Will Robert Kraft intervene to keep Tom Brady?

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It’s become regarded as a given that, when the time comes for the Patriots to decide the offer that will be made to Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick — and only coach Bill Belichick — will determine the structure and amount of the deal. Some league insiders with knowledge of the dynamics in New England wonder whether it will actually come to that.

As one such source wondered aloud on Thursday in Indianapolis, what if owner Robert Kraft eventually tells Belichick that he has to do whatever it takes to keep Brady? Belichick wouldn’t like it, but some still believe that Kraft pulled that same trump card in 2017, when the team handed Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for a second-round pick.

With plenty of Patriots fans poised to blame Kraft (which makes no sense whatsoever) if Brady leaves, Kraft may feel compelled to exercise his ownership privilege to ensure that Brady stays put.

Of course, if Brady senses that Belichick is ultimately proceeding against his wishes, Brady may be even more inclined to leave. Still, if it comes to that, it could be easier to get people in Boston and beyond to realize that, if Brady leaves, it will have happened because Brady wants to leave and/or because Belichick wants that outcome as well. Although it should already be obvious that Kraft wants Brady to stay, it may take a power play from ownership to get some to conclude that, of all the people who could be or should be blamed for Brady scratching a 20-year itch, Kraft should not be one of them.

52 responses to “Will Robert Kraft intervene to keep Tom Brady?

  1. As a longtime Pats fan, I know players come and go. QBs, too. Brady can’t run. Belichick knows it as do other teams (34 yards last season). At 43 he’s not getting any faster, for sure. The Titans and Fins – winners of the last two games – admitted they had a lot of three man rushes, knowing he’d stay in the pocket. That forces Brady to find open guys with 8 guys in coverage. Tough.
    So if he leaves, I am sure Mr. Eight Super Bowl Wins has a plan for an alternative. Brady is great but in Belichick we trust!

  2. As a Bills fan this is my dream scenario. Brady and Belichick are both shortlist GOATs at their respective craft, but at this stage Bill is still performing at his all time high, while Brady is operating on a waning clock. If Kraft keeps undermining Bill on roster decisions, Bill may very well be the guy that leaves New England, and if that happens then the dynasty is done.

  3. Kraft has already stated he would prefer Brady back but I find hard to believe he would overrule BB on a football decision…

  4. Although most consider the story of Kraft forcing the trade of Jimmy G. to be a factual account of events, they only believe so because it has been repeated so often. In fact, there’s no proof that ever happened and the same report that made that claim also made numerous other accusations which have since been proven partially or fully untrue.

    Regardless, I wouldn’t expect Kraft to make the call this time around. He’ll leave it up to Belichick, as he should. It would be foolish to think Kraft doesn’t know what Bill’s plans are for Brady and the rest of their FAs. If Kraft were going to intervene he would have done so before now, and he certainly would have done so a year ago when they didn’t want to extend him beyond a single season.

  5. It’s hilarious to see how many Pats fans are ready to move on from Brady. They need to be careful what they wish for.

  6. That won’t happen this time, imo. Kraft has already publicly states his case to face if brady leaves for a crapton more money.

  7. I don’t think Brady is going to have options to go anywhere. No good GM is going to sign a 43yr. old QB. They are looking for long term solutions.

  8. I find it laughable at the Pats fans who say TB is washed up. None of his receivers could get separation and Pedalman isn’t a true wr1, and he’s not a HOF, how that’s even floated out there is a joke. Gear TB12 up with some legit weapons and he would still be dangerous.

  9. Tom Brady is gone. Pats fans need to come to grips with that. When he said “I still have something to prove”, that equals “I am going to show I can lead another team”. There is nothing left to prove with New England. His hero, Joe Montana, proved that he could do it without Bill Walsh (or the Niners system) by taking KC to the AFC championship game. He doesn’t have to win a Superbowl with another team to prove he is independently great, without BB. He sold his home in NE. He has told all his friends he is leaving! You Pats fans need to come to grips with what is going on.

  10. gacoltfan says:
    February 28, 2020 at 1:09 pm
    I don’t think Brady is going to have options to go anywhere. No good GM is going to sign a 43yr. old QB. They are looking for long term solutions.

