NFL free agency is just three weeks away, and the idea of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suiting up elsewhere doesn’t seem so crazy right now.
Brady signed an extension with the Patriots in 2019, but it was set up in a way that allows him to hit free agency in 2020. And so far, he and head coach Bill Belichick haven’t offered many hints about TB12’s future in Foxborough.
The AFC East rival Miami Dolphins have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Brady, if he opts to play for another team.
Several weeks after Dolphins owner Stephen Ross ruled out the idea of Brady coming to the Patriots, head coach Brian Flores concurred with his boss and explained why South Beach isn’t a possibility.
“I agree with Steve as far as, ‘Why would he want to come to Miami?'” Flores said, via Zack Cox of NESN. “I do. I’ll leave it at that. I do agree with Steve.”
There are several factors in Miami that could draw Brady’s interest. There would be familiarity with Flores, who worked with the Patriots from 2004 to 2018. He was on the staff for New England’s four most recent Super Bowl championships, so Flores knows what it takes to build a winner.
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The warm weather would be a nice change for Brady, too, after spending these past two decades in the freezing New England climate. And of course, the no-state tax in Florida means Miami could easily offer Brady more money than most other teams.
But the Dolphins traded away the bulk of their core players before and during the 2019 season, and they aren’t anywhere close to competing for Super Bowls. With the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, Miami figures to come away with a new franchise signal-caller — likely Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert.
And if Ross and Flores admit that the Dolphins don’t make sense for Brady, well, you can easily rule them out as a possible destination. The Patriots are still unquestionably the front-runners, but the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers all have plenty of offer, should Brady decide to leave New England.
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