Guess what? Tom Brady and the Patriots don't hate each other

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By Alex Barth,

Sorry keyboard warriors, the rumors being floated about a rift between Tom Brady and the Patriots are just that, rumors. From the Seth Wickersham ESPN piece to our own airwaves, any hypothesized bad blood has either been smoothed over or never existed in the first place.

As Tom Curran mentioned in his NBC Sports Boston piece on Monday, the fact that Brady and the team have reached his point has created no ill-will between the two sides. This claim was backed up by NFL Network's Mike Giardi Tuesday morning.

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Good note for @tomecurran in his most recent piece that I had heard as well...that there is no rancor between the two sides at this moment. Most players understand the real business doesn't go down til March anyway, esp with this team.

Giardi also notes he believes it's not Brady's intention to draw out his free agency process, which will come as a relief to Patriots fans getting sick of daily #BradyWatch updates.

When Brady and the Patriots sit down across the table from one another, it looks like it will be with good intentions and a desire to get a deal done relatively quickly. Does that guarantee his return to New England? No, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

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