Tom Brady Unlikely To Re-Sign With Pats Before Free Agency

If the Patriots are going to re-sign Tom Brady, they would like to do it before March 17. As Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reminds us, Brady’s present contract voids on that day, meaning that his $6.75MM cap hits for 2020 and 2021 will accelerate onto New England’s 2020 cap. The same will be true even if the Pats and Brady re-up for one season, but if they agree to a two-year pact, the team could at least spread the dead money hit of $13.5MM over the next two seasons.

However, sources tell Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports that it would be “extremely surprising” if Brady were to agree to a new deal with the Pats before March 17, and Brady is preparing to discuss a future with other teams. A reunion with New England is not out of the question, but it is far from a certainty at this point.

La Canfora says Brady, who will turn 43 prior to the start of next season, will “do his due diligence to assess all realistic possibilities,” and he is anxious to embrace free agency for the first time in his career.

Neither Volin nor La Canfora offered any speculation as to which teams could be interested in Brady, but the Chargers have frequently been mentioned as a possibility, and the Colts and Raiders also make sense to some degree. One way or another, the Pats legend wants to serve as a mentor to a young QB and leave whatever franchise he ends up with in good shape when he does decide to retire.

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  1. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    The only Pats game I’ve seen recently was the loss to the Titans but he appeared to have as much zip on the ball as Marcia Brady.

    Gruden overvalues name players and does dumb things, so the idea they’d try to sell the Brady name in Vegas can’t be ruled out, but…

    I don’t see any team desperate enough for a QB to pay him big except the Pats.

    Maybe I’m wrong and there is another team out there looking to overpay for Brady’s “Montana as a Chief” era and wants to run bubble screens all game long.

    • peterdipersio06

      Marcia Brady as you call him has also won 6 Super Bowls and played in 9 of them! I bet a lot of quarterbacks would love to Marcia Brady just once !

    • peterdipersio06

      Jimmy G’s backup ? Very doubtful! A QB like Brady who has won 6 Super Bowls and played in 9 of them is not going to backup a QB that has not played in 1 Super Bowl!

    • Wise Old Owl

      I’m laughing at the simpletons who took your comment seriously. I got a good lmao when reading it.

  2. DarkSide830

    so much press for a non-story. he’ll be back, its just a matter of time.

  3. traderumors

    He wants to be a mentor to a young QB?!? Aside from letting them come along with his squad to the Kentucky Derby, he’s never wanted to be a mentor or let them get any snaps during garbage time let alone even talk to them on the sidelines during a game because he’s way too competitive and he remembers that he was able to get Bledsoe’s job back in the day, so why does anyone think he’s suddenly going to change now?

  4. af1257

    Brady has never before been tagged with a “mentor’ tag. He’s cut from the same mold as Favre, not willing to train his replacement. The idea that he now wants to change his M.O. and work to build the next generation is unlikely and probably just his pandering to potential teams interested in him. His ultra competitive nature is great on the field, but when you publicly and repeatedly criticize your offense during a playoff run it only shows the lack of caring you have for the rest of the team. Competitor absolutely, mentor, no way.

  5. mikedickinson

    Anyone else see Tom talking to Raiders owner Mark Davis at the UFC fight in Vegas last night?

  6. EvilDeadpool

    Brady is definitely not gonna go to California. As his wife can’t stand Cali & he don’t want to be far from NYC where his kid lives.

  7. GMB 883

    Tom’s oldest son Jack lives in NYC with his mother (Bridget). She made that move from CA quite a few years ago. Tom and Gisele sold their Brentwood house to Dr Dre in 2014. That house is long gone. They have a $14M apartment in NYC with their Brookline MA home on the market for $33M+. They are reportedly in the process of buying a large home in Greenwich CT but it appears that deal is not done yet.
    It’s hard to believe he knows exactly where he’s playing in 2020. Most likely in NE but that depends on Belichick and Kraft. Questions like: dollars and length of the deal, offensive players brought in to improve the quality etc. This is the first time in his career that he has some leverage But… he will be 43. He threw the balk very well this year. Injuries to 2/5th’s of the offensive line (C & LG) combined with a 38 year old TE, unhealthy Edelman, N’Keal Harry didn’t play until week 11, acquired Mohamed Sanu and 2 weeks later he get a high ankle sprain. Never got in a rhythm but still ended up at 12-4 (good defense and special teams).
    Should be in interesting off season for NE.

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      If you think he threw the ball well, you saw a way different Brady than I did. I’m aware he had less help than usual, but his accuracy was down and the passes didn’t have the zip we’re accustomed to seeing. Brady and the undefeatable Father Time have to shoulder some of the responsibility for this season’s offensive woes.

      • vtncsc

        I think he did well when he wasn’t listed as elbow injury.

        I’d still take him over anyone else.

  8. brucewayne

    Brady is gonna get that one brutal hit & it’s not gonna be a pretty sight. I know he’s in good shape for his age, but I think his time has come! Unless he wants to end up with permanent brain damage .

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