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"Growing sense of disconnect" between Pats, Tom Brady

NFL_brady4_250.jpgPatriots quarterback Tom Brady will enter the final year of his contract in 2010.  Serious talks on an extension have not yet commenced.

And Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports that a “growing sense of disconnect” has emerged between player and team.

Specifically, Silver writes that “no substantial talks” have occurred between Brady’s agents and the team.  If no deal happens before the 2010 season launches, Brady would then be forced to bear the risk of injury or ineffectiveness through 16 more regular-season games, and up to four postseason games.

If Brady makes it through 2010 in one piece with all ligaments intact, he gains plenty of leverage.  At a minimum, he’d be negotiating a long-term deal with the $15 million-plus power of the franchise tag.  At best, there will be no franchise tag in 2011, and he’ll be able to go to the highest bidder.  (Even if he’s franchised, wouldn’t a team desperate for a quarterback happily give up two first-round picks for him, especially if said team already plans to use one first-round pick on a guy who could be the next JaMarcus Russell?)

Silver believes that Brady will remain in New England for the long haul, but Silver also throws out the tantalizing possibility of Brady playing for a team that moves to his home of L.A., or possibly playing for the team for which he rooted as a kid, the 49ers.

And if he ever becomes an unrestricted free agent, chances are that someone else will offer Brady a record-breaking deal.  Though the Pats likely would try to match it, Brady could decide in the end that the Patriots had their chance to treat him properly, and that the team opted instead to force him to get through the 2010 season unscathed.

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  1. Ralph says: Jun 2, 2010 8:33 PM

    I hope they fight like cats and dogs. Couldn’t happen to a nicer franchise.

  2. SKINSFANTOM says: Jun 2, 2010 8:33 PM

    who the F cares?

  3. wkedklwnz says: Jun 2, 2010 8:36 PM

    Watch out Patriots, Silver is on another smear campaign.

  4. scoop.and.slam says: Jun 2, 2010 8:36 PM

    Only Florio would find a way to tie JaMarcus Russell into a non-story about Tom Brady

  5. monet99 says: Jun 2, 2010 8:36 PM

    yes just make up crap. Brady to Niners please stop.

  6. Gordon Ramsay says: Jun 2, 2010 8:38 PM

    Bollocks! Some jerk making waves. Brady and Kraft have a tight knit relationship. Do you really think he cares about money?

  7. Scalzo says: Jun 2, 2010 8:39 PM

    If the Pats loose Brady they are done. Official rebuilding will be commenced. Brady is the only reason they are contenders.

  8. ampats says: Jun 2, 2010 8:45 PM

    Must really be the off season!!
    Brady not a Patriot ????????
    Michael Silver’s rumor mongering has a very low % of actual fact.
    He also reported Vince Wilfork out of NE.
    Since it has been reported by Michael Silver of Yahoo, he is probably right, Brady will play for who???
    Vikings, Jaguars, Bills, Chargers, 49ers (no stadium LA?)
    Think about all the potential opportunities for Brady to play in LA ??
    Brady is not going anywhere, can’t say the same for the franchises listed above.

  9. kazkal says: Jun 2, 2010 8:45 PM

    Brady could the 10 TD’s and 50 Interceptions and a team would still give him a 100 million dollars.

  10. CT Pats Fan says: Jun 2, 2010 8:46 PM

    Wishful thinking. Brady is set for life, he knows it ($’s wise, anyway). If there’s a reason for the “disconnect” it’s the 30% rule imposed by the CBA (why don’t can’t reporters add 2+2?).
    Brady has always talked about “the next one” being the Superbowl he’s chasing. He’s a competitor. He knows the Pats are in rebuilding mode, with a very young roster, and he’s at the epicenter. He wants be playing like Curt Warner when he retires – at the top, with a great supporting cast. Where’s he going to get that? The Raiders? The 49ers? The L.A. Jaguars?
    All possibilities, but I’m guessing he’s willing to stick with the Devil he knows, the coach and the owner he knows and try get another ring or two before he retires.
    Unlike a lot of players out there, Brady knows (and has the luxury) that legacy is determined by what you do at the end of your career, not the beginning. The three rings are great, but he wants #4 to match his childhood hero Montana, and #5 to surpass him.

  11. Wardo says: Jun 2, 2010 8:51 PM

    He’d look nice in silver and black.

  12. vanhelsing says: Jun 2, 2010 8:56 PM

    more likely he would retire.
    i dont think he’s going anywhere except maybe into movies.

