It’s really hard to picture Tom Brady in another team’s jersey, but it’s highly likely that it might happen.
Bill Belichick certainly thought that when he drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round back in 2014, but Brady would go on to win three more Super Bowl victories since then.
Many experts continue to talk about Brady being done, but now we have a guy who is more plugged into the franchise than anyone speaking on it.
Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston believes Brady and the team are headed for a divorce barring a “radical course change” over the next three months.
“The team had every chance the past few years to give Brady an extension that would allow him to play until he’s 45 – a goal he’s stated on numerous occasions.
They passed on it repeatedly, most recently last August when the extension Brady was waiting on turned into a simple salary bump for 2019. And that raise, which got him to $23 million ($4.5M less than Jimmy Garoppolo’s average salary; $10M less than Jared Goff’s) only came after the opening offer – a $3M raise and incentives similar to the ones he agreed to (and didn’t come close to hitting) in 2018 – was rejected.
With the reworked agreement, Brady also got the Patriots to agree they wouldn’t use the franchise tag on him after this year. For the first time since 2000, Brady will have no owner, no boss, no team.
Unless the two sides get back to the table before he becomes a free agent.”
The Patriots are winning this season because they have an elite defense, not because Brady is tearing up the field on the offensive side of the ball. This is not the same Brady that can make former Burger King workers look like pro bowl wide receivers and their WR core will continue to be in question as they head into the postseason.
Gronk retiring was a problem, and even though he can be quite the headache with his off-the-field actions, releasing Antonio Brown really hurt the Patriots.
Brady’s father, Tom Sr., said this week that his son wants to keep playing but it will be “Bill’s decision.”
“You know, I don’t know,” Brady Sr. told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald as to whether Tom Jr. will be back in 2020. “It’s hard for me to envision him playing somewhere else. He wants to play. But ultimately, it’s Bill’s decision. Nobody really knows. Bill doesn’t tip his hand. There’s just been insinuations here and there. This is really kind of between those two. They got to decide what they want.”