Tom Brady may end up with the Tennessee Titans, but we are a long way from that.
The Tennessee Titans want to take their time and figure out their best option at QB for the 2020 season and beyond. We still don’t know if that future will involve Tom Brady or not.
We have seen everything from (incorrectly) reading Tom Brady’s lips at a college basketball game to focusing on whether or not he was looking at schools in Nashville.
It isn’t quite the Peyton Manning situation all over again, but we are a few stalkers away from getting to that point.
Paul Kuharsky probably said it best in his latest article which served as a PSA to a lot of Titans fans. He stated, “Don’t take anything being reported or referenced right now as particularly solid, especially if it’s not from a regular, top NFL news breaker.”
In a recent interview on 104.5 the Zone (which you can find in the tweet below) Titans fans got a chance to listen to one of the few reporters who has been proven to have a pretty good idea of what the Tennessee Titans are thinking.
Maybe he is connected to people inside the team, maybe it is agent talk or maybe he just has some sort of sixth sense about what the Titans want to do. Either way, Ian Rapoport has been one of the two or three national voices who should have earned your respect over the last few years.
Listening to that and hearing him talk about how the Titans are trying to get a deal done before the franchise tag deadline, you have to assume that Tennessee’s “Plan A” is to get Ryan Tannehill signed on a contract that they like.
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That doesn’t mean that they can’t figure something else out after the deadline, but it makes it sound like once March 12th comes and goes, the Titans will either have Tannehill locked up or they will be shifting their focus to other potential options.
At that point, you have to think that the Titans would be the team to beat for Brady.
For now, the real struggle in the Tennessee front office seems to be more on figuring out exactly how to either keep or get the most out of the three biggest expiring commodities that they have: Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill and Jack Conklin.
I would assume that a deal is being pushed for Henry to sign while Tannehill and the front office have probably exchanged frameworks for deals and are playing a game of chicken until one side figures out that they need to try to make a deal happen.
Conklin is the wildcard who gives you the most value for his franchise tag, either if he plays or if he is tagged and traded. However, there isn’t much buzz about the Titans tagging Conklin even though it makes sense.
March 12th is the day where we can really start talking about a potential Tom Brady push, but up until then I am going to keep assuming that those rumors are coming from agents trying to gain leverage more than anything substantial.