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Kraft describes Brady’s future as a “dual decision”

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been saying for the past few years that he wants to play “10 more years.”  At some point, however, his career could conclude on a team other than the Patriots.

Brett Favre ultimately wanted to play longer than the Packers wanted him.  Ditto for Peyton Manning and the Colts.  Thus, there’s a chance that, at some point, Brady’s desire to play football will extend beyond the Patriots’ desire for Brady to play football for them.

“”I’d love him to be here as long as he’s productive and feels he wants to play,” owner Robert Kraft told Tom Curran of CSN New England on Friday.

As long as he’s productive.  Which means that, at some point, the team may conclude that Brady is not productive.  Or at least not as productive as some other option the team has at quarterback.

Which means that Brady at some point could be playing for another team.

“That’s his choice but I would surely never like to see that happen,” Kraft said.

Of course, the Packers didn’t want to see Favre play for someone else, and the Colts didn’t want to see Manning elsewhere, either.  At some point, however, the desire to not have the quarterback play for his long-time team outweighs the desire that he not play for another one.

“[E]verything is a dual decision,” Kraft said.

He’s right.  Brady has to want to keep playing, and the Patriots have to want him to keep playing for the Patriots.  It gets interesting if/when Brady’s assessment of his remaining abilities doesn’t mesh with the team’s assessment of them.

Or, perhaps more accurately, when Brady’s assessment of his value doesn’t mesh with the team’s.  That could come after the 2014 season, when Brady becomes a free agent.

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49 Responses to “Kraft describes Brady’s future as a “dual decision””
  1. steelbreeze676 says: Feb 2, 2013 12:04 PM

    He’ll never play for another team, he’ll never retire 5 friggin times or sexually harass a reporter with pictures of his privates.

    Not fair to compare him or anyone else to Brett Favre and his mental illnesses.

  2. tim8450 says: Feb 2, 2013 12:05 PM

    Stop the presses! Owner says he will only keep star player who are good at football and want to be on the team!

    Every day is patriots day for this site.

  3. kattykathy says: Feb 2, 2013 12:05 PM

    Cindy Brady should be able to play 20 more years.
    Defensive players are not allowed to get within 3 feet of him or get flagged.
    Goodell keeps changing rules to ensure nobody touches him, and allow his receivers to catch a ball without getting hit.

    Goodell can’t really allow him to benefit from cheating anymore, so he puts a dress on him, and makes sure all Refs know to flag the defense if they harass him or a receiver

  4. smithopher says: Feb 2, 2013 12:08 PM

    He should retire a patriot. In my eyes, it’s like Derek jeter and the Yankees. Arguably the greatest player in the franchises history and symbolizes all the success the franchise has had in recent memory. it would be a tragedy to see him retire elsewhere. And I hate the patriots, but it’s one of those things, it wouldn’t make sense to see him in another uni. But I never thought I’d see Peyton in a broncos uni and people probably never thought Montana would ever leave the 49ers (I don’t know what the feeling was like back then, I was a little guy at the time). I know I never thought I’d see Brett Favre play for the Jets or, especially, the Vikings though.

  5. The Prophet says: Feb 2, 2013 12:15 PM

    It’s funny how the “spoiled” Patriot fans can ignore history and logic so much. People said Joe Montana would never split from the 49ers, he did. Then people said Brett Favre would never split from the Packers, he did. Then people said Peyton Manning would never split from the Colts, he did.

    After 2014, Tom Brady will be 37 years old, same age as Favre, Montana, and Manning were when their teams said goodbye. There is no such thing as a lifetime relationship between franchise QB and the team in the NFL anymore. Get used to it folks.

  6. mizzousooner says: Feb 2, 2013 12:17 PM

    Man, Brady must have been a dung beetle in Bangladesh in a former life, because dude sure seems to have it made in the shade this go around. Sheesh.

  7. horaceivory says: Feb 2, 2013 12:24 PM

    Look up how many roughing the passer flags were thrown for Brady this year compared to other QBs, Kathy. Just cause you want to believe something, doesn’t mean its true.

  8. justintuckrule says: Feb 2, 2013 12:26 PM

    He’s a different breed. Kind of like Mariano Rivera. I think he could play at a high level into his 40s. He doesn’t take big hits. As a giants fan, I want to see two or three more epic battles between him and Eli. I don’t care if you’re a fan of either. Those two teams play great bowls.

