Tom Brady could do the unthinkable next season, believes one New England Patriots insider. The source thinks Brady may jump ship for an in-division rival.
Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston told Rich Eisen this week that the future Hall of Famer could be ready to leave the only team he has ever played for and that the Miami Dolphins seem to be one of the most logical landing spots for him. On his Patriots Talk Podcast, Curran said there is some strong evidence that Brady is planning an exit from New England after the season is over.
Curran noted that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is a friend of Brady's and a fellow University of Michigan alum. The current Dolphins head coach, Brian Flores, was also a longtime Patriots coach. Jumping to the Dolphins would give Brady the chance to prove that he can win away from the Patriots as well, one of the few remaining arguments against his skill, Curran added.
"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," Curran explained.
As The Inquisitr reported, there has been plenty of speculation that Brady will be done with the Patriots after this season. ESPN's Adam Schefter noted that both Brady and his longtime trainer have put their Boston-area homes up for sale. Brady's contract is set to void after this season.Brady himself has been noncommittal about returning to the Patriots, refusing to say with certainty that he would be back in 2020.
"For me, it's been good because I am just taking it day-by-day and I am enjoying what I have," Brady said, via Pro Football Talk. "I don't know what the future holds and the great part is for me, football at this point is all borrowed time."
It is not clear where Brady would fit in to the Dolphins' rebuilding plans, however. The team has been shedding big contracts to build salary cap space and acquire draft picks, part of what appears to be a careful plan to grow back into contention in the coming years. Brady would likely still garner a big salary and his window for playing may not match up with the Dolphins' longterm plans.