NFL Free Agency: Ranking the best Tom Brady landing spots

Tom Brady, New England Patriots. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, New England Patriots. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

So Tom Brady is going to be an unrestricted free agent? Here are the best landing spots for the New England Patriots quarterback, ranked from worst to best.

At 42 years old, the NFL’s GOAT might be looking for a new home.

Here are the six semi-realistic spots Brady could end up playing for to close out his unforgettable NFL career. Unless you are one of these half-dozen NFL franchises, you have zero chance of garnering Brady’s services as a player. For the lucky six, you know who you are and here we go.

AFC. Indianapolis Colts. 6. player. 46. Pick Analysis. South. Scouting Report

The Colts have a strong roster, an excellent head coach in Frank Reich and play in a winnable AFC South division. Surely, owner Jim Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard would welcome Brady to Indianapolis with open arms. However, this is Manning’s town and Brady has too much respect to tread on his friend’s territory. It’d be a total power move for him to join the Colts, though.

13. AFC. player. West. Los Angeles Chargers. 5. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis

The Los Angeles Chargers have moved on from Philip Rivers at quarterback. Brady would be an upgrade over Rivers and the Chargers need to make some noise in a distracted media market. Him bolting New England for the Bolts would certainly do that. Unfortunately, Brady’s brand is too big for the Chargers and why would he want to play in the same division as Patrick Mahomes?

Scouting Report. West. Las Vegas Raiders. 4. player. Pick Analysis. AFC. 28

How would Raider Nation feel about this? Mr. Tuck Rule joining the Silver and Black in Las Vegas would be so strange. The Raiders are close to contention entering Jon Gruden’s third year back with the team. Brady is still better than Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Though no state income tax in Nevada is sweet, Brady and the Raiders don’t make sense on many levels, including branding from Brady’s standpoint.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Dallas Cowboys. 3. player. 123. NFC. East

From a brand perspective, the only way Brady’s reach would grow is to join up with America’s Team. The Dallas Cowboys could move off Dak Prescott in favor of Brady, but that has major implications. Then again, owner Jerry Jones is desperate to win one more Super Bowl before his time is up. It’s a good organization, but Brady can’t carry the Cowboys to a sixth Lombardi Trophy.

Tennessee Titans. 35. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. South. AFC. 2. player

If Brady were to leave New England, the best fit for him is the Titans. He’d play for a great friend in head coach Mike Vrabel. The AFC South is incredibly winnable and there is no state income tax in Tennessee. Nashville is an exploding media market and one where celebrity spouses would have no issue fitting in. The Titans’ lack of a brand is an issue, but Brady could play here and win.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 1. player. AFC. East. New England Patriots. 47

In truth, the best spot for Brady is to re-up with the Patriots. He should go year-by-year with New England to see if he can make it to 45. By never playing for another team, it will do wonders for his legacy and his aura as a legend. He may be done with Belichick, but this is the best spot for him to win Super Bowl No. 7.

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Ultimately, Brady is in the same spot as other star quarterbacks. His best option is to stay put and play for the team he always has. The Colts feel like a pipe dream for land him, as Rivers is likely to join Reich there. Brady won’t want to face Mahomes twice annually in the AFC West. Who knows how things will go in Dallas or Nashville?

Brady’s best chance for success is in New England.