5. QB Tom Brady
Okay, hear me out. I know, I know. Brady to the NY Giants is probably extremely unlikely, yes. However, I think it would be foolish to say Judge would not be at least interested. This is the man that gave Judge three Super Bowl rings and that he saw carry par supporting casts to titles. This article isn’t so much about what’s going to actually go down, but more so players Judge himself will have an interest in.
Brady would be in a solid position to win in New York despite his noticeable decline this last year and would hold off a hungry fanbase that has grown extremely impatient. Effectively that would buy Judge time to build the defense and make Daniel Jones into the franchise quarterback he’s supposed to be.
There are two large issues with this. The Giants’ upper management is unlikely to be willing to hand over the keys to Brady and move away from Jones for what will likely be two seasons at the most, which would stunt his growth and take up valuable years of his rookie contract.
The other being the fact that upper management again will likely not want to pay a very old player by NFL standards an average of a projected 30 million per year. It’s worth noting that Judge has been pretty mum on how he feels about current NY Giants players, leaving the door open to potentially make moves. Most intelligent Giants fans would likely riot if the team made a move away from Jones, but Brady is about the only guy that could soften the blow.
The most likely scenario would be if they sign Brady to a one year deal to give him one last shot at a ring and sign enough free agents to convince Brady this team is capable of contending. It’s an absolute longshot at best, as Brady is likely to have a long list of suitors should he decide to test the waters this off-season.
And who would not love the plot twist of Brady hoisting the Lombardi Trophy with the team that managed to beat him twice in Super Bowl; against the odds, I might add.
Actually, a bigger plot twist would be Brady joining the Giants and Eli Manning joining the Patriots and….well, you know.