Tom Brady: Feelings about no 2020 franchise tag aren’t for others to know

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In addition to giving him a raise for the 2019 season, the new deal that quarterback Tom Brady signed with the Patriots allows him a path to free agency in 2020 by voiding the final two years of the deal at the end of the 2019 league year and barring the Patriots from using the franchise tag.

Brady was asked about barring the franchise tag during a Monday appearance on WEEI.

“Those are some personal feelings and there’s a lot of personal conversations I’ve had that really aren’t for other people’s knowledge,” Brady said. “I think what this is about is this season and dealing with this year. Beyond this year, whether it’s signing five more years, or signing a franchise tag, or not playing, none of those things needed to be decided this year. I think what it was was focusing on this season and being in the right mental, emotional frame of mind to go out there and perform at my highest level.”

Brady said several times during the interview that his focus is solely on this year and added “you control the things you can control” when asked about wanting to finish his career with the Patriots. Avoiding a potential franchise tag leaves Brady with more control about how things play out in 2020.

20 responses to “Tom Brady: Feelings about no 2020 franchise tag aren’t for others to know

  1. He is right, play out tbis season and then decide if he wants to continue to play. The Patriots would never in a million years let him leave. And he is smart enough to know that. This is such a non story and hard to believe it is even being discussed. Which journalist asked him about leaving the Patriots or being a free agent ?? That is laughable. Not a chance in the world he puts a different uniform on. Just stop with that talk!!!

  2. Tb12 will keep winning and get bored eventually its been 20 years now give other teams a chance

  3. The CBA is due. This is a huge factor in this deal. No one is sure how it will be structured so signing an older player to a long term deal would be dumb right now. NE is giving Brady what he wants by being in control and NE is ok with it based on the relationship.

    Sitdham is the insurance.

    The deal works for both sides. Not much else to see here.

  4. The CBA is due. This is a huge factor in this deal. No one is sure how it will be structured so signing an older player to a long term deal would be dumb right now. NE is giving Brady what he wants by being in control and NE is ok with it based on the relationship.

    Sitdham is the insurance.

    The deal works for both sides. Not much else to see here.

  5. When is he retiring. We get it Tom you are the best please leave tho so someone else can get a chance now

  6. jets2469 says:
    August 12, 2019 at 8:51 am
    When is he retiring. We get it Tom you are the best please leave tho so someone else can get a chance now

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    LOL

    Expect more suffering for years. No one in the Pats org. will ever forget the Jets-induced cheating with Goodell and decade long smear campaign started by the Jets.

  7. Brees’ has been down this road twice. Do they have the same agent? No trade, no franchise tag. If Brady leaves, the Pats will have a dead cap of 13 million for him.

  8. Stidham will be ready to work with BB, McDaniels, or Mayo to help continue the dynasty when Brady does walk away. Assuming Brady walks away at some point between now and 45. If Brady decides to stick around until 50 or beyond, the Pats might have to trade Stidham for some picks and groom another one.

  9. “You control the things you can control”. Excellent advice from someone who has excelled at may aspects of life.

  10. NE players and coaches don’t talk about next year; why bother asking? Its all about tomorrow or the next game. 4 of 5 Super Bowl appearances validate that mentality.

  11. All this over-analyzing is simply because the salty mountain of hate have been wanting to be proved right every year of the last 5 that Brady’s too old an/or somehow unhappy at the Pats!

    But regardless of what contracts say, any QB over 40 is year-to-year. What it does for Pats is keep tabs on Brady and make him a realistically expensive prospect for other teams should Brady retire in Feb then want to play elsewhere. Or if he’s too injured the Pats have an option to void. Or if he’s ok to keep playing they can do a new contract. Like I said, it’s year to year.

  12. Fully expect Brady to be back with the Pats. But if the unexpected would happen I’d just say thanks for the huge amounts of entertainment he’s given me over the years and good luck with his new team except when they play the Pats. If he decides to retire so be it.

  13. He retires next year. I think that was always the plan. The extra cash was severance pay – a gift. Giselle has put her career on the back burner for awhile, so its time to move closer to the hub of the fashion world.
    Stidham looks like a worthy heir to the throne. The o-line is incredible, and the defense is flush. Salary cap in good shape. They can eat the dead money from Tom over the next few years.
    The beat goes on.

  14. The way Brady is talking, and the circumstances surrounding that talk, all point to a distinct possibility he will be in another uniform in 2020. I strongly suspect both he and BB would welcome a chance to show what they can do without the other.

  15. If Brady voids the last 2 years and walks to another team his legacy is going to take a hit in NE. No two ways about it. Favre’s recovered so in the end no biggie but he’s going to take a hit if he bails.

  16. Stidham… the next GOAT.

    And they’ll find another GOAT after that. 🙂

    Greatest organization and team in the history of sports, anytime, anywhere, any place.

    Period.

    PERIOD.

  17. fireroger says:
    August 12, 2019 at 3:07 pm
    If Brady voids the last 2 years and walks to another team his legacy is going to take a hit in NE. No two ways about it. Favre’s recovered so in the end no biggie but he’s going to take a hit if he bails.
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    He’s not going anywhere. 🙂

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