Tom Brady will test the market as a free agent for the first time in his career. The Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders and of course the New England Patriots all could attempt to lure Brady to their team. With six super bowl championships, Brady has been extremely successful. Because of that, we shouldn’t be surprised if more teams enter the Brady sweepstakes.
What Team Should Pursue Tom Brady?
The Detroit Lions are a team that might be interested in Brady’s services. I’m not saying Brady will be a Lion next season, but that idea might make more sense than what you’d initially think. Some general managers and coaches around the league believe that Matthew Stafford wants to be traded. If the Lions do indeed decide to move on from Stafford, they will need a new quarterback. That need could be addressed with the 3rd overall pick in the draft. However, with Joe Burrow presumably going first overall to the Bengals, and the Redskins sudden interest in Tua Tagovailoa with the second overall pick, the Lions might look elsewhere for quarterback help if Stafford gets traded.
If the Lions traded Stafford, would they go after Tom Brady? Would Tom Brady even want to play for the Lions? The Lions head coach, Matt Patricia was a coach on the Patriots for over a decade. In that stretch, he helped the team win three Super Bowls. Additionally, Brady played college football at the University of Michigan, so he could be interested in returning to that state.
Does the Six-Time Champion Going to the Lions Make Sense?
Martha Ford, the owner of the Lions, has been adamant saying that she wants the team to “win now”. I’m not sure if there’d be a better way of backing that statement up than by signing a 42- year-old, six-time Super Bowl champion. The Lions would be able to get a significant return by trading Stafford which would help them win immediately. Also, with Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa being the first two picks in the draft in the scenario above, the Lions would be able to select Chase Young, a pass rusher who could immediately be a star player. Remember, the Lions went 3-12-1 last season because Stafford missed the final half of the season. With Brady and the opportunity to improve their roster, the Lions could be contenders next season.
Again, I am not saying that Brady will be a Detroit Lion next season. The Lions may not even pursue the six-time Super Bowl champion. On the other hand, the Lions would need a quarterback if they did decide to trade Stafford. Regardless of how his career ends, Tom Brady will be widely recognized as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. What if he signs with Detroit and ends up winning a Super Bowl with them? The Lions haven’t won their division since 1993 and last won a playoff game in 1991. If Brady ends up being able to win with a franchise that has been so utterly incompetent, then it would make his legacy untouchable, if it isn’t already.
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