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Report: Contenders eyeing Tom Brady if he leaves Patriots

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As quarterback Tom Brady weighs his future with the New England Patriots following a disappointing end to their championship hopes, multiple contenders reportedly already have their eye on the future Hall of Famer and his fate in New England this offseason.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, several teams that believe they have championship-caliber rosters will have serious discussions about pursuing Brady if he doesn’t return to the Patriots.

While there was brief speculation that Brady might retire following the season, reports on Saturday morning indicated that he’d “absolutely” play football in 2020.

The 42-year-old quarterback is coming off one of the worst seasons in his NFL career. However, he also played with arguably one of the worst supporting casts in the NFL.

Specific teams aren’t mentioned, but the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Chargers could all emerge as potential landing spots. The Colts boast one of the best offensive lines in football, a key to Brady being successful, and have one of the NFL’s top receivers in T.Y. Hilton.

Meanwhile, the Chargers could move on from Philip Rivers this offseason. Brady could live in Los Angeles and be supported by an excellent receiving corps with a talented defense that creates turnovers. In Chicago, Brady would pair with a championship-caliber defense and could put the team over the top in 2020.

This will certainly be the biggest storyline of the NFL offseason. If Brady leaves the Patriots, it will mark one of the biggest changes in NFL history and could dramatically shake up next season’s race for the Super Bowl.