How low does Tom Brady rank as an NFL free agent option?

Andy Hart
January 16, 2020 - 9:02 am
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NFL free agency is still two months away, but with Hall of Fame talents like Tom Brady and Drew Brees set to hit the open market the buildup is very much under way.

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As such, NFL.com put together its list of the top 25 free agents and, well, let’s just say there is plenty of room for debate.

NFL.com puts Cowboys’ passer Dak Prescott atop the QB-heavy rankings, with Brees and Brady coming in at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. That’s behind Titans rehab project Ryan Tannehill.

“This year's free agency crop is weirder, deeper, more star-studded and far tougher to rank than any in memory,” NFL.com writes. “How can you really assess the relative value of two all-time great quarterbacks winding down their respective careers versus, say, Broncos safety Justin Simmons?

“Drew Brees and Tom Brady don't fit on every team -- or many at all. They certainly aren't long-term solutions. If they ever were to leave their current teams -- something that's far more feasible at this point with Brady -- it would have to be the right fit. Then again, that's true of all the intriguing free-agent quarterbacks like Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston and Philip Rivers. Every one of these quarterbacks will be paid well because even a league-average starting signal-caller is ultimately worth more than quality starters at any other position.”

In regards to Brady in particular, NFL.com writes “PFF had Brady as the 11th-ranked quarterback in 2019, which feels about right, despite what some rougher conventional numbers might suggest. Does he really want to start in a new system, in a new city, at age 43?”

Only Brady can answer that question.

Sure Brady is 42 and coming off a down year, but is he really worthy of being ranked below Tannehill? To some, apparently so.

Elsewhere, Patriots' left guard Joe Thuney comes in at No. 13 on the NFL.com list, while New England safety Devin McCourty gets honorable mention status. 

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