Tom Brady has missed the start of Patriots OTAs and it's raising eyebrows around the NFL

Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesTom Brady has been one of the faces of the NFL since being drafted by the New England Patriots in 2000.
  • Tom Brady will not be showing up to the start of the New England Patriots voluntary OTAs, an event he has usually attended in the past.
  • Brady’s decision comes amid ongoing rumours that he was mulling retirement, and of tension between Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
  • For the Patriots, the NFL’s model of consistent excellency, to be facing such an uncertain situation is an unusual development.

Tom Brady’s future is surprisingly up in the air right now for a starting quarterback coming off of another Super Bowl appearance, with rumours circulating that he was considering retirement and ongoing reports of tension between Brady and Bill Belichick.

Well, on Monday, it was reported that Brady has opted to skip the start of the Patriots voluntary Organised Team Activities, which he has consistently been a part of in the past, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Of course, the NFL offseason is long, and there is still plenty of time for Brady to rejoin the Patriots. Still, it is safe to say this latest development has raised eyebrows around the NFL.

Again, there is still plenty of time for Brady to re-join the Patriots and for this to become a minor story. Still, it is clear by now that the most dominant NFL franchise of a generation is in a period of greater uncertainty than ever before.

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