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Sunday News - - NFL - NATE DAVIS

COULD the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots be on the verge of im­plod­ing? An ESPN story pub­lished yes­ter­day de­tailed rifts be­tween coach Bill Belichick and quar­ter­back Tom Brady, Brady’s al­leged de­mand that backup Jimmy Garop­polo be traded (a wish owner Robert Kraft re­port­edly sup­ported ... and maybe later re­gret­ted), ap­par­ent ad­mis­sions from team in­sid­ers that the mer­its of the De­flate­gate case were le­git­i­mate and, per­haps most im­por­tant, that the only NFL dy­nasty of the 21st cen­tury might be on the verge of splin­ter­ing.

Should that be the case, what could be more fun than spec­u­lat­ing on where the fall­out – mean­ing the team’s main char­ac­ters – might land? Could Brady leave? Let’s look at the pos­si­bil­i­ties:

1. Jets: If a di­vorce went down, what bet­ter place for Brady to stick it to the Pats than by switch­ing al­le­giance to the J-E- T-S? Brady has long had real es­tate hold­ings in New York City, so mov­ing a few hours down In­ter­state-95 would be no is­sue.

2. Bron­cos: If you can’t beat ‘em, right? Brady is 8-9 all-time against Den­ver. Said an­other way, why not join a fran­chise that pro­vided Pey­ton Man­ning with more hard­ware and has no fear of the Pa­tri­ots?

3. Jaguars: If Brady can in­deed play ef­fec­tively un­til he’s 45, then Jack­sonville’s sup­port­ing cast could prob­a­bly give him a le­git­i­mate five-year win­dow to win cham­pi­onships.

4. Ravens: Think of them as Bron­cos-lite. Su­perb de­fence. Typ­i­cally play well against a Pa­tri­ots team it lives to beat.

5. Dol­phins: Their ros­ter has more ap­peal­ing tal­ent than, say, the Jets’, though win­ning in Mi­ami wouldn’t have the same flair.

6. Charg­ers: They’ve al­ready got an an­cient quar­ter­back who’s still play­ing ef­fec­tively in the twi­light of his ca­reer. The Bolts also

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