted people close to Brady believe he will play. However, Brady has yet to announce “privately or publicly” that he intends to play in 2018, per Schefter.
Brady has yet to report to the Patriots offseason program and is expected to participate in a limited fashion — if at all. Instead, he will work with his body coach Alex Guerrero and spend time with his family.
While Brady had missed the team’s offseason programs from 2008 to 2010, the circumstances were different. Brady was based in Los Angeles, and was overseeing the construction of a mansion while helping raise his first son Ben, whose mother, Bridget Moynahan, lived in LA.
Brady has long said he intends to play into his mid-40s, and even asked the media during Super Bowl week: “Why does everyone want me to retire so bad?”
However, Brady’s tune changed after he lost Super Bowl LII. The Patriots quarterback opened up about his future with football during the final episode of “Tom vs. Time,” a documentary series about Brady’s 2017 season in pursuit of another Lombardi Trophy.
“This offseason is going to be about my family, and they deserve it,” Brady said. “There’s more to think about than just me. And I think that’s what you commit to when you have a family. And they commit a lot to me. It obviously goes both ways.
“It’s a big commitment. Sitting here, laying here three days after the year getting my Achilles worked on and my thumb. And you go, ‘What are we doing this for?’ You know? ‘What are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for? Why are we doing this?’ You’ve got to have answers to those questions, and they have to be with a lot of conviction. When you lose your conviction, then you probably should be doing something else.”