Communication is key in any relationship, whether personal or professional. Without it, a one-month or 20-year run can come to an unceremonious end. Tom Brady, the New England Patriots, and its fanbase may be seeing this unfold firsthand.
According to a recent report from ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots may be waiting on Brady to specifically explain what he’s looking for, and vice versa, Brady may be awaiting the team to make clear what they’re willing to offer him to come back for his 21st season with the franchise. According to Yates, Brady was offered an extension before last season, but he declined to add more years and instead wanted to test free agency.
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This is obviously the business side of things, but Patriots and Brady fans wouldn’t be wrong to wonder why the team and player can’t operate with just a bit more familiarity. After all, this is not your typical player-team relationship. The Patriots and Brady have been an item for 20 years, and have won six Super Bowls together. That’s not to imply they have to be adjoined forever, but at the very least, it would seem logical to expect them to state their intentions and expectations rather than allowing both sides to flounder in a sea of ambiguity.
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The only other relatively recent separation between franchise QB and team that compares is Brett Favre’s divorce from the Green Bay Packers back in 2008. The two sides parted after a 16-year run, but there was a very distinct difference in that situation. Green Bay had Aaron Rodgers ready, willing and able to succeed the legend. Because of his presence and the broken relationship between Favre and then head coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay was ready to move on.
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With all due respect to Jarrett Stidham who has thrown a grand total of four passes–with one of those being picked off–he’s no Rodgers and there is a mound of uncertainty awaiting the team at the most important position in the sport if Brady leaves. Is there still a chance for Brady to return to the only team he’s played for professionally? Definitely, but even the most optimistic has to have their doubts.
Unfortunately for Patriots fans, the silence between the two may be telling. As March 16 approaches, which is the beginning of the league’s opening tampering period giving other interested teams a chance to pitch Brady, the lack of communication casts a foreboding outlook on the possibility of a new deal being struck to keep Brady in New England. If Brady does leave, expect the Patriots to move quickly on a free-agent backup and to also draft a QB they can develop.