  9. fearthehoody says: Feb 2, 2013 12:26 PM

    Whatever happens, I trust the Hoody’s decision making (except deciding what cb’s / safeties to start or draft) and thank Tom for some amazing years!

    Go Pats!

  10. joetoronto says: Feb 2, 2013 12:34 PM

    These guys keep playing out of ego, that’s not a bad thing, but that’s what it is.

    There’s nothing like showing the team that doesn’t want you anymore that you can still do it.

    Brady is still playing at a very high level, but he’s definitely on the way down.

  11. MCxShow says: Feb 2, 2013 12:36 PM

    The thing is Tom Brady needs to show signs of slowing down for any of this to happen, because he actually seems to get better each year. He’s 35 and it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him retire a Patriot at 40.

  12. jagsfan1 says: Feb 2, 2013 12:36 PM

    “[E]verything is a dual decision,” Kraft said.

    We’ll see what Giselle has to say about that…

  13. nepo784 says: Feb 2, 2013 12:41 PM

    Mark my words, 2013 will be Brady’s last year in NE

  14. djjackson81 says: Feb 2, 2013 12:53 PM

    Why is Bleacher report reporting anything other then the two in the Super Bowl. Who cares what Kraft and Brady got with each other. Next story

  15. brownspower says: Feb 2, 2013 12:53 PM

    Brady will be gone pretty quick when his coach decides he has “diminished skills”. Ask Kosar.

  16. CKL says: Feb 2, 2013 12:54 PM

    horaceivory says:
    Feb 2, 2013 12:24 PM
    Look up how many roughing the passer flags were thrown for Brady this year compared to other QBs, Kathy. Just cause you want to believe something, doesn’t mean its true.
    ________________________________
    If that is really woman (and I have my doubts) I am ashamed for my gender.

    TB knows the deal. It’s one reason I love having him as a leader of the team. He’s never demanded an overboard contract for ego’s sake, so I’m hoping that when his level of play isn’t up to BB’s standards for the position, his true team attitude shows through again. Not meaning he plays in NE for peanuts but that he accepts it and moves on, either to retirement or to another team. I never blame a guy for trying to play as long as he can. If no one wants the guy, no one will sign him.

  17. bartlettruss says: Feb 2, 2013 1:04 PM

    Most of the great quarterbacks in my lifetime ended their career somewhere other than the city in which they became famous. Unitas, Manning, Montana, Favre, and Namath were traded or cut. Tarkenton was traded twice. Before my time Y. A. Tittle and Norm Van Brocklin were both traded.

    Guys like Marino, Bradshaw, Aikman Elway, Starr and Staubach weren’t traded but in some cases that was because they CHOSE to retire, not because the team let them ride into the sunset…

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 2, 2013 1:06 PM

    He’s got about 2-3 good years left.

  19. letemplay says: Feb 2, 2013 1:06 PM

    These guys keep playing out of ego, that’s not a bad thing, but that’s what it is.

    ————————————————

    I don’t think it was totally all ego. Montana, Favre and Peyton have all had really good seasons after they left the team they spent most of their careers with.

  20. vegasbearfan says: Feb 2, 2013 1:14 PM

    Brady will be imploding from here on out- he has started to crack already- the end of the Patriots- AMEN. If his O line wasn’t stellar, he would be a second stinger on most teams- get in his face and accuracy is out the door. The O line is the ones that deserve the credit – they made Matt Cassel look really good- how did Matt do without O line – same as Brady would on the chiefs

  21. bennyb82 says: Feb 2, 2013 1:15 PM

    I think it would take a similar situation to what happened with Manning and the Colts for Brady to leave. As long as Brady is healthy, it is difficult to picture him not being productive….

  22. joetoronto says: Feb 2, 2013 1:16 PM

    letemplay says:
    Feb 2, 2013 1:06 PM
    These guys keep playing out of ego, that’s not a bad thing, but that’s what it is.

    ————————————————

    I don’t think it was totally all ego. Montana, Favre and Peyton have all had really good seasons after they left the team they spent most of their careers with.
    ***************************************************
    I agree but I fail to see your point. All of them were on the downside of their careers.

  23. grogansheroes says: Feb 2, 2013 1:20 PM

    kattykathy says:
    Feb 2, 2013 12:05 PM
    Cindy Brady should be able to play 20 more years.
    Defensive players are not allowed to get within 3 feet of him or get flagged.
    Goodell keeps changing rules to ensure nobody touches him, and allow his receivers to catch a ball without getting hit.

