Tom Brady Sr. on whether his son will return to Patriots: “It’s Bill’s decision”

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is embarking on the final four regular-season games of the 20th season of his New England career. He hasn’t — and he won’t — comment for now whether he wants to return for a 21st season.

Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., has chimed in, placing the decision on the shoulders not of his son but of his son’s coach, Bill Belichick.

“You know, I don’t know,” Brady Sr. told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald as to whether Tom Jr. will be back in 2020. “It’s hard for me to envision him playing somewhere else. He wants to play. But ultimately, it’s Bill’s decision. Nobody really knows. Bill doesn’t tip his hand. There’s just been insinuations here and there. This is really kind of between those two. They got to decide what they want.”

So what if Belichick decides to move on?

“If Bill says he doesn’t want Tommy, and Tommy wants to play, well, Joe Montana went to Kansas City,” Brady Sr. said. “”Just because Bill decides he wants to move on, that won’t dictate Tommy’s future. I’m sure there are a few other teams in the league that would want him.”

There surely would be. There currently aren’t enough good quarterbacks to go around, and Brady carries with him important business factors: The ability to sell tickets and to move merchandise. After all these years, his jersey continues to be among the best selling of all player jerseys.

Brady Sr. made it clear that he’s speculating, but as speculation goes the father of Tom Brady is probably in a better position to do it than most.

“I just know Tommy loves playing football,” Brady Sr. said. “He loves everything about it. He loves his teammates. I don’t think anyone knows right now what’s going to go on. Bill may know. Bill doesn’t make a decision he hasn’t thought long and hard about. We’ll see what he wants to do at the end of the year.”

Indeed we will. And it could result in Tom Brady following the likes of Unitas, Favre, Montana, Favre, and Peyton as a franchise quarterback who finishes his career with a franchise other than the one with which he’s most identified.

49 responses to “Tom Brady Sr. on whether his son will return to Patriots: “It’s Bill’s decision”

  1. THis is consistent with him saying “it won’t end well” a few years ago, which I knew meant this right here.

    The bottom line is, when the ego gets out of whack like it did with Manning.

    As a diehard of almost 40 years, season tickets in the family since ’78, etc, I love Brady and what he’s done and accomplished.

    That said, if BB’s eyes and time spent with Brady last year in particular and now this year, show him Brady is fading, and there IS ABSOLUTELY PLENTY of talent around him right now, which THERE IS, then it is possible BB will make that decision, which ties into Brady’s FA status.

    In other words, if BB has been working with Stidham daily since the spring, LIKE BB DID WITH JIMMYG, BB is making sure he’s dotting his Is and crossing his Ts here as well.

    Or, in other words, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE TEAM, including Brady like I’ve said for years and years.

    I tried to warn.

  2. It would be an unwise move in terms of his legacy. He would be a 43-year-old QB in obvious decline struggling with a mediocre team like the Chargers, and if the Patriots win without him, it would fuel talk that Belichick was the true engine of the dynasty.

  3. We love Bill. But if he tried to run Tom out of town while he was still playing competitively, there would not be enough tar and feathers in New England.

  4. I think Bill’s going to want Stidham to learn the machine for another year or two. I don’t think Tom is going anywhere unless he really wants to.

  5. Belichick wanted to replace him with Garapolo so Brady got Kraft to trade him away. It’s clearly Brady and Kraft’s decision if he returns.

  6. The GOAT is unmatched.

    But former GOAT Joe Montana played in a different uniform too. Sometimes the unthinkable is unthinkable… unless it isn’t. 🙂

    I certainly hope the GOAT has earned the right to go out on his terms.

  7. Thetruthspeaks says:
    December 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm
    It’s not BB’s decision. It’s Bradys decision because if Brady wants to be back Kraft will overrule BB.

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    Not this time.

    Not this time.

  8. Having watched Brady since he joined the Patriots I think it is Kraft’s choice and the way Brady, the GOAT, leaves NE is going have an impact on Kraft’s legacy.

    I also think both Brady and Belichick would take another chance on Brown. Some people will say Kraft’s decision on that is influenced by what happened down in Florida and that may make a lasting impression.

  9. There is ZERO CHANCE of Brady playing for another team. Why do people waste time writing articles like this (oh…because people like me read them!)? But seriously, if Bill decides the Pats are done with Brady, Tom will retire before putting on a Panthers jersey, or Chargers jersey, or Oakland jersey, or any other team that will most likely be looking for a QB this offseason. He values his legacy in New England and isn’t dumb enough to go somewhere and look like a washup at 43 years old and do anything that could even inadvertently tarnish his legacy. The end is obviously near, he’ll either play one more year in New England after this or he retires. End of story.

