As easy as it may be for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots to move on from Tom Brady, bring him back will impact the future of the team.
The destination of future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Tom Brady will be the most anticipated free agency decision to hit the NFL in quite a while. While it is hard to imagine the GOAT in any other uniform other than the New England Patriots, the coach and the owner will have a major say in what Brady does in the offseason.
Coming off a season in which he showed signs of decline, the 42-year-old quarterback still threw for over 4,000 yards with 24 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
Whether his less than elite play was due to nagging injuries or the team’s offensive line issues to start the season compounded by a lack of playmakers around him, Tom Brady was still a quarterback opposing defenses feared in clutch situations.
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But, through his struggles in the regular season Brady showed more frustration than he has known to display in the past. Losing playmakers like Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon will do that to any quarterback, but for the first time it seemed Brady did not have the answers the Patriots struggling, inconsistent offense was searching for.
Though a lot of that was due to what surrounded him on the field, Tom Brady made questionable decisions on the field that marked a quarterback on the decline. But, was it enough bad play to make New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick think about moving on from his reliable quarterback?
Of course, the tight-lipped head coach isn’t giving any indications either way as to whether or not he has Tom Brady in the team’s plans in 2020 and beyond.
"“Everybody’s situation on the team is different. There are no two that are exactly the same. But the future’s the future for all of them, just as it is for Tom and anybody else you want to bring up,” Belichick said during his season-ending press conference, via Patriots.com. “Certainly, Tom’s an iconic figure in this organization and nobody respects Tom more than I do. I respect all the other players and coaches in the organization too. So I think that everybody that is a part of it is an important part of it, and I want to give the proper attention and communication and detail and thought into my input into those decisions.”"
We all know Bill Belichick is not nostalgic when it comes to players, but isn’t a quarterback who helped him win six Super Bowls held in a different regard?
The answer to that question will be answered in the offseason as the “In Bill We Trust” mantra will raise to the forefront once again.
Re-sign Tom Brady!
Thinking about the great Tom Brady in a Miami Dolphins or Las Vegas Raiders uniform is a nauseating image for any New England Patriots fan, but money and feeling wanted will play a role in where Brady will ultimately end up.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has made it clear the team wants TB12 to finish his career in New England, but Bill Belichick and his vision for the team will be the ending factor.
If the Patriots had a quarterback waiting and ready to step up to the mantle, it would be an easy decision for the team to move on from Thomas Edward Brady, however, Jarrett Stidham could use another season or two learning behind the value of the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback.
With offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels still in place, it would be in the best interest of both Brady and the team to continue their long, storied marriage. If the Patriots give Brady an offer he is content with, he stays point blank.
Due to Jarrett Stidham’s inexperience and what could be out there to replace Tom Brady if he moves on, the best option for the New England Patriots will be to show him the money, surround him with some playmakers and allow him to help in the development of Stidham or perhaps another young quarterback they may value in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.