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Speculation persists of a Tom Brady holdout

John Clayton of ESPN has suggested that Pats quarterback Tom Brady may hold out of training camp.  In response, Tom Curran of CSN New England essentially has asked for some of what Clayton had been smoking.

But the speculation isn’t dissipating.  Brady widely is believed to be unhappy with the Patriots; ESPN’s Chris Mortensen recently floated the possibility of a short absence by Brady, aimed at making a point to the Pats.  So as Comcast launches in the near future ads in which Brady pitches the cable company’s NFL offerings, PFT Daily looks at whether Brady himself could be a major topic of conversation on NFL Network once training camps open.

 
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54 Responses to “Speculation persists of a Tom Brady holdout”
  1. aligreene says: Jul 23, 2010 10:04 AM

    wow,kind of strange Brady working on a one year deal,when other players are getting signed

  2. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 23, 2010 10:07 AM

    I’m with Tom Curran on this. The rest of the media clowns have no clue.

  3. Monarch says: Jul 23, 2010 10:07 AM

    He’s no thug, he’ll be there

  4. Ace613 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:08 AM

    Really? Why would he have shown up to mandatory OTA’s just to skip training camp?
    I am going to pull a page out of Claytons book…watch this:
    Manning and Revis may hold out this year. Its not definate but its a possibility….Wow that was hard!!!

  5. downwithdansnyder says: Jul 23, 2010 10:09 AM

    And who are their other quarterbacks?

  6. DonTerrelli says: Jul 23, 2010 10:11 AM

    No surprise there. He has won 3 Super Bowls and is scheduled to “only” make $3.5 mil this year, while Pey-Pey wil make $15.8 and has only won 1 SB. Go figure. Shoo, Mike Vike and Marc Bulger will make more than Dreamboat.

  7. CJ SPILLER says: Jul 23, 2010 10:11 AM

    Speculation persists of a Tom Brady’s gayness.

  8. jj jones says: Jul 23, 2010 10:13 AM

    A little off topic but does anybody else get nauseous listening to Jim Nantz fawn over Tom Brady and the Patriots when calling one of their games?
    People complain about ESPN being soft. But with a CBS restaurant at the stadium and the president of CBS sitting in Robert Kraft’s suite, do we expect any CBS announcer to actually criticize the Patriots?

  9. BCGreg says: Jul 23, 2010 10:13 AM

    Being from Boston, there is NO story here! Nothing is being reported. While there’s been no movement, there is nothing out there that suggests any animosity.
    Mortensen “floats” something out there? Really? That’s worth reporting? Anyone can “float” anything out there. Let me try.
    It’s possible that Peyton Manning could hold out if he wants. It’s possible that Revis could hold out.
    Will you stop with this nonsense! I know that your Patriot stories get the most hits, but this is just silly.

  10. Florio-is-a-tool says: Jul 23, 2010 10:14 AM

    Speculation continues Florio is married to a beard…

  11. BCGreg says: Jul 23, 2010 10:15 AM

    @Ace613
    Honestly, I didn’t read your post before I sent mine. There were ZERO comments when I submitted mine.

  12. steelerfan9598 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:17 AM

    His wife makes 30 mill a year? I knew models got paid but, damn! He should retire ;)

  13. BCGreg says: Jul 23, 2010 10:19 AM

    @ CJ SPILLER
    Wow. Original. Good luck in Buffalo.

  14. dafish says: Jul 23, 2010 10:21 AM

    I will happily accept Tom Brady as the quarterback of the 2010 Jacksonville Jaguars.

  15. Citizen Strange says: Jul 23, 2010 10:25 AM

    Even if he’s not physically in camp hopefully Brady will be able to continue to lecture his teammates on how they should be tougher and work harder poolside from his mansion in Beverly Hills. That always goes over pretty well with everybody.

  16. Duan says: Jul 23, 2010 10:33 AM

    @ DonTerrelli – you make an excellent point.
    I think Belicheck has started looking towards the future! Granted Tom Brady has won three Super Bowls, but his lastSuper Bowl, he lost!
    He lost on the biggest stage, with history on his back and he didn’t get it done. After seeing what happened with Lebron James – loyalty doesn’t mean sh*t! The organization doesn’t owe it to the players and the players don’t owe it to the organization.
    I seriously believe, if Matt Cassell didn’t go to the Chiefs – Belicheck would slide him in that quarterback spot, the same way Brady slid into the spot after Bledsoe.
    No way Tom Brady gets a long term deal after losing that Super Bowl and he is 32 going on 33. The Patriots are in rebuild mold already, Belicheck is trying to get ahead of the curve of the quote on quote decline of a roster. Especially, considering the current collective bargaining agreement.
    It’s cruel, but it’s business as usual with Belicheck! You seriously have to consider that angle?

