A year ago, few people would have been able to imagine a 43-year-old Tom Brady playing for a franchise other than the New England Patriots. Now, it's not just a possibility but a likelihood, according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN. The favorite to land Brady is reportedly the Tennessee Titans, who are coming off an AFC Championship appearance with Ryan Tannehill as their starting quarterback.
Tannehill began last season as the backup in Tennessee coming off one of the worst quarterback seasons we have ever documented in the PFF era. He posted a 42.4 passing grade in 2018, which ranked among the three worst we have ever seen in a single season. He had more negatively graded throws than positively graded throws, a feat we've recorded only eight other times.
The Miami Dolphins subsequently traded Tannehill to Tennessee for a sixth-round pick, where he settled in as Marcus Mariota’s backup. Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in 2015, was entering a pivotal year with a contract set to expire after the 2019-20 season. He had yet to prove himself as even an average passer on a throw-for-throw basis in any of his four seasons in the league.
The Titans benched Mariota after he posted a 62.9 passing grade over six starts, which ranked 22nd in the NFL. Tannehill then went on to post the highest passing grade of any quarterback in regular season play.