  13. Cro-Mags says: Jun 2, 2010 8:57 PM

    “If the Pats loose Brady they are done. Official rebuilding will be commenced. Brady is the only reason they are contenders.”
    Yeah, they won 11 games with a High School QB Einstein.

  14. CT Pats Fan says: Jun 2, 2010 9:01 PM

    @Scalzo: The Patriots are already rebuilding. That’s what 2008-2010 drafts were all about. But you’re right, in that they have the central player to build around – Brady, and all decisions are being made with his playing another 7 years for the team, in mind.

  15. contract says: Jun 2, 2010 9:03 PM

    A team would have to be insane to give up two 1st rd picks for a 34 year old QB.

  16. 8man says: Jun 2, 2010 9:05 PM

    Kraft isn’t going to pinch pennies and lose Brady. If Brady goes, it’ll be because another team has a lot more available money under any pending cap.
    That being said, that same team probably won’t have enough talent to be competitive and get him to another Super Bowl.
    Something will get done.

  17. blackglass says: Jun 2, 2010 9:06 PM

    I thought the Jaguars were going to become London United, our first Europe based team.

  18. kennethnoisewater says: Jun 2, 2010 9:07 PM

    Trade his ass before he retires to design dresses or whatever the hell he’s doing while spending his offseason away from the team facility.

  19. sukit says: Jun 2, 2010 9:07 PM

    Who cares the Patriots and Bellicheat are done.

  20. Gary says: Jun 2, 2010 9:09 PM

    Another low for the PFT boys, obviously another slow day at the plant.

  21. rjgreen3 says: Jun 2, 2010 9:10 PM

    don’t worry pats fans……….
    commissioner goofball would fine and suspend the entire cheating ass coaches and front office if that happened!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. GRpatriot says: Jun 2, 2010 9:16 PM

    I laughed after I read this story. Please, maybe Kraft is waiting for Manning to get his deal and then he can pay him more, even if it’s just a million on a long term contract.
    This is all supposition during a slow period. Remember nobody wanted this guy! The Patriots drafted him and he is a big part of the community…
    Tom, BB and Kraft will make sure a deal gets done! I can’t see him play for another team in his prime! Guys that are intregal parts of this Team have or will be resigned.
    It would be the equivalent of killing the goose that laid the golden egg! Get real! Silver is an idiot.

  23. this class sucks says: Jun 2, 2010 9:19 PM

    I like how you guys jump on Silver even though if you had read the actual article (and not the out of context quotes by the stupider of the two mikes) you would know that Silver believes he is staying put in NE. He speculated (almost comically) that Brady could wind up in LA if the Pats don’t give him what he wants.
    Think of this though, if Brady wants a Super Bowl, then he could go to the Vikings if they move to LA. A team with a better running game than Brady has ever played with as well as a better defense than he will be playing with anytime soon in NE. And what if he could talk Moss into going back with him? Add Moss to that team they are probably in the Super Bowl last year, add Moss and Brady and you have a real contender.
    Of course this is all speculation, but its fun to speculate. It just sucks when people are speculating that your favorite player might leave, so I understand if Pats fans are upset with this article.
    Btw: everyone who reads this remember it so Florio can’t take credit for the idea when he puts up the article with the exact same idea (Moss Brady to LA Vikings).

  24. sdffa11 says: Jun 2, 2010 9:21 PM

    the pats should be worried, not brady. brady have the leverage and can get anything he wants. every team would trade for him in a second if hes available except indy.

  25. NFLMMAfan says: Jun 2, 2010 9:27 PM

    Florio is such an ass. He copied this B S story to get hits.

  26. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jun 2, 2010 9:28 PM

    LOL!!! One thing Handsome Tom does NOT have to worry about is the “risk of injury” through “four playoff games”!!!
    Holy crap, way to overstate things again Florio. Handsome Tom’s biggest risk is having to play the Ravens again …. in the playoffs …. at home. VERY big risk of him crying for the TV cameras after another a$$-whipping

  27. JoeSixPack says: Jun 2, 2010 9:28 PM

    I’m surprised Silver didn’t put forth the theory of Brady going to Cleveland.
    Nothing would make Brady happier than a reunion with Mangini…
    And as far as Cleveland is concerned, what’s NOT to like? It’s a town with deep NFL roots (for example, a real NFL team, the Ravens, used to play there)
    … and Giselle will LOVE it… they’ve now got movie theatres and restaruants in Cleveland too.
    I definately see this as a possibility – that is, unless Brazil gets an NFL franchise, then it’s a no brainer – he plays for Brazil so his wife can be close to her family

  28. vanhelsing says: Jun 2, 2010 9:31 PM

    i didnt jump on silver. did any of youse guys jump on silver?
    what’s that idjit talkin’ ’bout?
    i think he wants to jump on silver.

