Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Brady leaves Patriots

I have to admit, despite all the warning signs, I'm still genuinely surprised. I thought he would retire a Patriot:
Tom Brady is leaving the New England Patriots. After 20 years with the organization, the quarterback posted a tweet on Tuesday, saying his farewell and his thanks to Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and the entire Patriots organization.
In other NFL news, the Vikings resigned Kirk Cousins and traded Stefon Diggs for the #22 pick, a fifth-round pick, a sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick from Buffalo. I don't like to see Diggs go, but that's an excellent haul that couldn't be turned down, especially in this year's receiver-rich draft.

I think he's going to LA to play for the Chargers. It makes the most sense for his post-football career.

UPDATE: Apparently, I am wrong.

The Bucs have an agreement in principle with Brady for a deal worth roughly $30 million per season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.



Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 17, 2020 9:10 AM  

Like Montana to the Chiefs, cash them checks.

Blogger Richard Rahl March 17, 2020 9:57 AM  

I was hopeful Diggs would stay, but he started displaying "diva" tendencies during the season and I thought he really didn't care to play with Kirk. I don't think he wanted to stay and if that is the case it was wise of Spielman and Zimm to get max value for him. I like Diggs, he always plays with a chip on his shoulder that probably comes with him being a 5th round pick. Good luck to him in Buffalo.

In other news: Zimmer's mouth is watering at the prospect of having 5 more draft picks for 5 more cornerbacks.

Blogger Lucky Lab March 17, 2020 9:57 AM  

Surprised it took this long. They wanted to chuck him overboard since Garoppolo. What’s more, he took it.

There is zero incentive for veterans to sign there. Lord knows they’ve drafted terribly for the last decade. They’ll pay less, treat you like garbage, chuck you overboard extra fast, and can’t even offer winning in lieu of the foregoing.

No wonder they haven’t been adding lots of good veteran talent. Look for the talent dearth to continue.

To those who whine about a lack of loyalty by players, let this be a lesson. TB’s exceeding the shelf life massively, but the reality is these guys have a very limited window to make as much $ as possible. Organizations that will so obviously pay less and chuck even the greatest player aside like a used Kleenex will probably have a hard time getting good talent going forward.

Blogger Rough Carrigan March 17, 2020 10:00 AM  

The rumors are either Tampa Bay or the Chargers. Tampa's offense is set up for their coach's desire to throw deep. That's not really Tom's game. The Chargers have a middling coach at best. Oh well.

Blogger Joe Smith March 17, 2020 10:14 AM  

I (vaguely) remember watching Gretzky in St. Louis. Sad times. Brady apparently wants to give the football version of that performance.

Blogger The Masked Menace March 17, 2020 10:18 AM  

The greatest of them all, Unitas, ended his career with the San Diego Chargers. Namath, who was better than most people realize, ended his with the Los Angeles Rams. So Brady's decision didn't surprise me.

I just hope Brady is smart enough to go somewhere with a good offensive line and a couple of decent receivers, otherwise it's going to be an inglorious end.

Blogger Nate March 17, 2020 10:21 AM  

Maybe he still will retire as a Patriot. The 2020 season hasn't started yet.

Blogger Dos Voltz March 17, 2020 10:28 AM  

I never thought I'd see this actually come to pass, either.

There was something that felt unseemly, or just plain wrong, when Favre left the Packers for the Vikings. I guess just a violation of a sense of loyalty/duty/patriotism. Of course I recognize it's a business, and players want to make money and teams want to win so those things don't much apply.

But still.

I'd prefer to see Brady retire. Sitting on the bench as a back-up QB to the rookie Bengal is a bridge too far for me.

Plus, Giselle still's working, right? They should be able to tighten their belts and get by somehow,

Blogger GrumpusAurelius March 17, 2020 10:28 AM  

That makes the Bills trade big. They may have a shot at the div against a Bradyless Pats. Although I bet the Pats aren't gonna evaporate.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( The Surprised Pig hadn't had any idea he tasted this good ) March 17, 2020 10:41 AM  

Brady's stats were dropping off last season.

that doesn't mean next year is going to be "Peyton's Last" awful, but the trend is not good.

Blogger SemiSpook37 March 17, 2020 11:03 AM  

I'm sort of surprised Vrabel didn't go for Brady. Then again, it seems like Tannehill got new life, and you can't really argue with that.

As for Brady, I give him one more season with whoever he ends up with. I hope it's not the Bucs, because there's a rumor going around that Winston might end up with the Steelers. I mean, they need a replacement for Roethelisberger, but I don't think Winston is it.

Blogger Patrick Kelly March 17, 2020 11:07 AM  

" Although I bet the Pats aren't gonna evaporate."

Yes, Bill is good at filling slots with people who will perform well in his system. The Pat's have a good chance of another SB win without Tom within the next 5 years.

I hope Tom retires, but it would be fun to see him in silver and black with muh'Raiderz for one last hurrah. Not much chance though, I don't think they have an O'line Brady would trust.

Blogger Silent Draco March 17, 2020 11:09 AM  

If he has the ability to teach, would love to see Brady return as a coach. Maybe receivers and backs, not QB, to teach in terms of "the QB want to do this to move the ball and score. This is why you run the route, and what to do."

