Brady seemed to convince Kraft to stick with him while Brady couldn't do the same with Belichick.
The surprising trade that took place just ahead of the National Football League trade deadline came out of nowhere. The Patriots coach offered to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a mere second-round pick, arguably much less than the quarterback's actual trade value. "I talked to Jonathan, who was okay with it, and I called Bill back and said, 'OK'". The story has been met with conflicting reports of inaccuracies by ESPN. The Patriots owner added that Seth Wickersham's story purporting Kraft and Belichick's lengthy meeting on the subject is "total fabrication and fiction". There was also a suggestion that Brady, not Garoppolo was the quarterback Belichick planned to move on from.
A report Friday out of NY indicated that Belichick was eyeing a possible return to the Giants sideline. He was an assistant with the team from 1979-90, and served as defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl XXI- and XXV-winning teams under Bill Parcells.
Kraft did his best to try and damper that enthusiasm of the Big Blue faithful day-dreaming about a Big Apple return.
"When you're lucky enough to have someone exceptional, you let them do their job and you get out of the way", Kraft told Sports Illustrated.
The three released a joint statement Friday hours after an ESPN report, citing undisclosed sources, detailed an array of tension. In recent days, there have been multiple media reports that have speculated theories that are unsubstantiated, highly exaggerated or flat out inaccurate.
"It is unfortunate that there is even a need for us to respond to these fallacies".
If there is turmoil within the Patriots off the field, they did a good job of hiding it between the lines.
There are many takeaways from the story - check out Patriots Wire for some reactions - but one nugget that may be of interest to Broncos fans involves former coach Mike Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls in Denver.