In the end, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning may prove to have more in common than most New England Patriots fan may ever want to know.
Fansided.com poses the question: with Brady turning 37 before the start of the next regular season, wouldn’t it be logical for the Patriots to preemptively move on from the legendary quarterback in the same way Indianapolis did with Manning?
Granted, the Colts’ decision was made much easier by the fact Manning was coming off of what many initially feared was a career-ending neck injury and the since-installed Andrew Luck was then on the big board. Still, the Patriots have to know even the incomparable Tom Brady can’t play, and certainly can’t excel, forever.
While Fansided stresses the Pats are not actively shopping Brady, the thinking, at least among some, is they might be wise to at least listen to what some teams might be willing to offer for the 37-year-old signal-caller who is thought to be capable of playing somewhere near the level of his current status for three to four more seasons.
Though the Patriots have earned their way to the past three AFC Championship games, their proverbial window can’t stay ajar forever. Not even when the likes of Tom Brady are looking back at you through the mirror.
Just the same, Gisele Bundchen’s husband again proved his mettle last season, passing for 4,343 yards and 25 touchdowns. The nine-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl MVP’s best season came in 2011 when he passed for 5,235 yards and 39 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions.
In his eleven seasons as a starter, Brady has led New England to five Super Bowl appearances and three NFL titles. Along the way, he has posted an 18-8 postseason record, easily the most wins by a quarterback in NFL playoff history.
Between 2003-04, Brady helped the Pats set the NFL’s all-time consecutive win streak at 21 and, in 2007, he led the franchise to the first undefeated regular season in the history of the league’s 16-game schedule.