One report this Super Bowl Sunday says the answer to the first question is, More than $30 million. That’s what NFL Network says the Patriots are willing to spend in order to keep Brady as their franchise quarterback for another year.
But will that be enough? Surely some owner of a team struggling both on the field and at the box office will fall in love with the idea of putting Tom Brady’s face on every billboard in town while selling season tickets this offseason. It’s easy to picture the Chargers, for instance, offering Brady more than the Patriots are willing to offer, with the idea that Brady will do more than draw fans just this year, and create new Chargers fans in Los Angeles for years to come.
What Brady’s future might come down to is whether he decides to shop himself to the highest bidder, or whether he decides he’d rather take a good offer from the Patriots than a great offer from some other team. The Patriots’ good offer will apparently be good, but perhaps Brady will see if another team is willing to give him the best contract offer in NFL history.