Brady: ‘There’s a lot of guys in my situation’
|06.04.10 at 8:53 pm ET|
ALLSTON — For Patriots fans, the last two days have been a nightmare. The report of a growing “disconnect” between upcoming free agent quarterback and the New England brass has cast a cloud of worry over whatever bright news there may be on the ground, perhaps most notably the sight of Wes Welker on the practice field. Speaking Friday night at a celebrity football game for Best Buddies, Brady didn’t confirm or deny anything, and the man who has been known to rework his contract for the sake of cap flexibility doesn’t appear ready to make any frustration with his status public.
“I don’t want to talk about it a whole lot because really there’s nothing anybody can solve other than the team and myself,” Brady said. “There’s a lot of guys in my situation, so really I just want to focus on what’s coming up this week. I’m just excited about being on the field with the guys. Things happen. Some are out of your control so you’ve just got to go with the flow.
“Really I haven’t been thinking about it a whole lot,” Brady said when asked if he is upset with not having a deal done. “It’s just part of the process. I love being out on the field with the guys and playing and that’s really where my head’s at.”
Brady didn’t have much time to speak with the media, as he had to get back to the game featuring the Shriver family, Guy Fieri, Dennis & Callahan producers Iggy and Chach (the latter of whom sacked Brady as relentlessly as one could in two-hand touch), ESPN’s Michael Smith, BC linebacker Mark Herzlich, as well as Patriots teammates Pierre Woods, Stephen Neal, Tully Banta-Cain, Julian Edelman, and Dan Koppen, among others. In the brief time he did have he spoke about organized team activities and getting back into a rhythm for the upcoming season.
“It’s a long process for all of us,” Brady said. “A lot of us are getting to know each other for the first time. It’s fun to be out there, see all your teammates in really a competitive environment. It’s been a lot of fun.”
As for the aforementioned good news of Welker stretching and participating briefly in receiving drills, Brady isn’t surprised that the shifty receiver’s drive could bring him back from ACL surgery sooner than some may have anticipated.
“He’s such a hard worker,” Brady said. “Wes has a chip on his shoulder. I think any time you’re an undrafted free agent and you get cut by a team like he did with San Diego, you always kind of carried that with you.”
Brady’s 70-yard touchdown to Edelman had the crowd going early on, though Herzlich’s touchdown and interception in the first half may have stolen the honorary chairman’s thunder.