By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
Could Tom Brady be heading to the Big Apple this fall?
According to Zolak & Bertrand's Scott Zolak, somebody "not from the Brady side but very connected" told him "don't fall asleep" on the New York Giants as a possible landing spot for Tom Brady in free agency.
There are some clear draws for Brady on the blue side of New York. He's familiar with new head coach Joe Judge, who spent 2012-2019 with the Patriots as a special teams coach and wide receivers coach. Judge has brought a number of former Patriots assistants to the Giants, including former assistant QB coach Jerry Schuplinski. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, while not a part of the Patriots coaching tree, runs an Erhardt-Perkins system like the one Brady had in New England.
The Giants also offer Brady the plethora of weapons he's currently lacking in New England. Saquon Barkley is one of if not the best receiving back in the league, and Evan Engram put up better numbers last year that all the Patriots' tight ends combined despite only playing eight games. Brady would also be reunited with Nate Solder, his left tackle for seven seasons in New England.
Of course if Brady did want to go to New York, he'd have to accept the fact that with their offensive line and defensive unit, they still may be a year or two away from contending for a Super Bowl. On top of that, the Giants would have to be comfortable benching 2019 sixth-overall pick Daniel Jones, who took the reigns from Eli Manning as the starting quarterback early last season. Would New York be willing to punt on valuable rookie-contract years for a guy who could be a franchise player for a year or two of Brady?
Both sides still have plenty of time to think things over. The NFL tampering window doesn't open until March 16, with free agency officially beginning two weeks later.
You can listen to Zolak & Bertrand's full conversation about Brady and the Giants here:
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