During Tuesday PFT LiveChris Simms and I were spouting about possible destinations for quarterback Tom Brady, if (as it seems) he intends to keep playing.
His candor, which many consider contrived because he was simply asked on his own pre-recorded podcast for a “timetable” on his decision, seems (in my opinion) to be an attempt to cover up some tampering before he officially is going to be. a free agent in March – if not messed up already.
So while he came up with places where Brady might think he would have a shot at winning an eighth championship, Simms mentioned one I hadn’t considered before.
The Detroit Lions.
Wouldn’t that be something? Tom Brady, back in Michigan. Tom Brady, with a Lions team that finished 2022 strong. A Lions team with an impressive roster of talented players. A Lions team that quarterback Jared Goff could lead on a deep run in the postseason, but may not be able to take over the top.
Brady has shown he can do it. Seven times. And even though he’s 46, if the Lions finally want to make it to the Super Bowl and possibly even win it, Brady could give them a better shot at doing it than Goff.
I know. Goff doesn’t deserve to be suddenly caught up in a storm of speculation. But the reality is that when he arrived in Detroit two years ago, no one thought he would be anything more than a short-term fix. He’s played well enough to be traded to a team in need of a starter, and there may be one or two teams looking for one after the menacing game of signal-caller musical chairs has ended.
Besides football, there is a very real business element to wanting Brady. He would sell every ticket to every game at Ford Field. The Lions would also finish with multiple prime-time games, along with multiple 4:25 p.m. ET games. In recent years, those games have attracted even more viewers than games played at night.
Maybe that’s the way to finally break the curse of Bobby Layne, who was only 31 when the Lions traded him but looked 46.
At this point it is nothing more than a dart thrown loosely in the direction of the board. But if the Lions get a call from someone on Brady’s behalf in the next few weeks (or if they already have), it won’t be easy to say no. And it could ultimately make a lot of sense to say, “Hell yes.”