For the first time in his career, Tom Brady is entering the offseason with plenty of questions around his long-term future with the New England Patriots. Brady is set to open the free-agent for the first time in his career, which could see him wind up signing elsewhere. There is still plenty of belief that he will wind up back with the franchise after the entire process unfolds, but it could become a muddy situation as the future Hall of Famer’s father once predicted a couple of years ago.
Tom Brady’s uncertain Patriots’ future
Unlike year’s past, Brady will head into the offseason with a chance to go into free agency. His path will be a bit different than most as he has worked out in his current deal with the Patriots that he can test the market for a few days while the team can’t place the franchise tag on him.
Brady can navigate through free agency unhindered by the Patriots, giving him the full opportunity to see what teams like the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to offer him. There could be a few other teams that emerge in this process that may present themselves as an appealing landing spot.
The 42-year-old can see how much he’s valued around the league, while it’s a chance to add to his legacy. Those things could prove to be appealing to him at this point in his career, which has at least led him to declare that he will “explore” his options.
All of that could push forward what may be a rough separation between himself and the Patriots that his father may have predicted a few years ago.
Tom Brady’s Dad’s prediction on how thing will end with Patriots
The dialogue around Brady and the Patriots have things in a unique spot with there potentially being a real chance that the future Hall of Famer has played his last game with the franchise.
It’s also a situation that could wind up ending on rough terms on both sides. That’s something that Brady’s father was quoted in Mark Leibovich’s book entitled “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times,” stating could happen to his son with New England. (H/T Peter King of NBC Sports)
“It will end badly. It’s a cold business. And for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn’t.”
There are plenty of egos involved in this situation as it puts head coach Bill Belichick in a spot of deciding whether he believes Brady is the best option at the position that can put them in the spot to compete for a Super Bowl. Brady and team owner Robert Kraft may want to make this all work out, but if Belichick isn’t entirely on board, things can go sideways in a hurry.
Will Tom Brady really leave the Patriots?
It’s still quite early in the entire process for Brady, but it’s still difficult to envision that the star quarterback will choose to depart from the only franchise that he has played for in his first 20 years in the NFL.
Regardless of all the options that he will have on the table from other teams, it will come down to how much the Patriots value him at this stage of his career. Brady wants the job security to know that he will be the franchise quarterback for however much he plays while having the offensive weapons around him to give him the best chance to succeed.
If New England can provide those conditions while potentially offering a bit a raise from what he has received in the past, things could remain on course. But, it’s a fluid situation that could go any which way in the coming weeks as free agency nears next month.