Tom Brady heading to the NY Giants is about the most ridiculous rumor you’ll hear all offseason.
It’s come up a few times already this offseason – mainly due to Joe Judge taking over as head coach – but reports have gained steamed today that Tom Brady actually might join the NY Giants in 2020.
Today’s rumor comes courtesy of the NFL Network’s Michael Giardi, who lists the Giants amongst a small group of teams that are legitimate suitors for Tom Brady’s services.
"“The initial reaction has been, ‘There’s no way Tom Brady is leaving New England,'” Giardi tweeted from the Scouting Combine. “But as you dig deeper, execs/coaches/scouts see the Titans, Raiders, and Giants as possible suitors.”"
Giardi is a former Patriots reporter, which has led many to buy into his claims. He’s far from the first reporter or analyst to speculate over a Brady-Giants connection this offseason, as Boston radio guys Dale Arnold and Scott Zolak – who is a former Patriots QB and is reportedly ‘connected’ to Brady’s camp – have both claimed to have inside knowledge of a potential move to East Rutherford.
Joe Judge taking over as NY Giants head coach has obviously helped open the door to this type of speculation, and he probably didn’t help himself yesterday at the combine by refusing to name Daniel Jones as the 2020 starter at quarterback — not that he cares, or should care.
That quote out of context would be cause for possible alarm had Judge not refused to name any player as a starter in 2020, including Saquon Barkley. He’s clearly taking a page out of his mentor, Bill Belichick’s book and going to be tight-lipped when it comes to discussing his own players while fostering an ‘earn your spot’ type of culture.
To me, this rumor is total hogwash and there’s as close to a 0% chance of this happening as any potential Big Blue free-agent addition could be. Daniel Jones exceeded all expectations as a rookie, and it’s more than likely that Judge’s opinion on him hinged on him getting the job.
John Mara is trying to keep this ship stable, and bringing in a coach that would move on from last year’s #6 overall pick that threw 24 touchdowns in favor of a 43-year-old quarterback would be the exact opposite of that.
There’s also the legitimate argument to be made that Jones is actually better than Brady right now, anyway. The rookie threw for the same amount of TD’s (24) last year in four fewer games behind a porous offensive line on a terrible team, while also having a better QBR and almost the exact same quarterback rating.
Jones is far more athletic, has a better arm and has a decade or two of good football left in front of him. Even if the NY Giants were just a veteran quarterback away from making a Super Bowl run – they aren’t – this move wouldn’t make any sense.
The NY Giants are rebuilding, and Daniel Jones is front and center in that rebuild.