New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with Charlie Weis during the AFC divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2005 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Colts 20-3. (Photo By Elsa/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Charlie Weis has watched Tom Brady as close as almost anybody since the beginning. He was the Patriots offensive coordinator from 2000-2004 and helped design the offense Brady ran in three Super Bowl winning seasons. When it comes to Brady’s pending free agency, he has just one question, as he told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand on Monday.

“If he didn’t want to be free, why is he free?” Weis posed during his Super Bowl radio row chat. “This is a rhetorical question…If he didn’t want to be free, he’d be under contract. But he’s free.”

Brady’s contract is set to expire on March 18. If he and the Patriots don’t reach a deal between now and then, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. Weis thinks Brady may be looking forward to the opportunity. 

“Now why would you be free if you didn’t want to explore other places? Why wouldn’t he just have a couple of years [on a contract] in New England and be done with it.”

You can listed to Weis’ full chat with Zolak and Bertrand here:

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth