49ers say “no” to Tom Brady

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The music is beginning to slow down, and the greatest quarterback in league history may find himself with not many seats from which to choose.

Chris Simms reports (stay out of my back yard, hippie) that the 49ers have decided not to pursue Tom Brady.

“It was Tom Brady’s No. 1 choice . . . to go to San Francisco and be the starting quarterback,” Simms says, adding that the 49ers eventually declined to pursue Brady.

The 49ers have instead decided to stick with Jimmy Garoppolo, Brady’s former understudy in New England who was traded from the Patriots to the 49ers in 2017.

With the Titans re-signing Ryan Tannehill, the primary potential designations for Brady appear to be the Patriots and the Buccaneers. One factor for Brady (and for the Patriots) could be the distinct possibility that world events will result in a reduced or eliminated offseason program. That will make it harder for Brady to make the adjustment to a new team, new offense, new coaching staff, new everything — and it will make it more likely that he’ll want to let it ride for one more year in New England.

94 responses to “49ers say “no” to Tom Brady

  1. As most predicted. Brady will end up staying put.

    All the noise and blather….and he’s back in uniform with the Patriots come the fall.

  2. Belichick knew the market for Brady was going to be thin, and everything is playing right into his hands…

  3. Brady may be the GOAT but his age is VERY undesirable for teams. He’s a bridge QB now, someone to placehold while a team develops it’s “franchise” QB. Not many teams fit the narrative.

    Brady in TB with Melvin Gordon or Kareem Hunt makes sense. I don’t know if he’s interested in going back to NE. They’re only offering a 1-yr contract with a pay cut. If the music stops and all he’s got left is the NE option, he might choose to retire.

  4. Belichick should play hardball. Let Tampa Bay overpay if they want but Tommy has given the Pats and Pats fans the big middle finger since the start of last season with his crappy attitude, even after wins, and generally looking and acting like he couldn’t get out of town fast enough.

  5. Cowboys. Brady would be a cheaper 2 year option than Dax. Jerrah would dig making a big splash…

  6. The high demand for Brady’s services was a mirage created by his agents. He’s 43 with declining skills. You would need to be a team with a closing superbowl window, that just needs a quarterback to put you over the hump, for him to be a good idea.

  7. Cowboys! Dak is NOT worth being the highest paid. Get 2 first for Dak then rebuild the defense. play Brady for two more years draft a qb to groom. Dak is what Dak has PROVEN A V E R A G E ! but yet wants to be highest paid RME!

  8. The Bucs have cap room. The Pats have history. No one else wants a 43 yr old QB. Tom missed his big FA love-fest/pay-day years ago. As expected by everyone outside the talking heads, he will be a Patriot for life.

  9. Raiders or Chargers? Also, there is always a surprise that comes into the fold at the 11th hour.

  10. There’s probably some team sitting back seeing these other teams backing out, thinking they can swoop in and get him.

  11. Tampa isn’t ready for a Super Bowl run. It doesn’t make sense signing TB.
    This drama happens every year, every year Tom returns.

  12. Tom Brady just keeps playing and playing, and he’s never going to retire. Right? Wrong. At some point, Father Time is going to come for him, and the first person to realize when it happens is the coach that has seen every minute of his career up close. Bill Belichick. Belichick is hinting pretty loudly that the time has come. Brady seems like he wants to go out on his terms, so it appears that his handlers have made every attempt to spread rumors that half the teams in the league would make drastic changes to their organizations and welcome Tommy with open arms. I think we’re seeing the curtain being pulled back on that myth with the Titans’ signing of Tannehill, and the 49ers announcing that they’re happy with Garoppolo.

  13. 9ers are going to say they don’t want brady unless they sign him. they don’t want tick jimmy off unless they are sure they can get brady, don’t count them out yet

  14. Watch out for Tampa Bay. They have weapons, tons of cap space (and can create more) and a strong defense that can get even strong by trading #14 overall to Kansas City for Chris Jones. They can sign a LT like Jason Peters instead of drafting one at LT for a 1-2 year Super Bowl quest with Brady & Bucco Bruce Arians. They can franchise & keep Shaq Barrett and still be attractive to a lot of players who they would still have money to sign. TB could be an instant contender. It sounds like Tom wants to leave NE no matter what, and with SF out of the picture, TB in TB sounds about right.

