Robert Kraft: “We plan to” keep Tom Brady

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The Patriots and Tom Brady may be heading for a divorce. From the perspective of owner Robert Kraft, that won’t be happening.

39 responses to “Robert Kraft: “We plan to” keep Tom Brady

  1. If Brady wants to win, he has to leave. Pats have Edelman as a “weapon”, that’s it. And he’s almost 34.

    Horrific drafting and FA signings. Even if they sign decent WR FAs, only 50/50 they can even learn the very complicated playbook.

  2. If Brady stays with NE, I hope he doesn’t, Bills fan here, he should MAX his contract, it’s not like they take the money he saves them and goes out and gets good talent with it. MAX it out now Tommy B.

  3. I’m already tired of trying to read the tea leaves of every development about this.

    As a Patriots fan, I hope the Patriots just do right by Brady and do what it takes to get him back in a Patriots jersey for another season or 2. Brady deserves it and frankly, they don’t have a better option for the next 2 years anyway.

    Is Brady an MVP caliber QB in 2020, 2021? With the weapons currently on the roster, probably not, but he’s still much better than like 85% of the QBs in the league.

    Now is the time to re-load not re-build.

    The Patriots are a good off season away from being serious Super Bowl contenders again next year.

  4. This doesn’t mean much. THis is still posturing from Kraft. If Brady leaves, and leaves for an insane deal for a 43 year old, Kraft can back away and simply say it was far too much for a QB in that situation, citing NOs and Brees, etc.

    Kraft is a fence straddler and anyone can see this is what he’s attempting to do here.

  5. I think one issue that may come into play with regard to how successful the Patriots can be moving forward with Brady is whether or not they can attract quality free agents. The 2019 off season saw an unusually high number of free agents spurning the Patriots offers and signing elsewhere (TE Jared Cook, WR Cole Beasley, WR Adam Humphries to name three). Players have to believe Brady will be there and he can perform as he has in the past, and unfortunately, the loss of talent to retirement, free agency, and injury to the 2019 Patriots offense contributes to the narrative that maybe he can’t do it anymore. Personally, I still saw a live arm this year, though it is not like the power some QB’s have where they can whip the ball down field, off balance, and still deliver it on a frozen rope. Accuracy has been affected by an inability to set up and use proper mechanics due to blocking issues, as well as receivers running incorrect routes. These things can be addressed and Brady’s knowledge and instinct goes a long way in making up for any age related difficulties. I do wonder how he is handling age related vision issues. I’d be curious if he wears contacts, or has had corrective surgery, or is he simply enjoying excellent genetics in that area. Or is he dealing with some issues that are affecting his vision just enough to reduce the level of detail he is seeing, which affects information processing in such short windows measured in hundredths of a second? That would be a factor in reduced completion percentage. All things considered, I would not bet against this guy coming back and making his detractors eat their words (not to mention McDaniels detractors as well), and I’d love to see it of course. I love happy endings. They have a defense that can help them as well if they can keep it together. 2020 will be interesting for Thee New England Patriots. More will be revealed….

  6. rob471773 says:
    January 23, 2020 at 3:49 pm
    I’m already tired of trying to read the tea leaves of every development about this.

    As a Patriots fan, I hope the Patriots just do right by Brady and do what it takes to get him back in a Patriots jersey for another season or 2. Brady deserves it and frankly, they don’t have a better option for the next 2 years anyway.

    Is Brady an MVP caliber QB in 2020, 2021? With the weapons currently on the roster, probably not, but he’s still much better than like 85% of the QBs in the league.

    Now is the time to re-load not re-build.

    The Patriots are a good off season away from being serious Super Bowl contenders again next year.

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    Sitdham looked awfully good throwing to everyone in preseason. He broke both Brady and JimmyG’s preseason records.

    It’d be nice to see Brady drop the attitude and show up at OTAs. Any new deal he has should 100% make that as part of the deal. His last 2 regular seasons have been subpar because of his lack of commitment to the team.

    It all depends if BB thinks Stidham can be ready to go after a full season of learning or not.

    Brady has really become quite the primadonna in recent years because of Giselle’s influence.

  7. Sadly, NE is the best bet for Brady. Although, that will be bad too. Brady’s QB style would not work well on another team, unless Josh goes with him.
    Brady style does mesh well with typical elite WRs as they do not run a lot short routes. Harry and Sanu are not bad receivers; they are just bottled up in NE’s system. Even Antonio Brown, albeit short sample size, but still looked quite awkward in that system. Edelman does well because is not a speed guy, but a precision route runner. Brady cannot throw deep or execute 20-yard deep outs like most teams employ. Brady needs excellent blocking as well. He would get eaten up, if went to the Chargers.

