A consensus has formed Tom Brady is highly unlikely to skip even a minute of training camp because of unhappiness with his contract.
Multiple outlets, however, also seem to agree that Brady is unhappy with his deal.
“I think on principle, Brady is disappointed that they haven’t stepped
up and done the right thing. We’ll see if something gets done,” Chris Mortensen said on NFL Live Friday, as transcribed by Mike Reiss. “I know from speaking to enough people that he’s unhappy and the
Patriots know he’s not all that happy. Ultimately,
he’ll show up and play, but I do believe he expects them to show up and
do the right thing at some point.”
And what’s the right thing?
“The right thing, to me, would put him in the $20 million per year range, which I think Peyton Manning is going to eventually get.”
Gulp. The Patriots have always espoused a financially disciplined approach that tries not to put anyone above the team. But we suspect the slow movement on Brady’s contract has less to do with principle, and more to do with the normal process of a negotiation this large.
This one is just playing out in public more than Manning’s, and certainly more than the Patriots would like.