und2006 wrote:I don't think he posts that unless he's agreed in principle somewhere else and the Pats have said 'naw, go take it we aren't matching"
I don't think he necessarily has to have agreed somewhere.
Bill knows the inevitable is coming. They have a good defense now. Bill probably even wants to retire gracefully.
Bill may have just held firm and said we're not paying you more than X period. Brady said no deal I want some of that new money.
It's as good as time as any to make the transition. New QB with Bill + McD. Few more years Bill exits and experienced QB + McD.