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End of an Era; QB Tom Brady Says He’s Leaving the Patriots to Play Elsewhere

The glimmer of hope that Patriots fans were holding on to when it came to a return under center for quarterback Tom Brady can officially be extinguished.

The six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback announced early Wednesday that he is leaving the place he called “home” for 20 seasons, looking for a new challenge and a new team.

Brady put out a heartfelt message on Twitter about leaving New England and going out to find a new team to play for, something he’s never had to do before.

In a pair of statements posted on Twitter and Instagram, Brady first thanked his team and his coaches in a tweet labeled “FOREVER A PATRIOT.”

The beginning of NFL free agency is set for today at 4PM ET, and since 12PM ET on Monday, teams can legally “tamper” with pending free agents by contacting their agents.

Already a number big name players have announced they are leaving their teams to play elsewhere. Monday tight end Austin Hooper announced he was taking his talents from Atlanta to Cleveland.

Patriots Bring Back Safety Devin McCourty for $23 Million Over Two Years

FS Devin McCourty back at his safety spot, makes the play.
(Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

The Patriots are bringing back one of, if not their biggest defensive playmakers, as the team has come to terms on a two-year deal with free safety Devin McCourty. reports that McCourty’s deal will pay him $23 million over two years in Bill Belichick’s defense.

$17 million for McCourty’s deal is guaranteed.

McCourty has been with the Patriots since he was selected 27th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

During the 2019 season, McCourty registered his fourth consecutive season of 16 starts, and contributed 58 tackles, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and five interceptions, his highest total since 2012.

His play was a big reason why the Pats defense got off to a historic start before they seemed to run out of gas before losing in the AFC Wild Card game at home to the Tennessee Titans.

The 32-year-old McCourty has been a vital member of the team’s last three Super Bowl wins.

His twin brother, cornerback Jason McCourty, was also a member of the 2018 championship team and has been with the franchise since being traded from the Browns prior to the start of that season.

Patriots Awarded Maxium Four Compensatory Picks for April NFL Draft

The Patriots will have the maximum four compensatory picks in next month’s NFL draft, including two in the third round, the highest possible round for such selections, the Associated Press reports.

New England also receives two spots in the sixth round.

Denver, Houston, Minnesota, the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Seattle each get three picks, while Baltimore and Miami will each have two.

Receiving one apiece are Chicago, Dallas, the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington for a total of 32 selections.

The other 17 NFL teams will not receive such picks.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks in an upcoming draft.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Houston gets the highest compensatory slot at No. 97 overall, followed by New England at No. 98, the Giants with the 99th selection and the Patriots at No. 100. The Seahawks have No. 101, followed by the Steelers, Eagles, Rams, Vikings and Ravens to finish off the third round.

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? 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.