Tom Brady Friend Surprised & Bothered By Him Leaving The Door Open To Return

February 8th, 2022

One guy in Tom Brady’s circle sounded frustrated when asked to confront Brady’s chatter last night about potentially returning to the NFL.

Those who listen to retired offensive guru Charlie Weis on SiriusXM NFL Radio know he’s a huge lover of all things Brady. That’s almost an understatement. Weis gushes over his former Patriots pupil and routinely calls him “Tommy,” and it’s worth noting that Brady did a rare interview on Weis’ show last year. Rest assured that happened only because of their close friendship.

So Weis was on the air this morning and was asked about Brady saying he won’t rule out a return to playing quarterback again — less than a week after announcing his retirement.

Weis sounded annoyed, frustrated and cranky all at once, whereas the smile in his voice is typically heard clearly whenever he mentions Brady.

“C’mon, Tommy. Just say no. I mean, ‘Never say never.’ Yeah, this should be never. You should say never,” Weis said. …”I heard that this morning and said, ‘Really?'”

Weis, who guided Matt Cassel (Chiefs) and Vinny Testaverde (Jets) to Pro Bowl seasons as their playcaller, went on to say three times that he is “surprised” by Brady’s comments. Then Weis got all crotchety and refused to answer a hypothetical question about Brady getting a midseason (2022) phone call to lead a team to and through the playoffs.

Obviously, Weis believes Brady’s new comments were genuine. And he’s not alone among the many ex-players and coaches Joe has listened to today as interviews flow from Radio Row at the Super Bowl.

For those wondering, the Bucs own the rights to Brady if he were to return to the field.

44 Responses to “Tom Brady Friend Surprised & Bothered By Him Leaving The Door Open To Return”

  1. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Joe-What would the Bucs receive if say they were out of the playoff mix and Brady wanted to sign elsewhere??

  2. Swampbuc Says:

    I remember hearing some HOF type player say, that except for a few rare cases like the immortal Jim Brown, a player who retires truly at the top of his game will regret it extremely. Whether it was Kurt Warner, or Favre, I can’t remember. That competitive drive is real, and I can’t imagine Brady sitting under the foot of the Horsefaced Commandant for very long before he needs to get back on the field.

  3. Alexander Nascimento Says:

    Do the Bucs owns his rights only for the 2022 season, correct? Or if he decides to come back in 2023 we have to “allow it”?

  4. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Jesus Christ. Please kill me if this is going to be some ongoing thing for the next year. Don’t be flaky Tommy. Be definitive and confident in your decision and move the F on. I’m appreciative for getting us a Super Bowl, but he’s sure asking for a lot of attention for a guy that says he doesn’t need it

  5. Pewter Power Says:

    If you still want the nfl spotlight keep playing if not ride off into the sunset to explore those new opportunities you mentioned. You can’t move to the next chapter of your life without turning the page and besides your annoying lifelong Bucs fans with the waffling

  6. Zwak Says:

    Until he files the paperwork he’s not retired!

  7. Buc4evr Says:

    Translation, “I never really wanted to retire but Giselle made me and now I am sorry I did….”

  8. Bqen green Says:

    Few people are as close with Brady as charlie is. When Weis nearly died from complications related to gastric bypass, Brady actually stayed with him overnight I’m the hospital. He’s a father figure to him. This whole never say never stuff is getting to Ben also. Part of the problem is that Brady had such control over the bucs, it went directly to his head. He will not play for Arians again, and wants to go home, if anywhere. The final straw for BA and Brady, was BAs handling of the AB situation. The only reason he went to Tampa, instead of the 9ers was a blowup between Shanahan and Brady over situations. Brady kept referring the Atlanta superbowl as examples of what not to do. Ben has this on authority. He went to Tampa because he knew he’d eventually get his way as far as play calling. Brady’s head is so huge, he may wait Shanahan and lynch out, and come back not next year, but the year after.

  9. lambeau Says:

    I think it’s pretty clear he wants to play in the right situation. Tampa without Arians? Up to Licht and the Glazers’ diplomacy. Otherwise, Las Vegas? Titans?