  15. calizcowboyz says:
    March 15, 2020 at 3:46 pm
    Cowboys! Dak is NOT worth being the highest paid. Get 2 first for Dak then rebuild the defense.

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    Two firsts for Dak? Pot legal in Texas? You must be smoking something.

  16. When it looks like teams say “no,” that’s when you start to worry. Don’t be surprised when TB ends up in SF. Unless JG has a NT clause, he might end up back with BB.

  17. I said it day 1 it’s gonna be the Chargers or the Raiders, and IT’S NOT going to be the Patriots Tom is all done in New England. You don’t sell your house if you aren’t planning on moving somewhere else, and your fitness guru and business partner doesn’t sell his house, and move his entire family to the West Coast unless he has something lined up, or he knows his main client is going to be out that way. Tom is not going back to New England..Period

  18. Ha-Ha. Turns out nobody wants the GOAT. As in old goat. Not even the Pats unless it’s on their own terms. Unless daddy Kraft butts in.

  19. As I thought, the demands for his services are not going to be what he had hoped, especially for the price he’ll be asking. Brady is no longer at the top of his game and he wants a superstar team around him so he looks good. Good, contending teams already have an established QB and don’t need or want him. He won’t go to poor teams. His excuses last year about not having all-pro receivers and lineman could be voiced by about 3/4 of the rest of the league. Yet many of those QBs still manage to put up impressive numbers and make the playoffs.

  20. Brady, despite his lack of weapons in NE last year – he seemed to be middle of pack qb at best. I remember on NFL Matchup ( one of the few great bspn shows left) I thought they made a great comment about him not stepping in to throws in the pocket at all, which contributed mightily to passes being thrown at the receivers feet. Pocket was clean most of the time, just wasn’t willing to take those hits. Tennessee never excited me, he’d be handing off to Henry half the time. He’d be throwing to nobodies in Oakland, and no one cares about the Chargers. Now the Bucs, they not only have the cap room, but they have Chris Godwin and Mike Evans and Two good tight ends and statistically a good defense last year. They can also go out and get a Leonard Fournette and now that entire offense is a pro bowl roster. Telling ya Brady might see that as a hell of a fun way to retire. Away from the AFC where it looks like Mahomes and the Chiefs/Ravens about to take over. Is Tampa really unreasonable compared to throwing to no tight ends and Mohammed sanu?

  21. He was always going back to New England. Why would he all of a sudden go for the money and leave 20 years of dominance and 6 rings? Brady has plenty of money, and will continue to make millions from his businesses and endorsements post playing career.

  22. So he was deemed worse than his backup Jimmy?

    That’s hilariously disrespectful and now Bill has the leverage to offer a 1 year prove it deal: $13-20M with escalators.

  23. lol…no demand as many predicted for a 43 year old QB with a QB rating below Gardner Minshew. Belichick doesn’t want him for the money Brady wants….not even close. Will be interesting to see if Kraft makes Belichick give in again. Brady should just retire.

  24. So another talking head, Mike Lombardi, thought this could happen and the PKing gave it a possible thumbs up. Hindsight is 20 20 I know but come on, get a 42 or 43 year old QB no matter how great he was is not a bright idea and giving up the 28 year old you got that was his backup and would have been his replacement this year? Maybe think a little, not too much, and write about that. This was NEVER going to happen.

  25. Patriot fans always said nearly all teams would chose Brady over their starting QB. Tannehil, Jimmy G even the Chargers look to chosing Tyrod Taylor over Brady.

    The guy should just retire. But I don’t blame him not wanting his last play to be a pick 6. Manning retired a champion

  26. Tell me when a team that clearly needs a quarterback says no to Tom, i.e., Chargers, Bucs.

  27. Don’t sleep on Detroit

    I will accept everyone’s apologies for downvoting this when it comes to pass.
    Also you’re higher than Irsay if you think he’d ever sign with the Dolts.

