New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Tom Brady finally addressed local reporters after the conclusion of day 3 of Patriots mandatory minicamp in Foxborough. Chief among the questions was whether the 40-year-old actually considered retirement in the offseason.

The answer? A simple “no.”

The questions arose in part because Brady spoke cryptically at the end of his documentary Tom vs. Time, saying that he needs to have “a lot of conviction” in his decision to keep playing, along with any other future choices.

Brady missed all of the Patriots’ organized team activities before mandatory minicamp. The quarterback cited “personal reasons” for his decision to stay away from the first part of OTAs, and neither confirmed nor denied whether he would be present for the next phase, which will be June 11-12.

There’s also been plenty reported on the relationship between Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, who said on Tuesday that he’s “always had a good relationship” with his quarterback. Brady echoed those sentiments.

“We’ve always had a great relationship,” Brady said. “I’ve been here for a long time, and I love this team. I love this organization. I love playing quarterback for [Belichick]. I loved it last year. I’m having a lot of fun now. That’s obviously what’s most important to me.”

Brady declined to discuss his contract situation when asked about it, and replied “I hope so” when asked if he felt his absence from OTAs would impact the team during the season.

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