Tom Brady knows he’s not exempt from being traded.
News came out last week that San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch called the New England Patriots over the offseason to ask about Brady’s trade availability. Suitably, the Patriots denied such request and a few months later the Niners acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from New England.
Brady’s name being in trade discussions, albeit quick, was a subtle reminder for Patriots quarterback that nobody is untouchable in the NFL forever.
“Well, there is no guarantee in the NFL,” Brady told Jim Gray of Westwood One on Monday night, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “I think that’s just what I’ve seen over a long period of time. I certainly hope I play for the Patriots. I hope they want me that long.”
Brady, 40, wants to play quarterback into his mid-40s. He would like his entire Hall of Fame career to be in New England. Yet, no NFL player regardless of stature is immune to trades forever.
“Some incredible players have moved teams,” Brady said. “I don’t want it to sound that it’s impossible for me go somewhere else. That’s just not the truth. Any player can go anywhere during a particular year. That’s just how I feel. I just try to approach it in a very humble way that I try to work really hard. I try to gain the trust of my teammates, like I always have. I try to earn it day to day and I want to keep playing. I want to keep playing at a high level. Obviously, I love this team. I love the organization. I love everything about Boston. Hopefully, I can keep doing it at a really high level.”
At this point it’s nearly impossible to imagine Brady in another uniform. Out of respect for Brady, the Patriots will probably ask him if he would like to retire if the team is ready to move on at quarterback.