No movement between Tom Brady, Patriots

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For exactly one more month, the Patriots officially have exclusive negotiating rights with quarterback Tom Brady. It would be foolish to assume that, unofficially, other teams already aren’t making their proposals known to Brady and/or his agent, Don Yee.

But the only team that has the right to talk to Brady about a contract for 2020 and beyond isn’t. According to Mike Reiss of, there has been no movement between Brady and the team he joined 20 years ago in April.

So here’s what likely will happen over the next two weeks. The whispers and chatter regarding Brady’s future will accelerate into yes-it’s-tampering-but-no-one-cares face-to-face meetings between Yee and interested teams in Indianapolis, when the Scouting Combine gets rolling on Monday the 24th of February. By the end of the week in Indianapolis, Yee will know: (1) every other team that wants to pursue Brady; and (2) the general terms of their expected financial offers.

At that point, fully aware as to who and what is lurking behind Door No. 2, Yee and/or Brady can try to work something out with the Patriots before seeing the unofficial discussions pivot to something firm and official as of March 16, when teams can contact agents to make offers and to strike deals in principle.

If the calendar gets to March 1 without a new New England deal for Brady, it’s time for Patriots fans who want him to stay to start getting nervous. If March 5 rolls around with no news of a new deal to stay in New England, it makes sense for Pats fans to get more nervous. With each passing day that no new deal is leaked or announced, the likelihood of Brady making his currently unofficial free agency official increases.

It still remains to be seen whether Brady will embark on a full-blown free agency tour. Regardless, if he becomes a free agent, the chances of him staying with the Patriots plummet — especially if the Patriots decide to join the looming game of quarterback musical chairs, in search of a veteran on whom to spend money that otherwise would be paid to Brady. If, on the other hand, the Patriots decide to ride with 2019 rookie Jarrett Stidham, they could in theory welcome back Brady after he looks around and realizes that the grass really isn’t any greener elsewhere.

65 responses to “No movement between Tom Brady, Patriots

  1. If the Patriots are so much in a hurry to know what Brady will do-they should give him permission to talk to any team now and tell the league office they are doing so.

    This way Brady will know what he is doing sooner and they will know sooner.

  2. I just don’t see Brady and the Pats parting ways right now. It makes too much sense for both of them to stay married just a little longer. Too risky for Brady to go to a new situation and also to risk negatively affecting the perception of him in NE. The Patriots just don’t have as good an option as Brady available to them, and Kraft is similarly worried about his legacy and the perception of his favorite son leaving.

  3. I’m sure it’s just the sentimental old fool in me but I do not want to see Tom Brady in any uniform other than that of the New England Patriots. It would just be wrong, as it was with many others that have gone before. Montana, Manning, Favre, etc. Wrong. Just… wrong.

    I don’t even want to see him put on some other uni for a year or two and then “retire as a Patriot.” He needs to stay a Patriot and a Patriot only as far as I’m concerned.

    ~Packers fan.

  4. Those hissy fits directed at receivers who run the wrong routes and drop passes won’t carry much weight with players on teams other than the Patriots. Short-timer Brady will get that hissy attitude thrown right back in his face from players with any other franchise. He’d better work out a deal in NE where he is the undeniable Hissy King of the roost, because that drama isn’t going to fly anywhere else. Not with his decline. It’ll be fun to watch, either way.

  5. Come throw it around the yard to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin (both top 5 WRs statistically last year), OJ Howard, Cam Brate, and a solid defense, that badly needs a competent qbs to make a playoff run.

  6. He’s gonna be 43 when the season starts and has played in 9 super bowls, all with the Patriots. Maybe the ride is over but I don’t see him giving up. He’ll play 2 more years with the Patriots, I think.

  7. Although he’s owned my Bills for almost 2 decades, I too would like to see him finish out his career in NE. With all the money he and his wife have made, why go to another team for a couple more years for maybe $10 mil more? I know that sounds like a lot to us, but again, he and his wife have earned a fortune to date. How much money do you need?

    Also, I think the Bills will sweep the Patriots next year and I would not want people to put an asterisk to that just because Brady wasn’t there.

  8. Brady is in a unique situation, and I feel that he should be careful about this whole thing.

    I’ve been a Patriots fan for almost 50 years. I know that I don’t speak for all Pats fans, but I know that some feel the same way.

