What does Tom Brady want?

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For the first time in his 20-year career, Tom Brady can do whatever he wants to do. So what will he want to do?

No one knows, yet. And no one may know, for a while. In the grand scheme of things, the general options are fairly limited.

First, he can stay with the Patriots, extending his tenure to 21 years and counting. (He repeatedly has said he intends to play at least three more years, an the Patriots believe it.)

Second, he can chase the money, joining whoever offers him the most of it. (He has never shown any inclination to make decisions based on money.)

Third, he can look for a spot where he can immediately pursue a potential championship. Finding a team with all the pieces except an established quarterback won’t be easy — unless the Saints decide to move on from Drew Brees (not likely) and/or the 49ers decide to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo (far less likely).

Fourth, Brady can pursue the Peyton Manning path, going to a place where he’d essentially get the keys to the offense and then embark on a three-year effort to become as competitive as possible. At 42 and with 20 years of NFL experience (including 41 playoff games), he’d be a better coach than most coaches who have ever coached. Maybe it’s not money but employment terms like this that will get his attention.

If Brady pursues Option No. 4, the question then becomes which team would welcome him with open arms and give him the keys to the offense? Teams with young franchise quarterbacks (Bills, Jets, Texans, Chiefs, Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Cardinals, Rams, probably the Browns) presumably would never be in play. Teams with older franchise quarterbacks (Seahawks, Packers, Steelers) presumably wouldn’t be in play, either.

The Chargers should offer Brady whatever he wants, because that would be the best way for the Chargers to fill the new stadium wth actual Chargers fans. But, again, there’s no reason to think making the most money is motivating Brady, because it never has. If the Chargers tell him he can run the offense, that could be a factor.

Then there are the various offshoots of The Patriots Way, from Detroit (Matt Patricia) to Tennessee (Mike Vrabel) to Miami (Brian Flores) to wherever Josh McDaniels may end up, Brady could be interested in partnering up with some of his past partners.

Regardless of what he does, Brady will be able to do whatever he wants. And what he wants eventually will be the biggest story of the 2020 offseason.

99 responses to “What does Tom Brady want?

  1. Brady will remain in New England as long as he wants to play football because Kraft wants him and its a comfortable and good place for Brady. Can’t see Belichick balking too much especially because Brady played great against the Titans and lacks any kind of supporting cast.

  2. Brady and BB are joined at the hip. I think the only reason he hasn’t signed a new deal is he wants to do one year deals going forward. Then he can evaluate at the end of each whether to retire or play another year.

  3. Brady wants roughing the passer penalties called if the running back bumps into him.
    He wants Pats fans to beg him to come back for another season, (shades of Brett Farve).
    He wants $200 for his cookbook.

    Oh, he wants lots of things.

  4. I think he demands some receiving talent. It was a weakness all season, and became glaring in the playoff loss.

    Outside of Edelman, the WR corps recently seems to be a bunch of first-round cast-offs who cannot catch a ball.

  5. Brady and Belichick both want to show that they can win without the other. He won’t be wanting to break the bank, and he’ll need a team with a great defense and a dynamic back who can run and catch. And decent receivers. And an okay line, And a jersey with similar colours to the Pats, but in a different time zone. On one of the Great Lakes….

  6. Brady will return with the Patriots next year or he will retire. My bet is he will be back with the Pats next year. Not a Pats fan.

  7. Brady will play for the Patriots. End of story. There’s really no reason for him to go anywhere else unless he wants to closer to his family, his parents live in California,I think. The only problem for the Patriots is will they put the necessary pieces for him to win ? They’ve never spent big money to sign free agents, nobody is convinced Gronk will play again. So, it’s up to the Patriots as to what will happen. Doubt Brady wants to play with the current set of wide receivers and tight ends.

  8. Cowboys hire Josh McDaniels. Trade Dak to Dolphins for two 2020 first round picks and a second round pick. Sign Brady. Championship!

