A constant fixture under center for the New England Patriots since 2001, Tom Brady may be looking for a new home in free agency for the first time in his career this offseason. The Pats have been non-committal about Brady's status with the team, and the future Hall-of-Famer has already said that he isn't interested in taking a "hometown discount." If two sides are unable to meet in the middle and Brady elects to leave New England, there are a few teams in need of a quarterback that — if he elects to play in a new home instead of retiring — could use his services in 2020.
With that in mind, here are three new teams that Tom Brady could start for in 2020.
3. Indianapolis Colts
This one would be a shocker considering the "Deflate-gate" saga and long-time Brady-vs-Peyton Manning rivalry, but if Brady's willing to swallow his pride for a starting job outside of New England, the Indianapolis Colts would be a good fit. Jacoby Brissett did an admirable job stepping in for Andrew Luck this season, but it's clear that he's not the long-term answer at QB for a team looking to make a run at championship. The run-first nature of the Colts' offense could also help lighten the burden that Brady would have to carry. Signing him would provide the Colts with an immediate upgrade at quarterback and with $96.4 million in cap space to work with this offseason, the organization can easily meet Brady's contract demands and still vastly improve its roster in free agency.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
They may not be at the top of his list if he leaves the Pats, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would still be a good fit for Brady. Coming off the first 30-touchdown, 30-interception season in NFL history, embattled signal-caller Jameis Winston may have overstayed his welcome in Tampa. If the they decide to let Winston walk, signing in Brady could be the first step in turning the Bucs into a contender. Tampa already enough talent on offense to contend for a championship, and playing with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans would give Brady one of his best supporting casts in recent memory. With a little over $91.7 million in cap space to work with, the Bucs could also meet Brady's contract demands while rebuilding their defense (28.1 points per game allowed, No. 29 in the NFL) with minimal financial difficulty.
1. Los Angeles Chargers
If the organization decides to part ways with long-time franchise quarterback Philip Rivers this offseason, the Los Angeles Chargers may be the most ideal landing spot for Brady. Originally a Southern California native, the Bolts would give TB12 the perfect opportunity to make one last run at a Super Bowl while playing close to home. Despite having a down year in 2019, the Chargers have a lot of offensive weapons for Brady to work with, as well as a championship-caliber defense, featuring Joey Bosa, to match. Additionally, L.A. has $56.3 million in cap space to work with this offseason, making this a realistic move financially.
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