Although Tom Brady has said on numerous occasions that there’s no bad blood between him and the New England Patriots, the fact continues to reveal itself that this seems to be not true. In the offseason, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette became a free agent and naturally wanted to test the market. However, after the season ended last year for Tampa Bay, Brady announced his retirement shortly after. Ultimately, leaving “Playoff Lenny” homeless and attempting to secure the biggest payday possible.
Fournette’s plans were spoiled by Brady midway through his free agency shopping, due to his sudden return back to football announcement. Recently, Fournette was featured on the Pivot Podcast and describes this story in great detail. However, there’s no secret acquiring a veteran back like Fournette could’ve only helped the Patriots’ current offensive struggles.
Why is there beef between Brady and the Patriots?
There’s no secret that during Brady’s tenure with the Patriots he bumped heads often with Pats head coach Bill Belichick. While we don’t have to relive the entire history of these two, it’s safe to say both parties respected each other dearly. However, that doesn’t mean either don’t resent each other slightly either. While both found immense success with one another, egos always play a part in any relationship. Brady believed he wasn’t respected by Belichick, on the other hand, Belichick hasn’t spoken about the matter much outside of being grateful to have Brady for 20 years.
The legacy these two gentlemen have built will most likely never be replicated. However, the chess match between these two has been evident since Brady left in 2020. While it’s no way to entirely prove Brady returned back just to ruin the Patriots’ chances of signing a premier running back, it does appear to be a hell of a coincidence.