Albert Breer Explains Why Tom Brady Won't Join The Giants

The Patriots Quarterback Has A Decision To Make

Moose & Maggie
February 27, 2020 - 1:08 pm

It’s rumor season in the NFL, and the future of one future Hall of Famer is the story on everyone’s mind.

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Tom Brady can become a free agent on March 17, when his contract with the Patriots expires. Brady has spent his entire career in New England, where he has established himself as arguably the greatest football player of all time, but he could now be set to start a new chapter with another team in the league.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, that team could be the Giants, but The MMQB’s Albert Breer pushed back on that report when he joined Maggie Gray and Marc Malusis on WFAN on Thursday. Breer doesn’t think there’s much of a chance of Brady signing with Big Blue.

“There is commitment there to Daniel Jones,” said Breer. “I think Brady would be open to the idea of going to New York. It would certainly be personally convenient for him, based on where his family is. But the pieces I’ve been able to put together over the last few days, I don’t see the Giants as a likely landing spot for Brady.”

The initial report by Giardi was that his sources at the NFL combine had mentioned the Giants as a possible suitor for the soon-to-be free agent QB, alongside the Titans and Raiders, who have been repeatedly mentioned as possible destinations. 

Bringing Brady in would be a heck of a curveball thrown by Dave Gettleman. New York could afford TB12’s salary, but playing Brady would likely get in the way of Jones’ growth. Jones impressed on quite a few occasions after replacing Eli Manning as the starter early in the season, and the team has seemingly committed to him as their franchise QB of the future.

There is an obvious connection between Brady and head coach Joe Judge. Judge has been an assistant coach with the Patriots since 2012, and served as the team’s wide receivers coach last season, but only one guy can play quarterback at a time, so it seems highly unlikely that the Giants would sideline Jones by signing Brady.

Eli Manning and Tom Brady
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But even if he doesn’t sign with the Giants, there’s a real chance that Brady could end up elsewhere. Breer believes the chance of Brady leaving increases as free agency nears.

“I think the closer we get to free agency, there’s no question that that’s there. I think that there’s probably some nerves playing out too now. You’ve got a little bit of a standoff. The Patriots haven’t met with Brady. Belichick hasn’t met with Brady, and I still think that that meeting can happen. It’s not March 17 right now. There’s still a few weeks to go.”

Brady and the Patriots started off the 2019 season undefeated, but they quickly fell back to Earth as the campaign came to a close and other weak-spots on the roster became more apparent. Breer views this Brady situation as part of a decision that New England has to make about possibly rebuilding.

“For the Patriots, there’s a piece of this where it’s ‘do we rip the band-aid off now?’ which you probably wouldn’t think twice about if you didn’t have a 43-year-old quarterback, or ‘do we run it back for another year with the same crew?’”

Click on the audio player to listen to the full interview with Albert Breer.