    Goodell can’t really allow him to benefit from cheating anymore, so he puts a dress on him, and makes sure all Refs know to flag the defense if they harass him or a receiver
    —————————————————-
    Kathy, do you know how many roughing the passer calls Brady has got the last two years? That would be zero, kind of like your IQ. Now go in the kitchen and make you hubby a samwich.

  24. brohamma says: Feb 2, 2013 1:23 PM

    Brady won’t be going anywhere, relax. Bird didn’t go anywhere and neither did Yaz.. Brady is next.

    I think Parcell’s is right, we are spoiled and damn lucky. We are thankful too.

    Brady will be around for a verrrry long time, even after his playing days, because he truly loves the game and Mr. Kraft knows true professionals when he has them.. he also knows to retain them.

  25. jrs1972 says: Feb 2, 2013 1:24 PM

    brownspower says: Feb 2, 2013 12:53 PM

    Brady will be gone pretty quick when his coach decides he has “diminished skills”.
    ——-
    I think NE fans will accept that and realize it could be worse like down a few miles south, where Mark “no skills” sanchez wouldnt get fired if he somehow managed to get a negative QB rating. Which he seems to actually have tried to do a few times.

  26. flash1283 says: Feb 2, 2013 1:35 PM

    brownspower says:
    Feb 2, 2013 12:53 PM
    Brady will be gone pretty quick when his coach decides he has “diminished skills”. Ask Kosar.


    Yeah and he was correct with Kosar. Didn’t they make the playoffs the next season ? Wasn’t that the last time the Browns won a playoff game?

  27. socalraider909 says: Feb 2, 2013 1:37 PM

    As I said before I absolutely hate the Patriots I hate everything about them but Brady will retire a Patriot and I also think this might be his last year

  28. quackbury says: Feb 2, 2013 1:41 PM

    I’d love to see one more iteration of Brady to Moss. Too old? No frickin way.

  29. 2difshoe says: Feb 2, 2013 1:59 PM

    The Chicago Bears do not have mirrors in the locker room, so Brady definitely won’t be coming to Chicago !

  30. usmutts says: Feb 2, 2013 2:01 PM

    Two things:

    When Brady steps down the Pats will sink to mediocrity, no matter that you might think Belichick a genius.

    Brady won’t retire because he has nothing interesting to do at home.

    One of the above statements is actually true.

  31. hoosierdude says: Feb 2, 2013 2:03 PM

    Not fair to compare him or anyone else to Brett Favre and his mental illnesses.

    Brett Favre’s mental illnesses: aka -narcissism and stupidity.

  32. lflib69 says: Feb 2, 2013 2:04 PM

    kattykathy says:Feb 2, 2013 12:05 PM

    Cindy Brady should be able to play 20 more years.
    Defensive players are not allowed to get within 3 feet of him or get flagged.
    Goodell keeps changing rules to ensure nobody touches him, and allow his receivers to catch a ball without getting hit.

    Goodell can’t really allow him to benefit from cheating anymore, so he puts a dress on him, and makes sure all Refs know to flag the defense if they harass him or a receiver

    KittyKathy…I’m going to take it easy on you because you are obviously an uninformed football fan….on the NFL site there is a list of QB’s who get the most flags thrown for them…go ahead and research it and then come back and tell us what number on the list of 32 Brady is at. I’ll give you a hint…look in the 30’s. (#1 being the QB who gets the most Flags thrown and #32 being the least Flags thrown)

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 2, 2013 2:14 PM

    lflib69 says: Feb 2, 2013 2:04 PM

    kattykathy says:Feb 2, 2013 12:05 PM

    Cindy Brady should be able to play 20 more years.
    Defensive players are not allowed to get within 3 feet of him or get flagged.
    Goodell keeps changing rules to ensure nobody touches him, and allow his receivers to catch a ball without getting hit.

    Goodell can’t really allow him to benefit from cheating anymore, so he puts a dress on him, and makes sure all Refs know to flag the defense if they harass him or a receiver

    KittyKathy…I’m going to take it easy on you because you are obviously an uninformed football fan….on the NFL site there is a list of QB’s who get the most flags thrown for them…go ahead and research it and then come back and tell us what number on the list of 32 Brady is at. I’ll give you a hint…look in the 30′s. (#1 being the QB who gets the most Flags thrown and #32 being the least Flags thrown)
    ————-

    He still whines for flags far more than anyone.