  9. I think if Brady decides to leave his most likely destinations are:
    1. LA Chargers – have good offensive weapons in place and it’s a homecoming of sorts
    2. Minnesota – if Kirk loses think they will look to trade him. The team is close enough for Brady to have a chance next year
    3. Tampa Bay – this is a long shot, but with how respected Arians is and their dynamic duo at receiver could be tempting for him.

    He will prioritize somewhere with offensive weapons which is why I think those three are the most likely

  10. Tom’s not chasing a contract. What this article fails to mention is what does Giselle and the kids want. No way in the world she is going to move to a place like Cleveland, Detroit, Indy or Jacksonville.

    Miami, Chicago and LA are intriguing;McDaniels and Tom to the Giants would be perfect if they would be willing to let Danny Dimes sit and learn for a couple of years. Extend Jones for fifth year and it gives him two years to earn a franchise QB contract after Tom retires.

  11. whothefisjojo says:
    January 5, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    McDaniels and Tom to the Giants would be perfect if they would be willing to let Danny Dimes sit and learn for a couple of years. Extend Jones for fifth year and it gives him two years to earn a franchise QB contract after Tom retires.
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    Would be hilarious to run Eli out of town and then replace him with a guy even older, all after the GM has announced they found their franchise QB in Danny Dimes.

  12. Im still saying Dallas. Jerry wants a SB in the worst way and doesnt want to pay Dak top money. TB12 would likely take around $20mil to work with the o-line, zeke, amari (resigned), Gallup, Cobb, coax Gronk out of retirement.. just gotta get McDaniels or O’Brien on board

  13. I imagine that what the G.O.A.T. wants is to continue to play—and win. But I can’t imagine him playing for an NFL team that isn’t playoff caliber. Other than perhaps padding his career stats, what purpose would that serve? His competitive spirit and desire to play are alive and well. But I think he wants the greatest career in NFL history to end with a bang instead of a whimper.

  14. Brady is fed up with Belichick as a GM = Belichick cannot Draft Offensive Players.

    Had Kraft stepped in before the 2019 Draft and made in mandatory to weaponize the Patriots for Brady and one more SB Run, the Team would be the #1 Seed right now.

  15. The only thing better than Belichicks typical post-game whine was seeing Henry leave 182 tread marks over that supposed great NE defense, and see alleged hall of famer Edelman make 2 insignificant catches.

  16. 5th he can semi-retire and wait for a team with all the pieces to have an injury at QB. While he could not have as much time to develop chemistry, he could end up with the keys to a playoff caliber offense like kc, dallas, no, sf, bal, etc.

  17. Who really cares, we are bombarded with stuff about Brady and seems most has no truth to them

  18. the thing about brady nobody seems to get. hes not very patient. his body language suggests he really has no interest in being a qb and field “coaching” another team to a championship. hes annoyed bc he feels the patriots expected him to win with nothing, but it wasnt lack of effort to find guys. they brought in ab going against everything they stand for to try and placate him. they brought in big body sanu as well for a possession guy to help free up edelman. neither situation ended up working out very well (sanu may still be ok with an offseason to work with him). they relied on dorsett to stretch the field bc he has speed but his hands are terrible. gronk retired. andrews is a tough guy at center and they lost their veteran lead blocking fullback in develin and had to use a linebacker in his spot. theyll regroup, make up, pay brady, and reload on offense. mark my words.

  19. He’s either retiring or playing in NE. My bet is that BB will retool the offense (ala 2009 to 2010 off season) and Brady will come back on a one year deal with an agreement to decide in Spring 2021 if he wants to retire. He’s not going anywhere.

  20. No actual evidence that either Brady or Belichick wants to win without the other. Watch film of the practice field or the locker room and they look as close as ever. Neither one has anything he needs to prove.

    whothfisjojo above is absolutely right that what matters to Brady is what Gisele and the kids want. Given Gisele’s (and Tom’s) business ties to NY and his older son living in NY, they sure aren’t going to vote in favor of moving away from a quick and easy trip to Manhattan. So just forget about all these fantasies of Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Cleveland, Indy, and on and on.

