If Tom Brady leaves the New England Patriots—and that is a big if—a number of teams have been floated as options. If not the most realistic, the flashiest option may be the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas' quarterback situation is still in doubt for the time being. Dak Prescott, the franchise's young star QB, is up for a contract extension. He played through the year, putting up career-best numbers in 2019, without a long term deal in place. It is unclear whether Dallas thinks he's worth a market-setting deal. The franchise tag is also a possibility, but then the issue refreshes itself in a year.
On the season, the Mississippi State product threw for 4,902 yards, over 1,000 more than 2018. He completed 65.1-percent of his throws for a career-high 30 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and 8.2 yards per attempt, also a best for Prescott. He also ran for 277 yards and three scores.
If Dallas does let Prescott walk, what about Tom Brady? Last week, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones, son of owner Jerry Jones, shot down the idea, saying that the franchise and new head coach Mike McCarthy are "so all in on Dak." The speculation really began with some comments from Cowboys great Michael Irvin, who said that "significant people" thought Brady-to-Dallas was realistic. He later clarified that those people were not within the Cowboys franchise. Now, he's sticking with what he says he was told, but called the idea "insane."
Michael Irvin thinks his former team has the right quarterback, while "it's over" for Brady. From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
“I said what somebody said. That should no way be taken as those are my thoughts on what should happen,” Irvin said. “Ain’t no way in world that should happen. That would be insane. Are you kidding me? Are you out of your mind? It’s over for Tom.”
I certainly wouldn't count out Tom Brady, even at 43, but he definitely looked like he took a step back in 2019-20. Last season, he threw for 4,058 yards, 24 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, throwing for a very pedestrian 6.6 yards per attempt.
Of course, Dallas would potentially surround Brady with a better cast around him, something that may be a sticking point with him and New England. Other franchises that have been connected to the legendary quarterback include the Las Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders.