With Philip Rivers’ departure from L.A., the Chargers appear to be the most likely non-Patriots landing spot for Tom Brady. Brady will be an unrestricted free-agent this off-season and the Patriots organization has encouraged him to explore his options.
When asked about Brady’s free-agency, Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed that Brady has “earned the right” to explore his options. Before the season started, it was very important to Tom that he be free to do whatever he wanted at the end of the year,” Kraft said. “You know what I said to myself? That any person who plays 20 years for this team and helps us get to nine Super Bowls, and been really selfless, has earned that right. I love the young man like he’s part of my family. Blood family. Anyone who’s done that has earned the right to control his future after 20 years. And you know, my hope and prayer is number one, he play for the Patriots. Or number two, he retires. He has the freedom to decide what he wants to do and what’s in his own best personal interest.” (via CBS Sports)
Almost everyone in New England would love to see Tom Brady return for at least another year. Despite a dip in production last year, Brady gives the Patriots a decent shot at returning to the playoffs and competing for a Super Bowl next season. His departure on the other hand could signify a rebuild. If Brady doesn’t come back, questions would then be asked about Belichick’s future. Would he want to stick around for a rebuild? He may decide he’s had a good run and retire.
Brady will have a multitude of options during free-agency. Many teams could use his services for a season or two to make one last playoff push. The Chargers, Bears, Titans, Cowboys, and Raiders are just a few of the teams mentioned in the Tom Brady rumors.
Most experts have assumed the Chargers will make a massive push to sign Brady after news of Rivers’ departure broke. It would make sense on the football field as well as for driving interest in the team. “The city of Los Angeles has shown next to no interest in the Chargers since they moved from San Diego, and a name like Brady would surely boost the prospects for ticket sales.” (via Yahoo Sports)