The time has come for the New England Patriots to make some decisions for the future of the organization. Tom Brady's six year/$60 M contract from 2005 is coming into it's final year for 2010. Brady will be making a strong, $3.5 M with a roster bonus of $3 M for the 2010 season. For each and every hometown discount that Brady has taken over the past few years, is it finally time for the Kraft family to unload top dollar on him, or are we hoping he takes another discount in an attempt to bring in more talent again.
Tom Brady is the face of the franchise and the ball is definitely in his court. If Brady decides that he wants a large contract, he'll get it, if not from us, from someone else. Tom doesn't strike me as the player that wants all the money for himself rather than winning. From other reports, it also doesn't seem like that's the way this agreement will go toward. Let's just hope that the new collective bargaining agreement doesn't effect the Patriots in a negative way.
What About Wilfork
The next step for the Patriots is to decide what they are going to do about Vince Wilfork. I see four options for New England in this one.
1. Franchise Wilfork and then re-visit the issue next season.
2. Franchise Wilfork and trade him to another team where he will get his big contract and we'll get something in return.
3. Sign Vince to a 6-year, very expensive deal with a lot of guaranteed money.
4. Let him go, no strings.
There's still a little bit of time to make a decision, but remember, we've got plenty of holes on both offense and defense that will also need to be addressed if we're going to make a deeper playoff run next season.
Thanks to The Brit_2 for the picture of Tom Brady and backup, Brian Hoyer.