January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and offensive lineman Dan Connolly (63) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Will the New England Patriots shop Tom Brady?


It’s pretty obvious that not every player is promised to play their entire career with the team that drafted them. You can take a look at guys like who played at least seven-eight years of their career with one team, but ended up being traded or released at some point in their career.

Why? Because general managers are always thinking about the future. Now Peyton Manning’s situation was a little different, the guy suffered a serious neck injury and the Colts had the number one pick in their back pocket with Andrew Luck headlining the draft.

So the Colts released Peyton and ran with Luck as their new starting quarterback. But what would happen if the New England Patriots decided to do something similar with starting quarterback and future Hall of Fame player Tom Brady?

ESPN’s Mike Reiss posted a column this morning talking about Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. He points out that Brady will be turning 37 years old in August and that his career clock is ticking.

Now he’s not saying that the Patriots are actively shopping Tom Brady, because that would pretty much be franchise suicide. Brady has at least three or four more good seasons in him before he decides to walk away from the game by himself.

But there’s always that thought in the back of most general manager’s heads, a question of “What if?”. It wouldn’t hurt to see what teams would be willing to give you for someone like Tom Brady, but it would also be a move that would bring you a lot of heat.

This is where I want to hear from the New England Patriots faithful. With Brady nearing the end of his career, (as a general manager) would you shop Tom Brady to see what you could get in return? And if so, what would it take for you to ship him to another team.

Let’s try to keep the deals somewhat realistic.

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    I would not part with Brady….time to draft a QB who Brady can mentor. Unfortunately, bad timing for Mallet.

  • Soda Soda

    I would never part with Brady, he was once in a lifetime….he will be the only Patriot that the Patriots will be sentimental about….Brady is the heart beat of the Pats, take that away and that’s it.

  • Amar S.

    Never. I don’t even wanna think about that situation.

  • Josh Jones

    Tom Brady, even if he doesn’t lead the Patriots to another super bowl, has earned the right to decide how his career ends. I understand the NFL is a business and as a business you have to take steps to protect the future of your business but their has to be a sort of loyalty to an employee (player) that has done everything that has been asked of him. No way could you trade Tom Brady away for any amount of compensation. If he asks to be released then you release him, same goes for Big Vince.

    • Captain Howdy

      Kraft and Belichick have proven over and over that they are two of the
      cheapest, most ruthless and disloyal guys in football..not to mention
      they’re both adulterous mofo’s.

      • Josh Jones

        I agree. Good to hear that Edelman is coming back though now if they could get rid of Amendola

  • Christine Jacobia

    Brady will retire a Patriot, and who knows may be he will stay with team in some capacity after he retires. No way would I trade him!

  • Matthew Chippin

    Never. That would just be stupid. Andrew Luck was a special talent and Peyton was injured. Come on? The Patriots are gonna win another Superbowl with Brady it’s just a question of when.

  • runninginalabama

    Never!

  • karransk

    This is a fruitless discussion, like a treatise on a speculative stock which goes nowhere in conclusion. Brady will decide where he wants to go, not the other way around. If Brady is unhappy in NE (either with Bill or Bob), he may decide to walk on his own. I guess no one can tell what Brady’s mind and makeup is until he’s tested by circumstances – maybe another injury or other reason that limits the team’s chances. If Brady feels he’s not contributing to the team’s success, I think he’s man enough to blame himself and withdraw. But that may be a few years away yet.

  • Michael Roy

    Let’s be realistic David.

  • david mcbride

    No you keep him and get him on board with picking a replacement quarter back in the next few drafts or trade because he knows where he started and how everyone scorned him and his stlye and heart and he may be able to see that in a newbie.