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Tom Brady wants to finish career with Patriots

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As the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady talk about the next new contract between the two parties, there’s one card that Brady will never play: The “I’ll become a free agent and sign elsewhere” card.

Asked by Peter King of TheMMQB.com if Brady believes he’ll spend every year of his career with the Patriots, Brady initially said, “That’s an impossible question because I don’t make those choices.”

As to the more specific question of whether he wants to remain in New England, Brady made his position clear.

Of course,” Brady told King. “I don’t ever want to play for another coach. I don’t want to play for another owner. But this is professional sports. I’ve seen some of the best players I’ve ever played with on other teams. I’ve seen Jerry Rice play for the Raiders, Joe Montana play for the Chiefs, Brett Favre play for a lot of teams. You never know. That’s why I want to keep taking care of what I need to take care of. That’s what it comes down to. I want to take care of Tom Brady. I want to make sure Tom is available to the team, Tom is playing at a high level, so the team wants to keep him.”

One factor that makes Brady more attractive to the Patriots as he ages is his cap burden. As he prepares to turn 40, his cap number for 2017 will be $14 million, a middle-of-the-pack figure that doesn’t nearly approach his value.

Come 2018, the cap number moves to $22 million. While a larger number, it’s still far short of the value he brings to the table. Regardless, Brady’s contracts in recent years suggest that he never wants the team to regret his cap charge, or to begin considering that there may be a more cost-effective option at the position.

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  1. db409 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:02 PM

    He should absolutely retire with the Pats. He’s led them to 5 Super Bowls and taken less than market value for the last few years. A few million more in a different uniform will do nothing for his legacy.

  2. dispozblcopy says: Feb 16, 2017 5:03 PM

    I’m betting the Pats will give him five years with a no-trade clause and half of it guaranteed — if and only if it reduces his cap hit for the next couple of years, so the Pats can fix the linebacking corps and get some edge rushers in.

  3. filmex2000 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:05 PM

    Ya think ???

  4. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 16, 2017 5:06 PM

    Even Brady realizes he is a product of the Patriots system. Why go to another franchise, get exposed, and tarnish his image?

  5. superpatriotsfan says: Feb 16, 2017 5:08 PM

    Of course he does. He won’t be able to cheat on other teams.

  6. tedmurph says: Feb 16, 2017 5:15 PM

    The fact that people find a way to hate this guy is the joke of the century. As Brady said, that’s on them.

  7. factsanybody says: Feb 16, 2017 5:17 PM

    I hope Brady referring to himself in the third person doesn’t become a habit. It seems like that is the beginning of douche baggery for superstars.

    I doubt it will, 12 is entirely too perfect for that.

  8. voddyt says: Feb 16, 2017 5:20 PM

    Come on, TB12, you’re better than that, the gratuitous use of the 3rd person.

  9. wib22 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:33 PM

    If the pats were run by ANY other coach I’d agree.

    If brady falls off (not saying he will, but in this scenario, let’s say he does) hugely next year, like favre did at 40, and they keep jimmy. Wouldn’t shock me if he’s dealt. BB would 100% do that.

  10. djstat says: Feb 16, 2017 5:45 PM

    Pats have $65 Million in cap space. Don’t need Brady to reduce cap number

  11. geronimojr19 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:50 PM

    He has to stay with them. Because if he leaves everyone will know hes a fraud. The Patroits cheating system made him what he is.

  12. dwoofer says: Feb 16, 2017 5:54 PM

    It’s all downhill from here

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:55 PM

    “Pats have $65 Million in cap space. Don’t need Brady to reduce cap number”

    Yes and no. They have quite a few important free agents that they’ll either have to re-sign or replace. Hightower, Butler and Bennett chief among them.

  14. patriotdynasty5 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:57 PM

    Tom Brady is the greatest athlete in the history of pro sports. I highly doubt he will ever play for another team.

