NFL free agency doesn’t begin until March, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to where the biggest name in the free-agent pool, Tom Brady, might land. There hasn’t been this much name recognition in a potential free agent since Peyton Manning hit the open market, joined the Broncos and led them to a Super Bowl.
So, where will Brady play football in 2020? These are the four most likely landing spots.
Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers has officially moved to Florida, and he is just short of being officially out as the Los Angeles quarterback. But this team has talent, and it’s looking to make a splash as it moves into a new stadium and tries to emerge from the shadow of the Rams.
The Chargers are the kind of team that would seem to check all the boxes for Brady, who doesn’t just want to play but wants to play for another Super Bowl. The one downside about a move to Los Angeles is that it is a long way from Brady’s new house in Greenwich, Conn.
Jacoby Brissett is a fine quarterback, but he is not an adequate replacement for Andrew Luck, who suddenly retired last summer. Brady, on the other hand, would be a good replacement.
He brings instant championship swagger to the position, and the Colts have more than enough salary cap space to make it happen, and to surround him with even more talent.
Brady finishing his career as a Colt would also add an extra layer of fun to the Manning-Brady rivalry that lasted in the AFC for so many years.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The biggest knocks on the Patriots this last season was their lack of weapons at wide receiver. So how different would it be to see Brady throw to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, and Cameron Brate?
Jameis Winston isn’t gone yet. But following his 30-interception season, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians didn’t stay away from talking about a possible quarterback change.
It’s hard to know exactly how good Brady would be in a new system at the age of 44, but there is zero chance that he will get anywhere close to 30 picks.
New England Patriots
Of course, staying in New England is a possibility, and even might be the most likely destination. Owner Bob Kraft wants him to stay. The fans want him to stay. And probably/maybe Bill Belichick wants him to stay.
And if the Patriots can find the money to keep him and get a wide receiver or two, Brady will stay. But he will still very much enjoy the courting from the rest of the league.
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