New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly has yet to commit to playing in the 2018 season.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, multiple sources believe Brady will play. However, his status for 2018 isn’t yet certain.
Schefter’s report comes after Brady chose not to attend the opening of New England’s offseason program this week.
One source told Schefter, My money would be on him playing football for the foreseeable future, but what goes on away from the football field, I don’t know. I don’t know.
In an interview on Westwood One before the Super Bowl (h/t Tom Schad of USA Today), Brady was definitive in saying he would play in 2018.
New England will be in a difficult spot if Brady retires, since the only other quarterback on the roster is journeyman veteran Brian Hoyer.
The Patriots own the Nos. 23 and 31 overall picks in the 2018 NFL draft, meaning they may have enough capital to select an heir to Brady’s throne if a quarterback falls or they trade up.
Florida’s Taven Bryan (9.90) drew comparisons to J.J. Watt (10.0 at DT) at the combine, and with their similar athletic profiles, that’s understandable. Bryan isn’t quite the prospect Watt was coming out of Wisconsin, but Bryan’s similar upside is why he’s an option for the Lions in the opening round. Another possibility, Washington’s Vita Vea (9.49), has drawn comparisons to former Detroit anchor Haloti Ngata (8.42).
Another early-round option is Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (7.57 RAS). He may have fell short of measuring up to other elite, undersized tackles, Aaron Donald and Geno Atkins (9.46), but still posted numbers at his pro day better than similarly-sized Pro Bowlers Jurrell Casey (3.48) and Kawann Short (4.98).
If the Lions wait until Day 2, the team could target a prospect like North Carolina State’s B.J. Hill (8.64 RAS) or Stanford’s Harrison Phillips (8.00).
Joe Borland, one of Chris’ brothers, is a captain in the Army JAG Corps. Joe is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2009-2010), Operation Enduring Freedom (2013) and Operation Inherent Resolve (2017-2018). John Borland, another of his brothers, is an Army major and currently serving as an instructor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The family is involved with After the Impact Fund. ATIF’s board of directors consists of former coaches Mike Ditka and Dan Reeves; Brigadier General Rich Gross, U.S. Army (ret.); Art Pue, former Army Special Forces Green Beret; and former player Matt Birk. It facilitates custom treatment plans for military veterans and former NFL players with traumatic injuries. The three Borland brothers will run in a race sponsored by the Pat Tillman Foundation. Tillman was a former NFL player turned Army Ranger who was killed in Afghanistan.