  10. Duane Says:

    Goat still creating buzz. That buzz could be enough to bring him back. He deserves to call his shot, have his farewell tour, and maybe even get another ring. This story will definitely linger. Aaron Rodgers dipping out and going to Denver may even sweeten the pot.

  11. Bqen green Says:

    lambeau, the worst mistake the Titans coach will ever make, was choosing Ryan freaking tannehill over the goat. He’d have at least one superbowl, maybe two. It’s was a pig headed decision, and was his best chance. Brady has this hair across his ass about people who didn’t believe in him. Case in point was his inability to thank Mr Kraft in his retirement tweet

  12. Beeej Says:

    There’s that. If he decides to play again, probably isn’t Bucs, and whoever it is, has to be prior to them paying big bucks for a QB. Window closes pretty fast

  13. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I think it was Joe Montana who said QBs who retire at the top of their game will regret it.

  14. Rob Says:

    It’s not surprising to me at all. Football was Brady’s life for so many years and I’m sure as much as hems made the decision, that he’s having a tough time with the reality setting in. He also knows his wife is not going to be all that happy should he change his mind. Has to be a tough experience when you leave the game, especially with the amount of success, notoriety and praise Brady has received for so many years.

  15. Beeej Says:

    If he goes a few months without his daily insane workout regimen, he’ll never be able to play again. There ARE limitations to being 44

  16. SB~LV Says:

    Like Jameis .. he is GONE!
    Plenty of time to find the next starting QB
    I’ve seen them all come and go…
    Parnell Dickinson 😊
    Randy Hedberg
    Sure would be nice to have a drafted QB become the long term face of the franchise….
    That would be a Buccaneers first

  17. Oxycodoms Says:

    He probably couldnt take another year of the coaching staff

  18. lambeau Says:

    Brady had knee surgery last year and took it easy for a couple of months–that gives him time to evaluate the landscape before making summer plans. A year off would be tough, but he specifically mentioned not knowing what he’d be doing in six months. Incidental phrasing, or he knows when camp starts?

  19. Krutch Says:

    Brady just hates training camp (a la Favre). He might have a secret ultimatum with Licht and the Glazers to bring in some minimum level talent before he commits. But yeah, this will be an ongoing drama filled off-season until the Bucs lose Godwin/Jensen or swing big for Kyler or Russ.

    Most hilarious thing would be for Bucs to trade a 2 for Jimmy GQ, and THEN Brady decides to come back.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Tampa Tribune might still be in business with speculation like this abounding.

  21. Larry Says:

    “GET OVER IT!!! Brady is NOT coming back. A anyone who really listened to him since last November could hear it. He never once said “we will have an even better tem next year.” He was never thinking of next year unless it was him in So.
    Cal with his super model wife and their kids. He is gone, at least for the near and foreseeable future. Time to move on!!

  22. David Smythe Says:

    The national media types and people keep talking like Brady will just un retire and play for a team that needs a quarterback. First Brady is under contract with the Bucs and they are in charge of who he plays for. He could just pop in and play for the Bucs. But if he wanted to play for another team the Bucs we need to be compensated.

  23. Toe Drag Dave Says:

    I agree with Dave S

  24. Allen Lofton Says:

    He’s retired and his wife will make sure he’s retired

  25. lambeau Says:

    David–Gronk was property of the Patriots until Licht made a call; Gronk was not going to play for Belichick, so they made a deal. Licht knows the drill.

  26. JimmyJack Says:

    Tom gets more attention as a retired and out of football then then most starting QBs get in their primes.

    Tom might just be selling his brand with this. I wouldnt blame him.

    If he does come back he might not have a spot on the Bucs. We might have longterm QB by then……..ya really gotta wonder what Tom has told to Jason Licht behind closed door.

  27. Swampbuc Says:

    Scotty from Fat –

    That’s it! It was Montana. Thanks.

  28. steele Says:

    It’s obvious he never wanted to quit, on record saying he wants to play to 45. All of this remains true, he loves playing and always will. ADDICTED to it. BUT. Add up all of the obstacles and problems yanking him in the other direction.

    Wanting something and realistically having it the way you want, exactly the way it has to be, are two different things.

    I sincerely hope he doesn’t do a Michael Jordan Charlotte Hornets cringe comeback.

