Mike Vrabel on Tom Brady talks: Just like a conversation with your girlfriends!
- Tom Brady will have to declare his free agency intentions this month after his chat with Mike Vrabel received significant scrutiny.
Mike Vrabel insists his FaceTime chat with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady amid heightened free agency speculation was nothing more than "a conversation you would have with your girlfriends".
Discussion over Brady's future as he prepares to hit the open market had already been at fever pitch before he and team-mate Julian Edelman chatted with Vrabel as they attended a Syracuse basketball game.
Tennessee Titans head coach Vrabel led his team to the AFC Championship game in 2019, having won three Super Bowls alongside Brady during his playing days.
Those results last season - which included a playoff win over the Pats - combined with Vrabel and Brady's relationship, has seen Tennessee regularly cited as one of the most likely destinations for Brady this offseason.
The six-time Super Bowl champion would first have to make the seismic decision to halt his partnership with Pats coach with Bill Belichick, which has produced a remarkable dynasty.
And Vrabel insists his friendly conversation with Brady should not be read into in the context of NFL business.
"Well, it would be no different than a conversation you would have with your girlfriends on a weekend," he said to Good Morning Football.
"My relationship goes back to 2001 with Tom Brady - training camp in Rhode Island, at Parente's we'd go to practice and bunch of us would go out to the bar at Parente's after practice and that's where a lot of those friendships were made.
"Those friendships aren't just going to stop or not continue to grow and develop now that I'm a head coach and he's a quarterback with an expiring contract.
"Those are going to continue on well after we're done playing with his family, with my family and having the ability to meet Jules and all those players - there's a special bond that goes on in the locker room and that's not going to stop."
"We have to win (Nashville) fans over... We have to make our own tradition here. We have to be successful. We have to win... I think the fans appreciate our players' effort, their toughness and their grit." - @CoachVrabel50 | #GMFB@gmfb on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/u7LX3dPww0— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) March 6, 2020
A fascinating offseason is in store for the Titans, with incumbent QB Ryan Tannehill and Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry both on expiring contracts and candidates for the franchise tag after enjoying spectacular campaigns.
"Derrick and Ryan, those two players were a large part of our success," added Vrabel. "They helped us get to where we were.
"It wasn't good enough [to win the Super Bowl] but we always recognise those players who have helped us get to where we are.
"Obviously, the business of football to me is that every day [general manager] Jon Robinson and I are trying to look for players that are younger and cheaper.
"The players in those seats are doing everything that they possibly can to make sure that doesn't happen."Published 07 Mar 2020, 00:34 IST