Five possible targets for Tom Brady this NFL offseason – NBC New York

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Is this the end for Tom Brady?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season ended Monday with a 14-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The 45-year-old quarterback completed 35 of 66 passes for 351 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but it wasn’t until the last game of the third quarter for the Bucs to collect points.

Now the focus is shifting to the offseason. Brady is set for it meet free agencyand while many expect him to come back for a 24th season it might be for another team. After 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, he has spent the last three years with the Bucs.

Which team will Brady play for? next season? Many factors come into play, including team talent, coaching, divisional competition, and location. Here are five of Brady’s best options when searching his next team:

Las Vegas robbers

Roster: The Raiders have some starting talent on the list, although their lack of depth contributed to a 6-11 season. On the offensive side, Brady would have an arsenal of weapons led by Davante Adams, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. Josh Jacobs is a pending free agent who could be tricked into staying if Brady signs. Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones form a strong Las Vegas defensive line, but the second is thin.

Coaching: Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was Brady’s offensive coordinator New England for 11 seasons. The two are very familiar which would make for an easy transition on either side. Four other Raiders offense coaches are also former Patriots assistants.

Classification: This is where the Raiders become a tricky option. The AFC West is loaded with two young superstar quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert. Let’s just say Brady wouldn’t make the playoffs with an 8-9 record — like he did in 2022 — if he moved to Las Vegas.

Location: Brady’s three children all live on the East Coast, with Jack living in New York City and Benjamin and Vivian living in Florida. Las Vegas would be a long journey if he wanted to stay close by.

Miami Dolphins

Roster: The Dolphins started the 2022 season 8-3 behind Tua Tagovailoa, but the team struggled down the stretch to finish 9-8 and the young quarterback couldn’t stay healthy. However, there are plenty of talents on the roster, including receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle and tackle Terron Armstead. The defense is strong too, with Christian Wilkins, Bradley Chubb, Xavien Howard and Jevon Holland all under the age of 30.

Coaching: It would be an unfamiliar wand for Brady. The only offensive coach with a connection to Brady is wide receivers coach Wes Welker, who played at New England from 2007-2012. Coming from the Kyle Shanahan tree, head coach Mike McDaniel has no connection to the offenses Brady ran.

Classification: Brady is all too familiar with the AFC East, but this isn’t the same division he left after the 2019 season. The Bills are poised to dominate for years to come after winning three straight division titles. The Jets are on the rise after a 7-10 season, and the Patriots are still solid with Bill Belichick at the helm.

Location: That wouldn’t be a big step for Brady — just a short flight from Tampa to South Beach. It would keep him close to two of his children and relatively the same distance from the third as he is now.

New York Jets

Roster: The Jets are one quarterback away from the competition. Their defense is packed with young talent including Quinnen Williams and Sauce Gardner. Offensively, the Jets have parts that are ready to make an impact if they can find a competent quarterback. Breece Hall had a stellar season before his injury, Garrett Wilson is an offensive Rookie of the Year contender and the offensive line has talented if injury-prone players in Mekhi Becton and Alijah Vera-Tucker.

Coaching: Robert Saleh is another Shanahan student but he is a defensive head coach. The Jets parted ways with offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur after the season, which could pave the way for Brady to field his own man.

Classification: This is the same story as in Miami, where Brady would have to deal with the bills. However, it would give him another prime opportunity to exact revenge on Belichick. Brady’s former coach blasted the Jets for years, having resigned from the organization in 2000 and winning the last 14 matchups between the Pats and Jets.

Location: The Jets play across the river in New Jersey, but that would put Brady right next to his 15-year-old son Jack. He would still be on the East Coast, in the country’s largest market.

Tennessee Titans

Roster: Joining the Titans would be a clear downgrade of his teammates’ talent for Brady. Derrick Henry is their best offensive weapon, but he’s a 29-year-old running back with a lot of miles. The wide receiver room includes veteran Robert Woods and 2022 rookie Treylon Burks, which is uninspiring. The Titans have a solid defense led by Jeffery Simmons and Kevin Byard.

Coaching: Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was Brady’s teammate in New England from 2001 to 2008, where they won three Super Bowls together. The former linebacker has never coached Brady, but they’re obviously comfortable with each other. Tennessee fired the offensive coordinator Death Downing after the season to give Brady the opportunity to choose the type of system he wants.

Classification: Brady played in the NFL’s worst division in 2022. If he moved to Tennessee, he would play in the second worst. The Colts and Texans both have top-five draft picks as they rebuild their rosters. The Jaguars, who won the division this year with a 9-8 record, are their closest rivals thanks to young quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Location: This could be the ideal location for Brady, at least geographically. Living in Nashville would place Brady squarely between New York City and Florida. It’s not quite on the coast, but it’s close enough.

New England Patriots

Roster: The New England squad is here better shape than it was when Brady left. Defense showed they were playoff-ready this season while offense lagged. Running back Rhamondre Stevenson is a rising star, but the pass catcher group leaves a lot to be desired. The offensive line is solid and defense is a talented group with Matthew Judon, Kyle Dugger, Christian Barmore and Josh Uche.

Coaching: This is where it gets complicated. We never really know what Belichick is thinking (Would he want Brady back? Is he too stubborn?). The two had one long chat in the dressing room after the Bucs Pats game in 2021 so the level of respect is probably still there. So must the Patriots Add an offensive coordinator because the Matt Patricia and Joe Judge Duo was ineffective with MacJones.

Classification: Brady would join arguably the least talented team in the AFC East and set up six tough games against upstarts Bills, Dolphins and Jets. Things aren’t the same as they used to be when Brady and Belichick cruised through their department roster.

Location: The location works – near New York, on the east coast, etc. Maybe Brady still has a home near Gillette Stadium? He’s made it work before and he could do it again if he wanted to.

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