  10. footballpat says:
    December 6, 2019 at 1:16 pm
    We love Bill. But if he tried to run Tom out of town while he was still playing competitively, there would not be enough tar and feathers in New England.

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    Skipping OTAs 2 years in a row and being pouty about the personnel he’s been granted (they gave him Sanu on his own signing off on it – If you do not believe BB asks brady his opinion on certain personnel, you’re absolutely clueless – Brady is on the gameplanning, suggesting plays, approaches, etc, with BB and McDaniels and BB does not even converse with McD or Brady much during games aka it’s their show)….it’s not a good look for Tom, nor was having Antonio Brown shack up with Brady as he ignored Harry (1st rd pick, the 1st ever for Brady), and even Meyers, the latter a kid who tore it up in preseason with Sitdham.

    Brady put excess pressure on himself with all of this and his passive-aggressiveness is likely not well received by BB.

    Because, he’s been VERY passive-aggressive.

  11. Right now, Brady gives the team the best chance to win despite his age. He would likely be an upgrade – i.e., give teams a better chance to win – several other places as well. BB does what’s good for the team, period. If Brady remains the best QB on the staff, then he stays and starts. BB and NE is all about what can you do for the team the next contract, the next game.

  12. This is one Brady’s biggest games of his career Sunday. He usually answers the bell here. If he plays well finally and everyone else plays well on offense, then you may you have your answer.

    Seriously.

    He did this to himself by pretending he’s entitled to only superstar weaponry.

    So, if he is the GOAT, which he is, he needs to show us he still is. Very simple.

    How the 2 back set is not used in this offense and we’re here in December is all you need to know how poorly he and McDoofus have over-analyzed their approaches again this year as well.

  13. terripet says:
    December 6, 2019 at 1:06 pm
    Belichick didn’t want him 3 years ago and he doesn’t want him now

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    It’s not about not wanting, Einstein. It’s about BB KNOWING what he has ahead of time. Gronk’s exit wasn’t the most pleasurable for BB and the front office either. He strung them along way too long last year heading into FA and up into the draft. This has been reported on already.

    If Brady moves his feet better than he has been this year this Sunday, we’ll know he’s taking the coaching and seeing how slow afoot he’s been with decisions tied to that. Because, the feet are the first to go, not the arm.

  14. Brady should do what’s best for Brady and BB should do what’s best for the team. The only thing I can hope for is they decide they need each other.

    Nobody owes us fans anything. We are just here to provide the cheers and the jeers.

  15. I wish everyone would chill out. Patriots are doing pretty well coming off 3 Super Bowls. As far back as 2004 I envisioned Brady getting older and needing a good defense and a running game around him, but still winning games. I just though it would happen when he was 35 or so. The last 8 years have been incredible. Whatever happens this year, no complaints. They have exceeded my expectations 10x.

  16. How many times have we read about these guys wearing out each others welcome – and nothing comes of it?

  17. Every team would want him but only the pats have him! long live the pharroh 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  18. At some stage Brady will be done, but this is just more speculation. If the thought applied now, who will they get to replace him? Anybody available even close to sniffing playoffs? Not a Patriots or Brady fan, but I respect the hell out of what Brady has done.

  19. It’s not totally Belichick’s call.
    Belichick wanted Jimmy G.
    Brady went to Robert Kraft and had him Garappoloed out of town.
    If it was totally up to Belichick, Brady would have been traded years ago.

  20. allsyntax says:
    December 6, 2019 at 2:06 pm
    Bill Belichick to Dallas in 2020 for 2 first round picks. Book it.

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    Maybe 3 and Armani.

  21. > Bill Belichick to Dallas

    I think BB might actually warm up to coaching America’s team. Unfortunately the only way that might only happen if Kraft made things unbearable here and Dallas fired their GM… and I doubt Jerry’s into self firings.

    I’d be more concerned with him wanting to go back to the Giants one day.

  22. terripet says:

    Belichick didn’t want him 3 years ago and he doesn’t want him now

    Yeah, those 2 trophies since then make you look like a genius.

  23. broncospianoman says:
    December 6, 2019 at 1:26 pm
    There is ZERO CHANCE of Brady playing for another team. Why do people waste time writing articles like this (oh…because people like me read them!)? But seriously, if Bill decides the Pats are done with Brady, Tom will retire before putting on a Panthers jersey, or Chargers jersey, or Oakland jersey, or any other team that will most likely be looking for a QB this offseason. He values his legacy in New England and isn’t dumb enough to go somewhere and look like a washup at 43 years old and do anything that could even inadvertently tarnish his legacy. The end is obviously near, he’ll either play one more year in New England after this or he retires. End of story.

