Tom Brady doesn’t understand why people care about his contract

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At a time when some (well, one) in the media keeps pushing the idea that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won’t be back with the Patriots next year, Brady was asked about the situation during his weekly media availability.

“My contract situation hasn’t changed in many months, so I don’t know why it gets brought up now,” Brady told reporters. “I don’t know. I think it’s just hype, media, and everyone’s trying to make money and that’s what it’s about. I don’t get into it. I mean, honestly, my situation hasn’t changed. I’m just focused on what I’m always focused on, which is this week, trying to be a great quarterback for this team. As I said the other day, things happened at the right times, but this isn’t the right time.”

In fairness to the facts, however, his contract situation did indeed change. Brady’s latest contract removed from the table the possibility of the franchise tag in 2020, guaranteeing that — absent an extension — Brady will become a free agent in March.

That doesn’t mean he’ll leave. But his contract situation definitely has changed in the past two months.

Asked whether Brady gets tired of the chatter regarding his contract (poor you), Brady tried to crack a joke.

“I’m a 42 year-old man, man,” Brady said. “I get tired. No, it’s just — part of it’s just being Tom Brady, I guess.”

Yes it is. And it’s a small price to pay for the money and the fame and everything that goes along with being Tom Brady.

53 responses to “Tom Brady doesn’t understand why people care about his contract

  1. He may just go year to year from here on out because he’s not sure when he’ll pull the plug.

  2. Going nowhere. As much stock in this fantasy as Russia collusion.

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    Keep your politics out of football…..isnt that what everyone says???

  3. “..part of it’s just being Tom Brady, I guess.”

    Yep. There’s TOM BRADY/TB12/GOAT and focus of either immense respect or reason disabling envy and jealousy, then there’s Tom Brady the real guy living under the weight (good and bad) of that celebrity. “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

  4. O.J. Howard to the Patriots. Make it happen, Belichick. A trade for Danny Amendola would be cool, too.

  5. Going nowhere. As much stock in this fantasy as Russia collusion
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    Keep your politics out of football…..isnt that what everyone says???

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    Translation: I’m a liberal and you have offended me. Triggered. Attack Mode activated.

  6. Good for Brady. Can’t blame him for being bothered by lazy reporters making up more fake news. It’s happening everywhere in the media now

  7. We have never heard Brady talk like this. It’s a different feeling this year.

    If the Patriots win it all, it seems inevitable that he walks away and the Brady Dynasty will end on his own terms.

  8. He knows exactly why people care, it’s related to him, and he knows his brand. It’s impossible for him or especially Giselle to not know. I don’t fall for his ‘aw shucks’ bit. The dude could literally can his farts and sell them in greater New England and they would sell out there.

  9. Pats would never tag anyway – he’s never been a money-seeker & always does team-friendly deals. And the Brady’s are house-buying in Connecticut. But regardless of contract structure the reality is at 42 any QB is year-to-year. End-of. Please stop these offseason fantasy stories

  10. People care because they want an answer to the old question, is it Brady or is it the system? The only way to answer this is to go play somewhere else. Montana did it, Peyton did it, can Brady do it?

  11. pastabelly says:
    October 25, 2019 at 6:32 pm
    We have never heard Brady talk like this. It’s a different feeling this year.

    If the Patriots win it all, it seems inevitable that he walks away and the Brady Dynasty will end on his own terms.

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    The old ‘it feels different this time’ adage has been used up long ago. We have been hearing ‘oh but this year feels different’ since way back when he wasn’t even 40 yet.

  12. Nothing has changed. Brady is concentrating on the season. If NE does well why would Brady want to go anywhere else or BB want another QB? Doesn’t make sense. The legacy question or BB and Brady wanting to prove they can win without each other is a phony narrative. Their number one goal is to win. They have worked very well together. Others seem to want to split them up.

  13. If the Patriots win the Super Bowl this year, I would think that Brady would be tempted to stay one more year and go for the THREE-PEAT.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 25, 2019 at 6:46 pm
    People care because they want an answer to the old question, is it Brady or is it the system? The only way to answer this is to go play somewhere else. Montana did it, Peyton did it, can Brady do it?

    Lame argument

    First when Montana went to KC Gunther Cunningham went with him
    Gunther was the QB coach in SF and became the O coordinator in KC
    They ran the SAME SYSTEM.

    When Manning went to Denver the offense looked exactly the same as it did in Indy.

    When GK became the coach in Denver he preferred Brock run his SYSTEM because it called for more boot legs/ role outs and that wasn’t Manning strong point.

    Brady is the SYSTEM you know how we know this.
    Josh McDaniels went to Denver and ran the same SYSTEM and it wasn’t as good

    He then went to the Rams and ran the same SYSTEM and it didn’t work
    We know this because when Danny Amandola came from the Rams to the Patriots he said “it’s the same SYSTEM just some different terminology

    We also know the BB has NOTHING to do with the offense
    We know this because BB said it in the last Patriots SB show on NFL network

    “ the game plane for the offense is all installed by Josh”
    “I’m not in those meetings with him in Tom”

    So sorry there is no magical BB system

  15. I think the TB12 Brand will need him to finish strong, and finish in place. Every picture of him is in a Patriots uniform. TB12 wearing another uniform would sully the image. So I do think he will end it before he falls off a cliff. I just don’t know if he is feeling that yet. I’d have to think going out on top is a strong consideration, and knowing how hard it is to win Super Bowls, if they win this year, he could call it a career. But that Three-Peat would be hanging out there and the temptation to chase it would be great. It’s not like it would all be on his back either because they have most of the other pieces….