    Brady is the greatest player to play the game. Period.
    He has been an amazing team leader, and worthy “Face of The Patriots”, until last year.

    Along the path to his 6 titles, he was put through the ringer, several times, by the NFL, and jealous team owners and coaches. We, the NE fans, stuck with him with unprecedented, deserved, and tenacious loyalty.

    Does he owe us anything? Well, that depends on what he wants as the end of his legacy.
    I, for one, believe that he should not “test the waters” of free-agency at all. I feel that that would be disrespectful.
    Does he need money? Nope.
    Does he need fame? Nope.
    Does he have anything to prove to the football world? Not a thing!

    He is already bordering on tarnishing his legacy with his Instagram posts, and his mopey, Jay Cutler-like attitude this past season. He threw away a lot of balls this year. . . to me, many of them looked like little temper tantrums. He was not a fearless leader last year, he acted like a baby after Antonio Brown was taken away.

    Play for the Pats, or retire.
    Come back with your old “fighter’s mentality”, or don’t come back at all.
    There is a lot to be learned from the ultimate bad-ass QB. . . Steve Grogan.

    Protect your legacy with your fans, Brady. You’ll be very sorry of you mess that up for a crap year, or two in Vegas, or wherever.

  9. Jerruh isn’t going to pay Dak that crazy amount when he knows it’s more important to pay secure Amari, Quinn, Byron Jones, etc. Brady goes to Dallas. Brady has the receiver he wants, the run game he wants and then the defense he wants. Jerruh gets the next 3 Super Bowls with brady. Dak, not so much.

  10. Raiders have been fleeced by the Bears (draft picks amounted to nothing), fleeced by the Cowboys (Amari Cooper), fleeced by the Steelers (Antonio Brown), fleeced by the two washed up hacks in Gruden and Mayock, fleeced by the city of Las Vegas and now are about to be fleeced by a 42 year old QB!

    You can’t make this stuff up!

  11. I’m a Raiders fan, guy is the best ever, but zero issue with Carr. Far from perfect, but a 43 year old QB on a rebuilding team makes zero sense

  12. There is a lot to be learned from the ultimate bad-ass QB. . . Steve Grogan

    Amen to that. Shortly I’m going to be donating all my football/baseball cards from the 70’s. The only ones I plan to keep are my Grogan cards.

  13. Guess you missed the second part of the statement by Mike Reiss.

    With no movement to date, I’m sticking with 80% odds on Brady’s return at this time.

  14. Brady needs the money for his lifestyle and cosmetic surgery for him and wife are very expensive each single hair implant could cost thousands.Give the man a break.

  15. Brady in Tampa would the best for him. Lots of offensive weapons. I would be surprised though if he chooses to play for anyone else but New England. I could see him willing to play in or near where he plans to retire after football, which could be all those west coast rumors

  16. Tom never cheated; it’s not in his DNA. If you’re a Pats fan you know this. What’s he thinking? My guess is that he’d like to show the world that he can do it with another coach and another team. I think he may move on and come back for one day to retire a Patriot.

  17. I’m not going to pretend I have some secret source but this feels like posturing on both sides. That said, the Chargers are absolutely loaded with talent and would also offer him a blank check to fill an actual football stadium when they couldn’t sell out one built for soccer.

    However, if he does leave, all will be forgiven and forgotten within 5 years. Packers fans still love Farve and Montana is revered in the bay area as well as KC.

  18. While NFL Teams theoretically cannot be negotiating with Brady, Las Vegas and Los Angeles businesses can most certainly be in negotiations with Gisele, Brady’s wife. Her Sejaa Skincare line landed her in Forbes most successful female entrepreneurs, not to mention her modeling contacts that would make her a natural for Las Vegas. Brady knows he only has a couple of years left, so I think Gisele will be the deciding factor in where he plays next year. And I think that means the Raiders and Las Vegas where Brady and Gisele would become commercial royalty.

  19. KP says:
    February 16, 2020 at 8:35 am

    I just don’t see Brady and the Pats parting ways right now. It makes too much sense for both of them to stay married just a little longer. Too risky for Brady to go to a new situation and also to risk negatively affecting the perception of him in NE. The Patriots just don’t have as good an option as Brady available to them, and Kraft is similarly worried about his legacy and the perception of his favorite son leaving.