  15. chris6523 says: Feb 16, 2017 6:11 PM

    I am not a Patriots fan nor a Brady fan. Brady has won 5 Super Bowls, been to 7. Has been to the playoffs all but one season (mulligan for 2008 because he didn’t play). If there is anyone who has ever played and earned the right to hang around too long without criticism, it’s him. If I’m Belicheck and Kraft, I sign him to a 10 year contract and tell him he is their QB until he makes the call to hang ’em up.

  16. ibillwt says: Feb 16, 2017 6:16 PM

    There are three ways out:

    Quit while you can still play – no chance.

    Carried off on your shield – he knows everyone is one snap away. Let’s hope not.

    Play until the Turk comes for you. It won’t be easy to watch but it’s the cruelly appropriate end for the greatest competitor and Champion in League history.

    But for now I’ll enjoy that he will fight and claw until it’s over and who knows how many more wins he has in him. Sometimes it’s better not to know the details.

  17. swagger52 says: Feb 16, 2017 6:17 PM

    Brady is a system QB at this point. He would never be like a Peyton Manning and win elsewhere. I hope he plays for NE for 5 more years.

  18. Tom says: Feb 16, 2017 6:20 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Feb 16, 2017 5:06 PM
    Even Brady realizes he is a product of the Patriots system. Why go to another franchise, get exposed, and tarnish his image?

    Yeah, a product of the system, just like Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, and Matt Cassel.

  19. cmadatme says: Feb 16, 2017 6:21 PM

    Robert Kraft will never allow Brady to put any other jersey on. If not for Brady the Team he bought for 130 Million now worth 2 Billion as well as a stadium complex that no other team in the NFL has would ever have happened. The Kraft family legacy is just as entwined with Toms, as his is with the Patriots.

  20. mkreef says: Feb 16, 2017 6:22 PM

    Can’t decide who I love more, that Pats, Brady or Belichick.

  21. JaminJake says: Feb 16, 2017 6:32 PM

    Tom need to take really below market value, spread that coin to his teammates, and win some more Super Bowls.

  22. tahnoonzee says: Feb 16, 2017 6:50 PM

    More “GIFTS” from the National Fixed League if you play for the Pats, so of course he’ll want to stay.

  23. nsawins says: Feb 16, 2017 6:52 PM

    Tom Brady loves himself some Tom Brady…………use of the 3rd person now Tom????? This guy is letting that 5th Lombardi go to his head already……….never ever heard this guy talk in 3rd person before. Deflate your ego Tom. Embarassing.

  24. maestro1899 says: Feb 16, 2017 6:53 PM

    This new deal Brady will sign is really just a way to pay him back for taking less money throughout his career.

    Brady is signed through 2019, his age 42 season. Neither he nor the team have any idea if he will still be playing then, or if he will be playing past his age-42 season.

    By signing an “extension”, he will pocket more signing bonus now that the team will eat as dead cap space the year after he retires — whenever that is.

    It’s a clever way to get around the salary cap (deferring the cap hit on a large percent of his signing bonus until after he retires) without breaking any rules!

  25. djvh2 says: Feb 16, 2017 6:57 PM

    Jimmy is a much less expensive option, and had a better passer rating and W-L record this year.

  26. luckyforus says: Feb 16, 2017 6:58 PM

    No other team would pay him under the table or fund his vitamin company. Nobody believes he takes below market deals.

    Patriots are assumed guilty unless proven or not proven otherwise.

  27. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 16, 2017 7:04 PM

    He knows he’s got the best owner, the best coach and the best fans.

  28. thomasreilly says: Feb 16, 2017 7:06 PM

    The best part of this is that all parties (Kraft, Brady and Belichick) seem to realize that they need the others to win the next Super Bowl. Brady will take less money, Belichick will stick with him, and Kraft is smart enough to stay out of the way. Strangely enough- they all seem to genuinely like each other….no resentment, just real appreciation for the importance of the other contributors.

  29. thirdand43 says: Feb 16, 2017 7:11 PM

    He loves what he does and the team, coach and owner for whom he does it. He and his wife are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He’s not playing for the money. He’s playing for the rings and the records. It’s the perfect storm.

