New England Patriots defensive end Chase Winovich publicly pleaded for quarterback Tom Brady to remain with the team in 2020 via Instagram.
It appears that one former Michigan Wolverine isn’t above publicly begging another former Michigan Wolverine not to leave for potentially greener pastures elsewhere.
New England Patriots defensive end Chase Winovich posted a photo on his Instagram account on Wednesday, pleading with his quarterback and his teammate Tom Brady to remain in Foxborough with the only team he’s ever known, according to NBC Sports Boston’s Justin Leger.
The photo showed the two of them walking off the field together during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. Both players are laughing and smiling as the camera caught them conversing (the Patriots beat the Titans in this meaningless game, of course, only to lose to them at home when it mattered most in the playoffs).
Winovich’s caption made it clear what the overall message and motive of the photo was:
“To stay or not to stay…” he wrote, followed by the ‘thinking’ emoji. He then added the hashtags: #pleasedad, #NotAllowedtoLeave, #goat, and #shakespeare.
Notably, the post actually drew a response from Brady’s verified account — but the response left a lot to be desired.
“Love you lil bro!” was all Brady gave Winovich in return. Well, he did add a little red heart emoji at the end too. But still…
It appears that no matter how deep a bond the two players formed over the past 10 months, Brady is going to keep his intentions for 2020 to himself for now.
Of course, there’s also a chance that Brady himself just straight-up doesn’t know what he’s going to do next, either. After all, reports on Thursday seemed to suggest that part of the delay for negotiations between his camp and the Patriots could be a byproduct of all the uncertainty right now surround the new CBA — and whether or not NFL players will vote it into law before free agency begins.