Tom Brady proposed identical packages to Buccaneers, Chargers

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Soon-to-be former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was unable to spark a negotiation with his soon-to-be former team, picked his next team without much if any negotiation.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Brady essentially proposed the financial terms and other items he requested to the Buccaneers and the Chargers, and both teams agreed. (It’s possible he presented the same terms to other teams; ultimately, it came down to the Bucs and Chargers.)

Brady requested payment “in the $30 million range” for each of the next two years. He did not make grandiose requests that have been suggested elsewhere, including items like personnel authority and control over the development and implementation of the offense.

Ultimately, Brady chose the Buccaneers for a variety of reasons, both business and professional. The climate is equivalent, so that wasn’t a factor. The state income taxes were; in California, they’re 13.3 percent and in Florida they’re 0.0.

Playing in Tampa keeps him closer to his 12-year-old son, who lives in New York with his mother, actress Bridget Moynahan. Also, Tampa puts the Brady family closer to frequent family destinations like Miami, Costa Rica, and South America.

The Bucs also are in better position to contend than the Chargers, given that the Chiefs currently rule the AFC West. The Bucs will have their hands full with the Saints, but relatively speaking it should be easier for the Buccaneers to win their division with Brady than it would be for the Chargers to win theirs with Brady.

37 responses to “Tom Brady proposed identical packages to Buccaneers, Chargers

  1. So, as all the objective, informed (i.e. non-hater) fans were saying – Brady wanted two years, Belichick only offered one because he always lets ’em go a year early rather than one too late

  2. So as all the objective, informed (i.e. non-hater) fans were saying – Brady wanted two years, Belichick only offered one because he always lets ’em go a year early rather than one too late

  3. Have u guys seen TB play? They have no corners, no RB,no O-Line. That Tight end everyone likes is always hurt and is overrated. TB has good WR’s and LB’s and an average D-line 9-7 at best. Plus Brady has cement shoes

  4. Tampa Bay is the better move. Logistically for the family and better offensive weapons to work with. Bucs are going to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.

  5. Tony Broome says:
    The only way he was going to win another ring was to be Pat Mahomes backup.
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    By time Chiefs get over their SB hangover their QB’s megapay slams the Parity-Era window.

  6. The only way he was going to win another ring was to be Pat Mahomes backup.
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    That’s been said before by Denver fans, Seattle fans and Eagle fans.
    Time will tell, but until any team wins SIX Super Bowls with the same QB it’s only a fantasy.

  7. politebat says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm
    Have u guys seen TB play? They have no corners, no RB,no O-Line. That Tight end everyone likes is always hurt and is overrated. TB has good WR’s and LB’s and an average D-line 9-7 at best. Plus Brady has cement shoes

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    Tom Brady could take you and your buddies to 11-5 in the NFC South. We’ll see how it goes once he gels with the offense. Never underestimate this guy when he has something to prove. He’s not wired like the average player, or human for that matter.

  8. It will be culture shock for the players, and in particular, Brady. You cannot discount his mentally checking out last year. You just can’t. BB saw it coming. I saw it, too. It sucks to admit but he showed he allowed it to play out on the field, ruining the season.

    Brady sort of reached down deep late in 2018 and was committed to them running it more which needed to happen, and he checked the ego at the door. NE then won the SB.

    But, the D is the one that took the limelight allowing an incredible 3 points in the Offsensive Era. Translation? It wasn’t about him anymore. I saw it coming. He didn’t like it. He didn’t play very well and it wasn’t about him.

    The skipped OTAs that year and then again this past year, the passive aggressive, immature behavior like a Millennial, entitled, the book, the documentary, the Guerrero ridiculousness, the brand above the team, etc. The social media use is what got me with Giselle encouraging him? Blech. Pathetic for a guy his age, honestly.

    THe best ever. The best. Not even close. But, I gotta tell ya, his ego ruined SB 42 and SB 46. He was terrible in both title games leading up to those and then had a chance to redeem himself and just didn’t get he needed to be present. He wasn’t. He was more interested in gazing into Giselle’s eyes than he was committed to the team.

