It’s notable that the New England Patriots are bringing back almost all of the starters from their 10-7 club from last year. In any case, other, more skilled AFC clubs have followed a similar course.
The fact that those teams have prioritised improvement is probably the single biggest source of frustration for Patriots fans right now.
The Dolphins of Miami are one such squad. The Dolphins have spent more than most teams in free agency after winning eight of their last nine games. They have landed famous players including Terron Armstead, Cedrick Williams, Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, and Connor Williams.
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Besides acquiring Tyreek Hill through a trade, they have kept Emmanuel Ogbah and Mike Gesicki on the roster and have signed Teddy Bridgewater as a backup quarterback for Tua Tagovailoa.
In summary, the Dolphins will find out before the end of the 2019 season if Tagovailoa is their starting quarterback of the future. To what extent, though, will the team even give the former No. 5 overall selection a shot with these new and improved weapons?
New England sportscaster Dan Arnold said Thursday on WEEI radio that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Tom Brady (!) signs with the Dolphins, adding that the two teams are “working on it.”
For the most part this summer, it seems like the Patriots have avoided disaster, but if Tom Brady were to return to the AFC East, that luck would quickly run out. Would it be shocking if Brady joined a rival team to get back at Bill Belichick for the way his time with the Patriots ended?
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It would be Shocking News for Quarterbacks Everywhere.
Don’t dismiss the idea out of hand. Who else in NFL history could get away with retiring, coming out of retirement to rejoin his previous team (the Buccaneers), recruiting free agents (Russell Gage, Ryan Jensen, etc.), and then plotting a trade to the Dolphins behind the scenes, but TB12?
The Buccaneers would be in a terrible bind if this happened. Unless the Buccaneers decide to trade for Baker Mayfield (in which case, Tua may return to Tampa Bay), what other options do they have? There are no promising quarterback choices for Tampa Bay.
Arnold is not exactly a respected NFL insider, so it is hard to say how credible this report is. However, insider Jeff Howe of The Athletic quickly put a damper on the story after the former Patriots play-by-play man broke the news.