There is uncertainty around the future of Tom Brady after his early playoff loss. If he hits the market, the Denver Broncos should avoid signing him.
There was no question that despite the Denver Broncos sitting at home this season, Broncos Country was ecstatic to tune in on Saturday night and see the New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady, get dethroned in the AFC Wild Card Game against the Tennessee Titans.
If you are not a Patriots fan, I am certain most of the football fans were happy to see that in the NFL's 100th season, the Patriots and Brady will not be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February. The wild card round has not been kind to the Patriots.
After the game, there were a lot of questions on if this was Brady's last game. Not just for the Patriots, but his final game in the league. It has not been ruled out yet. But there is also the elephant in the room that he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
It would be crazy to see him play anywhere other than New England. But if he is available, would John Elway pick up the phone and call? Well, I am going to list my reasons why the Denver Broncos should not sign Tom Brady if he hits the free agent market.
The Denver Broncos have dealt with quarterback controversy in the past since Peyton Manning retired. The 2016 and 2017 seasons were really rough when it came to the quarterback position. Sanchez vs. Siemian vs. Lynch, Siemian vs. Lynch, even Brock Osweiler was around in that situation.
Do we really need another quarterback controversy between a Super Bowl winning quarterback and a rookie who won four of his first five games that gave Broncos Country a chance to believe again? Thanks, but no thanks.
There is no way I am going to cross that bridge again for a long time.
Multi-years, not a couple or less
If the Denver Broncos are going to be successful as a unit, there is absolutely no reason to bring in a guy who will only be around for at least one season. It could really throw off the chemistry among the players, especially on offense.
Plus, what were to happen if Tom Brady got injured and missed a handful of games? After that season, the long time quarterback could decide to hang them up and listen to his body. Which will be covered more in a bit.
While the idea of winning another Super Bowl as soon as possible is great, does it really make sense to have a quarterback around for only a year or two?
Broncos and veteran quarterbacks have not mixed
Over the last ten seasons, with the exception of Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos have not done a solid job when it comes to signing veteran quarterbacks in hoping that they can rejuvenate their careers.
Not saying that Tom Brady had a bad year, he certainly was solid. It is just that he did not get that support. And while he can in Denver, there is just a weird karma with the Denver Broncos and veteran quarterbacks.
Look at Kyle Orton, Mark Sanchez, Case Keenum, and Joe Flacco. Neither one of those quarterbacks worked out in the time they were in Denver. Keenum and Flacco went a combined 8-16 as the starter.
While Tom Brady would be an improvement over Keenum and Flacco, the whole veteran quarterback and Denver Broncos combination just does not mix.
Age and Father Time
We all saw it with Peyton Manning. There is no doubt about it. Age does catch up with an athlete and I have a feeling Father Time will be knocking on the door of the Tom Brady residence real soon, if it has not already.
By the time Tom Brady takes the field again, if he does not retire, he will be 43 years old. Even before he turned 40, Peyton Manning knew it was time to hang them up. There have been plenty of athletes I have seen all across the sports world who just do not have the drive once they reach that age.
Brady has been a special athlete to last in the NFL for as long as he has. But all it can take is one moment on that field where Father Time decides it is time. If he has the drive, good for him. But if I am the Denver Broncos, I am not taking that chance.
Drew Lock is the potential franchise quarterback
As I write this part, it is very true that the Denver Broncos could have something special in Drew Lock. Yes, when he was drafted, I was not a fan because of the tape that I saw and there was something about his time in Missouri that just screamed that it might not work out.
But in a five game sample size, he has so far proven me wrong. Now, once I get a feel for what he can do with a bigger sample size, I can effectively evaluate it.
But to bring Tom Brady in for a year or two and disrupt the chemistry Drew Lock has built with the young skill players on the roster just for a quick fix potential Super Bowl victory would be a huge dis-service to Drew Lock.
He believes he can be the quarterback of the future. Some of the Broncos have even come out to say that. It would also show that the front office and coaches do not believe in him. Imagine what that would do to a young quarterback's confidence?
I am sorry, but that would be completely unfair. And my biggest reason why Denver should not waste their time on Tom Brady.