Patriots players affected most by Tom Brady's absence in OTAs

  • Patriots players affected most by Tom Brady's absence in OTAs

Patriots players affected most by Tom Brady's absence in OTAs

There are no indications whether Brady would attend any of the Patriots' upcoming voluntary workouts, which take place May 21-22, May 24, May 30-31, June 11-12, and June 14-15.

While Brady confirmed in April that he will be returning to the team in 2018, his absence from Monday's practice is notable because of his previous commitment to such voluntary workouts. From a more pragmatic perspective, the Patriots have added a raft of new players, including receivers Jordan Matthews, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios, and the more comfort Brady could get with them, the better.

'I have personal goals. I was told three years, when I was 36, 37, 'You can't keep playing; no one wins Super Bowls [at that age].' It's a great challenge for me. When asked about whether he felt appreciated in Foxboro Brady "pleaded the 5th". 'I think everyone, in general, wants to be appreciated more at work and in their professional life.

For the record, Brady has 8 Super Bowl appearances in his 18 seasons in the league - so, you really that anxious?

Now I know it's instinctive for card carrying members of Patriots Nation to get defensive every time somebody calls out "their quarterback" but at some point it's time to acknowledge this is a pretty big deal. Furthermore, he won his third NFL Most Valuable Player award for the 2017 season after throwing for 4,577 yards and 32 touchdowns.

One ESPN report claimed that people around Brady hoped he would retire. A joint NFL and players' union investigation found there was no evidence that Brady or the team failed to follow the league's policies or procedures on concussions. Whatever the motivation, Brady won't be there today, according to a source, confirming earlier reports.

Garoppolo went 5-0 in his first five starts with the 49ers and has since agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million deal to stay in San Francisco.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic Boston first reported that Brady would be absent, and as Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com notes, it could be "significant" that Brady is not at these Patriots practices.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that Brady was "unlikely" to attend, though he could call an audible surprise everyone by showing up. For Gronkowski, his situation is a bit different as it seems like he's waiting on a new contract.