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    What would be interesting is to know how well Stidham is looking in practice, because he outproduced JimmyG and what he did in preseason. Yes, it’s preseason, but what it means is the footing that Stidham started with, assuming BB was working with him at the same pacing as JimmyG in 2014, 2015 and in particular in 2016 (when Goodell cheated and suspended Brady for something that never happened).

    But, I agree it’s unlikely he would knowingly go to a worse franchise/situation regardless of which of the 31 other teams he would ever pick to go to, and it’s rumored there aren’t a ton of teams would be interested at his age anyway.

    So, maybe 5-7 teams would give him 35 mil per and then he’d be taking way more hits than he is now, playing for a horrible owner, GM, coach and inferior players as well.

    Even Brady knows this.

  24. ruffbufffire says:
    December 6, 2019 at 2:35 pm
    The GOAT suits up for the Chargers next season. Great WR, very good RBs and TE

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    Nope.

    Not enough cap space to take on a 35 mil per salary. It would need to be a team with a load of space, but the truth is, that team would also likely suck.

  25. It’s really hard to choose a side on this, but Brady is 42 and is showing decline. BB has proven he can coach and he can keep going for another 5-10 if he chooses to.

    I’m still mad they didn’t draft Lamar Jackson two years ago..

  26. The GOAT suits up for the Chargers next season. Great WR, very good RBs and TE.
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    No chance. He won’t go where he can’t win. Which means he very well may retire.

  27. Ray Bourque was allowed to leave Boston too.
    Let him go. He deserves a shot with someone else

  28. As a free agent, I think he will ultimately sign for big contract with another AFC team. He won’t want to deal with the NFC and he will try to go to a team that is playoff ready. I hope he moves on from Patriots and has success.

  29. One factor we can’t forget is that NFL football is part of the entertainment business. The Patriots became the second most valuable franchise largely because of Tom Brady. Twenty years is a long time and you’ve got an entire region of the country that views Brady as some combo of a superhero and favorite cousin.

    Sure, it’s Belichick’s job to do what’s best for the team, but Kraft has to consider what’s best for the franchise as his business. If Tom Brady moved on, would that be a negative for viewership, ad sales, ticket sales, the shop at Patriot Place and whatever other associated businesses Robert Kraft profits from? I’ve got to think this is something Kraft is concerned about. Trading Brady isn’t like trading anybody else; the stakes are high.

  30. BB calls the shots for the team-unless Kraft steps ins. Unlike 4 years ago with JimmyG it’s clear that Brady has declined some. The situation with Montana is not quite the same. P actually thought Steve Young was better than Montana. Young did not have the benefit of a top 5 defense like Montana did.

    Stidham is not Steve Young.

    I think it will depend who the next qb would be.

  31. The Patriots have no backup plan, no successor to Brady so what choice do they have? Play without a QB next year? Pats need to sign Brady to a 2 year contract and then draft his replacement in this year’s draft

  32. He should retire now while he still has his dignity. If he continues his career with another team, it’s going to be ugly.

    You have to know when it’s time to move on. That time has come for TB12.

  33. Trust No One says:

    He should retire now while he still has his dignity. If he continues his career with another team, it’s going to be ugly.
    You have to know when it’s time to move on. That time has come for TB12.

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    Learn by Vinatieri’s example.
    Adam should’ve retired last year or maybe even the year before.

  34. If Belichick is ready to move on from Brady but Brady is not, that says a lot. Belichick is confident he can be successful without Brady but Brady is not confident he can be successful without Belichick.

  35. terripet says:
    December 6, 2019 at 2:47 pm
    Brady to the Canadian football league next year
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    That is where the Colts should go. They might make they playoffs in that league.

  36. terripet says:
    December 6, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Belichick didn’t want him 3 years ago and he doesn’t want him now
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    This whole storyline is utter nonsense. SF even asked about trading for Brady and BB laughed at them.

  37. Trading Brady isn’t like trading anybody else; the stakes are high.
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    Uhm yeah but see, we’re not talking about a trade. Maybe you missed the part where his contract ends this year? Of course I suppose they could extend or give him a new contract and then trade him; I guess maybe that’s what you mean, because that makes a whole lot of sense.

  38. Belichick is at fault in all this and Kraft needs to step up. After all that Brady has done for the Patriots and BB refuses to yield control in the Draft process for WRs and Weapons for Brady.

    This is the main reason Brady will leave – He knows he still perform, with enough talent supporting him, to win one more SB.

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