    Once BB drafted JimmyG ad Brady knew crap got real, only then did he wake up, and that he did. Thanks BB for doing that. It brought us 3 more SBs.

    Once all of that went way above what made him, BB saw it, and that was it. Tom Brady as we know him, is done.

    It’s a one year window in Tampa. Make no mistake. No OTAs so he’s good there for more time with his “family” as single mom and dad’s struggle to make ends meet working 6 or 7 days a week, and Tampa fans are in for a rude awakening. Mike Evans has no idea what a route tree is. He has no idea how to sit in a zone in the right spot at the right time, has no idea what Brady wants. All this with no camp and a one year window and all these expectations? Why? It won’t work, people. It’s the greatest regret of Brady’s life.

    Ego is a nasty, nasty thing when it becomes too big. I never thought he’d do it.

    Last season was a disgrace in terms of his attitude, his leadership, his play in general, his decision making, his consistency, basically everything that made him. The Antonio Brown obsession is some odd thing, too, isn’t it? Almost like he’s crazed with thinking he’s entitled to these things.

    And guess what? THe Dolphins, Lions, etc, are getting horrible grades right now in FA. You know why? Insecure they aren’t able to provide an environment BB provided when Patricia and Flores coached in NE. They aren’t BB. You know who else isn’t better than what BB does? Tom Brady. He’s not a GM, a coach, a market speculator, a def coordinator, or someone who gets the ins and outs of economics.

    The salary cap is real. The Titans just dealt their best defender in Jurell Casey because of it. Good thing they have Malcolm Butler. lol

    Oh wait! BB couldn’t reach him either..His ego went over the edge. Whoops!

    Tom Brady clearly had no idea he was who he became mainly because of the environment and the canvas he was privileged to work within. He thought it was him because people started telling it was him. And, only him. The Boston media hates BB so much, the perpetuated the preposterous myth for 10 years. lol

    This isn’t the NBA. It’s the NFL. You need 53 players tipping in one direction, not a handful of great players.

    Brady knows this, too. Why he’s chosen this is only because of ego. His ego took over his common sense.

    I see 9-7 for TB and then he retires. They’ll lose twice to NOs, and they’ll split the rest of the division games. How TB gets all this respect with all this talent is way beyond me. Their secondary sucks, they have no RBs, their offense is Mike Evans. Put your best CB on Godwin and bracket Evans and that’s it. Ball game.

  9. 11 wins. Posters keep saying TBay has a bad OLine. Sources I trust more, like PFF, disagree. They also have plenty of money to spend if they need a piece or 2. Brady’s FB IQ, leadership and experience are worth 2 wins minimum. Add about 20 less INTs to the list too. Playoff team in a weak division(Atl stinks and Carolina is rebuilding). Watch out. Who can’t TBay beat in the NFC?

  10. The Chargers are cheap. So that explains a lot. The other big differenct is that Tampa has a good corp of young receivers (Winston didn’t get 5,000 yards passing without receivers).

  11. Brady will be AWESOME in TAMPA BAY with all those weapons he’ll have at his disposal…..2 stud WR’s & 2 stud TE’s…..if they can get a solid RB & protect him he’ll light the opposing teams up!!!
    Gonna miss him but will be cheering hard for him!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  12. politebat says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Have u guys seen TB play? They have no corners, no RB,no O-Line. That Tight end everyone likes is always hurt and is overrated. TB has good WR’s and LB’s and an average D-line 9-7 at best. Plus Brady has cement shoes

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    Their D Line is weak as is their secondary and they have no RBs. I don’t see teams with 30 mil per QBs and 15-20 mil per WRs, or older players like a Suh who is overpaid as well.

    They don’t have a good middle roster like the PAts do and perennial post season teams do.

    The 1 year window, which is what that is, is an incredible risk and comes off like a PSL push from Glazer.

