Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has the NFL world waiting on his pending free-agency decision, which will drive the conversation on the open market in March. Brady, 43, has been viewed as leaving his longtime New England Patriots in 2020 as he enters free agency for the first time in his storied career, which includes six Super Bowl championships.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has tagged three franchises as having already discussed a union with Brady: the Indianapolis Colts, the Los Angeles Chargers, and the newly relocated Las Vegas Raiders.
Earlier today a report revealed the Patriots have yet to talk to Brady directly about a new contract. Brady figures to make upwards on $30 million a year, depending on the length of his new deal. However, it’s unclear how much longer he wants to play and if he truly wants to compete for a non–Bill Belichick-coached team.
The Patriots apparently have also waited on contacting Brady in the offseason due to ongoing negotiations between the NFL and players union (NFLPA) surrounding the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The NFLPA’s player representatives narrowly voted this week to move ahead with a vote for the owners’ current iteration of a new CBA to be ratified by a vote from the member players. That proposal, which includes a 17-game schedule and additional playoff team per conference, is reportedly holding up how New England figures to talk figures with Brady.
While Tom Brady isn’t directly talking to teams at the moment—because free agency hasn’t begun, it would be unlawful—his agent, Don Yee, appears to be at the NFL Combine jostling with teams trying to figure out Brady’s value.
The Colts and Chargers have clear vacancies at quarterback for their respective teams, with veteran gunslinger Philip Rivers departing the L.A. franchise and Indy searching for a transition from Andrew Luck to Jacoby Brissett to who knows who’s next. The Raiders could replace franchise QB Derek Carr, as the relationship has soured.