  29. pacificamike says: Jun 2, 2010 9:37 PM

    we need to start listening to coach bellicheat

  30. Scalzo says: Jun 2, 2010 9:37 PM

    Just saying man Brady is a franchise QB. You cannot find them everyday. The Pats did do well when Brady went down but you don’t have another QB that’s a proven Superbowl winner. You get that kind of QB you keep him till he retires. I am just saying the Pats would be very foolish to let Brady go. I don’t think they will.

  31. Martin Keamy says: Jun 2, 2010 9:37 PM

    So…the man who took a pay cut to afford several key players for their 2007 run… suddenly, after his injury season, and then his surprisingly mediocre season all the sudden has become this transformed selfish brat?
    I do not like Tom Brady and I hate the pats…but one thing Brady is not is selfish.
    Next story.

  32. JoeSixPack says: Jun 2, 2010 9:38 PM

    In an odd way, there’s a bit of art to Silver’s football version of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” in linking Brady to LA and San Francisco
    (two places in which Kevin Bacon has lived!)

  33. SterilizeTHenry says: Jun 2, 2010 9:39 PM

    @ SKINSFANTOM: Umm, lots of us care. If this story pans out (and about 1 in 10 PFT posts do), this is MONSTER news.
    @ Cro-Mags: LMAO.
    @ Florio: No team expects to draft the next Jamarcus Russell in the first round. They always think they are drafting the next Peyton Manning. That being said, I don’t think people will be knocking down the Pats doors to give up two first round picks for Brady. But that all depends on how he performs this year. Will he revert back to 2007 form, or be the Tom Brady we saw destroyed by the Ravens in the playoffs last year?

  34. K1ng Moj1 says: Jun 2, 2010 9:41 PM

    Being a die hard jets fan i hate both the pats and brady, but i hate brady because hes so damn good. any team would take him and i would love to see him go. the pats are in trouble and arent winning the division this year. theres a chance they might not even make the playoffs. they need to improve and losing brady isnt the way2 do it. they need to take care of him and keep him there as long as they can……but for gang greens sake i hope he leaves

  35. Chris says: Jun 2, 2010 9:46 PM

    If I’m Al Davis, I mortgage the entire future of the franchise and trade for him…
    We started his career by the tuck rule, he owes us something…
    Hes from the West Coast…
    Bellicheck and Davis have done deals in recent years and/or taken Ex-players from each other- seymour, moss, warren, burgess, walter, etc…
    Its a fantasy, but hey, stranger things have happened…
    If I’m Al, I trade 3 first rounders and 2 second rounders.
    Thats right, 5 high draft picks, trade them whatever for him.
    He is the greatest QB of all time. Half the kids drafted NEVER pan out…
    Random college kids picked up in the draft…or…Greatest QB of all time
    Its like Michael Jordan, Play Jordan at center, PF,SF, SG, PG – dont matter
    If the G.O.A.T can be had (which he cant-mike silver hits the green wayyyy to much) you give ANYTHING for him.
    No player coming out in the next 100 years will be anything close to Brady, he’s golden.
    -The Raider Way

  36. Iron Wolf says: Jun 2, 2010 9:47 PM

    I know the Pats like Hoyer, but you don’t let a HOF go when he still has plenty left. Since Silver’s piece is predictably basis-free, he should just go circumcise himself.

  37. NYMets says: Jun 2, 2010 9:52 PM

    Pats are third in the division now.
    Jets
    Dolphins
    Patriots
    Read it and weep.

  38. NCRaiderDon says: Jun 2, 2010 9:55 PM

    2 first round picks for Brady?…wtf? I don’t comment on here very often, but that was so amusing, I almost launched beer through my nose…

  39. Steve says: Jun 2, 2010 9:58 PM

    Must be a slow day on Pro Football talk.com I think Silver should take a page out of LT’s comments “Dont Smoke crack”… Can you get him a real job…..