    I just don’t get the hype. Their O Line is sketchy too. I wouldn’t be shocked if BB just signed Beau Allen as a joke to mess with TB and ex Pat scout Licht as the GM.

    Lots of ex Pats people all over the league caught sucking their thumbs after the hype dies down and people realize all these people do is try to mirror BB. But, they aren’t BB.

  13. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    March 18, 2020 at 9:02 pm
    The only way he was going to win another ring was to be Pat Mahomes backup.
    ————-
    That’s been said before by Denver fans, Seattle fans and Eagle fans.
    Time will tell, but until any team wins SIX Super Bowls with the same QB it’s only a fantasy.
    ———
    I don’t think it would take 6- to make his point. 1- would do it. Who do you think has a better chance at another Super Bowl first? Tom in Tampa or Mahomes in KC?

  14. ikeclanton says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Tampa Bay is the better move. Logistically for the family and better offensive weapons to work with. Bucs are going to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.

    11

    3

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    Brady kinda sucked (from his 2017 level) missing OTAs the last 2 years. He’ll miss em again this year. And, mini camp Yikes! New team, town, digs, coaching staff, teammates. Do the math.

    Read it again.

    NOs wins both games, and they’ll split the division games. That’s 5 losses right there.

    They will be lucky to go 10-6.

  15. Brady getting the money he asked for isn’t really profound, Cousins make 29 million last year. Belichick didn’t want to give 2 years to soon to be 43 year old, can you blame him? He has his price and will walk away from anyone. So is Brady the QB he used to be? Of course not, he will be 43. He is still a very good QB, not elite but still very good (which is amazing at his age). He will instantly help the Bucs solely because he won’t turn the ball over like Winston did. 30 INT? Brady had 29 in the last 4 seasons. I think Brady is in decline, but his decline is still a QB you can win with and it doesn’t hurt that he has much better weapons around him. The deep ball won’t be there but I think he will still have a solid year, even at 43. That 88 QB rating and 24 TDs was a mix of decline and a below average offense. I think a Rating in the 90s, 30 TDs and 4000 yards even in decline at his age is possible with his new skill players, but they have to give him time to throw. I would take him back in NE any day of the week and 10 times on Sunday but I understand both sides of this sword.

  16. Bad Oline and receivers that like to get deep…not good for TB12. Did anyone watch his last two home games?…his arm just can’t get it there anymore. A 43 year old QB behind what they currently have as an Oline?….good luck

  17. “Plus, Brady has cement shoes…” Seriously? Dude gets the ball out lightning quick. Is he the fastest runner? Nope! But he can adjust in the pocket and hit ya in the mouth quick…the play process in his mind definitely isn’t in cement. Im no Pats fan but I know a good cube when I see one. The only thing Im interested in seeing now is if he can do what Manning did after switching teams; Win a SB with a new team after so many years in the same system. We all saw how age and physical wear took a toll on Mannings abilities but I think old Tommy boy might have ine more up his sleeve.

  18. tedmurph says:
    March 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    11 wins. Posters keep saying TBay has a bad OLine. Sources I trust more, like PFF, disagree. They also have plenty of money to spend if they need a piece or 2. Brady’s FB IQ, leadership and experience are worth 2 wins minimum. Add about 20 less INTs to the list too. Playoff team in a weak division(Atl stinks and Carolina is rebuilding). Watch out. Who can’t TBay beat in the NFC?

    2

    2

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    Philly, SF, Minny, Seattle, NOs. LOL

    NFC is stronger than the AFC. Look at TBs schedule, dude.

    Lucky to go 10-6.

  19. streetyson says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Tony Broome says:
    The only way he was going to win another ring was to be Pat Mahomes backup.
    ————
    By time Chiefs get over their SB hangover their QB’s megapay slams the Parity-Era window.

    18

    11

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    That’s true, too. Mahomes just commanded 40 mil per and KC is cooked.

    People just don’t get it. They sold their soul for Mahome and 1 ring. That’ll be it.

