Tennessee Titans: Pursuit of Tom Brady would be step backwards

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The Tom Brady and Tennessee Titans rumors are swirling after reports spotted him visiting schools in the area. However, signing him would make little sense.

The rumor mill is going to be buzzing after reports spotted Tom Brady visiting an all-boys private school in Nashville on Thursday. Brady, 42, is already linked to rumors that he may leave the New England Patriots this offseason and potentially finish out his illustrious career elsewhere. Perhaps with the Tennessee Titans? It probably doesn’t help that he also posted a cryptic image on his Twitter account of him standing in the tunnel of an NFL stadium.

The photo is black and white, and it’s difficult to discern exactly where Brady is, but regardless, the Titans should steer clear of the six-time Super Bowl champion.

If you recall, the Titans found themselves in a similar situation with Peyton Manning before the 2012 season. The long-time Indianapolis Colt was highly-courted by the Titans’ front office but ultimately landed with the Denver Broncos.

Yes, Manning won a Super Bowl with the Broncos in his final year, but a closer review of his stats indicate that he was pretty terrible that year. With a 9-17 TD-INT ratio, the Broncos got by with a top-five defensive unit.

Brady is clearly in the twilight of his career, and his numbers in 2019 would suggest he’s due for a substantial decline if he decides to continue playing next year.

Last year, Brady posted his lowest completion percentage (60.8) since 2013, lowest touchdowns (24) since 2003, lowest yards-per-attempt (6.6) since 2002, and lowest yards-per-game (253.6) since 2010.

The Titans are on the rise and found lightning in a bottle in Ryan Tannehill this past season. He thrived in Arthur Smith’s offensive scheme, and the Titans have a wealth of young talent to work with for the foreseeable future.

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Any attempt to make Brady the starting quarterback for a year or two could result in a setback, while also wasting Derrick Henry‘s prime.

It would behoove the Titans to ignore the Brady rumors and continue to focus on what lies ahead of them next year. Let other teams make the mistake of putting their quarterback development on hold for however long Brady has left in his career.