We can rule out travel for the reason as to why Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have been missing OTAs.
According to the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian, both Brady and Gronkowski were at TB12 Monday, which is located at Patriot Place right next to Gillette Stadium.
Brady's absence from OTAs is notable, as the quarterback has not only gone to them in years past, but stressed their importance as it relates to preparing for the season. The two skipping out on OTAs does little to quell concerns about rifts between the Patriots and their star players.
According to a new book written by ESPN's Ian Connor titled "Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time," the rift between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick may have been even more serious than originally thought.
The book claims that following the 2017 season Tom Brady wanted to part ways with his longtime head coach.
"If you're married 18 years to a grouchy person who gets under your skin and never compliments you, after a while you want to divorce him," a source told O'Connor. "Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he's had enough of him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him."
O'Connor writes that Brady seriously reconsidered his future in New England up until late March, but the Jimmy Garoppolo trade ultimately left Brady feeling obligated to stay with the Patriots.
"But in the end, even if he wanted to, Brady could not walk away from the game, and he could not ask for a trade. The moment Belichick moved [Jimmy] Garoppolo to San Francisco, and banked on Brady's oft-stated desire to play at least into his mid-forties, was the moment Brady was virtually locked into suiting up next season and beyond. Had he retired or requested a trade, he would have risked turning an adoring New England public into an angry mob."
"Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time" will be released Sept. 25.
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