It started out as a normal press conference. Tom Brady took to the podium at Gillette Stadium and was asked about the Bills. He was asked about his bye week.
But things took a turn at the end of the presser when our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran asked Brady about his wardrobe.
On Monday, Brady was spotted on Commonwealth Avenue for the moments leading up to the free Aerosmith concert. He was sporting black-rimmed glasses, a flesh-colored sweater and a stylish black overcoat.
"Saw you at the Aerosmith concert," Curran started. "Sometimes you dress kinda weird."
The room laughed.
"Thank you, thank you," Brady replied.
Curran dug deeper.
"What's going on there?" he asked. "Who does that? Do you lay that out?"
Brady, who struck a serious tone for much of the presser, finally cracked. His face went red. He smiled wide.
"I have no response to that," he said with a laugh.
After a few more questions, Brady thanked the media for joining him. As he left, he sarcastically thanked Curran for the fashion burn.
"Trying to keep it light," Curran replied. "You're very button-down today. I'm trying to keep it light."
The Bruins took care of their biggest priority today as they reached agreement with Brad Marchand on an eight-year contract extension, according to several reports.
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Elliotte Friedman reports Marchand has agreed to an eight year, $49 million extension ($6.125 million per season) that will effectively allow him to finish his career in Boston.
It was felt the Bruins would have been playing with fire if they allowed Marchand -- a 37-goal scorer last year -- to start the season unsigned, especially after he ripped up the World Cup of Hockey competition on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby. Bruins president Cam Neely told CSN a couple of weeks ago that Boston was aiming to get the deal done with Marchand prior to the start of the regular season. In fact, they managed to get it done before the start of even the preseason.
Marchand has consistently said that he wants to finish out his career with the Bruins, who drafted and developed him and with whom he turned into an elite player in the last couple of years. He’s clearly taking a hometown discount to stick with Boston.
This is what Marchand said to CSN on breakup day last April:
“I obviously love being a part of this organization, this city and this team, and I don’t think this team is done having some good runs. I would love to be a part of this organization for the rest of my career, but the reality is when you look around the league that it doesn’t happen for many guys. We’ll deal with it when the time comes.”
Well, the time came and Marchand put his money where his sometimes big mouth usually is. The Bruins agitator easily could have demanded a yearly salary of $7 million-plus in free agency.
Credit to Don Sweeney and Neely for closing the deal with Marchand, and ticking one very important thing off their checklist that will help make the Bruins great again.