Risk of Tom Brady leaving New England is at Threat Level Midnight

Usually us Pats fans are in full Super Bowl mode this weekend. But not this year. Instead if you’re like me, you’re keeping a close eye on the Tom Brady free agency rumors. And man there are a ton of them. I don’t believe most of what I hear, but there IS a team out there that I think could steal our guy when free agency starts in mid March.

According to Draft Kings, their odds have New England as having the best shot at keeping TB 12. I agree. But I truly fear the LA Chargers. The risk of Tom heading to LA is, to quote Michael Scott, at Threat Level Midnight.

The Chargers have pretty much parted ways with Philip Rivers, who has packed up and moved to Florida. So the job is open.

They are moving into their new amazing 70,000 seat stadium. They need fans to fill the seats.

They have money to spend. They have some talent on the roster.

Plus it’s warm. Games and practices in the sun could appeal to Tom.

Giselle is likely more at home in Hollywood than Beantown.

Not to mention for Brady it’s a great market to further the TB 12 health brand. Plus remember Brady is from California.

There are many other rumors. Tom and the family were reportedly looking at schools in Nashville this week. Some say he may end up with an ownership stake in the Dolphins. Peter King of NBC sports says Tampa is a sleeper choice. I’ve heard the Colts too. Ugh.

Brady also chatted with the Raiders owner recently at a UFC fight and reportedly Tom and Giselle just bought some land near Vegas. The Raiders also have a new stadium to fill.

Look this is new for us. The idea that the greatest of all time might dump New England for someone else is unsettling to say the least.

Hopefully Brady will stay. I can’t imagine Robert Kraft letting him walk.

But we can’t ignore the fact there are other legit opportunities out there and he just might retire somewhere else. That threat is real.

By Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari

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Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.