Bye Bye Brady? Five Teams Tom Brady Could Be Calling Signals For After 2010
Tom Brady may find himself in quite a situation, should he choose to do so.
Brady, a three-time Super Bowl winner, can become a free agent after this next season. Would he? Should he?
How about the lack of contract talks between Brady and The New England Patriots? Should that be an indicator of a likely departure from Clam Chowder and Beantown, to say, Philly or San Fran?
Brady's entering his 11th NFL season this fall, and it'll be his first without an extension in place.
For Brady, a lot is yet to be determined.
Will his career continue with the Patriots, a team who as a whole is getting older every year, or will he look to make a few more runs at the Lombardi Trophy elsewhere?
Brady is a free agent after this season, and while he's had some very memorable years with the Patriots, he's not without options in 2011.
Here's a look at five teams Tom Brady might be under center for in 2011.
The Minnesota Vikings may find themselves in a similar predicament as the New England Patriots. Will their veteran quarterback be there in 2011?
Brett Favre would be 42 by week 4 that season, and it's no stretch to say 42 may be two too many for Brett, in years that is.
Brady would be 34 years old, a much younger alternative at their respective points in their careers.
As far as we can tell, Favre will be returning to the Vikings this fall, as will Brady to the Patriots, as he is in his final year of his contract.
Minnesota hasn't had much success grooming a quarterback of the future, see Jackson, Tarvaris, and Booty, John David.
However, their "strike while the window is open" approach worked nicely last season after acquiring Favre after his second retirement. Or, was it his third? Maybe fourth...
Anyways, why would Brady be a good fit in Minnesota?
Why *wouldn't* he be?
He's a veteran who knows what is expected of him, and that's to win.
He would have an established core of playmakers in running back Adrian Peterson, wide receivers in Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian, and Percy Harvin, as well as a receiving tight end in Visanthe Schiancoe.
This might be a perfect marriage for the Vikings, as well. The city doesn't want to lose the team, but doesn't want to foot the bill to build a new stadium.
Maybe a little Tom Brady presence in the Cities might persuade the owner and city to get a deal in place.
If Tom Brady were to go to the Minnesota Vikings, that would make for one hell of a quarterback-heavy division. Detroit with Matt Stafford, Chicago with Jay Cutler, and of course, Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers.
Could ESPN ask for better Monday Night Football ratings than Packers-Vikings with Rodgers and Brady?
*Paging Tony Kornheiser, Jon Gruden, and Ron Jaworski, your man-crushes are playing tonight*
(Pictured left: Pete Carroll selling Tom Brady that Seattle's right for him, and Giselle)
Lets consider this a second...
Pete Carroll loves a quarterback.
Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, hell, Matt Cassell.
Wouldn't he love to put another feather on his fedora (can you imagine Carroll wearing a fedora? I can. Vivid mental image actually. Downright odd) and coach Tom Brady through a Seattle playoff run?
The pieces are there, although not as nicely stocked of a cupboard as Minnesota, Seattle has some great pieces to make a Brady transition a smooth one.
Matt Hasselbeck, who's been "hasseled" (had to, excuse the pun) by injuries of late, is running short on time in Seattle, and is a free agent after 2010, likely not to return.
However, there is one small problem in a Brady to Seattle scenario, with the Seahawks acquiring quarterback Charlie Whitehurst from the San Diego Chargers for essentially a third-round pick in 2011.
Whitehurst has attempted, and completed, all of ZERO passes in the NFL.
Safe to say Brady would be a sure bet to beat him on the depth chart.
While its unlikely to happen, Brady would fit nicely into Carroll's new offensive attack, and could find success with wide receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh and tight end John Carlson.
Lets not give Seattle fans more false hope than they need though. This team has pretty much penciled in "QB1-Charlie Whitehurst" in the depth chart, as long as Carroll is head coach.
San Francisco 49ers
Does Alex Smith have the world's smallest hands?
Sure seems like it at times.
I'm no All-Pro, and I won't be throwing any rocks in my glass house, but Alex Smith's hands are better suited to be starring in those Burger King commercials where the guy refuses to go to BK because his hands are so small.
It's gotta be a challenge to hold onto the ball, right?
While Smith has turned it around a bit, finding a connection with physical freak Vernon Davis at tight end, Smith has a contract only running through 2011. I'm willing to bet Tom Brady could convince Mike Singletary to hand Smith a clipboard and headset.
The 49ers have a strong offense with a solid offensive line, enough to keep Brady off his back and throwing to Davis or Michael Crabtree, as well as a high-motor back in Frank Gore.
Tom Brady and his wife/supermodel Giselle and their child are expected to move soon to Brentwood, Calif., just east of the San Fran Bay Area.
The Brady Bunch (once again, I apologize) would be able to spend more time together, and enjoy their newly built $11 million home.
From Montana, to Young, to Brady? Not too shabby, San Fran.
Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb are back together for a 2010 season, after a less than stellar combination of the two were behind longtime Eagle Donovan McNabb in 2009.
Will Kolb establish himself as the unquestioned leader of the Eagles in 2010, leaving no question marks going forward?
And what will become of Vick, the ex-Pro Bowler, and now former con turned Eagle?
Tom Brady would be a new toy for longtime Eagles coach Andy Reid to play with in his offense, and Brady is used to pressure, so Philly and it's notoriously rowdy and high expectation crowds wouldn't intimidate him.
Not to mention Brady would have DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy at his disposal on the offensive side.
Kolb signed a one-year extension in light of the McNabb trade, so he'll be with the team through 2011, but who's to say after a rocky 2010, the Eagles and upper management might not consider Brady, should he opt for free agency?
New England Patriots
The old saying goes, "If you hear zebras in Central Park, it's probably just a patrol horse."
What may be the first, potentially the juiciest idea or outcome, may not be the case.
While I've made at least an attempt to make a case for Tom Brady's red carpet arrival to Seattle, San Fran, the Twin Cities and Philly, he very well may opt to re-sign with the Patriots in free agency, or reach a deal before this next summer.
So, fans of the NFL, where do you see Tom Brady in 2011?