The clock keeps ticking, the countdown keeps rolling. It’s T-minus 34 days until the “legal tampering” period of free agency begins. And ultimately, T-minus 36 days until Tom Brady officially becomes a free agent on March 18.

Rob Gronkowski knows what life after New England is like, and the former All-Pro believes it’s time for Tom Brady to test the free agent market. Speaking to reporters including NESN’s Doug Kyed at Super Bowl week in Miami, Gronkowski saw no reason that Brady wouldn’t wait to see who comes calling.

In a wild and competitive opening weekend of the NFL playoffs, there was one dominant force: Father Time. He took away perhaps the last championship opportunities for 40-something quarterbacking gods Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

The list of impending Patriots free agents reads like the credits from a movie on the history of Super Bowl standouts, yet even on such a star-studded list, one name stands above the rest as the most important for the six-time Super Bowl champs to retain.