Adam Humphries was honest when it came to his decision to go with the Titans instead of the Patriots.
The fourth-year wide receiver cited New England quarterback Tom Brady’s age — he will turn 42 in August — as a key reason why he chose Tennessee.
“Obviously, he’s the G.O.A.T. That’s that simple,” Humphries said, via The Athletic. “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.”
Humphries agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Titans in March.
He was also looking at an offer from the Saints, as well, but ultimately decided to play with Marcus Mariota.
“There were a ton of pros and not a lot of cons,” Humphries said. “You have to look at both situations and a quality of life and where you’re living, state taxes. A lot of things go into it when you’re talking with your agents and families and stuff about it. At the end of the day, my heart wanted to be in Tennessee. I was happy to finally have that all over with and have a team I could commit to and try my best for them.
“I felt like my talents would be used best here. And New England was the same way. That would have worked, too, but at the end of the day, it was a good decision to come here.”
Humphries was an undrafted free agent entering his rookie season with the Buccaneers. Over the last four years he moved into more of a starting role in the team’s offense.
In 2018, Humphries had career highs in receptions (76), receiving yards (816) and receiving touchdowns (five) after playing in all 16 games (10 starts).
He caught 219 passes for 2,329 yards and nine touchdowns over the last four seasons with Tampa Bay.