  8. burlingtonbills says:
    January 23, 2020 at 3:40 pm
    If Brady stays with NE, I hope he doesn’t, Bills fan here, he should MAX his contract, it’s not like they take the money he saves them and goes out and gets good talent with it. MAX it out now Tommy B.

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    LOL

    This is why you people are idiots.BB will never, ever do that.

    We hope you enjoyed your little Paper TIger run this past year. It was cute while it lasted.

  9. The longer the Patriots keep brady ,the longer it will take the Patriots to find their new franchise qb and the Patriots will be mediocre for many years. They still play in a weak division with no good qbs, so the Patriots might still win the division with great defense and running the ball ,but they’ll be one and done every year, until they find and start their new franchise qb. Brady is just hurting the Patriots at this point. he’s a selfish diva that doesn’t care about the team.

  10. kenberthiaume says:
    January 23, 2020 at 3:38 pm
    If Brady wants to win, he has to leave. Pats have Edelman as a “weapon”, that’s it. And he’s almost 34.

    Horrific drafting and FA signings. Even if they sign decent WR FAs, only 50/50 they can even learn the very complicated playbook.

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    Horrific drafting and FA signings? Have you been in a coma? Their drafts have been so good and their FA signings so great on D, their draft picks couldn’t even see the field.

    There was nothing wrong with any of the FA signings on offense either, outside of TE.

    The trades, picks and UDFA finds are stuff of legend. I’ve never seen a more under-utilized group of RBs on a Pats team either. It’d be one thing if they were hurt or whatnot, but Brady had far more to work with in 2019 than he did in 2013 or 2015. Not even close.

    He was a disgrace down the stretch. The D literally won 10 games during the season.

    Riddle me this, what’s so electric about Garoppolo’s weapons? HInt: He uses all of them and doesn’t play favorites. That’s the difference. Sanders is not better than Sanu, Edelman is easily as much a threat as Kittle, but at different positions, Dorsett is eaily, easily on par with rookie, Deebo Samuel.

    I could go on for days with the underschieving offense led by lazy Brady with his arrogance skipping OTAs.

    Harry and MEyers should have been effective, small pieces by December, but Brady refused to work with them until it was too late.

    Blech.

    The primadonna needs to earn the trust of new teammates. Relationships are two way streets, not one way streets. His leadership was horrendous. This is what BB has been fearing. Brady too successful, losing the hunger. Yep.

  11. What’s Bob’s “plan” to remake the entire supporting cast on O and somehow get another year out of an aged D when the last 6 drafts have produced precious little?

    I’m guessing his plan is nothing more than to offer him decent money and tell him how much he loves him, while BB continues to get players from his college pals and his kid’s college while he overpays for a few of his aging “favorites”.

    This is more likely than not just talk from Kraft trying to soften the blow when Brady walks so the fans don’t want to storm the Razor.

  12. Any team paying crazy money to Brady… is paying crazy money. He’s the GOAT, but he’s not mobile, like, well, just about everyone else. That alone should give teams pause. With Brady under center, there is little or no chance of a serious scramble. His experience in NE – with that offense, OC, and usual cast of characters – has made that moot. But joining a new team means ALL new teammates, new offense, terminology, new line, etc. Meaning, possibly more communication breakdowns and more pressure, which for Brady is likely MANY MORE sacks. Who the heck wants to endure more sacks at age 43?
    Sure, Manning won the Super Bowl in Denver but he wasn’t helping the team. NE kicks a few field goals in the AFC game (instead of going for it SEVERAL TIMES on 4th) and NE was going to the Super Bowl, not Manning. He was outright awful in the AFC game second half. Super Bowl performance wasn’t so hot either.

  13. Sitdham looked awfully good throwing to everyone in preseason. He broke both Brady and JimmyG’s preseason records.

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    Right. Playing against third stringers. One mop up game, one snap, and he threw the pick 6.Then he was pulled.

    The young WR looked like all stars in the preseason too.

    Myers couldnt make the field after a few games.

    Harry cant run routes and cant get separation. Doesnt fight for the ball, resulting in a pick 6.

    Wake up.

