Los Angeles Chargers rumors: Tom Brady’s reasons for and against LA

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots addresses the media during a press conference following the Patriots 20-13 loss in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots addresses the media during a press conference following the Patriots 20-13 loss in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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Reason against: The Chargers have an awful offensive line

If Tom Brady were to join the Los Angeles Chargers then he would be signing up to play for probably the worst offensive line that he has ever played behind. Philip Rivers knows this all too well, as he has been the recipient of the third-most sacks since the start of the 2006 season, 442.

This does not bode well for Brady, who is entering a time in his career where any pressure that breaks the pocket will lead to Brady simply throwing the ball out of bounds. Brady has mastered not tacking sacks in the late stages of his career to extend his career but at the expense of the offense.

As a result, we would not just see the effects of father time taking its toll on Brady, but the effects of playing behind a terrible offensive line as well.

The one counterpoint to this is that by signing Brady, the team could use the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft for an elite tackle to protect Brady’s blindside. The team could then use another pick, likely in the third round, to help bolster the line, potentially turning to free agency as well.

The Chargers absolutely could build a better offensive line and that becomes easier by signing a quarterback, but if they do not take the necessary precautions, it would be ugly for Brady in LA.