Tom Brady And 2023

June 21st, 2022

Next year’s plans?

It is a struggle for Joe not to think that after this season, in the immortal words of internationally popular columnist Ira Kaufman, the Bucs could be “peering into the abyss.”

If the Bucs can’t find a quality veteran quarterback to replace Tom Brady, Bucs fans will either have to swallow their pride and embrace Blaine Gabbert as the franchise savior or brace themselves to watch a third-year rookie perhaps take his very first NFL snaps at quarterback.

Albert Breer of isn’t so sure.

After watching Brady’s recent press conference from One Buc Palace, Breer isn’t 100 percent positive Brady will join the FOX broadcast booth next season.

Tom Brady’s Miami non-answer reminded me of something I think not enough people are paying attention to. His latest contract with the Buccaneers was, for sure, a cap-savings measure first and foremost. No real years were added to Brady’s deal (four voidable seasons were tacked on for cap accounting purposes), and Brady secured a no-franchise/transition tag provision in the negotiation. That means Brady is free to go wherever he wants next March.

And after dipping his toe in the retirement water, and pulling it out six weeks later, come this offseason, can anyone be sure he won’t want to make another run at extending his playing career past his 46th birthday? And if he does, could the Dolphins or 49ers be at the point where they’d be willing to do something if their young quarterbacks don’t play to the level they’re hoping? It’s worth at least thinking about, because I don’t think it’s something that’s lost on Brady himself.

If Brady returns to the Bucs in 2023, he should still have an excellent receiving corps, still have a strong offensive line, and still have Playoff Lenny. It is highly unlikely he will have foot-rubbing tight end Rob Gronkowski, however.

Joe concedes that Miami is Brady’s likely destination if he wants to prolong his career. But it is not like the cupboard at One Buc Palace will be empty.

26 Responses to “Tom Brady And 2023”

  1. Beeej Says:

    If Tiua improves enough this season, that aspect is over with

  2. BucsfanFred Says:

    Pray for tua

  3. PassingThru Says:

    … if you stare for long into an abyss, the abyss stares back into you.” – Nietzsche

    In other words, your own fears and primal nature will engulf your reasoning.

    Fear not, Ty Hill said that Tua is more accurate than Mahomes. (SMH)

  4. BucsfanFred Says:

    TB is not gonna play in Miami unless Tua blows chunks. If Trey Lance shows anything at all he’s not gonna play in SF. In Seattle the weather sux. Anywhere on the west coast has insane taxes.
    If he plays at all only here makes sense.
    I still think he retires.
    Enjoy the ride

  5. adam from ny Says:

    he’s unsigned for a reason…he is so outta here after this year…

    his cap saving signing at the time seemed cool, but he wound up jamming himself up hardbody…

    so much that he retired…

    then the glazers came to the rescue and said “tom come back for your final season in tampa, we will bend over backwards to do everything you ask for and need…we will make your last year a pleasant one, we promise”…

    and tommy stayed

  6. Bird Says:

    He lives in south florida. So its possible no doubt. He will be 46 years old by that time though

    We expected what here? The GOAT comes to the losingest
    Franchise in all 4 major sports for 2020 season (and they are no longer that because of all the winning the last two years. ). Me personally i knew he would make us a winner. But Clearly didnt expect a super bowl in year 1. Everything has been gravy since then. We got 3 years which is crazy considering his age. We got what we hoped honestly. If godwin , wirfs and AB not available in playoffs we could have won 2. This year will be crazy with this tough schedule

    But like most buc fans , if he chooses to go to fins or 49ers (unlikely) then we wish him well and wont see him again until he is put in ring of honor. And i will watch 0 dolphins games like most… 😂

    This roster is loaded. Lets hope injuries are like year 1 and not year 2 of this bucs revival to relevancy

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I realize Brady’s decision on 2023 is an important story…..but, everyone has an opinion so there will be one out there to print most every day…..
    Maybe I’m alone here but I think it’s distracting from the more important issues facing the Bucs.

    The only opinions I’m interested in is Tom Brady’s, Jason Licht’s or Todd Bowles’.

  8. Lt. Dan Says:

    Funny how most Bucs fans just assume that Kyle Trask is not the answer. He played well in the SEC. I’m not saying Trask will ever be Tom Brady but who thought Brady was going to be the answer?

