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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 27: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates head coach Bill Belichick on his 300th win after the game against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Water continues to be poured on the fire started by ESPN’s Jeff Darlington last week, when he reported Tom Brady’s departure from New England was everything but finalized.

NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran took an axe to that line of thinking Monday morning, dissecting numerous angles of Darlington’s and other’s reports.

On the topic of there ‘not being a meeting’ between the two sides, Curran clarified that doesn’t mean lack of interest. “The Patriots want Tom Brady to play quarterback for them in 2020,” Curran explains. “There are financial hoops to jump through. There are personnel obstacles to clear. Understandings on both sides need to be reached. But the Patriots want to try and make that happen.”

Aug 16, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

He goes on to explain that just because there hasn’t been an official meeting, that doesn’t mean the two sides haven’t communicated. “There’s been no meeting, but it hasn’t been total radio silence – texts have been sent. Bill Belichick is not freezing Brady out,” Curran wrote.

Curran goes on to say that while the Patriots are comfortable letting Brady explore what else is available in free agency, many in the organization don’t expect the 42-year-old to leave the only franchise he’s known in his pro career. Some working at Patriots place went as far as telling Curran, “Brady would be making a mistake if he went somewhere else.”

So the tides have turned back towards Brady at least being open to the idea of staying in New England. How many more seismic shifts will we have until things get official in two weeks? Too many, probably.

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