FOXBOROUGH, Mbad. – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and veteran defensive end Michael Bennett were not among the attendees at the start of the team's off-season volunteer program, sources told ESPN's Field Yates.
Brady did not participate in the training last year, and the expectation was that this would become his usual routine in an effort to spend time with his family. Bennett has almost always trained away from his team during the off-season, becoming his home off-season in Hawaii.
The wide receiver Julian Edelman, who won the MVP award in Super Bowl LIII, is among the players present for the start of the team's off-season program. Edelman has a $ 500,000 training bonus, which is the highest for any Patriots player.
At the Super Bowl opening night session, Brady talked about his absence from the offseason program and announced how he would take a similar approach this year.
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"My biggest challenge in 2019 will be to continue preparing the way I want with my body, my mind, it always has its unique challenges, I already have my off-season planned," he said at the time. "It's nice when you discover that the Super Bowl is your last game and you can start writing on all dates for your family and so on, it will be a lot of time with my family and trying to prepare for another year."
Brady, 41, was asked if he felt his decision to stay away from voluntary training contributed to the team's Super Bowl season.
"I do not think there's a strong correlation," Brady said at the time. "If it had been part of the offseason, this team would have fought just as hard, we have great leaders, even when I was not there, I was absolutely sure that the team was doing everything they had to do."