Peter King on D&K: Big NFL influencer believes Tom Brady will return to New England

Ryan Hannable
February 27, 2020 - 11:06 am
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On Thursday morning, ESPN's Jeff Darlington went all-in on Tom Brady leaving New England.

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"I am now at the point where I would be stunned if Tom Brady returns to the Patriots," Darlington said on ESPN's "Get-Up."

Later in the morning on Dale & Keefe, NBC Sports' Peter King said he spoke with a big NFL influencer who disagrees with the Darlington report.

“No, but I don’t pass myself off as a knower of all things Brady," he said. "It’s funny, I just had breakfast with a quite a big influencer in the NFL and I said, ‘What is your feeling about Brady?’ He goes, ‘He’s definitely going back to New England.’ This guy knows a few things. I just don’t know.

"Look, I think Jeff is great. I trust Jeff. I think he’s really good. Again, has Bill Belichick had his summit meeting with Tom Brady? I don’t know. Not that I know of, but who knows? Maybe he has. I wish I could say, ‘Yup, he’s right. Or no, he’s wrong.’ I can’t say either. I would be surprised if that decision has been made. That’s the only thing I could say. It would surprise me.”

Brady has been the story of the NFL Combine with almost every discussion having something to do with the 42-year-old quarterback.

“Absolutely," he said. "That is what everybody is waiting to see — everybody is waiting to see what Tom Brady is going to do.”

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