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Patriots rumors: Adam Schefter shuts down speculation around Tom Brady’s cryptic tweet

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The NFL’s top insider, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is back at it again — shutting down rumors and speculation. In response to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s cryptic social media post — of him walking out of a tunnel with no caption — Schefter reported that his latest activity is not related to his future.

Said Schefter on Twitter:

That’s that.

Though Schefter shut down the speculation, it was warranted. For the first time in his 20-year NFL career, the 42-year-old Brady is slated to be an unrestricted free agent once the new league year starts in March.

Some have speculated that Brady will not return to the Patriots in 2020. The consensus pertaining to that train of thought is that he will not retire, but potentially return to California, his home state.

The Los Angeles Chargers are the natural choice of a Brady destination if he leaves the Patriots. Philip Rivers is rumored to be not coming back in 2020, creating a hole at the position. The Bolts’ talented roster — highlighted by offensive playmakers Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, Melvin Gordon (free agent) and Hunter Henry (free agent) — could allow Brady to compete in the AFC if he decides Los Angeles is his next home.

The Chargers currently hold the best odds of signing Brady if he leaves New England. The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans are also possibilities, according to Vegas.

The likeliest scenario, however, is that Brady returns to the Patriots. He has shut down retirement talks recently and has only called New England home in the NFL.