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Tom Brady sets new standard for Patriots

Tom Brady, as adept at diplomacy as he is at throwing a football, has never proclaimed publicly that the Patriots absolutely must retain a certain player, at least as far as I can recall.

Surely Brady shares his blunt personnel opinions with Bill Belichick far away from us media types -- in fact, if the Patriots aren’t soliciting them from the brilliant, decorated quarterback, they’re not as thorough as we believe they are.

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