Should Tom Brady really be 4th-ranked free agent QB and 17th overall?

Ryan Hannable
February 24, 2020 - 10:35 am

On Monday,'s Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling put out their list of the top 101 free agents this offseason.

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In New England and across the league, Tom Brady is the No. 1 talked about player, but he isn't very high on this list. In fact, Brady is the fourth-ranked quarterback and the 17th-ranked player overall. The quarterbacks ahead of him are Dak Prescott (No. 1), Ryan Tannehill (No. 8) and Drew Brees (No. 15).

While it's just an online list, it doesn't seem all that right.

A team would rather have Tannehill over Brady by a significant margin? Obviously Brady will be 43 years old next season and Tannehill will be 32, but last year was the only really good season for Tannehill and the majority of the Titans' success late in the year was because of Derrick Henry. While Brady doesn't have a ton of years left, he certainly would give a team a better chance to win than Tannehill.

Brees and Brady are very similar given their ages, but is Brees really the better option than Brady right now? If Brady had what Brees had in New Orleans last season, wouldn't he have put up similar, or even better numbers?

Other players ranked ahead of Brady were safety Justin Simmons (No. 7), guard Joe Thuney (No. 12) and linebacker Cory Littleton (No. 16).

There were also a few other Patriots on the list besides Brady and Thuney. They are Devin McCourty (No. 30), Kyle Van Noy (No. 45) and Jamie Collins (No. 53).

If this list is somewhat accurate, maybe Brady does have a decent chance of returning to New England, but on the flip side there's virtually no chance Thuney returns.

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