Carson Palmer: Tom Brady May Be Waiting On Chris Godwin & Ryan Jensen Free Agency Decisions

February 10th, 2022

Listening to endless Super Bowl week interviews, Joe is not finding a lot of believers in Tom Brady’s retirement.

Include former Bucco Bruce Arians protégé Carson Palmer in the mix.

The former Bengals, Raiders and Cardinals quarterback joined The Dan Patrick Show and was asked about Brady’s comments about a potential NFL return just six days after he said goodbye to the game.

Palmer was not surprised to hear of Brady considering sticking with football after getting a quick taste of retirement. Brady is such a man of year-round habits, Palmer said, that he could envision Brady already having second thoughts and missing his routines.

Palmer went right to the Tampa Bay roster as a consideration for Brady, citing the Bucs’ ability to re-sign stud receiver Chris Godwin and Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen. “Maybe he’s waiting to sit back and see what happens [with Godwin and Jensen],” Palmer said.

For those wondering, once upon a time in New England, Brady skipped spring practices to spend more time with family and the Belicheats were in the Super Bowl that season.

The Bucs can’t run their organization pretending Brady will unretire, but it’s awfully interesting to hear how many NFL types think Brady might be ready to play again this summer.

Palmer also talked about how hard it is to walk away from football, and that he can’t relate to leaving the game feeling great and playing at an elite level like Brady did — or didn’t.

55 Responses to “Carson Palmer: Tom Brady May Be Waiting On Chris Godwin & Ryan Jensen Free Agency Decisions”

  1. bucssuck2 Says:

    Brady is never going back to that poverty franchise LMFAO. Why would he unretire after making all that fuss? He’s comfortable with his decision and has been for a couple of weeks now.

  2. Robert Says:

    Me thinks he was waiting for BL to land another job and then come back. didn’t happen. Happy retirement and thank you TB!

  3. SKBucsFan Says:

    Anything is a story I guess. But don’t you think that if TB12 wanted Godwin and Jensen to stay he would have had that conversation with Licht?

    TB: Jason..if you keep Chris and Ryan I will come back and play another year.
    JL: I’ll have to think about it. ….for a millisecond.

  4. Tye Says:

    Just A few more months of this pointless drivel…

  5. Craig Says:

    Brady is much to complex to play just that game. I think he wanted to see football life away from Uncle Bill, and it didn’t live up to his expectations.

    Then things started to get on his nerves. AB was the final straw.

    He might come back to football, but it won’t be here.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Listening to endless Super Bowl week interviews,

    Joe, I think you meant weak interviews…..

  7. Beeej Says:

    If Brady tells them “resign God one and Jensen and I’ll come back”, I’m sure they will do just that.

    I’m dying to hear about JPP–was his shoulder the only thing holding him back last year? If he gets the surgery will he be like he was in the Super Bowl year? Is he going to retire?

  8. DoooshLaRue Says:


    You may be right.
    TB probably felt intimidated by THE MASTERMIND BL.

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I agree that Brady might come back to football, but it won’t be here.

  10. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Yes, 44 year old non-kicking football player retires, there must be some ulterior motive, such as he hates BL.

  11. Juergensen Says:

    “Maybe he’s waiting to sit back and see what happens”

    “Maybe” = weasel word = he has no clue.

  12. rriddler Says:

    This whole will he or won’t he is getting ridiculous. All he said was never say never and according to him, he lies to the media 90% of the time anyway.

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:

    ……or, as previously stated, the GOAT may just be intimidated by the superior greatness of ……


  14. Marine Buc Says:

    How do I say goodbye to what we had?
    The good times that made us laugh
    Outweigh the bad
    … I thought we’d get to see forever
    But forever’s gone away
    It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday
    … I don’t know where this road
    Is going to lead
    All I know is where we’ve been
    And what we’ve been through
    … And if we get to see tomorrow
    I hope it’s worth all the wait
    It’s hard to say goodbye to yesterday

  15. HC Grover Says:


  16. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Gotta disagree with this one. Why even announce a retirement plan if you’re waiting to see what the Bucs do in FA before coming back? Brady could EASILY influence Jason Licht to bring Godwin and Jensen back if those were his conditions on a potential return.

    Everybody is thinking Tom Brady is the next Brett Favre or MJ of retirement comebacks, I don’t see it. Even if he doesn’t win MVP tonight, the fact he is legitimately in the discussion for MVP at 44 is immaculate. It’s a good time to hang it up.

  17. Ash Says:

    Man I can’t wait until next season this slow news is getting ridiculous he retired lets move on pretty sure it was for family 44 years old an injury away from being crippled for the rest of retirement I think he is good with what he did 7 Superbowls 10 superbowl apparences top of almost all QB categories the goat doesnt have anything more to prove he is done.

