Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com held his first weekly chat since returning from vacation, and talked about a variety of topics – one of which included Tom Brady’s contract situation.
Despite all the reports stating that Brady may elect to hold out when the team reports in Foxboro next week, Reiss feels that Brady won’t put business before his teammates and expects him to report.
“If Brady held out, it would seemingly create more urgency for the Patriots to move things along quickly,” said Reiss when asked if it made sense for Brady to hold out to speed up negotiations. “But at what cost? Brady, to me, has been mostly about winning and making memories with his teammates over his 10-year career. If he decides to hold out, he’d be putting business ahead of that. So I think we’ll find out what is truly more important to him in this case. I think I already know the answer. He’ll be there.”
When asked if he felt the Patriots wouldn’t make a move to try and keep him after the season is over, Reiss responded that he expects New England to franchise him, “much like the Colts did with Peyton Manning in 2004”.