ESPN drops bombshell report on what “many in the league have been hearing” about Bill Belichick, Tom Brady Joe Robbins/Getty Images
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulate each other after the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Patriots defeated the Colts 34-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Russini has cleared up her tweet:

Just hours before Tom Brady and Bill Belichick lead the New England Patriots into Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen dropped a bombshell on the quarterback/head coach combo’s status in the league.

Later in the show, Adam Schefter confirmed it’s not a sure thing Brady returns next season, but “most people” believe it will happen.

He also later noted Belichick is “expected” to return next season as well.

The reported rift between Brady and Belichick took over NFL headlines in early January, but all seemed to be well in the leadup to their playoff run.

The story went that Brady forced the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo and went above Belichick?s head to get it completed. The PatriotsKraftBrady and Belichick all released statements in the coming days talking about unity, expected to return the next season and downplaying any issues in the locker room.


This story doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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