Tom Brady free agency: Ranking best potential landing spots for QB
7. Chicago Bears
2019 record: 8-8
Incumbent QB: Mitchell Trubisky
Offensive weapons: David Montgomery, Allen Robinson
Division rating: Difficult
Of course, the Bears would love to replace Trubisky with Brady for no other reason than to stop hearing about how they took the North Carolina product over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
The Bears only have made the playoffs once in the last nine years and their offense isn't exactly the Greatest Show on Turf.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Trubisky will be the starter entering the 2020 season. Guess Brady won't be looking for a home on Lake Michigan.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
2019 record: 5-11
Incumbent QB: N/A
Offensive weapons: Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler
Division rating: Very Difficult (Patrick Mahomes)
The Bolts seemed like the leader to lure Brady away from New England a few months ago. But would the GOAT really want to go play in front of 200 people in a soccer stadium? Probably not.
With Philip Rivers exiting stage left, it also sounds like the Bolts want to transition to a more RPO-heavy attack. While Brady is adept at many things, beating teams with his legs isn't one of them.
Sorry Gisele, but Sunset Boulevard will have to wait.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019 record: 7-9
Incumbent QB: Jameis Winston (free agent)
Offensive weapons: Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Ronald Jones, O.J. Howard
Division rating: Beat Drew Brees and you're good to go
ESPN's Dianna Russini reported Tuesday on "Get Up!" that the Bucs are very interested in Brady and willing to let him have a say in the offensive play-calling and roster if he were to come.
Brady surely would love to play for Bruce Arians and the thought of him airing it out to Evans and Godwin has to appeal to a quarterback who spent last season hoping rookie N'Keal Harry could find separation.
The challenge of getting the Bucs back to the playoffs might appeal to Brady. But the Bucs struggled to protect Winston and at 42 going on 43, Brady doesn't want to spend his twilight getting pummeled in South Florida.
4. Las Vegas Raiders
2019 record: 7-9
Incumbent QB: Derek Carr
Offensive weapons: Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow
Division Rating: Mahomes-level Difficult
I've been open about the fact that I think signing Brady is a gamble worth taking for the Raiders. Even at 43, he's got a bigger upside than Carr who appears to have hit his ceiling. But from Brady's view, why would he go to Sin City? Just to have his face plastered on billboards?
The Raiders still are in Phase 1 of an extensive rebuild and happen to reside in the division with Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions. Jacobs and the running game are nice and the Raiders have money to spend on receivers as well as two first-round picks. But the defense is atrocious and that's not a winning recipe come January.
Sorry Chucky, there will be no GOAT in Vegas.
3. Tennessee Titans
2019 record: 9-7
Incumbent QB: Ryan Tannehill (RFA)
Offensive weapons: Derrick Henry (FA), A.J. Brown, Adam Humphries
Division Rating: Charmin Soft
Now we're getting into the real contenders. The Titans play in the wide-open AFC South that is currently ruled by Bill O'Brien somehow.
The Titans have a solid defense, and re-signing Henry would make the play-action passing game lethal with Brady spreading the ball to Brown, Humphries, Jonnu Smith and Corey Davis.
Signing Brady automatically would make the Titans the AFC South favorites and put them on the fast track toward the Super Bowl. Oh, and Brady and head coach Mike Vrabel are former teammates.
The Titans receive a rose in The Bachelor: Super Bowl QB edition.
2. New England Patriots
2019 record: 12-4
Incumbent QB: Him
Offensive weapons: Julian Edelman, Sony Michel, N'Keal Harry
Division Rating: Brady owns the other three teams (his name might actually be on the paperwork next to Woody Johnson's name as
lord owner of the New York Jets)
Is Brady really going to leave the comfort and security of the Patriot Way? If Bill Belichick agrees to surround him with actual playmakers, wouldn't it make the most sense for him to run it back in Foxboro, Mass., and try to bring a seventh title to the Patriots? Of course.
But perhaps 20-plus years with the same coach and franchise has worn on Brady. The AFC East does promise five-to-six wins a season until the Jets, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins prove they can consistently compete in the AFC East.
If Brady wants a new challenge, then he could wave goodbye to the Patriots. But the grass isn't always greener.
1. San Francisco 49ers
2019 record: 13-3
Incumbent QB: Jimmy Garoppolo
Offensive weapons: George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Tevin Coleman
Division Rating: Moderate
Once again, these rankings are purely fits for Brady and his goals as his career winds down. I'm not saying the 49ers should sign him, although I think it absolutely should be on the table.
The 49ers have one of the most complete rosters in the NFL, an offensive innovator at head coach in Kyle Shanahan and a window to win now. Those windows don't stay open forever.
Can Garoppolo win the 49ers a Super Bowl? Probably. He was seven minutes from doing so two months ago. But Brady has done it six times.
Would it make sense to move on from Garoppolo for a soon-to-be 43-year-old Brady? Not in the long term, no. If Brady wins the 49ers a sixth Lombardi Trophy, would it really matter? No.
All the Brady to the 49ers noise might be just that. But it's a pairing that could have a storybook ending to the six-time Super Bowl champion's career if he brings a title back to the Bay.