Shaughnessy On Brady: This Was Belichick’s Call

Ultimately, Bill Belichick could have retained Tom Brady if he wanted; he chose not to – and the Patriots must live with the consequences

Tiki and Tierney
March 18, 2020 - 1:17 pm
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Tom Brady has played his final game for the New England Patriots, and many fans aren’t sure what to feel.

“It runs the gamut. You do have emotional people,” Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy said on Tiki & Tierney. “But I think the blame game will get passed down a little bit. This is Belichick’s call, and he was allowed to make it this time.”

While Robert Kraft said that Brady could have returned to New England if he wanted, Shaughnessy dismissed that claim as “bogus.”

“They would have taken him back at their terms – one year and less money – but [Brady] didn’t have interest in that,” Shaughnessy said. “It’s a little bit of a semantics issue to claim that he wanted to go. He wanted to go because they didn’t want to keep him – not at what he thought he could get on the outside market.”

Brady, who turns 43 in August, is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“The notion that he’s no longer a Patriot, it’s just hard for folks to get their head around,” Shaughnessy said. “This is a town that had Bill Russell win 11 in 13 years. Bobby Orr, in my view, is the greatest hockey player of all time. Ted Williams is the greatest hitter of all time. Brady is right there. He’s in that pantheon with those people, and he won more than any of them except Russell, who was playing a sport that, unfortunately, wasn’t as big of a deal in those days as football is today."