The Chargers have been tied to Tom Brady for quite some time now. To be honest, it feels like the speculation started immediately following the end of the Super Bowl and it’s never really faded away.
As of Monday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported that the Chargers are still expected to make a run at Brady, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and of course the New England Patriots.
From @nflnetwork: A look at what is ahead for free agent QB Tom Brady... and like most free agents it could come down to where does he want to win? pic.twitter.com/tgyowEAcuE— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
The Chargers are currently sitting with $49.9 million in cap space, which is enough to sign Brady if that is priority number one but I just don’t see how that is, in any way, the smart move for this team in 2020. Yes, he would help sell tickets and put butts in seats. But it would significantly hamper the rest of the team and what the Chargers could do outside of that signing. With the money the Chargers would likely have to pay Brady in 2020, the team could also sign two veteran free agents at two position of need (Bryan Bulaga, Desmond Trufant, a defensive tackle, etc.). It just doesn’t make a ton of sense at this point.
To me, signing Brady and hoping it fixes this team and all it’s other issues would be like slapping a Band-Aid on the bullet wound. Would it help? I mean, I guess. The surface-level injuries would start to heal but what’s going to happen to the piece of metal stuck deep inside? It would probably have some longer-lasting effects and negative consequences in the future.
That’s how I view this Brady situation.