Where is Brady going? Rumor mill is running wild

Where is Brady going? Rumor mill is running wild

New York Giants entered into the fray via an NFL Network report on Thursday.’ data-reactid=”30″>Now we’re getting to territory that makes little sense after the New York Giants entered into the fray via an NFL Network report on Thursday.

Daniel Jones as the team’s starting quarterback. That kind of stance has quickly blown the needle off the Brady rumor scale in the past month. If a head coach won’t commit to his starter, he’s instantaneously punching his ticket to enter into the Brady drama. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the Giants have ample salary-cap space to sign Brady and a head coach who has years of familiarity with him.’ data-reactid=”33″>I have no doubt that some sources moved to peg Brady as an option with the Giants, especially after new Giants head coach Joe Judge declined to throw his weight behind Daniel Jones as the team’s starting quarterback. That kind of stance has quickly blown the needle off the Brady rumor scale in the past month. If a head coach won’t commit to his starter, he’s instantaneously punching his ticket to enter into the Brady drama. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the Giants have ample salary-cap space to sign Brady and a head coach who has years of familiarity with him.

But this connection also smacks of the Brady rumor mill peaking, which it almost seemed destined to do at this week’s NFL scouting combine. There’s a simple truth to what is happening with Brady right now: Nobody knows what is real and what is fiction.

We know some things about the Giants that make this one feel like a rumor mill special. First, they rolled the dice on Jones with the No. 6 pick in the draft and got some stellar returns — one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history by a quarterback, including 3,027 yards passing and 24 touchdowns against only 12 interceptions. Jones also lost eight fumbles, which is a worry but he also showed enough promise to be considered a cornerstone of the building process in 2020. Now, the Giants are suddenly going to bail on that or shelve Jones for what would likely be at least a two-year run with Brady? They’re going to bunt two significantly vital years of development by taking away Jones’ starting snaps in 2020 and 2021? And they’re going to throw away the vital financial team-building asset of having a starting quarterback on a rookie deal by paying a 43-year-old starter more than $30 million a season?

If the Giants are truly planning to do that, they might as well fire general manager Dave Gettleman before free agency starts and quickly move to let Judge name his own GM because that’s the environment they’d be creating by scuttling the early stages of Jones’ development.

Las Vegas Raiders’ Derek Carr, the Tennessee Titans’ Ryan Tannehill, the Indianapolis Colts’ Jacoby Brissett, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ James Winston, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers, the New Orleans Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater and beyond. The fallout from that shuffling could create unexpected trade opportunities for the Panthers with Cam Newton or the Cincinnati Bengals and Andy Dalton.’ data-reactid=”46″>Those ripples could determine the future of the Las Vegas Raiders’ Derek Carr, the Tennessee Titans’ Ryan Tannehill, the Indianapolis Colts’ Jacoby Brissett, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ James Winston, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers, the New Orleans Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater and beyond. The fallout from that shuffling could create unexpected trade opportunities for the Panthers with Cam Newton or the Cincinnati Bengals and Andy Dalton.