As free agency approaches, Mike Vrabel weighs in on the Tennessee Titans’ options, especially at the quarterback position.
The Tennessee Titans have some tough decisions coming up, and one big decision surrounds the quarterback position. Will the Titans hold out for long-term success with Ryan Tannehill, or hope Tom Brady can get the Titans to a Super Bowl in the next year or two.
One man in the middle of the decision-making is Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. The former Patriot might personally lean towards signing his former teammate, Brady, but he has to look at what quarterback would be best for his team, not him.
More discussion and debate heated up after Vrabel was found Facetiming Brady and Julian Edelman at a Syracuse basketball game.
Vrabel made an appearance on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” on Friday morning to discuss everything surrounding the upcoming free agency and the call.
"“Listen, my relationship goes back to 2001 with Tom Brady,” Vrabel explained. “Training camp at Rhode Island, at Parente’s. We’d go practice and a bunch of us would go out to the bar at Parente’s after practice. That’s where a lot of those friendships were made.“And those friendships aren’t going to stop or not continue to grow and develop now that I’m a head coach and he’s a quarterback with an expiring contract.”"
If Brady really wants to come to Nashville, then he has the connections in the Titans organization to convince the right people to bring him in. Besides Vrabel, Titans general manager Jon Robinson also has ties to Brady and the Patriots, which could be all Brady needs to put ink on the paper.
Brady wasn’t the only subject brought up in the interview with GMF. Vrabel also discussed Tannehill and Derrick Henry.
"“You mentioned both Derrick and Ryan. Those two players were a large part of our success and they helped us get to where we were. It wasn’t good enough,” Vrabel continued.“But we always recognize those players that have helped us get to where we are, and obviously, the business of football to me is that every day, Jon (Robinson) and I are trying to look for players that are younger and cheaper, and the players in those seats are doing everything they can to make sure that doesn’t happen.“I recognize that that’s what the definition of business in football is to me. I recognized it in my career and obviously see it in the same sense as a head coach.”"
Time is ticking, and a decision is going to have to come soon with free agency being right around the corner. Personally, I want to see Tannehill and Henry in the backfield again for the 2020 season and for years to come.