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'I know I still have more to prove': Tom Brady plans to play in 2020, Patriots future uncertain

The 42-year-old quarterback of the New England Patriots gave his strongest indication yet that he'll be in the NFL next season with an Instagram post on Wednesday detailing his feelings about the future.

Pats have until March to re-sign 42-year-old quarterback before free agency

Tom Brady expressed his desire to extend his NFL career under centre, whether that's with the Patriots remains to be seen. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Whether Tom Brady will return as quarterback of the New England Patriots next season is still an open question. But the 42-year-old on Wednesday gave another indication that he isn't done playing football.

In an Instagram post to fans, Brady said "I still have more to prove" following a season that ended with the Patriots failing to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2015.

"In both life and football, failure is inevitable," he wrote. "You don't always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again."

New England's season ended with a 20-13 loss in the wild-card round to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. A six-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Most Valuable Player of the NFL title game and three-time winner of the league MVP, Brady could become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career when his contract ends in Mar. 17.

Owner Robert Kraft said Monday that he "hopes and prays" Brady plays for the Patriots next season. Head coach Bill Belichick said Sunday in a season-ending press conference that he wasn't prepared to talk about the future, including Brady, only 12 hours after the playoff loss to the Titans.

That has placed team owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick on the clock to either bring back Brady for his 21st season or watch the franchise's greatest player depart from the only team he's called home.

Belichick said this week that there isn't an established timeline to resolve Brady's status, but he acknowledged that his case is unusual.

"Everybody's situation is different," Belichick said. "Certainly, Tom is an iconic figure in this organization. And nobody respects Tom more than I do."

Brady and Belichick have won six Super Bowls together.

 

With files from Field Level Media

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