Kraft on Brady contract: “Neither side has an issue with it”

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Tom Brady has two years left on his contract. Tom Brady usually gets contract extensions when he’s down to two years left on his contract.

But while recent months have provided nothing approaching certainty about the future of the Patriots quarterback, Patriots owner Robert Kraft downplayed the concerns about the contractual element.

He’ll be 41 when the season starts,” Kraft told Jeff Howe of The Athletic. “Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, we’ll deal with it.”

Four of the five contract extensions Brady has signed with the Patriots came at a similar juncture (Other than 2009, when it didn’t make sense to do an extension when he was coming off a knee injury and it waited until the following year). And because Kraft takes such a personal role with all things Brady, he has to know that his quarterback would be receptive to a new deal, since he’s making just $15 million each of the next two years, far below market value regardless his age.

Even though he’s always said he wanted to play until he’s 45, recent months have shown a more introspective lean, with the Tom vs. Time documentary showing some conflict about the strain of preparing to play at his level.

“I hope he plays,” Kraft said. “He’s at a different point in his life. He talked about it. It’s interesting to see that Tom vs. Time and see where he’s at, his kids growing up. But that is something for he and his family to decide what is right for him. Me personally, I’d like to see him play as long as he can. I don’t think anyone would have believed 10 years ago that he would have played this year, gone to the Super Bowl and been MVP of the league at 40 years old. It’s just unbelievable. It speaks to the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains, how much film he watches, one of the hardest working guys. He is driven to excel. I think as long as he feels he is like that, he’ll keep playing. We’re so lucky to have him in our system.”

And as long as Brady wants to keep playing, it’s apparent Kraft is willing to do his part to keep him happy and motivated.

79 responses to “Kraft on Brady contract: “Neither side has an issue with it”

  1. Kraft screwed his team over by forcing BB to trade Jimmy GQ. It’ll get ugly for Kraft if he did this knowing that Brady only had 2 years left. It’s never good when your owner starts meddling in player personnel…

  2. Whoa, wait… “If it becomes an issue, we’ll deal with it”??? How can that be?

    Somehow this will become more evidence for the “Patriots falling apart; Dynasty over” media crowd.

  3. Brady has been getting paid under the table by Kraft for years now. Most likely a behind the scenes handshake deal for an equity stake in the team. Another Patriot cheating method.

  4. Wow! I guess there is no tension between Brady and Management. That’s a relief. I guess we’ll just keep going deep into the Playoffs for a few more years.

  5. Seems reasonable to me that he’d play out the contract and retire, unless his family tells him to keep going, in which case you figure it out next year. Nothing to see here, really. Weird thinking about life after Brady, he’s been the guy for such a long time, but man, what a ride it’s been. Might have to buy a ticket this year, I can’t go this long never having seen him play live. Been to countless training camp practices, and my old roommate had a stint on the Dolphins, and I got free ticket (in the corner of the 300s where they give the visiting team’s family/friends their seats) for the infamous Wildcat game in ‘08 when Brady was out for the year. Yeesh. Gonna get tickets to some layup game so I can actually enjoy this one lmao.

  6. Kraft needs to speak up more or step aside and let Jonathan do it. The amount of garbage in the media that is out there now is absolutely unbelievable and it’s because they don’t say anything. They just let the trolling and attempts to distract, carry on.

  7. No way Brady plays until he’s 45. He doesn’t need to. My guess is he wants to win one more – so he’ll give it this year and next year. He wants to be able to walk and think when he’s older, I’m sure.

  8. As much as I hate the Patriots and Brady…this is why they are successful. Brady doesn’t hold his team hostage by demanding the highest contract. Aaron Rodgers might be more talented (right now), but he holds his team back by taking the most money. His new contract will cripple the Packers more. The Patriots win Superbowls by having talent at every level. QB, WR, TE, and Defense.

  9. bullcharger says:
    April 10, 2018 at 8:24 am
    Kraft is just having fun with the media

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    LOL

    Was going to say that the media clearly has an issue with it.

