Following months of speculation, star quarterback Tom Brady announced on Tuesday morning that he wasn’t going to return to the New England Patriots. For the first time in his career, Brady will play for another franchise after two decades with the Patriots. That has put a few teams in the running for the future Hall of Famer’s services this offseason, which include the Los Angeles Chargers. However, it appears that the Chargers may be on the outside looking in to land Brady.
Tom Brady’s free agency
Brady took a significant leap forward into free agency on Tuesday by deciding to inform the Patriots that he will no return to the franchise.
The 42-year-old spoke with team owner Robert Kraft to inform him of his decision before taking to Instagram that he won’t re-sign with New England. There had long been a discussion around Brady being interesting in exploring his options to play elsewhere this offseason.
There wasn’t any serious belief that he would go through with leaving the Patriots. However, the telling signs were present as the two sides didn’t have much dialogue through the early portions of the offseason leading up to the start of free agency.
A report also surfaced that a phone call between Brady and head coach Bill Belichick earlier this month didn’t go well. There was also no real momentum toward hammering out a new contract with the Patriots.
With that in mind, another of the potential landing spots appears to be scratched off Brady’s list.
Chargers off Tom Brady’s list?
With Brady expressing that he won’t return to the Patriots, it has shifted the focus toward the other options that he has on the table.
Among those was the Chargers as the team has reportedly made a strong push to acquire his services. Those efforts look to have fallen short as veteran NFL reporter Jim Trotter has stated that Los Angeles is out of the mix for Brady barring a “change of heart” from the six-time Super Bowl champion.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network added that the 42-year-old had factored his family significantly into the equation for his pending decision. He has made that a more influential component to his decision-making process than the roster and scheme.
It has pushed another option off the table for Brady as he draws closer to his next move that from the outside looking in appears to be zeroing in on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are the last known suitor for his services so far in free agency, which could put to him coming to a decision quite soon.
Chargers’ Other QB options
It was long anticipated that the Chargers would make a strong push to acquire Brady in free agency.
With Los Angeles out of the running, there are a few other options, such as pursuing Cam Newton. The Carolina Panthers have made it clear that they plan to move Newton this offseason, especially after inking Teddy Bridgewater to a reported three-year, $60 million deal.
The Chargers currently have Tyrod Taylor under contract if they go the route of rolling with an in-house option for the 2020 campaign. He would also be a security blanket if Newton were to be plagued by any lingering injuries.
Lastly, the Chargers could elect to take a quarterback this in this year’s draft as they hold the sixth overall pick. They could maneuver their way up further to secure one of the top promising prospects at the position after Joe Borrow, such as Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. Although Los Angeles lost out on Brady, they will have their options.