Jimmy Garoppolo’s road win against the formidable Cardinals in his NFL debut exceeded any reasonable expectations that the Patriots could have set. Obviously, when Brady returns from his four game Deflategate suspension the starting job is his, but for how long?
If Bill Belichick has shown one consistent philosophy in his tenure as Pats GM, it’s that it’s better to cut a player a year early than a year late. Richard Seymour, Willie McGiniest, and Wes Welker are notable victims of The Hoodie’s emotionless approach to player transactions. He doesn’t care about past contributions to the organization, it’s just business. Why would Brady be any different?
Tom Brady is 39 years old. He’s still arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, but the Patriots are always thinking big picture. Following Garoppolo’s impressive debut, you can almost see the wheels turning inside Belichick’s head. When do the Patriots move on?
Eventually the torch has to be passed, and winning organizations do it before it’s too late. It’s the cutthroat life cycle of the NFL, and cutthroat is Bill’s specialty.
Hall of Fame quarterbacks have been let go with something left in the tank before. Montana was let go in favor of Steve Young, Favre for Aaron Rodgers, and Manning for Luck. They all had productive years for other teams. That’s part of the deal, too, and one teams have to accept when they move on.
In The Herd Tuesday, Colin pointed out that if the Pats move on from Brady in a year or two, Tom Terrific will have his pick of suitors just like Peyton Manning. The best fit for an angry, spurned Brady to win immediately could be the Dallas Cowboys.
“Dallas is perfect. He’s gonna walk up and go, ‘Alright, I see your offensive line, I get Dez for two years, I get Ezekiel Elliott. As long as Zach Martin’s under contract. I get two or three of those offensive lineman, Tyron Smith. I’ll go to Dallas.'”
Colin continued, “You watch. By the way, what’s the only way to get under New England’s skin. Go to Dallas and be on TV 9 times a year.”
If you don’t think Brady would want to stick it to Belichick and the Patriots if the sides part ways, you haven’t been paying attention to Tom Brady. He’s fueled a Hall of Fame career with an infinite chip on his shoulder. The Cowboys would be perfect fit.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 13, 2016