Between now and the open of free agency, there's going to be all kinds of predictions and speculations about the future of Patriots QB Tom Brady. But with many suspecting that Brady will not return to the Patriots in 2020, everyone is giving their take on the best fit for him. One ESPN analyst is going against the grain and calling his shot.
On Monday, ESPN's Bill Barnwell made his predictions for the biggest offseason moves in the AFC East. When it came to the Patriots, Barnwell predicted that they will come to an accord with Brady and re-sign the six-time Super Bowl champion.
Barnwell explained that Brady is comfortable in Boston, and that he'll likely stay even if he's selling his mansion. He noted that with the Patriots' No. 1 defense picking up the slack, they remain the team with the best chance of winning another Super Bowl.
"What, you thought I was going to talk about locking up James Ferentz? While it's fun to think about where Brady might go, a reunion between the future Hall of Famer and the only professional team he has ever played for still makes the most sense. Brady is already comfortable with the coaching staff and still lives in the Boston area, even if his mansion is for sale. The Patriots had the league's best defense in 2019 and likely give Brady the best chance of winning a Super Bowl relative to the other teams likely to pursue him this offseason," Barnwell wrote.
Barnwell ultimately concluded that the Patriots will find a way to make the money work and bring Brady back.
...A deal that pays Brady $30 million for 2020, likely with voidable years attached for cap purposes, is still the most likely outcome for the league's most legendary pending free agent.
Brady is coming off what many would objectively call a down year for Brady. Despite a 12-4 record, the Patriots were quickly - and rather easily - bounced in the Wild Card round.
If there was ever a year for a team to make a change at QB it would be this one. Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Dak Prescott, Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are just a few of the star QBs out of contract this spring.
Will Brady rejoin the Patriots in 2020?