While I acknowledge Tom Brady is the best and most accomplished quarterback of my generation, I never became attached. His personality never drew me in as more than just a casual observer and appreciator of his work.
But now that Brady finds himself trolling Aaron Rodgers and airing out beef with teams who passed on him in free agency, I’m into it. And when Brady shared an anecdote about a team that showed early interest, only to back out and have th future Hall of Fame QB in disbelief that said team was “sticking with that motherf*****” was a head-turning moment. Could Brady have been talking about a Bears that had interest, reportedly made an offer, and was ultimately rebuffed?
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio hears from “sources with direct knowledge of the situation” that it wasn’t the Bears. Meaning Brady wasn’t shading Mitchell Trubisky while landing a 1-2 combo platter. And while that doesn’t tell us whom Brady was talking spicy about on HBO, it reminds me Chicago never made sense as the answer. Based on GM Ryan Pace’s offseason actions in rummaging through so many different options and Head Coach Matt Nagy’s in-season move pulling Trubisky at the first sign of trouble, I don’t think the Bears would’ve told Brady “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Was Brady talking about the 49ers and his old understudy Jimmy Garoppolo? What about the Raiders and Derek Carr? It couldn’t have been the Colts or Chargers, two teams reportedly with interest at the time. Unless Brady has beef with Philip Rivers signing with Indy or Justin Herbert going to the Chargers in the draft. And I’m not sure the Titans fit. But that might depend on your definition of “settling” on Ryan Tannehill. We might not ever find out. But Brady continues to give us something to talk about.
Maybe we’ll know based on who he effs up this season (some language NSFW):
“Looking back, I’m thinking ‘There’s no fuc-ing way I would’ve gone to that team. They said they didn’t want me! I know what that means! I know what that feels like! And I’m going to f— you up because of that.”pic.twitter.com/DZ32TnRdI5
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 26, 2021
Considering the Bears offed Brady up in their meeting last year, I guess that takes them out of the running.