Patriots: No strife between Kraft, Belichick, Brady

Dean Simpson
January 6, 2018

Unsubstantiated, exaggerated and inaccurate are some of the words the Patriots used to deny a news report of a rift between three of the team's biggest icons.

The statement comes hours after ESPN, citing unnamed sources, published a story detailing supposed tension within the team. Belichick was not pleased and compared the Patriots to the Browns by saying neither team had a long-term solution at quarterback. In telling the Patriots he was not planning on stepping aside, the Patriots ended up trading away backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers (a move that worked out quite well for the Niners).

Guerrero and Brady's work together has reportedly produced confusion on the team as players don't know whether to work with Brady and Guerrero or the team's medical staff.

The Patriots released a statement showing unity between the three parties, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from swirling, with this latest report being one of the hottest out there.

While the future and the legitimacy of this report is unknown, the agent of both Brady and Garoppolo, Don Yee, has given his reaction to it since he knows both quarterbacks involved very well.

After Garoppolo was knocked out of his second start because of a shoulder injury, he set up a visit at TB12. He knocked; nobody was there. ESPN claims team owner Robert Kraft responded to Brady's uneasiness by ordering Belichick to trade Garoppolo.

Unfortunately for Belichick, Kraft didn't have the same outlook and was more loyal towards Brady. Odds are, given how the Patriots have operated over the years, all of this will be nothing more than a mild distraction that will not have any impact on what happens on the field this postseason. And if this is the beginning of the end of their dynasty, what a run it's been.

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