Tom Brady posts cryptic Instagram photo as NFL free agency looms

The NFL great sends football fans a message

NFL great Tom Brady stole the spotlight from Super Bowl LIV on Thursday night with a cryptic social media post that could provide a hint about his NFL future.

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Brady shared a photo of himself walking through the tunnel at Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots’ home field. The photo did not include any caption or explanation, and it’s unclear if Brady is entering or leaving the field.

The 42-year-old quarterback has spent his entire 20-year career with the Patriots. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent in April for the first time in his professional career.

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Brady’s football future has been a source of rampant speculation since last summer, when he and wife Gisele Bundchen placed their Massachusetts mansion up for sale. Brady has already indicated that he plans to return to the NFL for at least one more season, but has yet to say whether he will re-sign with the Patriots or test the open market.

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The six-time Super Bowl champion addressed his approach to free agency during a recent appearance on Westwood One Radio.

“I’m open-minded about the process,” Brady said. “At the same time, I love playing football and want to continue to play and do a great job. I am looking forward to what is ahead. Whatever the future may bring, I will embrace it with open arms.”

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft earlier this year that he would prefer for Brady to either re-sign with the Patriots or retire, rather than sign with another franchise.

FOX Business confirmed earlier this month that a report that personal goods had been removed from the Brady family suite at Gillette Stadium was false.

The Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considered potential destinations if Brady opts to leave New England.

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