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As expected, Belichick ignores absentee Brady

Field Level Media
May 22. 2018 11:19PM
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with the media prior to organized team activities at Gillette practice fields. (Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports)

Until practices are mandatory, the obligatory response to questions about absentee quarterback Tom Brady are to be expected from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Tuesday morning, Belichick said, “I’m not going to talk about the people that aren’t here,” when asked if he’s spoken to Brady. “The guys who are here are improving, they’re working hard. Those are the guys we’re going to focus on.”

When asked if it’s a challenge not having the team’s quarterback at OTAs, Belichick replied, “All the guys that are out here working are improving, and it’s a great opportunity for them and our team to come together, and that’s what’s happening.”

Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski did not participate in voluntary workouts on Monday or Tuesday.

Brady confirmed in late April that he intends to play the upcoming season, but has thus far skipped all voluntary activities this offseason.

Gronkowski, who turned 29 this month, is expected to receive an adjusted contract for the second consecutive year. Per CBA rules, any restructure to Gronkowski’s contract involving incentives must take place at least 12 months after the previous one. The tight end signed an incentive-laden restructure on May 24 of last year.


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