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ESPN’s ‘First Take’ Gives Their Two Cents on Where Patriots QB Tom Brady Will Play in 2020

Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Dan Orlovsky express their level of confidence as to whether Tom Brady will decide to stay with the Patriots during NFL free agency on ESPN’s “First Take.”

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio Sign New Deals

The Pats may lose their franchise quarterback this spring, but they won’t be losing their head coach and director of player personnel who are sticking around.

The Boston Globe reports that both Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio have agreed to a multi-year extension to keep the director of player personnel in Foxborough.

One of the most enigmatic executives in the league, Caserio has been with the Patriots since 2001. A crucial voice in player evaluations, he’s also moonlighted as a scout team quarterback.

The Texans tried to poach Caserio last offseason, but after New England filed tampering charges, they were quick to call off their pursuit.

Last November, Belichick tried to explain Caserio’s (rather unique) role.

“He’s coached multiple positions, had multiple responsibilities in the personnel department,” Belichick began. “Continues to have a strong role in both areas, and sometimes it’s maybe a little more or a little less in one area or another to offset expanded duties on the other side.

“He’s also involved in a lot of contract things. So, it’s a pretty full plate. Sometimes it gets divided differently, but it’s usually full and sometimes spilling over the edge a little bit. But, he does a great job in all those areas and has been extremely valuable to me on so many levels for such a long time.”

Will the two front office/coaching moves be enough to talk Tom Brady into staying?

Tom Brady’s Offseason Decision Could Impact the Entire NFL for 2020

Tom Brady could take a lesson from Peyton Manning, his old rival and buddy.

When Manning was let go from the Colts following from the 2011 season, he wanted to continue playing in the NFL, and decided to take his talents to Denver to play for the Broncos.

The move paid off after three seasons, as finally in the fourth season he guided the Broncos to a Super Bowl win with the help of a dominating defense.

While the exact NFL betting odds have yet to come out on where Brady will play in 2020 and beyond, there’s a solid chance that he wants a change of scenery, and that he’ll high tail it out of New England.

There’s a story today on NBC Sports Boston about the thought of Brady doing what LeBron James did when he left the Cavaliers years ago, and that’s building a ‘super team’ in whatever city he decides to play in next.

One big question about such a team would be where that team is, and the story states that there are a couple of teams that have the cap space to afford to not only add Brady, but also another top player or two that could help out.

To financially accommodate Brady and others, obviously, a team needs cap space. The Dolphins ($89.4M), Colts ($86.1M) and Buccaneers ($79.9M) are first, second and fourth in available cap space according to the website Over The Cap. The Bills are third ($80.1M) but they have signaled they will ride or die with Josh Allen.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has already publicly come out and stated that he does not think that Brady would want to come play in Miami.

Money and a couple tours of South Beach could change Brady’s mind very quickly should he want to give his AFC East rival a chance to court him.

The other teams mentioned – the Colts and Buccaneers, are two teams that likely would do just about anything to add Brady, which could include make a big change in their roster and the quarterback position.

The Colts have Jacoby Brissett, while the Bucs have a big decision to make when it comes to former first overall pick Jamies Winston.

Brady could hold the key to all of it. Wherever he plays in 2020, it will be the biggest story of the offseason, ad one that could change the complete dynamic of the entire NFL when a final decision is reached.

The Latest on Brady: Patriots Reportedly Willing to Go $30 Million a Season, Oakland in the Mix?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not play one snap of the Super Bowl this season, yet this entire week he was a huge storyline in Miami where the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49’ers did battle in Super Bowl 54.

Brady, who is eligible to hit free agency this March, is in control of his plans moving forward as well as where he will play in 2020 and for the future.

Some think it’s just a matter of time before he and the Pats come to a deal, while others think he’s ready for a new challenge and will move on, shifting all the NFL odds that were placed Monday which said the Pats were 15/1 to win next year’s Super Bowl.

Patriot fans though should feel a little better as Sunday Ian Rapoport reported that the team was willing to pay Brady in excess of $30 million to keep him in New England playing quarterback.

“My understanding that going back to New England is a legitimate and real option, obviously, and they are willing to make it worth his while,” Rapoport said during the NFL Network’s pregame coverage.

I’m told they are willing to pay him in excess of $30 million if that’s what it’s going to take to bring Brady back.”

Now the question is pretty simple – is money going to be the deciding factor for Brady to come back to the Patriots – or does he want the challenge of going to another team?

“We’ll see if that’s enough. From what I understand, he wants a commitment from them that they will spend specifically on weapons,” Rapoport said Sunday.

