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Tom Brady and the Detroit Lions could be an interesting combination

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During Tuesday PFT LiveChris Simms and I joked about potential destinations for quarterback Tom Brady if (as it appears) he intends to continue playing.

His testimony, which many consider fabricated, of simply being asked on his own pre-recorded podcast for a “timetable” for his decision, seems (in my opinion) to be an attempt to cover up any manipulation that will happen, before he officially becomes a free agent in March — if manipulation isn’t already happening.

So while coming up with places where Brady might think he’d have a chance to win an eighth championship, Simms mentioned one I hadn’t previously considered.

Detroit Lions.

Wouldn’t that be something? Tom Brady, back in Michigan. Tom Brady, with a Lions team that finished 2022 strong. A Lions team with an impressive core of talented players. A Lions team that quarterback Jared Goff might be able to lead on a deep run in the postseason, but might not be able to take over the top.

Brady has shown he can do it. Seven times. And even though he’s 46, if the Lions want to finally appear in the Super Bowl and possibly even win it, Brady could give them a better chance to do so than Goff.

I know, I know. Goff does not deserve to suddenly find himself in a storm of speculation. But the reality is that when he arrived in Detroit two years ago, no one believed he would be anything more than a short-term solution. He’s played well enough to be traded to a team in need of a starter, and there may be a team or two looking for one after the looming round of signal-calling musical chairs is over.

Beyond football, there is a very real business element to wanting Brady. He would sell every ticket to every game at Ford Field. The Lions would also end up with more primetime games along with more 4:25 PM ET contests. In recent years, these games have drawn even more viewers than games played at night.

Maybe that’s the way to finally break the curse of Bobby Layne, who was only 31 when the Lions traded him but looked 46. Maybe it would be appropriate to sign a quarterback who will be 46 but looks closer 31.

At this point, it is nothing more than a dart thrown loosely in the direction of the board. But if the Lions get a phone call from someone on Brady’s behalf in the coming weeks (or if they already have), it won’t be easy to say no. And it might ultimately make a lot of sense to say, “Hell yeah.”

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