  28. Calizcowboys, it wasn’t all too long ago that you thought Daq was the greatest thing since sliced bread… remember? 🥖

  29. Curve ball. Kyle Shanahan LOVES Kirk Cousins, was reportedly depressed when the Vikings signed him. Vikings are struggling to get an extension done with Kirk Cousins…

    Cousins to 49er for picks.
    49ers cut Jimmy G for only 4.2 mil dead cap hit.
    Vikings pull a Brett Favre and sign Brady to a 2 year deal.

  30. The only destination is New England. Don’t kid yourself. It’s a matter of does Belichick want him back. Brady is going to have to humble himself and stop acting like he’s 33.

  31. Makes sense, Brady is a system QB who would wilt in a system not designed around gimmiky dink and dunk trick plays.

  32. Ok here’s the scenario. The Steelers draft Denzel Mims at 49. Big Ben’s elbow gives out again. The almighty Steelers sign Tom Terrific. The Steelers lead the NFL in total defense and win their 7th ring with TB12 at the helm throwing to the best young WR corp in the NFL.

  33. The music is beginning to slow down, and the greatest quarterback in league history

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    Otto Graham rose from the grave and is making a comeback?

  34. OMG… even after Garoppolo’s one bad play in the Super Bowl? Say it ain’t so, Florio.

  35. flviking says:
    March 15, 2020 at 4:03 pm
    calizcowboyz says:
    March 15, 2020 at 3:46 pm
    Cowboys! Dak is NOT worth being the highest paid. Get 2 first for Dak then rebuild the defense.

    @@@@@@@@@222

    Two firsts for Dak? Pot legal in Texas? You must be smoking something.

    51 3 Rate This

    Average qbs are setting the market the past few years and only getting worse. No pot needed just watching reality sports. Now follow along with the big boys or go back playing super nintendo with your moms in the basement.

  36. The new CBA passed today by a vote of 1019 to 959. This proves that what I posted earlier today is true — it wasn’t just the 20% PFT said it was who were against this contract.
    I think it’s one of the stupidest deals the players could have agreed to. And I also think the NFL’s new stance on drugs was a huge factor in it passing. We all know the majority of these players use marijuana and other drugs.
    Going to 17 games shows me that neither the NFL nor the players themselves care about the health aspects of the NFL, just as I said. All they care about is the money. If the owners offered them more money to play with razor blades sticking out of their helmets, the players would take it.
    I officially don’t want to hear anything more from the players about injuries. Shut up and play the game or quit. You and your fellow players accepted this extra game and you accept playing games in other countries, too, so just shut up and play the game. In 10 or 20 years, I won’t shed any tears for any of you when you are physically broken down or even dead, either. It’s your choice and when you had a chance to say enough is enough, you didn’t take it. Take your millions and understand that it’s all on you.

  37. silverandblack052099 says:
    March 15, 2020 at 3:50 pm
    Raiders or Chargers? Also, there is always a surprise that comes into the fold at the 11th hour.

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    Why would the Raiders lose an extra $7 million Cap space by cutting Carr and signing Brady for big bucks. Seriously Carr was not the problem … his WRs lead the league in dropped passes put Carr DOES NOT play defense.

  38. tb12greatest says:
    March 15, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Belichick knew the market for Brady was going to be thin, and everything is playing right into his hands…

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    Yep. Whatever they offered him last August that he rejected, may or may not still be on the table.

    The next step may be that Brady is forced to retire.

  39. Caliz, I’m talking about last year. Your posts you cite are recent. Go dig up some old ones you flopper…

  40. Wish I had the misfortune of having to decide in what city to spend my multi millions$.

  41. green, help me out bro. your talking about last year? Yet you say mine are recent? then you say go dig up some old ones? Help me bro, what am I missing? I will go tit for tat wit but need REAL HONEST UNDERSTANDING. FACTS. . and if you are right i have no problem eating crow. and if you are wrong i have no problem stating MY OPINION as well as why you might be.

    lol, whats a flopper? what! im curious.

  42. Not surprising in the least but how could Chris Simms positively know anything about what Brady wanted to do? The guy is tight-lipped all the time and Chris Simms doesn’t exactly strike me as the sort who is so plugged in he’d hear things nobody else did.

