Which teams can afford to wait for Tom Brady?

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It’s one thing to subtly express interest in Patriots quarterback Tom Brady now, weeks before free agency opens. It’s quite another to pursue Brady once March 18 arrives and other quarterbacks get gobbled up by other teams while the #TommyVanityTour unfolds over the ensuing days and possibly weeks.

So which teams that may be interested in Brady can afford to press pause on the pursuit of other options while waiting for Brady to make up his mind. Simms and I took a deep dive into this issue during Thursday’s #PFTOT. A summary of our primary thoughts on six potentially interested teams appears below. For more, watch the video.

Raiders: They have Derek Carr under contract for 2020 and beyond. So they can hold the bird in the hand while pursuing the Brady in the bush. If they don’t land Brady, however, the Raiders would lose out on the opportunity to upgrade via an available veteran. And it’s obvious that, whether the Raiders make a move or not, they’re constantly looking for someone better.

Chargers: Tyrod Taylor has been penciled in as the starter, which gives the Chargers the ability to pursue a much bigger fish. But if they don’t reel Brady into the boat, the Chargers will have a hard time getting folks in L.A. excited about the prospects for 2020 — unless they plan to trade up in the draft for one of the big-name rookies. And unless another team tries to trade for Cam Newton, he could be a viable Plan B, if the Chargers can’t bring Brady back to California.

Titans: Some want to see the Titans go after Brady, which ignores the 2019 accomplishments of Ryan Tannehill. Regardless, the Titans will have to decide on keeping Tannehill before chasing Brady. Otherwise they’ll have neither, if Brady goes elsewhere.

Buccaneers: Like the Titans, the Bucs will need to make a quick decision about Jameis Winston or other free agents. If they wait for Brady and don’t get him, the Bucs may be SOL when it comes to a veteran option.

Colts: Like the Titans and the Bucs, the Colts may need to move quickly if they hope to upgrade from Jacoby Brissett. And if they’re thinking about someone like Philip Rivers or Teddy Bridgewater, they could be long gone by the time Brady shoots white smoke up his chimney.

Dolphins: Like the Raiders, the Dolphins can afford to wait. They have Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen, along with the fifth pick in the draft. Miami could proceed primarily out of curiosity (especially if Brady asks them to), and if it doesn’t work out it won’t matter.

49ers: San Francisco structures its veteran contracts to give the team until April 1 to make a decision about a player, before his next round of guarantees fully vest. So if they want to explore the possibility of upgrading to Tom Brady from former Brady understudy Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers can do it. That doesn’t mean they will, but they definitely can.

Patriots: If/when Brady officially becomes a free agent, the chances of Brady staying with the Patriots will plummet. But if the Patriots intend to move forward with Jarrett Stidham, the Patriots in theory can wait for Brady to realize that the grass isn’t greener.

54 responses to “Which teams can afford to wait for Tom Brady?

  1. Teddy Bridgewater is an upgrade to Jacoby Brissett? I can understand wanting to upgrade from JB, but THAT seems like a lateral move at best…and to my eyes, it’s a minor downgrade. I don’t understand the hype around Teddy.

  2. I think the Chargers should keep Tyrod. Pretty decent game manager that has been stuck on some pretty bad teams. Plus, Giselle has repeatedly said she does not want to live in LA.

  3. I don’t see how Brady at his age makes any of these teams top contenders – except maybe the 49ers. They have a lot of talent and Jimmy G clearly is being carried by it. The Pats had the number 1 defense in the league, by far, last year. Allowed 14.1 PPG and Brady couldn’t make it out of the wild card round, scoring only 13 points in defeat.

  4. Joma says:
    February 20, 2020 at 11:18 am
    Teddy Bridgewater is an upgrade to Jacoby Brissett? I can understand wanting to upgrade from JB, but THAT seems like a lateral move at best…and to my eyes, it’s a minor downgrade. I don’t understand the hype around Teddy.

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    No one does, other than the idea he didn’t make a fool of himself when he filled in for Brees.

  5. Rivers will go to Indy. Just makes sense. Great offensive line. Has worked with Reich before. Solid running back. $90 million in cap space. Playing indoors. And a crowd who actually will appreciate him.

  6. All parties have 2 days to jockey around and figure out what’s what before it gets real. These teams go through this every year.

  7. I would think that any team that considers Brady will be one that has the pieces to win right now. The only team on that list that fits that description is the 49ers, but it makes no sense to sideline Jimmy G after he just brought them to the Superbowl in his first healthy season.

  8. “I don’t understand the hype around Teddy.”

