We may never know
A five-second snippet was all it took Tom Brady to unleash the NFL’s next big mystery.
HBO promoted Brady’s appearance on The store last week with a clip of him talking about his free agency in pretty colorful terms.
“One of the teams, they weren’t interested in the end,” Brady said. “I was thinking, ‘Are you staying with that son of a bitch …?’ “
Brady’s episode aired on Friday, but did not reveal which team turned him down at the last minute or who the mother was. The only other clue he dropped was that it was a team he wouldn’t have played for.
“When I look back, I think there’s no way I would have gone to that team,” Brady said. “But they said they didn’t want me. I know what that means, I know how it feels. And I’m going to screw you for it. “
But that doesn’t answer the question of who Brady was talking about. The most obvious choice was Mitchell Trubisky. Of all the teams Brady was connected to after leaving the Patriots, Chicago had the worst QB situation.
Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk wrote a post early Saturday morning“Not based on any report.” Considering the possibility that Brady was talking about Trubisky. However, five hours later, Florio had new information: “Source: The Bears were not the team that Tom Brady was referring to,” was the headline of your next post. In that article, Florio explained why the Chargers, Colts and Titans also didn’t make sense as a mystery team and suggested that Brady might have been talking about the 49ers and his old teammate Jimmy Garoppolo.
Florio spent the weekend covering the rhythm of “motherf —–”. “Several people with deep connections to the NFL parent have reached out in the past 24 hours to express their belief that the unidentified team was the Raiders.” he reported on sunday.
Dave Hyde from Sun-Sentinel of South Florida suggested that Brady was talking about the Dolphins and Ryan Fitzpatrick. But Florio threw cold water about that idea in a post Monday morning, noting that Miami was always going to draft a quarterback and didn’t “stick with” anyone.
Then who was? Garoppolo would be the juiciest answer, but it seems unlikely given that Brady said he would never have signed with the team in question and the hometown Niners were thought to be the best option. It seems a bit harsh for Brady to refer to three-time Pro Bowler Derek Carr with such disdain, but the Raiders make sense. Florio reported that Las Vegas was one of the last teams to drop out of Brady’s draw. And then there’s Brady’s quote about how he imagined telling the mystery team, “I’m going to screw you for that.” Brady screwed up the Raiders when they met in Las Vegas in Week 7, completing 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 45-20 win.
This is the best kind of sports history. It invites all kinds of wild speculation and it doesn’t really matter. It’s fun to guess who Brady was kidding. We will probably never know for sure who he was talking about. A reporter will likely try to ask him about it once training ground opens, but Brady is too image conscious to answer honestly.
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