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January 27, 2013

Bye, bye Brady?

It might be time to trade Tom now, setting Pats up for future


Deal him. Deal him now, while you can have access to some really high bidders.

I’m not talking for a bag of footballs and some ex-CFL scrubbinis either.

Brady, even at age 35, should command a deal of at the least Ricky Williams proportions (somebody’s entire draft) or maybe even to the extremes that the Vikings paid Dallas for Herschel Walker (two 1sts, two 2nds, two 3rds).

To that end, I have targeted five potential suitors for the big fella, none better than the Arizona Cardinals.

First and foremost, the Cardinals can’t hurt you. In the NFC West, Brady is as far away as possible. Unless he plays another five years — highly unlikely — the only place you’ll encounter Brady again on the field of battle is at a Super Bowl.

The Cardinals have the ammunition to attract the Patriots to the negotiating table. Remember, they pick at No. 7, an attractive spot for this draft, which has already been fortified by over 70 underclassmen.

Arizona also has incredible need. Most draftniks currently have the Cards dabbling with the likes of USC QB Matt Barkley or West Virginia’s Geno Smith in the first round.

Why take a shot and fail again, a la Matt Leinart? This franchise can have its own new face in a matter days, one that is proven and currently stands at the forefront of the game.

Arizona needs to sell tickets and develop interest that they haven’t had since Kurt Warner left town.

If you’re new coach Bruce Arians and you’ve got a choice, do you open your first real NFL head coaching job with Hall of Famer Tom Brady or the three-headed menace known as Hoyer/Skelton/Kolb?

This would not be one-sided. The Cardinals would get one of the game’s best quarterbacks to go with one of the best wide receivers in the game (Larry Fitzgerald) and become an immediate contender.

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