Tom Brady is just a month away from officially hitting the open market. There's no indication that he'll definitely leave the New England Patriots, but a once strong working relationship with the team has slightly deteriorated.
New England could still end up re-signing Brady when free agency begins in March. Nonetheless, all the rumors floating around seem to hint at the six-time Super Bowl winner looking around to see if there's a better fit.
Although it can be argued that Brady and the Patriots have not seen eye-to-eye in recent weeks, it appears both parties were frustrated that a report came out stating the team would be willing to pay Brady more than $30 million per year.
It sounds like the major issue for Brady right now is the team's lack of weapons, not the fact that he's been taking reduced salaries on a yearly basis. Outside of Julian Edelman, the offense in 2019 didn't have many reliable targets for Brady.
Here's what Tom Curran had to say about Brady and the Patriots, via NBC Sports Boston:
Reiterating what I’ve previously reported but have had again mentioned, the “Patriots are willing to go north of $30M” report wasn’t something either side loved. For the Patriots, it created a false expectation before any negotiations began and, from the perspective of the Brady camp, it missed the point of what his main issue is.
The Patriots could persuade Brady to stay in Foxborough if they add more weapons.
A.J. Green and Hunter Henry are two free agents that would help the Patriots on offense tremendously. Bleacher Report insider Matt Miller could see them signing with New England this offseason.
We'll find out in roughly a month where Brady will continue his football career.