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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots runs the ball during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

According to NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran, Tom Brady could keep his free agency process short and sweet once the NFL’s legal tampering period begins on March 16.

In a recent column for NBC Sports Boston, Curran wrote:

I’ve also heard we shouldn’t be expecting TOM BRADY FREE AGENT TOUR 2020: COAST-TO-COAST WITH THE GOAT! If Brady hits free agency, he may try to set up meetings at one location instead of creating a circus. That’s a “what I’m hearing…” so take it for what that’s worth.

This means that in theory that Brady could hear everyone’s pitches during the two-day legal tampering period and end up agreeing to a deal with the Patriots before the start of free agency on March 18, which would spread his dead cap money ($13.5 million) over the next two seasons instead of having it all count against the team in 2020.

Curran added that he expects the Patriots to begin negotiations with Brady around the NFL Combine, which begins Sunday, Feb. 23. Once Brady has the Patriots offer in-hand, it’s still likely he explores his other options before making a decision.

If that’s the way things are going to go, the Patriots will need to be ready with a plan B if Brady goes elsewhere. So don’t expect rumors about the Andy Daltons of the world to go away.

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 or via email at