NFL Mock Draft: Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm Land in AFC East

Tim Kelly
January 21, 2020 - 9:02 am

It feels strange to be preparing for a Super Bowl that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots aren't set to play in. However, after a Wild Card Weekend exit at the hand of the Tennessee Titans, it feels entirely possible that we've seen the last of the Brady/Bill Belichick era Patriots in the Super Bowl.

We've maybe seen the last of the Brady/Belichick Patriots period.

On March 17, Brady's contract for 2020 will automatically void, leaving the Patriots with $13.5 million in dead cap money for next season and unable to franchise tag the 42-year-old quarterback.

For his part, Brady sounds uninterested in retiring. He apparently is willing to consider the possibility of playing outside of New England, where he's spent all 20 seasons of his illustrious career. In fact, RADIO.COM Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, writing for CBS Sports, said this past weekend that it would be "extremely surprising" if Brady re-signs in New England before at least testing free agency for the first time in his career.

Additionally, La Canfora's report said that Brady "is eager to take on the role of a mentor to a young quarterback," which leads you to think that even if he does return to New England, he knows it will be with his eventual successor on the team with him.

With that in mind, the Patriots land a quarterback in our latest RADIO.COM NFL Mock Draft, the second quarterback drafted by an AFC East team: