What Don Yee (Tom Brady's agent) meeting with Patriots at NFL Combine means

Ryan Hannable
February 25, 2020 - 12:19 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the first time this offseason, there appears to be some real discussions between Tom Brady's camp and the Patriots as the 42-year-old has the potential to be a free agent for the first time in his career next month.

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots and Don Yee (Brady's agent) are expected to meet at the NFL Combine this week.

“Though he's had some conversations with the Patriots, and his long-time represative Don Yee has as well, since the Super Bowl, since the playoffs and all that, they really haven't gotten into any hardcore negotiations," he said on NFL Now Monday. "It is possible that begins here in Indianapolis. The two sides are expected to meet, as basically every agent and every team meet (this week). It should be the starting off point for dialogue, real dialogue over the course of the next month.

"Either way, nothing is expected to happen until right up in the cusp of free agency. At that point, all sides should know what Brady’s plans are."

So, what does this mean? Not all that much.

This is really standard operating procedure for all free agents to be. This is typically the time for all upcoming free agents and their representatives to meet with their current teams to see where they are at in terms of a possible return. In Brady's case, he will likely first want to know if the Patriots want him back, and if they do, at what price.

Real negotiations likely will not happen for a few weeks, but this will lay the groundwork for those discussions.

While it's a good thing that Yee and the Patriots are meeting, it certainly doesn't mean for certain Brady is returning in 2020.

The 42-year-old will be a free agent for the first time in his career on March 18. If he does not sign with the Patriots before that date, the team will be hit with $13.5 million in dead cap space. If he signs with the team before March 18, it will only be a $6.75 million cap hit.

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