Mike Vrabel downplays FaceTime with Tom Brady

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When Tom Brady was seen talking on FaceTime with Titans coach Mike Vrabel, it made to immediate speculation that Brady will sign with Tennessee. But Vrabel says people are reading too much into it.

Vrabel, who was Brady’s teammate in New England for eight seasons, said on NFL Network that he was just having a chat with an old friend.

“Well, it would be no different than a conversation you would have with two of your girlfriends on a weekend,” Vrabel said, via the Providence Journal. “My relationship goes back to 2001 with Tom Brady — training camp at Rhode Island, at Parente’s. We’d go to practice and bunch of us would go out to the bar at Parente’s after practice and that’s where a lot of those friendships were made. Those friendships aren’t going to stop or not continue to grow and develop now that I’m a head coach and he’s a quarterback with an expiring contract.”

The Titans have more than $50 million in cap space for 2020, and with Ryan Tannehill set to become a free agent, Tennessee is going to need to sign a quarterback. It wouldn’t be a shock if Vrabel were to convince his old teammate to come to Tennessee, even if he says that wasn’t the topic of their last conversation.

11 responses to “Mike Vrabel downplays FaceTime with Tom Brady

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the conversation was just a friendly chat. However the optics of the call, combined with the possible eventuality Brady signs with Tennessee, do not look good. This has opened up Vrabel and the Titans to scrutiny about tampering.

  2. Of course he will. Teams can openly cheat my team left and right and Goodell will do absolutely nothing. Rinse and repeat. The arrogance of it all is incredibly tiring.

    This is 100% tampering.

    Can you imagine if BB Facetimed a soon to be FA before the legal tampering period?

    So, which is it? Does the NFL want to have a tampering rule or not? The Pats have been dealing with this kind of thing for literally over 20 years, certainly with teams knowing Goodell won’t touch them in the AFC because these AFC teams need to get stronger to stop the Pats.

    That’s why whenever there is an obvious violation of the rules in the AFC, Goodell doesn’t do anything. But, he’s certainly willing to lie and frame the Pats on the other side.

  3. boston steve says:
    March 6, 2020 at 12:52 pm
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the conversation was just a friendly chat. However the optics of the call, combined with the possible eventuality Brady signs with Tennessee, do not look good. This has opened up Vrabel and the Titans to scrutiny about tampering.

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    Here’s the deal:

    Anyone in the NFL can say this at any given time. Like when Reid and the Chiefs were overly-punished in the Maclin tampering thing, couldn’t have Reid said the same thing?

    “I coached him for years and wanted to see how he was doing”…….Right. Absolutely. Seems like a completely rational thing to say. Makes total sense as does this here from Vrabel.

    But, that didn’t matter then when Goodell punished the Chiefs. It doesn’t matter now either. What DOES matter is we are in a no tampering period, which the rule clearly states.

    Mike Vrabel’s position in the league has CHANGED since he played with Brady or coached at Ohio State, etc. You cannot be in a power/decision making position in this league and tamper inside the no-tampering period. It’s that simple.

    Someone waas trying to claim his face was photo-shopped on there as a joke, but clearly, since he has admitted to this, it’s not, and he’s guilty.

    In a normal world, based on Reid and the Chiefs tampering with Maclin, amongst nuerous other tampering situations namely the Jets who do this unfettered all the time with no real punishment, this is the same thing Reid and the Chiefs were punished for.

    OWners, GMs, Coaches and players can’t just arbitrarily decide when the rules apply to them or not.

  4. Lots of crying. I imagine much like that last game in NE. Except for Logan Ryan and the Titans, of course. Cue the ring comments 1-2-3…

  5. It’s only really tampering if it undermines the current team’s efforts. BB is always content to let vets explore market options then offer a just enough of a deal – if a guy is happy to stay.

  6. streetyson says:
    March 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    It’s only really tampering if it undermines the current team’s efforts. BB is always content to let vets explore market options then offer a just enough of a deal – if a guy is happy to stay.

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    Not true. The rules are clear. This is why BB never talks about another player on another team and how it be if he coached him in NE.

    So, I ask again, will Goodell uphold the rules to same for all, or pick and choose where he applies them?

  7. @tylaw – my point is BB’s style benefits from it too because he only wants players who want to stay and he only wants to pay the least amount he has to in order to keep a guy. And the sooner a guy can get that done the sooner BB can sit down and finalize his offer. Other than that he never himself tampers because that means having to pay over the odds to entice guys. So again, your points are moot.

  8. Tannehill was better than Brady last year and the Titans can franchise Tannehill with no long term commitment. So what are we even talking about here?

  9. Jeez can people just be friends without the media making it into a circus?

  10. realitypolice says:
    March 6, 2020 at 2:29 pm
    Tannehill was better than Brady last year and the Titans can franchise Tannehill with no long term commitment. So what are we even talking about here?

    Hahaha….Tannehill.

    C’mon now. Aren’t you trying to march through the playoffs and win a Super Bowl? If so, you go get Brady, and stop with all this Tannehill talk.

    Getting to the post-season is one thing. Having the iron to win it is another.

  11. It’s like a politician that handles business for America in a foreign country, and his son winds up with a very lucrative position he is completely unqualified for, and people around him say “There’s nothing to see here.” There’s something to see here.

    Hopefully he resigns with the Patriots. If Tennessee or San Fran get him they are likely a top 1-2 favorite for the Super Bowl.

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