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Tom Brady offers more clarity on his mindset entering NFL free agency

Tom Brady offers more clarity on his mindset entering NFL free agency

Tom Brady doesn't know where he'll be playing next fall. But he certainly sounds intent on playing.

That was the general sentiment the 42-year-old quarterback shared with NBC Sports' Peter King after his New England Patriots fell 20-13 to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card round.

When asked how he felt about being a free agent in March, Brady admitted he wants to keep playing in 2020, whether it's with the Patriots or another team.

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"I’ll explore those opportunities whenever they are," Brady told King late Saturday night, via King's "Football Morning in America" column Monday. "If it’s the Patriots, great. If that doesn’t work, I don’t know. I just don’t know. I love playing football. I still want to play football. I think I still can play at a championship level. I’ve just got to go do it. I’m motivated to get back to work and training."

Brady told reporters immediately after the game he's "unlikely" to retire after 20 NFL seasons and has said in the past he wants to play until age 45.

Even after the Patriots' crushing early playoff exit, Brady sounds committed to that goal for at least another year.

"I absolutely still do love this game," Brady told King. " ... I think a lot of other people who are great at what they do — great artists or great actors or great businessmen — they don’t have to stop what they love as they get older. I know there’s football still in here."

Where Brady plays football in 2020 is another story, however. The six-time Super Bowl champion still respects the Patriots organization but reportedly won't take a "hometown discount" on his next contract to stay in New England.

If another team is willing to pay up for Brady, then it's possible we'll see TB12 in a different uniform next season. But based on Brady's comments, we can all but rule out his retirement.

How Gisele handled inevitable Tom Brady discussion in Instagram Q&A

How Gisele handled inevitable Tom Brady discussion in Instagram Q&A

The fan bases of Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady don't have much overlap.

But when you hold a lengthy question-and-answer session on Instagram, it's only a matter of time before your New England Patriots quarterback husband gets brought up somehow.

As she fielded questions Thursday, the Brazilian supermodel first was asked where her and her family would be living next year. That question obviously is tied to where Brady decides to work in 2020 when he becomes a free agent on March 18.

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Here's Gisele's diplomatic response:

"I would love to know where I’m going to be living this year but I don’t know that yet. But hopefully somewhere nice. And wherever my husband is happy playing, so we will see."

If you want to over-analyze, Gisele's "hopefully somewhere nice" line suggests she would prefer Brady not re-sign with the Patriots in free agency and choose a warmer destination. (Tennessee, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, perhaps?)

But the Brazilian supermodel later was asked if she enjoys living in New England and responded with this:

"Yes, I love it. I’ve been living there for 12 years. My kids love it. They love the snow. As a Brazilian, I have a little harder time with the cold but I really can appreciate the beauty of the seasons there."

It sounds like Gisele wouldn't hate migrating south after over a decade in New England. And based on where things currently stand with Brady and the Patriots, there's a real chance she gets her wish.

Gisele has been supportive of her husband's career choices in the past, though, so it sounds like she'll be on board with whatever the 42-year-old QB decides.

Are Colts in contact with Tom Brady? Report refutes 'made up' rumor

Are Colts in contact with Tom Brady? Report refutes 'made up' rumor

The Tom Brady rumor mill is in full churn at the NFL Scouting Combine, but one interested party would like it to slow down.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Brady's agent, Don Yee, is meeting with teams like the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders and Indianapolis Colts at the Combine as the New England Patriots quarterback nears free agency.

Late Thursday night, however, The Athletic's Stephen Holder cited a source who refuted that the Colts were involved with Brady.

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But a league source strongly denied the Colts have engaged in any discussions with Brady’s camp. The source said such a story was "made up."

The Colts have current quarterback (and former Brady backup) Jacoby Brissett under contract for 2020, but could be looking for an upgrade after going 7-9 last season.

In fact, Holder also reported that Indy is vetting Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers ahead of his pending free agency.

The Colts would be a decent fit for Brady: They boast a strong offensive line, a talented defense and more cap space than every NFL team beside the Miami Dolphins.

The latest rumblings suggest the Tennessee Titans and Raiders both are ahead of Indy in the Brady sweepstakes, though, and it's notable that Holder's source so adamantly denied any contact between the Colts and Brady.

"Does that mean the Colts would be disinterested if Brady does, in fact, hit the open market?" Holder wrote. "That’s a very different question, one with an unclear answer."

For what it's worth, Colts general manager Chris Ballard gave a "no comment" when asked if his team would consider signing Brady on March 18.

"Great career, though," he added.