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Brady departure unlikely, but...
Posted Jul. 04 at 11:10 PM
The Patriots would never let 3-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady leave town. Right? RIGHT???
It's not very likely, but a number of factors make it at least a possibility, according to an article at boston.com. Brady, after all, is entering the final year of his contract, just eight months away from free agency. And the sides are in no way close on a new contract.
Given the absence of a new collective bargaining agreement, putting together new, big-money contracts, is difficult. Peyton Manning, of course, is also in line for one. And the Patriots have taken a tough stance with other players -- lesser ones than Brady, of course -- so them moving on can't be ruled out. Brady turns 33 years old next month, so New England needs to be thinking about a plan for After Brady regardless. Not every quarterback looks to play into his 40s.
The article concludes that a franchise tag for Brady starts to seem like a plausible situation, assuming it exists under any new CBA. Nobody really thinks Brady will finish his career anywhere else.
But that's been said before about other players -- multiple Super Bowl winners like Joe Montana, in fact -- and proven wrong. (Granted, there's no Steve Young behind Brady.)
Still, stuff happens in the NFL, including things you'd never thought would occur (Favre a Viking?) taking place. Brady contract talks haven't turned contentious as of yet, but it sounds like that's at least partly because they haven't even started.
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