  18. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    All I hear is a bunch of retired players in disbelief that someone would step away while still being able to play. Brady is incomparable. He could probably play another two or three years before we began to see a physical decline. Or he could play one more snap and blow a knee. The guy retired on his own terms. I highly doubt he comes back. To retire only to return bc you get what you want seems in poor taste. And that just doesn’t seem like Brady.
    All that being said… I’d welcome him back in a heartbeat. Feel like this franchise is in purgatory just a year after making Lombardi confetti angels.

  19. Juergensen Says:

    Tomorrow Joe will have an article on what Johnny Manziel thinks of Tom Brady’s retirement.

  20. Swampbuc Says:

    Brady at 45 or 46 is not going to go to yet another new team to learn a whole new offense. Not a prayer. Ain’t happening.

    He’s either a Buc or he’s done. No way he’s the kind of biotch that will play the uber prima donna game.

  21. Hodad Says:

    Bruce Arains has been quoted as saying he’d be happy to go to battle with Blaine Gabbert as his QB. I bet Gabbert is resigned, and starts opening day. BA, Gabbert is the most underrated QB maybe player in the NFL. Gabbert is going to start.

  22. Bobby M. Says:

    Time will tell but I believe Brady will work his way to San Fran if he does come back. I really believe the AB situation soured him…..particularly with Godwin out. We have AB, Evans, Gronk and Fournette……its a game chess and Brady has all the pieces he needs to win. To nearly pull off another come back and then see it all evaporate in seconds due to an absolute bone head defensive call had to be the final straw.

    I go back to that Jets game and we are struggling on both sides of the ball with a 4-12 team that’s got a rookie QB in…..where’s the defensive wizardry from Bowles? I think the harsh reality that lies ahead is this coaching staff was mediocre before Brady and that will be the case after.

  23. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Hodad

    I would bet on you being right…

  24. DEEEMO Says:

    Man, all this Brady talk…starting to get old just one week after he said he was done. Starting to get tired of it all very quickly. More talk about this than the Super Bowl which means unless your a Rams or Bengals fan you could care less about the game. It’s Super Bowl week and all anybody is talking about is Brady, Brady, Brady….

  25. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Maybe he’s also waiting to see if anyone hires BL or TB.

  26. steele Says:

    I don’t care if you’re Scarnecchia or some other former Pats or Carson Palmer or Scott Zolak or Bozo, it’s all speculation and rumor mongering (and Super Bowl hype week fodder).

    Unless and until the man himself acts decisively, it is all smoke.

    If Brady is as he is being depicted by the national mediots—slippery and pouty, unreasonable, manuevering for something from this team or another—he is as miserable as LeBron James. Is that who he is?

    If I’m Licht, I would not allow this to continue. There are decisions to be made, right now. “Are you retired or not?” “Are you unretiring? I want your answer now.” “If you’re not really retired, what do you want? What is your problem, if any, with what went down this season? What can we do?”

  27. Jaybucs Says:

    Watson from houston! Everything into that one move.

  28. TheDevilsAParttimer Says:

    Beady will come out of retirement but it won’t be at tb or qb it will be as a coach 0 risk to body but will give his addiction to football and competition it’s fill. I was kind of hoping BL went to jags and that was going to be the call this offseason. Either way BA will go with gabbert cos end of season he’ll retire and won’t care of its a giant flop of a season

  29. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Jaybucs

    That would certainly be interesting…

    Giving up draft picks and his $40.4 million salary may be problematic but if we are going “all in” for one more season I believe D. Watson is at the top of the list…

  30. Man Child Says:

    If I’m Tom, I would stay at home with the Victoria Secret model. Just saying.

  31. 87bucsfan Says:

    Joe, I’ve seen several articles here regarding everyone’s opinion about Brady retiring and being fed up with things. What do you think about it? You guys and Uncle Ira must’ve heard something.

  32. allbuccedup Says:

    That doesn’t make any sense if he came back they would have to pay 8 mil more roster bonus they saved when he retired. That would cut their cap space in half. As it stands now Chris and Ryan would eat up most if not all the cap space. Brady should not even said anything about a possible comeback.

  33. catcard202 Says:

    All this pre-SB media speculation is great for TB12’s other endeavors…Free publicity is always welcomed!

  34. steele Says:

    Rick Stroud SI:

    “The Bucs would like nothing more than for Brady to change his mind about retirement, and they have every expectation that he will play in Tampa Bay if he does,” Stroud says.

    “Brady has been happy playing for the Bucs and living in the Tampa Bay area. He knows there isn’t anything the Bucs wouldn’t do if he decided to continue his career. They would sign any player. Give him whatever he thinks he needs to win. There would be no reason to leave.”

  35. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Watson, he hasn’t played in a year, what makes anyone think he can just get back in the saddle and start winning? Also, how does this guy fit into a BA offense? He style is like Mahomes only not as creative. Plus he’ll probably be sharing a cell with Alvin Kamara.

