“I’d love to be here my whole career,” Brady told hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. “I have goals and the team has goals and hopefully they’re down the same line. But you never know.
“Like I said, Joe Montana got traded, and Jerry Rice did, guys I loved watching out there that really were the best players to ever play at their positions. It’s hard to think if those guys are not playing for a team, why should I ever be excluded from that?”
As for the possibility of winding up eventually as Montana as a Chief or Rice as a Raider, Brady added, “I sure hope not, I’m gonna work my butt off to make I continue to add value to the team. Once you can’t add value, a team’s not gonna keep you around. So it’s my responsibility to be in shape, to play at a high level, to be on the field every day, to be the leader that I need to be, so that the team wants me. That’s what it comes down to.”
Of course, what was left unsaid is that it comes down to dollars and making those dollars work, and Brady laughed when Peyton Manning’s contract situation was raised. Sounds like Brady’s gotten word about the $20-25 million per year that his Colts counterpart could command.
“I know what he’s gonna make, he’s gonna make a lot and he deserves it,” Brady said. “He’s one of best to ever play. You know, honestly, it’s not about that. When it’s all said and done, I’m not gonna sit and worry about who made more money. All these other quarterbacks in the league and what they make, I don’t care what they get. Whatever works for me and the team, that’s what it’ll be. I don’t really care who makes more.”
Here’s some more from the radio guys’ talk with the quarterback …
On the contract in general: “The thing is, no matter what I want, it doesn’t matter. I could say this is exactly what I want. I’m not gonna be really attached to that, because it’s not up to me. There are a lot of people involved. Every player on the team wants a contract, and to be fairly compensated. So does Logan (Mankins), you know? So did Vince (Wilfork) last year, so do all the other third-year guys, so does Wes (Welker). I mean, Wes doesn’t make a lot of money, but he’s one of best receivers in the league. We all want to be compensated fairly, but we also understand we signed contracts and that’s why we’re here to show up and give our best.”
On showing up without a new deal: “That’s how my dad would want me to handle it, and that’s how he taught me to handle it. Show up and play and do what you said you’re gonna do and that’s what I’m doing. That’s where my mind’s at. I just want to have a great season. I want to be the leader the team expects me to be. I want to play at a level that I expect myself to play at. If your mind is full of all these things – ‘Man, I wish it was like this’ or ‘I wish it was like that’ – then it really defeats the attitude, it’s really a self-destructive attitude. Now if everything was up to me like it’s up to a professional golfer, that’s different. But it’s a team sport and a team relationship.”
On playing golf with Robert Kraft: “He and I haven’t had many chances to talk over the last six or seventh months. He asked me to come down and play, and I wasn’t doing much, my wife was out of town. I haven’t had a chance to play much, so I decided to take him up on it.”
On his relationship with ownership: “We’ve been through a lot. It’s been a great relationship since I’ve been, with myself and the team and the organization and I don’t want anything to ever get in the way of that. You gotta be able to separate what the good part of a relationship is, and then obviously the parts of the relationship that you’d rather not deal with. You have to deal with them. … Mr. Kraft and Jonathan and the family, they’ve done everything they could to make this organization the best one in the league. The way that they treat us, with our stadium, with our practice facility, with the way they handle our travel and our food, we’re so well taken care. It’s a great place to play and obviously I hope I’m here for a long time. So we’ll see how that goes.”