The LA Chargers could have had some notable Hall of Famers.
The LA Chargers have several Hall of Fame players in their history. Lance Alworth, Dan Fouts, Junior Seau and LaDainian Tomlinson are all enshrined in Canton and there is more on the way. Antonio Gates is a bonafide first-ballot Hall of Famer and Philip Rivers should undoubtedly make it one day as well.
While the Chargers have some of the greatest players of all-time at their positions, there were more Hall of Famers that the team could have had. In fact, there are three Hall of Famers that were notably close in some capacity to being a Charger.
Of course, we have to start with the most recent example, one that some fans are happy didn’t happen.
Hall of Famer that almost joined the LA Chargers: Tom Brady
Tom Brady is not a Hall of Famer yet but he is undoubtedly a first-ballot Hall of Famer as he is the greatest quarterback to ever do it. And of course, he almost traded Patriot blue for power blue this offseason as the Chargers were one of two finalists for Brady, with the other being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chargers appeared to be the perfect fit for Brady on paper. They are playing in a new billion-dollar stadium, have weapons galore and would open doors for Brady in Hollywood. However, the East Coast reportedly had a say in the matter and Brady went to the Bucs.
With the cap space that the team had for Brady, the team instead signed Bryan Bulaga, Linval Joseph and Chris Harris, among others. Whether or not it was the better move will depend on how these four players play in 2020, but with Brady turning 43 in August, not many Charger fans are devastated by the team missing out on him.