The only comparable to Tom Brady's pending free agency would probably be LeBron James and the decision when he signed with the Miami Heat.This could be recency bias speaking, but I don't even remember the circus being this wild during James's free-agency.
We have heard that Tom Brady is going to sign with virtually everybody, he's going to sign with the LA Chargers, he's going to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders, now he him and Jimmy Garoppolo are going to switch spots with Garoppolo returning to New England and Tom Brady signing with the San Francisco 49ers. I've yet to hear any XFL rumours but I'm sure that those are coming.
Yesterday the Boston Herald wrote a story that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick spoke on Tuesday and the conversation didn't go well. Seven minutes later Adam Schefter tweeted that they had spoken but not on Tuesday and it was "business as usual"
The feedback that I'm getting from Patriots fans is, they are sick of hearing about Tom Brady. I don't blame them, I'm sick of writing about it, I'm sick of talking about it, and yet we still have about two more weeks of this media circus to go.
Skip Bayless has 13 possible teams that Tom Brady could sign with. Of course now these lists could be narrowed down, because as we've all heard, wherever Tom Brady goes, Antonio Brown's going to go, because you know, we can trust everything that's coming out of Antonio Brown's camp.
Ian Rapoport has his list down to four teams. As of yesterday the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants are reported to not have interest in bringing on Brady. But then I read a report this morning that they could still be in the hunt.
Las Vegas was originally reportedly all in on signing Brady, but now they apparently aren't going to go overboard trying to acquire Brady services.
There is posturing from the Patriots, there is posturing from Tom Brady's camp. We've 101 different reasons that Tom Brady will and will not resign with the New England Patriots. Really besides maybe the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens, almost every single team has been listed as a potential landing spot for Brady.
Normally is Patriots fans we will take Patriots news much more to heart and much more serious than opposing fan bases. The Patriots have always garnered attention from the national media, but this is just getting ridiculous.
It's also started a new trend of people taking sides between Belichick and Brady when there's absolutely no need for it. Both the Patriots and Brady have been very quiet about the situation.
Rob Gronkowski was just on a podcast and thought the entire Tom Brady free agency was a riot. When he was asked how many teams should pursue Brady, he said 31. Gronk conceded that the Kansas City Chiefs probably aren't interested in Tom Brady, because they have Patrick Mahomes as their quarterback. Julian Edelman is using Brady's situation to sell merch, and the rest of us are sitting back trying to decipher conflicting report after conflicting report, and trying to figure out exactly what's going to happen with Tom Brady.
At this point this is what we know about Tom Brady's free agency:
He's either going to re-sign with the Patriots, or he's going to sign somewhere else. He and Belichick have had some constructive conversations, or they haven't had constructive conversations. Robert Kraft could or could not get involved and force Belichick's hand. The Patriots may or may not be better without Brady in New England. The Patriotsmay or may not find offensive weapons, that Tom Brady may or may not be demanding. Brady may end all of this speculation on March 18th, or he may try to take a little bit longer.
So to sum it all up we know absolutely nothing, and anybody who's pretending to know something, is either lying or putting way too much trust into their supposed sources.
As a Patriots fan this entire saga has sucked. As a football fan it's been quite entertaining. Being somebody who write blogs, makes YouTube videos, and has a show on sportscastr, I've been enjoying gauging the reaction from Pat's Nation. But, I've also spent way too much time being confused about what the hell s actually going on.
If you've gotten to this point and you're still waiting for me to have some big reveal, I'm sorry to have disappointed you, the fact of the matter is, I know just as much as you. Our opinions may differ, but the fact is, nobody knows what Tom Brady's going to do. There's not even indication that Tom Brady knows what he's going to do.
So I'm pleading with the media to stop with the hot takes stop, with the clickbait articles, stop talking to anybody who's ever walked by Gillette Stadium and using them as a source. Why don't we just let this all unfold in front of us? At some point this month, we're going to get our answer.