Report: Patriots willing to pay Tom Brady more than $30 million

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How much will the Patriots offer Tom Brady to keep him in New England? And how much will some other team offer to lure him away? Those are perhaps the biggest questions of this NFL offseason.

One report this Super Bowl Sunday says the answer to the first question is: More than $30 million. That’s what NFL Network says the Patriots are willing to spend in order to keep Brady as their franchise quarterback for another year.

But will that be enough? Surely some owner of a team struggling both on the field and at the box office will fall in love with the idea of putting Tom Brady’s face on every billboard in town while selling season tickets this offseason. It’s easy to picture the Chargers, for instance, offering Brady more than the Patriots are willing to offer, with the idea that Brady will do more than draw fans just this year, and create new Chargers fans in Los Angeles for years to come.

What Brady’s future might come down to is whether he decides to shop himself to the highest bidder, or whether he decides he’d rather take a good offer from the Patriots than a great offer from some other team. The Patriots’ good offer will apparently be good, but perhaps Brady will see if another team is willing to give him the best contract offer in NFL history.

90 responses to “Report: Patriots willing to pay Tom Brady more than $30 million

  1. The other part of this is that Brady wants his supporting cast upgraded. The Pats can’t afford to do both.

  2. I’m no Patriots fan, but the guy’s been taking less than market value for years. Pay the man!

  3. The tough decision and probably right decision would be to let Tom walk. Build around a younger QB and keep the talent you do have currently. If they pay this much I doubt they can keep that great defense together.

  4. Tom’s a smart guy, and I’m sure he realizes this is his last big contract. The Patriots have low-balled him for years. He would be a fool not to take the best deal he can get.

  5. And how much cheater’s money are they willing to give Brady’s ‘company’ on the side?

  6. Report is kinda vague though.

    There’s $30M guaranteed…and then there’s something like $16M base and $14m in incentives that he might not hit. For all we know it could be the latter.

    Two completely different scenarios…where either way the team can still truthfully say they were willing to pay him $30M

  7. MortimerInMiami says:
    February 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    At this point the Kraft’s should give him an equity stake in the team for all he has accomplished while being severely underpaid for 20 years!
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    And we all know Goodell will be too happy to take a few draft picks away from the team for the salary cap violation that this would be.

  8. as long as belichick is coach and gm the pats will be a tough out. brady is the greatest football player of all time, but his shelf life is now short. no matter where he spends it, what he did in the games bigest moments will live on forever.

  9. BIG MISTAKE!

    Can’t put a good enough cast around him to make the team a champion if Tom eats $30MIL+. He took less for many years to have a better team and that led to 6 championships. If all he wants now is money, wish him well and say good-bye.

  10. I bet other teams in the NFL are willing to do the same. Would Jerry Jones try to win one more Super Bowl with Tom Brady by paying him the same amount of money that Dak Prescott is demanding? I wonder about that.

  11. Because of Brady’s physical limitations, the Pats system is 80% mental and not easy for most wide receivers to shine in quickly. You have to be exactly where the defense dictates you be at in under 2.5 seconds….meaning all 11 guys need to know what the defense is doing just as much as the defense knows what it’s doing. That’s not easy-(that’s why they cheat so much)

  12. For 20 years Brady has never insisted on a max contract. So now, coming off a not-so-great year, he’s suddenly going to insist on being #1 in pay? I don’t see it.

    He certainly doesn’t need the money, considering he and Gisele have a net worth of about half a billion dollars. If the Patriots offer him a reasonable contract and he’s satisfied with private talks about what positions Belichick will emphasize in the draft and free agent market, he’ll stay. There’s just no compelling reason to uproot his whole life and start all over again to put in 1-3 years in another city and another organization–especially an organization that doesn’t have its own planes, a plush locker room, world-class catering, etc.

  13. As a Pats fan, I’m torn. The whole “not enough around him” this season is simply not true. He was part of the problem and he’s not worth that type of money. Is he still their best option for 1 or 2 years? Yes, but it has to make sense. If Kraft really wants him to stay, then he should bite the bullet, pay him a huge signing bonus while allowing Belichick to negotiate a contract that fits the bigger picture.

