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ESPN: Brady hasn't committed to playing in 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

ESPN, citing league sources, reported Wednesday that quarterback Tom Brady's commitment to the New England Patriots for 2018 isn't firm. But the network said people who know Brady believe he will play another season.

Brady hasn't said anything official privately or publicly, according to EPSN.

Brady, now 40, has said he wants to keep playing. But ESPN senior writer Adam Schefter said there are people close to the quarterback who would like to see him retire.

Brady didn't attend the start of the Patriots offseason program, but that's not unusual. He was in Qatar on vacation with his family.

There's also been speculation about whether tight end Rob Gronkowski will return to the team. After the Patriots' loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Gronkowski openly questioned whether he wanted to retire.

"I'm definitely going to look at my future," he told reporters in Minneapolis.

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