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Tom Brady Could Have Joined Cleveland Browns After ‘interview’ As Part Of NFL Masterplan

Tom Brady will play his last game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but the NFL legend once had a chance to call the Ohio State team his home.

Fast forward to 2020, and Brady’s future hangs in the balance after what looked like a long and exhausting relationship with Bill Belichick was coming to an end. The legendary quarterback spent 20 years with the New England Patriots, and all signs point to him being ready for a change.

In the end, he ended up leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he remained with one Super Bowl and one false retirement. However, if Josh McDaniels’ future takes a different path, Brady’s could very well be, too.

Back in January 2020, the Cleveland Browns were at a crossroads. After yet another disappointing season, the team needed to make big changes and make an immediate impact, hence the decision to change the head coach.

At the time, Patriots offensive coordinator McDaniels was high on their wish list, having impressed the Patriots over the past 20 years (on and off) under Belichick.

Since McDaniels worked closely with Brady as quarterbacks coach and the pair won six Super Bowl rings together, it seemed a reasonable possibility that Brady would follow him wherever he went, leading to his Rumors of going to Cleveland.

Tom Brady could have joined the Cleveland Browns in 2020

It seemed such a strong possibility that Vegas oddsmakers had the Browns as the favorite to seal his signature once he leaves the Patriots.

The Browns had a solid offensive line at the time, including wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, in front of quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was still early in his career.

The idea that signing Brady would mean relegating Mayfield from the starting job to make room for the six-time Super Bowl winner seemed like a stroke of genius.

Mayfield, then 24, could have sat on the bench and learned from Brady before eventually taking over the starting quarterback spot when Brady decided to ride into the sunset.

As it turned out, McDaniels decided not to leave New England and instead struck a deal to return to the Patriots, where he remained until his top job with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Meanwhile, Brady decided to head to Tampa Bay and will return to FirstEnergy Stadium to remind the team what they missed.

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