Which teams are “laying in wait” for Tom Brady?

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Adam Schefter of ESPN, who has ties to fellow Michigan man Tom Brady and his agent, Don Yee, hasn’t been reporting much of substance regarding Brady’s next destination lately, other than to continue to bang the drum that Brady may be leaving the Patriots.

Consider this quote from Schefter, while appearing with Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter: “Tom Brady does not have anything close to a deal with New England yet. Now I know people think, well, he’s going back to New England. What makes them think that? Why would they think that now when this has been going on since he put the motion into place where basically he voided the contract, there haven’t been any substantial contract negotiations, there hasn’t been anything that resembles a deal, why do people think now that all of a sudden, at the 24th hour, something’s gonna get done that hasn’t gotten done in previous weeks and months? I don’t understand that. And all these teams now that have been laying in wait, are all gonna have their crack and chance at Tom Brady. And I know he’s gonna be 43, and I know he’s not as young as he used to be. But he’s still the greatest quarterback of all time, and other teams for the first time in his career are gonna be allowed to talk to him and try to persuade him from leaving New England, and I think there’s a real chance that somebody’s gonna be able to do that.”

So which teams are “laying in wait”? The Raiders’ interest in Brady seems to have dramatically cooled, if it ever was truly there. The 49ers opted out. The Titans, if anything, used potential interest in Brady to leverage a deal with Ryan Tannehill. So who else is there?

The Buccaneers are on the list, but they’re hardly laying in wait. Their head coach, tampering be damned, mentioned during the Scouting Combine that Brady will be a target — and recent reports have reinforced that.

The only other teams at this point that potentially would be lurking for Brady are the Dolphins, the Colts, the Chargers, the Cowboys (in the highly unlikely event that they become exasperated with Dak Prescott‘s demands), and the Panthers (if they move on from Cam Newton). A curveball supposedly is possible, but even the broadest possible list of teams hardly amounts to “all these teams . . . that have been laying in wait.”

Besides, this position ignores the fact that, even though offers can’t be extended until Monday at noon ET, Brady and Yee have had weeks to unofficially identify interested teams and entertain offers. Brady and Yee surely know by now who will be all in on Brady, and as Chris Simms has surmised it now comes down to the Buccaneers, and perhaps no one else.

By all appearances, Brady will have to choose between Tampa Bay and staying put. And the very real prospect of no offseason program could make staying put more practical for Brady. Especially if “all these teams” ultimately amounts to just one team, in Tampa.

So why go out on a limb and suggest that a long list of teams are “laying in wait”? Well, sometimes, that’s the price that has to be paid to get a five-minutes head’s up on an agreement before the agreement is widely announced.

19 responses to “Which teams are “laying in wait” for Tom Brady?

  1. He’s got a future in the XFL, possibly. Provided no one watches film on him from 2019z

  2. I believe that there are going to be more teams than just Tampa Bay & NE that he will be able to choose to play for.

  3. It’s pointing to Vegas, baby.

    Think of all the old washed up stars that go over there on the downside of their careers. Even the NHL team has a bunch of old veterans on it. But make no mistake Tommy Vegas, this is Gruden’s team and town.

  4. Well, lets see… Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard, Bruce Ariens and warm weather v. Patriots…hmmm

  5. Why is no one mentioning the Bears? Superbowl talented team only lacking a QB? Seems like the most obvious fit to me other than Tampa

  6. I still think Brady wants the LA Chargers. The Bucs seem to have a real chance at Brady, and I wouldn’t count out the Raiders.

  7. Vikings

    They believe they are a clutch QB away from a Superbowl. They just freed $20 million in cap space last week.

  8. I think the Cowboys are in a great spot to get Brady. They can pay him less than Dak and that’s enough reason. Jerry would be able to stick it to Kraft. Draft the prodigy. They have a very good O-Line, hand the ball to that RB and they can use the Tag on the other guy. Brady just might go to Tampa because they have great weapons and a sneaky good Defense. Tampa would turn into a contender. I do hope Brady leaves and throws a wrench into everyone’s plans.

  9. I have a weird feeling the Dolphins are going to make a play tomorrow. They have the picks and cap space to put weapons and a line around him plus he has familiarity with Brian Flore.

  10. You can hardly find a team that has worse offense squad than 2001 Pats.

    Brady will turn next coach into “genius”.

  11. Brady is a washed-up shell of what he once was in his prime. If Brady goes to another team (including my Raiders) he’ll wind up like Johnny Unitas (who is the real GOAT) did when he ended his career with the Chargers.

  12. Obviously, NFL GMs and coaches watched the tape of Brady last year. How is he an upgrade over Tannehill, Prescott, Cousins or Jimmy G considering his age and success of these QBs. And don’t give me he had no one to throw to crap. That can be said for half the QBs in the league. But we continue to pacify and make excuses for Brady simply because of historical greatness. We all get old at some point and it’s time for Brady and Brees to say goodbye and let these young guns take the reins.

  13. I agree the Bears make a lot of sense. Don’t know why they’re so enamored with Trubiski. They couldn’t score last year, and it hurt them. They could keep Trubiski at 9 mil( no point in cutting him), and structure a 2/3 yr contract for Brady that make the total QB hit doable. They’re a little cap strapped, but there’s plenty they could do to crate space. Cutting, trading or extending ARobinson for example. Brady makes them contenders, IMO.

  14. Chargers, Giants, Boys could all be laying in wait, and Phins haven’t exactly said “no way.”

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