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Report: 'League-wide' interest in signing Brady as free agent

Report: 'League-wide' interest in signing Brady as free agent

What's the market for a soon-to-be 43-year-old quarterback coming off a first-round playoff exit?

When it's THIS QB, there's plenty of interest, an AFC personnel director tells Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe.

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As The Tom Brady Watch wraps up its first week, with the Patriots legend and greatest to play the position is poised to become a free agent for the first time in his career, the anonymous AFC personnel director told Gasper, that, at 43 next season and despite a drop in his statistics the past two seasons, Brady would be "a better quarterback than most of the guys in the NFL."

“I think at this point a lot of teams would have interest,” he told Gasper “How could you not? Not just us, league-wide.

“Anybody with any kind of question mark at QB would have to look at him — they would be crazy not to — even though he’s 42. He’s a better quarterback than most of the guys in the NFL."

The personnel director suggested that the Miami Dolphins, with former Patriots defensive-signal caller Brian Flores as coach, and the Tennessee Titans, coached by ex-Pats linebacker Mike Vrabel, would be interested in Brady. 

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The Los Angeles Chargers, as they move to a new stadium they'll share with the Rams and likely part ways with QB Phillip Rivers, are also an oft-mentioned Brady destination.

Ex-Indianapolis Colts coach and current NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy said the Colts would be a good fit.

So, as the magic date of March 18, when Brady is officially a free agent, draws closer and if there's no movement in Brady's talks with the Patriots, expect to hear of plenty of possible landing spots. 

“He can still play. He’s not one of these guys where the wheels fell off and he can’t play anymore," the personnel director told Gasper. "I wouldn’t go there at all. He did not have a lot to work with, I’ll be honest.”

Tom Brady calls out Peyton Manning for denying Colts pumped crowd noise into stadium

Tom Brady calls out Peyton Manning for denying Colts pumped crowd noise into stadium

It's been nearly four years since Tom Brady and Peyton Manning last faced off on the gridiron, but their epic rivalry remains alive and well.

The two legendary quarterbacks recently caught up with one another for an episode of "Peyton's Places" on ESPN+. In one clip tweeted by NFL Films, Brady gives Manning a hard time for his Indianapolis Colts (allegedly) pumping crowd noise into the RCA Dome during a game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

About thirteen years after that matchup, Manning denied the accusation and that made for a hilarious dialogue between the Super Bowl champions.

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“You couldn’t hear anything,” Brady said about playing in the RCA Dome.

“Yeah, we didn’t pump in noise either,” Manning responded.

“You’re full of [expletive],” Brady said.

Watch below:

The NFL cleared Indianapolis of any wrongdoing and CBS took the blame for what was referred to as "Audio-Gate," though it's clear Brady still isn't buying it.

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Bad news for Patriots fans hoping for Adam Vinatieri reunion

Bad news for Patriots fans hoping for Adam Vinatieri reunion

Adam Vinatieri's career coming full circle and returning to New England to solve the Patriots' kicking issue... the bread crumbs were all there.

Crumb #1: The Patriots don't have a kicker on the roster after releasing Kai Forbath.

Crumb #2: Vinatieri is in the midst of a disappointing season for the Colts.

Crumb #3: Indianapolis claimed rookie Chase McLaughlin off waivers from the 49ers.

Would the Colts turn to McLaughlin and release Vinatieri? And could the Patriots then sign the 46-year-old as their fifth kicker of the 2019?

But the (pipe) dream scenario of the likely future Hall of Famer coming back to where his NFL career started 23 years ago probably is just that: a dream.

After being limited in practice Wednesday, Vinatieri didn't kick at all Thursday, later telling reporters he has been dealing with knee pain all season long — and that it has increased recently. He had an MRI Wednesday and is scheduled to get the results later today, and though he wouldn't rule out playing this weekend, he reportedly sounded less than optimistic.

Whether it's the knee issue or Father Time inevitably catching up with him, the likely Hall of Famer has been struggling mightily this season, connetcing on 17-of-25 field goals (68 percent) and 22-of-28 extra point attempts (79 percent). Both numbers are career worsts by far. He has made only five of 12 field goals from beyond 40 yards.

But despite his struggles, Patriots fans would probably love to have Vinatieri back after the team has gone through Stephen Gostkowski, Mike Nugent, Nick Folk, and Kai Forbath in the first 12 games of the season.

Either way, Bill Belichick has three days to figure out who will line up for kicks Sunday against the Chiefs.

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