Of course he did and of course he is. Stidham is saying the only thing he can about his development and the the GOATs looming decision which certainly impacts his own future. Brady is said to be taking a very methodical approach to his off-season, leaving all options on the table while he decides the best course of action. Brady hasn't been a free agent in his 20 year career and the 42 year old still has every desire to play until age 45, with or without the Patriots. While it's not a foregone conclusion Tom-Terrific is back in New England for another season, it's hard to believe owner Robert Kraft would allow the greatest player of all time to depart to another city, even if it meant the Patriots weren't as dominant as they have been in years past. For Jarrett Stidham, Brady's decision will dictate his playing status at least over the next season, and quite possibly beyond, but won't impact his readiness as he prepares to eventually be under center.