Sources close to the situation believe the Tennessee Titans are cautiously optimistic they can steal Tom Brady away from the New England Patriots.
Will he or won’t he?
That’s the million dollar question — quite literally — these days as it relates to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. For the first time in his Hall of Fame career, it would appear that Brady is hurtling towards unrestricted free agency.
To be fair, the Pats still have precisely 11 days to work out a long-term deal with their longtime starting signal-caller. If and when that happens — and if Brady is amenable to staying rather than exploring his options on the market — then there’s a very good chance the G.O.A.T. plays his entire NFL career without ever hitting free agency.
But if the two sides can’t come to an agreement on a new deal by March 18, Brady will absolutely become a free agent and can sign with any team he pleases.
A number of NFL teams have been linked to TB12 ever since the 2019 season concluded. Two of those teams — the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants — are reportedly out of the mix now, content to look either internally or elsewhere externally for their quarterback in 2020.
That still leaves a slew of interested NFL franchises, including the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, and perhaps even the San Francisco 49ers — as crazy as that notion might seem at first.
But of all the suitors for Brady’s services this spring, two teams above all others are widely rumored to be the front-runners. One of those teams is the Patriots themselves (duh), and the other is the team that defeated New England most recently in the playoffs: the Tennessee Titans.
According to CBS Sports’ Tyler Sullivan, the AFC Championship Game runner-ups from last season “have been pegged as a logical free agent destination” for Brady since that Wild Card game — if not even earlier.
Why? Here’s Sullivan’s reasoning:
"“They boast a roster that just made it to the AFC championship with Ryan Tannehill under center, but coach Mike Vrabel is a close friend of Brady after playing together with the Patriots and winning three Super Bowls.”"
Friendship notwithstanding, the fit between Brady and the Titans is hard to argue against.
Tennessee has an incredible offensive line, a number of young but promising pass-catchers, and a talented defense. They’re well-coached by Vrabel, they were close to making the Super Bowl last season, and they feature arguably one of the best running backs in the league in Derrick Henry (though Henry himself could leave in free agency this month too).
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler agrees with Sullivan and anyone else who thinks the Titans might be inching past the Patriots in the race to ink Brady to a new deal.
During an appearance on the network’s show “Get Up,” Fowler claimed his sources told him that Tennessee believes they now have “a pretty good chance” of snagging Brady away from Bill Belichick’s clutches this month.
Will the Titans steal Tom Brady away from the Patriots in free agency? Or does the G.O.A.T. end up re-signing with the only team he’s ever known?
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