Contract talks between Tom Brady and the New England Patriots may be progressing, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen doesn’t think Brady feels good about the whole thing.
Mortensen, in an interview with WEEI on Tuesday, stated that Brady has “taken one for the team,” but that the Patriots have not made improvements as a result.
“Why would we expect Tom to be happy, making $6.5 million? It’s not like they’re going out there and signing a bunch of free agents to truly make this team better,” said Mortensen. “Here it is, getting ready to start a season, and he’s scheduled to make $6.5 million.
“And on principal alone, he’s not happy,” he added. “It’s business, but business always crosses a little over the personal line. He’s not happy that he’s had to wait this long. He knows he’s taken one for the team. The team was kind of at the bottom of team payrolls last year.”
Still, Brady has already shown up to rookie camp, and Mortensen expects him to continue to handle the disagreement professionally.
“I think he’ll always handle it like a pro,” Mortensen added, “but I trust very much the people I talk to that he absolutely has not been happy about this situation.”