    I’m a Bills fan but I like Brady. It’s nice to see a contented player making many millions regardless of how much the media thinks he should be griping about it.

  10. afwhigs says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:00 am
    No way Brady plays until he’s 45. He doesn’t need to. My guess is he wants to win one more – so he’ll give it this year and next year. He wants to be able to walk and think when he’s older, I’m sure.

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    If I had to guess, he’s got 2 years, maybe 3. Until he looks like he’s lost a bit, there is no point in speculating (even though I just did).

    The funny part is trolls thinking the Pats will fall off the map when he retires, as if he’s the whole organization.

    The team starts and stops with BB as the GM and Coach, the greatest ever at both.

  11. ajzinnecker says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:10 am
    As much as I hate the Patriots and Brady…this is why they are successful. Brady doesn’t hold his team hostage by demanding the highest contract. Aaron Rodgers might be more talented (right now), but he holds his team back by taking the most money. His new contract will cripple the Packers more. The Patriots win Superbowls by having talent at every level. QB, WR, TE, and Defense.

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    Yes, but why do you hate greatness? Serious question.

  12. As much as I hate the Patriots and Brady…this is why they are successful. Brady doesn’t hold his team hostage by demanding the highest contract. Aaron Rodgers might be more talented (right now), but he holds his team back by taking the most money.
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    Rodgers might be more talented? Yeah, and the sun might set this afternoon.

    And the Packers are the ones going on record that they want to give Rodgers a new deal. Rodgers has gone silent of late, aside from coming to the defense of a jettisoned teammate.

  13. The headline didn’t say “Bellichick rips Gronk and TB12”, and I don’t think this story has anything – not one thing – to do with the story that was presented. In fact I don’t think this story says much at all except for what the author intended it to – the fact that no one is talking contract extension. Of course they aren’t. He is 41 years old at season start.

  14. ajzinnecker says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:10 am
    As much as I hate the Patriots and Brady…this is why they are successful. Brady doesn’t hold his team hostage by demanding the highest contract. Aaron Rodgers might be more talented (right now), but he holds his team back by taking the most money. His new contract will cripple the Packers more. The Patriots win Superbowls by having talent at every level. QB, WR, TE, and Defense.
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    Excellent and accurate assessment. Rare, these days.

  15. A couple of things I’ll point to… You don’t spend 18 mutually beneficial years with an organization by dumb luck. It needs to work, professionally and personally. I’d say both Brady and Kraft (and their coach) have enjoyed a valuable working relationship. If not, it’d have ended long ago.

    That said, there’s a level of trust between all of them that would allow an ‘under the table’ agreement -if that exists here. Rules? Is there anything in the league that precludes an unwritten contract / handshake for future dealings? Nah. You’re talking about a couple of people who don’t need, at this point on the timeline, to worry about getting something on the dotted line with each other.

    The cheating nonsense, “the Patriot way”, etc., is born of creative minds and those not on the inside. We’re seeing something along the lines of the way the Yankees and Jeter had, but with a bit more intimacy. Winning takes care of the money, and Brady has been concerned with longevity and sustaining team success more than squeezing the last nickel from a team. He’s clearly just not that guy. He’s going nowhere else as a player, and who knows his path after his playing days.

    I have never, nor will I ever understand the mentality of hating on dynastic teams, great players and model franchise / owner / player relationships like this. Me, I’m pulling for this to last as long as it can- and I’m not a Pat fan, nor am I a fan of any team for that matter. The media and fan noise only diminishes the generational run this team is having. I thought the 49er dynasty wouldn’t be matched again, forget about being surpassed.

  16. I have never, nor will I ever understand the mentality of hating on dynastic teams, great players and model franchise / owner / player relationships like this.
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    You forgot the key element;

    An absolutely intolerable fan base.

  17. amaf21 says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:29 am

    it’s painfully obvious they’re paying brady under the table.

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    If it’s painfully obvious, where is the evidence to this?

  18. Vincent Alongi says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:23 am
    A couple of things I’ll point to… You don’t spend 18 mutually beneficial years with an organization by dumb luck. It needs to work, professionally and personally. I’d say both Brady and Kraft (and their coach) have enjoyed a valuable working relationship. If not, it’d have ended long ago.

