Eight teams that might fit Brady if he left t
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