  43. How are there still people who say Tom Brady is a system QB? Here’s his resume: 6x SB champ, 4x, SB MVP, owner of every playoff QB record, author of the greatest comeback in NFL history, 9x conference champ, 3x League MVP, all-time leader in TDs, passing yards, and top 5 QB passer rating (better than Peyton Manning despite playing in an era in the early 2000s where real defense was still a thing and playing his entire career in mostly outdoor, bad weather stadiums).

    Belichick’s system has failed everywhere else it’s been tried when Tom Brady isn’t the QB. Belichick has one playoff appearance, and one win as a Head Coach without Brady as his QB. He has a losing record without Brady as his QB (over 7 full seasons).

    It is possible that maybe the simplest explanation is the best explanation: Tom Brady is a legendary QB and we should attribute his consistent and sustained excellence to…Tom Brady and not some undefinable “system” that somehow no one else can create over the last two decades since he’s been in the league.

  44. If he retires Brady will make more money modeling than he would have playing and he won’t have to hear all the garbage crap haters post about him. He’ll get the last laugh. At least we should know soon if he’s playing somewhere or not. Either way he is and always will be the GOAT!!!!! Six rings, haters… deal with it….

  45. The salty mountain of hate crying that Brady was mediocre in 2019 are (as ever) wrong – he was 7th in yards – that’s despite a heavily patched line and patchy carousel of weapons. Only Edelman was around all year and he played most of it hurt. Of course going forward in 2020 I’d pick JimmyG or any top 10 QB under mid-30s but Brady’s still a very elite QB right now.

  46. Brady doesnt want the Raiders. They dont want him, short term solution to a bigger problem.wouldnt t be funny if the pats dont want him either and he is done? Goat played one season too many?

  47. Teams know Brady will not be the same player outside the Patriots system.

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    THROW THE BALLS AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME.

    It is Brady’s system, idiot.

  48. Don’t know why morons give so much credit to a coach who never talk to his QB and WR on sideline.

    What makes Tom Brady special is his throwing the balls at the earliest possible times. With it, he was able to (turn Belichick the moron into a “genius”):

    #1, Turn short and slow receivers into playmakers (so Belichick didn’t have to overpay WR).
    #2, Get rid of balls before defenders even have chance laying their hands on him. (so Belichick didn’t have to overpay O-linemen)
    #3,Stay on fields for long time to keep opponents offense out of fields (this was a key factor in 4 of the 6 SB wins)

  49. I guess when those pea brains saw Pats receivers wide-open, it never occurred to them that it is partly because Brady was able to throw the balls at the earliest possible times.

    All these pea brains know is how long footballs fly, never consider intelligence is huge part of QB’s skills. Well, that is not their strength, what can you expect?

    For example, those pea brains conveniently blame coaches for lack of versatility in the offense of their favorite QB, like if an OC puts a design in front of their favorite QB, he will be able to execute it.

  50. William Lee says:
    March 15, 2020 at 7:12 pm
    I guess when those pea brains saw Pats receivers wide-open, it never occurred to them that it is partly because Brady was able to throw the balls at the earliest possible times.

    All these pea brains know is how long footballs fly, never consider intelligence is huge part of QB’s skills. Well, that is not their strength, what can you expect?

    For example, those pea brains conveniently blame coaches for lack of versatility in the offense of their favorite QB, like if an OC puts a design in front of their favorite QB, he will be able to execute it.

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    You keep trying to sound like some person who knows more than others, when it is clear you don’t.

    Part of what you are describing is also tied to West Coast concepts as well, but that comes out of the Don Coryell school, or even before that, Sid Gilman.

    Walsh started with it in Cincy with Kenny Anderson before seeing Montana as the possible future in SF. That’s why Anderson’s career compl% rate was so high.

    Throwing the ball to a spot, getting the ball out based on timing, is bot something Tom Brady invented.

    My goodness.

  51. Caliz, you’re funny too cuz. A flopper is someone who changes opinions teams players on a whim. Last year you were extolling his virtues. Got it BRO?

