Tom Brady, The Bucs And Negotiating His Future Career

May 12th, 2022

Even Tom Brady had his price.

Joe has been monitoring the coverage of Tom Brady signing — as Kyle Brandt of NFL Network put it — a contract with FOX that includes “Space Invaders money,” and Joe is just fascinated by the reactions.

What may be the most hilarious are some talking heads, knowing they may work or have to work for FOX Sports executive producer Eric Shanks someday, have been heaping praise on Shanks like he landed John Madden back from the grave.

If anyone thinks Rupert Murdoch or his son Lach Murdoch, who now oversees his father’s U.S. media properties, will leave an underling the responsibility of putting together a contract worth over a third of a billion dollars, Joe has swampland in Arizona for sale.

As you likely heard in the recent “Ira Kaufman Podcast” posted this morning, not only did this Brady deal get worked out by the Murdochs and Brady’s handlers, you can bet part of the deal is for Brady to do regular spots with Ainsley Earhardt on FOX & Friends (not exactly like making sure Ryan Jensen is powered up in all the right places), FOX Business Network and very likely Brady will have projects from his Hollywood production company in the works that will air on a FOX Network or streaming service.

Hell, it is not far-fetched if FOX/Murdochs bought a piece of Brady’s Hollywood production company, or made a deal for Brady to use FOX studios in Los Angeles for projects. … One could go on and on with the many possibilities.

This deal isn’t just about Brady working 20-plus NFL games a year, not for that kind of bread, no sir.

So the guy who broke the story about Brady pocketing some $375 million with FOX, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, had very interesting intel about the negotiations.

FOX/the Murdochs first reached out to Brady after he retired from the Bucs.

Brady initially and repeatedly rebuffed FOX’s advances. Then Brady had his rapture and returned to the Bucs. But that didn’t stop the Murdochs.

Brady kept shooting them down and each time they reached out again, per Marchand, the Murdochs would add another bag of News Corp loot on the table. This cat-and-mouse game continued until it got to a point that Brady couldn’t refuse the offer.

So while Brady was cold-calling free agents trying to recruit them to the Bucs, while he was producing that awful-sounding movie with those 80-year-old-has-been hags, while he allegedly was trying to strong-arm his way into Dolphins ownership, while he was still selling TB12 and crypto and watches, and (allegedly) faux tuna sandwiches, Brady was also deep into negotiations with the Murdochs for a deal worth over a third of a billion dollars.

A busy guy, this Brady.

Enjoy Today’s Ira Kaufman Podcast! It’s an instant classic!

25 Responses to “Tom Brady, The Bucs And Negotiating His Future Career”

  1. Cleanhouse Says:

    He’s running for President one day, mark my words.

  2. Hodad Says:

    I only care that he will be running the Buc offense for what could be an epic end to an historical career.

  3. Bucsfan4ever Says:


  4. ModHairKen Says:

    And he was working out, vacuuming the house, and making pancakes.

  5. adam from ny Says:

    glazers should make him a part owner and keep him here…

    because he might want 25 years in the nfl…

    this season is number 23…

    they can make all his teammates wear a tom brady 25th year patch on their jerseys…omg

  6. Casual Observer Says:

    Cleanhouse – You may be right. Hope you are.

  7. tampabayallday Says:

    Give him the franchise, an offer he can’t refuse. Whatever he wants, he needs to stay in tampa for the rest of his playing career.

  8. mark2001 Says:

    Clean and Casual… Don’t think he would. Politics is far too dirty for Brady… and don’t know he has an ego that is so huge, he would satiate it with running for a job he likely wouldn’t be prepared to do equivalent to an All Pro level.

  9. Wade Landry Says:

    80 y.o. Hags! ! One,Jane Fonda …seriously Joes….you are better than that sexist clap trap aren’t you?….anyway congrats to Capt. America….

  10. HC Grover Says:

    He can see The Super Bowl from his house.

  11. Goatwatcher Says:

    Breaking news: Bill Belichick has signed a contract to present the weather for WBZ in Boston following his expected retirement. Congratulations to Bill.

  12. Allbuccedup Says:

    Cleanhouse hes a little young to run for president you have to be pushing 80 to run. LOL!

  13. JA Says:

    ‘Fox & Friends’
    “So Tom, what books are you in favor of burning this week? Mothers For America wants Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut’s evil WWII parody, removed from all schools. What say you?”

  14. John Sinclear Says:

    Ainsley Earhardt and Brady, on a set, together? That dawg don’t hunt. Total opposites.

  15. MadMax Says:

    TB12 baby! I think im gonna order a bottle of his vitamins. I ran out last month and just havent felt the same, and they were generic blah stuff.

  16. sasquatch Says:

    Wade Landry Says:
    May 12th, 2022 at 7:47 am

    80 y.o. Hags! ! One,Jane Fonda …seriously Joes….you are better than that sexist clap trap aren’t you?

    No, Joe’s not. The Joe who wrote this almost certainly has troubled (or non-existent) relationships with women.

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Ya gotta strike while the iron is hot. Brady will NEVER be any hotter. He’s smart enough to know the window does not stay open for long.

    The Fox deal just lets him focus on his final one or two seasons of NFL football.

  18. Crickett Baker Says:

    OK. I am tired of the hag comments. If anyone has watched “Gracie and Frankie” starring Jane and Lily I doubt they would continue to use this deprecating noun. Maybe I’m wrong, but I really disagree with two fine actresses being denigrated in such a way.

  19. Buc1987 Says:


    Who gives a shyte? This is JBF.

    It’s not for everyone.

    Go Bucs!!!

  20. Vadertime Says:

    I’m not sure about the 80 y.o. hags comment and whether it was even necessary. However, Brady is definitely showing his business acumen. Once he officially retires from football, he will be rolling in money for the next decade. He can build more multi-million dollar mansions and maybe own a football team some day. Maybe he can talk that idiot-owner of the Dolphins to sell him the team. Who knows. It’s not beyond impossible. Has anyone bought the Broncos yet?

  21. mark2001 Says:

    Personally, I think if we call most 80 year old women hags, we need to call most 70 year men as over weight, over drinking and smoking, staring death in the face old codgers. Maybe some truth in both, in many cases. But kind of assumes alot that doesn’t always exist in many cases. So I won’t assume either.

  22. westernbuc Says:

    Mark, Sasquatch, Wade:

    None of those old hags are going to sleep with you.

  23. Buccos Says:

    Joe is trolling you guys. Don’t you get it. He knows a bunch of you millennials will get you panties in a bunch over that comment. He is stirring the pot and you fall for it every time. It is very funny actually and the joke is on you guys who always squeal every time he does it. Thank you guys( gals?) for being part of the joke. I hope I didn’t get your pronouns wrong. Are you them/ they today. Anyways he is yanking your chain!!

  24. mark2001 Says:

    And Western… not really. Just trying to be considerate of the elderly. But since you brought up hags again, please note.. I didn’t mention that many of the old guys could be laughed at by these old ladies as being limp richards (were it not for meds).

  25. bucsince79 aka bumaneer Says:

    Don’t get it twisted TB12 is all about winning another SB!!! He has had a busy life for 20 years now… I don’t give a damn! I’ve been a fan since 1979 & this will the best 3 years of BUC History!!