The rumors surrounding Tom Brady could alter the New York Jets’ gameplan in 2020. Here are all the details and what it could mean for the team next year.
With Super Bowl LIV in the books, the Kansas City Chiefs are the champions of the 2019 NFL Season. With the big game now in the rearview mirror, the attention now turns to the start of the 2020 offseason.
Throughout the next few months, many questions will be answered. One of those, in particular, is where Tom Brady finds himself playing football.
According to Dale Arnold of WEEI, the answer to that question may be somewhere else besides New England.
Arnold has 11 teams projected to be lining up for Brady’s services. Among them he specifies are the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and **gasp** the New York Jets?
Although it’s easy to say that the Redskins, Giants, and Jets all drafted quarterbacks early over the last few years, so they wouldn’t be inclined to sign Brady, you may want to think again.
Peyton Manning went on a similar tour near the end of his career and many teams were rumored to alter their plans because of such a unique situation.
While nobody should expect Tom Brady to don the green and white in 2020, this report should give Jets fans pause to ask a couple of questions. As difficult as it is, do head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas believe in quarterback Sam Darnold? If they do, then how much?
If the Jets got rid of Darnold you would need to hear plausible and legitimate explanations not only from Gase and Douglas but also from interim owner Christopher Johnson who does not exactly have a stellar track record when it comes to explaining himself in difficult situations.
Yes, the Jets traded up in an aggressive move to nab Darnold (or whoever they felt would have been the quarterback of the future at the time), but Darnold is neither a Gase nor a Douglas acquisition. They invested nothing to acquire him and he was on the roster upon their arrival.
If Gase or Douglas (or maybe both?) feel enough pressure mounting to win immediately, who is to say that they do not look to trade Darnold for additional draft capital to a team who may covet him while making a splash for a future Pro Football Hall of Famer at the same position to replace him?
There are plenty of moving parts and certainly plenty of “what ifs” to this. Additionally, the obvious odds are that something like this will not happen. Even with the virtual certainty that Brady does not sign with the Jets, it is still fair to wonder how invested Gase and Douglas are with Sam Darnold considering neither of them was influential in his arrival in New York.