David Ortiz Tells Patriots to Pay Tom Brady Amid Free-Agency Rumors

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2020

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 13: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady poses for a photograph with David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox in the batting cage after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Fenway Park on April 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Count Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz among those who don't want to see New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady play elsewhere next season.

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Big Papi exclaimed, "Pay the man!" when asked about the possibility of Brady returning to the Pats on Thursday:

Brady has spent his entire 20-year career with the Patriots, but he is set to test free agency for the first time when the NFL's legal tampering period begins March 16. If he signs with a different team, the Pats will be losing a 14-time Pro Bowler, six-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Super Bowl MVP and three-time NFL MVP.

ESPN's Jeff Darlington reported in late February that Brady is "operating under the belief" he will play elsewhere in 2020 and is "evaluating the NFL landscape with the intention of departing."

Darlington's colleague Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that Brady recently spoke to head coach Bill Belichick in a discussion described as "business as usual."

Ortiz spent the final 14 seasons of his MLB career with the Red Sox after breaking in with the Minnesota Twins, and he is arguably the biggest modern sports icon in Boston aside from Brady.

Red Sox fans likely would have struggled to see the 10-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion in a different uniform late in his career, and it may be an even worse feeling for Patriots fans if Brady tries his hand somewhere else.

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