For a while, it’s been assumed that Bill Belichick did not want Tom Brady to re-sign with the Patriots in free agency. The legendary NFL quarterback left New England to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. Brady went on to win a Super Bowl in his first season with the franchise.
This Sunday, Brady will return to New England, as the Patriots are set to host the Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football.
Monday morning, Belichick was asked about Brady and his departure from the Patriots. Belichick was asked when he realized he no longer wanted Brady to be his quarterback.
Belichick had an honest response, claiming he never wanted Brady to leave. He said that Brady realized that Tampa Bay was a better option than New England.
“I think we’ve been through all the dynamics of that…He looked at his options and made his decision. We weren’t as good an option as Tampa…It wasn’t a question of not wanting him, that’s for sure,” Belichick said.
Question (via @TheGregHillShow): So you wanted Tom to re-sign?
Belichick: “I think we’ve been through all the dynamics of that…He looked at his options and made his decision. We weren’t as good an option as Tampa…It wasn’t a question of not wanting him, that’s for sure.”
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 27, 2021
Of course, it would be interesting to get Brady’s honest take on the matter, as well. If the Patriots really wanted Brady back, maybe they should have made him a better offer to stay.
Fans appear to be split on the subject.
“This is correct. Tampa had the talent and the cap space to get more. If Tom had stayed, it would have been the same guys all over again or worse,” one fan wrote.
“No. Tampa offered the contract Brady wanted. If the Pats had offered the right number, he would have stayed,” another fan added.
“By every report, Brady would’ve re-signed if he was offered multiple years. Bill wanted to do one-year extensions,” another fan wrote.
“Sure BB wanted him. At 1/2 the salary he was worth on the free market,” one fan responded.
Perhaps we’ll get the real story once everyone is retired. For now, it’s probably going to continue to be a lot of speculation.
Sunday night should be fun, though.
The Patriots and the Buccaneers are set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. E.T.
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