With the 2019 season now complete with Super Bowl 54 wrapped up, it immediately shifts the focus over to the offseason where Tom Brady‘s free agency being at the centerfold of attention. There is plenty of speculation that Brady will go through the entire process thoroughly to see what options he will have on the table. However, there may be one way the New England Patriots can retain their star quarterback.
Tom Brady’s uncertain Patriots’ future
Throughout much of the 2019 season, there has been a cloud of mystery around Brady‘s future with the Patriots.
That began with his contract extension just before the start of the regular season as he inked a deal that would lock him in through the 2020 season. But he included an option where he could test the free-agent market in the offseason before that, while New England won’t have the ability to place the franchise tag on him.
That chatter only grew as the season rolled on as Brady didn’t want to discuss his future beyond the 2019 season. There were also hints along the way that he could be open to playing elsewhere, such as moving homes and his family suite at Gillette Stadium being cleaned out differently.
Brady has also publicly stated that he’s uncertain what lies ahead of him with the Patriots, along with saying that he was going to explore his options. All of that has only painted a broader stroke that he could decide to play with another team for the first time in his illustrious career.
How the Patriots could keep Tom Brady
There is a real possibility that Brady could be donning a different uniform for the first time in his career, but the Patriots may dictate how that unfolds.
Throughout much of his career, the 42-year-old has notably taken pay cuts to help the franchise. However, New England may finally be willing to dish out the money to keep the future Hall of Famer with the franchise on his next contract, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The Patriots are intent on keeping Brady, obviously, believing he has one or two good years left. They are willing, sources say, to pay him in excess of $30 million per year to keep him in New England — a significant commitment that would bring his salary more in line with other elite QBs.
That falls in line with the reports recently surfacing that team is going to make a push to retain the star quarterback. It’s also the same sentiment that team owner Robert Kraft expressed during a recent informal interview with TMZ as stated he wants to keep Brady with the Patriots.
One of the critical factors will be the money as other interested teams will likely be more than willing to give him the financial figure that he’s looking to get on his next deal. At the same time, Rapoport also stated that Brady wants to see the team add more weapons to the offense that could keep the team in the Super Bowl picture.
There are many aspects at play in the situation, but it’s clear that New England is willing to spend to keep their quarterback.
Patriots will have competition for Tom Brady
With Brady set to enter the free-agent market for the first time in his career, it has put forth a potential franchise-changing scenario ahead of several other teams.
Some reports suggest both the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers will pursue him. Meanwhile, there is the notion that the Indianapolis Colts could be in the picture, while teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins could be lurking as dark horse destinations. There could be several other franchises that could emerge as landing spots as well.
The Patriots will have their hands full dealing with other teams that could be serious contenders to land Brady. All of that seemingly sets up what could be an extremely intriguing situation in free agency for Brady in the coming weeks.