  20. tedmurph says:
    March 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm
    11 wins. Posters keep saying TBay has a bad OLine. Sources I trust more, like PFF, disagree.
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    Your reliance on PFF is, well, no comment. TB12 is a statue back there and without excellent protection he’s going to get pummelled. His arm is not good anymore. The quasi-XFL Miami defense beat him in Foxboro. He threw two pick sixes his last two games. The decline has been obvious, it won’t get better nine months later.

  21. Isn’t some “TB12” sports training complex next to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro? I wonder what’s going to happen to that.

  22. You all want to doubt Tom Brady, even a 42 year old Tom Brady?

    Ask 2018 KC how that worked out.

    Ask the Falcons about 28-3

    Brady still has skills, still has smarts. He’s seen more in his career than the other 31 QBs in the league COMBINED. He has offensive weapons, and a burning desire to show the Patriots he’s not done.

    We all know how long Brady has carried “199” …. he’s carried it for 20 years.

    What do you think he’ll do with getting the kiss-off from Belichick?

  23. How did we go from 9-7 to 10-6 p6? Brady going to OTA’s(biggest joke in history. The NFC is stronger? THe 2 bst teams in the NFL are in the AFC.

    PFF over some random poster? All day long. Brady will get pummeled? He gets rid of it too quickly. AMarpet is a top 5 NFL OLineman. Ever heard of him?. Top of the draft is loaded with tackles. Think TB gets one at 14? Think they find a RB(dime a dozen)? Brady’s arm is no good anymore? Don’t make me laugh. I’m arguing with children

  24. Thanks for the freaking novel Ty. You may know something about the Patriots with as much as you say you saw coming but Flores got off to a good start in Miami. Many didn’t think they would win a game let alone 5 and that’s with worse talent than he started the season with. The team played with a lot of fire and heart and committed fewer penalties last season. As for the poor grades the Dolphins are getting in free agency, yours are the only ones I’ve seen.

  25. Brady is no statue. He’s not gonna run for 100 yrds, but him and Marino are the best of all time sliding in the pocket.

    I love they ‘dudes’ that decided Brady mentally checked out last year. Mind readers or body language experts(either way a joke). Was Brady frustrated with what he had to work with? If not, he should have been. Worst group of skill players in the NFL, allowing for injuries and inexperience.

  26. Miami went 5-4 iver5 their last 9 games. XFL? They’re having a great off-season, and their draft capital is ridiculous. Oh that Belichick coaching tree

  27. Lots of predictions here. I’m just gonna enjoy the show. Think Tampa might see some nationally televised games this year?

  28. They’re selling season tickets in Tampa Bay. They’re not selling tickets in the Los Angeles cesspool.

  29. A large part of Brady’s success is due to his interaction with and ability to hold accountable the players on his team. He did this through a very harsh regimen of criticism and negative dialogue, which was allowed by the culture that the head coach created.

    Bruce Arians is not Bill Belichick. Mike Evans is not Julian Edeleman. Can you imagine how Mike Evans, the consummate victim, will respond when Brady goes off on him for running the wrong route? Who will Arians stand behind if players start to resent Brady?

    Brady succeeded not only due to the offensive philosophy the Patriots run, but the overall culture of accountability Belichick instills. Don’t see that in Tampa. Get ready for a rough ride.

  30. The climate is equivalent? Anyone who has spent 5 mins in both Los Angeles and in Florida know, the climate is in no way equivalent. Tampa is hot and miserably humid and those are going to be tougher on a 43 year old athlete in comparison to Los Angeles. Tampa Bay gives Brady a better chance at winning right now but let’s not pretend the climate in LA is similar to Florida.

  31. No matter what people say, Brady had a “bye” to the AFC North Championship playing teams like The Bills, Jets and Dolphins twice a year. The NFC South has a lot stiffer competition. Their problem is they tend to knock each other out of the playoffs. Matt Ryan and Drew Brees will be way more competition than Brady is used to. Teddy Bridgewater was Brees understudy for 2 years. No one knows anything currently about the Panthers because of the coaching and QB change.

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