    I think a lot of the hype comes from the fact he was tough enough to come back from the terrible injury he sustained, and the rest that he was ok filling in for Brees last year.

    But the reality is he’s thrown only 28 TDs in 24 games in an era when most of the rules are slanted to allow video game offense. He’s just not that good.

    Tons of heart though.

  9. If Brady delays, no way BB and the Pats don’t make the first move. BB is nothing but pragmatic — if Brady doesn’t make the decision, BB will — and that will provide the certainty everyone wants.

  10. I don’t understand the hype around Teddy.

    I don’t understand how people fail to see they hype around Teddy. He’s not Mahomes and he won’t ever throw the ball through a brick wall, but he clearly has it between the ears (most importantly), has https accuracy, can make all the throws, won’t cost you game and doesn’t fold under a little pressure like the Vikings current QB.

    He’d be an upgrade for any team on this list minus the Pats. And he’d be an upgrade for a lot of the rest of the league.

  11. There is no way Brady would even consider the Indy CHeaters. Everyone in NE and honest fans outside of NE know what Indy/Baltimore did in Framegate II. Brady would never play for the Jets, Colts, Ravens, etc. There are certain franchises he simply would never, ever sell out to, ruining his legacy and being associated with vile scum within those organizations.

  12. Tylaw knows all about cheaters. The Patriots and red Sox are the kings of cheating. That is the only way Boston teams can win. A total disgrace to sports

  13. they could be long gone by the time Brady shoots white smoke up his chimney.
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    Please don’t use Tom Brady’s good name with that evil vile criminal organization.

    Thank you.

  14. Everyone in NE and honest fans outside of NE know what Indy/Baltimore did in Framegate II.
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    Told the truth?

  15. thermanmerman99 says:
    February 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm
    Tylaw knows all about cheaters. The Patriots and red Sox are the kings of cheating. That is the only way Boston teams can win. A total disgrace to sports

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    As per usual, NY is controlling the narrative. Why is that we find out AFTER the smear campaigns there was no cheating and it’s just that a team is successful?

    What the disgrace is, is our society becoming more dumb believing everything they read on the internet as if it’s some kind of a fact, making your generation in particular, REALLY dumb.

    “I don’t know what (the league) is going to find, but in my opinion, it’s not anything close to what’s going on (in Houston). The Red Sox were just a very tight-knit group. When I was injected into that team in the middle of the season, it was a lot like the Rangers clubs I was on, where it was just a very tight-knit group and their system was flawless. They just had a very good system of relaying from second base to home plate. That was it. Honestly. We’ll see what happens with the commissioner’s report.”

    – Ian Kinsler

  16. pkrlvr says:
    February 20, 2020 at 1:39 pm
    Everyone in NE and honest fans outside of NE know what Indy/Baltimore did in Framegate II.
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    Told the truth?

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    The truth was told in a federal court. Did you miss that part? Last time I checked Brady was the only one to testify under oath, too.

    Do you believe in the tooth fairy, too, little guy?

  17. Told the truth?
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    Honestly, if you believe Deflategate at this point then true colors are definitely showing. To this day, Baltimore denies tipping anything to Indy. If its the truth, why deny it? Also, can someone please explain to me how 75% of the Colts balls tested were also below the legal PSI after starting the game at a higher PSI?

  18. I just don’t understand how anyone with half a brain even thinks the Niners are moving off Jimmy G for Brady. I can’t tell if it’s click bait, or if people are really just that stupid. The team is like 24-5 with him and 4-21 without him (or something close to that). He literally just played his first full season with the team, the playbook, and young/new wide receivers…and he went to a SB. After getting the number 1 seed in the hardest division in football. He will only get better with experience and familiarity with the offense and pass catchers.

  19. Given Warren Moon played until 44 and Brady’s playing better, Brady prob still has 3yrs left. Last year’s offense was hobbled all season by a heavily patched o-line and carousel at all his weapons (except Edelman, who played hurt most of the season). Brady still helped manage them into a 17th playoffs in 18 active seasons. The salty mountain of hate is laughable today.

  20. “won’t cost you game”

    That’s usually what they say about a good backup…and I would agree that Teddy is a great backup. As a starter, though? Meh… You could do worse, but you probably won’t do a whole lot with him either unless the rest of your team is just stacked. With the 5-0 Saints, other than the game against the Bucs who most everyone put up numbers against, the rest of the team stepped up big while Teddy played the conservative, steady game manager and gave exactly what you look for out of a backup QB. Not asking him to win you the game, just don’t lose it. That’s all well and good, but it’s not the description of a franchise QB…

  21. tylawspick6 says:

    Everyone in NE and honest fans outside of NE know what Indy/Baltimore did in Framegate II.