  14. I think he is going to go where he feels he has the best chance to win another Super Bowl. He an afford to be picky like Peyton Manning was. The question is which team that is close to a Super Bowl could use a guy like Brady. Is there a team like this year like Denver was when Manning was a free agent? I would not be surprised if Tom is not happy that he took far less than he deserved only to have the Patriots constantly let everyone else walk in free agency. The offense suffered because of that this year and (I am absolutely not a fan of the Patriots!) I think that was unfair to Brady.

    So what teams are potential playoff teams that could use him? The Saints could let Brees walk and give that money to Brady instead. Would the Titans take a chance on him at Tanneyhill’s expense (he’d be reunited with a former target of some of his passes–Vrabel). The Vikings are stuck with Cousins contract so they’re out. He could go to the Bears or Bucs but why? Most every other team already has a guy who they think is the future at QB. Brady is probably only going to be a one- or two-year solution and how would he fit in another team’s offensive system? I think the Saints might be the most likely landing point but I have a feeling he’ll stay with the Patriots and hope BB doesn’t get rid any remaining talent that is still on the offense.

  15. It’s possible that the $30M+ figure was a strategic leak by the Patriots. It’s not something Brady nor his agent Don Yee would leak, and there are only a couple of people in Foxborough privy to contract talks (which haven’t even started yet).

    Floating the $30M figure out there is no promise that’s what they’d actually offer in a contract. It does, however, start a narrative that the Patriots aren’t being stingy and that if Brady walks it wasn’t because they were too tight with the purse strings.

  16. The real question is, how many years would the Patriots (or any team) be willing to commit to Brady for? And for that matter, is Brady willing to sign a one-year deal? I think his best chance at another Super Bowl is in New England, so that’s where he should want to stay, but who knows what his priorities are at this point. Get your popcorn ready

  17. When are people going to realize. Good football player don’t make their money playing football.

  18. A few million dollars isn’t going to effect Brady’s decision. And New England hasn’t made any $30 million offers that I know of. Talk is cheap. They say they’ll pay him $50 million, just so other teams will have to beat that number, but I don’t see any written offers. Brady’s family and Brady’s ego will determine where he plays. Brady’s wife will have input too, as any wife worth $360 million would.

  19. “I would not be surprised if Tom is not happy that he took far less than he deserved only to have the Patriots constantly let everyone else walk in free agency.”
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    Brady has made almost $200 million in salary in his career so it’s not as if he’s worked for free. He also recognizes the benefit of taking a little less than the max: the Pats have a strong “middle class” which means good depth. The result, 9 SB appearences, 6 rings, an unmatched legacy, and a good springboard into his post-playing career. I’d say it’s worked out pretty well for him.

  20. Sure, go for it! Less money for any upgrades on their O Line or offense. I have a feeling that Belechick would say no and Kraft would say yes to that idea.

  21. The only team it makes sense to leave the Pats for is the Titans. They are a QB away from being a legit Super Bowl contender. Assuming Henry stays, Brady won’t have to throw it 40 times to win. And Brady is buddies with Vrabel– and that matters. A lot.
    Zero chance he goes anywhere else. The teams are too flawed and he has to learn new systems. And it has never been about money for him.
    If Belichick and Kraft are willing to spend money to upgrade the offense, Brady will 100% stay. That’s the real question. and unclear if they will do it. But his only other destination is the Titans.

  22. Time for NE to retool and let’s find out once and for all, was the success because of Brady to Belicheck. Something tells me, it was Brady.

  23. Patriots won’t overpay for Brady. He better look somewhere else if he is looking to break the bank. I think he wants to be and will be a Patriot next year.

  24. So you guys are OK with Cousins and Dak, etc. getting 30-35+, but Tom Brady can’t get 30? All Brady wants to do is be paid fairly now for the last year(s), he’s taken pay cuts forever. I’m pretty sure Brady knows he can’t cripple the cap, he’s not asking for 35-40m, he could easily get that with any desperate franchise. But 30m is very fair with the Pats IMO, and Kraft needs to offer him a little ownership stake or something because that man has carried your franchise and made you billions.

  25. he still hasn’t tied the record for having beaten every NFL team. He’s never played against the Patriots. Favre had his best season ever with the Vikings, including two big wins over the Packers for the first time ever.

