New England Patriots: Who Will Be Tom Brady's Successor?

By Will Gellman
Tom Brady
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When the New England Patriots brought in Tim Tebow this offseason, many Patriots fans scoffed at the move.

While many fans do not believe that Tebow can be an NFL starting quarterback, I believe that Tebow can thrive in the NFL under the right system. The Patriots could be that system. When he arrived, many people thought that the team had no use for him since they had Ryan Mallett as Tom Brady‘s primary backup.

I thought of the move a different way. I felt that it was a perfect fit to bring in Tebow to have him compete with Mallett for the starting quarterback job once Brady is gone. In the meantime, he would be able to learn from Brady in the hopes of perfecting his passing ability.

Let’s face it — Brady is getting older, and there will come a time when the team will want to move in a different direction. At 36-years-old, Brady’s career as a Patriot may soon be coming to an end. It has always been my opinion that the Patriots would trade Brady before his career was up, capitalizing on his trade value and therefore solidifying their roster for the next decade with draft picks.

If you look at the history of the Patriots since Bill Belichick took over the team, he has never been afraid to trade an asset, even if the team struggled initially as a result. He has traded the likes of Mike Vrabel, Richard Seymour, Lawyer Milloy, Randy Moss and Matt Cassel among others to capitalize on their value on the trade market.

Brady could be another casualty from this philosophy within the next few years, with Mallett or Tebow backing him up.

One may wonder why the Patriots would trade arguably the best quarterback of all time for unproven draft picks. The answer is simple. they could use the picks to draft players to fill other holes on the team.  They would do this in the hopes that the team would improve overall, and that the hit they would take at quarterback would only be slight.

This is the situation that unfolded for the San Francisco 49ers when they traded Joe Montana to the Kansas City Chiefs years ago, having Steve Young to replace him. While I don’t believe the backup quarterbacks on this year’s roster are Steve Young-caliber, they are more than worthy of starting and excelling if Brady were to leave.

Who do you think Brady’s successor will/should be? Tebow? Mallett? Johnny Manziel? Someone else? Feel free to leave your comments on the subject in the comments section below.

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