Over the last few weeks, there has continued to be rumblings around the New England Patriots concerning Tom Brady‘s long-term future with the franchise beyond the 2019 season. The Patriots and Brady have remained focused on this year, but that hasn’t precisely silenced the building dialogue around the situation. With that in mind, there is one team that has been suggested as a potential landing spot for Brady if he were to leave New England and continue playing after this season.
Tom Brady’s uncertain future with Patriots
During the offseason, the Patriots agreed to a one-year extension with Brady to keep him under contract through the 2020 season.
However, that left the door open to the 42-year-old potentially entering the free-agent market next offseason, along with having the ability not to be franchise tagged by the Patriots if he went that route. Meanwhile, Brady has been quite vague about his future in the NFL, voicing hat he didn’t know when he would step away from the game.
All of that, coupled with the team’s offensive struggles down the stretch this season, has rekindled conversations around his standing with the Patriots. That has put on the table the possibility that Brady could play elsewhere if New England were to move on from him.
There is one potential landing spot that has been brought up if the future Hall of Famer were to venture into that scenario next offseason.
Tom Brady headed to division rival?
At this juncture, it’s quite difficult to envision Brady playing for another team after spending the last two decades with the Patriots. That was also the case for a few other all-time greats such as Joe Montana, Warren Moon, and Joe Namath.
There could be a few teams that could make a play to add Brady if he were to become available next offseason. Longtime Patriots reporter Tom Curran voiced on Wednesday during an interview on the Rich Eisen Show that he believes the six-time Super Bowl champion could entertain the possibility of playing for the Miami Dolphins. (H/T Kyle Crabbs of Dolphins Wire)
“What would be ideal? Honestly, Rich — knowing who he is, since he’s been in the public consciousness for 20 years and more? He wants to be able to prove something to somebody who thought that he couldn’t do something. That he was unable to continue at a level. And that’s why I keep coming back to the Miami Dolphins as a possibility,” said Curran.
Curran also went on to state that Brady would have some Patriots ties there with Miami’s current quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski, who previously served as the offensive assistant and assistant quarterbacks coach for six years in New England. The Dolphins offensive coordinator is Chad O’Shea, who was the Patriots wide receivers coach for nearly a decade. Lastly, head coach Brian Flores was previously the defensive coordinator for New England.
There are familiar faces in place for Brady to feel comfortable with that possible scenario if things were to pan out in that manner.
Tom Brady, Patriots focused on 2019 season
The possibilities are certainly out there that Brady could be nearing the end of his tenure with the Patriots. However, New England is still a promising position heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.
The Patriots have had some notable offensive struggles over the last few weeks, but they remain in the spot of potentially securing a first-round bye. New England may have their issues on that side of the ball, but they possess one of the league’s best defenses that still give them plenty of confidence that they can turn things around.
At the same time, it’s hard ever to count out the Patriots regardless of the issues that they are experiencing during the season. Until they knocked out of the picture in the playoffs, the focus will remain on contending for Super Bowl 54.