Tom Brady Would Reportedly Prefer To Be A Mentor With Next Team

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Tom Brady #12 talks with owner Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots before a game against the Chicago Bears at Gillette Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Or, it could simply be that Kraft wants fans in New England to know he is trying to keep Brady, and it will have been Brady's decision to leave if the 42-year-old winds up with another team.

Kraft now has no problem stating that desire, signaling that Brady is expected to be the Patriots' top free-agent priority in March.

Brady said in his end-of-season press conference it was "hopefully unlikely" he would retire this offseason, seemingly putting the pressure on Kraft and the Patriots to make him a quality contract offer. The message came as the longtime Patriots quarterback approaches free agency for the first time in his National Football League career this March.

Brady told Westwood One's Jim Gray this weekend he is remaining "open-minded" about the free agency process. With some interesting theories recently being floated about what the Patriots will do should Brady move on, it's evident that everything regarding the situation will continue to be thoroughly scrutinized.

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