During Tuesday’s PFT Live, Chris Simms and I spat over potential targets for quarterback Tom Brady if (it appears) he intends to continue playing.
His authority, which many consider contrived to simply be asked in his own pre-recorded podcast for a “timetable” for his decision, appears (in my opinion) to be an attempt to cover up any manipulation that will happen before he a free agent officially becomes in March – if manipulations are not already taking place.
So, while he came up with places where Brady might think he has a shot at winning an eighth championship, Simms mentioned one that I hadn’t previously considered.
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 core of talented players. A Lions team with quarterback Jared Goff might be able to run a deep run in the postseason, but might not take the lead.
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 chance than Goff.
I know, I know. Goff doesn’t deserve to be suddenly swept around in a storm of speculation. But the reality is that when it arrived in Detroit two years ago, no one believed it would be anything more than a short-term fix. He’s played well enough to be sold to a team that needs a starter, and there might be a team or two looking for one after the nascent game of signal caller music chairs ends.
Football aside, there’s a very real business element to wanting Brady. He would sell every ticket to every game at Ford Field. The Lions would also end up having multiple prime-time games, as well as multiple contests at 4:25 p.m. ET. In recent years, these games attract even more spectators than games played at night.
Maybe that’s the way to finally break the curse on Bobby Layne, who was just 31 when the Lions traded him but looked like 46. Maybe bringing in a quarterback who will be 46 but looks more like 31 would be appropriate.
At this point, it’s nothing more than a dart thrown loosely toward the board. But if the Lions get a call from someone on Brady’s behalf (or if they already have one) in the coming weeks, it won’t be easy to say no. And it might make sense to say “hell yeah” in the end.