What’s the reason for the delay in the Tom Brady contract?

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There wasn’t much negotiation before Tom Brady selected the Buccaneers over the Chargers, but apparently there’s negotiation now.

Amid multiple reports that Brady will sign with the Buccaneers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is paying homage to colleague Lee Corso’s catch phrase by reporting that the two sides are “still trying to finalize contract language,” and that the discussions will extend into Thursday.

Schefter doesn’t elaborate on the supposed problem; he says only that “[c]ontract language [is] more challenging this offseason than any time in recent memory.”

So what’s challenging about it? There’s a new CBA, which makes structuring the deal a lot more easy than it would have been. The only complication comes from the league’s COVID-19 procedures, and the biggest challenge there relates to the procedure for physicals.

As explained in the memo sent by the league to all teams on March 16, the physical exam can happen only under the auspices of a local, neutral physician who can conduct the exam without either the player or the doctor having to travel a significant distance. The memo expressly states, however, that the player may refuse to undergo a physical conducted by whatever doctor the league finds in the player’s current geographic location.

So if the unique nature of the current offseason is impacting the finalization of contract language and if, as PFT reported on Wednesday, Brady set the terms and the Bucs and Chargers agreed to them, the only thing that it can be is that the Bucs want Brady to take a physical and he doesn’t want to take one.

If that’s the reason (and frankly it’s hard to imagine what else the reason would be), why not report it? Well, that could possibly make Tom look unreasonable. And so Schefter’s report stops short of including the kind of clarity that could make Tom look bad.

There’s also a chance, as an industry source observed, that Schefter — who didn’t break the news of Brady to Tampa — is trying to un-break the story so that he can then re-break it.

38 responses to “What’s the reason for the delay in the Tom Brady contract?

  1. Or there is a back-channel bidding war going on and Brady still hasn’t made a decision.

  2. Maybe the Bucs dont want to be on the hook for the 30 million in the event the season is cancelled or they’re requiring some kind of protection. Businesses are losing enough with this pandemic screwing everyone over

  3. Maybe a provision in case of a full season stoppage or delay. They may want a 43 year old QB but maybe not a 44 year old QB.

  4. It’s the stipulation that avocados be on hand that’s holding things up.
    Oh, and the espresso machine.
    mmmhm. Fresh coffee!

  5. He’s pulling a McDanials….. hes coming back to the Patriots!!!
    LOL!!!
    Good luck Tom, Thanks for all the WICKED AWESOME MEMORIES!!!!
    Go PATS!!!

  6. Maybe the two sides are trying to figure out how to stop and delay the league year. Or maybe it is all a smoke screen so that he can really go back to the Patriots, which has always been the plan, of course. Or maybe it is as petty as wanting to unbreak the story so he can rebreak it, because of course that would have the climactic effect that you think it will.

    Or maybe they are, um, negotiating?

  7. Schefter doesn’t elaborate on the supposed problem; he says only that “[c]ontract language [is] more challenging this offseason than any time in recent memory.”

    So what’s challenging about it? There’s a new CBA, which makes structuring the deal a lot more easy than it would have been. The only complication comes from the league’s COVID-19 procedures, and the biggest challenge there relates to the procedure for physicals.

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    Incorrect. It could just be more challenging because Brady is trying to guarantee as much as possible where as in past contracts he knew he would see the end of the deal now he knows that’s not as much a guarantee as before.

  8. There’s also a chance, as an industry source observed, that Schefter — who didn’t break the news of Brady to Tampa — is trying to un-break the story so that he can then re-break it.

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    Who did break it? Like honestly, I don’t even know. And I follow the NFL and FA pretty hard. But that’s the point. No one cares or even remembers who broke a story, if they ever even knew in the first place.

  9. Maybe the Buc’s have realized it’s not the smartest move to give an over the hill qb $30m when he can’t pass more then 20 yards and can’t run fast enough to get out of his own way. Belicheat figured that out…
    It’s too bad he didn’t retire on top of his game, instead of being forced out after this contract…

  10. “There’s also a chance, as an industry source observed, that Schefter — who didn’t break the news of Brady to Tampa — is trying to un-break the story so that he can then re-break it.”

    No, not Adam. For goodness sakes don’t say that about Adam.

  11. There’s a bit of a thing going around maybe you haven’t heard kinda holding alt of things up across the country it’s called coronavirus

  12. His pen hand shook badly and he couldn’t see the contract through the tears. Back to NE he goes.

  13. “There’s also a chance, as an industry source observed, that Schefter — who didn’t break the news of Brady to Tampa — is trying to un-break the story so that he can then re-break it.”
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    “industry source” = PROFESSIONAL JEALOUSY. Stop slagging Schefter’s name without proof of “un-breaking the story”.

  14. As explained in the memo sent by the league to all teams on March 16, the physical exam can happen only under the auspices of a local, neutral physician who can conduct the exam without either the player or the doctor having to travel a significant distance.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Air travel has not been restricted. Using a private jet to transport a player is no more dangerous concerning the virus than an uber to a local doctor’s office. The league’s policy is stupid and unenforceable.

  15. Maybe they’re trying to figure out how Brady can also play for the 49ers. I’m hearing a lot of chatter about that.

  16. Lockport Lax says:
    March 19, 2020 at 8:37 am
    Maybe the Buc’s have realized it’s not the smartest move to give an over the hill qb $30m when he can’t pass more then 20 yards and can’t run fast enough to get out of his own way. Belicheat figured that out…
    It’s too bad he didn’t retire on top of his game, instead of being forced out after this contract…

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    This is the dumbest thing I have seen written in a long time.
    1. The “top of his game” was the year before last.
    2. He was under contract, asked that it be renegotiated so he could leave. The owner agreed because it was what Tom wanted.
    3. Again, he can pass just fine when he has receivers, and if you can pass 20 yards 5 times you scored a touchdown so who cares about the distance.
    4. He actually runs faster now than any other time in his career.
    5. The “Belicheat” thing just points out that you are a salty idiot who just hates what he cant beat.

  17. Any delay is likely dealing with guarantees (from both sides) concerning what happens if the season is shortened or cancelled.

  18. Relax people do you realize what’s going on at this moment.He has to take a physical and they have to arrange everything

  19. Brady doesn’t understand why he doesn’t get to wear Ugg boots in Tampa.

  20. My guess….Brady wants all the money regardless of how many games are actually played. And all the money if the season(s) is cancelled.

  21. Answer: Arians, Licht and the Glazer brothers missed the part about enrolling in the full TB12 system including the avocado ice cream.

  22. I’ll bet you Brady’s deal is like Cousin’s deal,… Fully Guaranteed.
    They want the doctors to make 100% sure he’s good to go,… no issues.

  23. If…and I mean If…Tom Brady really insists on having Antonio the IG volatile now rapper as part of his deal….Brown should name his next 3 kids Tom.

  24. Is something going on that Brady doesn’t want discovered in a physical exam? Making too many demands? We shall see.

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