“Some In League Circles Already Believe He Could Be Back In July”

February 13th, 2022

NBC Sports NFL super insider Mike Florio, the ProFootballTalk.com guru who just spent a week chatting with movers and shakers at the Super Bowl, is now saying he’d bet a few bucks that Tom Brady plays this season.

“Some in league circles already believe he could be back by July. Of this year,” Florio wrote this morning.

But where would Brady play? Florio is buying in a little to the idea that Brady is trying to force the Bucs’ hand to release him. Essentially, wait until they replace him and then, weeks later, express his desire to return to the NFL with a goal of trading him or releasing his rights.

So if this all is part of a semi-elaborate ruse on Brady’s part to engineer a graceful exit from Tampa, what is his preferred next destination? Two years ago, he wanted to play for the 49ers, and they passed. Would they give Trey Lance another year to develop with Brady as the starter? That would give Brady a chance to play for the team for which he grew up cheering, with a roster that otherwise remains ready to win a Super Bowl — and a head coach who would surely take full advantage of the upgrade from Jimmy Garoppolo.

Of course, this scenario would mean Garoppolo would be free and very inexpensive. Or the Bucs potentially could trade Brady’s rights for Garoppolo and not have to cough up a draft pick.

Even more fun would be the Bucs standing firm, doing a great job fine-tuning their 2021 roster, and luring Brady back to Tampa.

Remember what Carson Palmer said of Brady last week.

27 Responses to ““Some In League Circles Already Believe He Could Be Back In July””

  1. Allen Lofton Says:

    TB is building a massive home in sunny Biscayne Florida – so why would he want to uproot his family again to go to California.

    His wife has made it very clear where she stands and the “what if” narrators would stop filling the airwaves with their constant chatteR – IT WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!!!!

  2. Listnfrmafar Says:

    The media is dictating readers and viewers minds again. Once Bucs beloved Brady fans are now forgetting what he did in and for Tampabay. He retired and said what every other retired athlete said, never say never. Whether he comes back or stays retired or goes elsewhere, don’t blame him for living out his dreams he gave you yours!

  3. Hodad Says:

    Swallow the pill now. Blaine Gabbert will be Bucs opening day starter.

  4. bucschamp Says:

    he went to a QB expert and was told vacuuming the house will improve his arm. so he’s training at home

  5. DaBux Says:

    Blaine Gabbert had that awesome music video thus he should be our starter.

  6. Winny Testaverde Says:

    As predicted by a few of us…it’s playing out in real life/time. He’ll get what he wants…he always does and deservedly so.

  7. Onetrickpony Says:

    Anybody besides Rogers Wilson or Watson
    I’d take JW before any of those
    But let’s see what Trask can do .

  8. Tim Says:

    “A graceful exit”? What about this whole sequence of events is graceful? I love what Tom did for this franchise and fan base, but this is about as graceful as the Bo Jackson draft fiasco.

  9. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Anyone besides Rogers Wilson or Watson”

    Onetrickpony, sounds like you are against the idea of the Bucs having a good quarterback.

  10. Erick Says:

    “Anyone besides Rodgers, Wilson, or Watson”

    Lol 🤦‍♂️

  11. HC Grover Says:

    I would take Garrapolo and Samuels for Brady.

  12. lambchop Says:

    This is treading on Brett Favre level of graceful. Nothin graceful about arm twisting his way out of Tampa. That’s not exactly who Brady has been his whole career. It would be a serious chink in the pristine armor if he did this.

    If it’s not Tampa, the only legitimate team I see is the Dolphins, but their roster isn’t all that great. Why would Brady go to the 49ers after they passed on him? They still have the same GM and HC who noped him.

    Jason Licht should play his cards right and get Godwin, 4nette, and Davis signed. I can see us handling the OL through the draft, FA, or with Hainsey, a guy already on the roster. Hold off on a vet QB and ride with Blaine or Trask and see what Tom does.

