ESPN's Jeff Darlington would be 'stunned' if Tom Brady stays with Patriots

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By WEEI 93.7

ESPN's Jeff Darlington has been at the forefront of those suggesting Tom Brady leaving the Patriots is a very real possibility, but he took things a few steps further Thursday morning on "Get Up."

"I am now at the point where I would be stunned if Tom Brady returns to the Patriots," Darlington said, citing a source close to Brady who told him a return to the Patriots isn't happening.

“I’m now at the point where I would be stunned if Tom Brady went back to New England.”—@jeffdarlington on @GetUpESPN pic.twitter.com/CnyoANl77v

— ESPN (@espn) February 27, 2020

Darlington followed up on Twitter, writing, "I know you’ll hate me. I know you’ll tell me I’m an idiot. And I understand why it’s so hard for all of us — myself included — to start accepting this likelihood. Hey, there’s still a chance. But... the reality is... Brady is looking forward to free agency."

RIP, my mentions.I know you’ll hate me. I know you’ll tell me I’m an idiot. And I understand why it’s so hard for all of us — myself included — to start accepting this likelihood. Hey, there’s still a chance. But... the reality is... Brady is looking forward to free agency. https://t.co/jDooyna2Hc

— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 27, 2020

If you were hoping for someone else to immediately refute Darlington and provide some reassurances, well, the exact opposite happened. A few minutes later, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald tweeted that the Patriots still haven't reached out to Brady and that "it's not looking good."

The Patriots still have not reached out to Tom Brady. According to a source, “it’s not looking good”

— Karen Guregian (@kguregian) February 27, 2020

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