New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots waits for the snap during the second quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

If Tom Brady does indeed do the unthinkable and leave the Patriots as a free agent in 2020, the 42-year-old quarterback will reportedly “eye” the Los Angeles Chargers as a potential landing spot, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

From La Canfora:

Most of the teams expected to be in need of a quarterback wouldn’t garner any attention from him (Cincinnati, Tampa, rebuilding Miami, Tennessee), but the Chargers would have a unique appeal to Brady on multiple levels, the sources said, while it’s also something the league would covet given the Chargers’ current struggles to sell PSLs and sponsorships at the glistening new stadium they will share with the Rams in Inglewood beginning next fall.

And connecting the dots on a move to So-Cal for Brady isn’t hard.

The Chargers could have an opening at quarterback in 2020, as Philip Rivers is slated to be a free agent at the conclusion of the season, Brady is more than familiar when it comes to residing in Los Angeles, and No. 12 recently signed a deal with Hollywood-based firm WME. There’s also the possibility that the Chargers, who are 3-5 and would’ve been 2-6 had it not been for a missed kick by Chicago kicker Eddy Pineiro as time expired on Sunday, could move on from Anthony Lynn, would could open the door for Brady to step into his own operation (perhaps with Josh McDaniels).

La Canfora also goes on to note that a Brady-to-LA move would be similar to the Kings landing Wayne Gretzky or Lakers signing LeBron James, and truly put the Chargers on the map in a city they’ve largely failed to gain any sort of traction in since their move from San Diego in 2017.

In other words, the Chargers would have no excuse not to throw a truckload of guaranteed money at Brady should it truly come to that point between Brady and the Patriots.

But this remains all fantasyland stuff, of course, and Brady is the first one to note that.

“My contract situation hasn’t changed in many months, so I don’t know why it gets brought up now,” Brady, whose team is off to its third 8-0 start with him as their starting quarterback, told reporters on Friday. “I think it’s just hype, media, and everyone’s trying to make money and that’s what it’s about. I don’t get into it. I mean, honestly, my situation hasn’t changed. I’m just focused on what I’m always focused on, which is this week, trying to be a great quarterback for this team.

“As I said the other day, things happened at the right times, but this isn’t the right time.”

But as we’ve all come to learn, that won’t quiet anybody down.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.