REPORT: Tom Brady ‘eager’ to play mentor role for young QB
The chances of Tom Brady moving on from the New England Patriots are becoming more and more likely. In a piece for CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora believes that Brady is ‘eager’ to play a mentor role for a young quarterback.
For the first time since 2009, the Patriots weren’t in the AFC Championship Game in 2019. While the defense was fantastic, New England’s offense stalled as the season progressed and Brady began to show a few signs of regression.
Despite the finish to the season, Brady has his sights on playing in 2020 and possibly beyond. But with him becoming an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, there’s uncertainty surrounding his future.
The longtime quarterback of the Patriots is reportedly going to meet with teams when free agency begins in March. However, the situation has to be right for Brady and according to La Canfora, he’d prefer a destination that has a young quarterback that needs to be developed.
Wanting to play with a young quarterback doesn’t rule out New England. Last year, the Patriots drafted Jarrett Stidham and had him sit behind Brady as his backup. Therefore, if they believe Stidham is the future, Brady could return and take on more of a mentor role.
On the other hand, there are going to be other teams who want Brady to be their short-term solution at quarterback. We’ve seen the Green Bay Packers use the tactic of a veteran quarterback grooming a young one with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Regardless of who signs Brady, they’re hoping he can help shape the quarterback of the future while still being effective from under center. Without a doubt, this will be the most interesting offseason for the 42-year-old quarterback.