ESPN’s Adam Schefter talks with The Post’s Justin Terranova about Tom Brady’s decision, the truth about the quarterback’s relationship with the Patriots and how the coronavirus pandemic has affected how he does his job.
Q: What is the Brady effect on free agency?
A: He’s going to take a chair somewhere, whether that’s in Tampa Bay or Los Angeles or New England or Las Vegas. It seems like it’s the most important domino. He’s Tom Brady. He’s Tom Brady. It’s hard to wrap your mind around the fact that the helmet he might be wearing in 2020 might not have a Patriots logo on it, which I think is a real possibility. It’s going to make it very compelling. Someone is going to be left out without a deal they want. It won’t be Tom Brady.
Q: What happened to Brady’s relationship with Patriots?
A: There’s more respect and love there than people realize. I know people want to harp on the negative, but these people spent 20 years together, won six championships together and won a lot of huge games together. I don’t think it’s a negative thing that’s driving him away. Sometimes people just like new challenges, new environments. I was in Denver for 16 years and I still consider Denver to be a part of my soul. I left Denver to move to New York. There’s nothing wrong with Denver. That was just that time in my life.
Q: How do you balance the responsibility of breaking news with being on TV on Monday?
A: I don’t look at being on television as my job. I look at it as reporting is my job and TV is my office. So, people just get to see in my office. Frankly, it doesn’t matter to me that I am on TV. I don’t care. I don’t view my job next week as helping to produce television content. My job is to help produce content, period. The fact that I have to go on TV when I am doing my job, then fine I’ll just do my job there.
Q: So, when you get a text or call you don’t think twice about answering even when live?
A: I know what things I’m tracking, who’s involved and the people I have to speak to in that moment. Some people can wait till the commercial break. My wife isn’t going to be so patient. I gotta get back to her and there’s a lot of people in the New York area who are all wound up about the coronavirus and rightfully so. It’s a very unsettling time.
Q: How has it affected you?
A: I usually love this week of the year. It’s action-packed, filled with energy and there’s something about (the coronavirus) that makes what we do feel a lot less important. I love the importance that this week ordinarily takes on, but at a time like this it just doesn’t feel the same. I am truly concerned about the people at risk. The last two days I just had my TV on the news, coronavirus updates. My wife is calling this morning. My daughter’s school is not closed and we didn’t know whether to send her. That dilutes some of the energy for the week ahead because there are much more pressing issues in our area and world.