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Patriots Talk Podcast: Big market for Tom Brady 'could get wild,' says Mike Florio

Patriots Talk Podcast: Big market for Tom Brady 'could get wild,' says Mike Florio

It's no secret that Tom Brady could end up playing somewhere other than New England next season.

The veteran quarterback not only wants to be paid the kind of money other elite QBs are pulling in, but he could also use an upgrade on the targets he'll be throwing to if he wants a successful playoff run -- and possibly his seventh Super Bowl title.

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It'll be difficult, though, for the Patriots to satisfy Brady and their other free agents while also bringing in some help from the open market.

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio joins Tom Curran's latest Patriots Talk Podcast to discuss New England's cap situation as well as how the free-agent market for TB12 "could get wild."

"Well, they're paying top of the market on Stephon Gilmore, paying hefty on [Devin] McCourty," Curran responded to Florio's question on the Patriots cap space. "It's that middle class that chews it up, plus they have $9 million wrapped up in Antonio Brown. So, they're still $29 million under the cap right now -- according to my best source -- a guy in Miguel Benzan [a.k.a. @patscap on Twitter] who projects as well what numbers will be. They're not up against it, but up against it relative to bringing in Tom Brady, maintaining Kyle Van Noy, maintaining Joe Thuney, they're up against it."

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While they are up against the wall, it was reported that the Patriots would be willing to pay Brady upwards of $30 million a year to keep him in New England. Florio notes that the money isn't the problem -- the problem could be Bill Belichick.

"It's not about the money as much as it is about what does Tom want to do and whether he takes less to go somewhere else or less to stay with the Patriots," Florio said. "It's more about what he wants at this point of his career. And I'm a firm believer, and I think we saw the reports around Super Bowl weekend that the Patriots are willing to pay him more than $30 million a year.

"Well, Robert Kraft is willing to authorize the writing of the check... it still comes down to what Bill Belichick wants to do and I don't think Kraft is going to tell him 'thou shall keep Tom Brady' if Bill Belichick doesn't want to keep Tom Brady or doesn't want to offer the kind of money that would be necessary to get Tom Brady to say 'I choose to continue my career with the New England Patriots.' I think it's going to take a lot for him to leave."

So, we're a month away from the culmination of THE story of the NFL offseason, particularly in New England. If the Patriots won't give Brady what he wants, who will?

Whether it's the Chargers, the Raiders, the Cowboys, the Titans, the Dolphins, the Jets, the Giants -- it's not as crazy as it sounds," Florio said. "And I think any team that doesn't have a quarterback under a big-money contract or has a young guy like [the Giants'} Daniel Jones who could be told, 'Hey, take a seat, we got Tom Brady.' I'm telling you, man, it could get wild. It could get very wild.

Will the Patriots lock up the QB who'll be 43 by the time next season starts before Florio's "wild" prediction comes true? There's been no movement so far. 

Meanwhile, the rumors of other Brady destinations swirl. The Tennessee Titans offer the power running of Derrick Henry - who dominated the Patriots and made them a one-and-done playoff team - as a complement to Brady.  Even the four-win New York Giants boast a top back in Saquon Barkley as well as Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate to throw to. The Raiders are rumored to be ready to welcome Brady to Las Vegas with a two-year, $60 million deal. 

Earlier in the pod, Curran's colleague Phil Perry joints the salary cap discussion and breaks down what the draft could have to offer for wide receivers and safeties. It's all in this week's Patriots Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston's Podcast Network. 

Patriots Talk Podcast: What are the odds Tom Brady forms super team somewhere else?

Patriots Talk Podcast: What are the odds Tom Brady forms super team somewhere else?

All anyone can think about nowadays is where New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be playing next season.

In recent reports, the Patriots have said they'll offer Brady $30 million dollars to remain in New England, but the 42-year-old, however, wants some offensive weapons in order to be competitive throughout the remainder of his next deal.

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There are plenty of teams in the NFL who would be happy to take on Brady and give him his deepest desires, but how likely is that? And what teams would he go to? Our Patriots insiders Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discussed the odds on this weeks Patriots Talk Podcast.

"If you look at Tampa Bay, if Brady was to create a super team -- and I'm not just talking about offensively with weapons -- he can bring the kind of cultural change, even a greater one, I think, than Peyton Manning brought to the Denver Broncos in 2013," Curran said. "He goes to Tampa, now he's married up with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman, James Howard."

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Curran added that one of the only reasons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled last season was because of their quarterback, Jameis Winston, who threw 30 interceptions on the year. There really isn't much stopping a team like the Buccaneers or Indianapolis Colts from targeting stars like Brady in free agency -- and that's exactly what Perry describes.

"Building a super team, pulling a LeBron (James), or a Steph Curry is certainly in play for a team who has that much cap space," Perry added. "I mean, what's keeping Indianapolis from going and getting Emmanuel Sanders and Hunter Henry to add to T.Y. Hilton and a good offensive line and a couple of good running backs, and a defense that is young and seemingly upcoming that could add Chris Jones from the Chiefs or any number of impact players that would turn them into an immediate Super Bowl favorite."

Clearly, if the Patriots want to keep Brady in their clutches, they'll have to provide him with some slick offensive weapons. If Brady walks, New England more than likely will be in trouble.

Add Kyle Van Noy to list of Patriots who want to remain in New England

Add Kyle Van Noy to list of Patriots who want to remain in New England

Well, you can add Kyle Van Noy to the list of Patriots who want to remain in New England for many seasons to come.

The Patriots linebacker spoke candidly of his free agent situation on Thursday, noting that Massachusetts is now very much his "home."

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"For me personally, I want to do what's best for my family and I would love to stay in New England," Van Noy said, according to Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports. "It's going to be home forever. I won Super Bowls there now, the fans have embraced me like their own, I feel like I'm a Bostonian at heart. The food, the culture, everything. I'm in it with them when I go to the Bruins games, the Celtics games, so I'm very, very confident in regards to staying at home. That would be an honor to finish out my career with the New England Patriots." 

Although he wants to remain with the Patriots, Van Noy is keeping his options open and will continue to play regardless if he lands a deal with New England or not, which is similar to what Devin McCourty told Phil Perry about his free agent situation in Miami on Thursday.

"But, at the end of the day, it's a business," Van Noy said. "I feel like my game has been very consistent the last couple of years and I want to continue that if it's with [the Patriots] or with someone else." 

The 28-year-old had a strong 2019 campaign with 6.5 sacks, 41 solo tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. He was an extremely valuable member to the Patriots defensive unit, and it would be a shame to see him sign with another team this offseason.