  26. eagleswin says:

    February 2, 2020 at 11:55 am

    The other part of this is that Brady wants his supporting cast upgraded. The Pats can’t afford to do both.
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    That’s really simplistic and easy to say but Brady has taken below market value for years and what weapons have they brought him in on offense?

  27. He’s going to the Chargers. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, Melvin Gordon/Austin Ekeler, a young talented D. Brady’s ability to get the ball out quick (with real receivers who can get open) helps elevate O-line play. They want to build a fan base. LA loves stars, and they have a brand new stadium they need to sell seats for. They will offer him the most money and the best situation. If he turns that down he’s making a decision with his heart over his head. I think after 20 years grinding it out with Bill he’s ready for a lifestyle change.

  28. Unless they think Stidham is the QB, than they will paying a QB 30 million anyways when you add Brady’s dead money. Give him 2 years at 30 per and he’ll be there.

  29. eagleswin says:

    February 2, 2020 at 11:55 am

    The other part of this is that Brady wants his supporting cast upgraded. The Pats can’t afford to do both.
    —————-
    That’s really simplistic and easy to say but Brady has taken below market value for years and what weapons have they brought him in on offense recently?

  30. MortimerInMiami says:
    February 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    At this point the Kraft’s should give him an equity stake in the team for all he has accomplished while being severely underpaid for 20 years!
    ——
    And we all know Goodell will be too happy to take a few draft picks away from the team for the salary cap violation that this would be.

    Well, it would be a violation, for sure.

    But they ‘could’ agree on a handshake deal at a Cap-friendly salary and then when he retires, grant him an equity share to make up for all of the below-market years. Who knows, maybe they’ve already had that handshake deal in place for years? It would explain a lot.

  31. Patriots have to understand, since they gave up Jimmy G., there has to be a post-Brady plan. They’re really acting like TB12 can play forever.

  32. The Chargers are in desperate need of a QB since Rivers retired to Florida but Spanos won’t pay whatever it’s going to take to get old Brady!

  33. As a head coach, BB had a losing record with the Browns and was fired for that. His only success as a head coach has been with Brady. Coincidence? BB will retire when Brady leaves to avoid being exposed again for what he is without TB….losing record.

  34. As far as the Patriots upgrading their offense around Brady (should he stay), part of that is going to come from getting guys back who are already there. Center David Andrews missed the entire season, and FB James Develin missed all but the first two games. Nobody really talked about it, but the loss of them (especially Develin) was huge in the Patriots lackluster running game through most of the season. It wasn’t until they plugged LB Elandon Roberts in at FB the last couple of games that Michel started to look like his old self. If Andrews and Develin can return healthy, it will be a boost, and hopefully a full off season will help guys like Sanu and Harry get incorporated.

    The one thing I will say is that if Brady does come back with New England, he’s going to have to spend a little more time at the non-mandatory activities unlike he’s done the past couple of seasons. You can’t tell me Sanu and Harry aren’t talented– he needs to put in the time to make it work.

  35. If Tom wants money he could probably get more from another team. If he wants a better supporting cast he can get that from another team. No reason to stay other than sentimentality or fear of the unknown.

  36. Will there be a suitor that gives Brady a better chance to win his 7th Super Bowl ring than New England does? No, there won’t be. Ergo, he stays in New England. Brady’s main concern is history/legacy, not money, of which he/Gisele have several boatloads. He wants to not only be the greatest of all time, but the greatest for all time, compiling a resume that no one will match, not just now, but forever.

  37. I don’t believe this information. It would blow a broad side hole
    in their cap recipe, leaving the team weak in certain spots.

    Not buying it. After skipping otas 2 years in a row, if he did it again afyer 2 down performing years from his 2017 mvp season, it could be a disaster.

  38. No no no, Tommy is going to take a discount deal, but on the condition that Kraft and Belli sit down with him and acquiesce his demands to put some good playmakers around him. Im talking AJ Green, David Johnson, Hunter Henry.

  39. For all of you who are calling Brady “old” and “washed up”, think about the offers being tossed around here. Thirty to fifty mil says the people who know, think differently.

    My guess is at this stage in his career, legacy is more important than money. He knows he should retire wearing just one uniform; very few “greats” get to do that.

