Tom Brady to Holdout?

Paul RaymondCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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I know it sounds pretty crazy doesn’t it, but ESPN’s John Clayton is really pushing the idea that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may holdout.

I guess it holds some weight even though I doubt it even comes close to happening.

Clayton said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” radio show,“They’re nowhere close,and Tom has made it clear to management that he doesn’t want to give any sacrifices. He wants top dollar, and he’s earned top dollar."

He continued, “You’re taking about the two clearest Hall of Famers of this era, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. And last we checked, Tom has three Super Bowl rings; Peyton Manning has one. Tom, I’m sure, will get less ultimately than Peyton Manning, but he doesn’t want to take less than what Tom Brady should naturally be able receive.”

Sadly even after all that Clayton himself won’t even predict that Brady will hold out. He says its a “possibility.”

I think that in itself shows how much weight Clayton’s comments hold. The only question is why does he keep pressing the notion?

He made the initial comment on June 13 saying that Brady had to decide whether he wanted to holdout or report to camp.

Now a week later he still floats that possibility. Is he just looking for extra publicity here?

Is Clayton feeling a little pressure with Adam Schefter now being the big dog when it comes to ESPN’s NFL experts now?

Hoping maybe that if Brady does holdout he can take credit for breaking the news?

I don’t think New England fans have anything to worry about.

Brady loves football and the Patriots too much to holdout. In fact Tom Curran of reports that Brady was expected in town this weekend to get settled in.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, also reports that there is virtually no chance a holdout happens:

@YahooSportsNFL : Any talk about a Tom Brady holdout is speculation. Will not happen. Regardless of contract situation, he’s not holding out this year.

Clayton is right in one aspect thou, Brady is not going to take less then what he’s worth.

He’s a three time Super Bowl Champion but to truly get what he’s currently worth, he needs to be in camp and have another huge season.

Under Bill Belichick the Patriots have not been the team to reward you on past success. If Brady holds out and then dropped a dud on the Pats, I’m sure they’d take that into consideration.

For him to get what he is worth, he’ll be in camp proving once again he’s a leader and more importantly, a winner.