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Adam Schefter: Tom Brady missing start of OTAs is 'red flag that says all is not perfectly well'

Ryan Hannable
May 21, 2018 - 9:11 pm

Monday was the first OTA session of the spring for the Patriots and Tom Brady reportedly was not present, which goes along with him missing all of Phases 1 and 2 of the voluntary offseason workout program.

How much Brady's absence matters depends on who you talk to, but ESPN's Adam Schefter called it a "red flag."

“He has been a regular participant in OTAs, the third phase, in other seasons just not this one," Schefter said on ESPN Monday. "He’s not going to be there. Rob Gronkowski, I don’t believe is going to be there today. At some point, I think he’s back there working out with the team. But we don’t know when Tom Brady is going to be back with this team. Again, the fact that he is not there, I think it’s fair to wonder, why is he not there. He’s healthy. It’s a strange situation. There have been a lot of grumblings. A lot of murmurs. A lot of whispering that he could be unhappy with certain situations there, and I think that the fact that he’s not there speaks in itself and makes its own statement.”

“He is going to be there when it counts," he added. "He is going to be there when it matters. In the grand scheme of things, is it a huge deal? No, but I think it’s a red flag that says all is not perfectly well.”

Brady has said this offseason was about his family, but it's also the first time in his career he's missed OTAs, as even when he worked out in California he made sure he attended these sessions. The quarterback also has expressed some displeasure with the lack of appreciation for him and also Alex Guerrero's role with the organization, recently. It's possible these are reasons why he's missing, and wanting a new contract is possible as well.

Tuesday's second OTA session is open to the media.

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