Chargers ‘expected’ to pursue Patriots free agent quarterback Tom Brady
If the Los Angeles Chargers aren’t comfortable with starting Tyrod Taylor or Easton Stick in a post–Philip Rivers world, there should be some solid options for them to mull. One of those options is adding the greatest quarterback in NFL history to their roster.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Chargers are expected to pursue free agent quarterback Tom Brady.
“Sources say the Los Angeles Chargers are expected to be among the teams who will make a pitch to Brady,” Rapoport said. “They do have what he’d require, which is a talented team that could win now.”
Brady, 42, is expected to hit unrestricted free agency for the first time in his 20-year NFL career in March. His current team, the New England Patriots, is no lock to re-sign him. Per Rapoport, the Patriots are willing to offer as much as $30 million per year for his services.
According to Over The Cap, the Chargers will have a hair under $49 million in cap space available in the 2020 offseason.
The Patriots are reportedly “intent,” via Rapoport, on keeping Brady. However, his eyes could be set to returning to his home state, California. He may also be seeking a new NFL home to compete with a better offense around him, as the Patriots’ offense did not give him many weapons to work with in 2019.
Though 42 years old, Brady has shut down talk of retirement. He wants to continue playing. The Chargers could offer him the ability to compete, as though they are coming off of a down year, they remain viewed as one of the NFL’s most talented rosters.