    That said, there’s a level of trust between all of them that would allow an ‘under the table’ agreement -if that exists here. Rules? Is there anything in the league that precludes an unwritten contract / handshake for future dealings? Nah. You’re talking about a couple of people who don’t need, at this point on the timeline, to worry about getting something on the dotted line with each other.

    The cheating nonsense, “the Patriot way”, etc., is born of creative minds and those not on the inside. We’re seeing something along the lines of the way the Yankees and Jeter had, but with a bit more intimacy. Winning takes care of the money, and Brady has been concerned with longevity and sustaining team success more than squeezing the last nickel from a team. He’s clearly just not that guy. He’s going nowhere else as a player, and who knows his path after his playing days.

    I have never, nor will I ever understand the mentality of hating on dynastic teams, great players and model franchise / owner / player relationships like this. Me, I’m pulling for this to last as long as it can- and I’m not a Pat fan, nor am I a fan of any team for that matter. The media and fan noise only diminishes the generational run this team is having. I thought the 49er dynasty wouldn’t be matched again, forget about being surpassed.

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    Refreshing honesty.

    Thank you.

    I used to sit in front of a tv on late Sunday afternoons in front of a roaring fire after hopefully watching the Pats on tv and dreaming about the Pats one day becoming even remotely close to the 49ers.

    Now, it’s here, it’s been here and I get the jealous, but the level of creepy by the owners, commissioner and Goodell’s biggest fans (jealous NFL trolls, including the media), is disturbing.

    They’re all trying to make money off of them in some way. The internet has changed everything.

  19. “…since he’s making just $15 million each of the next two years, far below market value regardless his age.”

    Conveniently overlooking Brady’s signing & roster bonuses that put his actual cash value at $22m for each of the next 2years to make your point? The reality is Brady has always gotten his and gotten it upfront while never playing the last year of a contract. Sure he could hold the Patriots up for more but the truth is in the time they have both been in the league Mr Discount has actually out earned the supposedly greedy Drew Brees. He and New England have a mutual trust and understanding that have allowed his contracts to be structured in such a way that his actual cash earnings have been at or near the top while consistently keeping his cap hit reasonable. Brady and New England have been the smartest kids in the room and shown a lot of trust and faith in each other while playing the cap like a Stradivarius and doing it without a moment’s rancor. Why isn’t that the story? It would be a much more interesting one.

  20. magnumpimustache says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:41 am
    The evil empire continues…..

    All those picks in the first couple of rounds, all going on Defense.

    Pats easily go 19-0 this season.

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    Nope. They need OT, QB and WR somewhere.

    Maybe RB, too, but later rounds.

  21. aarons444 says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:32 am
    I have never, nor will I ever understand the mentality of hating on dynastic teams, great players and model franchise / owner / player relationships like this.
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    You forgot the key element;

    An absolutely intolerable fan base.
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    Thank you, thank you very much. That’s actually a compliment. We don’t want to be tolerated, how very bland that would be. We refuse to be bland. We want to be hated. If you hate us, it’s because our team is kicking your team’s butts, and that’s the best thing ever. Let’s be intolerable forever!

  22. sportnik2 says:
    April 10, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Kraft screwed his team over by forcing BB to trade Jimmy GQ. It’ll get ugly for Kraft if he did this knowing that Brady only had 2 years left. It’s never good when your owner starts meddling in player personnel…
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    This narrative gets posted on every Pats thread and I surely wish the posters could explain it.

    1. The OWNER intentionally screws over his own team?

    2. Everything known about Bellichik says he would quit before he would allow himself to be “forced” into a trade by someone.

    3. Even Bellichik wouldn’t have the nerve to trade away the following year the GOAT QB who just won the MVP and put up 505 non garbage time yards in the SB that your inept coaching may have lost. Brady is playing BETTER now than he was 10 years ago.

    4. It’s a business, and there are long term financial benefits in marketing and advertising to a team in having the greatest QB to finish his tenure there.

