Tom Brady knows he could be sent packing, at some point

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Last week’s out-of-the-blue blockbuster that sent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers served as a reminder to many that anything can happen in the NFL. For Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the move underscored what he already knew.

“Well, there is no guarantee in the NFL,” Brady told Jim Gray of Westwood One on Monday night. “I think that’s just what I’ve seen over a long period of time. I certainly hope I play for the Patriots. I hope they want me that long.”

It’s clear that, if the Patriots don’t want him for as long as he wants to play, he’ll play elsewhere.

“Some incredible players have moved teams,” Brady said. “I don’t want it to sound that it’s impossible for me go somewhere else. That’s just not the truth.  Any player can go anywhere during a particular year. That’s just how I feel.  I just try to approach it in a very humble way that I try to work really hard.  I try to gain the trust of my teammates, like I always have. I try to earn it day to day and I want to keep playing.  I want to keep playing at a high level. Obviously, I love this team.  I love the organization.  I love everything about Boston.  Hopefully, I can keep doing it at a really high level.”

If the 49ers had their way, they would have had Brady instead of Garoppolo, given Jay Glazer’s report that G.M. John Lynch asked about trading for Tom before ultimately trading for Jimmy.

“Well, that would have been a much shorter commute for my parents to each game,” Brady said of a possible trade to the 49ers. “They have made such an effort over the years.”

Still, Brady intends to stay put. The decision to trade Garoppolo suggests that the Patriots intend to keep him for at least the next few years. But Brady knows, as his career continues with the only NFL team for which he has played, that he could end up playing somewhere else, at some point.

52 responses to “Tom Brady knows he could be sent packing, at some point

  1. They won’t trade/cut him – when you look at other top QBs like Manning and Montana etc, their last 4-5yrs were complicated by regular injury and decline (Montana missed 2yrs with an elbow, Manning’s bad neck of course) and both had problems before and after leaving their main team. Both were posting poor passer ratings their last couple of years. By contrast Brady is already 40, already the winningest and most-ringed, still 106.5 rating this year and leading the league in yards, and even if he started a similar stretch of injury/decline for a few years, he’ll be 42-45 and would retire anyway.

  2. Its because he understands that he is not special or immune to any business decsions is why he has always worked so hard to prepare himself for games, seasons, and career. Its by doing that he makes it so that the business decisions continue to go in his favor.

  3. .
    If a player announces himself as unreadable, then it’s clearly a case of the inmates running the….. oh wait.
    .

  4. No true Patriots fan can support ignoring the future. Brady is the current not the future. Miracles do happen and Brady can play effectively for the next 10 years but that’s highly unlikely. Unless Mr. Kraft plans to make as much money while Brady is still playing then sell the team after Brady retires. Trading what many believed to be a franchise QB for 2-3 more years with Brady is not the Patriots way.

  5. I don’t care how good Brady is. Behind the Niner’s Offensive (and I mean their play is offensive to their fans) Line his 40 year old body would be pulverized and ground into hamburger.

  6. I think he retires either this year or next. He doesn’t seem like the type to want to hang on just to hang on. Even though he’s still got it, it feels like he’d rather go out on (or near the) top than to get pushed out.

  7. In honor of His Majesty’s 15th year on the throne, it is fitting to revisit the graveyard of hater theories:

    — Brady is overrated
    — Brady can’t read defenses
    — Brady can’t throw deep
    — Brady is nothing without a great defense
    — Brady is nothing without Moss
    — Brady is nothing without Welker
    — Brady won’t be back from his knee injury
    — Brady’s window closed in 2007
    — Brady’s window closed in 2011
    — Brady will fumble way more often
    — Brady can’t win another SB
    — Brady can’t run anymore
    — Brady is nothing without Gronk
    — Brady is nothing without Edelman
    — Brady aged 50 years during the 2017 offseason

    Long live the King.

  8. wib22 says:
    November 7, 2017 at 10:46 am

    At cheating?
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    At winning. The Patriots don’t need to cheat. They have won 2 Super Bowls since the psigate fraud, and were almost in a 3rd.

