Tom Brady’s tenure in New England hinges on Bill Belichick

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft may be willing to pay quarterback Tom Brady more than $30 million per year to extend his tenure to a 21st year, but Kraft’s checkbook is only part of the equation.

Ultimately, coach Bill Belichick has to want Kraft to write the check. Ultimately, Belichick needs to make it clear to Brady that Belichick values the quarterback’s contributions and wants him to stay with the team.

In other words, Belichick needs to drop to a knee and profess his love for Brady. If Belichick does that, Brady becomes far more likely to stay. If Belichick doesn’t, Brady becomes far more likely to leave.

Caught in the middle of everything is Kraft. He’ll do whatever Belichick wants him to do, and a willingness to pay a soon-to-be-43-year-old quarterback more than $30 million per year shows that Kraft is more than willing to spend. Belichick needs to be willing and able to break down the wall that he keeps in place between himself and pretty much every player who ever has played for him.

And if anyone merits that kind of treatment, it’s Brady.

If it doesn’t happen and if Brady chooses to leave, it’s on Belichick and no one else.

77 responses to “Tom Brady’s tenure in New England hinges on Bill Belichick

  1. But I thought he was going to Las Vegas? Or was that just a rumor for the one hour? I wonder where he’ll be going in the next two hours?

  2. Has there ever been a more pliable athlete? Nay. Pay the man Bill, and drink from the fountain of victory when you hoist the 7th New England Lombardi trophy.

  3. Watch Belichick’s reaction when Brady ran for 17 and a 1st down against Kansas City. There’s an unadulterated view of how he feels about Tom.

  4. IF BB had half a brain he’d realize he’s nothing without Brady. They won those Super Bowls together. However, BB is such an egomaniac he thinks he can plug in Stidham and all those compensatory picks and he’s a genius. Without Brady next year I doubt they’d make the playoffs, even in that lousy division–which is actually getting better finally. They benefitted by playing in the worst division over that stretch than anyone. Buffalo, Miami and the Jets are all bottom feeders. Buffalo and Miami are on their way up and the Jets are the Jets. BB is so full of himself he’ll probably let Brady walk to prove how much of a genius he is. I guess we’ll find out.

  5. In other words, Belichick needs to drop to a knee and profess his love for Brady. If Belichick does that, Brady becomes far more likely to stay. If Belichick doesn’t, Brady becomes far more likely to leave.
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    Rubbish

  6. Wrong. Kraft is going to write the check if he wants which I think he will. The only time Kraft ever got involved with the football operations was to stop them from trading Brady. I don’t think Bill has much say here if Krafts makes his mind up

  7. Belichick needs to buy a house next door to Brady, the same way Gruden did with Carr in Vegas.

  8. That’s exactly right, and Bill wants no part of him. What I’d like to see happen is this; Bill has always pulled the rug out on aging players after their prime years, so it would be great if Kraft did that to him. Let’s see, “hello Jerry? Send me 2 #1’s and Amari for Biiyboy”

  9. All of you that say BB is nothing without Brady are failing to realize that is precisely why BB wants to try it with another QB.
    And I believe the Patriots can be better without Brady at this point and age.
    For the Pats fans that just can’t accept that I feel sorry for you.
    If you think for one second that BB could not do it without Brady you are really blinded by your man crush on Brady.
    If Jimmy G was still with the Patriots Brady would of been benched this past season. So no chance Brady is the only reason the Pats have done what they have done.

  10. Very interesting speculation. We will see what happens within a few months. I have no idea what the relationships are between Kraft, Belichick and Brady.

  11. Always amazed at haters that think they are Pats experts. Did Brady’s agent contact you to drum up business for Brady by floating false rumors on Super Sunday?

  12. BillyRayBob says:
    February 2, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    Belichick needs to buy a house next door to Brady, the same way Gruden did with Carr in Vegas.

    How’s that working out?

  13. I think Brady wants to see who else is going to be on that offense. It’s easy for me to say but I think he has enough money and has other ways to make more, if he wants to.

    He wants to win Super Bowls and he is the best player on that offense and probably the team, at age 42.

  14. u4iadman says:
    February 2, 2020 at 5:32 pm
    BB made Brady, not the other way around
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    Agreed. And Belichick should of been kicked out the league after the first cheating scandal. If not the first, at least the second. Now look what number we are on and clowns still trying to defend him.

  15. BillyRayBob says:
    February 2, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    Belichick needs to buy a house next door to Brady, the same way Gruden did with Carr in Vegas.
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    Carr and Gruden both bought their houses at the same time. I arranged the deal through a realtor friend of mine over drinks in my suite at the Derby last year. It was simply fabulous, darling.

  16. BB doesn’t need Brady. Maybe time to move on if he wants to much money. BB not going to let the rest of the team go to hell to pay for a 43 year old qb.