    Brady is gone, face it. His last play as a Patriot will forever be that pick 6, just lovely. Believing Brady will stay in NE is the same sentiment that had a delusional fan base thinking Brady was going to make some magical run through the playoffs while he basically stunk up the joint most of the season. All the tea leaves are there, just read them. And now Kraft tells Brady to test free agency? Come on guys, wake up! Brady is gone.
    And you are right, it makes sense that he stays. Actually, he should have retired after the defense carried him in beating the Rams, ala P. Manning. But Brady is stubborn and he will get exposed on another team for the game manager-system guy that he is. Even his Dad said years ago that it won’t end well between Brady and the Pats.
    BB wanted to supplant Brady with Jimmy G 2 years ago and daddy Kraft ruined that plan, but now Kraft says the decision is entirely up to Bill…ah, bye Brady, thanks for playing.
    This is like just when all of you mini-GMs swore no way AZ would pick Kyler #1. I got a zillion thumbs down. I gave you all the proof, the coach, the system, QBs are gold, Rosen jerseys at 70% off and Rosen the fact that sucks, but all I heard was Bosa this, Bosa that. And don’t get me started on Lamar Jackson…some things are right before your eyes, but you chose to stay delusional and hopeful for miracles.

  20. There is nothing left in NE for Brady to accomplish. The only thing he hasn’t done in his career is win outside of NE. LA is the logical destination. They need a splash to sell tickets. And Brady needs the largest market in the country to grow his TB12 nutrition brand. Going back to NE accomplishes nothing for him.

  21. The Raiders rebuilding 30 years. It’s time to field a team with a quarterback who isn’t scared Brady or no Brady! Move on unless you’re a fan of mediocrity.

  22. If Brady comes back to the Patriots, let him compete for the starting job. Otherwise it will be another year of historic defense and special teams wasted on poor QB play.

  23. This isn’t about money. Belichick sabotaged the Patriots by not getting any weapons on offense, not to mention the offensive line. He gave away a year to make Brady look bad. After having Gronk as the “go to” , Bill gets no one. Brady understands what happening and why he’s forcing their move. Also at play is the argument of “Do we win because of Bill or Tom” going on. This divorce is final, no turning back.. Brady is going to Tampa Bay

  24. The worst part of Tb walking is the 13 mil cap hit we take on top of it. All the Deferred Kraft money looked good when we were winning, would be painful now.

  25. Vikings sign Brady. Two years at 50 million per and ship Cousins to the Pats along with all their ’20 draft picks. In it to win it….

  26. I think him and Gronk are gonna wait to tag team to a new team and reunite it seems. Cowboys? Maybe move Witten to 2nd string and let Prescott walk in FA. They will be the clear favorites in in the weak NFC Least.

  27. He’s just being sent around the league to get some inside information, maybe a few pictures on his phone and then maybe some video. Then its back to New England for 20 mil and a 7th superbowl ring.

  28. Not the GOAT.

    If Dee Ford lines up onsides
    If the Falcons could run the clock
    If Marshawn gets the ball

    Then…only 3 rings and the talk is that the Pats cannot win without cheating.

  29. I think in the end he’ll get 2 years @$30M from the Pats and then retire. But, the Raiders deal actually makes some business sense. New stadium in a new market, a market with a lot of transients with $$$ rather than residents with $. The GOAT is a big draw. Raiders tiks were $175 or so aftermarket. Pats tiks were $750. Brady would raise a LOT of revenue for the team and stadium. Over 8 home games if the ticket price differential with vs without Brady is $200, that’s 65000 seats x 8 games x $200 = $104 million in additional revenue, maybe more. LV isn’t on its own a football town yet. They need a gate draw.

  30. Brady has come this far might as well see what’s out there. I think in end Kraft gets involved and Brady stays.

    But for fun, Brady signs with SF and then Garoppolo is traded to NE. SF is better suited to make it back to Super Bowl better than LA Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders. Plus no competing for division vs. Kansas City. I would pick Tennessee over Miami but I think those teams are hail mary options. Other than those often rumored teams I think its NE in the end.

  31. Brady clearly wants another ring; hence, it is obvious that he will soon direct his agent to strike a deal with the team that plays its games in– and proudly represents– the great state of KANSAS-

  32. I guess the reason Brady sold his house and is looking at out-of-state schooling for his kids is that he wants to stay soo bad and play for NE. Wake up homers, he’s gone and happy to be so.

