Chargers Free Agency

LA Chargers: Ranking potential free-agent QB options for team

TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws during the third quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws during the third quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Number 1

Tom Brady

Now this one almost speaks for itself. It is a marriage that is almost destined to be. As the Chargers have moved to LA and are now opening a new stadium they need a strong figure to christen it and who better than the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Now in terms of scheme fit, it doesn’t work well, Brady being 42 years old is the textbook definition of immobile. He will not be able to avoid the sack by running, but he does have an impeccable ability to throw the ball away and limit turnovers through the air; never once throwing more than 14 interceptions in a season.

This also wouldn’t be the first time a quarterback has left the team they started their Hall of Fame career with, as seen with Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos, as well as Johnny Unitas with the Chargers.

The benefit to Brady coming to the Chargers is having a strong receiving corps that Brady has never had in his entire tenure with the Patriots. He would also get a strong running game with one of the best receiving backs in the NFL as well as an arguably much better defense with young talent all over it.

Brady is the best option to sign a quarterback in free agency. He will get at most a two-year deal that won’t be a long term cap hit. He will also have bandwagon fans hop on the train to LA and help the team sell tickets.

It’s the smartest business move for the ownership and managerial staff to make. And it also gives the team a fair chance to win as well.  That makes this signing the most likely target for the Chargers come 2020.

Likeliness – 9

Potential Fit – B+

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