The weapons on the Patriots in 2019 were clearly not enough to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and by the time the team lost in the AFC Wild Card game to the Tennessee Titans, you could see the gas tank was pretty much on empty.

There are rumors that two teams have jumped in the mix to grab Brady should he reach the free agent market, that being the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.

Both those teams would snatch up Brady in a second if they could, as the Chargers are expected to be losing Philip Rivers via free agency, and Raider coach Jon Gruden is very willing to move on from Derek Carr.

NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo reported that if in fact Brady does take an offer elsewhere and leaves New England, the team would then try and trade for a veteran quarterback.

No matter how you cut it, it’s going to be a stressful time for Pats fans until Brady makes up his mind.

Could RB Rex Burkhead Be on the Chopping Block for the Patriots This Offseason?

Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Pats the site has picked running back Rex Burkhead as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Burkhead getting cut.

New England Patriots – RB Rex Burkhead

Dead Cap Hit $1M, Cap Saving $3M

Running back Rex Burkhead actually set new highs for his time with the New England Patriots during this past season with his 302 rushing yards and 279 receiving yards. But the fact of the matter is that he is a part-time player on an offense that needs something approaching a full teardown.

Burkhead played on just 27.2% of the Patriots offensive snaps in 2019 and averaged 5 carries and 2.9 targets per game. His salary is too much for a limited jack of all trades.

Joe Montana Advises Tom Brady to Stay with the Patriots

Joe Montana is the poster child for it-doesn’t-end-well quarterback arguments, as the San Francisco 49ers legend spent his final two seasons as a Kansas City Chief.

Turns out, he wishes it had ended better.

In an NFL Network interview set to air on Super Bowl Sunday, Montana advises Tom Brady to stay put in New England, Christopher Mason of Masslive reports.

“It’s not easy to go to another team and get accepted, no matter how much success you’ve had and how many years you’ve played,” Montana told Mike Silver. “They still want to see you come in and be the same player and be that loyal to them as you were to the other team you just left. So, it’s not easy (for) guys looking at that change, especially at the quarterback position.

“Don’t (leave) — if you don’t have to. It’s a process to go through, and it takes time to get used to the team… I just can’t see how they would let him leave there, myself.”

Set to become a free agent for the first time in his 20-year career, Brady can test the market this March.

Report of the Patriots Taking on the Dolphins in Mexico City in 2020 is False

There was a report earlier on Tuesday that stated in 2020 the Patriots would take on the Dolphins in Mexico City. The report according to the NFL is false.

Here’s the story from Pro Football Talk:

The league office tells PFT that the report is incorrect. There has been no announcement of the times, places or teams for the NFL’s international games in 2020.

The Dolphins have agreed to give up a home game in 2020 to play an international game, but none of the international games have been scheduled. The Dolphins have previously given up home games to play in London in 2007, 2015 and 2017.

The Patriots have played twice in London and once in Mexico, always as the designated visiting team.

ESPN’s Schefter Says Patriots Want Answer From Tom Brady About Returning Before March 16

The Patriots biggest offseason in the last 20 years has started, and “Brady Watch 2020” has officially started.

This offseason is comparable to last year when the Patriots and their fans were patiently waiting to see if Rob Gronkowski would be back for the 2019 season. The tight end played coy following the Patriots Super Bowl win over Los Angeles.

Gronk then stayed quiet for all of January, February and the beginning of March. The problem, however, was that Gronkowski didn’t give the Patriots an answer until after the first two weeks of free agency went by. The Pats saw most of the top tight ends sign by the time Gronk announced his retirement on March 24.

That brings us to Brady. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Pats hope to have answer from Brady before free agency beings. Schefter said the Patriots actually want to know if Brady will sign with the team prior to the legal tampering period, which starts on March 16.

“Here’s the situation: I don’t believe the New England Patriots are waiting until March 16 to get an answer from Tom Brady,” Schefter said on ESPN’s Get Up on Thursday. “Last year, Rob Gronkowski wound up retiring in late March. I don’t know the conversations they did and didn’t have before, but New England missed the window on free-agent tight ends. So, I don’t think they’re going to let Tom Brady go to free agency, all of a sudden, sign with Team X, and then on March 20, say ‘Well, what do we do at quarterback now?’ That’s not the way that organization operates.”

‘Brady Watch 2020’ has had some interesting moments already. Look no further than Tuesday when a TMZ Sports employee chased Robert Kraft in the streets of New York to ask if the Patriots are going to keep Tom Brady. As the Patriots owner stepped into the back of a black Cadillac SUV, he said, “We plan to.”