  21. I think the world had enough of the Patriots. I think it’s time for them to just go away and admit it’s time to rebuild. They were very very fortunate to have the kind of run that they did as we all know due to a week schedule year after year so just take it be happy and move on

  22. He wants to admit that the tuck game was a fumble and beg forgiveness from Raider Nation and apologize for all the other cheating done over his 20 year career.

  23. 11 wasn’t too great yesterday. I watched that 3rd and 6 bounce off his hands and said ‘that’s the game’. I’ve always been a fan of the guy but that was atrocious.
    I think Brady will wait and see if anybody wants to back up the Brinks truck to play on a contender and consider his options. I think ultimately he signs back with New England, because they kind of need him for another year so their offer will be a good one.

  24. The Patriots should just give him some offensive weapons for chrissake. That was pathetic, that 2019 campaign. It’s as if Belichick went out of his way to strip and keep the cupboard bare. Had they retained Brown, I assure you they’d still be playing. None of their new tight ends (Lacosse, Izzo, Gunner O) belong anywhere but on a practice squad. Ben Watson is beyond old. The WRs they brought in were all compromised phydically or mentally including Demaryius Thomas, Josh Gordon, and Antonio Brown. Sanu was brought in too late in the year and spent the first couple weeks rehabbing an injury. Basically, their offense consisted of a stable of running backs and Julian

  25. bigmark67 says:
    January 5, 2020 at 3:36 pm
    He wants to admit that the tuck game was a fumble
    ——
    He has many times.

  26. I blame AB. If he could have acted halfway normal for a 3 month period, the pats would have not even been playing this weekend. They would have had the bye and be in much better shape offensively. They wouldn’t need to run 3 straight times from the 1, they would be forcing it to Edelman, and Harry wouldn’t be out in position to do more than he’s capable of. But, of course that dude couldn’t act right for a week let alone 3 months.

  27. He wants BB to know he now understands it’s a team game. TB can’t win games by himself even with Bill’s great defense.

  28. murraysons says:
    January 5, 2020 at 4:12 pm
    I blame AB. If he could have acted halfway normal for a 3 month period, the pats would have not even been playing this weekend. They would have had the bye and be in much better shape offensively. They wouldn’t need to run 3 straight times from the 1, they would be forcing it to Edelman, and Harry wouldn’t be out in position to do more than he’s capable of. But, of course that dude couldn’t act right for a week let alone 3 months.
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    Amazing, is it not? The mighty BB could get more than one game out of AB, while MT managed to get 6 years (minus 1 game). Interesting…

  29. I think Brady wants to keep playing and that the Pats did not offer him a multi year contract so he is miffed. If he decides to move on my thoughts are for him to succeed it needs to be quick. He will be going to a new team and even if he follows McDaniels he will have an entirely new cast of characters to play with. He will need some time with them to establish a rapport. IF he does go I expect him to work extremely hard to show he still has it.

  30. murraysons says:
    January 5, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    I blame AB. If he could have acted halfway normal for a 3 month period, the pats would have not even been playing this weekend. They would have had the bye and be in much better shape offensively. They wouldn’t need to run 3 straight times from the 1, they would be forcing it to Edelman, and Harry wouldn’t be out in position to do more than he’s capable of. But, of course that dude couldn’t act right for a week let alone 3 months.
    _______________

    I blame AB too, but for a different reason. It was inevitable that the league would have placed him on exempt list had he still been playing for the Pats. But had Rosenhaus and AB discloses the lawsuit, BB wouldn’t have done the deal with guaranteed money and there would have been Thomas on the roster and another $9M in cap space and plenty of draft picks available to trade for a TE at the trade deadline.

  31. Not true…At 42 and with 20 years of NFL experience (including 41 playoff games), he’d be a better coach than most coaches who have ever coached…

    Coaching and playing are very different. I can not think of 5 excellent coaches who were QBs and excellent QBs in the history of the NFL.