  23. Thank you, thank you very much. That’s actually a compliment. We don’t want to be tolerated, how very bland that would be. We refuse to be bland. We want to be hated. If you hate us, it’s because our team is kicking your team’s butts, and that’s the best thing ever. Let’s be intolerable forever!
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    Props for owning it!

    Refreshing when compared to the paranoid delusions your buddies post.

  24. magnumpimustache says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:41 am
    The evil empire continues…..

    All those picks in the first couple of rounds, all going on Defense.

    Pats easily go 19-0 this season.
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    Every season is the 19-0 season, and it never comes. I have no idea who BB will draft (I’ve never payed attention to other team’s drafts), but I think it would be a mistake for them to not reload some offensive talent this year. Think on this for a moment take a WR and LT in the 1st and a QB in the 2nd. Brady trains up the WR in the Pat’s system and have the QB train up under McDaniel’s (Brady isn’t known to be much of QB mentor) to be ready in 2-4 years when Brady retires. It’s foolish at this point to not recognize that getting Brady in the 6th or 7th or whatever it was, was incredibility fortunate and not part of some genius master plan.

  25. helicopterpilot13 says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:54 am
    The Patriots wil not win a Super Bowl this upcoming season. It’s over.

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    Well the team that lost the Super Bowl last made it back to the big game in the 1993 season, and the Bills lost. The last time the team that lost the Super Bowl won the next big game was 1972 season when the Dolphins came off a loss and had the perfect season.

    So cards are stacked against the Patriots historically. However, it’s a good thing past events have no impact on the outcome of future events. Nobody thought the Patriots could get to 7 straight AFC Championship games either, but after 6 was behind them their odds to make the next one was the same as any other year.

    I think the Patriots experience makes them uniquely positioned to shake off the loss and be a top team again. And like Brady said… you have to be in that game if you want to win the Super Bowl, so you have to risk losing. Making it back and winning are two different things.

  26. Have yet to see any evidence that Mr. Kraft was involved in the Jimmy G. trade, except from the mediots on the airwaves who usually spew half truths.. a half truth is still a lie.

    Yesterday it was reported that #12 and Edelman were working out in the bubble, on their own, in the Pats complex… that does not sound like the actions of a discontent.

    It is unrealistic for any team whether on the bottom or on the top to not have personality conflicts, some of what is being reported is just BS and fodder for sportstalk radio..

  27. I love the people that think Kraft forced BB to trade Jimmy G. How ridiculous.

    After 24 years of being a model owner, and running a model franchise that is on an unprecedented run of success in the HISTORY OF THE NFL precisely more than anything else because of a rock solid organizational structure and way of doing business Kraft all of a sudden decides to become Daniel Snyder, Jerry Jones or Jimmy Haslam?

    Why can’t people accept the simple truth: BB traded Garropolo for a second rounder because it was all he could get for him at that time!

  28. Quite obvious TB is getting paid off the books, smh! Only reason he’s be ok with bottom of the barrel pay … Glennon makes more $$, Osweiler too, lol

  29. DennisT says:
    April 10, 2018 at 10:53 am
    I love the people that think Kraft forced BB to trade Jimmy G. How ridiculous.

    After 24 years of being a model owner, and running a model franchise that is on an unprecedented run of success in the HISTORY OF THE NFL precisely more than anything else because of a rock solid organizational structure and way of doing business Kraft all of a sudden decides to become Daniel Snyder, Jerry Jones or Jimmy Haslam?

    Why can’t people accept the simple truth: BB traded Garropolo for a second rounder because it was all he could get for him at that time!

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    Exactly. The better question is, why weren’t the Bears, Skins, Cardinals, and yes, the 9ers, banging down the door to try to trade for him? This is how poorly run MOST of the NFL is.

    Jimmy was only going to go to an NFC team, and these GMs failed their franchises.

    Absolutely comical to blame BB for poorly run franchises elsewhere.

  30. Kraft meant to say I am already paying him enough money under the table, we don’t need to up his official salary at all….

  31. helicopterpilot13 says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:54 am
    The Patriots wil not win a Super Bowl this upcoming season. It’s over.

