It took only one double-tap from Tom Brady to shake the foundation of the now Philip Rivers-less Chargers.
After the Chargers confirmed Monday the team would part ways with its longtime quarterback after 16 seasons, fellow soon-to-be free-agent Brady reacted to the NFL’s announcement with an Instagram like. Brady has been closely linked to the Chargers since the closing weeks of the 2019 season. Brady’s recent social media activity will not quiet the frenzy.
Chargers GM Tom Telesco said the team is all about embracing change as it enters a new era.
“There’s an excitement getting into a new era of Charger football. And you have to build this a different way without Philip here anymore,” Telesco told Sports Illustrated. “It’s not gonna be easy, I know that, because from Philip you knew year after year after year, you got consistent play, high level play and a quarterback you could count on, every single day. Not just games, but practice. He was accountable day in, day out. It’s gonna be new here.”
The writing has been on the wall in Los Angeles for some time in regards to Rivers’ future. Last month, the Alabama-bred quarterback, 38, relocated to Florida with his wife and family.
“What this means football-wise is to be determined but it was time for us to move back closer to home,” Rivers said at the time.
The move has fueled speculation Rivers can slide into Jameis Winston’s slot with the Buccaneers, should Tampa Bay move on from the former No. 1 pick who also is hitting free agency this offseason.
As for Brady, whose sudden shift to the Connecticut suburbs left New England collectively shaken, he is slated to hit the market for the first time in his career. And while $30 million-per-year is the rumored asking price, Brady is said to be looking for more than dollar signs.
“Just talked to someone I trust. He doesn’t believe that Brady is demanding 30 million or more a year. The weapons add is a priority however #Patriots,” NFL Network’s Michael Giardi tweeted last week.
The Patriots were bounced early from the playoffs following a 20-13 loss to the Titans in the AFC wild-card round. Brady has allegedly been frustrated with the team’s revolving door of weapons — including the dismissal of Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon being waived.
Should the California native look to build a TB12 West empire, Los Angeles appears to be a suitable option.