No surprise here, but the Patriots and Tom Brady have still yet to discuss a potential new deal, as Mike Reiss of ESPN.com writes. This echoes the non-update updates that we’ve heard over the past few weeks – Brady is still on course for free agency with the intent of exploring all options before considering a New England reunion.
At this point, the Patriots can only hope for a heads up on Brady’s intentions before the “legal tampering” period gets underway. At this point, they’ll have to account for every possible scenario in their offseason puzzle while their biggest piece remains up in the air.
More from the AFC:
- There’s been a lot of chatter about Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson being released as a cap casualty to save $6.5MM, but Brian Costello of the New York Post believes he’s “less likely” to go than veterans such as cornerback Trumaine Johnson and guard Brian Winters. Neville Hewitt, who is set for free agency, played well following Williamson’s ACL tear and could be retained on a cheaper deal. A compromise could be struck in the form of a lower cost deal; after notching 120 tackles in 2018, Williamson is a proven contributor and the Jets would rather not shed him entirely.
- Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, who was recently reinstated by the NFL, maintains that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph prompted last year’s brawl with the use of a racial slur, as ESPN.com’s Jake Trotter writes. Rudolph’s camp, meanwhile, continues to strongly reject those accusations. Late last week, his camp responded with a statement (Twitter link) implying that a lawsuit could be on the way. “He is now exposed to legal liability,” Rudolph’s lawyer wrote.
- Former Steelers star Antonio Brown says he plans to attend the NFL’s draft combine later this month in hopes of drumming up interest and returning to football.