Tom Brady just used six exclamation points in support of Malcolm Butler. Bill Belichick can't be happy!!!!!!
When Brady liked Malcolm Butler's post denying committing any infractions worthy of his Super Bowl benching, there was reason to not overreact. After all, Brady likes a ton of stuff posted by teammates. Maybe it was just a TB12 employee giving it what is essentially an automatic like.
Then Brady commented on it.
Love you Malcolm. You are an incredible player and teammate and friend. Always!!!!!!
This can only further speculation not only about why Belichick benched Butler, but whether Belichick's decision, as Brandon Browner put it, divided the locker room.
Brady was hardly the only Patriot to show support for Butler. Among those to like the post were several past and present Patriots, including Jimmy Garoppolo.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's potential retirement has been the main storyline of the team's offseason workouts. After telling Oprah Winfrey in an interview that he is thinkning about retirement more than he used to, the five-time Super Bowl champion wrote a cryptic response to an ESPN Instagram post.
The photo contained the full retirement quote from the Oprah interview, while Brady's account sent a response saying, "Cuarenta y cinco," which means 45 in Spanish. Brady turns 41 on August 3rd, which would give him at least four more years under center for New England if he wants to play to 45 years old.
There is also the chance that the response alludes to a potential contract extension where Brady could want $45 million in potential negotiations. Brady reportedly wanted a new contract back in April, as he is signed through 2019 making a $14 million base salary that ranks fifth among NFL quarterbacks.
According to MMQB's Albert Breer on Monday, the New England Patriots reportedly talked to four "trusted" teams about a potential trade for the two-time Super Bowl champion pass catcher.
The reported teams were the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers. The Lions are led by former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their head coach. New England's former director of pro scouting, Bob Quinn, is Detroit's general manager. Mike Vrabel, the head coach of the Titans, won three Super Bowls in New England as a linebacker and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is the head coach in Houston. San Francisco was New England's trade partner in the Jimmy Garoppolo trade last season.
Gronkowski did not commit to returning to the Patriots until a few days before the draft, and also missed most of the team's voluntary offseason workouts. The Patriots and the tight end are reportedly working on a contract extension.