"I believe he's going to be there", another source told ESPN. I think I can still play.
The 41-year-old has missed the Patriots' first set of voluntary activities this week as he works with his charity in Qatar.
Tom Brady has still not committed to playing in 2018, fueling speculation the New England Patriots quarterback might be near retirement. Both players have worked under contracts worth far less than their true value in recent seasons, and it's possible they're hoping for raises before reporting to the team, though Brady probably has other reasons. Coach Bill Belichick could target a player like Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph or Richmond's Kyle Lauletta in the second round, where Garoppolo was picked in 2014.
A lack of a firm decision from Brady could impact how aggressively the Patriots intend to pursue a quarterback in next week's draft.
There was also a reported struggle over the presence of Brady's personal trainer and nutritionist, Alex Guerrero, because of the shadow it cast over the Patriots' training staff. Guerrero had his Gillette Stadium office and seat on the team's plane to road games taken away.
It feels like a week doesn't go by without another report of New England Patriots drama. This should make it even more likely that New England looks for a quarterback early in this year's draft.
"There has been no official word that Tom Brady will be back for the 2018 season", Schefter said.
It leaves the Brady succession plan virtually non-existent, suggesting that despite the legendary playmaker's absence, the Patriots are not ready to wave him goodbye.