  14. phinatic29 says:
    January 23, 2020 at 3:38 pm
    PLEASE play in New England again in 2020.

    – Dolphin Fan

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    Ha! Yeah, sucks to always be looking up to the Pats in the standings.

  15. kenberthiaume says:
    January 23, 2020 at 3:38 pm
    If Brady wants to win, he has to leave. Pats have Edelman as a “weapon”, that’s it. And he’s almost 34.

    Horrific drafting and FA signings. Even if they sign decent WR FAs, only 50/50 they can even learn the very complicated playbook.

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    Totally. The drafting has been so bad recently that they’ve only won three out of the last five Super Bowls. Belichick really messed up big-time……

  16. If you want to see a weak division, check the Pats vs the NFC East this year.

    I can’t imagine any team shelling out a huge contract for Brady at this point. I think he has to accept a moderate deal now, but this time he’s forced to instead of willingly. I hope he runs with the Pats as long as it lasts.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    January 23, 2020 at 4:06 pm
    burlingtonbills says:
    January 23, 2020 at 3:40 pm
    If Brady stays with NE, I hope he doesn’t, Bills fan here, he should MAX his contract, it’s not like they take the money he saves them and goes out and gets good talent with it. MAX it out now Tommy B.

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    LOL

    This is why you people are idiots.BB will never, ever do that.

    We hope you enjoyed your little Paper TIger run this past year. It was cute while it lasted.

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    Yes! Way to rock the insults, staying true to the identity that is the Patriots fan’s way. The fall is going to be long and hard for you Patriots fans. I’d almost have some empathy for you, but nah. Enjoy your six rings, great run, but it’s over, and so is the Patriot’s relevancy.

  18. Going to be fun watching the team that collapsed to the Dolphins in a crucial week 17 game go down the sewer for good. Once they start losing, the NFL is going to drop that hammer on Belicheat.

  19. Welp, this means another year of historic defense and special teams wasted. Unless he comes back as a backup.

  20. Its a contentious issue, with a split among Patriot Nation. I lean towards letting Tom walk, and begin the reload. Stidham, Bridegewater, or Dalton.
    I think everyone agrees there is a point where it is best to move on.
    Is it a 1 year $30 mil contract?
    A 2 year $55 mil contract? Gulp – a 3 year?
    There might be a window where everyone saves face. Chargers. It looks like Rivers has moved on. They desperately need a splash player to boost their numbers. Tom and Gisele liked living there. Everybody shakes hands, hugs, tears flow, statue built.

    Hell – the Pats will probably even get a compensatory pick out of it.

  21. Tom Brady should go to the Chargers if he wants to put up elite-level stats again. The cast of characters he has to work with in New England on offense are just not good enough for that to happen if he stays. They don’t have the cap flexibility to make any impact signings and it’s clear that no rookie can be counted on to make much of an impact in this offense.

    The relationship has run its course. Brady is the best and the Pats will probably be mediocre to bad without him for awhile. But I’d rather see a few more elite-level seasons from Brady than watch him play out the string with a crappy cast around him and a coach and (significant portion of the fan base) who don’t understand or appreciate the fact that they will not be able to keep winning at anywhere close to the level they have the last 20 years once he’s gone.

    Those surly Belichick press conferences will get a lot less fun without the winning that has traditionally come with it. Enjoy watching Belichick and his unqualified son look mean and serious on the sideline. I’ll enjoy watching Brady play on the field instead.

  22. As a Jets fan I’ve waited a long time for Brady to retire. Now I’d rather see him stay at the Pats and use up 30m of cap space while playing at his current level.

  23. With better weapons in the passing game Brady will win another SB in NE during the 2020 season. Sorry haters but the torture will continue. Long Live the Dynasty !

    Start making your excuses now as Brady is NOT DONE MAKING HISTORY in NEW ENGLAND.

  24. Brady threw for 4000 yards and 24-8 TD/Int ratio with absolutely no weapons on offense. Every QB who outperformed Brady had more offensive weapons. Anyone who thinks Brady is in decline is a fool and knows nothing of the game. Watch the games idiots. Patriots also 12-4 won another division title and wee beat by a hot Texans team. It happens. Cannot win every season. But they have won 3 of last 5 SB.

    Idiots and haters so desperate for Patriots dynasty to end they rot their brains with their foolish opinions and conclusions. The Dynasty is still lives and 2020 season will prove it. Brady will be slinging it to a better offense in NE in 2020.

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