    Bart Starr was not a good Coach
    Jim Zorn was not a HOF QB or a great coach
    Harbaugh not a HOF QB

    It is wrong to think that. Maybe he could be…but the premise is flawed.

  32. Let’s see.

    1) Married to supermodel. Check.
    2) Six rings. Check.
    3) A trillion dollars in the bank. Check.
    4) An endorsement deal with Aston Martin. Check.
    5) Legitimate hands down GOAT status. Check.

    I wouldn’t know what I want, either.

  33. thankfully, he will have plenty of video on every team and their signals.so that he should be able to make an educated decision.

  34. Kolo Jezdec says:
    January 5, 2020 at 4:27 pm
    murraysons says:
    January 5, 2020 at 4:12 pm
    I blame AB. If he could have acted halfway normal for a 3 month period, the pats would have not even been playing this weekend. They would have had the bye and be in much better shape offensively. They wouldn’t need to run 3 straight times from the 1, they would be forcing it to Edelman, and Harry wouldn’t be out in position to do more than he’s capable of. But, of course that dude couldn’t act right for a week let alone 3 months.
    ============
    Amazing, is it not? The mighty BB could get more than one game out of AB, while MT managed to get 6 years (minus 1 game). Interesting…

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    yea tomlin cowered to ab and got more years from him. belichick got more rings without ab than tomlin did. so whats the point youre trying to make?

  35. Brady wants to finish his career in his home state. The Chargers are the only team

    with a QB position available. They also need a way to put butts in seats in their new

    stadium.

    Brady need a team that can surround him with talent. Perfect marriage.

  36. It’s time for Brees and Brady to retire. NO got what they deserved. Hill gave them a shot in the arm when he went in but they went back to Brees.

  37. The surest story of the 2020 season will be Brady’s 0-3 start and watching him staring down his soon-to-be spot on the bench.

  38. It’s time for Belichick to refurbish the team. McCourty mentioned something interesting last night. He named the over 30 years of age players that have played for NE for many years. BB needs to make changes.

  39. Brady would get killed behind the Chargers oline and they are not one offseason away from being good unless Brady works for free.

  40. Your favorite NE media type getting snippy and BB giving it back to him.

    Q: Do you want me to call the league?

    BB: Yeah, do whatever you want. Call whoever you want, Tom [Curran]. Whoever’s number is on your speed-dial, hit the speed-dial. That’s your decision, not mine.

  41. Among other things Brady wants:

    – A pool cover for under 8 grand
    – An easy break cell phone
    – Videographer to have free reign to tape everything involving their opponents.
    – Parents not to give their kids Coca Cola (not Pepsi since Pepsi is the official soft drink of the NFL) or frosted flakes (but no mention of “Gronk Flakes” by name).

  42. If Greg Roman decides to chase the money, Brady could start out his coaching path by being an OC in Baltimore. Boy, would the Mass-holes get a kick out of that!

  43. New England has a ton of talent on offense…they just had a bad qb who could only be a game manager. Bellichick wants to move on, literally any backup qb is just as good as brady was.

  44. Thought Trollin Ben Volin, Tom Curran, Giardi, Wickersham were all Tom Brady experts? They have written enough stories about the secret inner Brady.

  45. 1st, if Brady stays with the Patriots, it would only be if the situation is right. If McDaniels leaves and the team makes no substantial moves towards improving the talent on offense, Brady may view that as a poor, deteriorating situation and decide to move on (assuming there is a better offer).

    2nd, he’s all about winning and achieving. It won’t be (just) about the money.

    3rd, that would be the Browns. If McDaniels gets hired as HC of the Browns and brings in Caserio as his GM, with all of the talent and cap room they have, look for Brady to view that as a very good situation. The team would certainly be interested in bringing him in for a year or two to show Mayfield how it’s done (or possibly move on).