    If you want to beat the Patriots, get better.

  9. I have come to the realization that when Brady retires or is let go/traded, football will become interesting once again in NE. I know this sounds strange but I am becoming complacent with this ridiculously unprecedented era of winning. Time for NE to get back to a time when we only hoped not to finish dead last.

    I’m sorry, Who am I kidding? Of course I want him to play and dominate for another 10 years. Not likely but it’s a nice thought. After taking schmidt from fans of every other team from 1960something until 2001, I want this to go on forever!

  10. After everything that’s come to light, it’s obvious that Brady doesn’t want to leave the Patriots and the Patriots don’t want him to leave. So I don’t get the headline. It’s out of context. Brady knows he could be traded or cut just like every other NFL player knows he could be traded or cut. Not because there is any other indication.

  11. ayub04 says:
    November 7, 2017 at 11:28 am
    As a steelers fan, Brady is the best to ever do it. I cannot and will not argue against that.

    ——–

    I am actually looking forward to this year’s Pats/Steelers game. With both teams healthy (hopefully) this should be a great game to watch. Potentially one of the last games we will see Brady face off against Ben…..

  12. Normally, for position players, the Pats offload once a player shows signs of a downward trajectory…and they are usually quick about it.
    With Tom, it is a different story. Not only does he make it hard by trying to be better every game, he rarely is the reason the Pats lose. Too many teams have good QBs, but they stumble at finish line. And half of them can’t read a defense.
    And until being a pocket passer is a serious liability, Tom will stick around. Heck, that is what has kept him playing so long, staying in pocket. All these super athletic QBs…where are they now? Injured. If your not on the field, your a liability.

  13. Brady will never play for another team. He’ll retire with the Patriots, and the statue ceremony will be soon to follow.

  14. 7timechamp says:
    November 7, 2017 at 10:45 am
    It’s because he understands he is not bigger than the team. He is however is bigger than any investigation which is why he was justifiably suspended.
    ===============
    All you poor, poor Jet fans, come out crying at any Pats threads.

  15. terripet says:
    November 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Brady a system quarterback just like the others who played for them once they went somewhere else they were terrible
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    Sure, because they went to teams with terrible systems.

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 7, 2017 at 10:45 am
    No true Patriots fan can support ignoring the future. Brady is the current not the future. Miracles do happen and Brady can play effectively for the next 10 years but that’s highly unlikely. Unless Mr. Kraft plans to make as much money while Brady is still playing then sell the team after Brady retires. Trading what many believed to be a franchise QB for 2-3 more years with Brady is not the Patriots way.

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    Since you aren’t a true Patriots fan I don’t know what this means.

  17. Tom Brady would fail under any other team than the Patriots. Even if he went to Green Bay or New Orleans, where Quarterback’s with a similar style play he would still fall flat on his face. Bill Belichick is the only reason Brady has been successful throughout his career. Belichick made Brady and the Patriots would stay successful with or without him under center.

  18. terripet says:
    November 7, 2017 at 11:19 am
    Brady a system quarterback just like the others who played for them once they went somewhere else they were terrible

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    That’s bait, but I’ll bite.

    Cassel is the only guy to ever start consistently, and yes he was able to get to 11-5 with the Patriots. However, he missed the playoffs, and was sacked more than twice as much as Brady. Also, that team was a top 5 all time team. Brady won 5 more games than Cassel with that team in the previous year. Do you think Brady would have gone 11-5 and missed the playoffs if he was healthy? Given his record since, at times with worse teams,I would say that would be very unlikely. I think 14-2 was a more likely minimum that year if Brady hadn’t have been hurt. In any case, 5 more games the previous year is like the difference between 0-6 and 5-11. It’s massive. So no surprise that Cassel was bad elsewhere. He wasn’t great in NE either, but the team was.

    As for Jimmy G and Brissett, the jury is still out. Brissett had a 300 yard, 2TD, 0 pick game and his team stinks. So he might just be pretty good. And Jimmy G is expected to be a franchise QB. They are proving to be pretty good so far.

    The rest of the backups are meaningless. They never played.

