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Sport Titans coach Mike Vrabel, GM Jon Robinson mum on Tom Brady rumors

14:35  26 february  2020
14:35  26 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel pats cornerback Logan Ryan (26) on the chest before the AFC Wild Card game at Gillette Stadium against the But as far the big question – the one everyone knew Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson would not answer directly but still had to be asked

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INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Vrabel wasn’t going to budge, but the questions about Tom Brady kept coming.

Tom Brady in a blue shirt: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) presents Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel with a trophy before the start of their joint training camp practice as Vrabel at Saint Thomas Sports Park Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. © George Walker IV / Tennessean.com New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) presents Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel with a trophy before the start of their joint training camp practice as Vrabel at Saint Thomas Sports Park Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.

One in particular allowed the Titans coach to flash his competitive side: How would he describe his relationship with Brady, the Patriots’ six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback who is set to become a free agent for the first time in his 20-year career?

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“Undefeated,” Vrabel said with a smile Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, a reference to his team’s 2-0 record against New England since he took over as coach.

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And then he doubled down with another reference, this time to a small, plastic trophy – the type a Little League player might get for participation – that Brady gifted Vrabel last August for the Titans’ 2018 regular season win over the Patriots.

"I asked him for a bigger trophy this year (for the Titans' win in New England in the AFC wild card round)," Vrabel said. "Still waiting for it."

But as far the big question – the one everyone knew Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson would not answer directly but still had to be asked – there was only aversion.

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"I think when you look at players that are still under contract," Vrabel said when asked about the Titans potentially signing Brady in free agency, "it’s important for us to evaluate each and every position but understand that there’s a time frame to have those conversations."

Robinson echoed that sentiment.

"Players that are under contract that aren’t on our team, I can’t comment on those guys. I won’t comment on those guys," he said. "But we’re just working through the process here at the combine and whenever that time opens up when we can negotiate with other players, regardless of what position they are, whenever that window opens up, we’ll attack that just like 31 other teams attack it."

The alternative for the Titans is sticking with what they already know works for their offense. Ryan Tannehill, who is 11 years younger than the 42-year-old Brady, led the league in passer rating and yards per pass attempt en route to being selected to his first Pro Bowl.

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So begins a conversation of known success versus unknown-but-tempting possibility.

"You want to have players that you know and are comfortable with," Vrabel said. "That’s a huge point in forming a team every way. It’s what you know, it’s players you’ve worked with, players that you’ve coached and you’ve seen them respond. That’s always something you try to do first, I think, is you try to evaluate the players that you’ve worked with and you have on your team currently and that you’d like to try to get back."

Robinson lauded Tannehill’s 2019 performance but wouldn’t go as far as to say "(we'll) do everything we can to try to keep him around" like he did about Derrick Henry, another 2019 Pro Bowler set to become a free agent.

The outside speculation will continue until March 18, when the new league year begins and free agency opens.

What we know for sure is that Vrabel is aware of all the Brady-to-Tennessee chatter.

When Brady Mania hit Nashville a few weeks ago thanks to since-debunked reports that suggested the quarterback and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, were in town to tour Montgomery Bell Academy for their young son, Vrabel got a text from his youngest son.

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"Carter texted me and said that one of his buddies at MBA ...," Vrabel began before trailing off and adjusting course. "I don’t really follow much of that on social media."

This article originally appeared on The Tennessean: Titans coach Mike Vrabel, GM Jon Robinson mum on Tom Brady rumors

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