As we get to less than 24 hours until the legal tampering period for free agency on March 16th, the picture for the Tom Brady sweepstakes is starting to get a little more clear. And the Bucs remain in contention to land the coveted superstar.
The Tennessee Titans were presumed to be one of the top teams in the running to pursue Brady this offseason, but they re-signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal worth $118 million on Sunday, per ESPN’s Jeff Darlington. This takes the Titans out of the race for Brady.
NBC Sports analyst and Pro Football Talk co-host Chris Simms reported as well on Sunday that the 49ers, who were believed to be Brady’s first choice, are out of the running for Brady and will choose to stay with Jimmy Garoppolo.
Simms then said that he thinks it’s down to just the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Bucs to land Brady in free agency. The amount of money per year given to Brady could be a deciding factor for where he goes.
“From everything I’ve heard, it’s down to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots,” Simms said. “I don’t think that the New England Patriots are going to be willing to give 30 million dollars a year type of money. As we know, Bill Belichick drives a hard bargain and he treats it like a business no matter who it is, even if it’s the GOAT. He’s not going to just give free money.
“Between Tampa Bay, who I bet would be willing to spend bigger money on Tom Brady and maybe give him $30 million a year, as opposed to New England, who is probably going to offer him something in the $20 million dollar range. And we can’t forget that Brady is going to cost $13 million against the salary cap whether he’s on the team or not for the New England Patriots this year. So that’s why they want to find a manageable number. That’s where it stands as I know it right now, it’s Tampa Bay or New England for Tom Brady.”
You can see the full video of Simms deciding the entire matter here.
Sources: 49ers are OUT on Tom Brady, sticking with Jimmy Garoppolo. Brady sweepstakes are down to 2 teams: https://t.co/uqxtdcjCNl