  52. Part of what you are describing is also tied to West Coast concepts as well
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    Dink n dunk is fundamentally different from any other offense system because a completed pass doesn’t give you first down. Get it?

    Gosh.

  53. Brady can’t play in hot weather, he melts like the snowflake he is in placed like Jacksonville when the temp is over 90 degrees. He cries to the league undercover to make sure the Miami road game is always in November or December. Plus the heat and humidity would mess up his hair plugs. He would be too scared to take off his helmet on the bench in fear of how his plugs will look. He would focus more on that then the actual game

  54. Those fools who equates short throws to easy to play, who love “system” Tom Brady should ask the following question first:

    # Would you rather see the offense of your favorite team moving 50 yards with 6 passes or moving 50 yards with 2 passes?

    Then, they should ask the next question:

    # Why is my favorite QB so stupid?

  55. This is amazing. A website with NFL General Managers ad infinitum.
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    Every Brady rumor brings them out. Sadly people think running a fantasy team is equivalent to running an NFL franchise.

  56. You keep trying to sound like some person who knows more than others, when it is clear you don’t.
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    This is you total MO. You described yourself to a T.

  57. It is possible that maybe the simplest explanation is the best explanation: Tom Brady is a legendary QB and we should attribute his consistent and sustained excellence to…Tom Brady and not some undefinable “system” that somehow no one else can create over the last two decades since he’s been in the league.

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    Undeniably true.

    He’s been far too good for far too long. The cast of characters have turned over so many times – he almost never had All-Pro casts and talent around him and he personally dragged some mostly average Patriot teams to AFC championship games and Super Bowls with smart, clutch play over his 20 year career.

    He’s the best that ever did it.

  58. He’s going to be a Charger and it’s going to drive people like Florio absolutely crazy. Watch.

  59. Two years ago, it was all about Brady and Belichick not getting along. Everyone reported it including PFT. Now it’s all about Brady being a free agent.
    Two years ago, Brady and Belichick hoisted a Lombardi Trophy and showed everyone they were wrong. This year, Brady will once again be behind center in New England and prove most people wrong again. He’s not going anywhere.
    I also think those who are counting the Patriots out are wrong. Belichick will improve their “O” line and WR positions and they’ll be right back in the thick of things next season. Remember — they still own their division in spite of the improving Bills and that always gives them a leg up on other teams in the AFC who have to fight tooth and nail to win theirs.
    I’m a Packers fan, and I learned a long time ago that rumors and hysteria are the norm with the sports media and fans.
    All the news concerning my favorite team was about Aaron Rodgers “driving Mike McCarthy out of GB” then “Matt LeFleur will not be able to deal with Rodgers”. I said it was all nonsense back then and they went out and proved it. Mike McCarthy admitted he took a whole year off and re-examined all the things he had been doing and said he saw many ways he could be better, and Matt LeFleur and Aaron Rodgers got to the NFC Championship game.
    So — everyone should just stop with all the nonsense and realize how foolish you sound.
    Brady will be back with the Patriots this season.

  60. This may have been the “safe” move for the 49ers, but personally I think they just passed up the last remaining x-factor that could get them the trophy.

    When the chips are down, there are few QBs who can get it done like Brady. Garoppolo hasn’t shown he has that in him yet. Maybe he does. But in a league with the likes of Mahomes, Wilson, Brees, etc., it’s no longer optional to have that if you want to win a Super Bowl.

    So who knows. But I think the 49ers passed up a once-ever shot at something special.

  61. thermanmerman99 – not only do you believe in conspiracy theories but you are obsessed with another man’s hair plugs. I have no clue if Brady has them or not but it Is quite telling you are bald and wish you did.