  29. Toe Drag Dave Says:

    @ Lambeau Says:

    I know Licht does its the media I was referring too.

  30. Gettinthebucs Says:

    Keep the faith guys. He’s coming back. Cap is going up 26 mil. Besides all of the USAA commercials gronk has been silent. Godwin resigns on like a 7 year team and player friendly deal. JPP comes back on the cheap. I can see it happening. Pat P finally comes to Tampa. I can see it, I can feeeeeel it!

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    Go away Patriot fans.

    Go away.

  32. NeverGIVEup Says:

    They have been trying to force Brady into retirement for years. He just gave them what they wanted….. FOR NOW.

    He is gonna come back just to make sure he goes out on his terms

  33. I don't give a damn Says:

    Am I the only one on this site annoyed by some jackass disrespecting Tom Brady’s wife? STFU swampbuc!

  34. HC Grover Says:

    You can have Bucco or you can have Brady. You can not have Brady and Bucco.

  35. Bqen green Says:

    lambeau is correct about gronk. Bucs1987, we ain’t going anywhere!!!! Isn’t it nice to have people who actually care about football on y’all’s site? If Patriots fans were to leave, you’d just have y’all’s own self pity to wallow in.

  36. Anonymous Says:

    The longer we don’t sign someone the greater the more speculation there will be

  37. Dean Giusti Says:

    If Brady did want to return but play for another team my view on him would drastically change. I thought he said he’d be honoring his contract a hundred times but then retires with one year left on said contract?
    Not a smooth sail into the sunset.

  38. Mr Bean Says:

    What he is saying is, talk to Mrs Brady, as I have lost this battle already.

  39. lambchop Says:

    That last year was to offset a cap hit for the ’21 season so we could sign our guys back. How do you guys not research a little bit before accusing him of ‘quitting’?

  40. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Brady is obviously conflicted! And it’s not Gisele as much as his boys.

    Again I speak from personal experience. My son arrives this Thursday from Columbus. Haven’t seen him in two years due to the Pandemic and I absolutely didn’t see enough of him when he was younger. MY CAREER was more important.

    I get Brady’s challenging decision. He LOVES football…He LOVES his family.
    Neither will wait on him because time moves on even if you are the GOAT.

    I FEEL Brady’s pain. It’s not about money or brand or success. He already has more of that than he can ever use. But he doesn’t want to end up like the Harry Chapin Classic…

    I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away
    I called him up just the other day
    I said, I’d like to see you if you don’t mind
    He said, I’d love to, dad, if I can find the time
    You see, my new job’s a hassle, and the kids have the flu
    But it’s sure nice talking to you, dad
    It’s been sure nice talking to you
    And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me
    He’d grown up just like me
    My boy was just like me

    Even GOATS are human underneath it all. I just wish we”experts” could simply give him a little space.

  41. Bucwatchingnut Says:

    I accidentally wrote this on the previous thread but really meant to place it on this one. If Brady comes back I believe he will have behind the scenes decision making to prevent foolish play calls like Tod Bowls blitz leading to a game killing reception by Cooper Kupp. Number 12 was gunning for an overtime comeback win only to have it evaporate because of a highly ill-advised coaching call.
    Tom Brady is such a deep strategic master that I find it impossible to believe he did not voice concern before the Rams game about Bowls gun slinging blitz nature. What better way to make a point than say you’re going to quit in order to knock some sense into the Bucs organization. Without him the Bucs are in deep trouble and they know it.
    “Risk it biscuit” is not a good fit forced upon the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. Brady is used to winning by superior strategy combined with God given talent. Currently in Tampa he is lacking the former and may be trying to fix it.

  42. Joe Says:

    The longer we don’t sign someone the greater the more speculation there will be

    Free agency doesn’t open until March 16.

  43. Rod Munch Says:

    Calm down d-bags — all he said, a week after he retired, is that he doesn’t know how he’s going to feel about things in 6-months. It’s not easy to go from constantly doing something your whole life, then stopping, give the guy a break.

  44. Swampbuc Says:

    The Horsefaced Commandant apparently has a fan.

    There’s a song there if anyone had the energy.

    Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.