Adam Humphries
Adam Humphries picked the Titans over Patriots in free agency because of Tom Brady’s age (Gary Glenn/Titans Images)

Former Buccaneers slot receiver, Adam Humphries was highly coveted on the free agent market. It turned out to be an intense bidding war between the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots. In the end, Humphries went with the Titans. Everyone had just assumed that the Titans ponied up the most money… Until now.

During a recent interview with The Athletic’s Travis Haney, Humphries acknowledged that Tom Brady’s age was part of the reason why he signed with Tennessee:

“Obviously, he’s the G.O.A.T. That’s that simple,” Humphries told Haney 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. ” Obviously the chance to play with him would have been awesome, but a lot of things factor into that decision. 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.”

There are a couple of things here we should point out. Yes, some NFL players are very dumb. They have no idea what goes on around the league. Sure, Tom Brady may be old. Good news, he’s still better than Marcus Mariota even if he falls off a cliff. Signing with a team like the Titans and expecting to live up to a big contract as a slot receiver is career suicide. The only reason to play with Marcus Mariota is for the money that’s it. Bringing up Tom Brady’s age as a reason to pass on the Patriots is just flat out stupid. This is the same team that went 11-5 with Matt Cassel. They will win regardless of who the quarterback is.

For the record, Humphries did get paid. 4 years and $36 million guarantees that he will get cut within 2 years. Congrats, Titans, you did it again. The former Clemson product had a breakout season in 2018 with 76 catches, 816 yards, and 5 touchdowns.