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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Spotlight on Tom Brady's contract situation


So you've been bebopping along through the offseason, not paying much attention to contract issues and the like. Then, in the days before training camps open, Tom Brady's status with the New England Patriots has turned into an hot issue.

What gives?

ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss has produced a comprehensive primer on Brady's situation, taking a look at his current contract and all the factors impacting an extension with the New England Patriots.

For the first time, Brady is entering the final year of a contract. He's not expected to hold out when Patriots camp opens July 30 at Gillette Stadium.

But this is a storyline to monitor, and Reiss' piece makes that easy to do.

The analysis breaks down several aspects: