Patriots

Patriots

Tom Brady's agent Don Yee told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he expects New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play in 2018.

"Tom's intentions have not changed," Yee told ESPN Monday. "He's consistently said he'll play beyond this contract and into his mid 40s, or until he feels he isn't playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he's been firm about."

Brady has been absent from the team's voluntary workouts at Gillette Stadium. He has instead elected to spend more time with his family while working with his body coach Alex Guerrero. After Brady was absent for the team's conditioning and strength program, ESPN's Schefter reported that there was some uncertainty as to whether Brady might play in 2018. Brady's contract was linked, in part, to that uncertainty, according to NFL Media.

"His objective every year is to outperform his contract and his own goals," Yee told ESPN. "And like every player, yes, he thinks about his contract -- it's a pretty natural thing to do. Every team's management knows this."

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