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    Well the team that lost the Super Bowl last made it back to the big game in the 1993 season, and the Bills lost. The last time the team that lost the Super Bowl won the next big game was 1972 season when the Dolphins came off a loss and had the perfect season.

    So cards are stacked against the Patriots historically. However, it’s a good thing past events have no impact on the outcome of future events. Nobody thought the Patriots could get to 7 straight AFC Championship games either, but after 6 was behind them their odds to make the next one was the same as any other year.

    I think the Patriots experience makes them uniquely positioned to shake off the loss and be a top team again. And like Brady said… you have to be in that game if you want to win the Super Bowl, so you have to risk losing. Making it back and winning are two different things.

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    The SB loss thing is true, but that’s mainly reflective of a team that went all in for a short window of time, onlyu to fade off.

    NE lost last year’s SB with numerous players not available from the SB prior vs Atlanta.

    They’ll get those guys back and with a good draft, which appears likely, the Pats are in good position to be a 1 or 2 seed yet again. Health is the key, obviously. NE didn’t have much of that last year.

    IN other words, NE’s SB 46 loss into 2012 is not really comparable to what the 2018 team will look like, not to mention, most of the league is in a raging cap hell and/or rebuilding compared to even 5 years ago. That Flacco contract changed it all.

  32. Every year the Pats have at least 9 new players – draftees, free agents, & trades on their 53 man squad. On the SB winning 2016 squad there were only 29 left from the 2014 SB winning squad.

  33. If Kirk Cousins is worth $84M guaranteed, then TB12 is worth $100M… per Super Bowl win (5) plus $25M per postseason berth/Super Bowl appearance (7) = $675 Million… “GUARANTEED”!

    Pay up now, crafty Kraft, or see Brady leave for sunny Miami (Dolphins).

  34. It’s time to move the money around if Brady wants to keep playing. Turn the 14mil base into a signing bonus and pay him league minimum. How can Kraft say both sides are happy when Brady has a 22mil cap hit.

  35. Quite obvious TB is getting paid off the books, smh! Only reason he’s be ok with bottom of the barrel pay
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    Only 11 QBs will make more than Brady in 2018.

    As it stands today, he will make more than Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, pending their new deals.

    That also puts him in the top 20 in terms of all of the NFL.

    I like that people think he plays for free though.

  36. Kraft sold Brady out during deflategate and then allowed Belichick to rub Brady/TB12’s face in it when Belichick went after Gronk for training with TB12. Kraft/Belichick want it both ways and the Patriots are for the worse. Great coaches and manager have to understand how to change wit the times. At some point, Shula couldn’t, Noll couldn’t, and Landry couldn’t. Belichick is coming off of a Super Bowl appearance, but even that wasn’t his greatest effort. This team needs to fix itself.

  37. Kraft is going senile, and if he’s not careful, will accidentally reveal the under the table agreement he made to compensate Tommy in another way. This does not sound like an owner who is grateful his star QB has taken a 50% pay cut to help the teams cap. It sounds like a guy who back of his mind knows Brady is being handsomely paid, just in ways not disclosed to the public.

  38. If the Pats move up and pick a top QB in this draft… Tom Brady will not finish the season in NE.

    You heard it here first.

  39. weepingjebus says:
    April 10, 2018 at 8:32 am
    Smart man. Seems like a great relationship, I wish them the best.
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    If he were that smart he wouldn’t be discussing the team with the media and let Belichick take care of it.

  40. tylawspick6 says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:14 am

    ajzinnecker says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:10 am
    As much as I hate the Patriots and Brady…this is why they are successful. Brady doesn’t hold his team hostage by demanding the highest contract. Aaron Rodgers might be more talented (right now), but he holds his team back by taking the most money. His new contract will cripple the Packers more. The Patriots win Superbowls by having talent at every level. QB, WR, TE, and Defense.

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    Yes, but why do you hate greatness? Serious question.

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    Most fans don’t really hate the Patriots. They respect them. It’s the vocal pinkhat fanbase that’s a completely different story.

