Curran: Tom Brady to Patriots or Titans, “with the 49ers closing hard on the outside”

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As our pal Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston recently explained, it’s not a done deal that Tom Brady will be leaving the Patriots. That said, there are suitors.

Appearing with Adam Schein of SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio, Curran was asked to predict Brady’s destination for 2020.

“It’s either gonna be New England or Tennessee,” Curran said, “with the 49ers closing hard on the outside.”

Yes, the 49ers chatter is real, Curran said. And it’s a mutual thing, with Brady interested in the 49ers, and the 49ers interested in Brady. And then the 49ers could simply trade Jimmy Garoppolo back to the Patriots.

“That would be the best-case scenario all the way around,” Curran said.

Many would agree that if the 49ers had Brady in 2019, they would have won the Super Bowl. Many also would agree that Brady gives them a better chance than Garoppolo to win it in 2020.

So what would the 49ers do for a quarterback in 2021, if Brady wins No. 7 and walks off into the sunset? Absent an extension, Kirk Cousins will be a free agent next year. And he’s the guy 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan thought the 49ers would be signing in 2018, until the team traded for Garoppolo.

71 responses to “Curran: Tom Brady to Patriots or Titans, “with the 49ers closing hard on the outside”

  1. Certainly an upgrade for the Niners but Shanahan won’t get out of his own way so I don’t see why it’d ultimately matter.

  2. Assuming the Patriots want Garoppolo back, and why would they bail SF out like that when the red rocket is available?

  3. If Brady went to SF, which I dont think would happen, they had better get more receivers because Samuel and Kittle would not be enough … could Edelman go with him ?

    I also don’t think he will go to the Titans unless Gisele wants to explore the music industry …

  4. Why trade a young guy for an old old guy?

    Makes no sense.

    That win now mentality, rarely works out.

  5. But I thought Andy Dalton was supposed to be the QB the Pats most needed? Could we see JimmyG and AndyD duking it out in camp to be BB’s starter? Oh, stop the (media) insanity!

  6. A shame a man is making a decision over his own career without first checking in with the wife. Wahhhh but Tommmm don’t wanna go to Tennessee or Tampa, I wouldn’t be close to my model friends to do blow with wahhhh. Tom – get off your little vegan diet, get your testosterone back and take charge.

  7. Tannehill can’t catch a break, if the Titans sign Brady they will go backwards. Brady is a system QB and without JE11 and BB he will be average at best.
    Not to mention it is gonna be expensive to sign him and Henry. Then RT17 will be gone and after one season with Brady they will be looking for a QB again.
    Big mistake anyone other than NE signing Brady.

  8. Brady in SF would be awesome! That team is a QB away from a title. It’s just like the Broncos with Manning.

  9. I am starting to think that Brady and Belicheck have a wink and nod going on right now. Tom takes a free agency cruise which makes waved and disrupts the free agent market and wastes the resources of 31 other teams. Tanenhill signs elsewhere while Vrabel dances with Brady. The starting QB of the team that beat the Patriots in the playoffs is gone and Tom re-signs with New England.

  10. Does he give the Niners a better chance to win, through? I’m a Pats fan but I have to ask…does he?? TB?? For Jimmy G? Swindle of the century.

  11. if brady would’ve have been with the 49ers in 2019, they wouldn’t have even made it to the super bowl. can’t wait for him to be horrible next year so we can be done with this ridiculous love affair with him. after week 5, he was pretty mediocre against a ton of garbage teams. how many games was he below 50% completion percentage until late in the game? seemed like every week. He used to be really good, he is old now. everybody acts like they are getting 33 year old brady and refusing to accept 43 year old brady isn’t the same guy. on top of physically being worse, he’s gonna have to learn a whole different scheme and playbook and try to develop chemistry with everybody, not just a new face or 2 like every other year of his career.

  12. The Niners have like zero cap space, so there’s not really any way they could sign Brady without cutting half the team (and even that would kill them on the dead money).