    4th, a 43 year old man has enough on his plate trying to be physically and mentally prepared for an NFL beating once a week without worrying about putting together an offense as well. Don’t see Brady looking at that as a desirable situation.

    I don’t see the situation with the Chargers being a positive move for Brady, but Tennessee would be an interesting thought. The thing is, what would he have there that he doesn’t already have?

  46. If Brady doesn’t retire then he should probably go to the Redskins. He might as well get used to the Beltway area because he’ll be spending most of his time there in the future when he gets into national politics.

  47. Brady should and probably will stay in NE, the Pats have no other NFL starter caliber QB on their roster. I look for them to re-sign Brady and draft his replacement.. I’m sure Pats fans wish they still had Garappalo..

  48. If he wants to play, it should be NE but with the lack of talent on offense and McDaniel leaving I think it’s questionable.

    If he stays and McDaniel leaves let him call all the plays. Get him three tight-ends, Antonio Brown or a similar outside talent, and a stud offensive lineman. Bring in a slot receiver that can ball when Edelman can’t.

    The Patriots are better than they played the lat 9 games but they have weaknesses.

  49. For the first time in his 20-year career, Tom Brady can do whatever he wants to do.
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    BS.
    He was never franchised. He was never forced to sign any of the several contracts he has had.

    I think he will have the option to stay in NE because they don’t seem to have an heir apparent. If he does leave I see 3 possibilities: Chargers (assuming Rivers leaves), Minnesota (assuming they are done with Cousins) or, the most intriguing option, the Buccaneers. IF Arians is done with Winston’s stupidity they are the most dynamic team for Brady. They have very good receivers, a good TE, a decent o-line and a decent defense. They could realistically add Brady and search for a dynamic running game and chase a championship next year.

  50. carloswlassiter says:
    January 5, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Eli retires, Brees to Indy, Brady to TB on a 2 year deal. For all those saying Brady wants to live near NY, he’ll commute by private jet. Not that big a deal.

    ***************

    Not a big deal? Tell that to a wife and young children and see if they agree.

  51. No matter what he chooses to do, this NE PATRIOT fan thanks TB-12 for all his commitments he has made to this team. His 20 years of greatness and dominance is greatly appreciated and will never be matched. His personal sacrifices were instrumental to his dominance and greatness. We couldn’t as fans ask for anything more from this man who delivered 6 LOMBARDI’s to the GREATEST NFL FRANCHISE in the history of the NFL!!! Simply……..Thank You Tom.

  52. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 5, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    He wants it to be all about him. Case closed,
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    If that was the case, wouldn’t we see Brady on TV 24 hours a day like Peyton Manning, hawking Pizzas he doesn’t eat, Buicks he doesn’t drive and insurance he doesn’t use?

  53. I just don’t believe that Brady will move on to another team. Of course, that might be because I personally like to see superior talents finish their careers where they started.

    I also don’t think BB can bring in enough pieces in one offseason to make it worth Brady coming back.

    Tom takes extremely good care of himself, but I’d hate to see him take that one ferocious hit.

    I just don’t know that he’ll allow his career to end with the last pass being a pick 6.

  54. bigmark67 says:
    January 5, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    He wants to admit that the tuck game was a fumble
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    He has admitted many, many times that he was tucking the ball away, not throwing it. But the rule at the time said that if your arm was moving forward, EVEN IF YOU WERE TUCKING IT AWAY, it was considered a forward pass.

    Brady didn’t make the rule, it was consistently applied multiple times that season, including against the Patriots in a game vs the Jets, so maybe after 20 years you could try to get over a correctly called play.

  55. My opinion, and it’s only my opinion is that he is more joined at the hip with Josh McDaniels than BB. It’s McDaniels offensive scheme that he runs and that has made him as good as he is. I don’t think he wants to learn a new system at this point in his career. I think he may follow McDaniels wherever he ends up as a head coach.

  56. Maybe he just wants to stop cheating? If he can win elsewhere then he can stick Belicheck with the asterisk for cheating and he secures his legacy.

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