If it's true that it's really a two-team race between the Patriots and the Buccaneers, I think that we should all get excited about Tom Brady returning to New England.
In January Tom Brady had one of the robust free-agent markets that I can remember in a long time. Fast forward to the day teams can start negotiating with Brady, and that market has shrunk significantly, and the newest reports that came out as of Sunday afternoon are saying that it's now down to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots. As a Patriots fan that has me feeling pretty comfortable, because as I've said in the past, I see no benefit outside of football for Brady and Gisele to go to Tampa Bay.
To be honest with you, if the reports are true I'm not sure what happened to the Los Angeles Chargers. From everything I had read prior to Sunday, the Chargers were still very much in the mix for Brady. But all the other teams who were apparently front-runners in The Brady sweepstake have either pulled themselves out, signed their quarterback, or aren't as interested in Brady as everybody originally thought.
The teams that were originally listed as potential landing spots for Brady was the Patriots, Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, and one of the later teams who are apparently willing to go all in on Brady the Buccaneers.
Since those teams were listed, the New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts have both announced themselves out of the sweepstakes. The Giants are willing to go forward with Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback, and the Colts are still considering quarterback options. They have Jacoby Brissett, they could look at a veteran like Philip Rivers, or take one of the quarterbacks out of the draft. Either which way they do it, both the Colts and the Giants are out on Brady.
The Las Vegas Raiders were originally the frontrunners to land Brady, but about a week and a half ago, reports came out that the Raiders were not prepared to go all in on Brady That was obviously a direct conflict with the report that said the Raiders were willing to pay Brady $60 million over two seasons. Raiders general manager Mike Mayock also made it clear during the NFL Combine that the Raiders were more than comfortable going with Derek Carr as their starting quarterback in the 2020 season if that's what it came down to. Head coach Jon Gruden backed up Mayock's comments and said that he has been very impressed with Carr.
On Sunday newsbroke that the Tennessee Titans gave Ryan Tannehill a $63 million contract extension, which obviously took them out of the Tom Brady race. A lot of people thought that the Titans were a good landing spot for Brady, and rumours and speculation was fuelled even more after a picture of Tom Brady and Julian Edelman video chatting with the Titans head coach and Brady's former Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel. But those rumours are now squashed and Tannehill will be the Titans quarterback.
Theoretically that leaves the Patriots, Chargers, and the Buccaneers left to sign Brady. If it's true that it's really a two-team race between the Patriots and the Buccaneers, I think that we should all get excited about Tom Brady returning to New England.