  13. wutangisforthechildren30 says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm
    A shame a man is making a decision over his own career without first checking in with the wife. Wahhhh but Tommmm don’t wanna go to Tennessee or Tampa, I wouldn’t be close to my model friends to do blow with wahhhh. Tom – get off your little vegan diet, get your testosterone back and take charge.
    _____________________________________________

    Maybe with most wives (yours?) you could talk this way. But THIS wife (ie business partner) makes 30 million a year, so she makes MORE than him. With those numbers its NOT whining. All your “logic” re what a man/wife “partnership” is is REVERSED when tyhe wife makes 30 million. Her opinion IS important.

  14. Nuttiest off-season I’ve ever seen. Brady to the 9ers and Jimmy to the Pats would be wack…

  15. I just think Brady and his agent are behind all the rumors. Why else would Brady be rumored to go to a different team almost every day? He’s 43 years old and very clearly almost running on empty. I think Brady ends up retiring before the season.

  16. No team should want Brady any more. It’s over. The 49ers are much better off staying with Jimmy G. Brady is like the 1973 Johnny Unitas. It’s hard to watch.

  17. Brady would want San Francisco, (his favorite team growing up), but does San Francisco want Brady? Maybe, given that Jimmy G is nothing special and they’re overpaying him.
    I keep thinking Brady wants L.A. and Gisele wants L.A. too and that gives the Chargers the only real chance to pry Brady from New England but San Francisco edges out L.A. as far as Brady is concerned.

  18. jeremy2020 says:
    March 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm
    Last season’s brady isn’t a major upgrade over Garoppolo

    5 1 Rate This

    ——————

    Truth.

    – Pats Fan, 38 years

  19. if BB can get garrapolo back if brady goes to 49’ers he will be considered the greatest accidental genius in football

  20. finzfan49 says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:43 pm
    Tannehill can’t catch a break, if the Titans sign Brady they will go backwards. Brady is a system QB and without JE11 and BB he will be average at best.

    OMG Can we stop with the “”system QB “ it’s STUPID.
    BB has NOTHING to do with the offense!!

    We know this because he said it as recently as this off-season
    “Josh and Tom install the game plan and run the Offense “

    Bill has NEVER had anything to do with the offense
    Josh ran the same offense in Denver and in St Luis

    We know this because both Amandola and D Thomas said it’s the same
    But it wasn’t as successful because they didn’t have Brady.

    Brady is the “system” it’s his offense
    Just like Manning ran his offense.

    Bill O’Brien also ran the offense in NE he knows the “system”
    Why doesn’t he run it in Texas?

  21. I can’t see TB12 living in Nashville and why would you cut loose Tannehill? TB12 is staying put. I could see Tannehill go to the Bears, that would be interesting.

  22. jeremy2020 says:
    March 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm
    Last season’s brady isn’t a major upgrade over Garoppolo
    ———————-

    He played the entire second half of the season with tennis elbow.

  23. Has Curran ever been right about anything? If so I can’t recall what it was. There is literally NO chance Brady goes to SF.

  24. Hello – is there anyone out there with a memory?

    Brady is, unfortunately, a contract liability (20m over 2 years).

    He was the GOAT, now he is on the line. Would any sensible team trade a GOAT unless they see his eventual fade? Who would pick up this contract, and at what price?

    Oh yeah – SF would (see Garappolo, Kaepernick contract).

    I would trade very little for this if I were a GM.

  25. Jimmy G’s contract was mega front loaded so he will only be 4.6 million in dead cap if this happens. If Brady takes 20 million then they actually save a few million against the cap.

    It also means the Patriots would get Jimmy G at about 25.8 per year for 3 years.

    I am not saying this will happen but the cap won’t be the reason it doesn’t.

  26. Pats might be better off with Tannehill. THAT would be funny if he won the AL East. Gase messes up 2 franchises and his old QB shoves it down both their throats.

    People forget: Seems like a lot more QB’s this year. Totally reinforces the win now mode. Not that it works but gives some justification.

  27. A Brady Jimmy G swap benefits the Patriots. We all know TB12 is a football Demi-God but he is 42 yrs old. Why would the 49ers trade a young SUPERBOWL QB for an old legend who still can play but not at the level he has been playing at the last 1 1/2.

  28. As a 9ER fan.

    It sounds exciting but, logic and past history. Tells me the 9ERS are better off with Jimmy G. This type of signing rarely, if ever thing works

    If it was Tom Brady from 2-3 years ago. I’d be hoping the 9ERS would sign him or trade for Brady. At this stage in Brady’s career, I hope they decide to keep Jimmy G.

    The only way I see this being done is obviously a sign and trade Brady for Jimmy G and the 9ERS getting some type of draft compensation. 9ERS have no 2nd or 3rd round picks and would be helping out the Pats. By sending them a younger,salary cap friendly proven commodity for and older future HOF past his prime.

  29. I’m not going to pretend to understand all the nuances of the salary cap… but if this were to play out with Brady heading to the 49ers and Jimmy G ending up back in Foxborough, wouldn’t it have to be a sign-and-trade? That would allow the Patriots to get rid of at least some of the $13.5M cap hit they’d currently suffer if Brady walks (or re-signs after the start of free agency). Then you trade Brady and maybe throw in Edelman as others have suggested (and take his $9.7M off the books) which would allow you to pay Garoppolo and still free up enough to re-sign others or bring in another WR?

    Interesting theory… but a lot of moving parts which makes it all very unlikely.

  30. Count me among the many who don’t think the 49ers would have won the Super Bowl with Tom Brady.

  31. Brady signs with the 9ers and the Pats trade Edelman for JG (maybe a pick involved). The California boys go home and JG comes back to Poppa Billy.

  32. Tannehill and Garopollo are both better options for the teams they played with last year.

  33. This Pats fan would be thrilled with a Brady for Jimmy G trade.

    At least Jimmy G would try to find a receiver instead of throwing the ball away in a spoiled, little temper tantrum 15 times per game.
    Brady is the best QB of all time, but when it comes to his legacy, his interest in other teams is biting the hands that fed him for 20 years. It’s too bad. He’ll be sorry he did it after a crappy year, or two elsewhere.
    Brady’s fire is gone. He feels things are owed to him now.

    It’s time for a bad-ass, blue-collar Patriots team. I think BB would enjoy that too.

    Be rid of Guererro, all of the elitist avocado nonsense, and play football. Hell, let’s go back to red, white and blue uniforms.

    Might be hard for young Pats’ fans to understand, but watching a team with grit and heart fight to win 9 games can be more satisfying than watching prima-donnas win 13.

    Build a team around our scrappers: James White, hopefully Dave Andrews. Hightower, hopefully Van Noy. I’m afraid that Gilmore is getting a bit bloated on himself, but the rest of the secondary rocks.

  34. The intrigue of winning a SB without Brady has to cross Belichicks mind but who would want ? Who does he really admire out there that could be a good fit in NE ?
    I don’t really believe the speculation that ESPN created about the Brady/Garappolo situation in NE before the trade. Even if it was true, would NE take Garappolo back ?
    Would BB want Foles, Dalton, Rivers, Newton or Winston ?
    It would be really funny if Brady went to the Titans and NE signed Tannehill or Mariota …

  35. Get Brady.. then a new head coach.
    But it’s too late for a new coach.
    Hopefully shanahan wont screw it up.

  36. Nobody respects Brady more than I do, but were people not watching last year? By the end of the year he looked like an old man. Why? Cuz in football terms he is ancient! Hes not gonna get any younger next year. He has the brains but the arm is failing him. Same with Brees. It was everything they could do to get the ball 40 yards downfield. The last player to know they are done is the player. But there is always a team out there desperate enough to think hes got one more run in him.

  37. He’s done so much for NE and the story is so great we won’t mind a couple of sub-par seasons, even a terrible one, while the succession plan is established. Just, please, get him someone to throw to.

  38. I dont know that it would make a huge difference now,and being a die hard 49erfan, I would have loved this to be the case 3 years ago when we got Jimmy G instead of Tom then.
    Do I think we would have won this year with TB instead? perhaps,but this year’s TB, wasn’t 2016’s TB with that TB in Superbowl 54 we most certainly would have won. I don’t think it would have come down to Jimmy’s horrible 3 of 12 for 36 yds and a pick 4th quarter, It would have been over long before that
    Dont see it mattering too much now though, and is it worth selling off the future to see if he can A) Make it to the one game for us next year,and B) win one game for us next year?because after this year I dont think we will be hearing much more about Tom Brady, except at his retirement announcement.