  40. Matt.Walsh says: Jun 2, 2010 10:05 PM

    Brady will be a Patriot until he retires
    Silver must live in the same cave as IAG

  41. Allied Biscuit says: Jun 2, 2010 10:13 PM

    Tom it’s very simple.
    Come to Minnesota next year. and bring Randy with you. We will gladly delay searching for a long term, young franchise quarterback. it’s what we do.

  42. Meat Tuperello says: Jun 2, 2010 10:31 PM

    Chris, there story isn’t about Peyton Manning, who is clearly the best in the game.

  43. BLeedGreeN4Life says: Jun 2, 2010 10:40 PM

    Who cares? All of his success is based around cheating anyway.

  44. robert ethen says: Jun 2, 2010 10:43 PM

    The Brady-Bunchden family can’t afford Tom being away at work so much. Since Giselle makes triple the money in a fraction of the time. Someone has to change diapers.

  45. chhutson27 says: Jun 2, 2010 10:51 PM

    Because Belichick would just toss Tom Brady out the window for Hoyer, and guy who would be entering his third year? The likelihood of any of this crap happening is right up there with Jarwalrus Russel breaking Tom’s touchdown record next year, the Lions going 19-0, and Lendale White rushing for 2000 yards.

  46. Little Tommy says: Jun 2, 2010 10:54 PM

    They deserve each other…hope the whole thing self-destructs!

  47. CT.GIANTMAN says: Jun 2, 2010 10:57 PM

    This is as far from reality as the idiot who wrote
    it, and NBC, PFT for printing it! Kraft is all about
    winning & bling, without Brady, they trade for who, Matt Cassell, DUH! I got get one these jobs!
    BTW-GOOD JOB STEVE! If you write a story, let me know!

  48. Matt says: Jun 2, 2010 11:10 PM

    Cro-Mags says: June 2, 2010 8:57 PM
    ***************************************
    STREET JUSTICE

  49. Insomniac says: Jun 2, 2010 11:11 PM

    I suppose the same is true for Manning?

  50. FinFan says: Jun 2, 2010 11:29 PM

    Tom brady to oakland, jamarcus becomes patriot, sanchez becomes a latino hooker, miami becomes superbowl champs

  51. dlmcc0909 says: Jun 3, 2010 12:17 AM

    Brady isnt going anywhere. End of story. anyone writing otherwise like Silver is just looking to make a headline.

  52. Green n' Gold says: Jun 3, 2010 12:22 AM

    Pats management isn’t stupid. You think they’re going to lock this guy up and give him the keys to the vault one year removed from an ACL injury? No freaking way…
    If they didn’t have legitimate concerns about his play, this deal would have been done after last year.
    Facts are, how hungry is this guy after winning multiple Super Bowls, and does he still have IT? Last year just brought more questions than answers, was it the injury, or were some of those under thrown balls to Moss something more?
    Brady will be under a microscope like no other the first four weeks. Any cracks and management won’t touch ol’ Tom with a 10ft. poll.
    Business is business…

  53. FumbleNuts says: Jun 3, 2010 12:43 AM

    Mike Teel will lead this team…Mark that down.

  54. TheSleepness says: Jun 3, 2010 12:54 AM

    be crazy to see Brady in a uniform other then NE but as we all know Montana was a Chief and Favre is/was a Viking…Brady to SF actually wouldn’t be a bad move for him but NE would be nuts to part ways with him.

  55. stubabe says: Jun 3, 2010 1:42 AM

    Joe Six Pack and Fin Fan tie for first for cleverest
    comments made about a non-story. Keep the mirth coming.

  56. patpatriotagain says: Jun 3, 2010 1:58 AM

    Silver is the only tool bigger than Florio. No quotations from the team, just a lot of he COULD do this…this COULD happen. Hypothetically He COULD sign for 150 bucks and win four SB’s. both scenarios are equally unrealistic. Listen to the quotes of…you know, the owner?

  57. sukit says: Jun 3, 2010 2:05 AM

    How many rings would he have if they had not cheated. Oh yeah none!

  58. Brohamma says: Jun 3, 2010 5:32 AM

    Oh man! Seriously Mike, I’d like to hear what you think on this.
    I want to see you step in front of that camera and tell me that Brady will not be a Patriot. Can you? No, and here’s why… because you know that Mr. Kraft will NOT let him walk. In fact, I’m more in the camp that they are waiting for Manning to sign his deal so that they can come over the top of it.
    Brady took a contract in 2005 that many said was “one for the team.” The probable “hand-shake deal” that went along with that is just around the corner.
    This is a non-story. Care to make a wager Mike?

