The New England Patriots fell short of a Super Bowl XLVII when they lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship. The Patriots loss has apparently hit the New England media harder than the rest of the fan base and one reporter has used his platform to call for a trade of franchise quarterback Tom Brady in his editorial titled, “Bye Bye Brady.”
From Hector Longo of the Eagle-Tribune:
Are Tom Brady’s best days behind him?
My opinion? Yes. He’s still elite, top three or four. But he’s not the best of the best any more. We’ve seen too much in big games the last handful of years.
Deal him. Deal him now, while you can have access to some really high bidders.
I’m not talking for a bag of footballs and some ex-CFL scrubbinis either.
Brady, even at age 35, should command a deal of at the least Ricky Williams proportions (somebody’s entire draft) or maybe even to the extremes that the Vikings paid Dallas for Herschel Walker (two 1sts, two 2nds, two 3rds).
On the surface, I understand the call for a trade, and while it may make a lot of sense for the Patriots to trade Brady while there would be a market, the move is unrealistic and unlikely. If there was a time for New England to trade their franchise signal-caller, it would have been when he was coming off of a torn ACL. Instead, the team stuck by him and it paid off.
It would be shocking if the team was to put any real thought in to trading their star quarterback.
What do you think? Should the Patriots deal Brady or stick with him for the next few years and make another run at a title? Let your opinion be heard by sounding off in the comments section and voting in our poll.
Here is what Brady could look like suited up for a new team: