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Brady sidesteps contract questions

Posted by Albert Breer  September 8, 2010 07:21 AM

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Q: Would you feel more comfortable Sunday if you had new deal done?

A: I think everybody on our team would. I mean, every player on our team would, every coach would, but that’s just not the way things work. Listen, I love the Patriots, I love the organization, what Mr. Kraft has done for me and my family over the years, I’m always grateful. And to play for coach Belichick, there’s no coach I’d rather play for. That’s how I’ve felt. That’s how I’ll feel today, tomorrow, Sunday, the following week and for as long as I’m playing. And beyond my playing years, I’ll be grateful for what I have here.

Q: Do you feel like you'll finish your career as a Patriot?

A: Well, I’m always hopeful and, like I said, I love being here. And the thought of playing somewhere else isn’t a very good thought for me, and isn’t a very good feeling. I would never want that to happen. And at the same time, I think all of us players guard against that, because we’ve seen so many other players, Hall of Fame players, really the guys that are the best that have ever played at their position, have to move teams and I understand that. Look at Coach Belichick. He was at Cleveland, he was with the Giants, he was with the Jets. So it’s hard to say. I don’t make all those decisions. If it’s up to me, I would be. But you’ve gotta have a team that wants you too, and I’ve gotta be able to perform at the level they’re expecting me to work.

Q: That L.A.-to-Boston commute doesn’t bother you?

A: No. I mean, my home’s in Boston. That’s where I live. We’re building a house in LA, really, to be close to my son. And I’m from California too, so that’s a place for me and my family to spend time when I’m not in Boston. When people say, ‘Where do you live?’ I say Boston, because that’s where I’m at, that’s where I call home.
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