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Should we read anything into Tom Brady's changing his role in Best Buddies charity?

Should we read anything into Tom Brady's changing his role in Best Buddies charity?

Is Tom Brady's latest change in his role with one of his favorite charities another indication that his time in New England could be coming to an end?

Brady is stepping down as honorary co-chair of the Best Buddies International, the organization said in a press release on Tuesday. Brady's friend and Patriots teammate Julian Edelman will become a co-chair along with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.

Edelman and Tatum will join current co-chairs chef Guy Fieri and Massachusetts Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III in the new roles, while Brady will become a "global ambassador" for the organization that assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Brady had served as an honorary co-chair for 16 years and was a high-profile part of two of its biggest local events: a ride/walk/run on Cape Cod and an annual football game with Best Buddies members, celebrities and some fellow Patriots played at Harvard Stadium in June, which usually coincides with the end of Patriots minicamp. 

Brady put his Brookline, Mass., house up for sale last summer, recently purchased a Greenwich, Conn., mansion and, for the first time in his career, can become a free agent in March.

Our Tom E. Curran discussed whether Brady's changing role with Best Buddies is another indication of the six-time Super Bowl champion preparing to move on from the Patriots after this season. Watch the video above for the complete discussion. 

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NFL Rumors: Patriots hiring ex-Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch

NFL Rumors: Patriots hiring ex-Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch

The New England Patriots reportedly have made an addition to their coaching staff.

According to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe, they've hired ex-Los Angeles Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

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Fisch's official role with the Patriots offense is to be determined. But now that there's an opening at wide receivers coach with Joe Judge joining the New York Giants, Fisch could be a candidate for the job.

He brings plenty of experience to the table having coached Denver Broncos wide receivers in 2008 and Michigan receivers from 2015-16. Fisch also coached Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks in 2010 and was the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator from 2013-14.

What Jim Gray has learned from his weekly Tom Brady interviews

What Jim Gray has learned from his weekly Tom Brady interviews

For the last 10 years, Jim Gray has conducted weekly interviews with Tom Brady throughout the NFL season. Over that period of time, Gray has learned plenty about the longtime New England Patriots quarterback.

In a recent interview with the New York Post, Gray opened up about the admirable way Brady has approached each of his interviews on Westwood One Radio. It all started with a promise made by Brady 10 years ago that he's kept to this day.

"Meticulous, prepared, very responsive, on time, humble, he’s unbelievable really," Gray said. "He never says, “Don’t ask me anything.” If he doesn’t want to answer the question then that’s how he will respond to it, but there are no preconditions.

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"He wrote me a handwritten note 10 years ago now before we started this. It said, “I look forward to doing the show. You’ll get the same effort out of me on Monday nights that I give my teammates on Sunday afternoons.” And that has been the case, he’s never missed a show."

Although the Patriots' season ended weeks ago, Brady remains the center of attention in the NFL world. The 42-year-old is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time of his career on March 18.

Despite maintaining a close relationship with Brady over the years, Gray knows as much about the six-time Super Bowl champion's future as the rest of us. When Brady himself doesn't appear to know how his offseason will unfold, Gray says there's no reason to ask him about it.

"He doesn’t know," Gray said. "When he doesn’t know I am not sure how any of us can know. How many times can you ask the same question? As it evolves he will let us know. It’s not like he’s hiding something. I’ve asked him and he’s committed several times on the air to us that he’s playing next season. There’s not much he can be involved with outside the Patriots till March 18."

All signs point toward Brady returning for his 21st NFL season, so the weekly Westwood One interviews should continue. As for whether Brady will be a Patriot for his 11th year of interviews with Gray, that'll likely remain a mystery for the next couple of months.

Gray and Brady's final interview of the 2019-20 season will take place before Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2.

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