Tom Brady reportedly almost signed with Bears

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Brady had the Bears in the Top 3 for his services (Winslow Townson - USA Today Sports)
Brady had the Bears in the Top 3 for his services (Winslow Townson - USA Today Sports)

The Tom Brady era is about to begin with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers in 2020 after signing with them during the offseason.

Talk show host Dan Patrick said on his show recently that the Chicago Bears were a finalist for his services along with the Chargers and the Bucs.

"Did you know that the Bears were in the final list of teams for Tom Brady?... The final list that Brady was looking at, the Chargers, the Bears, and the Buccaneers. I was told this yesterday. I said, 'Wait a minute. The Bears?' The source told me yes."

The Bears were interesting to Brady because of their solid defense.

"This is news to just about everyone. From the outside, it felt like the Tennessee Titans had the best chance with their combination of weapons and familiarity with former teammate Mike Vrabel at the helm. Chicago had a lot of what Brady was looking for, though; their defense is downright ferocious and they have some talent on offense, arguably more than what the Patriots trotted out last season. Chicago is also the type of cold-weather environment that Brady has dominated in over the last few decades."

However, Brady liked the offensive weapons that Tampa Bay had over Chicago.

"But their offensive weapons pale in comparison to the ones down in Tampa, and there isn't an easy branding angle like with Tompa Bay. Choosing the Bears would have made the NFC North very interesting, but Chicago will be rolling with Mitchell Trubisky instead of Brady this season. What could have been..."

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