  39. I like this guy’s theory…it would be the ultimate payback for what Vrabel pulled with the clock.

    emptytank11 says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    I am starting to think that Brady and Belicheck have a wink and nod going on right now. Tom takes a free agency cruise which makes waved and disrupts the free agent market and wastes the resources of 31 other teams. Tanenhill signs elsewhere while Vrabel dances with Brady. The starting QB of the team that beat the Patriots in the playoffs is gone and Tom re-signs with New England.

  40. And then, the Cowboys swoop in at the last minute and lasso Brady because they’re tired of Dak’s hardball attitude.

  41. “I like this guy’s theory…it would be the ultimate payback for what Vrabel pulled with the clock.”
    =========

    Except BB and TB12 don’t do “payback” because that’s what losers do.

  42. Tammy ain’t leaving New England, this is all an elaborate ruse from The Hoodie to make people think they are going to draft a QB.

  43. Flash1211 says:”OMG Can we stop with the “”system QB “ it’s STUPID. BB has NOTHING to do with the offense!!

    Bill has NEVER had anything to do with the offense Josh ran the same offense in Denver and in St Luis”
    —————————-

    Um, what? Belichick had Charlie Weis install a modified Erhardt-Perkins offensive system when he arrived in 2000. And before you credit Weis for E-P, he never used the system when he was OC of the Jets in 1997-1999.

    Brady IS a system QB in that E-P was perfect for him and many other QBs can’t run EP properly. Nothing wrong with that.

  44. Curran is the most clued in guy when it comes to all Pats news (Especially Brady) and the second guy who is clued in extensively to Brady is Willie McGinest (friends with Brady and his parents). Willing to bet Curran got this from Brady and Garrapolo’s mutual agent Don Yee. If Willie McGinest seconds this rumor it might very well be a done deal

  45. 49ers? Would you want Brady for the next two years, or Jimmy for the next decade?

  46. Brady IS a system QB in that E-P was perfect for him and many other QBs can’t run EP properly. Nothing wrong with that.

    _

    And all that’s fine. But to say he is ONLY good because of the “system “
    Is dumb. Every QB plays in a “system “ the question is can they execute it properly.

  47. Um, what? Belichick had Charlie Weis install a modified Erhardt-Perkins offensive system when he arrived in 2000.

    Bill said himself “ I have nothing to do with the offense game plan “
    “That’s all Josh and Tom”
    He said it as recently as this past off season.
    Just because he had Charlie install a system 20 years ago when Brady WASNT the QB doesn’t mean he has something to do with the offense.

  48. Once again, here’s a helpful hint to every NFL GM. If Bill Belichick wants to trade for one of your players, it means you should keep him. It also means that you’re probably using him wrong.

  49. Can anyone see Bill Belichick losing in this bizarre triangle between Pats, 9ers & Brady?

    I can’t

  50. AB has already said he wants to go where Tom goes. The only owner that enjoys that kind of circus is Jerry Jones. TB12 & AB to the Cowboys.

    Jerruh will do it just so he can talk about how they are going to win the SB.

  51. Derrick Henry is still a free agent.

    For Brady to leave the Pats, he wants a top tier salary and good offensive talent around him.

    Henry’s free agency guarantees a damper on at least one of those two criteria.

  52. To all those that think Brady won’t leave Beantown I’ll only say egos are massive and that 7th ring isn’t going to happen in Beantown.

  53. The Niners have a 2 to 3 year window right now to win it all. They need a QB that has confidence in the backfield. Garropolo doesn’t have it right now.

    Tom will command 30m which is about 2.5m more than Garropolo.

  54. He sucked last year. He is at the point in his career that he has good games but not good seasons. All the good QB’s do that in the end. A team would be stupid to sign him, he just can’t move around anymore, even in pocket. He just throws it in the ground to avoid a hit and he did that a lot.

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