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The Tom Brady Race Appears To Be Down To 4 Teams

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs onto the field.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots runs towards the bench before the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Tom Brady free agency race might be down to four teams.

The Tennessee Titans were consistently mentioned as a potential landing spot for Brady this offseason. The six-time Super Bowl champion won't be heading to Nashville, though.

Ryan Tannehill has agreed to a longterm extension with the Titans. He's reportedly getting paid close to $30 million/season by Tennessee.

Tennessee is obviously now out of the race. This could leave just four teams in the Tom Brady free agency chase:

  • Patriots
  • Bucs
  • Chargers
  • Raiders

It's possible a "dark horse" team emerges in the race - perhaps the 49ers are actually a real option - but the odds would suggest Brady will play in 2020 for one of the four teams mentioned above. The Chargers are now the "team to watch" according to one ESPN insider.

Patriots insider Tom E. Curran reported at the end of the week that Brady's decision was "trending" away from New England.

"They had a phone call last week, [New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick] and Brady, it did not go well. Belichick acting as if Brady was still under contract. Dale Arnold from WEEI saying that part of that was based around the fact that Belichick said we can't pay you more than last year. So what I was told it's acting if he was still under contract, that makes sense if that's what he was told because that's what you tell a guy who doesn't have any leverage," Curran said on The Dan Patrick Show.

Brady, 42, has played for the Patriots his entire career. It looks like he could move on to team No. 2 in 2020, though.