It’s pretty obvious that not every player is promised to play their entire career with the team that drafted them. You can take a look at guys like who played at least seven-eight years of their career with one team, but ended up being traded or released at some point in their career.
Why? Because general managers are always thinking about the future. Now Peyton Manning’s situation was a little different, the guy suffered a serious neck injury and the Colts had the number one pick in their back pocket with Andrew Luck headlining the draft.
So the Colts released Peyton and ran with Luck as their new starting quarterback. But what would happen if the New England Patriots decided to do something similar with starting quarterback and future Hall of Fame player Tom Brady?
ESPN’s Mike Reiss posted a column this morning talking about Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. He points out that Brady will be turning 37 years old in August and that his career clock is ticking.
Now he’s not saying that the Patriots are actively shopping Tom Brady, because that would pretty much be franchise suicide. Brady has at least three or four more good seasons in him before he decides to walk away from the game by himself.
But there’s always that thought in the back of most general manager’s heads, a question of “What if?”. It wouldn’t hurt to see what teams would be willing to give you for someone like Tom Brady, but it would also be a move that would bring you a lot of heat.
This is where I want to hear from the New England Patriots faithful. With Brady nearing the end of his career, (as a general manager) would you shop Tom Brady to see what you could get in return? And if so, what would it take for you to ship him to another team.
Let’s try to keep the deals somewhat realistic.