As speculation continues to grow around the Patriots and Tom Brady, the Giants were grouped into the rumored NFL teams that could make a run at the 20-year veteran and six-time Super Bowl champion.
While the previous discussion around Brady to the Giants stemmed from Feb. 12’s comments by Boston radio host Scott Zolak citing a “very connected” source, more information surfaced Wednesday.
At the 2020 NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, NFL Network’s Michael Giardi reported that the Giants are seen by executives, coaches and scouts around the league as one of three “possible suitors” for Brady.
Although the “initial reaction” from those cited above has been that “there’s no way” Brady would leave the Patriots, if he does take his talents elsewhere, the 14-time Pro Bowler and three-time MVP is believed to have the Raiders and Titans as potential landing spots in addition to the Giants.
The Giants selected Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 draft, and he flashed his ability as a possible franchise quarterback throughout a rookie season that saw him account for 26 touchdowns over 13 games (12 starts).
New head coach Joe Judge and third-year general manager Dave Gettleman, however, danced around the question Tuesday when asked about committing to Jones, who turns 23 on May 27. SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano weighed in on those reactions from Judge and Gettleman, suggesting that Judge’s answers were “coach speak.”
Whether or not the Giants are actual suitors for Brady, his options are open as he gets set to test his free agency. Brady, who turns 42 on Aug. 3, said Jan. 19 that he planned to keep an “open-minded” approach to his options.
The free agency negotiating window kicks off March 16 and runs through March 18, setting the stage for March 19’s 4 p.m. ET mark where players can officially sign with teams.
Although teams can issue the franchise tag on players starting March 10 at 4 p.m. ET, Brady’s contract is structured so that he cannot receive one, providing flexibility for him and the Patriots with a new collective bargaining agreement potentially coming soon.