Tom Brady almost left Patriots training camp in 2019 because of his contract, according to a new book.
Brady wanted a two-year contract to take him to 45, but Bill Belichick refused.
He played the season with the Patriots, then left to join the Bucs.
Tom Brady almost broke when the New England Patriots refused to make a long-term commitment with him in 2019, according to a new book.
According to Seth Wickersham’s book on the Patriots dynasty, “Better to be Feared”, Brady “considered leaving training camp” when the team did not give him a long-term contract.
Brady, who was 42 at the time, wanted a two-year contract to secure his future in New England until he was 45. kept them from making a long-term investment in a quarterback who was already playing at an age few thought possible.
According to Wickersham, Bill Belichick refused to comply with the contract. While team owner Robert Kraft agreed, he also refused to get involved and bypass Belichick, the book says.
Brady, of course, didn’t leave training camp, but according to Wickersham, it affected Brady’s state of mind for the season.
There had been signs of rising tension, and Brady’s dissatisfaction with the “Patriotic Way” had been clearly expressed. The year before, for the first time in years, he skipped the activities of the volunteer organized team. He was still working – it was just down the road from his TB12 training center practices.
There were signs that Brady’s time with the Patriots was drawing to a close throughout the 2019 season. He had listed his Brookline, MA home for sale, and his coach and business partner, Alex Guerrero, had also put his house up for sale.
Brady’s contract also saw him hit free agency for the first time.
Despite a strong individual and team season – the Patriots are 12-4 – Brady didn’t enjoy him as much as usual, the book says. According to Wickersham, in December Brady asked a friend, “Why am I doing this?
Brady’s stay in New England didn’t last long after that. The Patriots lost to the Tennessee Titans in the wildcard game at Foxborough with Brady throwing the late-game interception.
A few months later, he signed a two-year, $ 50 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led them to the Super Bowl.
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