Patriots' Tom Brady dismisses drama during media address

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Getty Images)

Tom Brady spoke for the first time in weeks Thursday, but didn’t say much.

The Patriots quarterback broke his silence following New England’s minicamp practice, vaguely answering questions during his media address regarding his stance with the team and his absence throughout the offseason.

While he affirmed he had no intention of retiring, Brady refused to discuss his contract, citing it as a personal matter. He was similarly indistinct when detailing his reasons for skipping OTAs and wouldn’t commit to attending the remaining voluntary workouts next week.

“It’s obviously important for everybody and our coaches do a great job getting us ready,” Brady said. “Just some personal reasons for me, but I’m here now and focused on what I need to do, as I always am. I’m looking forward to this year.”

When asked about his relationship with coach Bill Belichick, who has experienced tension with his players in recent months, Brady insisted the two don’t share any hard feelings.

“It’s great,” Brady said. “We’ve always had a great relationship. I’ve been here for a long time and I love this team, I love this organization. I love playing quarterback for them. I loved it last year. I’m having a lot of fun now.”

Brady, who turns 41 in August, is expected to be in attendance for training camp before entering his 18th season with the Patriots.