Asked directly about reports that Brady’s deal is “imminent,” Belichick said that “I don’t have anything to report on any contracts.” Then asked a question he was asked last week — about whether or not it was a priority to finish any loose ends contract-wise by the opener — Belichick said, “It’s the same question, I’ll give you the same answer.” Which was not to answer the question.
Then, Moss came up. The receiver said yesterday he felt “unwanted” in New England.
“He didn’t say that to me,” Belichick said. “So I don’t have any comment on it.”
He then added, “I’ll just say on Randy, Randy’s a professional, he had a good training camp, he’s played very well since he’s been here. He’s played at a high level and I hope that continues.” Belichick went on to talk about how well-liked Moss is in the locker room.
Nick Caserio worked as Moss’ receivers coach in 2007, and said that, “I coached Randy, I was with him for the entire season. My experience with Randy has been nothing but positive.” But as for 81’s future with the team … “We’re glad he’s here for the game on Sunday, and that’s what we’re worried about.”
And how about Brady’s future? “I have nothing new to report on our end. … I think most important thing going into opening game is that players’ focus is on game.”
Bill O’Brien, quarterbacks coach and de facto offensive coordinator wasn’t asked so much about Brady, since contracts wouldn’t be his department, but he was asked about Moss since he was Caserio successor as receivers coach in 2008. Randy feels unwanted? “He’s never said anything like that to me,” O’Brien said.
So there you have it.