INIDIANAPOLIS — The Patriots have yet to contact Tom Brady's camp about renegotiating his contract and the odds of a reunion are “not looking good,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The two remaining years on Brady's deal are set to void on March 18. He agreed to a restructured contract in August that gave him a raise for the 2019 season and prohibited the Patriots from applying the franchise tag on him this offseason. Brady, 42, is one of several quarterbacks expected to hit the market in a year unusually flush with available veteran passers.
On Thursday morning, Brady's agent, Don Yee, declined to share what discussions, if any, have been held with the Pats with regards to a new contract.
It is unclear what how significantly ongoing CBA negotiations have affected or could be affecting negotiations. If a new CBA is reached before free agency, Brady and the Patriots could again tack void years onto a potential new deal. Heading into the final year of the current CBA, teams cannot strike new deals that include such years, which exist to allow teams to spread out cap hits they incur from handing out large bonuses.
Several agents noted at the NFL Scouting Combine the CBA uncertainty has caused certain free-agent negotiations to stall. Players are expected to vote on a CBA proposal in the coming weeks, which would determine the league's revenue split over the next 10 years.
Last season, Brady posted his lowest QB rating since 2013 and second-lowest of the past 14 years. He completed 60.8% of his passes for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Earlier Thursday, ESPN insider Jeff Darlington said he would be “stunned” if Brady returns to New England. Brady is expected to have multiple suitors in free agency. The Titans, Raiders and Chargers are the teams with the most reported interest in signing the future Hall of Famer.