Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are currently in the middle of an undefeated season, with eyes set on another Super Bowl, though the star quarterback’s future with the franchise is clouding over everything.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter seems to believe it’s highly possible that Brady, who can leave in free agency in 2020, will be playing elsewhere next season.
“There are people in and around the Patriots organization who still cannot predict what Brady will do and where he will end up in 2020, but they recognize that all options are on the table, including returning to New England, moving on to another organization or retiring,” he reports.
It’s tough to imagine Brady playing for another team in 2020, though CBS Sports is reporting that the quarterback could have interest in the Chargers.
The prospect of Brady, 42, playing as anything but a Patriot is hard for many to get their heads around, and it’s something Brady himself wouldn’t even discuss with his family until well after this season. Most of the teams expected to be in need of a quarterback wouldn’t garner any attention from him (Cincinnati, Tampa, rebuilding Miami, Tennessee), but the Chargers would have a unique appeal to Brady on multiple levels, the sources said, while it’s also something the league would covet given the Chargers’ current struggles to sell PSLs and sponsorships at the glistening new stadium they will share with the Rams in Inglewood beginning next fall.
Brady is a California native. Out of all of the non-Patriots 2020 scenarios, the Chargers might make the most sense. Brady trains in California in the offseason and has family in the area.
Of course, that would mean Philip Rivers is no longer in Los Angeles, though reports seem to indicate the Chargers could be ready to move on.