According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, a league source closely connected to a free-agent quarterback said the three teams repeatedly brought up as most likely to pursue Patriots QB Tom Brady are the Chargers, Raiders and Buccaneers.
The source added Brady is seen as the lynchpin of the quarterback market this offseason. Despite a plethora of capable options set to be available, every team will want to know what Brady is doing before moving on to another option.
While there’s still a decent chance Brady decides to return to New England, he seems determined to at least see what’s out there after 20 years with one team.
The Chargers have been repeatedly connected to Brady, as they have a need at the position after moving on from QB Philip Rivers and Brady would offer a pizzaz factor for their move into a new stadium in Los Angeles in 2020.
The Raiders are also reportedly willing to offer as much as $30 million per season to bring him on board in time for the move to Las Vegas. Raiders HC Jon Gruden is a big fan and Brady should be able to thrive with Las Vegas’ scheme and supporting cast.
And the Buccaneers would make sense as a destination for Brady with their current uncertainty at the quarterback position. Tampa Bay’s receivers would be miles better than anything Brady has worked with for years and HC Bruce Arians is committed to maximizing the team’s opportunities to win now.
Brady, 42, is a former sixth-round pick of the Patriots back in 2000. He was in the final year of his two-year, $41 million contract when he agreed to a two-year extension a few weeks ago.
Brady made $23 million for the 2019 season and is in line to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
In 2019, Brady appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots and threw for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 34 yards and three touchdowns.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2020 Free Agents list.