By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The field for free agent quarterback Tom Brady continued to narrow on Tuesday, as the Chargers do not believe that the 42-year-old Brady will join them in Los Angeles and believe that they are officially "out of the running" barring a last-second change of heart from Brady, according to veteran NFL reporter Jim Trotter.
The Chargers made a serious run at Brady, but, barring a change of heart by the quarterback, the team believes it is out of the running for him.
At one point considered a favorite to land Brady (and seemingly bolstered by Brady starting his own production company in Los Angeles), the Chargers' belief that they're out of the mix comes with the belief that Brady will decide to stay back East to be close to his family, according to Trotter. It also comes after L.A.'s Austin Ekeler tried making his own pitch to Brady, too.
But that belief that Brady wants to remain in the East significantly narrows the (already-limited) field of potential suitors.
With New England officially off the table after Brady's Tuesday announcement and after Tennessee decided to stick with Ryan Tannehill by way of a four-year extension inked on Sunday afternoon, it's not hard to see that where there's smoke, there's fire in regards to Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now considered the betting favorite after Colin Cowherd (and others) reported that T.B. will indeed be TB's choice on Wednesday, the Bucs certainly present the opportunity for Brady to cash in on guaranteed money, have weapons galore on the offensive side of ball, and remain on the East Coast as reportedly preferred.
There could also be another team waiting to strike, such as the Miami Dolphins or the New York Giants (two teams that were at one point linked to Brady), but those moves would seemingly come out of left field at this point in Brady Watch.
It will be interesting to see where the Chargers go from here after their reportedly unsuccessful bid for Brady, too, as veteran quarterback Philip Rivers is also off the board after signing a one-year, $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts.