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First off you are looking at numbers with an offense for Brady to throw to. He didn't have that here last year.Belichick wouldn't pay $20M (about 50% off of top market) right now for a guy on pace for 37 TDs and 11 INTs? I guess he either needs to reevaluate his age-enhanced projection of the player or reevaluate the quarterback market.
But we know what you're saying is absolute bologna. Tom Brady never dug in his heels and demanded a market contract...not with New England, Tampa Bay, or anywhere. He did what he always does, which is avoid the games of chicken and just settle on a number which seems reasonable though is not as much as he could get if he dug in. He's not going to play for pennies on the dollar, and he's not going to let the final 10% of the contract become a giant distraction and hindrance to signing. He even stated this earlier in the offseason, that this is his approach to contracts.
It was all about commitment with more years, guarantees, etc. so he could have long-term security to retire in New England instead of going year-to-year, and he was palpably upset that it had come as far as it did, the eve of free agency, when the Patriots had years to extend him.
And attitude absolutely plays into negotiations; Tampa Bay showed excitement about him and projected him as part of their long-term plans instead of treating him like an "agonizing question mark" who was going to be swept out the door with the only question of when. The Patriots could not have been more hands-off and passive in asking Brady to come back to them to see if they might be willing to match an offer. He had a bunch of teams telling him how badly they want him and selling him on their brand and how he will fit into their future with his post-40 goals - and one team who made it really, really clear that they had the bigger dick and were absolutely willing to let him walk away if he didn't like what they were serving.
That's not an indictment on Brady but more BB for not getting his QB enough support, even though he did get him AB and traded 2nd round pick to get Sanu at Brady's request.
Soo you tell me, you would give 20 mill to a 43 year old QB-with no offense around him and expect him to work miracles around that? He had that last year, look how that turned out. Shoot go back to the year before Randy Moss got here. BB gave him Rache Caldwell (RIP) and Doug Gabriel and BB expect him to win a SB with that? (sarcasm) ( note: they did go to the AFC title game).
And what I am saying is Bologna?? I never said Tom Brady "demanded" anything. Do not take anything I post out of context. I said he wanted to be paid what he deserved. Far from "demanding" and also he had the right to be paid what he deserved. He won 6 championships but someone like Kurt Cousins was making more money. That is crazy in my opinion. I am not saying it was all about money with Brady. I am saying he wanted the franchise to show they wanted him back and respected what he has done. BB basically didn't want him back...but my post wasn't or isn't to state Brady was all about the money.