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    It is now 2 pm.
    I plan on laughing until at least quarter to six.

  22. Phillip Rivers looked horrible in 2019…just completely washed up. Yet, the Colts actually would want him over all the other options available?? This is like the Seahawks signing Franco Harris x 10. Rivers touches the ball every offensive play….and his play is flat out offensive-

  23. The Chargers are totally incompetent, so I expect them to replace their immobile 38yo QB with a immobile 43yo QB. The smart move would be trading for Andy Dalton (who has an expiring contract) and draft a QB in the 1st or 2nd round. The Tyrod Taylor experiment has already been tried recently and it did go so well. Dalton isn’t a sexy name, but at least he can move the chains and utilize the talented receivers there Chargers currently have.

  24. jackedupboonie says:
    February 20, 2020 at 2:14 pm
    Phillip Rivers looked horrible in 2019…just completely washed up. Yet, the Colts actually would want him over all the other options available?? This is like the Seahawks signing Franco Harris x 10. Rivers touches the ball every offensive play….and his play is flat out offensive
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    Totally agree, as a Raider fan Ive seen my share of Rivers….in the 2 games we played against the Chargers he looked like a ghost of his former self.

  25. No one does, other than the idea he didn’t make a fool of himself when he filled in for Brees.

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    Love how you apparently speak for everyone.
    Plenty of folks have seen TB play and consider him head and shoulders above Brisset.

    Last full season whwn healthy TB led his team to the playoffs and what what WOULD HAVE BEEN a win if not for the Blair Walsh debacle.

    Next time he plays he goes 5-0 Keeping his team in prime playoff position.

    So… Now… Tell me what JB has done and how that is superior in any way….

  26. If Miami goes after him (which no chance they do) that would be the end of the road for me as a Miami die hard fan.
    He brings NOTHING to the table for me anymore

  27. That list contains very few teams that look to be in the proper position for Brady. He is appealing if you think you have all the other pieces except for QB. That does NOT in any way describe the Chargers, Raiders or Dolphins. Maybe the Raiders would want him to excite people as they move into the new stadium in a new city but what on Earth would the Chargers do with Brady or have to offer him?

  28. Yeah, so that was embarrassing. I just got back from washing up and changing my boxers and Levis.
    Why?
    Because I peeeed myself laughing so hard at the “the Brady in the bush” line.

    I just love PFT.

  29. I look forward to all the posters saying Brady is old, washed up and in sharp decline making new excuses about why they were wrong next year. It’s called the ‘Kellerman Effect’.

  30. arealisticpackerfan says:

    February 20, 2020 at 11:50 am

    I don’t see how Brady at his age makes any of these teams top contenders – except maybe the 49ers. They have a lot of talent and Jimmy G clearly is being carried by it. The Pats had the number 1 defense in the league, by far, last year. Allowed 14.1 PPG and Brady couldn’t make it out of the wild card round, scoring only 13 points in defeat.

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    Hey Einstein, the 49ers were contenders without Brady-they were up 10 in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. It’s debatable if Brady makes them much better, and Brady is 42-so for how long. If you actually watched the games you’d see that Jimmy G, in his first year as a starter and playing QB for a team that went 3-13 without him last year, he actually won games for the team (the Arizona games, the N.O. game, the second Seattle game). Brady did not do that one time last year.

  31. I still can’t imagine Brady anywhere else but NE. I don’t know him, but I think – what could motivate him to change teams? Money? Nah. Propping up the fortunes of a losing team? Nah. Winning another SB? Losing teams won’t help him do that. Winning one without Belichick & Kraft? I’ve read people speculate on this but I see no evidence that’s an actual motive.

    The one and only motivation I can picture for him is going to the 49ers. He’s already the most successful QB in NFL history. He’s defined an entire franchise for all time. He has nothing left to prove. So what’s left? The 49ers were his team as a kid. Montana was his idol. Playing for them is probably the only aspect of his wildest childhood imaginings that hasn’t come true.

    Nothing against Garoppolo, but I think we see now that even if he’s a good QB, he’s not an *essential* QB. The 49ers could probably do what they’re doing with someone else – Brady, Bridgewater, you name it.

    They could afford to make room for Brady. They could easily win a SB with Brady.

    What could possibly mean more to Brady than to win a SB with his childhood favorite team – to put his name in the book after Montana & Young?

  32. @kevpft, I also think 49s could be a viable landing spot. Where you lost me is where you said they would easily win a Superbowl. Pats should have “easily” beaten the Dolphins and secured the a first round bye. We saw how that turned out. Ask Jimmy G how easy it was to get rid of the ball in the 4th quarter of the SB.

