Mike Vrabel's answer to a question about Ryan Tannehill at the NFL Combine isn't going to dispel any of the Tom Brady speculation.
The Tennessee Titans head coach was asked - directly - if he wants Tannehill to be his starting quarterback in 2020. Vrabel, whose Titans are coming off an AFC Championship Game appearance, would not give a direct answer.
“I want all our really good players all to come back. That’s how that goes," Vrabel told reporters at the NFL Combine. When asked directly if he wants Tannehill to be his starting quarterback in 2020, though, he wouldn't say "yes."
This doesn't necessarily mean anything, as Tannehill is set to hit free agency this offseason. Vrabel might just not want to say anything directly before his front office makes an ultimate decision.
But it's clear that the Tom Brady-to-Tennessee speculation isn't going away anytime soon.
ESPN NFL insider Jeff Darlington said earlier this month that he believes the Titans could be the favorite to land Brady in free agency.
“I put the Titans and (Las Vegas) Raiders, right now, as the frontrunners for Tom Brady’s services,” Darlington told Adam Schefter. “Tennessee has to be considered one of the bright spots when you look at what Tom Brady is looking for in free agency — whether it is the team itself and what they possess personnel-wise, whether it is the ability to potentially collaborate with the head coach and have some say in both game-planning and personnel.
“I quite frankly think the Tennessee Titans make a lot of sense for Tom Brady.”
Brady's old teammate in Mike Vrabel might agree with that. We'll find out soon, as NFL free agency begins on March 18.