2. Tennessee Titans
Of all the teams Brady has never played for that are rumored to be interested in him right now, the Tennessee Titans make the most sense.
The head coach is Mike Vrabel. Vrabel is not only good at what he does — he’s also a longtime friend and former teammate of Brady’s. The two were thick as thieves during the early days of New England’s dynasty, with Brady actually lobbing quite a few TDs over the years to Vrabel on offense, despite Vrabel playing linebacker 99% of the time.
The running back is Derrick Henry, who just steamrolled the Patriots, the Ravens, and the Chiefs (at least for parts of that game) en route to pacing the Titans all the way to the brink of a Super Bowl appearance. Henry is another former Crimson Tide protege of Nick Saban’s, and he knows how to play. He’s the reigning NFL rushing leader from 2019.
The wide receivers are young but proven. Adam Humphries was a New England target in free agency last year simply because everyone knew he’d be perfect alongside Brady. Corey Davis was a first-round pick in 2017 and A.J. Brown was a second-round pick in 2019. Together, the three of them represent one of the best trios at the top of a WR depth chart in the league right now.
The tight ends are ascendant player Jonnu Smith and longtime veteran Delanie Walker. Both are excellent at what they do.
The Titans have a terrific offensive line — perhaps the best in the NFL — and a swarming defense that is littered with former Patriots. In fact, this whole team is: Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, Dion Lewis, Cody Hollister, etc.
Once again, this team just made the AFC Championship Game … and that was with Ryan Tannehill under center. No disrespect to Tannehill, but Brady is so much better. Add TB12 to this offense, and suddenly the Titans might even have the edge over the Chiefs to represent the AFC in Super Bowl 55.
Finally, the Titans play in what is perceived to be a fairly wide-open division in 2020. With Andrew Luck gone from the Colts and the Jaguars stuck in a QB conundrum (what else is new?), it’s really just a two-horse race between the Titans and the Texans. Tennessee, as they proved last year, is the better team between those two in the AFC South already — even without Brady.
To be honest, there aren’t many. That’s the problem for Patriots fans — the Titans are a pretty perfect destination, on paper at least, if you’re Tom Brady right now.
Perhaps the only major con is that Henry is a free agent this spring. One would think that the Titans aren’t about to let the NFL’s leading rusher rush right out the door come March 18, but there’s a chance that he commands an offer somewhere that’s simply outside Tennessee’s price range for a running back — especially if they commit big-time money to land Brady.
Even without Henry though, this team looks stacked heading into 2020.