Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two decades, it is obviously clear that the New England Patriots are very good at this whole football thing, winning five Super Bowls in the Tom Brady Era.
Over that time, most of their key pieces have built up an insane amount of value and if they were to be (hypothetically) traded, which Patriot would have the most trade value between Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Bill Belichick? Now this may seem like an obvious question, but it is time to take a more in-depth analysis of the question.
Starting with Gronkowski, the five-time Pro Bowler has made a name for himself all around the league. He’s scored over 450 points in the NFL and has over 7,000 receiving yards in his career. He is known for making insane catches as well as being the go-to-man for Brady. The highest he’s ranked on the NFL’s top 100 list is number nine!
After all those stats and facts, it is clear to see how Gronkowski established a name for himself and it also means that if he were to be traded he would have a very high asking price. However, with a great tight end, you need a great quarterback, which is why Gronk doesn’t have the highest trade value between the three listed above.
Brady, you either love him or absolutely hate him, but you have to admit that he is truly a story. Being drafted in the sixth round (199th overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft, only later to become one of the league’s biggest stars. Brady has managed to accomplish it all as he has appeared in 13 Pro Bowls, winning five Super Bowls, which has never been accomplished before, and a three-time MVP of the league.
Brady’s stats are another story. He has gone 196-55-0 throughout his career! That would mean he averages a little over 11 wins per season. Its no doubt that we see him in the playoffs every year. He has established a 63.9 percent completion rate in his 18-year career so far.
All these stats show how Brady has a bigger trade value than Gronkowski, but while Gronk is 29 years old, Brady is 40, which means that his career is almost over. So, if a team were to trade for Brady, they’d only have him for about maybe five to six years at the most. Regardless, Brady still possesses a much bigger trade value, but behind every successful quarterback, stands a coach.
Finally, the man behind everything, the ever so still-faced Belichick. This man has been coaching since 1991, back with the Cleveland Browns. After signing with the Patriots in 2000 (coincidentally the same time Brady started on the team) it took him two years to win a Super Bowl in New England. He has a record of 250-118-0 throughout his 23-year coaching career. Clearly, at this point, Belichick knows what he’s doing and he could probably turn any team around. The 66-year-old has built up a huge price for teams to pay if they want him to be their next head coach.
Again, all of this is hypothetical, but delving into our imaginations a bit, it is clear to see that out of the three, Brady would have the highest trade value. Every successful team needs a quarterback and Brady could turn any team around. In reality, nothing is going to break that trio apart.