I don't put huge amounts of stock in this yet tbh. It could be true, but it could also be a leverage play by Brady. The source in both tweets is Brady's camp. Darlington is well know to be in Brady's pocket so I would read them in that context.
The Pats haven't even put an offer out there yet, likely due to the CBA discussions. There is still 3 weeks for them to get together.
My theory is yesterday/this morning someone from the Brady camp spread the rumor he would not be coming back. Thats why a couple reporters suddenly think he leaves. And it makes sense: If they want to get a feel for his market value without tempering, they should somehow make other teams know he might be available.
If this is the case I doubt Bill picks a QB like Jordan Love in the draft. It sounds like it's Stidham going forward if in fact Brady is gone. I have a feeling the Giants and Titans are going to be his strongest suitors outside NE.
If Brady leaves I pray he goes to a team the Patriots DO NOT play next season. I don't think I could stand the media circus around that game...I get the impression 75% of the people on this board weren't fans during the whole Kraft/Parcells thing and the first "Tuna Bowl". The media was insufferable - it'll be 10X worse if Brady goes to a team on the Pats 2020 schedule.