Don’t expect Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to address questions about increased involvement from his trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero any time soon.
Brady, who has been keeping quiet about the subject throughout the preseason, will likely continue his streak of dodging the topic into the regular season. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots and Brady have “reached a compromise” on Guerrero — alleviating the reported growing rift between Brady and coach Bill Belichick — and the key is to stay mum about the arrangement moving forward.
“They really just need to be kind of quiet about it, not make such a big deal,” Rapoport said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” Sunday morning. “The goal for everyone is just to make sure there is no more Alex Guerrero issue — even discussed — during this upcoming season.”
Rapoport reports Brady, along with tight end Rob Gronkowski, both have unrestricted access to Guerrero, while Guerrero also has “some solid access to Gillette Stadium.” Guerrero can also go on trips, according to Rapoport, though he “probably won’t go on nearly as many this year.”
Guerrero traveled on the team plane for the Patriots’ preseason road game against the Carolina Panthers, which sparked conversations about whether the previously stringent restrictions on his access had been lifted. Asked about the new arrangement Friday, Brady said he doesn’t want “to bring on any drama this year.” Guerrero’s involvement has been a source of controversy over the past year.
“I’m just focused on what I want to do and [being] a great football player for this team,” Brady said. “[I] try to be a good example in the locker room and provide great leadership. That’s where my focus is. I know we want to oftentimes talk about a lot of other things, but I just really want to stick to football and, like I said, try to really focus on being the best I can be for this team.”
Brady recently hung up on WEEI’s Kirk Callahan when he was asked whether Guerrero was on the sidelines for the Patriots-Panthers preseason game. During training camp, he also walked away from reporters after he was asked for his thoughts on people linking wide receiver Julian Edelman’s performance-enhancing drugs (PED) suspension to Guerrero.