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Darkhorse team expected to emerge with interest in Patriots QB Tom Brady

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For the first time in his NFL career, Tom Brady is set to become an unrestricted free agent. While the New England Patriots are odds-on favorites to retain the 42-year-old quarterback, there is speculation within league circles that he could move-on to find a new team.

Chief among the speculation is the NFL’s top insider, Adam Schefter of ESPN. The well-renowned NFL reporter believes that there will be a dark horse team in contention for the Patriots superstar Brady in the offseason.

“I believe that that will happen again. That is what I believe,” Schefter said on WEEI’s “Greg Hill Show” on Thursday. “I believe there will be teams that have really not been at the forefront of the speculation, which is what this is, that will emerge and all of a sudden be potential landing spots for Tom Brady.”

The real question is, where would Brady go if not New England? Schefter thinks it will be a place that will allow him to grow his brand and where his family will be happy.

“Where is his family going to be happy, where is the TB12 brand going to grow, where does my family want to live, and what team has the type of supporting cast I feel I can compete with?” Schefter said.

The Patriots legend would likely also prefer to play where he can compete for a seventh Super Bowl ring, so options could be limited, considering contenders are rarely looking for a new quarterback. The Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts stand as the likeliest options.