Patriots Saying Goodbye To Tom Brady
The Patriots are saying goodbye to Tom Brady, it appears.
With Brady set to become a unrestricted free agent this offseason, it feels like the Hall of Famer wants all potential suitors to roll out a red carpet for him.
After having spent his entire career with one organization, it seems like he genuinely wants to be wooed a little.
The other organizations he has been linked to will do just that.
The Los Angeles Rams, Las Vegas Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans will probably make him feel real special.
New England, though? That is just not head coach Bill Belichick’s way.
Belichick does not like to beg people to come join him. He does not like to overpay for aging talent.
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) February 3, 2020
And that could prove to be a problem when it comes time to negotiate with Brady.
Some have speculated that perhaps team owner Robert Kraft would step in and force Belichick’s hand – essentially make him bring Brady back.
According to Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston, Kraft has pledged to let the Brady situation unfold however Belichick wants it to.
“The owner has declared many times he wants Brady to remain a Patriot,” Curran wrote.
“But my understanding is that, just as he wouldn’t force Brady to stay under a franchise tag, he won’t intercede if Belichick concludes moving on from Brady is the best course of action.”
Brady is turning 43 before the start of next season. He is reportedly seeking top dollar for his next contract, and he apparently wants the team to go out and find him more Antonio Brown-like talent to play alongside.
At the end of the day, the asking price might just be too steep for Belichick.
Are the Patriots definitely saying goodbye to Brady this offseason? Obviously not. Anything can happen.
But is there a very good chance it will happen? Absolutely.