New England Patriots fans received a double dose of bad news Thursday morning, with two reporters with ties to the team and Tom Brady reporting that things are not looking good for a possible return of the free agent quarterback.
It started with ESPN's Jeff Darlington on "Get Up" on Thursday morning. The NFL insider said he's now at the point where he would be "stunned" if Brady went back to New England.
He followed that up with a tweet saying that "there's still a chance," but that Brady is "looking forward to free agency."
About 10 minutes later, Boston Herald sports columnist Karen Guregian, who has covered the Patriots for years, said the team has yet to reach out to Brady to talk about a contract. Citing a source, she said "it's not looking good."
A report earlier this week from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicated that the Patriots were expecting to talk with Brady's agent, Don Yee, during this week's NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
NFL free agency doesn't officially open until March 18, so we've likely got several more weeks of this. But Thursday's developments certainly don't seem very promising.