  30. mzew233 says: Feb 16, 2017 7:15 PM

    I really dont see this happening for 2 reasons, mostly related to Bill.

    #1 Patriots have an unqeuvical history of cutting players that have somewhat passed their peak. IE. Milloy, Welker, Moss, Vrabel, Mcginnest, Seymour, BJGE, Law, Samuel, Harrison retiring early basically saying he would be cut.
    Even Brady Sr, said he would not be surprised 1% if his son Brady was cut due to a small decline.

    #2 Belichick is a highly competitive coach, perhaps more RUTHLESS than Brady and it was mentioned earlier in circles close to bill this season that he wants to outcoach Tom, atleast by 1 year, to prove that he CAN do it without Tom, and this year helped strengthen that desire.

  31. vikeyvike says: Feb 16, 2017 7:26 PM

    I hope Brady plays out his career with the team that drafted him. And why not? He’s taken very good care of himself and is still playing at a high level. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  32. dxfiler says: Feb 16, 2017 7:30 PM

    I think Brady remains a patriot for his entire career. I don’t think Kraft would let BB trade him and I doubt Tom would keep playing if Bill tried it. As coldly efficient as BB is when it comes to running that team, I think Brady is off limits.

  33. janneywheels says: Feb 16, 2017 7:30 PM

    Oh good, I was worried he’d tell King he thinks he would benefit from a change of scenery.

  34. unbreakable02215 says: Feb 16, 2017 7:30 PM

    He obviously should be the highest paid player in the league and it ain’t even close.

  35. nhpats says: Feb 16, 2017 7:55 PM

    I get a kick out of the Haters in this thread…..system QB….cheater…..can’t win anywhere else…..

    Go back and watch the 4th quater and overtime in the SB. Watch Brady put the team on his shoulders, throw for 260 yards, come back 25 points to tie the game, then drive the Pats the length of the field in OT for the win! I could watch it every day….it never gets old

  36. leatherface2012 says: Feb 16, 2017 8:30 PM

    as far as the patriots salary cap, as long as belichik is there, and finds these obscure guys in the 3rd 4th and 5th round, there will never be a salary cap issue. how belichik and that staff keep finding guys that turn out great, that other teams dont even look at, is beyond comprehension!

  37. kissbillsrings says: Feb 16, 2017 8:40 PM

    I see the Pats extending his contract 3 more years till he’s 45….
    I would be SHOCKED if he plays beyond that….even if he’s feeling great…..he’d have to win another Super Bowl at 45 for the Pats to be willing to keep him longer than that if he wanted to keep playing….
    5 more years of Brady works for me!!!

  38. streetyson says: Feb 16, 2017 8:57 PM

    When gets to 45 I’d love to see him do a Blanda and stay on as punter/backup until he’s 50! And it’d keep the trolls’ salt flowing until they reach high school.

  39. gallopinghost says: Feb 16, 2017 8:58 PM

    If the pats were run by ANY other coach I’d agree.

    If brady falls off (not saying he will, but in this scenario, let’s say he does) hugely next year, like favre did at 40, and they keep jimmy. Wouldn’t shock me if he’s dealt. BB would 100% do that.
    —————————————

    Belichick answers to Kraft and Kraft answers to the fans. If they got rid of Brady against his will, especially after all he’s done with his contracts over his career, the fans would riot. I don’t think Kraft is that stupid, and Belichick knows Brady is untouchable.

  40. mmack66 says: Feb 16, 2017 9:04 PM

    Brady isn’t going anywhere, and Belichick certainly isn’t going to deal him to anyone.

    If he isn’t getting it done, he will just retire, unlike Peyton Manning, who hung around too long after the HGH wore off, and had to have yet another defense drag him to yet another Super Bowl win.

  41. sidepull says: Feb 16, 2017 9:09 PM

    Retire a Pat.
    In your time champ.
    Nobody wants to see you in any other uniform than a New England Patriots uniform.
    End of story.

  42. magnumpimustache says: Feb 16, 2017 9:16 PM

    If Robert or johnothan kraft every trade Brady their will be pitchforks in the street.

