27 September (WNN) — The former quarterback coach said on Monday that Bill Belichick wanted Tom Brady to stay with the New England Patriots rather than leave for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two seasons ago.
Belichick made the remarks during a radio interview on WEEI on Monday. The future Hall of Famer coached Brady throughout his 20-year tenure with the Patriots. Brady left the team in free agency in 2020.
On Sunday, Brady returned to Gillette Stadium as a guest player for the first time.
“Well, I think we’ve been through all the dynamics of that,” Belichick told WEEI. “There were a lot of things out there – he looked at his options and made his decision.
“We weren’t as good a substitute as Tampa. You have to ask her about all that, but it certainly wasn’t a question of not wanting her.”
Belichick’s comments contradicted comments made by Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., on the NBC Sports podcast last week.
“Belichick wanted to get him out the door, and last year [Brady] Thrown 56 touchdowns,” said the elder Brady. “I think it’s a very good year.”
When asked a follow-up question on the podcast, Brady confirmed that his son “felt the same way”.
“He is pleased he has moved on because it was very clear that the Patriot regime felt it was time for him to move on,” Brady said.
The Patriots did not face Tom Brady last season during the Buccaneers’ march to the Super Bowl title.
“Tom and I had what felt like a good relationship and a lot of production, obviously when we were together,” Belichick said on Monday. “I enjoyed coaching Tom. He was a great player for us.
“Sunday nights, we line up from Tampa and not just him, but the whole team. They’re obviously a very good team, so our team is competing against the team from Tampa.”
On Sunday, Brady shrugged off reporters when asked about the upcoming matchup against his former team. Belichick met with reporters Monday morning, but did not elaborate on the comments of his radio interview.
“We made a statement when Tom left, and he covered it,” Belichick said.
That statement, issued on March 18, 2020, did not specify who made the decision to break up the union, but said the Patriots and Brady were “unable to reach an agreement.”
Brady, 44, signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Buccaneers in 2020. He agreed to the terms of a new two-year, $50 million deal this off-season. His latest contract includes more than $41 million with additional incentives in 2021.
The Los Angeles Rams beat the Buccaneers 34-24 in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday. The New Orleans Saints beat the Patriots 28-13 in Foxboro on Sunday.
The Patriots (1-2) host the Buccaneers (2-1) in Week 4 at 8:20 p.m. EDT Sunday in Foxboro, Mass. Sunday Night Football airs on NBC.
Kendrick Bourne of the New England Patriots pulled in a 22-yard touchdown reception covered by New Orleans Saints Paulson Adebo in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Sunday, where the Saints beat the Patriots 28-13. Photo by Matthew Healy/WNN |
Saints Alvin Kamara is kicked out of bounds after a nine-yard welcome. Photo by Matthew Healy/WNN |
Patriots Bill Belichick watches his team from the sidelines. Photo by Matthew Healy/WNN |
Saints’ Jameis Winston (c) throws a pass. Photo by Matthew Healy/WNN |
Saints Marquez Callaway pulls into a reception while being covered by Patriots’ Jesse Jackson. Photo by Matthew Healy/WNN |
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady encourages Buccaneers fans ahead of their game against the Los Angeles Rams at Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday. Photo by John Sohoo/WNN |
Rams head coach Sean McVay watches his quarterback Matthew Stafford (L) during third quarter action. Photo by John Sohoo/WNN |
The Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski (c) faces Rams’ Terrell Lewis. Photo by John Sohoo/WNN |
Tom Brady of The Buccaneers runs for 8 yards. Photo by John Sohoo/WNN |
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur (c) cheers as kicker Mason Crosby hits a 51-yard field goal, helping the Packers 30-28 over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. There was no time left to win. on Sunday. Photo by Terry Schmidt/WNN |
Packers’ Robert Tonian (L) gives a good signal as kicker Mason Crosby (R) screams as he watches his 51-yard field goal. Photo by Terry Schmidt/WNN |
49’s George Kittel cuts the edge for a 12-yard advantage. Photo by Terry Schmidt/WNN |
49ers fans cheer during the game. Photo by Terry Schmidt/WNN |
The Packers’ Aaron Jones (R) flies out of the catch of Nick Bosa in the 49th. Photo by Terry Schmidt/WNN |
Packers Alan Lazard (L) is knocked down by Kevon Williams of the 49ers after a 42-yard pass by Aaron Rodgers. Photo by Terry Schmidt/WNN |