National Football League insider would be ‘stunned’ if Tom Brady played for Patriots again

New England is apparently willing to pay Brady over $30 million per season, a figure that could make the veteran one of the league's top five or six highest-paid quarterbacks. According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, Brady is also open to talking to the Patriots about extending his career in New England, but that does not guarantee he will stay.

With the official start of free agency now three weeks away, there seems to be a growing sense that Brady signing with the Chargers is not a realistic possibility.

The Giants were not expected to be interested in Brady, having drafted quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019.

Adding fuel to that fire, The Athletic's Vic Tafur reports that the "buzz" at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week is that Brady will be playing somewhere else in 2020. The team rolled to a 12-4 record and an 11th straight division title previous year but failed to make any progress in the playoffs, bowing out to the Tennessee Titans.

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The Patriots found themselves in unfamiliar territory this season as they failed to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009.

But there's a reason for the lack of communication, and it's not necessarily that the Patriots have decided they don't want Brady back as their quarterback.

As hard as it may be to picture the Patriots without Brady, and Brady without the Patriots, the further along his free agency gets, the more likely it becomes that the two sides are willing to go their separate ways for the coming season. Up to this point, the Titans, Raiders, and others have emerged as possible suitors.

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  • Lawrence Cooper