  43. luckyforus says: Feb 16, 2017 9:29 PM

    I get a kick out of the Haters in this thread…..system QB….cheater…..can’t win anywhere else…..

    Go back and watch the 4th quater and overtime in the SB. Watch Brady put the team on his shoulders, throw for 260 yards, come back 25 points to tie the game, then drive the Pats the length of the field in OT for the win! I could watch it every day….it never gets old

    ============================

    It was proven Brady cheated and lied. Unless you’re one of the morons that believe 31 owners, the commissioner, his staff, NFL security, the Wells law firm, Exponent and the Princeton law professor all colluded to frame Brady.

    And the 25 point comeback was led by the Patriot defense, the choke job by the Falcons, the refs, the gassed Atlanta defense and then you get to Brady and his offense.

    Brady sucked until 8 minutes left in the game. Hightower got the sack/fumble aided by the missed defensive holding to start the comeback. All Brady had to do was hit open receivers and get bailed out by a sure INT that Edelman caught. The 2 point conversion that tied the game was aided by 2 Patriot receivers interfering with Atlanta. The winning TD drive was aided by a missed chop block by the Patriots. The Patriot defense stopped Atlanta the last 23 minutes of the game so the defense deserves more credit than Brady.

  44. steelcurtainn says: Feb 16, 2017 9:41 PM

    Greatest Cheater of all Time.

  45. beachsidejames says: Feb 16, 2017 9:52 PM

    He knows he has the best owner, the best coach, and a fan base that needs constant mental therapy.

  46. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 16, 2017 10:25 PM

    No other team would pay him under the table or fund his vitamin company. Nobody believes he takes below market deals.

    Patriots are assumed guilty unless proven or not proven otherwise.
    —————————-
    Well, I guess it’s luckyforus that Brady plays for NE. Meanwhile, in IND, if it wasn’t for bad Luck, they would have no Luck at all. Lately it seems that’s been notsoluckyforyou.

  47. jchipwood says: Feb 16, 2017 10:31 PM

    He couldn’t Crack the lineup in Michigan but yet he’s the best qb ever……Yeah ok. And to add on top of that his coach has been caught cheating to a huge advantage and he has cheated too. Sure whatever you guys say. I can’t spell out common sense any better.

  48. rootpain says: Feb 16, 2017 10:34 PM

    It’s a business. Anything is possible. Wayne Gretzky was traded by the Edmonton Oilers at the height of his career. It wasn’t his wish but when it happened, in order to save face for his ex-team, he asked that it be announced he requested the trade. Brady would do the same.
    And Gretzky played for two additional teams after that trade to the Los Angeles Kings. Who knows why except Gretzky wasn’t ready to quit playing.
    Kraft is certainly not in a position where he would ever have to trade Brady for financial reasons. And I hope a trade never happens. But with the salary cap rules, there is probably a limit to how far down Belichick would be willing to let the Patriots fall before it became a fight between the three of them. Again, I hope it never comes to that.

  49. ribeastie says: Feb 17, 2017 12:31 AM

    Brady will play til he is 45. He is in better shape than he was a few years ago and he has the drive and discipline to make sure he achieves his goal. If he becomes a detriment to the team (which I don’t see happening), Belichick won’t have to trade him, Brady will step down and etire a Patriot. He will do what is right for the team.

  50. jayquintana says: Feb 17, 2017 1:10 AM

    Gosh, I thought for certain he wanted to finish it with the Jets.

  51. averagjoe says: Feb 17, 2017 1:21 AM

    I suppose any rumor that he’s going to sign with Cleveland is just “fake news” 🙂

  52. sportschatterdotco says: Feb 17, 2017 7:58 AM

    swagger52 says:
    Feb 16, 2017 6:17 PM
    Brady is a system QB at this point. He would never be like a Peyton Manning and win elsewhere.

