Why Tom Brady left the Patriots is a more complex question then you think. There is more to this question because it is more than just money. To get into the answer lets take a look at what built the dynasty of the New England Patriots.
The Three Constants for the Patriots Dominance
Let us start with the owner Robert Kraft. He purchased the team in 1994 for 175 million dollars. He started to pave the way to excellence which brings us to constant number two.
Bill Belichick came to the New England Patriots in 2000. During his reign, he became head coach, general manager, and head of player personnel. He became one of the best talent evaluators and motivators the game has ever seen.
Then finally we have the quarterback and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. He was a former sixth-round draft pick out of Michigan in 2000, which was picked solely as a back up to elite quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe fell to injury in 2001 which led to Brady becoming the full-time starter only in his second season.
Together the three constants created the most dominant team the last two decades. During this time the Patriots won 16 AFC East titles, which no other team in the division got close. They won nine AFC championship games and six Super Bowls. It seemed these three people were destined to stay together but due to recent play from Brady, this dream didn’t seem realistic.
Why Tom Brady Left Has a Few Reasons
Tom Brady gets to try something only two other quarterbacks tried to do but failed. Joe Montana helped win four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 to 1992. He went on to play with the Kansas City Chiefs and was never the same. Brett Favre followed that with an illustrious 16-year career with the Green Bay Packers. After that, he had brief stints with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets with nothing to show for it. Now it is Brady’s turn.
Tom Brady in his late-season has finally been showing a glimpse of decline in his game. In 2019 he had his worst production since 2013. He only completed 60.8% of his passes and threw for 25 touchdowns. This goes beyond stats. He was simply overthrowing wide-open targets, had a negative effect mentally to his game, and the team just didn’t perform to the standards they are used to. It is just weird to leave now due to this.
Why Leave Now?
This has nothing to do with Robert Kraft which is led to believe their relationship remains solid. Even though he is the owner he usually stayed out of business operations. This will lead to the head of operations, Bill Belichick.
The two sides could not make an agreement. Obviously money was a major factor but why would that be the biggest factor from a guy that brings in a net worth of 200 million dollars. It came down to wanting respect. Throughout Brady’s career, he took team-friendly contracts and restructured contracts. He wanted a legacy contract that the Patriots and a narrative against it. Knowing Bill Belichick he would never pay a 43-year-old quarterback 30 million dollars a year.
What Will Tom Brady Get in Tampa Bay?
Tom Brady will have a signed contract to pay him 25 million a year for two years with 9 million in incentives. He will also have huge passing targets. Brady hasn’t played with the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin since playing with Randy Moss. The Patriots always moved around a lot of passing targets which was not liked by Tom Brady. This will produce one of the best passing teams in football and the sharp increase in pay doesn’t hurt.
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