The patriots may be upset because the franchise would report spending more than $ 30 million a year on getting legendary quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady, the six-time Super Bowl winner at New England, will be a free agent for the first time in March and his future was the top story of the NFL offseason.
NFL Network, citing sources, said last week the patriots would pay Brady "over $ 30 million a year", which would place the 42-year-old alongside the most lucrative NFL stars.
This juicy figure has become a "source of anger for the team," according to NBC Sports. The patriots are ready to give Brady what he wants, but have not yet set parameters for a possible deal.
"This number is now an albatross for the process," the report said.
There has been speculation that Brady, who said he wanted to play until 45, could leave the Patriots after a disappointing season in which New England was upset by the titans in the AFC wildcard round.
Brady seemed frustrated all season and often seemed to direct his anger to his broad recipients.
A follow-up report from NFL Network showed that Brady is more interested in getting offensive talent in his hands than earning $ 30 million or more next year. Patriot owner Robert Kraft said he hoped Brady would either play for the Pats or retire.
If Brady left the patriots, the Raiders starting their first season in Las Vegas could be in the running to sign him. Second-year backup and quarterback Jarrett Stidham would then be an option to replace Brady as the Patriots' starter.
Brady received $ 23 million for a one-year deal last season and has earned $ 235 million with the Patriots in 20 seasons.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is currently the highest paid player in the league and has annual sales of $ 35 million in 2019 under a four-year deal with Seattle.