Tom Brady could not believe this one team was not interested in signing him in his free agency.
In a promo of his guest appearance on HBO’s The Shop, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady recounts how one NFL team decided to stick with their inferior quarterback over him in his free agency.
Brady ended up leaving the New England Patriots for Tampa Bay over the Los Angeles Chargers. While the Bolts made a smart move by drafting Justin Herbert No. 6 overall out of Oregon that spring, we have to wonder what team is Brady absolutely savaging on this episode of The Shop. The two teams likeliest teams could be the San Francisco 49ers or the Las Vegas Raiders.
Is there anything we can pick up on Brady’s delivery that could reveal the free-agency loser?
Tom Brady may have crushed the Raiders or 49ers in his rant on The Shop
What makes the 49ers and the Raiders possible suspects are they were on the short list of teams he would potentially head to in free agency, but were not finalists like the Bolts and the Bucs were. Two other teams who could be outside candidates to theoretically fit this bill are the New Orleans Saints and the Tennessee Titans. Is he digging at Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr or somebody else?
If you want to throw in Drew Brees and Ryan Tannehill into the mix, he is probably not ripping Brees, as Brady surely respects a fellow future first-ballot Pro Football of Famer. However, if Brees retired ahead of last season, Brady may have gone to the Saints. As for Tannehill, he is your best dark horse contender, as Tennessee makes sense. He did play for the rival Miami Dolphins, too.
But to speak that candidly and refer to another starting quarterback in that manner, it does not feel like Carr. Why would Brady refer to a man of faith he does not play all that often that disparagingly? This is why that dig was probably at Garoppolo, or maybe even Tannehill if Brady is that insanely petty. Brady and Garoppolo used to be teammates in New England in the late 2010s.
Overall, the only team that was a serious contender to land Brady that did not, but still came out of it okay was the Chargers. That is only because they drafted a bona-fide stud in Herbert in the weeks to follow. Brees has since retired. Tannehill lost his offensive coordinator this offseason. Carr has never played in a playoff game and the 49ers just drafted Garoppolo’s future successor.
While this should remain a mystery for the rest of time, we always love it when Brady goes petty.