    The big question is will Bellichick break his usual “get rid of them before it’s too late” philosophy? Well, he’s got no one on board to sustain a playoff runand nyone new is going to cost more than Brady. That, coupled with Kraft’s shrewdness in understanding the sentimentality, I think Brady signs for two years, retires after one

  40. Sine when has Brady been about money? If he’s smart, he’ll tell NE to play him 20 MIL and BB will retool the offense. They will have to let Van Noy walk, and likely Thuney as well. Brady is not playing in LA or anywhere else. It’s all media speculation.

  41. well i guess part of their post jimmy g plan was to win a super bowl and they did that. you cant win every super bowl and keep every great player you want. im sure the patriots would have kept jimmy g if it was realistic, but it wasnt. you cant pay two qbs starting qb money and theyre not going to cut tom brady bc some people on a comment board are jealous of his success and wish him failure on any level. not to mention, when san fran called they asked first about tom then jimmy 2nd. seriously.

  42. Any team that pays top 5 QB money to a mud pack QB at this point in his career deserves to be in salary cap purgatory. 1 player will not win you a Super Bowl

  43. shihtzumum says:
    February 2, 2020 at 11:56 am
    I’m no Patriots fan, but the guy’s been taking less than market value for years. Pay the man!
    ——————
    That was a heck of a good advantage to have over the league.

  44. The patriots can afford to pay Brady like that for a year or two.
    Structure it as a 5 year deal, with a big signing bonus.
    After a year or two, the team doesn’t pick up his contract and he retires, and keeps the money and the team eats the prorated bonus that third year.

    The question is: How much does he want?

    He has well over $100,000,000 and when you factor in his wife its more like 500mil.

    All he should care about is one more ring. So why ask for > 30? Take 30 for a year or two and retire.

    Going to another team and sucking for a year or two and retiring would make him bitter.

  45. I want to see the Pats pay Brady 100% of everything remaining after giving the rest of the offense minimum contracts. Veteran minimum, rookie minimum, doesn’t matter– everyone else gets minimum contracts and Tom Brady gets the rest.

  46. If he wants more money, he could always put out another cookbook.
    Charge the zombies 300 bucks this time.

  47. PLEASE pay him 35 or 40 Mill for one season.. I am begging you to do that Kraft. Brady is nowhere near the QB he was. Crazy Legs Fitz had better stats with a washed up OL and a bunch of nobodies on the roster.
    Brady is gone if BB has his way.

  48. The salary cap is set to go up between about $7M and $12M in 2020, so theoretically if they wanted to devote most of that towards a raise for Brady, $30M is doable. Keep in mind though, it’s not just about having dollars left to spend on “playmakers.” The Patriots typically have a better than average special teams group and that’s because they don’t just trot out a bunch of guys on their rookie deals to cover punts– they actually devote financial resources to that aspect of the roster.

  49. Tom would take 25 mill to stay in New England. He might offer to take even less if they grant him some input over how those savings are spent (on offense).

  50. I really don’t want to see TB in another uniform but I can’t see how the PATS can pay this $ and still put a competitive squad on the field. I think Tom is gone for this reason.

  51. voddyt says:
    February 2, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    As a Pats fan, I’m torn. The whole “not enough around him” this season is simply not true.
    ———————————

    Really? Please explain that one!

    Let’s see, out of 4 Wide Receivers- 3 WR’s unavailable in pre- season, 2 of which were gone in the 1st quarter of the season, the best only lasted 1 game. Other 2 weren’t available until the last quarter of the season. Please name any QB ever that has won with that happening at the WR position?

    Another WR was a practice squad guy named Gunner Olchevski. The fact that he took a single in game snap is an embarresment to the team and Bill’s Offensive roster building.

    Not a legitimate Tight End on the team. Best TE was a 38 year old who came out of retirement and was suspended the first 4 games.

    Ad to that the injuries and Sony Michel is a bust and Bill wasted a 3rd round pick on another RB only to red shirt him pretty well tells the story of the 2018 Pats Offensive roster.

  52. Did everybody forget 2019 (and 2018) Pats? They won almost purely off their D. Brady’s got a noodle arm now. Can’t throw it 10 yards anymore. Ala last season of Peyton. No thanks. He’s GOAT and HOF but c’mon, people. He’s now a has-been. Hope Pats keep him.

  53. hes never been about the money so i can’t see it now being about that. If he wants out their is some personal/work reasons for that.

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