Tom Brady is about to enter his first free agency ever. He has been playing in the NFL since 2000 but he has always been under contract with the New England Patriots who have never given him the chance to explore his market options. That is all going to change this offseason, as Brady is determined to wait before making the final decision about his NFL future.
Many teams are expected to pursue Brady since he is the greatest quarterback of all time. The Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders are only some of the teams expected to seriously give Brady a chance to join them. However, Brady will also speak with the Patriots before all other teams get the chance to talk to him. Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports recently said that negotiations between Brady and the Patriots will begin “in a couple of weeks,” which, according to him, would happen during, or immediately, after the NFL Combine.
This comes shortly after Curran reported that the Patriots won’t be super-vigilant about other teams tampering with Brady, saying it would help them hasten the process. However, they will want to have an answer before the NFL free agency begins, so that they can think about the best options moving forward.
Not too long ago, Ian Rapoport explained that the Patriots are willing to give Brady a lot of money in order to keep him for the next few years. He said:
“I’m told they’re willing to pay him in excess of $30 million if that, in fact, is what it’s going to take to bring Brady back.”
However, Brady doesn’t seem concerned about it all:
“The contract things, a week after the season, I would say these things haven’t even started to pick up. It’s really not my concern at this point. It’s been about decompressing and resting my mind a little bit and resting my body and spending time with the people who have supported me over the last six months.”
We can’t wait to see what happens in free agency.