By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the New England Patriots are willing to do whatever it takes to keep Tom Brady. He is a free agent.
There are still several weeks before Brady will hit the open market. But the Patriots have the leverage as he has played his entire career with the franchise.
Rapoport is reporting that the Patriots are willing to pay Brady $30 million for the 2020 season. That’ll be a lot of money for a 43-year-old signal-caller.
Throughout his career, he has taken less to help the Patriots spend money on other positions. If New England spends $30 million on Brady, it’ll hamstring their changes of signing help, especially at the wide receiver position.
The Patriots struggled at the wide receiver position in 2019. Their leading receiver was Julian Edelman, who had 1,117 yards.
After him, there was a significant drop, as James White, a natural running back, was second with 645 yards. The next receiver in line was Philip Dorsett, who had 397 yards.
The Patriots under Bill Belichick have rarely “went for it” in free agent. They rarely have spent on top free agents, as Stephen Gilmore — who was named the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year — may be the last when he signed a five-year, $65 million deal before the 2017 season.
If Brady does not re-sign with the Patriots, he will have several opportunities elsewhere. One will be with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Chargers have already informed Philip Rivers — who relocated his family from San Diego, California to Florida — that he is no longer in their plans. The 38-year-old will have options in Florida with likely all three teams, especially the Tamp Bay Buccaneers.
They are definitely looking for a quarterback. Tyrod Taylor, who is signed through the 2020 season, may not be with the team for that season.
Los Angeles could draft a future quarterback in April. If they do that, it may eliminate Brady, as he does not want to be a backup.
Another option is the Tennessee Titans. If they cannot reach an agreement with Ryan Tannehill, Brady will be an option because he was previously teammates with their head coach Mike Vrabel.
Tannehill — who replaced Marcus Mariotta — went 7-3 as a starter for the Titans, including the playoffs. Even though there is interest in Brady, Tannehill will likely re-sign with the franchise.