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Kurt Warner thinks Tom Brady should play for this specific AFC team

Kurt Warner thinks Tom Brady should play for this specific AFC team

As you already know, Tom Brady's future with the New England Patriots is up in the air.

While Brady may not return to the Patriots, the bigger question is where he'll play next season. The Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders have been the big names surrounding Brady in recent discussions, and of those three teams, one stands out the most.

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NFL Network analyst and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner has an idea of where Brady will go, rather, where he should play if it's not in New England.

"I still don't look to go to the Raiders or the Chargers and have to compete against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs twice every year just to win my division," Warner said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday, according to Nate Davis of USA Today Sports. "I don't want to have to go through the other great quarterback in the AFC right now twice a year and then possibly have to be the wild card.

"Just from that standpoint alone, I probably look at a team like the Titans, and I say to myself, 'Well, they were right there last year, and they've got some pieces we can build off of.' That's probably, in my mind, the best situation of those three that I'm hearing about."

The Titans are a very reasonable option for Brady. Tennessee lost the AFC championship game to the Kansas City Chiefs, and will be looking for a new quarterback if Ryan Tannehill becomes a free agent. The Titans also have a very talented offense including running back Derrick Henry (also a free agent) and wide recievers A.J. Brown and Corey Davis that could draw Brady to the organization.

Not only that, but Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was teammates with Brady from 2001 to 2008 and won three Super Bowls with the QB in New England.

So, will he become a Titan? Only time will tell.

Report: Tom Brady renting out Derek Jeter's massive Tampa mansion

Report: Tom Brady renting out Derek Jeter's massive Tampa mansion

Being a member of sports royalty has its perks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians recently confirmed Tom Brady would move his family to the Tampa area after signing with the team in free agency.

But how would the former New England Patriots quarterback relocate his wife, Gisele, and their children from New York to Tampa amid a global coronavirus pandemic?

With a little help from Derek Jeter, of all people.

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Brady arrived in Tampa on Thursday morning and is staying at the sprawling Davis Islands mansion owned by the New York Yankees legend, the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports.

"The JP Show" first reported the news, adding that Brady is renting the mansion at an estimated per-month rate of between $75,000 and $100,000 per month.

Good thing Brady's two-year contract is fully guaranteed.

Brady will get what he pays for, though. Jeter's palatial estate, which was constructed in 2011 for a cool $7.7 million, boasts over 30,000 square feet, seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, two three-car garages and a boat dock with private access to Hillsborough Bay.

 

Another perk: The mansion is a short 20-minute drive (seven miles) from the Bucs' practice facility.

Former Bucs tight end and current Tampa resident Anthony Becht actually predicted Brady may land in Davis Islands last week.

"A lot of guys that kind of come in short term but money isn’t an issue, that’s kind of where they go, into there," Becht told The Boston Globe's Nora Princiotti, "and they rent a home and they have all the amenities you’re kind of looking for around the water and stuff."

Brady's move appears temporary for now, but he's officially out of the Northeast after spending the previous two decades in New England.

NFL Rumors: Why Colts signed Philip Rivers over Tom Brady in free agency

NFL Rumors: Why Colts signed Philip Rivers over Tom Brady in free agency

Tom Brady or Philip Rivers?

At first blush, it seems like a no-brainer: Go with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

But the Colts went in the other direction, signing Rivers to a one-year, $25 million contract in free agency despite Brady reportedly having interest in Indianapolis.

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Head coach Frank Reich and the Colts strongly considered the New England Patriots quarterback, too. But here's why they opted for Rivers instead, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport:

"Frank Reich talked about the things he loved about Brady. He thought the tape was phenomenal and obviously, Brady is one of the all-time greats. That goes without saying," Rapoport said.

"They believed that Philip Rivers was a better fit for them in part because of the familiarity that he has with the offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, with Frank Reich himself (and) with Jason Michael, the tight ends coach -- that was one factor."

Reich spent three years with Rivers on the Chargers as his quarterbacks coach (2013) and offensive coordinator (2014-15). Sirianni worked with the Chargers for five seasons (2013 to 2017), while Michael teamed up with Rivers in San Diego from 2011 to 2013.

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The other factor? Rivers was willing to play on a one-year deal, while Brady was not, per Rapoport.

"Tom Brady signed a two-year fully guaranteed deal with the Bucs," Rapoport said. "It doesn’t seem like the Colts were willing to go there."

Both Brady and Rivers carry a $25 million cap hit in 2020, but Brady's deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers includes a no-trade clause and locks him in through 2021.

Brady will be 44 years old in 2021, and while Rivers will turn 39 in December, the Colts perhaps felt there was less risk in signing him to a one-year deal.

Brady and Rivers posted similar stats in 2019 -- Brady threw for 4,057 yards with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while Rivers racked up 4,615 yards with 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions -- but Brady will be out to prove the Colts picked the wrong QB when(ever) the 2020 season begins.