There is an uproar in American football due to the departure of the star quarterback, but be careful, it may not be the only striking move in the league.
Following Tom Brady's departure from the New England Patriots, further changes are expected in the NFL. / Photos: Flickr.com/Keith Allison, Wikimedia-Jeffrey Beall.
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How much time has passed since the NFL had a free agency with as much impact as in this 2020? It does a lot. In itself, Tom Brady's closing cycle with the New England Patriots and his virtual arrival at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was an 'earthquake'. But other high-flying quarterbacks like Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) and Drew Breese (New Orleans Saints) are obviously two more cases that deserve to be analyzed.
It was a surprise to everyone when hours after his New England farewell, it was leaked that the star quarterback will now be a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for $ 30 million annually.
On Twitter, through two very emotional letters, he said goodbye to his colleagues, leaders, the coach and the fans. "Although my soccer journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate all that we have accomplished and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments, " reads a passage from the text, specifying that new horizons would come in his career.
Since the end of last season with the Kansas City Chiefs' triumph, the possibility has been rumored that Brady would join the Las Vegas Raiders or the Tennessee Titans.
"To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, my coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family, to the entire organization: I want to thank you for the last 20 years of my life and the daily commitment to win and create a winning culture based on great values, ” reads another part of the warm message from the six-time Super Bowl winner.
Although the team has not made it official on their networks at the time of this writing, the information is already handled by the international press, and even EA Sports, producer of the NFL video game Madden, posted on their account on Twitter, a video in which Brady changes his clothing from New England to that of Tampa Bay.
There is something certain, the paths of Brady and Patriots will meet again in the NFL in this 2020, since both teams are part of the National Conference.
Prescott plays hard
Dallas is sticking to franchise status to try to retain their quarterback Dak Prescott, who made negotiations difficult by requesting $ 40 million to extend his contract.
Prescott's case is similar to that of Jared Goff, who ended up signing a four-year, $ 134 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams and Carson Wentz, who agreed to four more years with the Philadelphia Eagles for $ 128 million. What we don't know yet is whether there will be the same happy ending.
The truth is, it will take a lot of money to keep the quarterback until 2024, more than the Cowboys had budgeted for. It should not be forgotten that Prescott was already chosen because of his status as a fourth-round pick.
His earnings since 2016 have barely reached $ 4.7 million, which undoubtedly makes Prescott the lowest-paid player in the league with a salary below the market norm and that gives him the necessary arguments to maintain his position.
Against this, Dallas publicly stated that its new offer would make Prescott one of the top five highest-paid in his position. The number that was discussed was around 90 million. Although the situation looks much more complicated than Brady's, experts indicate that Prescott will end up staying where he can shine.
Breese and Saints, everlasting love
The 41-year-old veteran Drew Breese, was left as a free agent, but he paid little attention to that situation as he is not interested in hearing offers from any other team, his desire is to remain in Louisiana for the rest of his career.
"Listen, I have no intention of going anywhere else. I am not interested in what offer there may be or the situation I may be in. I am a 'Who Dat Nation' for life," said the Purdue graduate for a station on the city of Boston, as reflected by US.As.com.
But the examples of Brady, Prescott and Breese are not the only ones of this free agency. Less well-known players and players with less influential positions in the game are also free agents and assess whether or not to continue on the different teams on the circuit.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper literally leaves it up to Prescott to continue or stay on this team.
There is also Philip Rivers, 38, who after 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers takes a new path. There is talk of the Indianapolis Colts.
AJ Green is unlikely to remain in the Cincinnati Bengals, while defensive end Jadeveon Clowney aims to remain the jewel of the Seattle Seahawks
We move forward with more cases because Jameis Winston would have his days numbered at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans) and Ndamukong Suh (Los Angeles Rams), are believed to continue with their teams.
Bryan Bulaga should continue with the Green Bay Packers, but Gerald McCoy is close to returning to Tampa Bay. Another case is that of Everson Griffen, who would not continue with the Minnesota Vikings.
Josh Norman does not yet know if he will continue his career in the Washington Redskins, for that he would have to accept a role change with Ron Rivera, the new acquisition of the club. Finally, Danny Trevathan should remain with the Chicago Bears.