Patriots, Tom Brady reach new ‘starting point’ ahead of NFL free agency

The first significant moment of Tom Brady’s free agency could be happening this week at the NFL Combine.

That is where Patriots officials are expected to meet with Brady’s agent, Don Yee, according to multiple reports. Brady is expected to become a free agent on March 18 for the first time in his 20-year career, but that could change if he and the Patriots can agree on a contract in the next month.

The Boston Herald characterized the meetings this week as a “starting point” for legitimate conversations between the two sides.

There are questions that need to be addressed on both sides. Will the Patriots be willing to pay Brady the $30 million the 42-year-old would likely fetch in free agency? Will Brady be satisfied with the Patriots’ plans to put more talent around him after last season’s disappointing wild-card exit against the Titans?

The Raiders, Titans and Chargers have been mentioned as potential landing spots if Brady and the Patriots cannot find a middle ground. A lot of the drama around free agency would be eliminated if they did, though.

The attempts to make that happen start this week in Indianapolis.

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