Don’t read into Tom Brady putting his Chestnut Hill home on the market, the Patriots quarterback said Monday on WEEI.
“You shouldn’t read into anything. It takes a long time to sell a house,” Brady said. “I don’t know if you guys know, my house is a little bit of an expensive one, so it doesn’t fly off the shelves in a couple of weeks. I think I am at a point in my life where there are a lot of considerations that go into playing. I have a very busy professional life, I have a very busy personal life, and any decision that is made has to consider everything.”
Brady, who added that he loves building houses and would consider becoming an architectural designer when he retires, said he loves playing for the Patriots, and has a great relationship with owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick. Brady signed a new contract in early August, which raised his pay for this season but which also left him untethered to the Patriots after it.
“This is the team that I want to be a part of and leading, and I am really excited about doing that,” Brady said. “There’s really not that much more to read into it than that.”
Brady will wear a new helmet this season, and it’s taking time for him to adjust.
Brady’s last helmet, the Riddell VSR-4, is now banned under a joint agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association of approved equipment for 2019. It’s the helmet he has worn in the past four Super Bowls.
Now, he is experimenting with a couple different approved models.
“I don’t really love the one that I am in, but I don’t have much of a choice,” Brady said. “So I am just trying to do the best I can to work with it.”
Brady said he was comfortable in his last helmet and was used to the VSR-4, which is why it’s not surprising there is an adjustment period.
“I hated to put it on the shelf, but that was what they kind of said to do,” Brady said. “So that is kind of what I am dealing with and I am kind of working with something else.”
Brady has taken a different approach than Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, who threatened to retire from football if he is not allowed to wear the helmet he has worn his entire NFL career. (Brown’s grievance was denied on Monday, and the receiver stood down, releasing a statement saying he is “looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field.”)
Brown and Brady were two of the 32 players who wore one of the 11 now-banned helmets last season.