  33. 1westcoastfootballfan says:
    February 20, 2020 at 3:16 pm
    arealisticpackerfan says:

    February 20, 2020 at 11:50 am

    I don’t see how Brady at his age makes any of these teams top contenders – except maybe the 49ers. They have a lot of talent and Jimmy G clearly is being carried by it. The Pats had the number 1 defense in the league, by far, last year. Allowed 14.1 PPG and Brady couldn’t make it out of the wild card round, scoring only 13 points in defeat.

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    Hey Einstein, the 49ers were contenders without Brady-they were up 10 in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. It’s debatable if Brady makes them much better, and Brady is 42-so for how long. If you actually watched the games you’d see that Jimmy G, in his first year as a starter and playing QB for a team that went 3-13 without him last year, he actually won games for the team (the Arizona games, the N.O. game, the second Seattle game). Brady did not do that one time last year.

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    Diehard Pats fan here, 38 years and season tickets in my family since ’78….

    Even I agree with this. Brady’s last 2 regular seasons are factually 2 seasons as a downward trend from his 2017 MVP year.

    I am not expecting an MVP Brady anymore, but his play last year and his leadership was absolutely 100% poor considering his standards.

    And when Pats fan reference things like “yards” or his TD/INT ratio, his “accuracy” window or any other nonsensical category that is suspposed to distract people from the eye test and his trending downward play, all they’re doing is living in denial.

    Can Brady bounce back? Can he be a better leader and teammate especially better than the ridiculous 2019 season? Yes. But, it’s up to him. Only he can get back to OTAs, get to know new teammates better, etc.

    Only he can look at game film and see just how bad he was in some games and how mediocre he was in others.

    He’s done it before when he vastly improved in 2014, 2015, 2016, etc, from his previous hiccup postseasons from 2007-2012 where he was noticeaby subpar.

    BB drafted JimmyG and it lit a fire. Here? A little surprising the Stidham commitment hasn’t had the same effect, and that is concerning.

  34. The Chargers move into a new stadium amid declining attendance and expect to be successful in LA with Tyrod Taylor? There’s more at work here than need. There is a decided note of desperation and Tyrod is not the answer on the field or at the box office.

  35. Who cares if it’s Brady’s dream to win a SB with the 49ers. At age 43 he isn’t an upgrade over Jimmy G. And it’s not like Brady has never missed a receiver in a Super Bowl loss either.

  36. Do you people even understand that Tom and Giselle are ridiculously wealthy and their primary residence is not going to be the city where he is playing football?

  37. tylawspick6 says:
    February 20, 2020 at 1:09 pm
    There is no way Brady would even consider the Indy CHeaters. Everyone in NE and honest fans outside of NE know what Indy/Baltimore did in Framegate II. Brady would never play for the Jets, Colts, Ravens, etc. There are certain franchises he simply would never, ever sell out to, ruining his legacy and being associated with vile scum within those organizations

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    Deflategate was a steaming pile. It never happened and all intelligent football fans in existence understand that. Only dopey patriot haters say it did and that’s what makes them dopey 🙂

    I actually don’t blame the Colts for that as much as the R*vens. H*rbaugh’s fee-fees were hurt when Brady mocked him for whining about the ineligible receiver play and away it went.

    Of course I have no respect for the R*vens for other reasons too. What the Astros did is nothing compared to what will be exposed when the NFL investigates Bluetoith Guy. Can’t wait!

  38. A 20 yr veteran QB missing OTA’s? Big deal. They’re 7 on 7 passing drills, with some orientation for new or young players and some installation. Brady is there for mandatory minicamp in June and 6 weeks of training camp practices. And works with WRs on his own. Plenty. Brady wants to spend more time with his 3 growing children and a wife that would probably rather he retire. After giving his heart and soul into late January(minimum). Who does this guy think he is?? Blame the coaching staff and injuries for the young WRs barely knowing where to line up, never mind run a proper route. OTA’s. LOL

  39. tylawspick6 says:
    February 20, 2020 at 1:09 pm
    There is no way Brady would even consider the Indy CHeaters. Everyone in NE and honest fans outside of NE know what Indy/Baltimore did in Framegate II. Brady would never play for the Jets, Colts, Ravens, etc. There are certain franchises he simply would never, ever sell out to, ruining his legacy and being associated with vile scum within those organizations.

    Come on – you don’t think Brady would LOVE to take $60M and completely tank on the Colts for 2 years? What a payback – it’s all about the wins!

