Patriots reportedly held out hope Tom Brady would re-sign even at start of free agency

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On The Howard Stern Show Wednesday, Tom Brady said he knew before the start of last season it was probably his last in New England.

But, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots still held out hope he would re-sign with them up until the week of free agency and he went to Robert Kraft's house to tell him he would be moving on.

It was reported all offseason by multiple plugged in reporters that Brady would be moving on.

“The Patriots obviously knew that he wanted to look around and to my knowledge they did not know he was officially and definitively moving on to another team until he showed up to Robert Kraft’s house," Rapoport said Wednesday. "Based on the people I have spoken with, they were still holding out hope that Brady would decide to say to them, ‘Yes, I want to stay in New England’ and engage in some sort of contract discussion, anything to give them an inclination he wanted to be there.

"That is still what they were waiting for until Tom made his announcement that he was officially moving on from them. It definitely seemed like the Patriots people left open the window of opportunity for Brady to climb through, he just never did.”

Brady ultimately signed a two-year, $50 million deal with Tampa Bay.

From @NFLTotalAccess: After Tom Brady disclosed today that he knew before the season that he'd likely be playing elsewhere, let's look at when the #Patriots knew.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2020