Examining 4 Potential Landing Spots For Tom Brady

Examining 4 Potential Landing Spots For Tom Brady

by January 11, 2020 0 comments

This week, Tom Brady took to social media to basically announce that he is coming back for yet another season. Did you really think he was going to end his historic career with a wild card loss, let alone his last career pass be a pick-six?

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I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way. Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show – the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about. In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.

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For his most recent contract, the greatest quarterback of all time agreed to a two-year contract worth $70 million that would keep him with New England through 2021. However, there was a provision that prevents the Pats from using the franchise or transition tag on him during this upcoming offseason.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Brady will not take a hometown discount like he has in the past, and rightfully so. How will the relationship between Brady, owner Robert Kraft, and coach Bill Belichick affect this outcome? It will certainly way heavy on all those involved, and could make or break a possible deal to keep Brady in a Patriots uniform.

So, if by chance Brady decides to test the waters, what are some realistic landing locations for the future Hall of Famer? How about the team that just defeated him in the playoffs?

That’s right, the Tennessee Titans. Brady was teammates with Titans head coach Mike Vrabel for eight seasons. Ryan Tannehill is a free agent after this season, and as we witnessed Saturday evening, the Titans have a potent running attack with Derrick Henry.  We have seen the emergence of rookie A.J. Brown and third-year wideout Corey Davis. Brady has not had a threat on the outside since Randy Moss.

You know what coach has helped revitalize older quarterbacks’ careers? Bruce Arians. Look at Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer. The head coach in Tampa has made it pretty clear that he is willing to move on from Jameis Winston. Talk about a roster with offensive weapons such as Breshad Perriman, Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, and Mike Evans. Evans’s name has been involved in trade talks, but if management could swing this, I think he would be fine staying in Tampa Bay and catching passes from Tom Brady. And of course: no state taxes in the state of Florida!

The third franchise that could make a case for the former Michigan Wolverine is the Denver Broncos. Broncos general manager John Elway is not afraid to make a big splash, whether it be drafting Tim Tebow in the first round or taking a shot with Peyton Manning. Both bets paid off as Tim Tebow led the Broncos to a playoff win over Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, and Peyton Manning helped the Broncos and Elway win Super Bowl 50. While the offensive talent might not be the same as in Tennessee or Tampa Bay, the Broncos’ defense is still solid enough to carry an above-average quarterback like they did with Peyton Manning.

The fourth team that could make a case for the future 43-year-old is the Los Angeles Chargers. Philip Rivers’s time ran out a couple of years ago. The Chargers lost 11 games by seven points or less this past season. If the offense had only put up a few more points in six of those contests, the Chargers would be a playoff team. Like the Bucs, the Chargers have weapons on the offensive side of the ball in Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and free agent Melvin Gordon III. Not only do they have talent on the offensive side of the ball, but on the defensive side, too, with defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram III. While L.A. technically isn’t home for Brady, who was born in San Mateo, Calif., it is the same state and coastline.

While there are still seven more football games to be played, the rumors and speculations will swirl about the future of Tom Brady. Only he will know where he plays in the fall, and he doesn’t even know yet. Sit back and enjoy the ride, water cooler talk, and fake rumors.

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