The entire country woke up this morning to the news that Tom Brady announcing that he will not return to the New England Patriots in 2020, saying in an instagram post, “I don’t know what my football future holds but it is time for me to open a stage of for my life and career.”
In corresponding news, Ian Rapoport reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made an offer to the 42-year old quarterback worth upwards of $30 million or more. The Chargers apparently joined the Bucs in making a large offer as well, leading Brady to leave NE and explore his options elsewhere.
Before anyone gets ahead of themselves, Adam Schefter also reported that Brady still doesn’t know where he plans to sign and has yet to make a decision on anything else regarding his future. But as things stand, it looks like the final two team left in the sweepstakes for the six-time Super Bowl champion are going to be the Bolts and the Bucs.
Despite today’s proclamation that he would not be returning to New England, Tom Brady has not made a decision on where he will play next season and he will be exploring his options, per a league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
I’m not sure what the immediate plan is for the draft and free agency if the Chargers do end up signing Tom Brady. $30 million is a lot of money and I don’t know how the Chargers can sign any worthwhile free agent with what will be left over, especially with a number of pressing contracts coming up next season. Obviously Brady could come in on a one-year deal, but that would take 3/5ths of the team’s cap space. If the team were to also sign Hunter Henry to a long-term deal, there goes another 1/5th.
I’ve already made my feelings known about the idea of Brady signing with the Chargers. If you want to read up on that, you can here.
Otherwise, this is some big news to monitor in the coming days. Stay tuned to the site for more news as it breaks.