hile Tom Brady is no longer with the New England Patriots, he is still affecting the moves that the organization makes.
Brady is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after retiring for just over a month. The quarterback will be 45 years old when the 2022 NFL regular season begins and will be playing in his 23rd NFL season.
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With retirement on the horizon, Brady will look to win an unfathomable eight Super Bowl ring and end his career on top. With that in mind, the quarterback will want to run things back with his guys and make one last run for a championship.
One guy that Brady clearly wanted to stay with the Buccaneers was free agent running back, Leonard Fournette. The running back said that he heard from Brady when he visited the Patriots as a free agent.
Leonard Fournette was visiting the Patriots as a free agent this off-season when Tom Brady called him and said, “Man, what’s your ass doing up there?”
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) June 7, 2022
What Would Leonard Fournette Bring to the Patriots?
Fournette visited the Patriots back in March but ended up heading back to Tampa Bay. If he was to have joined New England, the Patriots would have a stacked group of running backs entering the 2022 season.
The 27-year-old has been a bruiser ever since he entered the NFL. The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has racked up over 3,800 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns.
As his age shows, Fournette still has some quality years ahead of him. While the window on a running back’s career is short, the running back is entering just his sixth season.
Fournette is coming off another quality season in 2021. He ran for 812 yards and tallied eight touchdowns. Adding him to a running back room that already has the likes of Damien Harris and James White would make the Patriots running game tough to stop.
Gaining the likes of Fournette would add a bulldozing red zone option to New England’s offense who can pick up yards after contact at an impressive rate.
So Why Isn’t Leonard Fournette in New England?
Besides Brady questioning what he was doing in New England, money likely played a factor.
The running back wouldn’t have come cheap if New …read more