  33. Brady is not worried about money, & NE will not let him walk away, I just don’t believe Kraft will allow it. I, as a Bronco fan, would like to see him stay in NE. I am sentimental when it comes to QBs.

  34. It just dawned on me that I’m a Brady fan more than I am a Patriot fan. I was hoping for the Pats to resign him, but now I’d rather see him go somewhere he has a supporting cast on offense. For all Belichick’s greatness, assessing offensive talent isn’t his strong suit

  35. musiccitymiracle2 says:
    February 16, 2020 at 3:23 pm
    Not the GOAT.

    If Dee Ford lines up onsides – he didn’t
    If the Falcons could run the clock – they didn’t
    If Marshawn gets the ball – he didn’t

    I can play that game too.

    If David Tyree doesn’t make a miracle helmet catch, Pats win that Super Bowl.

    If Wes Welker was able to catch Brady’s pass or if Manningham hadn’t made an incredible sideline catch, Pats probably would have won that SB.

    So exactly what is your point?

  36. “If Dee Ford lines up onsides
    If the Falcons could run the clock
    If Marshawn gets the ball”

    Yup. If. If if if. But that ain’t the reality is it, Sparky?

  37. I don’t see Brady playing for any other team for the next two years. All this talk about him testing the free agent waters is just that, talk. All these speculations about him going to this or that team are just that, speculations. He’s a Patriot, always has been, always will be. He isn’t going anywhere.

    We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. What we do know is that Brady is in constant contact with head coach Belichick, who also happens to be general manager, and owner Kraft. They’re working things out, discussing his contract.

    To Brady, it’s not about money, never has been. It’s about winning. He has always agreed to below-market contracts, so the team could afford to sign talent at the skill positions. That’s what got him to nine Super Bowls and six rings.

    Last season, he was clearly frustrated, because the team didn’t have talent at the skill positions. But they still made the playoffs.

    That’s what these discussions between Brady and Belichick are about, talent at the skill positions. Once he’s assured that will be worked out, he’ll sign whatever contract is offered.

    The relationship between coach and quarterback is important. Lombardi-Starr, Knoll-Bradshaw, Madden-Stabler, Landry-Staubach, Walsh-Montana, Johnson-Aikman, Belichick-Brady. It’s all about the coach, the captain on the sidelines, and the quarterback, the captain on the field. When those two are in synch, the team wins. With talent at the skill positions.

    Starr, Bradshaw, Stabler, Staubach, Aikman all retired, never played for another team. Even though they had offers, because they were Super Bowl champions. To my knowledge, the only quarterback who ever won a Super Bowl with two different teams is Peyton Manning, Indianapolis and Denver.

    Does anyone seriously think Brady wants to be the second coming of Manning? He’s already won four more Super Bowls. He certainly doesn’t want to pull a Montana, transfer to another team and not win a Super Bowl.

    No, Brady would rather stay with the Patriots and try to win, than go to another team and fail.

  38. Dandy Don said it: “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas.”
    BB said it: “It is what it is.”
    Bubba said it: “It depends on what the definition of is is.”
    Now, where was I?

  39. I blame Bill for this situation. He could have given Brady an extended contract before this. Kraft loves Tom like a son. It isn’t him. What is Bill waiting for to make Tom an offer?I totally put this on BB.

  40. However, if he does leave, all will be forgiven and forgotten within 5 years. Packers fans still love Farve and Montana is revered in the bay area as well as KC.

    after Favre put on the Purple nightmare uniform……no love ever

  41. Whoa whoa whoa! What’s all this talk that Brady will stay “if there’s commitment to improve those around him?” That is not the NE way! Players don’t dictate terms to stay in NE, the team (Belichick) does. No way Brady says anything like that to BB and gets to stay. Ain’t.Gonna.Happen.
    As a longtime NE fan (since Plunkett), its time for NE to move on an get/use a mobile QB. Brady had 34 yards rushing last season. Most of the older guys (say, Rogers) had 150+, the younger guys, 300. When your QB has almost zero threat to run, teams can better game plan coverage. And Brady’s numbers are starting to reflect that, even if he still has a high skill level for a 42 year old.

  42. I blame Bill Belichick for the Patriots only playing in nine Super Bowls, and only winning six of those Super Bowls, in this century to date. This underachievement is entirely his fault. He clearly does not know what he is doing. He must be cut!

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