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Tom Brady talk heats up

Posted by Albert Breer  June 10, 2010 09:45 AM

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Last week's Yahoo! Sports report that there is a "growing disconnect" between Tom Brady and the Patriots in contract talks caused a bit of a stir. And his comments at the BestBuddies flag football game on Friday only opened the door for more speculation.

Now we've got the internet buzzing.

In case you missed it, our own Tony Massarotti weighed in on Brady's comments last week, writing that "He chose his words carefully and delicately, and he consequently made it astonishingly clear that he is not likely to do the Patriots any favors this time."

Meanwhile, a former teammate of Brady's, SI.com's Ross Tucker, examines the situation piece-by-piece, while posing the question: "Why alienate a guy, even a little bit, who is still one of the three best players at the most important position in the game?" Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, writing over at my old digs at Sporting News, looks at this one a little differently ... And wonders if the Patriots might be more amenable to the idea of letting Brady go than anyone thinks.

Gettin' a little crazy, right? Well, I can point to one person who wouldn't put Brady through all this -- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Speaking on ESPN Radio in Milwaukee yesterday, Rodgers was asked if he would take Brady or Peyton Manning, and he said Brady is "the best by far" and that "it's not even close". He put Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and Tony Romo in the "elite" category, but was pretty clear about who his No. 1 was.

"No order except for Tom being the best," Rodgers said. "He does things that other guys can't do. His pocket presence is better than those guys by far. He throws a better ball than just about all those guys. He's a winner – better than all those guys."

So all the talk's heating up now. And as we get closer to the season, the temperature figures to keep rising on this one.
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