Sport: Bill Belichick dodges questions about Tom Brady's future with Patriots

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Bill Belichick has always made it a point of emphasis to focus on what lies ahead of him rather than dwelling on the past, but it comes as no surprise that he is taking a different approach with questions about Tom Brady’s future in New England.

Tom Brady standing in front of a crowd© Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Belichick spoke with the media on Sunday for his end-of-season press conference, and he was asked several questions about whether or not Brady will be back with the Patriots in 2020. He noted that it had only been 12 hours since the team lost to the Tennessee Titans and said no one is thinking about the future yet. Belichick also would not say whether he plans to coach next season.

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Brady is set to become a free agent in March, while there has been no indication that Belichick is contemplating retirement. For what it’s worth, Belichick praised Brady for all he has done for the Patriots. He also noted that contract negotiations are “not a one-way street.”

The thought of Brady in another uniform still seems far-fetched, but he said after Saturday’s game that it is “unlikely” he will retire. It’s not impossible to imagine a scenario where he wants a multiyear deal and the Patriots don’t want to commit to a quarterback who is going into his age-43 season.

All of the reactions we saw on social media show what the general public thinks of New England’s early postseason exit, but no one should be surprised if the Patriots re-tool and bring Brady back for another season with more help. If they do that, they’d still be one of the favorites in the AFC.

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