It appears that a Brady-Patriots split was all but inevitable. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady announced on Tuesday that he will not be re-signing with the New England Patriots, and all indications are that the decision came after Bill Belichick made it clear he was indifferent about the six-time Super Bowl champion returning.

Multiple reports over the last several weeks claimed the Patriots had made little to no progress in contract negotiations with Brady, and Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports says New England never made a “tangible effort” to keep the 42-year-old. Belichick essentially left the ball in Brady’s court the entire time, and it sounds like that helped pushed Brady out the door.

Belichick has always preferred to part ways with players a bit early rather than too late, and in the end he treated Brady no differently from past Patriots like Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour and Vince Wilfork. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe was told the Patriots made Brady an offer and “he didn’t want it,” and that was the end of the negotiation.

In other words, Belichick was probably willing to bring Brady back for one year on a contract the coach felt was appropriate for a soon-to-be 43-year-old quarterback whose skills are clearly in decline. If Brady wanted to be compensated for and/or praised for his past accomplishments, he was always going to have an easier time getting that treatment from another team.

It seems like Belichick is simply ready to begin rebuilding. As for Brady, he reportedly has hefty offers from at least two teams, though he could take some time to see if the market changes at all now that he has committed to not returning to New England.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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ARZ / #16
Jake Plummer
ATL / #12
Chris Chandler
BAL / #18
Elvis Grbac
BUF / #11
Rob Johnson
CAR / #16
Chris Weinke
CHI / #9
Shane Matthews
CIN / #3
Jon Kitna
CLE / #2
Tim Couch
DAL / #2
Anthony Wright
DEN / #14
Brian Griese
DET / #14
Ty Detmer
GB / #4
Brett Favre
IND / #18
Peyton Manning
JAX / #8
Mark Brunell
KC / #10
Trent Green
MIA / #9
Jay Fiedler
MIN / #11
Daunte Culpepper
NE / #12
Tom Brady
NO / #2
Aaron Brooks
NYG / #5
Kerry Collins
NYJ / #16
Vinny Testaverde
OAK / #12
Rich Gannon
PHI / #5
Donovan McNabb
PIT / #10
Kordell Stewart
SD / #7
Doug Flutie
SEA / #8
Matt Hasselbeck
SF / #5
Jeff Garcia
STL / #13
Kurt Warner
TB / #14
Brad Johnson
TEN / #14
Neil O'Donnell
WAS / #12
Tony Banks

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