The New England Patriots have shown signs of wanting to bring Tom Brady back in 2020, but they are definitely sending mixed signals. Nearly a month before free agency begins, New England has not yet engaged in contract talks with Brady.
The Patriots have exclusive negotiating rights with Brady and are able to discuss terms on a contract. Despite having the opportunity to do so, New England seems to be playing the waiting game with the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Whether people want to admit it or not, Brady’s agent is likely going to meet with teams at the NFL Combine in the coming weeks. During that time, Don Yee—Brady’s agent—will have a decent idea of what teams are interested in his client. In addition, he’ll have an estimate of what teams are willing to offer for Brady.
Recently, there were reports that surfaced that the Las Vegas Raiders are preparing to offer $60 million over two years for Brady. There are undoubtedly going to be more rumors that make their rounds in the media by the time free agency kicks off.
For New England fans that want Brady back, the Patriots not negotiating with Brady shouldn’t be worrisome just yet. However, as the beginning of free agency nears, each day that the Patriots don’t have an offer in place makes it more and more likely he heads elsewhere.
Since this is the first time Brady is testing free agency, he could choose to meet with teams. At the same time, he could force New England’s hand by simply saying he’s going to meet with other franchises. Regardless, Brady’s much-anticipated decision is going to be the talking point of the entire offseason.