  40. “Last full season whwn healthy TB led his team to the playoffs and what what WOULD HAVE BEEN a win if not for the Blair Walsh debacle.”

    You mean that shootout of a game the Seahawks won 10-9? Gee, what would they have done without Touchdown Teddy that day?

    …maybe score a TD? But yeah, let’s blame it all on the guy that actually scored any points that day. But that’s only one game, you say! Okay, fine…let’s look at the whole magical last healthy season for Mr. Bridgewater… Here it is: 3200 yards. 14 TDs, and 9 INTs! Ahh…yes, now I get it! Stud! Franchise QB! How do people overlook this guy?

    But to be fair, I just looked at Brissett’s second half of 2019…it was pretty brutal. His first half was solid and I’d take those numbers over Teddy any day. That second half, though, not so much. I can understand why the Colts are looking for other options.

  41. fordbw says:
    February 20, 2020 at 4:10 pm
    Do you people even understand that Tom and Giselle are ridiculously wealthy and their primary residence is not going to be the city where he is playing football?

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    Brady still has to be close enough to be at the stadium early every morning. There’s a limited range where he can live and conceivably do that every day. Brady is also more focused on family than ever before, so I think he’s going to want to see his wife and kids every evening. Doesn’t have to be his primary residence, but I think his family will need to spend significant time in what ever city Brady plays in for it to work.

  42. arealisticpackerfan says:
    February 20, 2020 at 11:50 am
    I don’t see how Brady at his age makes any of these teams top contenders – except maybe the 49ers. They have a lot of talent and Jimmy G clearly is being carried by it. The Pats had the number 1 defense in the league, by far, last year. Allowed 14.1 PPG and Brady couldn’t make it out of the wild card round, scoring only 13 points in defeat.

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    That’s the team that beat the #1 seed that Brady lost to. Not to mention they beat Balt much worse than they beat the Patriots. The Titans also had a shot early against KC. They weren’t bums.

    12-4 was a great result with that offense. If you replace Brady with any other QB I can’t see them getting 12 wins with that offense.

  43. I’d rather the Titans keep Tannehill, draft their future QB, and roll with them. I really wanted Marcus to be the guy to take them to the promised land, but alas it wasn’t meant to be (for whatever reason). I know alot of fans here in TN want a SB trophy, and I do too, but I’d hate for our first one to be w/Brady at the helm. Nothing against him, personally, but he’s a Patriot. He’ll always be a Patriot. If the Titans somehow won a SB with Tannehill, even though he was drafted by Miami, it wouldn’t be nearly as bad. I can’t explain it. I just don’t want us to win with a guy who only came here in the twilight of his career to prove a point.

  44. Biggest needs at QB:

    1). New England. Obvious. They need a QB.

    2). Chargers. Rivers becomes the 2nd biggest free agent after parting ways with LA. The Chargers need to be the big name on Sofi. They need a big name QB. They need a splash. They can draft a QB, but that QB won’t be Rivers for 2+ years. Brady is now.

    3). Miami. Fitzpatrick is good, but no Brady. It’s closer to South America.

    4). Tampa Bay. The Bucs need a QB who doesn’t throw INTs. Brady.

    5). Dallas. Jerry needs to win. Dak is inconsistent and wants too much money.

    6). Chicago. Improving team.

    7). Washington. Politics await.

    8). Indianapolis. They need a QB.

    I don’t see Tennessee, Las Vegas or…

  45. Come to KC Brady….you’ll make a good backup, and you’ll get another ring…
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    You will have more rings than any team in football.

  46. tylawspick6 says:
    February 20, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    Joma says:
    February 20, 2020 at 11:18 am
    Teddy Bridgewater is an upgrade to Jacoby Brissett? I can understand wanting to upgrade from JB, but THAT seems like a lateral move at best…and to my eyes, it’s a minor downgrade. I don’t understand the hype around Teddy.

    No one does, other than the idea he didn’t make a fool of himself when he filled in for Brees.
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    You guys are entitled to your opinion, but I think if you had the opportunity to have Brissett or Teddy on the same contract terms, you’d be hard pressed to find any team that would opt for Brissett.

  47. Brady’s numbers in 2019 are very similar to his many years earlier 2013 numbers. Last year he was within one TD pass, a couple hundred yards and had a better year taking care of the ball than 2013. Considering his lack of a supporting cast in 2019 it’s erroneous to consider him significantly downgraded from his norm. The man can still play at a high level given a solid situation. If he lands somewhere with their act together he will prove that. He knows how good he is and if he were no longer good he would bow out. Brady thrives on proving them wrong.

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