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    There are clear moneymaking options for some teams. The Vegas Raiders could not be more obvious along with the Chargers.

    Blatantly obvious. The Bears are another. Brady is clearly better at 43 than Derek Carr or Mitch Trubisky.

    You could also DRAFT a QB in LA w/the Chargers for example and then have Brady mentor the QB for 2 years.

    You are delusional. Tenn is anoother obvious choice as is the Giants for Giselle’s moedeling career.

    If Brady’s ego is gone like BB may suspect it is, I suspect it is, this may be a moot point because his ego would have been stroked by these teams willing to spenfd 35 mil per year under a cap thinking it’s money well spent for other reasons (hype, jersey sales, immediatte sell outs in questionable markets like LA or even Vegas).

  11. BB is only willing to pay Brady what he is worth today. Unfortunately, there are plenty of dumb organizations willing to pay him for his past accomplishments – even though they never benefited from them.

  12. Joe Montana, proved that he could do it without Bill Walsh (or the Niners system) by taking KC to the AFC championship game. H

    That would be WRONG!!!

    First Montana DIDNT leave by choice he was traded because they had someone to take his place , Young..

    Second he did go to KC and win with Walsh’s / Niners “system “
    When he went to KC the QB coach from SF went with him and became the O coordinator in KC and they ran the same “system “

    So the only thing that changed was the uniforms.
    Same when Manning went to Denver he still ran his “system “

    Brady will be a Patriot this season

  13. The story that Kraft intervened and made BB trade Garoppolo was always BS. Economics forced that move, plain and simple.

    I don’t know a single Patriots fan who will blame Kraft if Brady leaves. Everybody I know realizes it’s up to BB and Brady to see if they can work out a deal and if it doesn’t happen, so be it.

    Kraft wants Brady to stay, but he’s not going to intervene. He’s made that clear. And he sure isn’t going to move into BB’s lane and risk losing the best coach in the league.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    February 28, 2020 at 1:23 pm
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    There are clear moneymaking options for some teams. The Vegas Raiders could not be more obvious along with the Chargers.

    Blatantly obvious. The Bears are another. Brady is clearly better at 43 than Derek Carr or Mitch Trubisky.

    You could also DRAFT a QB in LA w/the Chargers for example and then have Brady mentor the QB for 2 years.

    You are delusional. Tenn is anoother obvious choice as is the Giants for Giselle’s moedeling career.

    If Brady’s ego is gone like BB may suspect it is, I suspect it is, this may be a moot point because his ego would have been stroked by these teams willing to spenfd 35 mil per year under a cap thinking it’s money well spent for other reasons (hype, jersey sales, immediatte sell outs in questionable markets like LA or even Vegas).

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    Chargers are going to be able to get one of the top 3 or 4 in the draft and will want to play him right away, certainly won’t wait 2 years.

    Brady maybe better than Carr (maybe) and Trubiski (definitely), but so is Cam, Bridgewater, and some of the others available that would be longer term.

    No way on Giants, they aren’t benching the 2nd year guy they like for a 43 yr old.

    Tennessee, I hope so, but they won’t be dumb enough to let Tannehill go for Brady.

  15. With plenty of Patriots fans poised to blame Kraft (which makes no sense whatsoever)..
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    It makes no sense whatsoever to me as I don’t feel that and not met any Pats fans that say it.

  16. Brady wants solid offensive talent around him to keep winning. Any big bump in pay would not be worth joining a half formed team. His post playing career brand would get a larger bump by winning and not by merely chasing the best salary.

  17. streetyson says:
    February 28, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    With plenty of Patriots fans poised to blame Kraft (which makes no sense whatsoever)..
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    It makes no sense whatsoever to me as I don’t feel that and not met any Pats fans that say it.

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    Yeah, it makes no sense what he is trying to say. The main thing fans are pissed off at is his capitulation to the league when he knew Brady was being framed.

  18. remizak says:
    February 28, 2020 at 1:51 pm
    The story that Kraft intervened and made BB trade Garoppolo was always BS. Economics forced that move, plain and simple.

    I don’t know a single Patriots fan who will blame Kraft if Brady leaves. Everybody I know realizes it’s up to BB and Brady to see if they can work out a deal and if it doesn’t happen, so be it.

