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Bert Breer: Could Tom Brady want what Peyton Manning had in Denver?

Bert Breer: Could Tom Brady want what Peyton Manning had in Denver?

No free agency in NFL history will be like that of Tom Brady. The long-time New England Patriots quarterback has spent all of his 20 seasons in New England but at 42, he'll finally get a chance to hit unrestricted free agency.

And frankly, there's no knowing what will happen.

Brady could return to the Patriots or he could seek out another situation. What type of situation would that be? Probably a win-now team with plenty of weapons and blockers, but that team has to be willing to pay Brady, too.

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There are some more attributes that Brady could be looking for, as well.

As Bert Breer discussed on Wednesday's Arbella Early Edition, it's possible that Brady could seek out advice from his friend Peyton Manning. And maybe after talking to Manning, he could want some of what he had in Denver: opportunities to observe and participate in the team's front office.

Brady's ultimate peer is Peyton Manning, right? Peyton Manning went to Denver -- Peyton had some of that. Peyton was sitting in on things with John Elway and one of the things that attracted Peyton Manning to Denver was 'Maybe someday I'll want to do what John Elway's doing now.' The opportunity to observe it might be a good thing for me. Oh and by the way, I might bring up a suggestion here or there.

[Brady] and Peyton talk. I'm sure he has a very good idea of what Peyton had in Denver. Maybe he has a desire to have some of that stuff.

Of course, this is just speculation on Breer's part, but the overall point is that Brady's wants could extend further off-the-field than some have already indicated.

And after a season in which Brady may have felt a bit more "marginalized" by Josh McDaniels' offensive gameplan, as Breer, Tom E. Curran and Gary Tanguay discussed, perhaps having more say in an organization could appeal to him.

We'll soon see what type of situation Brady ends up in and what demands he makes in free agency, which begins in earnest in about a month. But as our Patriots Insider Phil Perry pointed out, there should be some more clarity about Brady's timeline once the NFL Combine rolls around at the end of February.

Patriots QB Tom Brady roasts Peyton Manning with hilarious golf tweet

Patriots QB Tom Brady roasts Peyton Manning with hilarious golf tweet

We still don't know where New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be playing next season, but he's sure staying active on social media.

Brady has continued to post on his social media accounts since the Patriots' 2019 season ended in disappointing fashion, including an Instagram Q&A on Wednesday.

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The six-time Super Bowl champion was mentioned in a tweet Friday that claimed he would've sunk a golf shot that former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning put just a few feet from the hole. Brady gave a hilarious response with a friendly jab at his former rival.

Ouch.

Manning is only one year older than Brady, but the five-time MVP retired after the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in the 2015 season. Brady, who passed Manning on the league's career touchdowns leaderboard this past season, turns 43 in August and will play at least one more year.

Not only has Manning had the opportunity to play more golf than Brady over the last few years, he also got to play in January fairly often throughout his career because of the Colts' and Broncos' early exits from the playoffs. Manning made the playoffs 15 times, and in nine of those seasons his team was one-and-done.

We wouldn't be surprised if Brady and Manning play plenty of golf together once they're both retired. It would be a great way to enjoy each other's company and reminisce about one of the NFL's greatest rivalries.

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Peyton Manning claims Giants beating Patriots as 'favorite Super Bowl memory'

Peyton Manning claims Giants beating Patriots as 'favorite Super Bowl memory'

Peyton Manning either is a very supportive brother or delights in seeing his long-time rival fail. Or a little of both.

In a tribute to younger brother Eli Manning, who announced his retirement from the New York Giants on Friday, Peyton insisted his "favorite Super Bowl memory" was watching Eli defeat the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

"I think people don't really believe me or are surprised [when I say] my greatest Super Bowl memory is watching my little brother take the New York Giants down the field in a two-minute drill and beat the undefeated Patriots and all that came with that," Peyton said in an interview with Broncos.com's Aric DiLalla.

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"Maybe I wasn't as happy as the '72 Dolphins, who I promise you were celebrating and they're on record saying that, but I was pretty close."

Let's get this straight: Peyton enjoyed watching someone else win a Super Bowl (during a season in which his Indianapolis Colts were bounced early in the playoffs) more than he enjoyed winning two Super Bowls for two different teams (with the Colts in 2006 and the Denver Broncos in 2013)?

"It was just pride and he's five years younger than me and you kind of reflect on the times growing up," Peyton said, adding that his memories of Eli as a "quiet, calm and cool kid" made it "surreal" to watch Eli lead an upset of one of the greatest teams of all time.

"That's my greatest Super Bowl memory without a doubt, even more than the ones I was able to participate in," Peyton said. "He did it."

That Eli's first Super Bowl win came over Tom Brady and the Patriots probably made it that much sweeter for Peyton, who was 6-11 against Brady during his career.

Super Bowl XLII was one of Brady's most painful memories, so maybe this was Peyton's way of getting revenge for Tom calling him out on "Peyton's Places" earlier this month.