Silvi: Brady could be among many who stayed in game too long

Three Pro Football Hall Of Famers made Seattle the final stop of their careers. Could Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman flip the script and wrap up their careers other cities?

It didn't take long for the New England Patriots to create some offseason drama.

With offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels snubbing the Indianapolis Colts and opting to stay in New England, it looks like most of the band is staying together.

The lead singer of this group, Tom Brady, said he wants to play into his mid-40s, which is mid-70s in Mick Jagger years.

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You have to wonder how long Tom can defeat time. He'll celebrate his 41st birthday in training camp next season.

Will he ride off into the sunset as a Patriot? Maybe not.

Some of the biggest names in NFL history had to go elsewhere to prolong their careers.

Joe Namath left the New York Jets for the L.A. Rams and ended up playing in just four games. Johnny Unitas played in five with the San Diego Chargers.

Seahawks fans likely remember a few other names who made Seattle the final stop of their careers.

In 1984, the Hawks signed Franco Harris. He played 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, before they released him in a contract dispute. He needed just 363 yards to break Jim Brown's rushing record. He gained 170 in Seattle and retired.

Hall of Famer Carl Eller played his final year in Seattle after 15 years with the Minnesota Vikings. He missed just three games of the 225 in his career. He was an absolute ironman - one of only 11 Vikings to play in all four of their Super Bowls.

Then there was Jerry Rice. He played 21 years in the NFL, playing his final 11 games with the Seahawks at age 42.

Three Hall of Famers whose careers skimmed the Northwest.

It made me dive a little deeper in search of other big name players who switched teams at the end of their careers.

Joe Montana with the Kansas Chiefs and Brett Favre with the Vikings are two examples of quarterbacks who still played at a high level near the end.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett was considered a bust after the Patriots drafted him number one overall in 1971, but he played his best football near the end of his career, leading the Raiders to two Super Bowl Championships, the second at age 36.

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Cowboys great Tony Dorsett had to leave Dallas to get in his one last season. As strange as it was to see him in a Denver Broncos uniform, he managed to rush for 703 yards in 16 games.

But Dorsett in orange and blue?

Almost as odd as seeing Greem Bay Packers and Philadelpia Eagles great Reggie White taking his final snap in a Carolina Panthers uniform.

But the all-timer for me was Earl Campbell in a New Orleans Saints uniform. He made the pro bowl in five of his six years with the Houston Oilers before that trade to the Big Easy.

Back in the era of tear-away jerseys, Earl punished defenders leaving them clutching nothing but fabric.

Earl Campbell will always be an Oiler in the minds of many.

Just like another Earl from Texas will always be a Seahawk in the eyes of the 12s.

Earl Thomas has drawn a line in the sand. He's threatening to hold out until he gets a contract extension from the Seahawks.

Can you picture Earl in a Cowboys uniform?

What about Richard Sherman finishing his career in his hometown of Los Angeles?

Fortunately for Seahawks fans, these are just possibilities, not realities.