The New England Patriots and Tom Brady's representation are sitting down to start talking about a contract, and it looks like this whole saga may finally be coming to an end.
There's about three weeks left before NFL Free agency kicks off, and we will finally be able to put the whole Tom Brady situation to bed. To date the New England Patriots have not had any substantial contract talks with Brady and his camp.
Through my conversation with Patriots fans, some people have been frustrated with Bill Belichick and Nick Cesario. As the rumors of the Las Vegas Raiders, LA Chargers, and the Tennessee Titans spread like a wildfire, the Patriots were the only team allowed to negotiate with Brady, and there was frustration that Patriots had not been even trying to negotiate with Brady and get a deal done.
For those of you worried, you can start to breathe a little easier, because it's expected that the Patriots and Brady's representation will actually sit down this week and start negotiating a contract. I just don't want you to get too excited, just because they're meeting this week, it doesn't mean they're going to walk away with a deal in place. According to multiple reports, if any deal is done, it's probably going to take right up until free agency starts to get something done. It's a great sign that the two sides are getting together, but we still have some time before anything is really going to get done and we can finally start thinking about something else.
It's difficult to figure out exactly what's going to go into these negotiations. We've heard so many different things the last few months, and Patriots fans are so paranoid that Brady can't even wear black TB12 gear without people connecting him to the Raiders.
Early reports that came out about Brady's free agency said that Brady wanted the Patriots to show a commitment to improving the offense and getting him more legitimate offensive weapons. The story changed a little bit on Super Bowl Sunday when Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots were willing to pay him up to $30 million, and suddenly it seemed to not just be about his supporting cast, and it was a combination of roster and money. Larry Fitzgerald Sr didn't help temper those rumors when he reported that the Raiders were prepared to offer Brady a two year, $60 million contract.
I’m actually a little surprised that the Patriots and Brady are getting together so early. and I wonder if some of this is just for show. The Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out not long ago and said that the organization and Brady had decided it would probably be best for Brady to explore free agency, and that after he’s seen everything available, if he wanted to “come home” then they could get something done. That’s why I’m not overly hopeful about the negotiations this week.
On Monday there was another twist when it was reported that Brady is less concerned about money and more concerned about contract length. Apparently Brady wants a two year commitment from the Patriots. This actually makes the Raiders contract offer that much more interesting because they seem willing to give Brady the length he wants, the money the Patriots are willing to pay him, and they have some dynamic offensive weapons.
With all of that being said, nobody should expect any sort of definitive answer on Brady’s future anytime soon, because it looks like everybody involved is going to take their time. Brady is going to make sure that he does what’s best for him and his family, and Belichick is going to do what he thinks is best for the team.