4th Down: Too much pride to leave team without a backup plan
After everything that the Patriots organization has done for Tom Brady’s career, I don’t see him leaving the team with no Plan B or Plan C even in mind.
I mean, it took 198 picks in the 2000 NFL Draft before New England selected him with the 199th pick. That means they saw something in him the other 31 teams didn’t, and he proved them right for drafting him. Whenever his contract was up, he has always restructured his deal to give the Patriots more money to boost the defense or the offense, and it worked out for both sides, because together they have won six Super Bowls.
With that being said, Tom wouldn’t leave the Patriots without a quarterback that has the potential to keep them among the favorites to win the Super Bowl next season — or at least be in contention. As good as Jarret Stidham is, he is not the answer right now, and the names being thrown around like Marcus Mariota and Andy Dalton aren’t the answer either.
If Jimmy Garoppolo was still with the team, then I could see him signing somewhere else, but the Patriots organization has been too good to him over the last 20 years — and the treatment has certainly been reciprocated.