LA Rams Rumors: Were Rams ‘sticking with that MFer’ over Tom Brady?

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The 2020 NFL Free Agency market was all abuzz with the various teams shopping for and courting the chance to signed veteran free-agent quarterback Tom Brady.  Yes, the LA Rams were indeed one of eight teams rumored to be in play for his services.  That was the early part of 2020, and the NFL Free Agency market was swamped with a host of high-profile NFL veteran quarterbacks on the move.

While ex-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady topped the list of veteran NFL quarterbacks who were willing to sign for the top bidder, names like Phillip Rivers, Jameis Winston, Joe Flacco, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum, Nick Foles, Marcus Mariota, and even Kyle Allen also changed teams in 2020.

Of course, the ebb and flow of NFL negotiations can be as choreographed as the closing dance numbers in a hit Broadway show. Teams express interest, player agent responses with mutual interest, the team offers ballpark salary, agent counteroffers, and so on.  At the time, several NFL insiders truly expected the Rams to be in contention.  But now, after he did in fact sign on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and ended up winning the Super Bowl on that team.

He who laughs last is probably the winning quarterback

This year, Brady is laughing at one NFL team that pulled out of the contract negotiations:

Multiple NFL teams fit the description, as only one team signed Brady. My initial thought was the San Francisco 49ers, who were close to a victory in Super Bowl LIV, and one consensus problem with their offense was the inconsistency and fragility of quarterback Jimmy Garoopolo. Still, other teams have been suggested as well.  At least one person believes that Brady is talking about the LA Rams:

Of course, the LA Rams were buried under the weight of Jared Goff’s contract, but we saw that Goff could in fact be moved to another team. In fact, the LA Rams did so in the cap-deficient 2021 season.  Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have shown tremendous expertise in signing Brady, but keeping his 2021 cap hit to just over $9 million (folks, the Rams have a $20 million cap hit with Matthew Stafford this year).

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Is Tom Brady talking about the LA Rams? Well, this story has all of the confirmable basic facts to suggest that it could be the Rams. And the reality is that some linked the Rams as one of the teams that Brady would play for. What do you think? Was Brady referring to the Rams? Or was there another team that, in Brady’s view, was ‘Sticking with that MFer” over him in 2020?