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Tom Brady turned down Bears offer because of cold weather

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If you don’t like Chicago winters, you’re not alone. Neither does Tom Brady.

According to an NFL.com report Sunday morning, the Chicago Bears made an offer to Brady in the offseason, but the quarterback “didn't warm to the idea of playing in the cold again, leaving the Chargers and Bucs as the finalists.”

The report said the Bears “held multiple conversations about Brady” and were in the running. Earlier this week, Dan Patrick reported the Bears were finalists for Brady, along with the Chargers and Buccaneers.

When asked about the reported run at Brady this week, Bears head coach Matt Nagy didn’t exactly shoot it down.

“What I think is one of the biggest strengths that we have is we look at all options. We do,” Nagy said. “We look at all options. And at every position. And that's important to do. So we feel like, OK, at that position obviously we went and we made a trade for Nick. So that was a position that we were looking at and we look at every option with different people so I'll leave it at that.”

In the end, the Bears sent a fourth-round pick to Jacksonville for Nick Foles, who was brought in to compete with Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky was named the starter after a short training camp competition.

Acquiring Brady would have been a much different situation. There obviously would not have been a competition. Brady would be starting for the Bears in Detroit today.

 

Perhaps the more surprising news in the NFL.com report is that the Saints were also interested in Brady’s services. Brady apparently was very interested in replacing Drew Brees if he jump to the broadcast booth. But when Brees announced he was going to return in 2020, that took the Saints out of the running.

Oh, what could have been for the Bears.

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