Contrasting rumors have surfaced of late, but the latest comes from a reliable source, and it might just provide Patriots Nation with some much-needed closure for the time being.
Per insider Ian Rapoport, New England is willing to offer their three-time MVP a deal in the range of $30 million to return to Foxborough.
The Patriots were never dead set on letting Brady test the open market, but there was some buzz swirling that mentioned Bill Belichick's indifference towards inking him to a steep contract at age 42.
Given how Belichick pulls the majority of the Patriots' strings, it seems that was never the case, or the legendary head coach endured a change of heart. Who knows, but this reported sum of $30 million (or more) would see Brady paid similarly to that of the game's elite signal callers.
The contract offer will undoubtedly please Brady, but one would have to wonder how it'll affect New England's basic game plan. For years, TB12 has taken less to allow the player personnel staff to extend their budget to the rest of the roster. If Brady's being paid $30 million, that's all null and void.
Now, all the Patriots have to do is show a commitment to improving their arsenal of perimeter weapons. We still don't know of Brady's intentions, but this was a step that needed to be taken by New England in their efforts to retain their six-time Super Bowl champion.