Whether many want to acknowledge it or not, Saturday night’s Wild Card Weekend battle with the Titans at Gillette Stadium could be Tom Brady’s last game in a Patriots uniform.
Brady’s contract is set to void at the end of the year, which would make the 42-year-old TB12 a free agent heading toward his 21st NFL season. The contract adjustment he signed with New England this summer included the team agreeing not to use its franchise tag on the future Hall of Famer.
During his final press conference of the week, Bill Belichick was asked about the fact that “it’s at least possible this could be” the historic coach/QB duo’s last game together.
“Yeah, we’re focused on the Titans. That’s really…that’s all I’m focused on. So we’ll do everything we can to get ready to go and play the best game we can play Saturday night,” Belichick said.
In an interesting but unrelated question, Belichick was also asked how much time he spends working with Brady on the aging quarterback’s mechanics, something he’s focused on intensely over the years, including with personal throwing coaches.
“Yeah, I meet with the quarterbacks every week and we talk about a variety of things, that being one of them,” Belichick said of Brady not being left to his own devices. “And other things. So I’d say weekly.”
In starting all 16 games this season, Brady finished the year with a 60.8 completion percentage and an 88.0 rating, both his lowest since 2013. His 24 touchdown passes were fewest since 2006.
Brady, who’s dealt with an elbow injury in his throwing arm this season, is scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday around 1:45.