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Bedard: Parsing through the latest Tom Brady rumors – Not much has really changed

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It's the last NFL Sunday for a good seven months, meaning those information gatherers at the various networks need to bring their best stuff today while they still have a captive audience.

And there's no bigger fish than Tom Brady. So the big guns were brought out today.

Ian Rapoport, NFL Network: "The Patriots are intent on keeping Brady, obviously, believing he has one or two good years left. They are willing, sources say, to pay him in excess of $30 million per year to keep him in New England — a significant commitment that would bring his salary more in line with other elite QBs.' ... If Brady is going to return, he wants to see the team spend on some weapons, which they attempted to do last offseason by signing Antonio Brown, only to have it fail. It would be unlike Bill Belichick to "go for it" but that may close the deal. ... Sources say the Los Angeles Chargers are expected to be among the teams who will make a pitch to Brady. They do have what he'd require, which is a talented team that could win now. The Tennessee Titans also fit that bill, though they'd have to make a decision on whether to franchise tag Ryan Tannehill before free agency commences."

Adam Schefter, ESPN: The Raiders are poised to pursue quarterback Tom Brady if he doesn't re-sign with the Patriots before free agency begins, league sources told ESPN. Whether the Raiders can lure Brady to Las Vegas, as their quarterback and biggest draw, remains uncertain. Patriots owner Robert Kraft has expressed how much he wants Brady to return to New England, and there will be more talks with the team before the free-agent period.

So, what, if anything, to make of all that?