Former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis believes he knows what Tom Brady will prioritize the most when making his free agency decision.
Weis, 63, was the Patriots' offensive coordinator from 2000-04 when Brady began his career. He recently told a telling story about his former quarterback.
“I texted him when they picked the top 100 … and said ‘Congrats.’ He said ‘For what?’ I said for being part of the top 100 and then on top of it, [some in the media] picked you to be the starter. He goes, ‘You know the only thing I’m worrying about is a ring.’ That kind of sums it up. He wants to win another championship. That’s why he’s still playing. He wouldn’t play for money at this point," Weis said on his daily “Opening Drive” program on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Brady, 42, has already won six Super Bowls. The quarterback is clearly intent on winning at least one more, though.
"31 weeks until kickoff. That’s a lot of time to get better," Brady recently said on Instagram.
If all Brady cares about is winning, there are likely only a couple of NFL franchises he'd consider leaving the Patriots for at this point.
Returning to New England probably remains the most-likely outcome. If the Patriots can give Brady another offensive weapon or two, they should get back to a Super Bowl-contending level.