  41. 17 blackouts in a row. An NFL record that still stands to this day.

    Once Brady leaves and the pinkhats with him it will be interesting to see how long it takes for the Patriots to chase their own record.

  42. pastabelly says:
    April 10, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Kraft sold Brady out during deflategate and then allowed Belichick to rub Brady/TB12’s face in it when Belichick went after Gronk for training with TB12. Kraft/Belichick want it both ways and the Patriots are for the worse. Great coaches and manager have to understand how to change wit the times. At some point, Shula couldn’t, Noll couldn’t, and Landry couldn’t. Belichick is coming off of a Super Bowl appearance, but even that wasn’t his greatest effort. This team needs to fix itself.

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    The coaching isn’t what beat them. They just got beat by a better football team. It happens.

    As for Belichick he obviously understood that a midget corner who allowed a 103.3 passer rating this season when targeted wouldn’t make a difference in the result and I believe he was correct in his assessment.

  43. My thoughts.

    1. TB doesn’t need to worry about money between what he makes in endorsements and the fact that he is married to a woman that is worth more than 10x what he is, his contract doesn’t matter to him as much as winning. So he doesn’t need to be paid under the table. So why do it?

    2. Kraft forced the trade of JG. Yeah right, what forced that trade is that Brady was still playing reasonably well and wanted to play another year or 2. JG would be an UFA this off-season where unless they franchised him, which they couldn’t afford, he was gone. So trading him was the only option where they could get something for him. This is unlike the Redskins who weren’t smart enough to do that a year or 2 ago, when they still had leverage.

    With the trade a bunch of things were accomplished. 1. They got something for JG. 2. They made sure that he was in the other conference playing for a team meaning that they wouldn’t have to worry about playing him often nor soon. 3. They JG a solid by sending him to a team where he would most definitely get a chance to start, where they had a young coach that is good with QBs, wants to prove himself, and has the pieces where JG has a realistic chance to have success.

    All of these things are smart business moves. Since they aren’t in the manner of the typical petty, selfish, self-absorbed traits of players and teams they seem illogical, however they are refreshing even if I don’t like the Pats.

  44. “Kraft: “It’s just unbelievable. It speaks to the way he takes care of himself, THE WAY HE TRAINS, … ”

    So, I guess we know whose side the boss has taken in the Guerrero/Belichick spat.”

    Actually I think he’s referring to the time and energy he puts into training, not the how of it.

    The best example of this was a story told by Darrell Revis about when he first joined the Pats. He came in to work out at 7:15 AM the first day and Brady was already in the weight room working out. He came in the next day at 7:00 AM and Brady was already in the weight room working out. Third day he came in at 6:30 AM and Brady was already in the weight room working out. Fourth day he came in at 6:00 AM and Brady was already in the weight room working out.

    At which point Revis said screw it, I’m not going to try and beat Brady in any more.

  45. Braz says:
    April 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    17 blackouts in a row. An NFL record that still stands to this day.

    Once Brady leaves and the pinkhats with him it will be interesting to see how long it takes for the Patriots to chase their own record.
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    Considering the blackout rule was eliminated a few years ago…

  46. “Kraft is going senile, and if he’s not careful, will accidentally reveal the under the table agreement he made to compensate Tommy in another way.”

    1. Brady and his wife are worth approximately 1/2 billion dollars, he doesn’t need to be compensated in “another way”

    2. Brady is allowed to have his TB12 Sports Clinic in Patriot Place by Kraft, which violates no league rule. That’s the future of Brady’s work once he retires from the NFL, and is the closest thing to “extra compensation” Brady is getting.

    I swear some of you people live in a fantasy world and dream at night about mean ol’ Tom Brady, mean ol’ Bill Belichick and the mean ol’ Pats.

    Lolz

  47. All I can say id ” FLY, EAGLES , FLY…on the road to victory”. Yes The Pats got our team once in the SB but we finally got them! That’s what makes the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory so special…they beat the best team in the NFL for the last 15 years.

  48. “Once Brady leaves and the pinkhats with him it will be interesting to see how long it takes for the Patriots to chase their own record.”

