Tom Brady free agency before potentially agreeing to a new contract.
Tom Brady is scheduled to become a free agent next month, and although the New England Patriots could agree to a new contract with the quarterback before then, it’s starting to sound like the team would rather wait.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported owner Robert Kraft believes the best outcome for all parties involved would come after Brady hits free agency and tests the market. Then, like other veteran free agents like Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower have done, Brady can come back to Bill Belichick and Kraft and potentially work out a new contract depending on what the market dictates.
This route would also give Belichick the opportunity to see what other options are out there at quarterback.
“In the end, after all this, after going through everything, it will mean that it’s basically meant to be, and that it’s the best thing for all sides [to let Brady test free agency],” Rapoport said on NFL Network. “Kraft wanted them to get apart, to see what’s out there, and try to come together in the middle. And the hope is, if that works out for 2020, that everyone will be happy they went through the process.”
Kraft’s spin on the Brady situation could be his way of conceding that the Patriots won’t be able to get Brady to sign a new contract before free agency opens March 18. An agreement between the sides is still possible after the market opens, but if Brady doesn’t sign before the start of free agency, the Patriots will be on the books for a $13.5 million cap hit regardless of whether he resigns or not.