While most of the civilized world is locked down this weekend due to the coronavirus, news around the National Football League is still full steam ahead.
Earlier on Sunday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Tennessee Titans are signing quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a new deal. That cuts down one of the reported teams that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may join.
Meanwhile, Chris Simms of NBC Sports reported on Sunday that the San Francisco 49ers are also out of the Brady Sweepstakes. According to Simms, the 49ers were at the top of Brady’s wishlist, which when you do the math makes plenty of sense.
Brady is originally from the Bay Area and a chunk of his family still lives there. Of course, he was a 49ers fan a kid and they are fresh off of appearing in Super Bowl LIV. Thus, they have a good, young offensive nucleus for him that would be a good fit.
What are the negatives of a Brady/49ers union? It starts and ends with one person…current Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
No matter what anyone thinks of Brady at this point of his career, any move to San Francisco would require the 49ers to either make Garoppolo a backup or say goodbye altogether to “Jimmy GQ.”
Neither seems to be a logical move when the 49ers were just six minutes away from winning the Super Bowl and have invested considerable financial capital into Brady’s former backup over the next three seasons. So, it appears the NFC champions will essentially run it back.
As for Brady, who turns 43 in August, it appears the battle for his services will be between the Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.