Tedy Bruschi on OMF: I can see Tom Brady playing for another team in 2020

Ryan Hannable
January 08, 2020 - 6:32 pm

While no one knows for sure what will happen with Tom Brady this offseason, more and more people are beginning to acknowledge it is at least possible that the quarterback plays for another team in 2020.

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Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Wednesday, ESPN's Tedy Bruschi was asked if he could see Brady playing outside New England next season and the former Patriots linebacker said that he could.

“I can see him doing that," he said. "I think he has the courage to do it. I still think he has the fire to do it. And that is the thing too, think about the fire that is still inside that player, that is inside of Tom. He believes that he can do anything -- he can go somewhere and convince maybe some guys to come with him and form a team and start something fresh, start something new and he can win a championship there. That is probably how his mind thinks.”

When the new league year begins on March 18, Brady will be free to sign with any other team if not already re-signed by New England. Bruschi said once that date nears, things will start to become "real." And at that point perhaps the Patriots would give into Brady.

“I think both sides right now, I think they have already had their conversation — ‘This is where we are. This where you are. OK, let’s see where it goes.’ I think this is leverage season because right now it is easy. That is what you think, that is what I think. Now the season is over, we’re moving on," he said. "But, what happens when this really gets real? When it starts to get real and you’re starting to hear rumors about the Dolphins, or the Chargers, or another team and they are offering something to him and it is two or three years? You start to realize something if you’re Robert Kraft, and I would think it’s probably more Robert Kraft than Bill Belichick, but you’re starting to realize, ‘Wait a second, this is Tom Brady that we’re letting go. And is it possible that the one-year deal we offered, could it possibly be two because now it is real he could possibly be a quarterback for another team.’

"We’re not talking Bernie Kozar, we’re not talking Vinny Testaverde, we’re not even talking about Joe Montana in my opinion, we’re talking Tom Brady. He’s head and shoulder above everyone else in terms of what they accomplished and you’re about to see him sign with another team. That is when it gets real. That is when the leverage becomes real and that is when I think cooler heads will prevail.”

If Brady does not return next season, the Patriots would be on the hook for $13.5 million of dead cap money, but if he re-signs prior to March 18, it would be split over two years and only be $6.75 million in 2020.

Brady posted a long message on Instagram Wednesday where he seemed in indicate once again he plans on playing next year.

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