According to a tweet by Adam Caplan of Foxsports.com, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reported to Patriots training camp on Sunday July 25th, along with the teams rookies. Caplan wrote, “Tom Brady reported to the team today, a source said. Apparently, the QBs reported with the rookies.” Brady’s presence at Patriots camp ends any speculation that he would hold out of training camp in an attempt to force the Patriots to sign their superstar quarterback to a long term contract extension, as Brady is entering the final year of a deal he signed with the club in 2005.
Additionally, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that talks between Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady have been positive, and that it isn’t a matter of if Brady will receive a new deal, its more a question of when. With the uncertainty regarding next seasons collective bargaining agreement casting a shadow over the negotiations between the two sides, a deal may not get done any time soon due to the complex structure of the contract. However Schefter reports that a deal between the Pats and Brady is now “within reach,”
One person familiar with the talks said there is ongoing dialogue that he described as positive and, while no deal is imminent, one now is within reach. The Colts would like to re-sign quarterback Peyton Manning, the Saints Drew Brees and the Redskins Donovan McNabb. At this time, the Patriots and Brady appear to be the furthest along in their conversations, according to league sources.
There also was speculation that the relationship between Brady and the Patriots is strained. Yet, Brady was spotted this offseason having dinner with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others have been adamant that the relationship between the two sides is as positive as ever.