The New England Patriots' dynasty is ending, says ESPN's Todd McShay.
The Patriots — after trading Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams — have two first-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft and four of the top 63. There's widespread speculation they may be seeking Tom Brady's replacement late in the first round or package some of the picks to move up for one of the top quarterbacks in the class.
On his First Draft podcast with Mel Kiper Jr. this week, McShay discussed the Patriots' draft options and delivered his own speculation.
"This is the first time . . . that I've felt like you can feel it coming. Like legitimately feel like the end is nearing. The frustration from Brady. The Tom vs. time. There are very clear indicators there that it's tugging at him when is it going to be the end. He wants to play. His wife Giselle is kind of on him a little bit. He wants to be appreciated. You've never heard any of this stuff before."
He also added the people within the organization are acting "differently."
"People are acting differently in the organization for the first time ever. I'm sensing the end is coming soon and I just wonder, is Belichick planning on staying? Is he building for the future or, 'Hey let's get one or two more runs and he's going to move on?' "
McShay's comments add to past reports that the organization's leadership is seeking to move on.