There’s a chance that Tom Brady will leave the New England Patriots in free agency and go play for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020.
If Tom Brady does decide to part ways with the New England Patriots in free agency, he’s going to have many teams and offers to choose from — one of those teams being the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers are in just as great of a position to persuade Brady away from the New England Patriots as any other team next season.
L.A. has a great squad that is only a few pieces away from being a contending team. With Philip Rivers not returning to the team next season, the most important positional need becomes quarterback.
At this point, the Chargers need to decide if they want to go after a veteran free agent quarterback who’s similar to Rivers in some way or use their sixth overall draft pick to try and land one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.
A veteran quarterback like Brady would be able to get more out of this veteran team compared to a rookie quarterback.
Established players like Mike Williams and Keenan Allen would thrive catching passes from a future Hall of Fame quarterback. Hunter Henry is an elite level tight end who can block and make plays through the air. And last but not least, the Chargers have two great running backs who complement each other’s game and can do it all for their team in Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon.
To say the least, there’s going to be a lot more weapons — and a lot better weapons — for Brady on the Chargers than the Patriots… unless New England makes a splash in free agency/via trade for some other skill positions.
Now to the other side of the ball. Considering the Chargers have the sixth overall pick and seven total picks in the draft, more playmakers could be added to the team in April.
When everyone is healthy, the Chargers have a rather exciting and promising defense that’s trending in the right direction. This defense is led by playmakers at every level, with Joey Bosa down in front, Melvin Ingram in the middle, and Derwin James and Desmond King manning the secondary.
The Chargers will have about $54 million in additional cap space for 2020, which is good for 11th-highest in the NFL. If the goal is to bring in Tom Brady, they’ll have to consider finding a way to retain Hunter Henry, who is also set to become a free agent.
But if Brady is serious about looking for a new team and earning a larger salary than what the Patriots are able to offer, the new Los Angeles Chargers wouldn’t be a bad landing spot.
To top it all off, the new-and-improved Chargers will be opening a new stadium in 2020. Who better to represent a brand new team than the six-time Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady?
There has been random speculation that the Chargers almost need Brady in order to receive a decent return on their investment from their new stadium and to get more fans in the doors.
More importantly, Brady knows how to win, and will bring a winning culture with him to wherever he ends up. On a team like the Chargers, it will be important for him to have the authority to make certain decisions.
If the Chargers can make the right offseason moves, they will be in a prime position to become the better team that resides in LA next season. It all starts with wooing Brady to the west coast.