Here is a far more likely scenario on how Brady’s contract negotiation played out. If you study Belichick, you know that he works in two year windows.
Heading into the 2013 season, at a minimum, he knows this much about his quarterback position:
1. Is Ryan Mallet the heir apparent to Brady? If Mallet isn’t traded this summer, then you can bet he’s the Patriot’s version of Aaron Rodgers and, if so, he’s got two more years left on his contract.
2. Belichick went to Brady and said you can keep your salary as is and we play with what we’ve got the next two years with some draft help and then I trade you for a boat load of picks, or you rework your deal and we get a bunch of free agents around and we give this two more tries. After two years, you either retire or we’ll trade you to a preferred destination of your choice and we’ll still get a bunch load of draft picks.
So what would Belichick get by creating this smoke screen? The perfect cover to go about his business as usual, which is cold and calculating. He’ll save the tears for when Brady is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Peter Delani is a high school vice principal, long-time area high school baseball coach, former general manager of North Shore Nagivators and author (A Walk With Daimon).