One of the top stories surrounding the NFL in the last few days has been the Jets’ exploration of trade options for star cornerback Darrelle Revis. Many roadblocks present themselves in negotiations surrounding a star player. The team dealing the star has to be sure that they get fair value for their player, while the receiving team needs to know that they have the cap space and the willingness from the star to sign the max contract.
Honestly, there’s a decent likelihood that Revis could be traded before the 2013 season kicks off. But listen to this entertaining thought: what if the Patriots traded Tom Brady?
New England has still been an elite team for more than the last decade, even though they haven’t won a Super Bowl since 2004. Even more unbelievable is that, seemingly in the blink of an eye, Tom Brady is 35 years old, and will be 36 before next season starts. Seeing that his very best days are surely behind him, the Eagle-Tribune’s Hector Longo decided to play devil’s advocate and venture into the idea of the Patriots dealing their franchise quarterback.
In this instance, after another January disappointment against a driven, rugged, physical but soon-to-be dismantled Ravens team, sending Brady away this off-season would be the best for all parties.
Deal him. Deal him now, while you can have access to some really high bidders.
I’m not talking for a bag of footballs and some ex-CFL scrubbinis either.
Brady, even at age 35, should command a deal of at the least Ricky Williams proportions (somebody’s entire draft) or maybe even to the extremes that the Vikings paid Dallas for Herschel Walker (two 1sts, two 2nds, two 3rds).
Now I would have to disagree with Longo in that no one, not even Brady or Revis, should be worth a team’s entire draft. But looking at what the Redskins gave the Rams in order to acquire the pick that landed them Robert Griffin III (3 first-rounders and a second rounder), that seems like a logical price that could be paid by a team with an extremely short championship window in need of a top-level quarterback.
I don’t think the Patriots would ever trade Brady unless they had a plan of succession, like the Colts did in letting Manning go and drafting Andrew Luck. Whether any team would be willing to throw down the bargaining chips to acquire a 36 year old, future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback is another question entirely. But it’s always fun to explore some of these insane what-if possibilities throughout the world of sports. Thank you, Hector Longo.
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