WITH his 24th NFL season, Tom Brady could be on the move again.
Brady may be 46 when the 2023 NFL season begins, but that doesn’t sound like it’ll stop him from returning for another Super Bowl run.
Though it’s reportedly not a done deal, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport did reported that it “appears highly likely” that Brady will return for his 24th season, “however, he hasn’t made a firm decision”.
Should Brady continue to brave fathertime, he will have an opportunity to test the waters of free agency once again.
Rapoport, who is a free agent after this season, said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers “want to bring him back” and that the seven-time Super Bowl winner “has a great deal of affection for the Glazers (the owners of Tampa Bay).”
But Brady will have other options available should he venture into new pastures.
According to Rapoport, “among the teams to consider [are] the Las Vegas Raiders who have his old friend Josh McDaniels, the Tennessee Titans who were interested in him last time [and] I also have some questions about the quarterback and of course the San Francisco 49ers, his home club.”
Given that Brady has won three Super Bowls with McDaniels as his offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, the two seem a perfect match.
And during a recent appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated said that “I can tell you unequivocally, this is a fact, the Raiders are investigating this [acquiring Brady].
“For example, the Raiders are looking at taking over Tom Brady.”
When it comes to the Titans, there’s another Patriots connection for Brady, with former teammate Mike Vrabel currently the head coach.
Vrabel has built a consistent contender for the AFC South during his tenure, which was a solid contender for the 2021 Super Bowl.
However, the 2022 season ended on a negative note for the Titans, who have question marks surrounding several positions.
Having someone like Brady on board to help with recruitment would be a huge boost and could help take Vrabel’s side to the next level.
Then there are the 49ers.
A teenage fan growing up in San Mateo, California, the Niners are arguably the most Super Bowl-ready of Rapoport’s proposed teams.
Despite changing quarterback this season due to injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, the 49ers won the NFC West by a 13-4 record.
They’re stacked on the list, and a homecoming curtain call could be the perfect way for Brady to end his Hall of Fame career.
even rapport said that it is known “that he has an affinity for his former hometown.
“We know he has an affinity for the 49ers, he took so much time to take stock when he was there earlier in the year.”
Not that Brady’s options are limited to just those teams.
The Miami Dolphins have been associated with Brady since his first free agency stint in 2020, and according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, “As a source with general knowledge of the various dynamics surrounding anything Brady involves (a source who was adamant Brady could end up with the Dolphins in 2020) recently said the possibility was “definitely on the table.”
Of course, if this has a happier ending for Brady and the Bucs with the playoffs approaching, it may persuade the GOAT to stay in Tampa for a while longer.
And considering he’s in the process of building a massive new home in the area, right across the street from the home of his ex-wife Gisele Bundchen and their two children, that could factor into his decision as well once the free hand rolls around.
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