  9. dmatt Says:

    If Trask is that awful n coaches are doubting him then will someone please explain the reason we selected him in the second round last year.

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    Miami? Even if he returns to play in 2023, which seems doubtful, why would he go to Miami? I know all the rumors and the opportunity to buy part ownership, but to actually play for the Dolphins is something else. He needs protection when he’s on the field, and where is he going to get better protection than behind Tampa’s O-line? The Glazers need to start tempting him now…. “Tom, if you play for the Bucs in 2023, we’ll give two free creamsicle unis.”

  11. ocala Says:

    Trask can not even win the backup job. It does not look very promising for him.

  12. Lt. Dan Says:

    I disagree Ocala. We (the fans) don’t know much about Trask and his inability to win the back up job. His career thus far is right on schedule. The plan all along was to have him sit and learn from Brady as long as necessary. Exhibit 1: Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre.

  13. Alanbucsfan Says:

    If Brady went to Miami (not likely), why not trade for Tua?

  14. teacherman777 Says:

    1% Owner.

    1 year extension. 50 million.


  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If Trask isn’t being groomed to start, then this year would have been the year to make a change with that.
    I don’t think it matters at all if he is designated the backup or not.

  16. ClwJB Says:

    The desire to beat the Pats in their own division must be a strong motivator for Miami – oh and south beach

  17. PassingThru Says:

    An ownership stake would have to be at FMV (fair market value) in order for the NFL owners to approve it; it could not appear to be part of his compensation package. If the Glazer family wants to lock-in Tom Brady for any future playing years, they’d have to sell him a piece of the team now, while he’s already under contract. The NFL owners wouldn’t allow Brady to play for any other franchise afterward.

    Not that it matters. I still think Brady retires after this season.

  18. Craig Says:

    Sounds like a good time to let the fans see what Trask is capable of. Play him half of the preseason, at least.

    We really do need to know, just in case Brady retires again, and this time bails on us. He has so many options, including Fox, so a backup plan is necessary.

  19. Bucs Win Says:

    Tua is undersized, injury prone, and doesn’t throw the ball more than 5 yards past the LOS. No thanks

  20. Goatfarmer Says:

    I’ll personally worry about 2023 in 2023.

    I just hope our OL stays healthy in 2022, thereby keeping Tom healthy, thereby enabling Tom to have his best Buc season yet. And if that happens, is a 46 year old really going to go to a new team system coaches teammates offense and start over again?

    The Glazers know what to do, I’m impressed they got Tommy to unretire. I’m sure they sent his wife something nice.

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    Zero concern about 2023, 100% concern about 9/11/2022 @ 8:20pm EDT…

  22. zzbucs Says:

    100@ with you Cobraboy!! you Nailed it.
    2022 hasn´t even strated yet, and we worrie about 2022?

    Just chill, let´s worrie on 2023 when 2023 comes in and TB12 oficially says he is out, we have a very exciting season ahead…..

  23. Bucsfanman Says:

    Hey Buc fans! In case you didn’t know, Tom Brady is 45 (ish) and “may or may not” be playing for us in 2023!!! (SARCASM)

    First off, 2022 Super Bowl!
    Second, if the Buc front office isn’t prepared by now for a Brady-less team in 2023, shame on them. It’s ignorant actually!
    They need to prepare, in EARNEST, the heir apparent. If he’s not on the current roster, the scouts better be kicking the tires of every notable college QB out there.
    Rest assured that there will be a different guy under center in the foreseeable future. That’s the NFL (Not For Long!)!

  24. GOB Says:

    Don’t forget, Miami is where super G wants to be. I think if he plays next year, Miami is the only option. Even with those weapons, tua isn’t taking them anywhere. The dolphins know that. SF is out. Brady and that arrogant self important blowhard coach don’t see eye to eye. I think he goes to the booth.

  25. Duane Says:

    If he plays another year, he will string it all out until he draws another concession from Team Glazer. Too many elite QBs in the AFC, and playing the Bills and Pats twice a season is not a recipe for success. This franchise has given him everything he requested, and will make him the highest paid player in NFL history next year if he needs that affirmation as well. Not only is he competing with time, but the history of consecutive seasons where Brady has not sustained a serious injury can and will most likely come back to escort him into retirement. We have his services for this year, and that frankly is as good as we can or should expect.

  26. RustyRhinos Says:

    Tom sure does look a lot like Belicheck in this photo.