Figuring out the awkward Brady-Belichick-Patriots dance

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Stunning as it may be, the decision of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to stay away from Organized Team Activities isn’t really surprising. But the specific reason for his absence still isn’t known. There could be several.

Regardless, he’s not present for the critical third phase of the offseason program, which as Brady himself said five years ago lays the foundation for training camp, which in turn lays the foundation for the regular season, and so on.

In an effort to understand the situation, we invited Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston to join Wednesday’s PFT Live. From Curran’s perspective, Brady’s concerns arise in part from Belichick fatigue, and possibly also from the fact that Brady is earning peanuts in relation to other quarterbacks.

Curran agreed with the notion that Brady likely believes he shouldn’t have to ask for a raise. But Curran also said it’s possible Belichick is reluctant to give a significant increase to Brady, given how close he may be to the end of the line. And he may be even closer; Belichick surely isn’t happy with Brady’s decision to boycott OTAs, which will only make Belichick more determined to find his next potential franchise quarterback.

34 responses to “Figuring out the awkward Brady-Belichick-Patriots dance

  1. Too all the whiners who are going to comment here that Florio’s just trying to stir things up and turn this non-story into a story: No one is making you read these posts or comment on them so if it’s really that hard for you to deal with just scroll past it

  2. The Patriots should have kept Jimmy and let Brady walk. Brady’s only going to be effective a few more years at most. It’s not like they need Brady for that system to be effective in the first place.

  3. Brady looks old in that picture. Regardless of how great his nutrition is, a 40 year old body can’t do what a younger man can do. He’s going to hit a wall at some point, sooner rather than later.

  4. “Brady is earning peanuts in relation to other quarterbacks”

    Brady has made about $197.2 million in career earnings…I take some of those peanuts

  5. Brady made a decision years ago to trade money for rings. This article makes it seem as though somehow he’s been taken advantage of by the Patriots, that somehow Brady didn’t know that he could command a salary at the top of the QB pay scale.

  6. The Brady-Belichick connection as much as I hate to admit it, has been (and still is) extremely successful and the best thing that could have happened to the Patriots organization. I know as well as all of you that father time is undefeated and Brady will only be around for a few more or even 1 more season(s) but, if anybody needed to get paid for their accomplishments, it’s TB12. Cowboys fan.

  7. You’d have to be a complete fool to think Brady, isn’t still pissed at the genius for costing him another title. Should not his ego be such as large?

  8. It is likely that the Patriots “bag man” didn’t show up with enough of the “off the books” pay to Brady. NFL QBs do not give home town discounts!

  9. It is the winding down of a dynasty. All things must pass, as George Harrison famously penned. The Bill and Tom show will be in reruns soon, and the Patriots will cycle back to the bottom.

  10. metalup666 says:
    May 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm
    The Brady-Belichick connection as much as I hate to admit it, has been (and still is) extremely successful and the best thing that could have happened to the Patriots organization. I know as well as all of you that father time is undefeated and Brady will only be around for a few more or even 1 more season(s) but, if anybody needed to get paid for their accomplishments, it’s TB12. Cowboys fan.

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    How does a Cowboys fan “hate to admit” greatness in the AFC? Does this mean you’re jealous of the dynasty and the fact NE’s franchise is superior to the Cowboys’ in the cap era?

  11. More players should boycott OTAs. Unless you’re on the roster bubble or have workout bonuses in your contract, you only need to show up for a mandatory minicamp that lasts just three days.

  12. My guess is Brady is still PO’ed at Belichick for not playing Butler and believes that Belichick’s hissy-fit led to losing the SB, despite Brady’s record day heroics.
    Since JimmyG is gone, Brady is letting Belichick know that if Belichick can put his personal Krap before the priority of the team winning a Super Bowl, Brady is putting his personal Krap-tag on OTAs and winning another Super Bowl.
    Bottom line: Brady will want Kraft to make sure that Belichick is not going to screw around with the time and chances Brady has left to win another Super Bowl; which may be never again now that Brady is trying to hold Belichick accountable.

