Sunday 7: Tom Brady’s contract could be topic of discussion this week

Ryan Hannable
June 02, 2019 - 6:29 am
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1. It’s now the first week of June and Tom Brady still is signed through just the end of the season and has a cap hit of $27 million. Ever since the offseason began, it seemed likely an extension would happen, but obviously it hasn’t yet. Not only because it would be strange to only be signed through the end of the year, but also to spread out his massive cap hit. That could potentially change this week with Brady expected to be at the Gillette Stadium facility at least for three straight days as he attends mandatory minicamp. Typically, Brady’s contracts get done with him and owner Robert Kraft sitting down and hashing things out, but based on their schedules lately maybe they haven’t had the chance to do so. The quarterback likely will address the media following one of the sessions and it’s very likely his contract will be brought up. Who knows, perhaps by then he may have signed an extension and the questions will be about the new deal and not why there hasn’t been one. Time will tell.

2. It was reported a few months ago that Brady was focusing on bulking up this offseason prior to training camp, but in his first true public appearance on a football field in months at his annual Best Buddies game Friday night, there didn’t appear to be obvious signs of that being the case. The 41-year-old really didn’t look any different than he did when he walked off the field in Atlanta following the Super Bowl. Certainly, he could have put on some muscle weight and it isn’t noticeable, but just looking at him, he doesn’t look any different.

3. There will be four quarterbacks at the minicamp sessions this week (Brady, Brian Hoyer, Danny Etling and Jarrett Stidham), which could make it tough to get everyone equal reps. For example, there just aren’t enough bodies at the other positions for all four to get the same number of snaps during 11-on-11s. It will be interesting to see how they are split, especially if Etling sees the fewest. That could be a sign the team has plans to move on from him even prior to training camp to give Stidham the maximum number of snaps needed to improve as a rookie.

4. It would be nice to see Isaiah Wynn on the field this week, as the left tackle missed the OTA session open to the media recently and Joe Thuney was forced into action at the position. Wynn is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered last preseason, but getting the entire first-string offense together, including Brady, for three days would be a good thing heading into training camp next month.

5. In the OTA session open to the media a few weeks back, former Patriots Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk were on the field helping out with whatever they could. Based on team released photos, Brown was back again this week. James White said it’s nice to have them around. “It’s pretty cool,” he said Friday at Brady’s Best Buddies game. “They have been through it for a long time, through the Patriots organization. They talk about their experiences and share them with us — how similar it is, the differences. It’s pretty cool to hear their stories. Obviously, they have had a lot of success in this league and to be able to pick their brains is awesome.”

6. One of the things we’ll be watching this week is the punter battle between Ryan Allen and rookie Jake Bailey. The Stanford product was extremely impressive in the first OTA session open to the media where he showed off his massive leg that generated tons of hang time on his kicks. Allen wasn’t on the field that day, so having them both kicking at the same time will give a better glimpse of how the two stack up. It will also be worth noting if Bailey can stay consistent and match what he showed a few weeks back.

7. This will be a busy week for the Patriots with mandatory minicamp scheduled Tuesday-Thursday. Like OTAs, the sessions are held without pads, and mostly are just a passing camp, but it likely will be more intense than OTAs with more players present. With only two more OTAs scheduled, and the potential for them to be canceled like in the past, this week could potentially be the final time the team is on the field prior to training camp.

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