Blogger Stilicho March 17, 2020 11:13 AM  

Bills gave up too much for Diggs, but I understand why they wanted him and he wasn't happy in MN

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei March 17, 2020 11:21 AM  

Quite the normalcy bias to expect the NFL season to go ahead as planned.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia March 17, 2020 11:33 AM  

With this deal, the Vikings have 12 -- twelve!! -- draft picks this year. Including two first rounders. None of the mock drafts until now had them taking a wide receiver, but now don't be surprise if they do, and in the first round.

I watched a little bit of the wide receiver combine and the athletic level is off the charts in that group.

So you gotta give Rick Spielman props. He gets rid of a malcontent who wanted out, frees up cap space, positions the Vikes to get a more or less equivalent replacement for Diggs, and still allows them to go forward with the draft plan they already had, or adjust the plan with assets to swap to move around in the draft, and/or sign a quality free agent.

It's impressive.

Blogger Dantheman March 17, 2020 11:46 AM  

There goes the dynasty. I think the Pats will be a 10-6 team next year, but I hope him the best. 20 years of absolute dominance and it was so fun to watch. Now the question will be, can Bill Belichick’s and Ernie Adams’ scheme overcome the absence of TB 12?

Blogger Mr. Naron March 17, 2020 11:53 AM  

Marcus Mariota to...the...Raiders. Has Chucky been watching old Chuck Kelly film? (I met Coach Kelly a few weeks ago, btw. He's a good guy. Very willing to help other coaches)

Blogger Mr. Naron March 17, 2020 11:54 AM  

I meant Chip Kelly.

Blogger Jack Amok March 17, 2020 12:36 PM  

I wonder how much money he wanted, or if he and Hoodie just didn't want to work together any more. Who are the Pats going to roll out at QB this year? Maybe Hoodie thinks he can catch lightening twice with another low round QB in Stidham.

Blogger Silly but True March 17, 2020 1:20 PM  

“Social Distancing.” Brady is just following CDC’s recommendation.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia March 17, 2020 1:41 PM  

Dantheman wrote:There goes the dynasty. I think the Pats will be a 10-6 team next year, but I hope him the best. 20 years of absolute dominance and it was so fun to watch. Now the question will be, can Bill Belichick’s and Ernie Adams’ scheme overcome the absence of TB 12?

They might have been 10-6 WITH Brady. In fact, that would be an overachievment.

I think Brady knew that, actually. Brady can't solve or paste over the problems they have -- no #1 wide receiver, an erratic offensive line and running game, and a defense that arguably has just one great player could really slip.

The only reason to stay would be loyalty.

Blogger nyan March 17, 2020 2:26 PM  

Seeing reports that Brady's going to sign with the Bucs.

Blogger Hammerli 280 March 17, 2020 2:48 PM  

I'm a bit surprised as well, I figured Brady to finish up with the Patsies. Although he could make a large mountain of money signing with the DC Perpetual Losers. Not that I would...not with their offensive line (aka The Colander).

Re-signing Kirk Cousins was a good move. Cousins played a hell of a lot better in Washington than their record. A quarterback needs some protection. Give Cousins a decent line to play behind, and he's deadly.

Blogger Rough Carrigan March 17, 2020 3:06 PM  

The "erratic" offensive line was the best in football the year before. The left tackle got hurt and the center was out with a blood clot problem. The fullback also got hurt. The left tackle came back at the end of the season and they're optimistic that the center will be back. The fullback is either coming back or they'll replace him. Injuries happen in football. They might happen wherever he goes, too.
We'll see how it goes.

Blogger Damelon Brinn March 17, 2020 3:31 PM  

Although he could make a large mountain of money signing with the DC Perpetual Losers.

No way. The owner is in love with his personal hand-picked Black QB. They're going to sign the most backup-iest backup they can find, and make sure he doesn't get a chance to outperform Haskins in the preseason (if there is one). Or they'll claim Alex Smith is ready-not-ready, and go into it with Haskins as the only real QB on the roster.

Blogger Matamoros March 17, 2020 5:28 PM  

Some people are conjecturing that Brady may go to the Titans, as they have a good team.

Blogger Hammerli 280 March 17, 2020 6:36 PM  

@26: Normally, I'd agree with you. But Tom Brady has the sort of stardom that Daniel Snyder would sell his soul to get on his team.

Blogger Damelon Brinn March 17, 2020 9:51 PM  

@28, The interesting one to me is Cam Newton, now available. Word is Rivera and Cam love each other. On /r/Redskins they've convinced themselves against all previous evidence that Rivera is fully in charge. If he is, why wouldn't he bring in Cam as that "very competitive competition" he says he wants? They've got the money, especially now that they failed to get Cooper away from Dallas. But I'm betting he won't be allowed to.

Blogger jeffinjapan March 17, 2020 10:30 PM  

Brees and Brady in the same division!? As a Saints fan, I'm not sure how I feel about this.

Blogger Jack Amok March 18, 2020 12:13 AM  

The Bucs. Kinda funny considering one of the speculative answers for the Pats next QB is Crab Legs. A TB-NE QB swap. Almost as weird as everything else that's been going on lately.

Blogger BigFire March 18, 2020 10:41 AM  

Got to look at this from Belichick's POV. He's not going to pay the going rate for someone of Brady's talent at his age, and Brady have been able to take less money to help out the team's cap situation for 20 years due to his wife's earning. But it's Brady's last chance to get paid, and he's getting paid.

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