  17. PFK says: Jul 23, 2010 10:37 AM

    The analogy that pertains here is the guy who loves his watch because it tells the correct time twice a game.
    These media losers throw crap against the wall, and in those rare instances where it comes true, they spend the rest of the year patting themselves on the back. Yet when the myriad times they are wrong, they are no where to be seen.
    Sports journalism is a wonderful world. There is absolutely no accountability required….and no shame.
    Never has so much time been wasted on a rumor that has less substance. I think we should be concentrating on those rumors of Florio’s spousal abuse. See anyone can make it up as they go along.

  18. ampats says: Jul 23, 2010 10:37 AM

    How did John Clayton get his job?
    ESPN is so disconnected from Foxboro it is not funny.
    Let us know when Tedi Bruschi reports this.

  19. MBurkett says: Jul 23, 2010 10:42 AM

    Brady’s 3 Super Bowls ere compliments of Belicheats’ defensive photography. What has he done lately?

  20. GRpatriot says: Jul 23, 2010 10:43 AM

    1st. it’s 6.5 Mil. he got a bonus 3 Mil. in March
    2nd. this is regurgitated from last week
    3rd. Mortenson doesn’t have anything new!
    Last week Brady and Welker were at UCLA working out together to get ready for camp. Documented and pictures available, for those who are interested. Does that sound like someone who is going to hold out?
    Brady could wait for Manning so that Kraft can make damn sure he pays Tom more than Manning…Has anyone even considered that?
    4th. Where is Payton Mannings deal???? Irsay is on the record stating,”Manning will be the highest paid player in the League!” Polian later said, maybe in the fall but, both sides are talking and laying the groundwork for the contract!
    5th. Favre, Manning and Brady are all in their final year! Drip, drip, drip….

  21. Bell63 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:54 AM

    Couldn’t these rumors apply to anyone who is in the market for a new contract soon? Brady seems like one of the most unlikely people to hold out – he has never made a big deal about contracts, and has actually taken a cut in order to benefit the team. This seems like a whole lot of nothing.

  22. GRpatriot says: Jul 23, 2010 10:55 AM

    @ Mburkett grow up the Patriots were 18-1 after the scandel!
    @ Don I think Belicheck has started looking towards the future! Granted Tom Brady has won three Super Bowls, but his lastSuper Bowl, he lost!
    Not only is this wrong!!! Brady got the lead and the defense gave it up! 14-10 with 2mins left. Tyrell had his 1 NFL catch that was superglued to his helmet. Remember. Brady didn’t lose that Superbowl, the Giants eeked it out! The defense choked, not Tom Brady!!!

  23. dyims says: Jul 23, 2010 10:56 AM

    The only thing florio is trying to do is to inflate the “inside” knowledge that all these so-called correspondents seem to think they have. I’m glad that all of these “correspondents” are best buds with Tom and know exactly what he’s thinking and planning to do.

  24. njhitman says: Jul 23, 2010 10:57 AM

    MBurkett says:
    July 23, 2010 10:42 AM
    Brady’s 3 Super Bowls ere compliments of Belicheats’ defensive photography. What has he done lately?
    ————————————
    Well he had a bum locked up for taking something out of his trash other wise NOTHING beside cry to the refs about nothing to get a flag.

  25. njhitman says: Jul 23, 2010 11:03 AM

    MBurkett says:
    July 23, 2010 10:42 AM
    Brady’s 3 Super Bowls ere compliments of Belicheats’ defensive photography. What has he done lately?
    ——————-
    Don’t forget about having the reporters shot at at his wedding which later we found out it was Florio. So the cops filed no charges and sent the bodyguards to target school (to learn how to shot better for the next time Mike’s in town ) Don’t miss guys

  26. Batman says: Jul 23, 2010 11:12 AM

    @ Duan
    I seriously believe, if Matt Cassell didn’t go to the Chiefs – Belicheck would slide him in that quarterback spot, the same way Brady slid into the spot after Bledsoe.
    Um…Einstein..They traded Cassell BECAUSE they had Brady. I dont understand your (this hurts me to say) Logic. Yeah..Brady is obviously on the decline. I mean only real good QBs win the superbowl year after year. Like Marino…oh wait.
    Your a dope

  27. j.e.t.s. suck suck suck says: Jul 23, 2010 11:16 AM

    TIIIMMBBBERRRRRRRRRRR

  28. CJ SPILLER says: Jul 23, 2010 11:18 AM

    BCGreg says:
    July 23, 2010 10:19 AM
    @ CJ SPILLER
    Wow. Original. Good luck in Buffalo.
    ____________________________
    Thanks, I thought it was good too and so original………Good luck to your Patsies…..I might even hate the Jet’s more.

  29. scooter7 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:21 AM

    @PFK
    “Sports journalism is a wonderful world. There is absolutely no accountability required.”
    I’m sorry, PFK, are you a sports journalist? No? So maybe you should shut the f*** up and stop talking about stuff you don’t have a clue about.
    Oh by the way, before you ask the ridiculously stupid follow-up question … yes, I AM a spors journalist. Have been for the past 23 years. And if you had ANY clue about the scrutiny and accountability we have to deal with every day, you (and the rest of jerkoffs who make snide remarks about the profession) would stop making such assinine comments about the jobs we do … and do well.
    If you think it’s so damn easy being a journalist, I wholeheartedly welcome you to apply for a job anywhere, at any level. My guess is your GED-level education won’t get you very far.

  30. HarrisonHits says: Jul 23, 2010 11:43 AM

    There in no speculation that the Crypt Keeper is a brainless idiot that makes mentally deficient chipmunks look intelligent, that is well known fact.
    Anyone who thinks Brady will hold out knows nothing about how he has dealt with the team in the past and very little about him. These idiots are just tossing sh*t against a wall and hoping to create a story / controversy out of nothing.
    Crap like this is why one of the biggest reeks in the country comes from Bristol, and why I have not allowed anyone to put ESPN on my tv for the last 3 years, with the sole exception of when they are broadcasting an NFL game and then I watch for the NFL, not because is Sh*tSPN.
    If a meteor fell on their studios and killed every last one of those morons I doubt a tear would be shed anywhere in the world over them being gone.

  31. BenRapistberger says: Jul 23, 2010 11:45 AM

    Where is the Peyton Manning holdout non-story?
    He’s in the last year of his deal.

  32. dafish says: Jul 23, 2010 11:56 AM

    Ouch, scooter. “spors journalist”? Life sucks without the luxury of an editor.
    Obviously any douchebag with a website can do this job. Just throw it against the wall and see if it sticks.
    And yes, PFK is correct. There IS no accountability in sports journalism.
    Do you print a retraction on every bit of speculation you get wrong? No.

  33. jcjets says: Jul 23, 2010 12:08 PM

    It is pretty effed up for the team to let Brady go into camp without a contract for next year, but I doubt he’ll hold out.
    Revis has only done it for one year, and has 3 years left on his deal ..Tom Brady is the best QB we’ve seen in the last 10 years.

  34. NzYme says: Jul 23, 2010 12:14 PM

    I don’t blame him. He took less money with the idea the Patriots were going to resign their key players. That hasn’t happened. Patriots have to keep their end of the bargain.

  35. TheWizard says: Jul 23, 2010 12:17 PM

    does anybody else get nauseous listening to Jim Nantz fawn over Tom Brady and the Patriots
    They fawn over good teams.
    We hated it with the 9ers in the 80’s
    We hated it with the Cowboys in the 90’s
    That’s the way it goes. Want attention and good press? Get a good team. Stay good for 5 years or more.
    That’s all it takes.

  36. Securb says: Jul 23, 2010 12:23 PM

    Brady hasn’t looked the same since Bernard Pollack planted his foot in his ass. Now they expect Tom to get behind an even older offensive line anchored by Matt “The Turnstile” Light. I wouldn’t blame Brady if he held out. Bellichick has him protected by little more than a wet paper towel. Get some insurance Tommy.

  37. Green n' Gold says: Jul 23, 2010 12:36 PM

    No surprise the Pats are hedging on giving Brady the keys to the vault. I would too, especially a player who had his knee blown out. Is he the same player he once was? Is the hunger to win still there? Brady needs to prove himself all over again before he gets the keys, strictly business.

  38. muchmaligned says: Jul 23, 2010 12:45 PM

    I expected to come here and find a bunch of posts about how “he’s under contract, so he better have his ass in camp.”
    What gives, oh gentlemen of Profootball Talk?

  39. quadya says: Jul 23, 2010 12:46 PM

    j.e.t.s. suck suck suck says:
    July 23, 2010 11:16 AM
    TIIIMMBBBERRRRRRR RRRR
    lolol….hilarious!!!

  40. TheBengal13 says: Jul 23, 2010 12:55 PM

    VERY happy that the Bengals play the Pats in week 1. Let’s just hope Cedric Benson doesn’t get suspended and then it should be looking good!

  41. lurch's nyquil says: Jul 23, 2010 1:00 PM

    BCGREG says
    Being from Boston, there is NO story here! Nothing is being reported. While there’s been no movement, there is nothing out there that suggests any animosity.
    What a Boston Douche. Wow I am from Boston, wowwee should we be impressed. I am from Maryland, do I need to explain that there is no story about Ed Reed wanting game film? You are a Boston ass.

