Tom Brady, Patriots Annoyed With Each Other
Tom Brady and the Patriots are annoyed with each other over a recent report.
With a month to go until free agency officially kicks off, tensions are at an all-time high between New England the quarterback that led them to six Super Bowl victories.
Recently, a report came out that the Patriots were willing to offer Brady a two-year, $60 million deal to retain him.
On its face, this should not be a bad thing. It signals that New England wants Brady back, and that the team will do what is necessary to retain him.
Unfortunately, neither side seemed especially happy about the terms of the proposed deal leaking out.
According to Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston, Brady did not appreciate the report because it “missed the point” of what he wanted from the organization.
It is not simply about money for the future Hall of Famer, even though he does want to be compensated fairly on his final deal.
Brady also wants additional offensive weapons. He wants to see the Patriots target guys like A.J. Green and Hunter Henry, so he is not entirely reliant on Julian Edelman any time he wants to move down field.
New England brass seemed equally peeved about the report getting out. Although the team does want to offer Brady $30 million annually over two years, public knowledge of the deal “created a false expectation” before the two sides could even begin to negotiate.
The most interesting thing about both sides being irritated right now is that it speaks to just how far apart they are in regards to a potential reunion.
This is not a situation like the one the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees are facing, where all parties involved want to work together and it is just a matter of whether the legendary quarterback wants to retire or not.
In this case, Brady is very legitimately exploring his options as they pertain to possibly going elsewhere.
If Brady opts to depart from New England, the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts are viewed as the favorites to potentially sign him.