Looks like Tom won’t be present for organized team activities in New England today:
#Patriots QB Tom Brady will not be present today for OTAs, source said. The wait continues.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2018
Can you blame him? I wouldn’t wanna be there if I was a 40-year-old legend with five rings. I don’t need OTAs.
The reason this is a story is because Tom Brady always goes to the voluntary portion of OTAs. He never skips out. But after the Pats’ Super Bowl loss to the Eagles and some of the grumbling coming out of camp regarding fractures within the Brady/Bill Belichick/organizational structure, this makes it seem like those grumbles are truths, as Lane Johnson suggested back in the winter.
Brady was asked in April if he felt “appreciated” by the Patriots and provided this non-response:
Tom Brady was asked today at the Milken Institute Global Conference if he feels appreciated by the Patriots. His response: "I plead the 5th…" pic.twitter.com/8Tl6k5emj9
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) May 1, 2018
So he decides to “plead the fifth” to that question and skips out on OTAs (allegedly). It might be small beans or it might be the crumbling of a long-standing dynasty, as if the Pats are the Western Roman Empire and the Eagles are the Germanic barbarians that finally got the job done.