"Add this: New England is an ancient team. The Patriots started 11 of 22 players Saturday night who are 29 or older; seven others in that age bracket played 20 snaps or more. Average age of the Patriots’ five core special-teamers (Matthew Slater, Justin Bethel, Brandon Bolden, Rex Burkhead, Nate Ebner): an unsustainable 30 years, 5 months. Their 13 points came from 33-year-old Edelman (five-yard end-around TD), 35-year-old kicker Nick Folk (two field goals; the incumbent injured kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, is 35 too)."
"That’s one of the reasons why Belichick might think: With all the holes we need to fill on an old roster, now’s not the time to be emotional. Now’s not the time to try to wring one or two more years at huge money out of a quarterback who turns 43 in August. A fresh start for Brady won’t be the best thing for Kraft. But it might be the best thing for the man who controls the roster, William Stephen Belichick."
Good points here as to the situation the Patriots are in moving forward. There is a lot of work to be done with this roster. Most of the key contributors in New England are 30+ years old. There are a lot of holes to fill besides just potentially bringing Tom back at QB. Their best receiver is about to be 34 years old... Brady will take up a certain amount of $$$ to come back, the Patriots aren't stacked with draft picks.. they definitely have decisions to make as an organization moving forward.
Chargers could bring in Brady to sell tickets, with a roster that would complement him offensively.
Chicago I feel wouldn't be any different than how this season went in New England. Not in love with their weapons on offense outside of ARob. And the Bears would basically be admitting that they failed and giving up on Trubisky.
The Colts could work with a solid young roster, and some type of relation between current QB Brissett and Tom. But I'm not sure their front office would be willing to take on Tom, even for just a year or two.
The Raiders have been mentioned but they're the Raiders... So yea.. Gruden would do something like that tho.
And finally... Retirement. Which I think for Brady, is his last case scenario. I really think he won't retire unless these teams don't show any interest in signing him for a year or two. Sometimes it's hard to find a job nowadays.. and Brady could realistically find himself in that boat and basically be forced to retire.