As free agency gets ready to begin on March 18th, we are gathering more and more information as to what might happen between the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.
The latest report doesn’t bode well for Patriots fans after Dale Arnold of WEEI’s Dale & Keefe stated the franchise informed Brady that all they could offer him is a relatively cheap one-year deal:
“I will tell you what I was told happened. There were conflicting reports a week or so ago. Both reports said there was communication, there was a phone call between Tom Brady and the Patriots, presumably Bill Belichick,” Arnold said. “And one of the reports said the call, ‘Did not go well.’ … Adam Schefter confirmed there was a phone call and said it was, ‘Business as usual.’ I am going to tell you how both are right.
“This is what I was told happened: There was a phone call between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. There was not a negotiation. There wasn’t a, ‘We will offer you a two-year deal at X number of dollars.’ What I was told happened was the Patriots told Tom Brady that all they can do is a one-year deal at less money than he made last year because of the $13.5 million that gets tacked onto the salary cap and basically, ‘What we’re going to be able to do here Tom, is a one-year deal, but it’s not going to be for as much money as you got last year.’”
Reports have stated since January that Brady is not willing to give a hometown discount this time around and wants to get paid like the legend that he is. Offering him less money than what he made in 2019 is not going to do it.