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Mike Vrabel on Tom Brady FaceTime Call: 'Those Friendships Aren't Going to Stop'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2020

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel greets New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said Friday a recent FaceTime call with Tom Brady and Julian Edelman was merely a conversation between friends.

Vrabel appeared on Good Morning Football to discuss the viral video that surfaced while Brady and Edelman attended Saturday's college basketball game between Syracuse and North Carolina with talk show host Jimmy Fallon.

"My relationship goes back to 2001 with Tom Brady," the former New England Patriots linebacker said. "Those friendships aren't going to stop. He's a QB with an expiring contract."

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Tom Brady and Julian Edelman FaceTimed with Titans head coach and former Patriot Mike Vrabel at a Syracuse game 😆 (via nickpappy8/Instagram) https://t.co/7gF8fpFILm

The video sparked speculation about Brady, an unrestricted free agent on March 18, potentially reuniting with Vrabel in Tennessee. Ryan Tannehill and Marcus Mariota, the Titans' top two quarterbacks from last season, are also set to hit the open market.

Tennessee and New England held joint practices during training camp in August while the Titans coach was celebrating his 44th birthday. The longtime Pats QB gave him a Little League-style trophy with the score from the teams' 2018 matchup (34-10 Titans).

"Just a friend trying to give an old friend a present," Vrabel told reporters. "Just a little trophy for coaching."

Brady added: "He's been a good friend for a long time. Obviously done a great job leading this team. Proud of him for everything he's accomplished, and I'll support him even though he's coaching for another team."

The Titans continued their winning ways against the Patriots by ending their latest title defense with a 20-13 victory in the Wild Card Round of this past season's playoffs.

Although New England is the betting favorite (-125 odds) to retain Brady in free agency, the Titans are listed as the top choice (+380) should he leave the Pats, per B/R Betting.

The 42-year-old six-time Super Bowl champion saw his numbers dip in 2019 while surrounded by a lackluster supporting cast with the Patriots, so one of his key deciding points as a free agent will likely be what each interested team can offer offensively.

Tennessee relied on a run-heavy attack led by Derrick Henry, another potential free agent, and a strong defense to reach the AFC Championship Game.

Retaining Henry and adding another wide receiver would bolster the team's case for the future Hall of Famer. The Titans' top three wideouts under contract for next season are A.J. Brown, Corey Davis and Adam Humphries, a solid group, with Brown still trying to prove himself as a true No. 1 target.

The friendship between Brady and Vrabel should give Tennessee the inside track if the team checks all the other boxes on the quarterback's wish list.

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