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Report: Tom Brady is in Patriots’ plans this season

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The New England Patriots aren’t ready to abandon the Tom Brady era just yet, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports he’s still in the team’s plans for the 2020 season.

Speaking live on air from Indianapolis at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Rapoport noted that New England hasn’t made an offer yet because the proposed new CBA, and the new cap figures that would come with it, remains undecided. However, that hasn’t had any impact on whether New England wants Brady back or not — he’s “in the Patriots’ plans for 2020,” per Rapoport.

The Patriots reportedly want Brady to test the free-agency market. Perhaps that’s simply to gauge what the market for the 42-year-old’s services will be. Perhaps Brady wants to see what his options are. It’s anyone’s guess at this point.

But it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the team that’s benefited from Brady’s 20-year run of excellence is considering bringing him back.

If Brady does opt to look at other options, the Las Vegas Raiders and Indianapolis Colts are thought to be the favorites to land the future Hall of Famer.