    I, for one, don’t think the Patriots will collapse when Brady retires. The Patriots likely would not have been as successful without him, and he has been a key piece, but still a piece. I see Belichick as an equivalent, if not greater, piece which has brought success to the franchise.

    If Belichick can find a credible replacement for Brady, I think the Pats success will continue unabated at least until he retires. That is why losing JG was difficult for many fans, he seemed like a credible replacement for Brady. I look forward to seeing what JG can, or can not, do over the next couple of years. I am especially curious to see what unfolds one the QB front in NE over the same time frame and hope Belichick can work some magic.

  49. Surely Brady has said he would at least see his contract out because they traded Jimmy G. Unfortunately I think Brady will play another 4 years or at least until he wins another Super Bowl. I think Brady and his film showed him at the end of the season when everybody is tired but once he is rested up and realise he’s along time retired he’ll get fired up again.

  50. Most fans don’t really hate the Patriots. They respect them. It’s the vocal pinkhat fanbase that’s a completely different story.
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    At least the Pats fan base isn’t afraid to stand behind its team. You refuse to even acknowledge which team you root for without missing a Pats article and posting some sort of negative comment. I’ll take a pink hat over a troll any day of the week.

  51. blessedunliketherest says:
    April 10, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Most fans don’t really hate the Patriots. They respect them. It’s the vocal pinkhat fanbase that’s a completely different story.
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    At least the Pats fan base isn’t afraid to stand behind its team. You refuse to even acknowledge which team you root for without missing a Pats article and posting some sort of negative comment. I’ll take a pink hat over a troll any day of the week.

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    Not really sure what team I support has to do with this discussion.

    We’ll see how well the pinkhats stand behind their team once Brady and Belichick leaves and the pinkhats start to experience losing, something they’ve never known since they’ve only been Pats fans since 2001.

    I’m guessing not too well. As I said, 17 Home Blackouts in a row, an NFL record which still stands today. That alone should have warranted relocation. So I’d say those loyal fans are few and far between.

  52. Braz says:
    April 10, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    blessedunliketherest says:
    April 10, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    I’ll take a pink hat over a troll any day of the week.
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    I am blunt, objective and tell it like it is. If you think that’s a “troll” then have at it.

  53. I am blunt, objective and tell it like it is. If you think that’s a “troll” then have at it.
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    Yet, in both of your dribbled responses you continue to refuse to state which team you root for. I’ve asked numerous times and you refuse to answer. Its not really that secretive of a question, so I’m puzzled as to why it continues to go unanswered. If you want to promote yourself as some blunt, objective trailblazer, be blunt with this simple question.

  54. This clearly shows that Brady and Kraft have gone their separate ways. Look for Kraft to dump him in the off season or before the season ends. I just wonder if Brady will come clean about Spygate and Ballghazi when he’s finally booted out of there.

  55. Im happy to take a 41 year old Tom Brady over ANY OTHER QB IN THE LEAGUE. Go Pats!
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    Hi Homer. I’ll take A. Rodgers. Must younger, and better.

  56. aarons444 says:

    April 10, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Only 11 QBs will make more than Brady in 2018.

    As it stands today, he will make more than Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, pending their new deals.

    That also puts him in the top 20 in terms of all of the NFL.

    I like that people think he plays for free though.

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    It’s almost free considering some of the names ahead of him (same also applies to Aaron Rodgers). And going by average annual payment over the contract, Brady drops to 16th.

    And “top 20” is a strange indicator you chose for QBs. Top paid 20 WRs would be a nice place to be since there’s a lot more of them on the field and on the roster. Top 20 paid QBs, not so much.

  57. Braz says:

    Not really sure what team I support has to do with this discussion.

    We’ll see how well the pinkhats stand behind their team once Brady and Belichick leaves and the pinkhats start to experience losing, something they’ve never known since they’ve only been Pats fans since 2001.

    I’m guessing not too well. As I said, 17 Home Blackouts in a row, an NFL record which still stands today. That alone should have warranted relocation. So I’d say those loyal fans are few and far between.