  36. steele Says:

    Scott Zolak goes as far as to say that Brady “has been FOCUSED”—focused— on playing for SF, “for years”. That he has been plotting this whole time. Ready to dump the Bucs and his teammates, this whole time. Because of a fantasy he’s had since he was a kid. Because he does, in fact, want to learn a new offense and throw TD passes to George Kittle (scary picture there). And that SF would welcome him, and push Trey Lance aside for two years, despite their investment in him.

    Does this sound like Brady?

    Really, Zolak….

  37. Swampbuc Says:

    Steele, I really like your take on what Licht needs to do, privately with Brady, to get clarity. That is outstanding leadership. We need you at One Buc Place!

  38. Swampbuc Says:

    And Zolak is wak.

  39. Joe M Says:

    Brady will be back. Oh yes he will!
    Why? Does anyone out there truly believe making a decision like retirinig after 22 years in one month’s thought / time is real??? Ask any NFL player who has retired after a long career if the decision came as an epiphany in one short month. A decision like that takes long moments of time and reflection. C’mon ex pro bowlers back me up here! Please!

  40. Mr Bean Says:

    All this speculation… it doesn’t matter. He is not playing because Mrs Brady put her foot down. End of story. Does he want to continue what has essentially been his life? Yes. Is he coming back? Likely not. This is a recipe for resentment down the road. Not a good situation. If he retired after sucking (as he had put it) all would have been good. When you retire due to pressure when you lead in most offensive stats? Nothing good will come out if it.

  41. Bqen green Says:

    Scott is an old friend, but not exactly Jay glazer. His comments were taken completely out of context from his mid day radio show. They even joked about how much traction this non story got. Brady won’t play for y’all’s hapless franchise again. Have fun with Arians and his alcohol induced dementia style of coaching

  42. Pewter Power Says:

    It’s something to talk about just for the sake of having a topic. If Brady was waiting on free agency decisions he knows he could simply ask Licht.

    If anything he may be waiting on AB replacement and would want gronk too. He’s retired but loves being talked about

  43. Tuddy Time Says:

    There are no QB hungry teams that have an Oline like ours to keep TB12 upright. They don’t have the upper tier weapons. It’s possible TB12 was ticked at BA’s handling of AB resulting an unnecessary escalation causing the big blow up. You wonder if BA retires and BL takes over if AB would be welcomed back. This would be enough to entice TB12 and Gronk to go for it one more time.

  44. sasquatch Says:

    it’s the NFL offseason speculation industrial complex. It’s old before it even gets started. I prefer endless mock drafts.

  45. Tony Says:

    Gonna be pretty sad if we pushed Brady out after two years. One of the best players to ever play sports overall & we may have pushed him out already. That would be sad.

  46. Tony Says:

    Yet we were able to keep Michael Clayton hanging around for like 100 years.

  47. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    There you go again, pundits and public figures! Stirring things up during a “slow news week”. 😋 The upcoming Super Bowl is not good enough for you. 😎

  48. Buc You Says:

    The thing that makes the “he retired to skipping spring practices” such a nonsense reach is that the Bucs would let Tom do whatever he wants in that regard. If Tom said he didn’t want to show up until the week before the season opener, the Bucs would say “sure, no problem, anything else we can do for you?”

  49. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Why are you trolls still here? Brady is gone. Begone yourselves! No one cares what you think about this Super Bowl champion Bucs team.

  50. Anonymous Says:

    Rumor also has Medicated Pete will also come out of retirement if Joe signs him to a 2 year contract with free lithium benefits.

  51. Rod Munch Says:

    If that was the case, if it was that easy, then Licht just tags Godwin again and gets Jensen locked up early. It makes zero sense, after last year bringing back everyone, that Brady would think the Bucs would suddenly let guys he wants, walk. Palmer literally has no idea what he’s talking about.

  52. LakelandSteve Says:

    I said it before and I will say it again. Maybe the Antonio Brown thing left a bad taste in his mouth but I think it was more of not everyone performing at the highest level including coaches. So do you remember in the last divisional game with the Pats and Brady tied up the game but then Belichek called an all out blitz and left the best receiver wide ass open and the Pats lost on a last second field goal? Of course you don’t remember because it never happened. But the Bucs brilliant defensive coordinator blew what would have been one of the greatest comebacks ever against the Rams. Pure freaking stupidity. Do you think Brady at age 45 wants to torture his body all year long to have a defensive coordinator make another stupid blunder? Simple answer. Hell no!

  53. Mike Johnson Says:

    Man, cut it out and knock it off. Brady is gone. Get over it. He ain;t comin back.

  54. C Says:

    Leftwich cost Him the superbowl. He will never play with that jerkoff again. And THAT is the simple truth.

  55. Omiyari Says:

    He’s not coming back. Let it go.