Discussion relating to Tom Brady’s future is getting ridiculous

Ryan Hannable
January 31, 2020 - 8:36 am

As we expected, Tom Brady has been the biggest storyline of Super Bowl week with seemingly every interview on Radio Row having at least one question about the 42-year-old quarterback.

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And it’s easy to understand why — the greatest player in NFL history has the potential to be a free agent on March 18 and sign with any other team. 

This absolutely is a major story and deserves to be talked about at nauseam, but the way the conversation has turned this week has been a little ridiculous.

On Tuesday, it was reported Brady and his family are now living in Manhattan. Wednesday, it was Brady has secured real estate in Las Vegas. And then Thursday, it was he and his family were touring a school in Nashville.

What are we doing?

While real estate sometimes is a way to connect players to their next team, that isn’t really the case with Brady. No matter where Brady plays in 2020, it’s not going to be for an extended period of time — likely two or three years — if Brady is really fully committed to playing until he’s 45.

It’s likely Brady will be renting wherever he plays next season because it sure seems like when his playing career is over he, Gisele Bundchen and the kids will be settling down in the Greater New York City area, likely Greenwich, Connecticut.

Then Thursday night, Brady himself fueled the fire with a cryptic social media post. He posted a black and white picture of him looking out at an empty Gillette Stadium field from the tunnel. It immediately went viral over the internet and even on sports radio with everyone having a take on what it meant.

He’s definitely leaving the Patriots! No, it signals he’s retiring! Wait, maybe it means he’s coming back to New England! 

The post literally could be interpreted any way someone wanted, and it likely had no meaning whatsoever, but it was dissected by everyone and everywhere.

Come on, people. 

And it’s not just speculating on real estate and overreacting to a social media post that’s reached an absurd level, it’s also been the discussion on the number of teams that are said to be interested in Brady.

This week there were reports that there are eight teams said to have shown interest, then double-digit teams. Wait, how?

Free agents are not allowed to talk to other until the legal tampering period begins on March 16. Now, everyone involved with the NFL knows that isn’t exactly how it works and people do talk through back channels before then, particularly around the NFL combine in late February. But, with Brady being the biggest free agent in the history of free agents, why would a team risk breaking rules when the entire world is focused on the case? Especially seven weeks early.

If the Patriots got wind of this, do you think they'd think twice about filing tampering charges? Also, look at all the other free agents in the history of the NFL, never has the number of interested teams been reported the week of the Super Bowl. Has there been talk of how many teams are interested in Devin McCourty this week? Didn't think so.

Everyone claims to have a good idea of what Brady is going to do, but yet the reality is the quarterback himself likely doesn’t know what he’s going to do.

There’s still so much unknown. 

Will the Chargers actually move on from Philip Rivers and not place the franchise tag on him? Will Drew Brees retire? Will Tampa Bay and Jameis Winston reach a deal before free agency hits? Will Tennessee bring back Ryan Tannehill? All those are questions that likely will be answered before free agency and will impact the quarterback market.

Not to mention, what about the Patriots?

Brady has no idea where they stand and what they could potentially be offering him. What if they come to him with a respectable, multi-year offer before free agency even comes? Then, there’s a chance Brady doesn’t even hit free agency at all.

Bottom line, Brady’s future has every right to be discussed at length and absolutely should, just base it on things that actually matter.

Otherwise, it’s going to be a long seven weeks. And it probably will.

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