Giardi: Patriots Won't Pay Market Value For Brady

The Patriots want Tom Brady to return to New England, but they're not writing him a blank check

The DA Show
January 06, 2020 - 10:20 am

Tom Brady may have played his final game for the Patriots, as New England fell 20-13 to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card on Saturday. It was the Patriots’ earliest playoff exit since 2009.

And now Brady, who finished 20-of-37 for 209 yards and a pick against Tennessee, might be exiting New England.

“We’ve never been here before,” NFL Network reporter Mike Giardi said on The DA Show. “We’ve never had Tom Brady in the last year of his contract. When the news of the extension happened in August and it turned out to be a one-year deal with some added money . . . obviously he enters a period where he has the ability, if he wants, to become a free agent for the first time.”

The odds of that happening might be greater than you think.

“I just know in talking to people around him that the lack of the multi-year extension that he thought was coming, and then pile that on [with the fact] that he’s continued to take the hometown discount, he feels like he deserves multi-years,” Giardi said. “He feels like he deserved market value. I don’t see the Patriots doing either one of those two things, so that will be an incredible game of chicken.”

The Patriots’ position is simple: Are you really going to go somewhere else? Are you really going to go to a new franchise in a new city and teach your offense to new players? Are you really going to leave after 20 seasons?

Bill Belichick wants Tom Brady to return, but only under certain conditions.

“I think Bill is clearly in the mindset, ‘You’re not the $35 million quarterback. If you want to come back, we’ll have you back – but we’ll have you back at our price, and I can give you more help,’” Giardi said. “‘I have more money to play with to do things not only during free agency and on the trade market, but even during the season.’”

Belichick, it is worth noting, wants to ensure that he has a competitive roster in the post-Brady era.

“I think Bill has his eyes on Don Shula,” Giardi said, referring to the NFL’s all-time leader in wins. “You still want to win now, but you still have to maintain. I think he’s going to do this for another four years, five years. I think you can do both. I think they have the infrastructure and talent in place that they can sort of add young bodies but also get some veteran talent to help out.”

Robert Kraft, meanwhile, wants Brady back as well, but he can’t write Brady a blank check.

“I think he’ll extend himself to a certain level,” Giardi said of Kraft. “I just don’t believe that they’re going market value. If Tom comes back and says, ‘The Chargers are offering two (years ) and $70 (million),’ I think he looks at him and says, ‘We’ve never done that. We’ve never allocated that much money of our cap to one player.’ I think Kraft has already laid the ground work for the notion that we want him back, but it’s got to be a mutual thing. It’s got to be something that’s beneficial for both sides, and we’re not going to just do it because it’s going to benefit him and we get to save his quote-unquote legacy here. . . . We want him, but we want him to a certain reason and a certain financial place. If he decides he wants to exceed that, well, then it’s not on us. That’s on him.”