When voluntary offseason workouts got underway for the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, there were a few players that were absent. One of them was Tom Brady, and hopefully nobody spent any time wondering why the living legend wasn't there.
Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion and one of the greatest figures ever to play professional sports, chose not to attend OTAs for the second consecutive year. This isn't a huge deal, as players skip out on these proceedings for a number of legitimate reasons. In Brady's case, he wants to spend some valuable time with his family as his career winds down, and at age 42, it's not a bad idea.
Some in the media are arguing that in a pivotal year of roster turnover, especially on the offensive side of the ball, Brady should be there with everyone else, meeting his new teammates and getting in tune with the new pieces surrounding him. But it's hard to imagine that TB12 needs to learn any new tricks given his incredible list of accomplishments.
Well, maybe some new tricks.
Brady will presumably join the team on June 4 when mandatory minicamp starts. The Patriots will start their title defense on September 8 when they host the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.