  34. middy8484 says: Feb 2, 2013 2:21 PM

    Like someone said earlier. He’s got 2 years left. Other than that you want him to stick around cause his play is going to be going down and other teams will be licking their chops to either sack him or intercept his weak passes.

  35. dontouchmyjunk says: Feb 2, 2013 2:21 PM

    How long has it been since Brady won a Super Bowl? Yeah — nine years — and counting.

  36. eepobee says: Feb 2, 2013 2:30 PM

    At some point lets hope Florio takes a journalism course (English composition 101 would prolly suffice) and discovers another phrase for “at some point”. I mean, does someone read these things before publishing them?

  37. patssteelersorgiants says: Feb 2, 2013 2:39 PM

    If Brady had Jerry Rice he would have 6 rings now. He will retire a Pat because Giselle will make him retire in a couple of years. I think she has more to do with his career and performance than we know.

  38. flash1283 says: Feb 2, 2013 2:41 PM

    vegasbearfan says:
    Feb 2, 2013 1:14 PM
    Brady will be imploding from here on out- he has started to crack already- the end of the Patriots- AMEN. If his O line wasn’t stellar, he would be a second stinger on most teams- get in his face and accuracy is out the door. The O line is the ones that deserve the credit – they made Matt Cassel look really good- how did Matt do without O line – same as Brady would on the chiefs

    1—-

    You people can’t be this stupid.
    You can say those things about any QB.
    “He would be a second stringer on most teams”
    “Get in his face and his accuracy goes out the door”
    Go back and watch the GB- Pitt SB. Ben threw 2 int, both times he had someone in his face.

    I love it, we here this crap every year.
    So this is the year it’s going to happen.

  39. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Feb 2, 2013 2:54 PM

    Junkman! 3 rings! I think he is all set to go to HOF. Dah !

  40. themagicfanguy says: Feb 2, 2013 2:54 PM

    What’s funny is there’s always a person or two who says something dumb like “How long has it been since Brady won a SB?”, when they are probably a fan of the Jets, Bills, Ravens, or some other sorry franchise who hasn’t won in even longer.

  41. chandler455 says: Feb 2, 2013 3:13 PM

    Flash1283

    Who Brought Ben into this conversation, no one, no reason to bring up stuff that’s irrelevant to the discussion (I hate pittsburgh). One of those picks was a desperation heave.

    Although i disagree with this “He would be a second stringer on most teams”

    If you hit him he does become inaccurate ask the Giants how they beat him twice in the super bowl

    The magic fan guy

    Who is in the superbowl UMM the ravens who isnt there UMM the pats so I wouldn’t be talking about fans of other teams

    At least other teams fans dont go taunting a player about a family members death (torrey smith) like the sore loser NE fans did…Stay classy

  42. dynaco says: Feb 2, 2013 4:13 PM

    Can’t wait to see him in Black and Silver!

  43. wgray981 says: Feb 2, 2013 4:31 PM

    How is this news? The same could be said for ANY NFL QB/owner. Obviously you want a QB when he’s productive, and obviously you get rid of him when he isn’t.

  44. FinFan68 says: Feb 2, 2013 4:36 PM

    Brady was great and he still is but his decline is inevitable and he will eventually not be their best option. Mallett’s ability (if he is the heir) will factor as much as Brady’s.

  45. TheWizard says: Feb 2, 2013 7:24 PM

    Brady was a great player and still is even in slow decline, but if you think he’s the only key to the Pats success, you don’t know what you’re looking at out there.

  46. bubbaword says: Feb 2, 2013 9:10 PM

    It begins, no Super Bowls in nine years! 1 – 2 years tops and Brady’s playing for the Browns!

  47. hetchinspete1 says: Feb 3, 2013 10:10 AM

    Bubba,

    At least the Pats are in the playoffs every year. We may not have won the Super Bowl in 9 years but atleast the Pats have been in the Super Bowl twice and in the playoffs just about every year. How many times has your team made it to the SB or playoffs.

    Hetch

  48. vaphinfan says: Feb 3, 2013 10:23 AM

    He and Bill may retire earlier now the cameras are gone.

  49. brazzz01 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:01 PM

    I think Brady will finish his career with the Patriots but…. if Joe Montana can play for a new team then it’s not unthinkable that Tom Brady could be wearing a different jersey someday. Just being realistic.

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