Robert Kraft may have the toughest decisions of his ownership ahead of him in the offseason. Of course every Patriots fan would love to see Tom Brady and Bill Belichick continue on as usual, but a few things will need to be discussed first. To make this happen Kraft will likely have to pay Tom Brady for all he has done. Brady has left money on the table many times. Brady has earned and deserves to get paid, but how will coach Belichick feel about shelling out $25-$30 million for a 43 year old quarterback. In a football standpoint, this may not be very helpful to the roster. Many fans are clamoring for Brady to get paid, and at the same time saying he needs help. The problem is you can’t always have both. Hopefully Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady can get together to find a happy medium to get a deal done, because Tom is definetly playing next season and it would really sting to see him ever put on a different uniform.
Robert Kraft thinks of Tom Brady as a son and it sounds like he is all in on bringing Tom back. And that means Patriots fans can relax because Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere.
“Before the season started it was very important to Tom that he be free to do whatever he wanted at the end of the year,” Kraft said. “You know what I said to myself? That any person who plays 20 years for this team and helps us get to six Super Bowls, and been really selfless, has earned that right. I love the young man like he’s part of my family. Blood family. Anyone who’s done that has earned the right to control his future after 20 years.
“And you know, my hope and prayer is number one, he play for the Patriots. Or number two, he retires. He has the freedom to decide what he wants to do and what’s in his own best personal interest.”
He added: “I’m thinking of all that, of all the quarterbacks who went elsewhere, and I just hope and believe that Tom . . . he is so special that he’s earned the right to do what’s best for him. . . . But I just hope and pray we fit into his plans. He is unique in the kind of leader he is, his work ethic, his selfless nature, everything. Think about it: He’s been with us 20 percent of the life of the NFL.”
King asked Kraft if it was a melancholy week for him?
“I don’t know if I’d say melancholy,” he said. “I think I just realize that I shouldn’t take for granted how lucky we have been. I saw a stat that the Buffalo Bills haven’t won a playoff game since ’95. Not one. And that brought it home. We’ve won over 30. So . . . how lucky we’ve been. But also we know you can’t rest on your laurels. Things change and you’ve got to have an edge and look to how you keep things going the best you can.”
Brady will officially become a free agent on March 18, but he can re-sign with the Patriots any time before then.
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