  42. Spiny Norman says: Jul 23, 2010 1:08 PM

    Man, there is a lot of nonsense around this topic! There is no one in Boston reporting any such thing as a Tom Brady holdout. No one here seems able to find any evidence that Brady is unhappy.
    If anyone wants a rational account of what is going on, he should read Mike Reiss’ pice on the topic:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/columns/story?columnist=reiss_mike&id=5402194

  43. Cro-Mags says: Jul 23, 2010 1:13 PM

    “But the speculation isn’t dissipating. ”
    Because it’s manufactured by media pukes who don’t have a clue and have to generate conflict and buzz where there isn’t any.

  44. NinerNation says: Jul 23, 2010 1:13 PM

    Funny…John Clayton also recently said that Dez Bryant would have a long holdout…BSPN is worthless.

  45. Hang'em High says: Jul 23, 2010 1:14 PM

    Clayton is a tool.

  46. JimmySmith says: Jul 23, 2010 1:15 PM

    He’s holding out till Bellicheat resigns Matt Walsh to the Video dept, then Tom will sign knowing his chances of success are much greater. But as the Giants proved in the Superbowl, no guarantee, just much greater.

  47. PFK says: Jul 23, 2010 1:16 PM

    Sports “journalist”. Its an oxymoron….just like you…at least the moron part. Your little OVER reaction to my comment exemplifies another pet peeve about sports “journalists”…..their overinflated egos. They think its all about “them”.
    So my little tweak, gets a supposed 23 year veteran reporter so riled us that he has to fire off an immediate fiery defense of an indefensible position. OOOOOH sorry I bruised your overinflated opinion of yourself. GROW UP and get a set.
    BTW- When Brady shows up in cap next week, how many of your so called sports “journalist” friends will write/post stories explaining why they were so wrong, or why they CREATED a rumor just because they can.

  48. Hap says: Jul 23, 2010 1:54 PM

    The Cheats are gonna suck even more now. Party’s over.

  49. Sloan says: Jul 23, 2010 2:13 PM

    Hap says:
    July 23, 2010 1:54 PM
    The Cheats are gonna suck even more now. Party’s over.
    ***************************************
    Based on what???

  50. SeriousRadio says: Jul 23, 2010 2:29 PM

    This site is all about dreaming up or repeating sensational rumors. Have you noticed that when PFT posts facts, we have already heard them from another source. The only thing PFT is good for is rumors…because they can be fabricated and posted here first!

  51. Spiny Norman says: Jul 23, 2010 4:00 PM

    Hap says:
    The Cheats are gonna suck even more now. Party’s over.
    ******************** *******************
    Sloan says:
    Based on what???
    Based on his envy, Sloan.

  52. Bradwins says: Jul 23, 2010 6:10 PM

    Mr. Mackey….er John Clayton….leave the senseless speculation about Tom Brady’s contract status to the no-talent columnists at the Boston Globe.
    Anybody that follows the business of NFL football and has an IQ of 65 or better understands why Manning and Brady don’t have long-term deals right now. They also understand that they both will get them from their current teams and they are both going to be even more filthy rich than they already are.
    To suggest otherwise is either shamelessly irresponsible and done only in the interest of self-promotion, or it reveals such an unfathomable lack of knowledge and insight as to make the proponent of such drivel unfit and unqualified to cover football for a living.

  53. TheWizard says: Jul 23, 2010 7:36 PM

    Hap says:
    I used to work with a guy named Hap.
    He was an asshole, too.
    Small world.

  54. scooter7 says: Jul 24, 2010 1:28 AM

    @dafish — next time you write something with a typo (and it WILL happen), think of yourself as human, just like everybody else. And if you and PFK honestly THINK there’s no accountability in the profession, you’re both obviously dumber than I thought.
    @PFK, oxymoron my ass. And that was hardly an overreaction, just my view of someone who clearly has NEVER worked in our industry and has no understanding of it whatsoever.
    If you want to claim that the national media guys have big egos, I won’t even argue that point, because I agree with you. … Not me, though. I don’t cover pro sports, and ego has no place in my job, unless it’s the subject I’m interviewing. Keep in mind, I didn’t get into this business for the money – I got into it because I enjoy the job, and still do to this day.
    What I WILL argue is how much jealousy there is among the 90% of those who comment on this site, those who work blue-collar jobs (or even white-collar jobs) and WISH they could get paid to follow sports for a living. And all of you should be thankful for talk radio and the internet, because now you actually get to have a voice – whether anyone pays attention to your ramblings or not.
    Admit it: if you could ditch your current job, regardless of finances, and become a beat writer or a national columnist, or one of the talking heads on ESPN or a local outlet, you’d do it in a second. Period. End of story.

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