  59. SeriousRadio says: Jun 3, 2010 5:34 AM

    Only the desperate Pat fans don’t realize what the professional evaluators are aware of: Brady is on the twilight side of his career. Sure, he is the face of the franchise, but he doesn’t need the money, and he is more focused on being Mr. Bundchen than enduring the rigors of an NFL QB. He is no Brett Farve in terms of durability, and his injuries will increase as he accumulates more hits. I think the Pats will regret not drafting Dez Bryant, or even Tebow or Clausen – someone to be groomed now by Brady.

  60. Steve W. says: Jun 3, 2010 6:09 AM

    Trade his ass before he retires to design dresses or whatever the hell he’s doing while spending his offseason away from the team facility.
    _______________________________
    Kenneth, grow up man. Designing dresses? What is that, a cross between the fact that his wife is a supermodel and that godaddy commercial? You want to know what he’s doing in the offseason? He’s spending time with his two young sons and his wife. God forbid he miss an optional camp designed for rookies and players new to the system (neither of which applies to him). He’s going to be there for the first OTA designed for veteran players.
    Hate on the Patriots all you want, but even a Patriot hater has to admit (in those rare honest non-homer moments) that Brady is pretty much the ultimate team player. The reason his contract extension is so difficult to put together right now is that he volunteered to have his contract reworked so that the Patriots could sign Moss. Because of that, his base salary is quite low given his production. That makes his extension rather difficult given the 30% rule.
    As for cutting him, or letting him go without a fight, that’s not very likely. Kraft has made the Patriots one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. While that is largely due to Kraft’s business skills, you can’t ignore Brady’s impact. He’s become the golden boy of the NFL. Peyton Manning skill level, but better on camera (Peyton has a nice presence as well, and his SNL bits were hilarious). Brady has helped turn the Patriots into an international success, both for what he’s done on the field and because of his star power (having an internationally famous wife doesn’t hurt either).
    Quite simply, Brady gives the Patriots their best chance at success, and he’s pretty much their golden goose. Kraft is too smart to give that up before he has too, and Brady seems like the kind of guy that would like to retire playing for the team that he had his success with. I really don’t see him going elsewhere simply to chase a bigger payday. He seems perfectly comfortable with his financial situation (remember, he was drafted in the sixth round, so he probably didn’t start out expecting to make a whole lot of money). The Patriots would really have to mess up big time to lose Brady.

  61. Dawn says: Jun 3, 2010 6:40 AM

    Chris says: We started his career by the tuck rule, he owes us something…
    ————————————————-
    “You” didn’t start Brady’s career with the tuck rule. Mo Lewis did when he layed Drew Bledsoe out.

  62. Patsfansince73 says: Jun 3, 2010 7:42 AM

    Hey Chris -
    We Patriots fans will admit that was a fumble when you clowns admit it wasn’t roughing the passer.
    And while we are at it – how about letting our boys take out one of your best players and confine him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. And when it happens don’t expect an apology for it either.
    Raiders have and always will suck….but their fans swallow…..

  63. Steve W. says: Jun 3, 2010 7:45 AM

    SeriousRadio, I’m far from a desperate Pats fan (I’m a hopeful Eagles fan actually), and I question any so-called expert that wants to make a twilight of his career statement about Brady. The only reason to say something like that at this point is because of his age, and Peyton is older than Brady. Any real expert wouldn’t make a rush judgment about a QB who is returning from an ACL injury. Add to that the fact that he was playing on a team whose O-line didn’t perform as well as it had in the past, and whose defense was nowhere near as good as it was in the past, and it would be foolish to expect Brady to do as well last year as he did before. Oh, and despite those changes, he still led his team to 11 wins and the division championship. That “analysis” sounds to me more like wishful thinking and/or an attempt by some “analysts” to get some attention. Maybe he is on the down swing, but nothing we’ve seen so far shows that.

  64. BonnieD says: Jun 3, 2010 7:49 AM

    Didn’t his wife make like 75 million dollars last year? What does he need the Pats for?

  65. Sloan says: Jun 3, 2010 7:56 AM

    SeriousRadio says:
    June 3, 2010 5:34 AM
    Only the desperate Pat fans don’t realize what the professional evaluators are aware of: Brady is on the twilight side of his career. Sure, he is the face of the franchise, but he doesn’t need the money, and he is more focused on being Mr. Bundchen than enduring the rigors of an NFL QB. He is no Brett Farve in terms of durability, and his injuries will increase as he accumulates more hits. I think the Pats will regret not drafting Dez Bryant, or even Tebow or Clausen – someone to be groomed now by Brady.
    **************************************
    Another dumbass post!!

