Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says, yes, he has a new contract that potentially makes him a free agent after this season, but don’t assess his future with the team by connecting his new deal and the fact he and wife Gisele Bundchen have put their Boston-area home on the market.
“You shouldn’t read into anything,” Brady, 42, said Monday morning on WEEI Radio in Boston. “It takes a long time to sell a house.”
And it’s not just any house, he said of the Brookline, Massachusetts, mansion that’s listed at $39.5 million.
“I don’t know if you guys know, my house is little bit of an expensive one, so it doesn’t fly off the shelves in a couple of weeks,” Brady said. “I think I am at a point in my life where there are a lot of considerations that go into playing. I have a very busy professional life, I have a very busy personal life and any decision that is made has to consider everything.”
The Brookline home of Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen is on sale for $39,500,000.
The mortgage is $147,422 a month.
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) August 6, 2019
NBC Sports Boston was first to report that the 5-bedroom, 5 1/2-plus bathroom house was listed for sale, and that jump-started speculation since Brady’s next-closest property, at Silo Ridge Field Club in Armenia, New York, is nearly three hours from Foxboro.
Plus the couple has been househunting in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Alpine, New Jersey, because of their proximity to New York City, according to the New York Post.
The bottom line, Brady said Monday, is where he and his family live is … complicated.
“We have a great home in New York and we’ve spent time in California over the years,” he said. “My son lives in New York. I have spent time in California. We have a home in Costa Rica we’ve gone to for 12 years. We have a home in Montana we’ve gone to. I think we just have been blessed to have our kids experience the world. My wife is from Brazil. We do a lot of travel. …
“I don’t want to put any pressure on myself to have to decide, to determine things without having feelings and emotions of what that moment is like for me. Again, just fortunate to experience different parts of the world and we’ll see when that time comes and we’ll make the decision then.”
Brady and the Patriots recently agreed to a deal that will pay him an additional $8 million this season, increasing his 2019 salary to $23 million, but includes void years for 2020 and 2021, ESPN.com reported, citing an unidentified source. (The Patriots have agreed not to use the franchise tag on Brady, according to an ESPN source.)
That means the quarterback and the team will have to talk about his contract again early in 2020, before the end of the 2019 league year, if they’re going to extend the current deal on what amounts to a year-to-year basis.
“I am certainly at a place — we have been at the same place for a long time and I love playing for the Patriots,” Brady said Monday. “I have such a great relationship with Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick and our team. We’ll worry about that when that happens. This isn’t the time to worry about it.”
ESPN’s Jeff Darlington , however, offered context in a series of tweets when the news broke that Brady’s Boston-area home was on the market:
“This isn’t to say Brady is making real estate decisions with the sole intention of leaving the Patriots at the end of the 2019 season — which his contract would reportedly allow — but it most certainly paves the way for their family’s roots in the Boston area to loosen.
“Of course, with Brady’s full-time commitment to football in the fall, it is also possible for his family to live elsewhere outside of Boston while he finishes out his career with the Patriots.
“In other words, everything is now on the table: After this season, Tom Brady will be able to make a decision about his football future without the burden of family or contract to influence his mind. It will be solely about where he wants to finish his NFL career.”
Listen to Brady talk Monday on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” about his Partriots future: