Report: Patriots willing to pay Tom Brady $30M to keep him

The New England Patriots will pull out all the stops to keep Tom Brady. The team is reportedly willing to pay Brady $30 million per season to stay in New England, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The team could be feeling pressure from other franchises. A couple teams have reportedly shown interest in Brady, including the Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders.

Given what the 42-year-old Brady has accomplished throughout his career, it’s no surprise teams would be lining up to bring in the future Hall of Famer. Brady, however, cannot officially entertain offers until free agency begins in March.

While it seems unfathomable that Brady would leave the Patriots, the possibility seems real for the first time in his career. A clause in Brady’s contract stipulates the Patriots cannot place the franchise tag on him, meaning the team can’t stop Brady from reaching the free-agent market.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs with receiver Matthew Slater (18) after drills at the Detroit Lions NFL football training facility, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and teammates congratulate wide receiver Maurice Harris (82) after his touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady winds up to pass during an NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) watches quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) throw a pass during an NFL football training camp practice in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots defensive lineman Michael Bennett, left, speaks with quarterback Tom Brady, right, during NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady steps on the field at the start of an NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass during an NFL football training camp practice in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is seen during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thusday, August 8, 2019 (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (88) talks with QB Tom Brady (12) as they walk off the field after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thusday, August 8, 2019. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 08: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after losing the coin toss prior to playing the Detroit Lions in a preseason game at Ford Field on August 08, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 08: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts to his teams second quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions during a preseason game at Ford Field on August 08, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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A number of teams would benefit from signing Brady, but the Raiders remain one of the most intriguing, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. With the team moving to Las Vegas, Brady would give the team a marquee signing to sell tickets. He would also pair with some talented skill position players, including Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams. Brady and Raiders coach Jon Gruden reportedly have a good relationship, according to Schefter.

All of this, of course, could be rendered moot if Brady wants to remain in New England. If the team is willing to pay him $30 million per year, perhaps that’s enough to keep Brady around.

But on the off chance Brady is serious about testing the market, the Raiders will at least make a run at him. While Raiders fans can get excited about that possibility, the Raiders won’t be the only team vying for Brady’s services.

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