Tom Brady has reportedly been working out at New England Patriots facilities with receiver Julian Edelman, despite still not showing up for Organized Team Activities.
Brady was also reportedly working out at his TB12 Sports Therapy Center next door while skipping OTAs for the first time in several years.
Some see Brady's actions as a shot at Bill Belichick, with whom Brady has been rumored to have a tense relationship for some time now.
The saga of Tom Brady's rumored but unspoken tension with Bill Belichick, and its effect on Brady's participation in the New England Patriots offseason, has gotten even stranger.
According to Mike Giardi of NBC Sports Boston, Brady, despite still being absent from the team's voluntary Organized Team Activities, has gone so far as to throw in Patriots facilities at Gillette Stadium with Patriots personnel.
Guess who's been a semi-regular showing up to Gillette and working out in the bubble? Tom Brady. Who's he working out with in those throwing sessions? Julian Edelman. Yet still no OTAs
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) June 1, 2018
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe argued that this is a shot at Belichick.
Working out at Gillette, throwing spirals off a yacht in Monaco -- Brady is just rubbing Belichick's nose in it at this point https://t.co/00MWk8p7uB
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) June 1, 2018
Volin later went on to explain the significance of Brady's absence on Twitter, saying, "Only two QBs in the entire league are skipping OTAs (Brady, Big Ben). And Brady has been a dedicated offseason attendee for most of the last decade. I'm not criticizing him — he's making the choices that are best for him. But his absence this spring is absolutely a story."
This offseason, Brady has reportedly also worked out at his TB12 Sports Therapy Center, which is just steps away from Gillette Stadium. It's hard to see his absence from OTAs, but decision to work out near the team, as anything but a statement.
Brady has attended OTAs since 2011, but skipped them from 2008 to 2010.
Reports have indicated over several months that the relationship between Brady and Belichick has become deeply fractured. It doesn't seem to be under repair at the moment.