    —————-
    what’s funny about this is Peyton had the same system most of his career and even brought it to Denver with him. When they eventually phased in to Kubiak’s system he was awful

    meanwhile Brady has had a few different systems, even switched once in season after Moss was traded and…well he seems do OK no matter what type of offense they run unless you can point to any down years for him…I will wait

  53. carloswlassiter says: Feb 17, 2017 8:19 AM

    As a Pats fan still reveling in that stirring SB win (it was Brady’s 5th, by the way), I’d like to see Brady play another 5 years just to drive the haters even crazier than they already are.

    Don’t get me wrong – the winning itself is great, but seeing how much it bothers other people makes each win that much sweeter for me and I am sure for Tom as well.

  54. straighcashhomey says: Feb 17, 2017 8:24 AM

    luckyforus-what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone who read your comment is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  55. dryden74 says: Feb 17, 2017 8:52 AM

    Seems to be a lot of irrational Pats haters here today. Let’s look at FACTS: Since that overblown ‘SpyGate’ incident that cost the Patriots a 1st round pick+ millions – the Patriots W/L record is 138-41 in all competitions. That’s a 77% winning percentage, greater than it was prior to SpyGate. Explain that to me. Anyone?
    Since the ridiculous ‘DeflateGate’ scandal, they’ve won 2 SB championships, while losing only 7 games.
    If they Patriots are part of a cheating conspiracy, i.e. prior to 2007, SpyGate, and from 2006, DeflateGate. Why is it that they’ve played better since they were found out?
    The facts seem to show that these fallacious scandals had no benefit to the Patriots in any way.
    The more likely explanation is that there are a few owners of traditional teams, i.e. Giants, Steelers, Colts, and a few anti-Belichick execs in the NFL office who would kill to see the Patriots knocked down. After all, all the owners agreed to salary cap and free agency to increase profits. PARITY. No one team should be winning like the Patriots.
    In fact, the Patriots’ success reflects badly on these traditional teams, but instead of looking at themselves, like schoolyard children, they choose to point fingers+ create fictitious cheating narratives to justify their own ineptitude.

  56. ctpatsfan77 says: Feb 17, 2017 9:02 AM

    “Pats have $65 Million in cap space. Don’t need Brady to reduce cap number”

    Yes and no. They have quite a few important free agents that they’ll either have to re-sign or replace. Hightower, Butler and Bennett chief among them.

    —–

    They’ve already squeezed all the money they can out of Brady’s contract in 2017. There is literally no way to free up even $1 more in cap space.

  57. metalup666 says: Feb 17, 2017 9:06 AM

    Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice are two examples of players that were unceremoniously dismissed from teams they should have been able to retire from. I doubt very much the Pats make the same mistake.

  58. thedangerouskitchen says: Feb 17, 2017 9:26 AM

    Can you picture NE getting knocked out of the playoffs or beaten in the SB by Brady in the uniform of some other team?

  59. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2017 9:33 AM

    carloswlassiter | Feb 17, 2017, 8:19 AM EST
    As a Pats fan still reveling in that stirring SB win (it was Brady’s 5th, by the way), I’d like to see Brady play another 5 years just to drive the haters even crazier than they already are.

    Don’t get me wrong – the winning itself is great, but seeing how much it bothers other people makes each win that much sweeter for me and I am sure for Tom as well.

    I have been saying for some time you know nothing about football as a water cooler troll and this admission certainly proves it. Pretty sad person who revels in the pain of others. I am sure Brady thinks you are a putz.

  60. fjw2 says: Feb 17, 2017 9:33 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 16, 2017 10:31 PM
    “He couldn’t Crack the lineup in Michigan but yet he’s the best qb ever……”

    There you go, Chippy, lying again. A simple google search to wikipedia shows the truth.

    He was the backup QB at Michigan his first two years, but started every game his last two years. In ’98 he was 200 for 323 attempts (61.9%) for > 2400 yds passing, and in ’99 he was 180 for 295 (61%) for >2200 yds passing.

