Bears Were “In The Running” For Tom Brady

It seems like just yesterday that the Tom Brady free agency rumors were dominating the NFL news cycle. And while Brady will be making his much-anticipated debut for the Buccaneers this afternoon, perhaps he instead could have been suiting up for the Bears in their Week 1 matchup against the Lions.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Bears — who took a look at every QB available on the market before swinging a trade for Nick Foles — made an offer to Brady. It’s unclear what that offer looked like, but Rapoport says Chicago was indeed in the running, though Brady was not particularly keen on signing with a cold-weather club.

Ultimately, the Florida sunshine and Tampa’s loaded receiving corps helped lure Brady to the Bucs. The Bears, despite the trade for Foles and the reworked contract they gave him, have elected to kick off the regular season with embattled signal-caller Mitch Trubisky under center.

Rapoport — along with Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington of ESPN.com — adds that there was mutual interest between Brady and the Saints when it was unclear if Drew Brees was going to retire or not. We already wrote about the New Orleans-Brady connection back in June, so this is not exactly news.

Interestingly, though, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic says that the Saints were Brady’s preferred landing spot if Brees had elected to head to the broadcasting booth in 2020 (Twitter link). Duncan adds that Brees was closer to retirement than many realize, so instead of seeing the two 40-something QBs battle each other today, we might have seen Brady in black-and-gold taking on Brees’ new backup and former Tampa starter Jameis Winston.

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8 comments on “Bears Were “In The Running” For Tom Brady

  1. goldenmisfit

    No they were not LOL. That’s just Chicago trying to give their fans hope.

  2. acarneglia

    If I was Brees I would’ve retired when dudes like Malcolm Jenkins started telling me to stfu

  3. wagner13

    I find this very hard to believe, only because the Bears with Brady would’ve been a carbon copy of the 2019 Patriots with worse coaching. Both secondaries and run defenses are excellent, but the receiving talent is pretty barren and the offensive line play is a bit inconsistent

    • louwhitakerisahofer

      We don’t truly know if the receiving talent is barren or if it’s a poor passer making them look that bad. Anthony Miller was a 2nd round pick that has been solid when healthy. Javon Wims needs a chance and they are high on him. Robinson speaks for himself.

      Plus, the Bears have 39 different TE. Brady would’ve loved that.

  4. madmanTX

    So much for Bwady being the GOAT. Looking like an old 6th round draft pick today.

  5. crosseyedlemon

    The Bears were in the running for Brady to the same extent that the Cardinals were in the running to sign Joe Namath.

  6. renbutler

    In the running?

    More like, they were desperate enough to go for a clearly declining 40+yo QB to generate interest in a mediocre team.

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