The Patriots are scheduled to host a 10 a.m. press conference tomorrow at Gillette Stadium with Troy Brown, Robert Kraft, and Bill Belichick. It is assumed that Brown will announce his retirement from the NFL at the press conference.
According to the team, the press conference will include "an important announcement."
Belichick was asked last week if he had an opportunity to chat with Brown, who seemed to leave the door open for a return, and whether Brown was on his emergency list. "Well, I'll say that our emergency list depends on what the emergency is," Belichick said. "I'm not sure who's on that list. It depends on what kind of emergency we're talking about. It's always good to see Troy and have Troy around. He's been a great player for this organization and he's got great leadership and great character. He's done a lot here. It was really an honor for me to coach him. You can go back to '96 when I was first here - he's one of the all-timers."
A source close to Troy Brown said last week that it's likely the receiver will announce his retirement soon and take a media job, as the Herald reported in its Saturday editions, but cautioned "nothing is written in stone" and that Brown, New England's all-time leader in receptions with 557, would consider playing again if the Patriots came calling.
The source said Brown, who visited the Jets during the offseason, would only postpone retirement to play for the Patriots, the team he suited up for the last 15 seasons.
"I think Troy wants to play a little bit more," said Coates. "I talked to Troy last night for a minute, and I think he still wants to play a little bit more. I think that right now he has to come to his conclusion. He's either going to make a decision to keep playing or let it go."
Brown met with Kraft Thursday, but Kraft did not divulge details of the discussion.
"Troy Brown is the prototype of what I'd like every Patriot to be," said Kraft. "Just the kind of person he is. I hope the fans agree that when he is eligible he'll have one of these red jackets."
Material from the Globe's Christopher L. Gasper was used in this report.