In a move that comes one year after drafting rookie Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the New England Patriots have traded QB Tom Brady to the New York Jets for a first round draft pick this year, and either a second round pick or fourth next year.
Next year’s pick will depend on the performance of Brady. If he throws for 35 touchdowns or more, the Patriots get the second. Any number below gets them a conditional fourth next year.
This move will shift the balance of power in the AFC East. With Brady on the Jets, wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker will be expected to dominate the NFL as the best WR duo in the league.
For the Patriots, they will get to use their QB that was developed under Brady for the first time. Coach Bill Belichick will use his talents to teach Garoppolo how to be an NFL starter at a high level. If anyone can teach a coach, it is Belichick.
“As a Patriots fan, I do not agree with the move. However, it can make sense as Tom Brady is getting older. Last year might have been his last year winning a Super Bowl. I am grateful for all the great years in New England,” said Senior Dick Lattimore.
Brady, 39, is considered by many to be the greatest quarterback of all time. This comes after the team’s Super Bowl win over the defending champions, the Seattle Seahawks, in February. The player the Jets are getting is no doubt worth it, but how many years left is the question that everyone is wanting to know.
When you hit the age of 35 in the NFL, it is known as the age where you start slowing down in the sport. That hasn’t happened yet for Brady. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 4,109 yards, 33 touchdowns, nine interceptions, and a QB rating of 97.4.
The Patriots are going to start the year without Brady for the first time since 2008 when Brady was on the injured reserve when he got injured in the pre-season by the Chiefs. This will take some time to get used to. It compares to when the Indianapolis Colts released QB Peyton Manning and he signed with the Denver Broncos.
“It will be weird to see Tom Brady on the Jets. The team has been his long-time rival since he joined the league in 2000. It will be a big time change for fans of the team. If Eli Manning ever left the Giants and signed with a new team, I would not get used to it for a long time,” said junior Daequan Jones.
With this addition, the Jets are looking like a team that can make a run for the Super Bowl. They also brought in cornerback Darelle Revis from the New England Patriots, as well giving the other side of the ball a much needed upgrade.
This move could come with consequences in 2-3 years because it is believed that Brady will retire during that time period. Giving those high draft picks to the Patriots will help them build around new starting QB Garoppolo and take away from the Jets.
April Fools! This move would never happen as the Patriots would never trade Brady away. As much as the Jets might want this move to happen, it never will. These long-time rivals will continue to be long-time rivals ’til the end of time. Brady will retire a Patriot.
What trade could you think of that will never happen?