Clearly, this is a a case of age discrimination. The League should look into this.
Titans WR Adam Humphries: Tom Brady's age factored into decision not to sign with Patriots
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, by all accounts, is one of the best to ever play the game.
But one free agent receiver spurned the chance to play with the three-time NFL MVP and the perennially contending Patriots when making the decision on his next team, in large part because of Brady’s age. He will turn 42 years old before the start of the upcoming season.
“Obviously, he’s the G.O.A.T. That’s that simple,” slot receiver Adam Humphries, who instead signed with the Tennessee Titans, told The Athletic of Brady. “But there’s so much that factors into a decision. It was a four-year deal. Who knows how many (years) he’s got left? There’s a lot that goes into it.”
Brady has repeatedly stated he hopes to play until he is 45.
Humphries, 25, signed with the Titans on a four-year contract worth $36 million and $19 million guaranteed – even after New England made a late attempt to lure the receiver.
“… Obviously the chance to play with him would have been awesome, but a lot of things factor into that decision," Humphries said. "Ultimately, I thought this was coming here to a team that was on the rise and with young talent on the offense and a really good defense. They’d had a taste of the playoffs. I felt like my need at the slot position was great. I felt like I could really contribute and start something new here.”
The Titans are led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, 25, and are coming off of a 9-7 season. The Patriots, on the other hand, toppled the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
New England, in fact, has won three of the past five Super Bowls. Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick each have six championship rings.
Mariota has one career playoff victory in four seasons.
Humphries is coming off a breakout campaign in which he caught 76 passes for 816 yards and five touchdowns for Tampa Bay.