Brady's agent -- Don Yee -- was in Indianapolis Thursday during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. Yee has meetings scheduled with several teams, including the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins.
Sources told the Herald that Brady's return to the Patriots is "not looking good." Sources told ESPN Brady's is "operating under the belief" he will go into free agency and sign with another team in 2020. Yee was previously expected to meet with the Patriots about Brady this week in Indianapolis.
Brady can't negotiate with other teams until the NFL's legal tampering period begins March 16. Free agency begins March 18.
One of the reasons the Patriots haven't had contract discussions with Brady might relate to uncertainties surrounding the league's new collective bargaining agreement. The agreement, which is headed for a player vote, could impact the way a contract is structured and the Patriots' salary cap for 2020.
Brady, 42, threw for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2019. The six-time Super Bowl champion ranks second all-time in passing yards and passing touchdowns, trailing only New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.