For the first time in his career, Tom Brady looks to be headed to free agency where he will dictate the next chapter ahead. It has put on the table the possibility of him cashing in a significant way that hasn’t done before as he heads into what could be the final years in the league. There have been many predictions about what kind of deal he could garner, which a former agent has projected that Brady could garner a $100 million contract this offseason.
Tom Brady’s offseason options
There is still a couple of weeks before the start of free agency, but the leg work is beginning to get done with the possible landing spots for Brady.
The 42-year-old has voiced that he plans to explore his options, which could mean he has played his final game with the New England Patriots. Teams such as the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Indianapolis Colts have all been mentioned as potential destinations.
Brady’s agents spoke to each of those teams outside of the Titans during the Scouting Combine last week. Meanwhile, a video surfaced over the weekend that saw Titans head coach Mike Vrabel facetiming the star quarterback at a college basketball. It may not have been a conversation about joining Tennessee, but the fact that Vrabel in contact with Brady is quite interesting.
Although the Patriots have yet to speak to six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, they are still well in the picture to retain him this offseason. The presence and early communication with other teams certainly spice things up a bit ahead of free agency. It also shifts the conversation a bit around what type of contract Brady could command heading into his 21st season.
Former agent believe Tom Brady could get $100 million deal
The only clear notion heading into this offseason is that Brady will play for at least the 2020 season.
That has put on the table the length of his next day as it’s clear that the lack of a multi-year commitment from the Patriots is the reason why he’s testing the free-agent market. With that in mind, former agent and CBS sports writer Joel Corry has written that he believes Brady could command a three-year, $100 million deal with $65 million guaranteed.
The star quarterback is entering free agency with the ability to dictate where he will play next. It’s incredibly likely that he will attempt to ink a lucrative deal that will at least put him in the ballpark of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.
Throughout his career with the Patriots, Brady had elected to take less than his market value to help the team acquire and retain talent at other key positions. It may not be his time to finally cash in for what could be his last NFL contract. Teams like the Titans, Chargers, Raiders, and Colts could all likely over that deal with the third year likely a team option.
What will Tom Brady do?
At this point, it’s hard to fully grasp the idea of Brady leaving the Patriots after two decades with the team. He has built a tremendous bond with the organization all through to ownership with Robert Kraft.
If Brady does entertain the scenario of leaving the Patriots, there will be a line of suitors looking to make persuasive pitches and contract offer to him. It would allow him to create his own legacy away from the team pushing forth the possible narrative that he can win a Super Bowl without head coach Bill Belichick.
There are many different ways that this entire situation can unfold, but it’s one that the whole league will watch closely.