    “In the two seasons that Brady started at Michigan, he posted a 20–5 record, including his two largest victories at the Citrus Bowl (1999) and the Orange Bowl (2000). Brady finished his career ranking 3rd in Michigan history with 710 attempts and 442 completions, 4th with 5,351 yards and 62.3 completion percentage, and 5th with 35 touchdown passes”

  61. fjw2 says: Feb 17, 2017 9:40 AM

    steelcurtainn says:
    Feb 16, 2017 9:41 PM
    “Greatest Cheater of all Time.”

    Awesome…
    So thought provoking…
    How long did it take you to think that up?

  62. orrnumberfour says: Feb 17, 2017 10:03 AM

    Here a list of PLAYERS (not media, not fans) who are on record as having called Tom Brady the GREATEST QUARTERBACK OF ALL TIME. Their opinion makes the haters look small and pathetic.

    Boomer Esiason
    Troy Aikman
    Jim Kelly
    Joe Theisman
    Terry Bradshaw
    Trent Dilfer
    Ron Jaworski
    Dan Marino
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Shannon Sharp
    LaDanian Tomlinson
    Deion Sanders
    Darrell Revis
    Reggie Wayne
    Donovan McNabb
    Kurt Warner
    Steve Young
    Phil Simms
    Matt Hasselback
    Rich Gannon
    Warren Moon
    Ike Taylor
    Maurice Jones Drew
    Steve Beuerlein

    If you trolls really think TB12 is not the GOAT, these are the people who disagree with you.
    LMAO at your petty jealousy.

  63. bassicdave says: Feb 17, 2017 10:07 AM

    swagger52 says:
    Feb 16, 2017 6:17 PM

    Brady is a system QB at this point. He would never be like a Peyton Manning and win elsewhere. I hope he plays for NE for 5 more years.

    Apparently Mr. Swagger (and others) believe that calling someone a “system player” makes them sound smart. Every team has a system. The players that don’t play in the system get hurt or traded for guys who will. It’s the NFL, not your kid’s Play60 flag team.

  64. bassicdave says: Feb 17, 2017 10:11 AM

    dryden74 says:
    Feb 17, 2017 8:52 AM

    Seems to be a lot of irrational Pats haters here today.

    And they’re starting to sound desperate…

  65. arrowtoyourknee says: Feb 17, 2017 11:04 AM

    Definitely not a Patriots fan, but ya really can’t deny this guy’s talent. A few asterisks or not, he’s had an incredible career. The scariest part for the rest of the NFL is that it isn’t over yet.

  66. matchframebill says: Feb 17, 2017 11:08 AM

    How many times do I have to tell you guys this? When you see a moronic post, like “Tom Brady needs to stay with this team because they know how to cheat”, or anything similar, the worst thing you can do is react to it in any way. DON’T CLICK ON THE THUMBS DOWN, DON’T REPLY TO THEIR IDIOCY! Nothing will piss them off more than to simply IGNORE their comment all together. They hate seeing ZERO repsonses. They LOVE seeing your anger. IGNORE THEM.

  67. trybhumble says: Feb 17, 2017 3:24 PM

    Don’t get mad at luky and the fool, those trolls did not take their medication and the nurses already took them away to their therapies.

  68. TeamFirst says: Feb 17, 2017 4:20 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Feb 16, 2017 6:17 PM
    Brady is a system QB at this point. He would never be like a Peyton Manning and win elsewhere. I hope he plays for NE for 5 more years.
    ——————-
    lets be honest. The denver D carried manning to that win. He didn’t exactly excel in the playoffs two years ago. He’s hardly an example of a qb who won elsewhere. He fits the definition but his play proved otherwise.

  69. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 17, 2017 5:05 PM

    Tom says:
    Feb 16, 2017 6:20 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Feb 16, 2017 5:06 PM
    Even Brady realizes he is a product of the Patriots system. Why go to another franchise, get exposed, and tarnish his image?

    Yeah, a product of the system, just like Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, and Matt Cassel.

    ———————

    Yep, just like them. Add Garoppolo and Brissette to that list and you will get the picture. The Patriots system is so great, a high schooler can start at QB and have success.

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