It seems soon-to-be free agent Tom Brady may not need 30 million reasons to stay in New England after all.
In response to recent reports of the Patriots being willing to shell out a fat eight-figure annual paycheck to their 42-year-old quarterback, NFL Network’s Michael Giardi says Brady’s priority isn’t dollar signs, but stacking up on his side of the ball.
“Just talked to someone I trust. He doesn’t believe that Brady is demanding 30 million or more a year. The weapons add is a priority however #Patriots,” Giardi tweeted Sunday.
In October, Brady was rumored to be frustrated with the revolving door of Patriots receivers, which included Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon in and out of Foxborough last season. Brady was also without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired last March.
Despite internal turmoil, New England appears to be Brady’s best bet, as Giardi posits. However, the idea of following in LeBron James’ footsteps to the West Coast isn’t particularly far-fetched, given the Chargers may have a quarterback vacancy to fill.
“From a football standpoint, the #Patriots have always made the most sense. Now if Brady is intent on growing the brand then LA would be alluring for sure,” Giardi noted.
While all of New England — including the Patriots’ brain trust — wants Brady to stick around, no one appears more dedicated to the cause than the quarterback’s friend and top target, Julian Edelman.
On Tuesday, the wide receiver channeled John Cusack in “Say Anything” in his social media plea to Brady. Both Twitter and Instagram are collectively awaiting Brady’s response.