New England Patriots QB Tom Brady’s future is uncertain after the 2019 campaign. Regardless of his contract extension this past offseason, the 42-year-old is slated to become a free agent in the upcoming offseason. Naturally, rumors have been circulating regarding the status of the G.O.A.T. Should he retire? Will New England bring him back? Should he play elsewhere? The predictions are out:
Nobody is sure about the answer, nor is it confirmed in any way. Maybe not even the future Hall-of-Famer himself knows. Nevertheless, though I could not see Brady leaving New England, here are some hypothetical teams he could join:
Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers is seemingly being too generous this holiday season, as he has thrown multiple costly picks in the past few games. The Chargers are very talented, but the lack of cohesion and disarray at times has capped them from unlocking their true potential as a team.
Like Tom Brady, Philip Rivers’ future in L.A. is murky. If the Bolts do move on from their long-time signal-caller, then an interesting proposition would be for Brady to play for them. In fact, the rumor mills are up and running on that notion, which remains a possibility.
Now let’s look at it from a competition standpoint. The Chargers have two explosive running backs in Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, though the former’s future in L.A. is uncertain, along with a star WR in Keenan Allen, and reliable tight end in Hunter Henry. The offensive pieces are there, and the defense boasts strong talent such as Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram III, Derwin James, and Thomas Davis Sr.
The Chargers would be a prime landing spot should Brady pack up his things and leave Boston. This is a strong team with a few missing pieces standing between truly competing in the weaker AFC. This also affords Brady the opportunity to invest in other businesses in sunny Southern California.
The Bears have an elite, talented defense that doesn’t look so scary right now because of how underwhelming the offense is. The fact the offense can’t stay on the field ultimately wears the defense down from being on the field too long.
Nevertheless, Brady heading to the Windy City could blow Chicago into title contention. Signs show that aging QB can still play, and the GOAT is levels over the current Bears QB situation right now. Plus, how fun would it be to see Brady and Aaron Rodgers play twice annually and compete in the same division for a crown? It would certainly add a colossal spark to the already heated, long-lasting rivalry.
Tom Brady is familiar with HC Mike Vrabel after all the two were teammates from 2001-2008. Ryan Tannehill has filled in admirably for the Titans this season, but it’s hard to tell whether the journeyman will be in the same uniform next season. Marcus Mariota’s time is all but over, and the former Heisman winner will likely be seeking a starting role on another team next season.
Tennessee has all the ingredients to be competitive in the AFC, they have a workhorse running back, emerging receivers, and a robust defense. Brady could be a missing link that when plugged in, could escalate this team to greater heights. The weather in Nashville is also not too shabby compared to blustery and frigid New England.
Cam Newton’s future in Charlotte is uncertain due to his injury this season. Backup QB Kyle Allen has shown flashes of brilliance meshed with flashes of concern. The Panthers QB situation heading into 2020 is all but stable. HC Ron Rivera’s job may also be on the line, and owner David Tepper is not satisfied with a middle-of-the-road ball club.
Enter the G.O.A.T himself. With a generational talent at RB in Christian McCaffrey, swift, talented receivers in D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, and a durable tight end in Greg Olson, Brady coming to the Queen City may result in fewer complaints about this team’s performance.
The Panthers’ defense can showcase dominant performances, and is still led by guys like Luke Kuechly. This team has the pieces offensively and defensively to compete, so it’s not like Brady would find himself on a rebuilding team like Cincinnati or Washington. Nevertheless, being in a division with Matt Ryan and Drew Brees would be challenging, but exciting to watch in terms of the divisional matchups.