  19. terripet says:
    November 7, 2017 at 11:19 am
    Brady a system quarterback just like the others who played for them once they went somewhere else they were terrible
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    Jacoby Brissett is the best player on the Colts.

    Although you may want to argue that does not say much for the Colts, the fact is that he is doing a good job given the hand he has been dealt.

  20. 7timechamp says:
    November 7, 2017 at 10:45 am
    It’s because he understands he is not bigger than the team. He is however is bigger than any investigation which is why he was justifiably suspended.
    ================================================================================================
    TB 12 the GOAT was suspended because the NFL didn’t understand 7th grade science and apparently neither do you!!

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 7, 2017 at 10:45 am
    Trading what many believed to be a franchise QB for 2-3 more years with Brady is not the Patriots way.
    __________________________________________

    And Richard Seymour was what many believed was a franchise D lineman, Chandler Jones was a franchise pass rusher, etc. Trading them was absolutely the Patriot Way. If you really were a Pats fan chip you would know the Patriot Way is whatever Belichick thinks it is in any given situation.

  22. As a Colts fan, I have nothing but hatred ( and petty jealousy for obvious reasons ) of the Patriots. But I’ve really come to the realization that Brady is probably the best of all time. It would be weird seeing him in a different uniform, but it’ll be even sadder when he hangs em up

  23. mellimac says:
    November 7, 2017 at 11:37 am
    Normally, for position players, the Pats offload once a player shows signs of a downward trajectory…and they are usually quick about it.
    With Tom, it is a different story. Not only does he make it hard by trying to be better every game, he rarely is the reason the Pats lose. Too many teams have good QBs, but they stumble at finish line. And half of them can’t read a defense.
    And until being a pocket passer is a serious liability, Tom will stick around. Heck, that is what has kept him playing so long, staying in pocket. All these super athletic QBs…where are they now? Injured. If your not on the field, your a liability.

    ————

    Very well said… and to back up your point, try and list all the mobile QBs that have won a Super Bowl.

    It’s a really short list. The key to winning Super Bowls is consistency… being very good for a very long time and having multiple shots at it. Pocket passers stay on the field more consistently and their level of play doesn’t degrade when their mobility does. Hence all the multiple Super Bowl winning QBs are pocket guys. You could sort of argue Staubach was a mobile QB. But that’s it.

  24. bullcharger says:
    November 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm
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    mellimac says:
    November 7, 2017 at 11:37 am
    Normally, for position players, the Pats offload once a player shows signs of a downward trajectory…and they are usually quick about it.
    With Tom, it is a different story. Not only does he make it hard by trying to be better every game, he rarely is the reason the Pats lose. Too many teams have good QBs, but they stumble at finish line. And half of them can’t read a defense.
    And until being a pocket passer is a serious liability, Tom will stick around. Heck, that is what has kept him playing so long, staying in pocket. All these super athletic QBs…where are they now? Injured. If your not on the field, your a liability.
    ————
    Very well said… and to back up your point, try and list all the mobile QBs that have won a Super Bowl.
    It’s a really short list. The key to winning Super Bowls is consistency… being very good for a very long time and having multiple shots at it. Pocket passers stay on the field more consistently and their level of play doesn’t degrade when their mobility does. Hence all the multiple Super Bowl winning QBs are pocket guys. You could sort of argue Staubach was a mobile QB. But that’s it.

    ————

    Actually Elway was a mobile QB. So really 2 out of 12 guys and 4 out of their 32 Super Bowls.

  25. For those that recoil at the truth, touch on jealousy, and consequently try to rationalize every reason they can manufacture to denigrate this man, I say look at him objectively and…

    Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.

    Be inspired.

    Set some goals.

    Learn to self actualize.

    Make yourself a better man.

    That’s all that Brady did. What’s not to like?

  26. nhpats says:
    November 7, 2017 at 11:37 am
    ayub04 says:
    November 7, 2017 at 11:28 am
    As a steelers fan, Brady is the best to ever do it. I cannot and will not argue against that.
    ——–
    I am actually looking forward to this year’s Pats/Steelers game. With both teams healthy (hopefully) this should be a great game to watch. Potentially one of the last games we will see Brady face off against Ben…..