  66. JimmySmith says: Jun 3, 2010 8:02 AM

    Trade 2 first rounders and throw in an employment deal for Matt Walsh to join Brady at his new team. Tom is missing the advantage that enabled the Patriots to win Superbowls.

  67. fresno500 says: Jun 3, 2010 8:05 AM

    The sad fact is since returning from his injury of a few years back, he has been the Shawn Bradley of the NFL. All the accolades for past performance.
    His tenure is obviously NOT tied to current performance.

  68. My Coke Can says: Jun 3, 2010 8:23 AM

    The people who think this is a dumb post are the pats fans who realize that this could possibly happen and then your team would suck. I hope he does leave they have been screwing with players for years. Kharma is a bitch!

  69. Beastie Bills says: Jun 3, 2010 8:27 AM

    “If no deal happens before the 2010 season launches, Brady would then be forced to bear the risk of injury or ineffectiveness through 16 more regular-season games, and up to four postseason games.”
    Don’t worry. He won’t need to play in four postseason games.

  70. QJ1984 says: Jun 3, 2010 8:51 AM

    Pats fans amuse me. Just because he at one point decided that he had enough money and would take less than his market value doesnt mean he will this time around. He did that BEFORE a major injury that could have ended his career. AND BEFORE he had two children and a wife to think about.
    This is likely his last major contract and like many other players at this stage in their careers he will try to get all that he can get. Bank on it.

  71. PFTiswhatitis says: Jun 3, 2010 8:59 AM

    Gotta love these basis-free discussions. NOTHING to it, NOTHING. Kraft and Brady are as tight as it gets and there is absolutely no discontent other than what Silver has made-up and Florio tried to promote.
    Basis-free, just like the post by the NYC fanboy above where the Jets and Phins complete the year ahead of the Pats. In your dreams bud.

  72. Duan says: Jun 3, 2010 9:01 AM

    Brady has played in four super bowls, winning three of them and losing his last one, which would have given him a perfect season and legendary status.
    He’s 32 years old, knowing Belicheck after this year, it’s time to start working on the future and they really pushed themselves back a year by letting Matt Cassell go.
    32 is not old, but when a guy has won three supr bowls in the midst of his career and loses the last one, its hard to say he still has the fire in his belly.
    I think they will hit the reset button on the QB position, I hate to say it – but if you don’t try to cut ties with him now, when will they?
    When it’s another blown injury too late?
    So I can understand the method behind the madness, if they are in no hurry to resign him.

  73. Sloan says: Jun 3, 2010 9:12 AM

    fresno500 says:
    June 3, 2010 8:05 AM
    The sad fact is since returning from his injury of a few years back, he has been the Shawn Bradley of the NFL. All the accolades for past performance.
    His tenure is obviously NOT tied to current performance.
    *****************************************
    So he misses 1 season because of a freak injury,everyone (all the haters) said he would never be the same.
    He comes back and has the second best season statistically of his career and now he’s the Shawn Bradley of the NFL.
    Yet another dumbass post!!!

  74. pondbridge says: Jun 3, 2010 9:29 AM

    I guess that Silver’s motto is that if you don’t have any facts, just dabble in idle speculation. Incredible that the Yahoo Sports site would hire a grade z journalist. Wasn’t he already booted from SI? What’s next– regional shopper free newspapers?
    Afraid that its Hi yo Silver! to your career as a sports journalist, turkey.

  75. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Jun 3, 2010 9:29 AM

    Silver believes that Brady will remain in New England for the long haul, but Silver also throws out the tantalizing possibility of Brady playing for a team that moves to his home of L.A., or possibly playing for the team for which he rooted as a kid, the 49ers.
    And if he ever becomes an unrestricted free agent, chances are that someone else will offer Brady a record-breaking deal. Though the Pats likely would try to match it, Brady could decide in the end that the Patriots had their chance to treat him properly, and that the team opted instead to force him to get through the 2010 season unscathed.

    IF
    If my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle.
    If Rosie O’Donnell had Scarlett Johansen’s face, she’d be a pretty good lookin’ broad.
    If-if-if. If Brady plays for the 9-ers, I’ll eat a bug. What a non-story!
    This is why I love this site you rumor-mongoring, conspiracy-theorizing, Italian leprechan. Living the dream, you mo.

