Tom Brady had interest in Colts, but Colts didn’t have interest in Brady

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The Colts will pay quarterback Philip Rivers $25 million for one year. The Buccaneers will pay quarterback Tom Brady $50 million for two years. Dollar for dollar, the Bucs got the better deal.

So why didn’t the Colts, if they were willing to invest $25 million in the quarterback position, make a run at Brady?

Peter King reports in his Football Morning in America column that the “Brady camp had interest in Indianapolis,” but that “the Colts seemed to be set on . . . Rivers on a shorter deal.”

Apart from the fact that the Colts were looking for a one-year bridge quarterback (which is significant), the Colts may have wondered whether Brady’s interest was legitimate — or whether he was hoping that the Colts would do just enough to get the Patriots to wake up. More than five years later, there’s still plenty of bad blood regarding #DeflateGate, and even if Brady were willing to set it aside and sign with Indy, the Patriots may have moved heaven and earth to stop that from happening.

The Colts have been down that road, more than two years ago. They had a deal in place with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to succeed Chuck Pagano as head coach, and then the Patriots convinced McDaniels to stay.

So if the Colts had done the dance with Brady and ultimately had lost him to the Patriots, the Colts also may have lost Rivers, too. Thus, they opted to reel in Rivers while they could, without having to worry about Brady going back to New England in lieu of signing with the Colts.

16 responses to “Tom Brady had interest in Colts, but Colts didn’t have interest in Brady

  1. Doubt Brady would’ve gone to Indy for a 1yr $25m deal as Belichick already offered similar. Brady wanted 2yrs (with possibility of a 3rd if he could still play ok). Bucs were sole buyer.

  2. I thought signing Brady and allowing him to win his next Super Bowl in Indy would have been the type of revenge Ballard was looking for when he was upset over McDaniels backing out.

  3. The Colts must be really high on a QB in the draft. Rivers will start strong and fade.

  4. Rivers played for a ton of coaches and OCs over his career and looked good with all of them. And if he DOESN’T play well then it’s a one year deal with a whole lot less scrutiny than Brady would bring. Not only does Brady bring a ton of attention–which isn’t always a good thing–but he’s got to be very set in his ways by this stage in his career. I don’t think he’s really going to mold to anything the Bucs have in place but rather they’re going to need to mold themselves to him.

  5. It’s simple. They watched him play the last half of last year. They know that doesn’t get better a year later.

  6. I was hoping Indy would sign him, just so the Pats fans’ heads would explode! LOL

  7. I don’t believe for one minute that Brady had a sincere interest in going to the team responsible for framing him.

  8. Dear Tom,

    Good luck behind that Tampa O-line in Arian’s system!


    Andrew Luck

  9. Or maybe they didn’t like what they saw on tape last year.

    Did they look at the tape on Rivers?

  10. Brady couldn’t put on that uniform. I don’t believe for a second it was something he considered doing.

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