    —————-

    I think the Steelers have finally acknowledged that they can’t beat the Patriots with the same old Steeler defense. They will have something cooked up for that game that’s different than what they have shown in the past. That game has been circled by the Steelers since April. Should be fun.

  27. Even if it all ends next Sunday, he’ll never be equaled in out lifetime. The two greatest comebacks in SB history to go along with holding every other record? – insane.

  28. Candor is born from confidence. Confidence coming from a man who knows he is safe in his position, and his skin. Only a fool would “run his mouth” if he heard footsteps coming up behind him. In these words here, I see absolutely no evidence of this being a case of someone speaking brazenly or without forethought.

    Bad news for other teams; says to me, Brady isn’t hearing the “footsteps” creeping up on him yet. Nor, are the Pats giving him any indication they’re ready to move on (trading Jimmy said exactly the opposite). Not yet. Buckle up, more Brady years are coming…

    Even if we aren’t fans of the Pats, we need to realize it will be a sad day when he goes, as the game will be lesser overall when he’s done. And the other generational players of his age are falling off fast around him. When they’re all gone, the NFL will hit a doldrums until the next bunch fully takes over, hits their primes, and makes new rivalries with other emerging teams (that’s already starting). Happens every generation, and it takes fighting great opponents to really make a warrior great himself. Not beating up on his father’s old opponents as they fall by the wayside. Changing of the guard is coming…it’s inevitable.

    {I have more respect for Brady from a game he lost, than all the wins combined; that recent Pats-Broncos AFC championship game where he repeatedly got his ass handed to him, but got back up every time, and came up firing. Huge, and he almost got it done. Brady, helmet on crooked with grass hanging out his ear holes and face mask, beaten to a bloody pulp, and refusing to die {tips cap}. Only an idiot would not, or could not, respect that}

  29. EJ says:
    November 7, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Tom Brady would fail under any other team than the Patriots. Even if he went to Green Bay or New Orleans, where Quarterback’s with a similar style play he would still fall flat on his face. Bill Belichick is the only reason Brady has been successful throughout his career. Belichick made Brady and the Patriots would stay successful with or without him under center.

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    I love these genius level comments.

    If it’s all Bellichik and not Brady then why on earth would Brady still be the starter going on 16 years? Why wouldn’t Bellichick keep drafting 3rd round qb’s and keep them on a constant rookie contract and save on cap space EVERY year?

    Why on earth trade Jimmy and keep Brady if it’s all Bellichick? If Bill is so smart- then that’s a dumb move no?

    Why in the heck does NO OTHER Team manage to copy the Pats- no need for quarterback system?

    Please EJ- expand on your comment, because I, and all the Head Coaches and GM’s want to learn more!

  30. tylawspick6 says:
    November 7, 2017 at 10:20 am
    Simply the greatest who ever lived.
    ——————–
    At cheating, we know. Boston loves their cheaters:
    David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Belichick, Ben Affleck, Rosie Ruiz, The Battle of Bunker Hill wasn’t even at Bunker Hill. Does the New England area ever learn?

  31. Belichick made Brady and the Patriots would stay successful with or without him under center.
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    Patriots playoff appearances without the GOAT Tom Brady:

  32. Brady is GOAT. 🙂

    Laughable that Patriot Hater ever thought their puny little team was ever at OUR level.

    LAUGHABLE.

    Tee hee 🙂

  33. {I have more respect for Brady from a game he lost, than all the wins combined; that recent Pats-Broncos AFC championship game where he repeatedly got his ass handed to him, but got back up every time, and came up firing. Huge, and he almost got it done. Brady, helmet on crooked with grass hanging out his ear holes and face mask, beaten to a bloody pulp, and refusing to die {tips cap}. Only an idiot would not, or could not, respect that}

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    And that has been noticed by other players around the league. Like Justin Tuck who says Brady is the toughest QB he’s ever faced. Michael Bennett and Von Miller too have vouched for the GOAT’s toughness. I think those guys know what they are talking about. 🙂

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