I had a grand ol’ time soaking in the fact that a Madden simulation saw Tom Brady go off when projected onto the 2020 Chicago Bears, but little did we know how close that was to actually happening. Yep. The folks at NBC Sports Chicago shared commentary from sports broadcaster Dan Patrick, who heard from sources that the Bears were on Brady’s list of preferred teams this offseason.
In fact, they were one of three finalists:
“Did you know that the Bears were in the final list of teams for Tom Brady? The final list that Brady was looking at, the Chargers, the Bears, and the Buccaneers. I was told this yesterday. I said, ‘Wait a minute. The Bears?’ [The source] told me yes.”
The Chicago Bears have had a long-standing issue with finding competent quarterback play. So to see them – even in hindsight – as being in the running for Brady is mind-blowing. It’s a trip just to type that sentence. So I’ll write it in a different way. The Bears — a team with Super Bowl aspirations that could ultimately be dashed by shoddy quarterback play — were a finalist to sign the position’s G.O.A.T. this offseason.
I need a breather.
And to think, I nodded with intrigue when pundits connected Brady to the Bears last October. It was fun, but a pipe dream. I then found it crazy to see scenarios developed by insiders centering around the concept of trading Mitchell Trubisky to sign Brady. But hey, it was out there. And now I find myself considering what could have been.
What do the Bears do at tight end? How do they address the offensive line? Would Allen Robinson have received his extension by now? So many questions, so few answers that would bring me the closure I need.
The Bears could’ve had Tom Brady. Instead, they go to battle with Mitchell Trubisky and the hope that a summertime QB battle calloused and prepared him for the year to come.