While it was Super Bowl weekend in Miami, the Tom Brady discussion dominated the conversation.
Radio Row all week was debating what Brady's next move would be, and then Sunday morning NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported the Patriots would be willing to pay in excess of $30 million to keep Brady in New England.
Some took that as the Patriots were preparing for Brady to leave and that was the Patriots' way of saying, "We did what we could." Meanwhile, others took it as a good thing towards a potential Brady return.
CBS Sports and WFAN's Boomer Esiason was one of those people.
“I actually thought that was pretty good," he said Tuesday on The Greg Hill Show. "That number is significant due in large part because it is going to be with his leftover money in someway shape or form depending on how long his contract he signs (is). Again, I go back to what I have been saying for about three months now, I just can’t imagine him not being with Josh McDaniels. That is the thing. If Josh would have gotten another job somewhere that would have been a little more high profile — the Chargers, something like that — then I would say maybe I could see him moving.
“But, as long as Bill Belchick wants him back, and I think according to Bob Kraft that is really what it is going to come down to, then I don’t see why he doesn’t go back there. I understand why the Patriots want an answer. They don’t want to go into this thing blind. They are going to have to find somebody, some sort of veteran in free agency, if Brady does decide to go elsewhere that is going to have to man the ship a little bit or they can go draft somebody to fight it out with Jarrett Stidham over the years.
"… It makes total sense to me that he stays there and signs a two, maybe three-year deal with the Patriots.”
As for Brady's Hulu commercial during the Super Bowl, Esiason liked it.
“Whoever his PR people are, they are awesome because he’s everywhere even when he’s nowhere," he said. "I just think at the end of the commercial he goes, ‘I’m not going anywhere.’ So what does that mean? Does that mean he’s staying in New England, which I think he should stay. And I believe now that he will stay. I thought the commercial was great. I thought he looked great and I think he can play for another five years, so maybe we will have to go through this for another five years.”