Tom Brady has plenty to think about as he prepares to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 20-year NFL career.
In his Westwood One appearance with Jim Gray on Saturday, Brady explained why he hasn't yet pondered his uncertain future in New England.
The contract things I think a week after the season, I would say these things haven't even started to pick up. That is not my concern at this point. It has been about decompressing and lessen my mind a little bit and resting my body and spending time with the people who have supported me over the last six months.
Following the Patriots' Wild Card loss, Brady said it's "pretty unlikely" he'll retire. He doubled down on those comments, telling Gray he plans to play in 2020. But for which team?
The six-time Super Bowl champion reiterated he isn't sure what the future holds, and is simply going with the flow until later in the offseason when it's time to make a decision.
Like I said, I've loved playing football and I have loved playing for this organization, so I really don't know what it is going to look like moving forward and I am just taking things day-by-day. We're a week removed from the end of our season. There's a lot of time to figure these things out. I don't think any player or team is ready to make any commitments at this point and I am sure as the offseason progresses those things will take care of themselves ...
I know there's speculation. There always is. That is part of being in professional sports and being a professional athlete. When people aren't talking about this season, they want to talk about next season and the reality is next season is quite a ways away. I have some other things that are happening at this time like I said, spending some time with my family and my loved ones and giving them the time they need. Then as people begin to plan for next season, like I said, these things will take care of themselves.
While it isn't exactly the most encouraging response for Patriots fans, there's no reason for Brady to rush into making a decision. He'll officially become a free agent when the new league year begins on March 18.
Tom Brady on uncertain future with Patriots: 'Taking it day-by-day' originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston