There’s been plenty of speculation about Tom Brady’s future with the New England Patriots over the last few years. Things have really heated up over the last week or so.
Just this week, Brady’s father weighed in, and did nothing to throw sand on the idea that his future Hall of Fame son might finish his career elsewhere. “Ultimately, it’s Bill’s decision. Nobody really knows. Bill (Belichick) doesn’t tip his hand,” he told the Boston Herald.
The Los Angeles Chargers have been floated as one option, if Patriots and Brady do have a late-career divorce. He’s a West Coast native, and the Chargers, who have struggled to gain a foothold since the move up to L.A., could definitely use a splash, especially if Philip Rivers moves on after the year.
Peter King spoke to WEEI about the Brady situation, and floated another team out West that would be an even more interesting landing spot: the Denver Broncos.
The team was able to help long-time Brady rival Peyton Manning have an impressive final act, ending with a Super Bowl championship. It tried to recreate that magic this year with the acquisition of Joe Flacco, which has not gone as well. One imagines that if Brady is available, Denver would have to at least consider adding him, especially with how John Elway has struggled to find a true quarterback of the future to this point.
From King, via WoodyPaige.com:
“It’s apparent that they [Denver Broncos] semi-soured on Joe Flacco and he didn’t play very well when he was healthy for Denver. John Elway needs to win right now and so I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened.” King goes onto say that the two most likely homes for Brady if he were to leave would be the Chargers and Broncos.
“Denver would provide him with Mike Munchak who is one of the best offensive line coaches in recent history,” says King. “I would feel comfortable knowing that Munchak would figure it out in a way that would at least get him through a season healthy.”
It would still be a bit shocking to see Brady play anywhere else, but we’ve seen similar situations, between Manning’s move to Denver, and, as Tom Brady Sr. cited to the Herald, Joe Montana ending his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.