  76. Derlowemann says: Jun 3, 2010 10:14 AM

    So next year when Brady and the Pats split and Big Ben chokes his way out of Pitt. Brady can come over and wear the black and gold. Pitt needs a better role model after 2 straight years of Rapethemburger and his antics.

  77. BearMan54 says: Jun 3, 2010 11:44 AM

    Any Brett Favre news?????

  78. youdontsay says: Jun 3, 2010 11:53 AM

    Hmmm, wishful thinking by silver who grew up in and was a SF writer. Brady ain’t going nowhere and silver is an idiot looking to just make some noise. He’s got chutzpah that’s for sure, especially after tweeting and reporting that Wilfork was definitely out in NE. C’mon, you think the Kraft’s (stupid businessmen they are NOT) would let the best QB in the NFL walk? Another great inside scoop by michael silver.

  79. TheToolofTools says: Jun 3, 2010 12:11 PM

    Notice how Tom Brady was not quoted anywhere in this non story.

  80. JoeSixPack says: Jun 3, 2010 12:40 PM

    fresno500 says: The sad fact is since returning from his injury of a few years back, he has been the Shawn Bradley of the NFL. All the accolades for past performance.
    You seem to know as much about football as you do about basketball
    Bradley had career averages of 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds 2.5 blocks per game and no championship rings.
    Bradley never did anything substantial in the NBA – you can’t compare that to Brady at all, even if you are citing the “years since returning from his injury”.
    Do you actually know when Brady was injured? Or are you surprised that he’s yet to throw a TD in 2010 – which would be the 2nd year since returning from his injury?

  81. ItalianArnyGuy says: Jun 3, 2010 1:22 PM

    Tom can’t win a SB without cheating.
    Big Ben rules!

  82. stamp_farm says: Jun 3, 2010 3:20 PM

    Look, nobody stands like a mountain. The team will not go home in the middle of the game when the Quarterback is down.
    This is the same theory that the military is base on. The leader goes down the next man on line steps up.
    So, Brady will not brake or make the Patriot. It will still be there when Tom is long gone.

  83. 55 says: Jun 3, 2010 4:53 PM

    Tom Brady is a joke. The team hasn’t done anything for years. Losing him wouldn’t break my heart. The team will be fine without him. Bye-bye Brady.

  84. Bious says: Jun 3, 2010 5:17 PM

    My goodness, it is called negotiating people
    Tom will be just fine and will sign a contract soon
    Why does the media always jump off a cliff with these stories which are planted by one side? Good god

  85. HC says: Jun 3, 2010 6:47 PM

    Wow, a whole lot of assumptions and speculation here by Silver – and even more in this comments section.
    Most important fact overlooked is the 30% rule. Unless Brady is willing to pay for about $4 million, he needs to wait to have his contract extended.
    Another thing is nobody knows what the cap will be in 2011 – or if there will be no salary cap. In a way it really makes sense for both sides to wait until after the CBA is done to work out a new deal. Patriots usually assign about 10-12% of the cap to the QB, they’ll probably do the same again.
    Not sure why so many believe Brady is done. Some cite his age, but he’s two years younger than Manning – and nobody’s saying anything about him being finished. The guy threw for 4400 yards and 28 touchdowns, a TD/INT ratio of over 2:1, and a QB rating over 96; it’s a very short list of quarterbacks that had a better season than that and none of them were recovering from major knee surgery.
    If you read the entire Kraft quote from the Boston Globe and not just the couple of sentences Silver used, it’s obvious he is intent on signing him to an extension. But Silver – who burnt his bridges with any access to Brady or the Pats in 2007 – got what he wanted: an article that created a lot of buzz and generated a ton of web hits to his employer’s site.