  17. Coaches lose more games than they win. Great quarterbacks win more games than they lose.

  18. BB isn’t getting down on bended knee – to anyone. Brady’s ego doesn’t expect it – or need it. And Brady’s never been about the money. And Stidham isn’t yet a better starter. Brady stays.

  19. Did anyone besides me see the Gronk interview where he said that BB does not treat TB any better or different than a walk on back up special team player. That is what makes this team so good and what makes him the greatest HC ever!!

  20. In 20 years, that’s 2 decades, name just 1 running back or wide receiver Bill Belichick has drafted that was successful. The only genius is having Brady as your quarterback

  21. Make Brady the Coach-Player like Pete Rose in his last few years. Bellichick can move to Defensive Coordinator.

  22. That’s funny, Belichick was going to bench his qb that went to the last three super bowls, winning two and keeping them in the third. The greatest NFL player of all time was going to be bench by the greatest coach because the coach is so egotistical he wants to win without him

    The lack of imagination of the haters make me wonder if they are all the same guy.

  23. Omg. Jimmy g is a good Quarterbacks. But he would not have won with the offense we had this year. What the patriots need is a gm whose sole responsibility is to get good players.

  24. whysosenestive445 says:
    February 2, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Kraft is going to write the check if he wants which I think he will. The only time Kraft ever got involved with the football operations was to stop them from trading Brady.
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    Stop with this mythology. That never happened. Kraft wasn’t involved. BB traded Garapollo because he wasn’t going to give up Brady coming off a league MVP SB winning season on another 1st place team to keep the kid who had started a handful of games for him.

    All of this nonsense about Kraft pulling a power move is a media BS creation.

  25. I take it that all of this information is first hand knowledge correct??? I DON’T BELIEVE ANY OF IT. All of this crap is just that, CRAP. This all speculation thrown out to see what sticks to the wall. Any so-called information is hearsay and was heard from this person’s four hundredth cousin on his wife’s aunt’s side and was confirmed by three thousand people that were standing there and heard all of it. As they swear on all kinds of religious artifacts at the same time as to the truth of it all.

  26. I doubt Brady has any interest in playing anywhere else, and I doubt he wants to retire. And I doubt Bill is going to run him off and take his chances with someone else next year. And I doubt this article has any credibility at all.

  27. Kraft will do what Belichick wants to do…..? Really? What happened to Kraft telling Belichick to trade Jimmy ‘cause Tom felt threatened?

  28. Another highly speculative article about Brady, with no actual facts behind any of them.

  29. If Bill wanted Brady back then all this talk of him signing with another team would not be happening. It’s never been about money with Tom and Bill has never been shy about moving on from a player…

  30. Kraft overruled Belichick when Belichick wanted to ship Brady out of town and anoint Jimmy G the starter. Brady complained to Kraft about that so Belichick was outnumbered 2 to 1. So why would Kraft give in to Belichick now if he wants Brady to finish his career in Boston?

  31. didnthearwhat says:
    February 2, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    In 20 years, that’s 2 decades, name just 1 running back or wide receiver Bill Belichick has drafted that was successful. The only genius is having Brady as your quarterback
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    WR? Julian Edelman. RB? James White. You don’t even need to go years into the past.

  32. Every Players tenure in New England hinges on Bill Belichick.

    Kraft wants him. What Belichick going to do? Let Brady go and bring in Marcus Mariota?

  33. If not Brady, then who? Brady will be in NE in 2020. And they will be right in the playoff mix again.

  34. I have said all through this process – If Kraft is calling the shots, Brady finishes his career with the Patriots. If it’s Belichick’s decision, the team moves on and retools the offense.

    I really think Bill is excited about building one last team before he hangs up his hoodie.

    I have always believed that the inner workings of the Kraft-Belichick relationship is the determining factor in the direction of this organization.

  35. Has there ever been a more pliable athlete?
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    There’s nothing about Tom Brady physically that even hints at pliable. Now ethically – absolutely!

  36. patriotmaleorgy says:
    February 2, 2020 at 5:26 pm
    Nobody really cares where he goes. Wherever he goes, they better have the top ranked defense next year for him to win anything.

    19 9 Rate This

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    Umm, they had that this year. The D and STs won like 10 games alone this year.

    Brady skipped otas again and sabotaged the team’s goals in the process.

    I think BB has had enough with the trending down Brady.

  37. I don’t see how Belichick can stand between Tom and the money he wants. If Kraft wants Tom to stay & is willing to pay him what he wants, then Bill will have to make adjustments like every other team that is paying top money to a QB.

  38. the hollywood feel good ending would be for the two to win one more together and call it an era.
    I have a feeling they both want to prove they can do it without the other.

