The entire NFL is anxiously waiting to see where Tom Brady chooses to play next season after spending 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. Among the teams that could target Brady in free agency, the Indianapolis Colts seem like a viable suitor for the ageless quarterback.
Just a year ago, the Colts assumed that they’d be rolling into the 2019 season with Andrew Luck under center. But in the preseason, Luck decided it was best that he retire from the NFL after injuries took a toll on him.
With Luck heading for retirement, Indianapolis instilled their assuredness in Jacoby Brissett to be the starting quarterback. To prove that they were confident in Brissett, the Colts signed him to a two-year, $30 million extension.
At first, it appeared that Brissett was going to lead the Colts to the playoffs. But an unfortunate knee injury ended up hindering his play in the latter part of the season. When the season concluded, Indianapolis’ front office exclaimed that the ‘jury is still out’ on Brissett.
Given that, it appears that the Colts are open to considering other options at quarterback in 2020. With that being said, what is the best sales pitch that the Colts could make to Brady in free agency?
The Colts are a young and talented roster
For the first time since 2009, the Patriots were unable to have a first-round bye in the postseason. Additionally, it was the first time since 2009 that New England wasn’t playing in the AFC Championship Game.
Many people placed the majority of the blame on New England’s offense for the Patriots’ struggles. Without a doubt, the offense faltered due to the injuries along the offensive line and the lack of weapons.
Aside from Julian Edelman, New England deployed a receiving corps that included Mohamed Sanu and rookie N’Keal Harry. Of course, the Patriots—especially Brady—missed having Rob Gronkowski available at tight end.
However, if Brady chose to go to the Colts, he’d be surrounded by a young and talented roster. On offense, the offensive line is extremely formidable and the running game is effective with Marlon Mack.
Additionally, Indianapolis has T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal, and Jack Doyle are pass catchers. That is more than enough for Brady to prove that he can still play at 42-years-old.
Along with the offensive weapons, the Colts have put together an up-and-coming defense too. Both Darius Leonard and Malik Hooker are cornerstones on the defense for years to come.
Even if Brady doesn’t see the current Colts roster as a contender, they have $90.3 million in cap space available. Undoubtedly, that is more than enough to spend on bettering the roster around the veteran signal-caller.
There is still the chance that Brady chooses to remain with the team that drafted him in 2000. But in the chance that he truly tests the open market, the Colts have a decent case to make in a meeting with Brady.