After the Patriots' defeat against the Titan on Saturday night, her 42-year-old star quarterback Tom Brady said it was "unlikely" that he would retire after 20 seasons in New England.
Brady becomes a free agent on March 18 and there is intense speculation about his future. If he doesn't retire, he either stays in New England or signs with another team to play elsewhere.
So much seemed obvious after listening to Brady after the game: his last pass in the 2019 season wasn't the Pick-Six he threw that ex-teammate Logan Ryan had chosen to seal the fats of the godparents. It was the verbal pass that he threw to coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft after the game to bring him back for a 21st season in New England.
But if he leaves, the most likely goals are:
Los Angeles chargers
There is uncertainty as to whether Philip Rivers will return for a 17th season with the Chargers, who assume a 5-11 season in which Rivers has thrown 20 INTs with 23 TDs. The Chargers will also move into a new common LA stadium with the Rams and have been in a crisis of franchise identity since they moved from San Diego. You have to sell PSLs. Born in California, Brady could give new impetus to a team whose fan base has shrunk. With Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry, he too would have talent.
Las Vegas Raiders
Another team that could use a bit of a stir. The Raiders will start their first season in Vegas and it seems clear that head coach Jon Gruden is not being sold to the current Derek Carr.
After the season, the Bears coaches said that despite his contradiction, it was planned to stay with Mitch Trubisky. But plans are being broken – especially if a Hall of Fame quarterback is available.
With Andrew Luck, who had retired this season, and Jacoby Brissett, who was not convincing, the Colts could be on the market to run a run at Brady. The Colts have one of the best offensive lines in the league, a good close end with Jack Doyle and T.Y. Hilton, one of the top receivers of the NFL.
When Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels lands in Carolina, it makes sense, especially with Cam Newton's health in mind.
This is a longshot considering Dak Prescott is the cowboy franchise quarterback. But Prescott still has to get his new contract. Given the offensive weapons the cowboys have, it would make sense for Brady to give up a young franchise quarterback for a year or two before retiring.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs' coach Bruce Arians is not exactly committed to Jameis Winston, who is about to become a free agent and who has had an extremely inconsistent season with more than 30 TDs and 30 INTs.