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Rift Between Patriots, QB Tom Brady Over His Missing OTA’s?

Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes that he thinks it’s not surprising to hear the Patriots and Tom Brady are taking longer than expected to get to the altar on a new deal, and as Yahoo’s Mike Silver wrote the other day, there may be a cooling of the historically very warm relationship between Brady and the team. Bill Belichick was on the Giants’ coaching staff in the mid-’80s when Bill Parcells started making the off-season program sort of a voluntary, mandatory thing and Belichick established the same sort of offseason regimen on his coaching stops, including in New England a few years.

Brady took pride in being the attendance king his first few years in the league, earning a preferred parking spot and the respect of everyone in the New England locker room but now Brady’s living a bi-coastal life, spending more time than ever in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons — one of which he shares custody. No matter what he says publicly, Belichick isn’t going to like his most important player missing half the offseason program or more. King goes on to write that he wouldn’t be surprised if the reality of a family situation impinging on Brady’s professional life could end up being a bit of a wedge between player and team.

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