ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith thinks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could play for the Tennessee Titans if he leaves the Pats after this season.
Since ESPN’s Adam Schefter made the case that Tom Brady is getting ready to leave the New England Patriots after the 2019 season — and has since doubled-down on it — a lot of speculation has been going around about where he could potentially go.
Well, I for one brought up the idea that Brady could come to Tennessee to play for the Titans and his former teammate who is now the Titans’ head coach, Mike Vrabel.
Of course, I’m not the only one — nor was I the first — who has speculated that this could possibly happen if Brady were to leave the Patriots. No, I’m just one of many in Titans circles that have brought this up.
However, now this idea is hitting the national stage, as ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith believes Brady playing for the Titans in 2020 isn’t out of the question (since we can’t embed the video directly, you can view it here) during a segment on his show, “First Take”.
Long story short, Smith points to Brady’s relationship with Vrabel as a reason, a relationship he says is still close. He also points out the fact that the Titans have a top defense, which is something Brady had when he played with Vrabel during the pair’s four Super Bowl runs together (Brady has six in total).
If Brady were to leave New England, he’d be looking for a team that has a chance to compete right away, and the Titans qualify as such with a championship-caliber defense that, as Smith noted, has not allowed more than 20 points in a single game this season.
To take it a step further, Brady would walk into an offense that has a slew of weapons to throw to, led by wide receivers Corey Davis and A.J. Brown. Tennessee’s offense would also likely be anchored by a ground game featuring Derrick Henry, who would need to be re-signed after this season.
The only issue would be protecting Brady, as the Titans’ offensive line has been awful this season.
The Titans would hope Brady, who would be 43 next season, is the answer at a position that has plagued the franchise for years now — and the missing piece that could put Tennessee over the top.
At the moment, the Titans have Ryan Tannehill behind center after benching Marcus Mariota. And, while Tannehill could finish out the rest of the season as strong as he looked in his starting debut, there’s no question Tennessee would be more intrigued with Brady than Tannehill if the option presented itself in 2020.
I truly believe that if Tom Brady leaves New England, it’ll be to retire. I just don’t see this happening. But nobody thought Brady would be able to play this long and here we are, so him surprising all of us once again certainly wouldn’t be out of the question.
We shall see.