    Kraft wants Brady to stay, but he’s not going to intervene. He’s made that clear. And he sure isn’t going to move into BB’s lane and risk losing the best coach in the league.

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    This is absolutely the best answer on this thread. Agree 100%. If Brady leaves, it’s going to be about money and ego.

  19. cardiovascularendurance says:
    February 28, 2020 at 12:41 pm
    It’s hilarious to see how many Pats fans are ready to move on from Brady. They need to be careful what they wish for.

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    Umm, you could say the same thing for Brady and whichever inferior environment, he was to choose.

    REAL Pats fans certainly hope he stops pouting during games and at the podium, however. HIs leadership this past year was atrocious. He looked like Jay Cutler out there.

  20. It’s time to find a new q. Don’t hold on to what might be. You’ve had you’re run with brady ( can we call 20 years a run? Lol). But holding on to brady too long makes no sense. Of course, you have no contingency plan for post brady.

  21. Probably no or he already would have (or did). This would and should be something that was previously discussed. The direction of the entire team depends on this. Wouldn’t this be the topic first thing Monday morning after the last game or sooner?

  22. If Brady leaves it will be because Belichick won’t overpay a player
    no matter who he is. Over paying a player that handcuffs the team from signing
    other talented players is not good for Brady or the team.
    If Brady wants a big contract then he’s probably gone.
    Bill will not sacrifice the TEAM, for one player.

  23. So what we’re really saying here is both Brady and Belichick want to separate and Kraft is the only one who wants Brady to stay. Belichick has definitely wanted to move on from Brady and that is in turn why Brady wants to leave.

  24. If the Patriots wanted Brady back, and he, in turn, wanted to stay, this would be a non-story. The Patriots are hoping someone pays him a huge salary, and they can save face by not matching. He’s gone.

  25. Someone should save all these threads so we can come back and read them next January while we’re watching the AFC Championship game in Foxboro.

  26. Trade Belichick and keep Brady, otherwise Tom is going to Tampa. Bill doesn’t want him anymore and the two can never coexist again, that’s why Gronk left.

  27. goodellisaclown says:
    February 28, 2020 at 12:31 pm
    Although most consider the story of Kraft forcing the trade of Jimmy G. to be a factual account of events, they only believe so because it has been repeated so often. In fact, there’s no proof that ever happened and the same report that made that claim also made numerous other accusations which have since been proven partially or fully untrue.
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    Who thinks that? Jimmy was in the last year of his contract. He wasn’t going to stay. The Pats could either let him walk, trade him, or franchise tag him and see him make more money then Brady. The option seems pretty easy of the theee choices.

  28. gosselnj says:
    February 28, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    If Brady leaves it will be because Belichick won’t overpay a player
    no matter who he is. Over paying a player that handcuffs the team from signing
    other talented players is not good for Brady or the team.
    If Brady wants a big contract then he’s probably gone.
    Bill will not sacrifice the TEAM, for one player.

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    Bill did not have a problem sacrificing the team for his ego when he refused to even “try” to play Butler in the Eagles Super Bowl even though his other DBs were getting utterly torched by no name receivers. He chose to reinforce his authority at the worst possible time when they were just a play or two away from winning yet another one.

  29. There’s a new league forming, The National Hover’round League.
    That’s Brady’s best bet. Just retire already! GEEZER

  30. didnthearwhat says:
    February 28, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    Trade Belichick and keep Brady, otherwise Tom is going to Tampa. Bill doesn’t want him anymore and the two can never coexist again, that’s why Gronk left.

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    Yeah, it had nothing to do with him being barely able to
    run or move well anymore.

  31. Bill did not have a problem sacrificing the team for his ego when he refused to even “try” to play Butler in the Eagles Super Bowl even though his other DBs were getting utterly torched by no name receivers. He chose to reinforce his authority at the worst possible time when they were just a play or two away from winning yet another one.

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    The Eagles were torched as well. It is the kind of game it was. As if there aren’t other higher scoring sbs in this era?

    Malcolm Butler quit on his team and mentally checked out. Period. His own teammates knew that. Then he had the flu and wasn’t able to practice.

    This means BB didn’t trust him. Get it?