  13. lambchop Says:

    Drafting Hainsey was in due part because Jensen’s contract is massive and he was unwilling to help the team out renegotiating his contract to make cap room, if I’m not mistaken.

  14. Jeff Says:

    Two 1st round picks and Brady is yours, SF.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Jeff … Gotta be more than just 1 or 2 first Rnd picks IMO. We still owe Brady quite a bit of money & if he’s not gonna play for us in 2022, let his new team pick up the full tab & get us off the hook.

    Even better, how about we get them to throw in a starting CB, WR or TE to sweeten the pot even more? San Fran could afford that.

  16. #1bucsfan Says:

    How bout we send Brady to SF for jimmy n kittle. How awesome would that be

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    If SanFran is the answer it could be Jimmy G. straight up for Brady. If Brady comes back it’s for one year to go for broke. Chances San Fran gets to the SB with Lance pretty slim but with Brady pretty good. Bucs offense was playing with a mix bag of receivers all season long. Makes perfect sense for both teams. In any event he’s not coming back to Tampa.

  18. Will Says:

    If Brady wants San Francisco you make them give up JimmyG and Deebo if we can’t get Godwin resigned that would be a legitimate replacement for him. Heck even if we get him signed I say we make them cough up Deebo.
    I believe if we sign Jensen back and Godwin we could roll with Stinne in for Cappa like we did during the playoffs and Superbowl and that would be good enough for Brady to consider a return to Tampa. I don’t thing he’d want a new center.

  19. Swampbuc Says:

    I don’t see Brady playing the biotch card and wanting another team, another playbook. Every system has pluses and warts. He knows that.

    And his rights are worth a whole lot more than a GQ looking dingbat who plays like Trent Dilfer. If they were indeed to trade Brady or his rights, it would be some serious booty. I’d ask for Kittle and Trey Lance and a pick. Gronk would follow Brady. Leave Garrapablow there.

    More plausible – he wants to play with McDaniels in Vegas. So it’s Carr and Waller and a draft pick for his rights. Again Gronk goes along for the ride.

    But I really think if he plays at all, it’s with the Bucs.

  20. lambeau Says:

    Licht and the Glazers know they should be in the SB–but BA and Bowles blew it. They can’ expect Tom to go through that again (it was hard enough for me).

  21. sasquatch Says:

    Click generating tripe.

  22. adam from ny Says:

    yeah he’s have kittle and gronk…

    deebo and ayuk and there is a good developing 3rd receiver there as well..

    lenny would go to sf…

    he’d be all set…

    you know what i say at this point…


    defectors get no love…

    he can take the trophy with him on his way out the door too, as joel glazer kung fu kicks him in the back of the head bruce lee style

  23. SufferingSince76 Says:

    It will be a stain on his rep if that’s what he’s doing. Any issues he had with the Bucs he should have said so straight up. Pretend retiring to get out of Tampa would be a pretty junior high move.

  24. adam from ny Says:

    yeah man i just posted a couple comments that would fall under extreme “brady dislike” at this point…

    but they had them not go through…they had to be checked o something, and decided to not let them post or ride so others can see…

    they weren’t that bad or anything, just me getting sick of all this bs about brady…

    all this might just be a big media creation, and brady is minding his own business and still decompressing…

    either the media is just a bunch of pieces of crap, or tom is a really bad dude…

    i was starting to put this all on tom in my un-posted posts, but i’m starting to rethink it to be the media running with every last brady breath they can facilitate – and it’s not fair to the true buc fans…they are creating disdain within the fan base towards their quarterback of the last 2 seasons

  25. THOMAS PFALZ Says:

    C’mon back Tom. Just one more year. Then you would have your whole life ahead of you. PLEASE

  26. Phred Says:

    We all know the Bucs should have repeated this year. Injuries and episodes of shoddy coaching screwed that up.

    What if… a term of Brady’s returning involves coaching changes?

  27. Mundo Says:

    Move BA to some front office position. Promote BL to head coach. Try and get Brady for one more year, or move on without him.