  39. tylawspick6 says:
    February 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Brady skipped otas again and sabotaged the team’s goals in the process.
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    That would be a fair comment if the guy hadn’t worked his rear end off and played into February in 9 of his 19 seasons. But it could easily be argued that he and the team were better served with him taking more time off to be at his best at the end of the season.

    This coming year – if he is still on the team – and after getting bounced in the WC round – I’d expect him at OTAs.

  40. Robert Kraft did not tell Belichick to trade JimmyG.

    The only order he gave BB was not to trade Brady.

  41. didnthearwhat says:
    February 2, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    In 20 years, that’s 2 decades, name just 1 running back or wide receiver Bill Belichick has drafted that was successful. The only genius is having Brady as your quarterback

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    theres 11 positions to fill on each side of the ball. bill drafted all these guys that all played major roles. tom brady, matt light, julian edelman, david givens, deion branch, richard seymour, ben watson, tully banta cain, jarvis green, ty warren, logan mankins, jerod mayo, logan ryan, devin mccourty, rob gronkowski, dan koppen, and thats just off the top of my head. he also signed free agents rodney harrison, corey dillon, randy moss, wes welker, stephen gilmore to name a couple. he took a defense that pete carroll was running into the ground, added brian cox and a cpl no namers and turned it into the 2001 sb team that shut down the greatest show on turf that now has 3 hof members on it. id say he has benn pretty successful at finding the right mix at other spots besides just qb.

  42. He’s not getting $30 million, because it would mean not being able to afford to put weapons around him. Team friendly deal, or it is time to move on.

  43. If Tom Brady signed a 1-year 10M contract he would be a Patriot and Bill Belichick would be doing jumping jacks.

    It’s not the player, it’s the price.

  44. ivotedfornixon says:

    February 2, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Robert Kraft did not tell Belichick to trade JimmyG.

    The only order he gave BB was not to trade Brady.

    He ordered the code red

  45. Not signing Brady means a full rebuild. I don’t think Belichick thinks he will be around long enough to see that through.

  46. It’s not up to Bill, it’s up to Tom. Tom is the one who wanted FA and no tag. The problem is the aging D and the lack of decent weapons on O. Brady wants rings and he isn’t going to get them with Bill’s crap drafting the last 6 years.

  47. Kraft should be well aware that Tom Brady is unlike any other sports figure in NE history, maybe Yaz is close…. If BB lets TB12 go there will be no forgiveness. The goodwill Kraft has built up for 28 years won’t mean anything. Personally I would rather see BB go before Tom and Josh McDaniel take over. Mr Kraft there are some mistakes that cannot be undone. I’ve been a Pats fan since 1962, I lived through 40 of the 42 years of suffering. There is no tougher fan than a New England/Boston Patriots fan in any sport. I still wear my #14 1976 Steve Grogan Jersey because if not for Grogan and his loyalty there would be no Patriots! Don’t let the Hoodie do the team in. You just saw tonight what the Jimmy G era would have been for us. There’s only one Tom Brady, remember that Mr Kraft. Tom can only leave us HIS way not the way of the hoodie. If BB cannot swallow his pride then he’s the problem! Tom is the fourth Kraft son and BB should realize you don’t mess with family. On another note Steve Grogan would make a great offensive co-ordinator if BB leaves and Josh moves up! Think about it Mr Kraft, the Hoodie is the disposable one here!

  48. Time for Brady and Belichick to both go, promote McDaniels, and bring Andrew Luck out of retirement.

  49. danielsong39 says:
    February 3, 2020 at 5:57 am
    Time for Brady and Belichick to both go, promote McDaniels, and bring Andrew Luck out of retirement.
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    Colts have his rights

  50. KC wins the SB and Brady continues to grovel for attention. How ridiculous. NE will break the bank on yet another losing season.

  51. I believe the Pats unreal run is coming to an end. Every hater on here wishes they had a Brady/Belichek on there respective team of choice. The Pats have holes to fill that may not be possible to do in a year or two.

  52. I’m starting to think BB and TB are toying with the media with all of this nonsense. After that TB commercial, it totally makes sense of what he’s done all this “off season” so far.

    It would be foolish for both of them if they parted ways now. Stidham is maybe a year away and where is Brady going to go where they have a team built to compete in a SB?

  53. Love seeing the comments today about how they should have kept Jimmy G – all made before yesterdays SB….Any body still on that bandwagon now after the game he played yesterday? That no look pass was a thing of beauty, huh?

  54. If we had kept Jimmy G, we would be one Lombardi short of what we have now. Jimmy had a chance to put the game away with that long pass he overthrew! Remember that hit in only the second game he started during TB12’s bogus suspension. Jimmy G is Tony Eason with a few more slick moves and that’s all I can say good about him…….

  55. Jimmy G was having a great game. If he hits one more pass, he’s basically legend today.

    It’s a classic hot take that Sunday vindicated the Pats’ decision.

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