Jerod Mayo Leaves Door Open for Tom Brady to Return as Pats QB

Head coach Jerod Mayo didn't close the door on a potential Tom Brady return.
Jan 17, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo poses for a photo at a
Jan 17, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo poses for a photo at a / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

2024 has been the year of change for the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick is out of town and Jerod Mayo is in. GM Eliot Wolf is also tasked with shaping the roster for the future.

Things took full force as the NFL Draft was officially wrapped up. The Pats nabbed their new franchise quarterback Drake Maye with the third overall pick after months of speculation.

They also selected Tennessee's Joe Milton in the sixth round. Can't forget they signed Jacoby Brissett in free agency. Despite all those moves, Mayo is still asked about former Patriot great Tom Brady and the head coach didn't slam the door on a potential return to Foxborough.

Patriots News: Jerod Mayo Didn't Shut Down the Idea of a Tom Brady Return

As a guest on the "The Greg Hill Show" show, Mayo talked about the idea of Brady coming back to New England.

He said, "Look, I love Tom and the door is always open if he wants to come in here and coach. But, as far as going on the field? I don’t know."

Mayo added, "But if he comes in here… the best player will play. You gotta come in here and compete — and he love competition. I doubt he’s gonna be walking through these doors any time soon.”

Although he didn't make it seem like Brady is a realistic option, Mayo didn't shut down the notion of Brady coming back to New England.

The 46-year-old spent 20 years in New England, tossing 74,571 passing yards and 541 passing touchdowns.

Mayo was Brady's teammate from 2008-2015 before transitioning to coaching with the organization from 2019 until now.

These two have a good bond which could have led him Mayo giving an answer like that.

Nonetheless, fans shouldn't expect Brady to be back in New England. He'll always be loved but it's a new era with the Patriots.

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