One American radio host is sure about one thing — NFL star Tom Brady isn’t going to be wearing a New England Patriots jersey next season.
“I believe the Patriots are 100 per cent done,” retired Patriots tight end Christian Fauria said of the quarterback on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni & Fauria.
“I think the Patriots are OK and ready to move on.”
That came after Fauria, a former teammate of Brady’s, said he believes there’s a “99.6 per cent” chance that Brady leaves New England.
Brady will become a free agent for the first time in his 20-year career if he and the Patriots cannot agree on a new contract by March 18. The team is unable to apply the franchise tag on him due to a stipulation in his most recent contract extension.
After earning $AUD34 million in 2019, according to Spotrac, the 42-year old signal-caller stands to earn at least $45 million on the crowded quarterback free-agent market.
Fauria doesn’t think the Patriots are going to offer him that or anything close.
“I think the Patriots knew they weren’t signing him before the season started,” Fauria said. “I don’t think they want him for $13 million, I don’t think they want him period, and I think that Brady knows it.”
Fauria responded to the publishing of this story by tweeting: “This is my personal OPINION.”
The Brady family relocated to their $13 million Greenwich, Connecticut home in southern New England earlier this year after listing their property in Brookline, Massachusetts, which is located in the greater Boston area.
The move sparked even more rumours that a Brady departure could be on the cards.
“I feel good about this one,” Fauria said. “Tom Brady will be a free agent (soon).”
If Brady does enter free agency, his list of potential suitors would be extensive. The Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders are both expected to make pitches.
Some have speculated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys could even be landing spots for the veteran quarterback.
“Next time he shows up at (New England’s home ground) Gillette Stadium, it will be either as a guest playing for another team, or getting a red jacket,” Fauria said.
Wherever he ends up, Brady’s priorities have been made clear.
“He wants to see the team spend on some weapons” and ultimately wants to be with “a talented team that could win now”, NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said earlier this month.
This story originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission