Tom Brady likes news of Philip Rivers' split with Chargers in ongoing effort torturing Patriots fans

Tom Brady’s just messing with people now.

The pending free agent inspired mass anxiety in New England last month with a vague social media post that turned out to be a Super Bowl ad.

Now he’s out here liking posts about Philip Rivers leaving the Los Angeles Chargers.

Brady-to-Chargers rumors gain steam

The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback of the Patriots is reportedly being encouraged by team owner Robert Kraft to explore his free agency options before opening formal discussions with the team.

With the Chargers opening a new stadium alongside the Los Angeles Rams in the fall, they’re considered to be the top non-Patriots team to vie for Brady’s attention via free agency.

Tom Brady is once again stirring the pot regarding his pending free agency. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The city of Los Angeles has shown next to no interest in the Chargers since they moved from San Diego, and a name like Brady would surely boost the prospects for ticket sales. Now that Rivers’ tenure in Los Angeles is done, the Chargers are expected to get in on the offseason Brady bidding.

Brady feeds the rumor mill

The NFL announced the news of Rivers’ split with his longtime team on Monday via Instagram.

Brady liked it.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady kiss at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/MG19/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: NFL Player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2010 Costume Institute Ball at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/WireImage for Vogue)
NEW YORK - MAY 5: Model Gisele Bundchen (L) and NFL quarterback Tom Brady attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala "Superheroes: Fashion & Fantasy" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Gisele Bundchen and tom brady attend Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: NFL player Tom Brady (L) and model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' new season world premiere at American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen attend the UCLA IoES honors Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bundchen at the 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Tom Brady (L) and Gisele Bundchen attend the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's "Years Of Living Dangerously" Season 2 World Premiere at American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Gisele Bundchen and husband Tom Brady attend her Spring Fling book launch on April 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Goat Communications)
NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attend the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Tom Brady (L) and Gisele Bundchen attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LUIS GUERRA JR/©2009 RAMEY PHOTO NO SPAIN/ NO ITALY/ NO RUSSIA New York, May 04, 2009 GISELE AND TOM BRADY The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2009 Costume Institute Gala. PGagu68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen arrives at the 2019 Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend the 2019 Met Gala celebrating "Camp: Notes on Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attend the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2010 Costume Institute Ball at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/WireImage for Vogue)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 5: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA: "SUPERHEROES" with honorary chair GIORGIO ARMANI at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Brady could have just casually responded to a piece of interesting news with an Instagram like many on social media do. Or the media-savvy professional was fully aware of the implications of his action and has an ulterior motive — like stirring the pot.

Brady’s fate is the most compelling player storyline of what promises to be a wild offseason of potential quarterback changes.

Until he makes the call, Brady looks ready to milk the attention for all that its worth.

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