  86. Chris says: Jun 4, 2010 2:20 AM

    sorry took so long for me to clap back at you haters…
    no one will probably see this but ok here it goes…
    1) Manning can never be the greatest. 1 SB win over Rex Grossman and that sorry bears team in the rain? HA! thats all you got for me? Trent Dilfer has the same amount of rings that Tom Brady does. And at the end of the day thats how you measure greatness, the rings…
    2) Mo Lewis can lay out whoever, Enter Brady. No playoff win in the snow, you dont advance, its all good, that was karma for the roughing the passer BS call against New England from back in the day that saved us in that game, so we had that one coming back, but now its time to give a lil something your way sometime in the near future…
    3) Swallow? ha, now i know you must rather get no action or have a butt-ugly girl to bring up a sexual reference in a football chat.
    Raiders-3 hard earned SB rings with all the BS calls against us that kept us out of how many ‘ships i dunno, which is all well documented by our good friends on NFL filsm
    Patriots-3 suspect!!!!!! rings with all types of spygate and shady stuff going on, come on dude, you cant be serious with that stuff, WHAT COMMISSIONER DESTROYS EVIDENCE EVER? that fast? why would he do that anyways, in what court of anything in America do we destroy the evidence…
    The patriots were apart and responsible for 1 of the darkest moments in the NFL, its up there with Donaghey fixing NBA games, it questions the integrity of the game.
    You think Tyree catches a ball on his helmet for nothing? Its Karma baby… and it aint done yet, the next year Brady goes down, now Moss wants out, whats next? I think pretty much your run is over… and F brady too, F Manning , F rapistberger, all those jerks, Kurt Warner, Favre, Brees, now those are some QBs with integrity on and OFF the field.
    -game over.

  87. Kappy says: Jun 4, 2010 10:08 AM

    Not a Pats fan, but Tom Brady will be just fine. He had that massive knee injury and it takes 2 years to come back, be at 100% and shake off any and all rust from being out for a whole season. Brady had last season, which was still a top 10 season but bad by his standards, to shake the rust and get in game shape. He will be hitting on all cylinders this season. Randy Moss is also in a contract season, so he will be motivated. When these 2 are on top of their game, there is no defense in the league that can stop them. This is not to mention that the Pats old defense is old no more; but is rather young and experienced now. The Pats are the class of the AFC in 2010 and I would put my money on them for SB champs this season. They play in a tough division, but where the other 2 over-hyped teams (Jets & Phins) are top-heavy on one side of the ball, the Pats are the most well-rounded team in the division, the conference, and possibly the NFL. Pats will run off a 12-4, 13-3 record this season, #1 seed (while the Free Agent Super Bowl Champ Jets will go 6-10 and miss the playoffs) and the Pats will have a rematch from 2007 against the Giants in the the 2010 Super Bowl.

  88. Mike Daly says: Jun 5, 2010 4:15 PM

    Predictions -
    1 – There will be no LA team – the market for one is not there, so Brady will not play in LA; the two most-rumored teams to move are the Jaguars and Vikings; Jacksonville will become a bi-city team (Orlando-Jax Jaguars) and the Vikings will get some kind of luxury box deal for their stadium.
    2 – The Patriots will franchise Brady – there is no scenario in which they pay him the $20 million per year that’s rumored to be his asking price based on Peyton Manning’s pending new deal (which likely won’t get close to $20 million per year either because the sport has started a market correction) – and there is also no scenario short of severe injury and/or a massive deterioration of his game that they let him go.

  89. Mike Daly says: Jun 5, 2010 4:27 PM

    Chris is not just wrong, he’s dishonest -
    1 – Trent Dilfer has one ring; Brady has three.
    2 – Karma is a myth. The Patriots won against the Raiders in 2001 because they earned it.
    3 – Raiders – the dirtiest team in football who got all the penalties because they insisted on playing stupid football; and yet they benefitted more than most by bogus calls (roughing the passer, late hits not called, the deliberate fumble against the Chargers, etc.) Their 1998-2002 success came despite themselves – they had a coach who actually built a real roster and ownership destroyed it.
    4 – There was never anything suspect about the Patriots success. Spygate was about a commissioner who didn’t read his own rulebook, persisted in being ignorant of it, governs by taking things personally, and thus smeared Belichick as a cheater when there was no cheating – Belicheck’s reading of the rule was the correct one. “No commissioner ever destroys evidence.” Oh yes they do – they destroy it when it can’t be secured, and the evidence he destroyed was leaked by his wife.
    5 – There is no such thing as Karma. As for dark periods in league history, the success of the Raiders qualifies; the success of the Patriots remains among the league’s brightest periods.

  90. sharkattack says: Jul 5, 2010 11:28 PM

    Wow, I’m no Pats fan, but all these haters are blind to, or refuse to acknowledge they are the best ran franchise in the NFL.
    As for the cheating thing, everyone did it, and everyone still does.
    BB has just been a better coach than anyone else over the course of the last decade.
    The Jets? please…
    The Bills? Chile please
    The Dolphins? well they are the only other contenders in this division.
    Pats take it again in 2010.

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