  13. My guess is that Brady is taking a little extra time hanging out with Giselle and the kids and minimizing his chance of injury. He and the team will be ready once again come September.

  14. I love this. Tne two biggest jerks in the game deserve each other.
    If he wsnted more money, then Brady should have demanded a better contract rather than doing shady under the table deals to help the team cheat the CAP.
    I hope Belicheat and Greedy Kraft screw him over.
    Go deflate some more bslls, and let some air out of your inflated ego too Tommy

  15. Belichick is a great football coach but he’s at a 7th grade level in maturity. When he feels slighted or one upped his defense is to grow surly and confrontational thus his press conferences. Right now he’s doin a slow burn that will not extinguish until he makes an example of Brady for daring to stand up to him

  16. This doesn’t look like anything more than Brady working out with his preferred trainer until he’s required to workout with the team.

  17. Tom earns $10M less per season than Matt Ryan and thinks that is too big a difference. He is the GOAT but is continually disrespected by Belichick. He has taken less than what he’s worth for many years to help the team and everybody knows it but at the end of the day it’s Bill’s call and BB hates being squeezed by anyone (including his champion QB).

  18. Add up all the loot TB has made from the organization. Compare that to his financial impact to Kraft’s bottom line. This is a non-story…TB deserves far, far more than the greenthumbs and underachievers making far more than he does. GO PATS.

  19. I see knives are out for Belichick and it’s really disappointing. Many “fans” have forgotten that there wouldn’t be Brady without Belichick. It was Belichick that gave the former Brian Griese’s backup a shot in this league. It was Belichick who inserted Brady back into the lineup of SB 36 after Bledsoe played a solid game in AFCC game to reach the SB. He could have easily won that SB with Bledsoe. Yet, instead of receiving his due praise for turning the former Brian Griese’s backup, 199th overall draft pick into a SB winning QB, he is getting blamed.

  20. This is a riot…. so many insightful posts that have absolutely NO CLUE as to what’s happening yet so intent on throwing out their twisted hope & desires to feel better about their teams hopes of being able to compete with the Patriots…. well, MAYBE, in a few years, you’ll get your wish, but NOT anytime in the near future, that’s for sure!!!!
    Pats 12-4 or 13-3…..BRADY & BB will deliver yet again!!!

  21. BB needs to be careful he doesn’t outsmart himself, like he did by not playing Malcolm Butler when it counted most.

  22. The end is near patriots.. go ahead and tick off the only player able to take what was a dumpster fire of an organization to where it is now. It was a great run but it will end as soon as 12 hangs it up. Please hurry it along by ticking him off.

  23. The NE Bradys are an absolute disaster. They gave full control to an overrated, cheating QB who can’t even hang on to the ball. Just check out that sweet strip sack in the final minutes of the SB. The big diva thought he was going to be the hero and he there he was, staring at an empty hand. Guess there was too much air in the ball for his liking. Hahahaha.

  24. This is Tom E. Curran’s baby and he’s not objective about it. Whatever he heard from his ‘sources’ at one point now colors everything he writes. Problem is he does not know what is ‘really’ going on with Brady and Belichick and what they are actually thinking.

    Kind of a big chunk of perspective that he doesn’t know but fills in with his own speculation. That makes this story lean towards one of those dramatized ‘based on a true story’ Lifetime movies.

  25. Belichick is a great football coach but he’s at a 7th grade level in maturity. When he feels slighted or one upped his defense is to grow surly and confrontational thus his press conferences. Right now he’s doin a slow burn that will not extinguish until he makes an example of Brady for daring to stand up to him
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    He’s smart not to say anything.

    I feel bad for the guys that have to cover him. The next time he says anything worth printing will be the first time.

    .. but give me a guy like Mike Holmgren all day. Says nothing, but uses a million words to do so, and isn’t snarky in doing so, unless you were to attack one of his guys.

  26. Pats fan here – Brady is ‘underpaid’? He and the missus are selling their NY apartment for an asking price of $14 mil.

    Did I miss something?

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