In recent years, a lot has been made of the relationship between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
It has come up again with the New England Patriots quarterback set to become a free agent following the season for the first time in his NFL career.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the working relationship between the two is "terrific."
But, the report adds people in and around the Patriots organization still cannot predict what the quarterback will do after the season and that all options are on the table — including retiring or joining another organization — although Robert Kraft and Belichick are two major advantages to staying in New England.
One noteworthy moment of Brady's "terrific" relationship with Belichick came after he passed Peyton Manning for career passing yards and passing attempts in an Oct. 10 game against the New York Giants.
Belichick awarded Brady the game ball afterwards, a gesture Brady noted during an appearance on WEEI's The Greg Hill Show.
"That was very, very kind," he said. "That was, I would say, unexpected but certainly appreciated."
The other advantage of the Patriots is Kraft, whom a source told Schefter to "never underestimate" in this situation.
While no one is certain what Brady will decide after the season, his relationship with the two most important figures in the organization is sure to be a factor.
Brady and the Patriots are 7-0 heading into Sunday's game against the Browns.