  62. I remember reading such opinions from this FLOPPER 😉

    greenanxiety says:
    March 15, 2020 at 4:52 pm
    Calizcowboys, it wasn’t all too long ago that you thought Daq was the greatest thing since sliced bread… remember? 🥖

  63. Imagine the size of the chip on his shoulder this season if none of his preferred destinations choose him. Look out, league…

  64. March 15, 2020 at 6:17 pm
    green, help me out bro. your talking about last year? Yet you say mine are recent? then you say go dig up some old ones? Help me bro, what am I missing? I will go tit for tat wit but need REAL HONEST UNDERSTANDING. FACTS. . and if you are right i have no problem eating crow. and if you are wrong i have no problem stating MY OPINION as well as why you might be

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@222

    Since I play Nintendo in my moms basement, I had time to google calizcowboyz loves dak.

    calizcowboyz says:
    September 8, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    Pay IT 4wards! pay #4! Cowboys Eagles 4 the next century for the TITLE! Love the beast! Us 2 teams Will represent the NFC P E R I O D ! just giving respect where it is due!

  65. I don’t know what is going to happen. I just hope that the entire league spurns Brady in free agency as they did on a certain draft day 20 years.

    Come back to NE, Tom, with another chip on those GOAT shoulders!

    Make everyone pay all over again.

  66. dannywhite11 says:
    March 15, 2020 at 8:10 pm
    thermanmerman99 – not only do you believe in conspiracy theories but you are obsessed with another man’s hair plugs. I have no clue if Brady has them or not but it Is quite telling you are bald and wish you did.

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    You must understand, he’s a Colts fan—Brady has owned them for so long that it causes irrational blurting. There are many other teams fan based this has affected. Goes with the long winning tenure and the many titles. It’s understandable…somewhat.

  67. Vikings or Colts.

    Vikings still have some dollar issues to sort but they created $20 million in cap space in the last week.

    Vikings believe they are a clutch qb away from a super bowl

  68. Imagine the size of the chip on his shoulder this season if none of his preferred destinations choose him. Look out, league…
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    We heard the same thing as the playoffs approached. All we got was a pick 6. Brady is done and most teams know it, they watch film too.

  69. As a Niner fan, I am happy to hear this. The ONLY WAY I would have wanted him is if he came in for a HUGE HOMETOWN discount… Like in the 10-13 million dollar range. Enough to free up cap space for our other free agents. A team-friendly deal saving 10-13 million, it would then be worth the uncertain future after 1-2 years.

  70. for 9 weeks…. Been saying Bank on it……Tom Brady will wear #12 in a New England patriots uniform in 2020….

  71. STUPID. Give Brady the weapons and he is STILL THE BEST QB IN THE LEAGUE, hands down! No other QB you want out there with weapons than Brady…NOT Mahomes, Rodgders, Brees, CERTAINLY no Tannehill or Jimmy G….Titans and Niners absolute IDIOTS

  72. The Tannehill signing and term was a BIG domino to fall. I would agree that Brady’s market has been “stirred up” and the Tannehill signing and term was very telling.

  73. thebirdofprey says:
    March 15, 2020 at 4:47 pm
    Patriot fans always said nearly all teams would chose Brady over their starting QB. Tannehil, Jimmy G even the Chargers look to chosing Tyrod Taylor over Brady.

    The guy should just retire. But I don’t blame him not wanting his last play to be a pick 6. Manning retired a champion

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    Peyton also holds the record for the most one-and-dones in the history of the league at: 9. It will never be broken.

  74. Aside from the fact the 49s have, what they believe is, a francise QB, the reasons are twofold: 1. TB is old and no amount of pliability training can undo that fact. 2. He’s a system QB who’s only played in one system. Why would a SB team stop everything to expirament with Brady?

    Bottom line: Brady should just retire. He’s had an epic career and built a legacy in NE. All he’s going to do by continuing to insert himself is create awkward situations for the Pats and himself.

  75. “It was Tom Brady’s No. 1 choice . . . to go to San Francisco and be the starting quarterback,”

    Santa Clara or San Jose suburb.

    Get your facts straight!

  76. santaclaracurse says:

    March 18, 2020 at 10:18 am

    “It was Tom Brady’s No. 1 choice . . . to go to San Francisco and be the starting quarterback,”

    Santa Clara or San Jose suburb.

    Get your facts straight!

    Seems like he passed on Arlington, no interest from Jerruh or McCarthy there either.

  77. GoodellMustGo says:

    March 15, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Brady is NE or retire. Always was despite all the noise.
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    This didn’t age well.

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