Tom Brady and the New England Patriots officially broke up following the 2019 season. The then-six time Super Bowl-winning quarterback left New England for Tampa Bay in free agency. Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers went on to win the Super Bowl in Year 1 of the Brady era. They look capable of a repeat in Year 2, as well.
Sunday night, Bill Belichick and the Patriots will host Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in a Sunday Night Football contest.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, there were two main reasons for Brady’s breakup with the Patriots after 2019: contract figures and “underlying tension.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 3, 2021
From the report:
Talks between Brady and New England simply didn’t work out, as the two sides were not able to reach a resolution. There may not have been an official, written offer, but the team was willing to go where the Bucs did — up to $30 million per year. They made it clear in conversations what they would offer and how far they would go. What they were not willing to do was guarantee two years fully as Tampa did. Brady knew that when he arrived at Kraft’s house to say goodbye, which is why there was no breakdown of negotiations or acrimony. It was simple and black and white: the Patriots would only guarantee one year, while other teams were willing to guarantee two.
Tonight should be very fun.
Kickoff from New England is set for 8:20 p.m. E.T. on NBC.
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