The New England Patriots are prepared for Tom Brady to test free agency in March, but that doesn’t mean he won’t speak to teams before that. With over a month until free agency gets underway, there reportedly could be 10 teams interested in signing Brady.

Every year, the argument on whether tampering rules need to be applied is a topic in the offseason. Prior to free agency, it is known that players such as Tom Brady secretly meet with teams around the time of the NFL Combine. However, it isn’t really secretive when the league office is somewhat aware of it happening.

With the NFL Combine beginning in nearly a week, Brady could be courted by a few teams to gauge his interest. In the event that he expresses interest, a team could choose to give an estimate to Brady on what they would be willing to pay him. As a matter of fact, the Las Vegas Raiders are reportedly ready to offer Brady $60 million over two years when free agency kicks off.

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As for the Patriots, they see themselves as a model franchise that follows the rules that are given to them. Therefore, they could take issue with opposing teams speaking to Brady before they are permitted to. Regardless of what the Patriots think, it is unclear if the NFL would take any action.

In addition, due to other teams speaking to him, it will be tougher for New England to plan out their offseason. Depending on whether the NFL takes action, the Patriots have to shift their focus on convincing Brady to stay. But with a handful of teams ready to make an offer, it isn’t going to be easy for the Patriots to retain him.