  16. Brady deserves to have the freedom to play or not to play, to stay with the Patriots or move on, to care about the dollars or not care.

    If I was Kraft I would be lining up Brady to be the face of the organization as a minority owner. He needs to transition out of the lineup and Jonathan is ready to step in but the second generation of owner almost never lives up to the greats.

    Brady can keep the franchise dominant post him as a player and Belichick as a coach. Jonathan would be smart to welcome Brady into the fold.

    All that said, I think Brady wants to write his own next chapter.

  17. Schefter went on TV last week and made a big deal about how Brady’s trainer’s house was ALSO on the market when in fact he had just bought a new one in Plymouth, MA close to Foxboro.

  18. Flash1287, I don’t ever remember Gunther Cunningham being an offensive coach in the NFL. Gunther served primarily as a defensive coordinator throughout his career. He was the DC for the Raiders in the early 90’s. He also had two stints with the Chiefs as DC as well as the Lions.

  19. Team friendly contracts. Loyalty to Pats. Legacy with Pats. Why would he go anywhere else at his age? My take is he wants to play as long as he’s healthy and helping the team win, then give them a chance to find a quality replacement if at all possible.

  20. Never did to be honest. Why do all you pats fans give all these opinions about #9s contract down here in Nola? Players get paid period.

  21. I think this is what happened: Brady said he wants to play til he’s 45. The Pats said is there any chance at all you might retire earlier? Brady said yes. The Pats said well then doing a long term deal is too risky, as we’d have to eat the dead cap money in the later years. So they agreed to go year to year. Period. End of story.

  22. 76raiders says:
    October 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm
    Flash1287, I don’t ever remember Gunther Cunningham being an offensive coach in the NFL. Gunther served primarily as a defensive coordinator throughout his career. He was the DC for the Raiders in the early 90’s. He also had two stints with the Chiefs as DC as well as the Lions.

    My bad it was Paul Hacket

  23. Tired?
    Maybe there’s a recipe in your $200 cookbook that your personal chef can prepare, that will boost your energy level.

  24. travis1980 says:
    October 25, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    Going nowhere. As much stock in this fantasy as Russia collusion
    _________

    Keep your politics out of football…..isnt that what everyone says???

    _________

    Translation: I’m a liberal and you have offended me. Triggered. Attack Mode activated.

    ________________

    Translation: “I’m a Trumpzi and my cult leader is beyond reproach.”

    The fact is there was Russian collusion, Trump was right in the middle of it. He remains a Russian asset. But hey, they put blinders on horses so they will walk straight ahead without seeing what is going on around them.

  25. True journalism has been absent in this country for about 10 years now. “Writers” can write anything they want and see what gets attention. Guys like Mortensen and Schefter and the idiot who wrote that article last year are looking for clicks and attention. TRUE journalism is dead.

  26. Brady’s contract situation hasn’t changed since he signed it this offseason. He’s right, the only reason it’s being brought up now is because ESPN needed to fill some air time and they know speculating about the end of the Pats dynasty and “friction” between Brady and Belichick gets clicks and eyeballs to their content. Sad really. Are the games so boring this year we need to start speculating about where and if Brady will play next year in Week 7 of the current year? We’re not even halfway through the year yet!

  27. Brady seems to want one thing. To finish what the Pats didn’t finish in 2007. 19-0 and then hang it up.

  28. The haters are loving this but it’s just fools gold. Instead of hoping the dynasty ends try rooting for your team to be better.

  29. “The haters are loving this but it’s just fools gold. Instead of hoping the dynasty ends try rooting for your team to be better.”

    I can chew gum and walk at the same time.

    It’s funny; Brady has been the monster in the closet for me for a long time now. But he is absolutely not scary this year. The Pats D is, but he isn’t.

    If they win the Lombardi this year, it’s because of the D, like Peyton’s last year. I’d be surprised if Brady tried to come back again next year. He’ll only continue to decline.

  30. I don’t like ESPN at all,but to be fair,there is a story out there that Brady offered his # 12 jersey to Sanu. Does that not throw gas on the fire? Come on,Tom…you are contributing to the curiosity. Besides,#12 will and should be retired.

  31. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 25, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    People care because they want an answer to the old question, is it Brady or is it the system? The only way to answer this is to go play somewhere else. Montana did it, Peyton did it, can Brady do it?
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    He’ll be 43, you know that right?

  32. “ I don’t like ESPN at all,but to be fair,there is a story out there that Brady offered his # 12 jersey to Sanu. Does that not throw gas on the fire? Come on,Tom…you are contributing to the curiosity. Besides,#12 will and should be retired.”

    That’s because Brady is a great teammate and is establishing a relationship by showing he will do anything to make him feel welcome and comfortable. He probably knew it was unlikely Sanu would say yes but it’s a gesture that has a positive impact. I guarantee you Sanu feels just a bit more positively than he already did about what a great situation he’s been brought into.

  33. “ If they win the Lombardi this year, it’s because of the D, like Peyton’s last year. I’d be surprised if Brady tried to come back again next year. He’ll only continue to decline.”

    Maybe, but let’s not say Brady looks or is playing anywhere near as poorly as Manning did in his last season (on a still stacked offense).

  34. People care about the contract because they know corrupt massage parlor Kraft is paying Brady under the table. There, you have your answer, cheater.

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