FOXBORO — A year ago, we implored New England Patriots CEO Bill Belichick to exercise every possible option — “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” if you will.
We asked, here in plain ink, to consider any and all potential deals for the aging but still gold-standard Tom Brady.
The coach obviously disagreed. He’s got the Hall of Fame resume and the three Super Bowl rings, and he decided to keep Brady and fill in around him. New England’s mixed results, a 12-4 regular season with yet another premature playoff exit, mirrored 2012. Good, maybe even very good, but not good enough.
So what happens now? How do the Patriots make the one last Brady era leap to greatness? How does Belichick win one more Super Bowl before retiring?
Here are 10 moves ... make that 10 bold moves, that Belichick should consider if winning a Super Bowl is the real modus operandi over at 1 Patriots Place. If the goal is to win the division and compete for the AFC Championship, Belichick doesn’t have to change a thing. He’s got that down pat.
1. Deal TB12 to Vikes
Brady’s street value is lessened by one season of some heavy hits and long-ball misses. He remains a prized commodity, but there just won’t be a Herschel Walker-type or Ricky Williams-type deal out there. Or will there? If it’s pitched to Belichick — say two firsts and two seconds — don’t you have to seriously consider it?
One year ago, it was the Arizona Cardinals we pegged as a prime landing spot. The more I think about it now, the more Minnesota intrigues me.
The game’s top rusher — Adrian Peterson — has a window that like Brady’s is closing. Couldn’t you see those two going out in greatness together? Cordarrelle Patterson is the young, game-breaking receiver Brady needed to get this year. Greg Jennings is well-paid and on-board.