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    Pats have been selling out since 1993. If your going to call out bandwagon fans, at least get the year right. It started with the Parcells/Bledsoe era, not Brady/Belichick.

  58. “Pats have been selling out since 1993. If your going to call out bandwagon fans, at least get the year right. It started with the Parcells/Bledsoe era, not Brady/Belichick.”

    The whole bandwagon fan thing is one of the single weakest forms of smack talk there is. Its so lame.

    And even before 1993 there were plenty of Pats fans. I don’t remember much of the 85 Super Bowl because the Bears destroyed the Pats almost from the opening kickoff and that was one of the two times in my life I got blackout drunk and couldn’t remember anything after the first quarter. But I remember the rest of the season and the “squish the fish” playoff game. I remember the years before that where indeed the stadium was not often full. There are plenty of Pats fans from that era.

  59. Braz says:

    The coaching isn’t what beat them. They just got beat by a better football team. It happens.

    As for Belichick he obviously understood that a midget corner who allowed a 103.3 passer rating this season when targeted wouldn’t make a difference in the result and I believe he was correct in his assessment.

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    Coaching was a MASSIVE part of it. The Pats defensive gameplan was trash and it showed. And Butler is considerably better than what they put out there. He’s an above average corner and he is also one of their best tacklers in the secondary. He played 97% of snaps this year. Butler’s tackling skill would have helped immensely with all the chunk yardage the Eagles managed after the front 7 lost control of the play.

    And Butler is 5′ 11”, 190, he’s not that small.

  60. amaf21 says:
    April 10, 2018 at 9:29 am
    it’s painfully obvious they’re paying brady under the table.

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    show me the proof. until you do, nobody will believe that. its just another way that tom is better than your loser qb.

  61. Brady would rather see the team win than get paid. It is a luxury for him, the team, and his teammates.

    Fans from other teams will make a federal case out a guy being generous.

  62. harrisonhits2 says:

    April 10, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    “Pats have been selling out since 1993. If your going to call out bandwagon fans, at least get the year right. It started with the Parcells/Bledsoe era, not Brady/Belichick.”

    The whole bandwagon fan thing is one of the single weakest forms of smack talk there is. Its so lame.

    And even before 1993 there were plenty of Pats fans. I don’t remember much of the 85 Super Bowl because the Bears destroyed the Pats almost from the opening kickoff and that was one of the two times in my life I got blackout drunk and couldn’t remember anything after the first quarter. But I remember the rest of the season and the “squish the fish” playoff game. I remember the years before that where indeed the stadium was not often full. There are plenty of Pats fans from that era.

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    Agreed. And even if there were “bandwagon” fans that came on in ’93, 24 years is kind of the antithesis of the term “bandwagon” as time goes on. And the mid to late 70’s Pats had some pretty good teams as well.

  63. The minions are now accusing Brady and Kraft of planning to give Brady a share of the team. Personally, I expect Brady to buy into ownership to give Kraft the cash to pay taxes on a transfer to his kids. He would be a great face of the franchise.

    I have expected that ever since Brady moved from Brentwood to Brookline, next to Kraft. Bentwood wins on climate and not much else in that exchange. And if he does, there is absolutely no prohibition on it.

  64. The Pat’s have been paying Bradys TB12 Sports rehab company millions for years. This was exposed by the Boston Globe a few years back.Its a way to pay him and cheat the cap at the same time. By paying him this way they can sign a few players they wouldn’t be able to sign otherwise. It’s not fair to the teams that follow the rules. The Pat’s are known as cheaters because they cheat in every way possible.

  65. swampthaaang says:

    April 10, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    The Pat’s have been paying Bradys TB12 Sports rehab company millions for years. This was exposed by the Boston Globe a few years back.Its a way to pay him and cheat the cap at the same time. By paying him this way they can sign a few players they wouldn’t be able to sign otherwise. It’s not fair to the teams that follow the rules. The Pat’s are known as cheaters because they cheat in every way possible.

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    Sweet short story man. Too bad the facts don’t hold up. The librarian has filed this under “fiction”.

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