    Did you see BB take the headset off before vs Miami after Brady’s god awful pick 6 before that?

    If you mentally check out as a pro athlete, you are done and there is no coming back.

    Has Brady checked out after skipping otas and showing teammates (like Butler did), 2 years in a row?

    Hmmmm.

  32. To Ty, when could Brady ever run? That’s just an insane rebuttal. Let’s see what the “genius “ (lol) does without Brady next year. Mr 51-65 without Bradywill be wearing a dunce cap

  33. Someone should save all these threads so we can come back and read them next January while we’re watching the AFC Championship game in Foxboro.

    Weren’t we supposed to do that this year ?

  34. Who thinks that? Jimmy was in the last year of his contract. He wasn’t going to stay. The Pats could either let him walk, trade him, or franchise tag him and see him make more money then Brady. The option seems pretty easy of the theee choices.

    Not true. They could have let brady walk and turn the keys over to jimmy. That’s where the debates come from. What you say is true but the speculation out there was BB was ready to make the move and Kraft forced his hand. I’m not saying it’s true, but that’s one prevailing theory.
    Another one was that they could have franchised him, rode the wave for 1 year then moved on from Brady. The time line fits for BB’s M.O. move on 1 yeAr too early rather than too late. This year shows it may be 1 year too late.
    Brady May return to NE but if he does. It’s only because he doesn’t like the other options. Of course if he does return he will say it’s where he’s always wanted to be…but the truth is, he doesn’t want to be there if he can get out, he will. This wouldn’t be playing out this way for so long if not true

  35. gotitan says:
    February 28, 2020 at 1:48 pm
    And I cannot find a single fan in Nashville who wishes he’d come to our team. Not one!

    You must not know many people with football intelligence.

  36. “Gronk”

    What about him? He’s not coming back dude. He’s enjoying all the money he made and living large. I doubt he has any interest in returning to the NFL at this point.

  37. It’s heresy to think of Brady in any other uniform but a Patriots uniform. That being said, and while there are a number of teams with the cap space to sign him AND sign more good free agents to set up a Super Bowl run (Dallas if they walk away from Dak, Indy, Tennessee, even Tampa Bay) the San Diego Charger present him with a lot of positives:

    A good team with good receivers that can compete maybe with some o-line help.
    A good running backs and defense.
    A chance to sell out a new stadium and be a hero.
    A chance to win a Super Bowl with another team that has never won a Super Bowl before.
    He and Giselle could own LA.
    He has spoken fondly of LeBron and Kobe (RIP) especially recently.
    Both he and Giselle could grow their brands there.
    Tom’s TB12 Method would sell in LA.
    They have enough cap space to pay him and other free agents.
    His 1st son Jack lives there. Brady has always played far away & Jack likes football.
    The weather is better. This is the next best thing to a dome to extend a career.
    Once his career is over there are all kinds of opportunities for him in LA, and he would have his family all together.

    The Patriots on the other hand will need to sign their own free agents and try to keep the team together. In all reality, they probably can;t go much over $25 mil for a QB. If Brady requires more to sign, it is entirely possible the Pat’s will move on, and maybe make a play for one of the New Orleans QB’s on the market to compete with Stidham.

    If Hell freezes over and he signs with the Raiders, I wouldn’t mind seeing Carr in New England with Josh McDaniels to see what he can do. Highly unlikely though.

    The Florida teams might also be attractive to Tom based on weather and growing brands. It doesn’t hurt that they are closer to Brazil where Giselle is from. It cuts the flight in half. Maybe South Beach would be attractive for them, and expectations would be low for Tom there. The Dolphins will have almost $100 mil in cap space and could get good quickly. Tampa is a dark horse, and may be a team that makes an early and immediate play on Brady, but it probably is not what he is looking for.

    If Brady cares about money, location, Super Bowls, and brands, then the Chargers are the one. I won’t be shocked if Miami comes into play. Dallas too, if things go farther south with Dak. If he simply wants a commitment from NE to strengthen the offense and he will play for a reasonable contract (for them, not him) then he is back in NE. However, after reviewing the above list, with family in the mix tugging at him, playing in LA closer to his son Jack, while building brands may be too much for him to pass up.

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